4 Smart Ways To Save (Without Losing Style)

Little gems that cost less, without compromising on style. 

  • Story by Rachel Ramsay
  • Photography by shuttershock

1. YOUR FLORALS Let bountiful bridesmaid bouquets double as venue decorations by using them on the head table. Interspersed with candles in varying heights, this is an easy penny-saver for beautifully dressed tables.

2. YOUR TABLES New trend alert – using multiple long strips of ribbon instead of table runners will brighten your tables for a fraction of the cost. Mix it up with ribbons in bold colours, keep it simple with creamy tones, or try pastel hues for a fun, whimsical table.

3. YOUR GUEST FAVOURS Giving your guests the chance to win thousands of dollars can only be a good thing, right? Purchase a $1 scratchy for each guest, package it in a crisp white envelope with a fresh floral and pretty tie, and you've got budget-friendly favours your guests will love.

4. YOUR DRESS I f you generally fit well into standard dress sizes, chances are you may be able to pick up a gown from a mainstream store. Try renowned New Zealand designers such as Treslise Cooper , Miss Crabb and Juliette Hogan . With any luck, you might be able to wear it again. Below: Trelise Cooper dress, $999.

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