1. Do your research
When contemplating a trip down the aisle, it definitely pays to do your research. Explore different venues and options that are a good fit for your personal preferences and investigate pricing for different seasons, sizes, and wedding styles.

2. Plan your timing
Getting married on a weekday, or either side of peak season can almost halve your wedding venue costs — not to mention that certain wedding suppliers also lower their rates during the off-season.

3. Choose your own vendors
Most venues will have preferred suppliers; however getting quotes from independent suppliers for elements including catering, entertainment, and alcohol can save you big bucks if you source your own cheaper options.

Reception venue

4. Personalized place cards that double as wedding favors
Save money on your bonbonniere by utilising place cards that double as your guest gifts. These days guests are greeted with everything from bottle openers to photo frames when finding their place in your nuptial celebrations. These placeholders double as wedding favors and provide guests with a tangible keepsake they can use for years to come.

5. Party in the one place
Combining your ceremony and reception in the one location can save on cash — especially if you utilise a non-traditional wedding venue. Renting a house, barn, hall or other picturesque location to host your festivities can prove to be your wedding budget’s best friend.

6. Get serious about your guest list
Guests can undoubtedly be the most expensive element of your wedding. While it’s nice to think you can invite every person that has ever been a part of your life; getting serious about numbers can definitely boost your wedding day budget.

7. Try non-traditional wedding food
Serving a la carte alternate meals — think beef, chicken, beef, chicken — can push your costs up and are slightly on the snore side. Investigate options such as spit roasts, buffets, paellas, and other non-traditional wedding food fare to provide your guests delicious food at a fraction of the cost.

Wedding Food

8. Let your cake topper do the talking
There is no avoiding the fact that wedding cakes are expensive. Instead of going all out on some fancy fondant, opt for a simpler, yet still scrumptious wedding cake and complete it with a show-stopping cake topper to impress your guests for less.

9. Keep alcohol options to a minimum
Including hard liquor on your alcohol tab will raise more than just spirits. Keep your alcohol options limited and see if you can pre-purchase your beverages. Many places have a buy-back option for any unopened bottles that aren’t consumed at the event. If you must pay-per-glass at the venue, be clear beforehand about your cut-off point.

10. Keep transport tight
Save on expensive wedding cars or big-budget transport options and think about friends and family whose wheels you love to get you from A to B. This could be anything from a kombi to a motorbike to a minivan. Minimising the distance between wedding day locations might also help.

11. Shop wedding details on sale
The laws of supply and demand ensure that many wedding details to make your big day great will be on sale at some point in the seasonal wedding cycle. Keep an eye out and shop online for inexpensive wedding favors and decorations when the price is right.

Thong Bottle Openers

By: Melissa Wilkinson – Melissa is the founder of Personalized Favors. She is commonly sought for comment on all things wedding related and has worked closely with thousands of couples to create invitations, gifts and wedding favors that are truly unique.

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