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100+ Brilliant Ways to Save Money On Your WeddingAnd still HAVE your dream wedding...

 We always want the best for our wedding, but by having the best doesn’t mean you need to spend a fortune.

Yes, weddings are expensive, but it doesn’t have to be too expensive, so you can still save up for the more important things after the wedding. Here are 100 ways to save money on your wedding!

Wedding Planning Savings

  • There are many great wedding planners available, but nothing beats a good old fashioned spreadsheet. Budget how much can you spend on each aspect – and stick to it! Organisation and planning can save you a fortune!

    (We have a FREE wedding budget planner that you can download and use!)

  • Get a friend who likes to do public speaking to be the MC for the night, and even the DJ if they are computer savvy.

  • Encourage friends and family to offer their help or talents in exchange for wedding gifts.

  • In lieu of gifts, ask your guests to contribute to your honeymoon fund.

  • Have a longer engagement, this gives you time to grab everything you need for your perfect wedding.

  • Consider booking a wedding package overseas – you can have your ceremony somewhere special and enjoy your honeymoon, then have a family barbecue to celebrate on your return. Check out discount luxury travel companies such as Bon Voyage to choose somewhere special.

How to Save Money on The Guest List

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  • Only invite people you know and love. Inviting your Aunt that you haven’t seen you since you were five is just costing you a lot of money for a relationship that isn’t there. Make your wedding day special by only inviting people that are a big part of your life.

  • If you are inviting people from out of town, include a list of all the local hotel and accommodation options including pricing. You can often negotiate a good deal this way and save money for your guests.

  • Limit the number of partners your invite.  If you have friends with partners whom you don’t know, just invite your friend to keep the list down.

  • Sign up to multiple wedding website mailing lists.  You might just find out about a great sale that will save you loads of cash.

How to Save Money on Wedding Invitations

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Our Pick: These Wedding Invitations from Etsy

  • Look at places like Etsy for a good wedding invitation template – and buy your own fancy paper. Remember though, most people will throw out the invitation after the event, so only use fancy stationery for the people you know will keep it forever, and use a cheaper paper for everyone else.

  • Follow up on attendance by setting up an ‘Event’ on Facebook.

  • Invite all your bridesmaids around to do the personalised addressing of envelopes for invitations.

  • Instead of including a self-address envelope for the RSVP, set up a basic wedding website where you can have people RSVP online (or even through Facebook to keep it even cheaper!).

  • Send a wedding e-invite rather than post out real ones!

How to Save Cash When Choosing a Venue for Your Wedding

  • Keep your ceremony and reception venues either at the same place or within walking distance to save money on transport.

  • Ask the venue if they have fully-inclusive wedding package deals. It is less work for you, and often you can still negotiate the price!

  • Rent a house for the ceremony and reception that can accommodate the bridal party to sleep over the night before.  A beautiful roof top with a view makes for a gorgeous small wedding venue.

  • Get married in a park or a public place, then have the reception in a restaurant.

Save Money on Your Wedding Ceremony

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  • Print a poster with the ceremony program and have it visible when people walk into your venue rather than printing one for each person.

  • Look at having the ceremony at the local courthouse – and then have a bigger fancier reception!

  • Have your ceremony in your backyard or a local park rather than hiring a venue.

  • Have a breakfast ceremony or brunch.

Save Money on Wedding Photography

  • Only hire a professional photographer for a few hours rather than a whole day.

  • Keep them local to your location, otherwise, you will be incurring their travel and accommodation costs.

  • Ask for an all-inclusive package that allows you to keep the photography images. You can always get prints and albums later on when you afford it.

  • Ask a professional to do the ceremony – and perhaps look at getting a student photographer to do the reception.

  • Find an ‘Up and Comer’ Photographer that is good, but needs a bit more experience.

You can save money too with your bridal party! See next page!

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