Cutting your costs is easy if you think outside the square. Here are some ideas from newly weds in the know.
“We married on a Thursday in September. Things like the venue and my dress cost less because it was the off-season and the middle of the week. We spent the weekend with family and friends and there was enough in the budget for a barbeque.” Samantha, Wellington.
“Our quote for beautiful invitations was more than we had budgeted for. But instead of abandoning the designer, she cut a few corners so the numbers worked.” Karen, Auckland.
“By marrying in a vineyard, we had a fantastic location for the ceremony and reception and saved heaps by not paying for two venues or decorating much.” Moorea, Havelock North.
“My husband and I each made a list of priorities and realised we both wanted a good photographer. We put more money towards that and borrowed a friend’s car for the wedding day instead of renting one.” Christina, Auckland
“Our table centrepieces were made up of many small vases, each holing a single rose, which doubled as our guest favours.” Jo, Wanganui.
“It was important to us to have photos of the cake cutting and our first toast, so we set them up at the start of the reception. Our photographer’s fee was reduced as she only stayed for half an hour. We placed a disposable camera on each table which made for fun snaps of our guests.” Kimberlee, Masterton.
“Our beach ceremony was followed by a reception at a surf club. Instead of buying decorations, we used fishbowls full of sand and large shells.” Kerrie, Gisborne.
“Rather than having a full open bar for guests, we offered cocktails for the first hour, then offered wine and non-alcoholic drinks for the rest of the night.” Diane, Hamilton.
“We supplied the wine. For six months leading to the day, we stocked up when we saw great wine sales at the supermarket.” Roz, Whangarei.
“Having just one bridesmaid and one groomsman really helped. And instead of bouquets, my bridesmaid and I each carried one flower. I think a simple, understated approach is ultra chic.” Karlie, Kaikoura.