Since were on a bit of a budget bride roll we thought it only fair to continue the theme with a short guide on how to save money on your big day. Budget busting doesn’t mean cutting corners it just means doing things yourself or thinking outside of the box. We’ve therefore put together a few hints and tips to help you do this.
Dress to impress
We’ve banged on about budget lines from Asda and John Lewis as well as from Ebay for a good while now, and we stick to our guns when we tell you that you can find a gorgeous dress in a charity shop. However, we know these aren’t always to people’s taste and if that dream wedding dress costs a bit more than you wanted to spend then buy it and cut back on something else, after all you don’t want to look back at pictures in a few years time and think about that dream dress that got away.
Cut down on the photographer
No we’re not telling you not to go with a professional here, as we’ve all heard the horror stories on rogue snappers. However there are ways you can save. Some photographers do discounts for brides getting married on a week day and if you really want save then why not just hire him for the church and get disposable cameras for the evening.
Make your own invitations by buying several sheets of handmade paper for your background and attach some vellum printed with your particulars. Spurge for some silk ribbon in your colours and pick some matching envelopes.
Wedding florists can smell money a mile off so think outside the box here. Instead of the traditional florist, visit local nurseries or garden centres. Often they have talented staff who specialise in bouquets and flower arrangements. Alternatively have a bridal bouquet made and get your bridesmaids to hold something else, perhaps a single definitive flower such as a Gerbra or a little bag instead.
Hair and Make-up
You may not want to do your own hair and make-up on the day but we’re sure you have a friend who would love to. She doesn’t even have to have qualifications as long as she’s good. Invite her round for a girlie night to practice and get your look just right and if she’s a real friend she won’t get upset if you tell her your not entirely happy. Work together and we’re sure you’ll come up with a style you’re both proud of.