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    Default Money saving tips for my wedding!

    Ok DF and I are looking to buy a house right after we get married so need to try and stick to a small wedding budget.
    We want to do it cheap but still have a nice day.
    Budget is around $5000 max and I'm looking so save money for everything flowers/dress/reception.
    Anyone have any great tips on where to save money?
    I feel so lost as to where to even begin!

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    We got married in march and spent $5000
    Dress. Pacopm $350
    2 bridesmaids dresses
    Pacopm $600
    Photography 3 hours. $1800
    Suit hire x2. $320
    Silk flowers x3. $150
    Celebrant. $500
    Booze. $150
    Did own makeup
    Married in park
    Made own invitations
    Food for 13 Parents provided

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    Hi, I got married 2 years ago and tried to save every way I could. We made our own invites, my dress was actually a deb dress much cheaper then had dimanties attached. Depending how big your wedding is going to be maybe look at a Friday night normally cheaper, also maybe a cocktail wedding/reception.
    We had a friend make our cake. Am happy to give more options just let me know

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    Default Money saving tips for my wedding!

    eBay for Asian import items that are cheap e.g. Paper fans.

    No one think to buy second hand dress but it really is a great way of saving money- plus no one has to know there are some great Facebook sites and web sites that list heaps and they are amazing!

    Hunt for places that include things in their package and don't be afraid to ask to get what you want, you will be surprised. BYO venues are very hard to find but google and you may be surprised.

    Consider a wedding on a non-peak day like a Friday or Sunday- options that are normally expensive become cheaper.

    Flowers are expensive but if you go simple you could do them yourself or consider doing like a wrist band for bridesmaids rather than a whole bunch. Silk flowers you can get second hand too! Talk to your florist about options to reduce price-use in season an green foliage to reduce price.

    It's the little things that add up so carefully budget - like nice lingerie, gifts for people to say thanks, earrings, shoes, hair, beauty etc.

    So your own music or use a friend, not a DJ. Use your own car especially if people won't even see you arrive in it.

    Printing your own invites can be expensive, sometime Asian ones on eBay are cheaper in the long run. Stick to simple and standard envelope size.

    Good luck!

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    We did ours for about $3500 and still had an amazing day We had only about 40 people. I bought a beautiful cream coloured formal dress (I was 19 weeks preg and it was flowy and only cost $260). It was really nice but because it wasn't technically a wedding dress it was much cheaper! We had a morning ceremony and lunch reception at an amazing restaurant overlooking the beach near us. It was beautiful!! We lucked out with the restaurant though... They'd never had a wedding before so we were able to use their group booking 'banquet' option, which was 3 courses (6 dishes) for $36 a head. The food was seriously amazing! The fact that it was lunch saved a lot of money on booze too!! The restaurant was beautiful enough itself so we didn't need decorations. I ordered our cake from my fav bakery (also amazing lol) but it was a 2 tier 'celebration' cake (birthday or something) so because it wasn't from their wedding selection it was heaps cheaper! Can't think of anything else... But cutting down on the guest list is key! Good luck

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    Make as much as you can or get guests to provide services ie cake. Also sales can bring up bargains ( I got all my bridesmaid dresses from myer for under $30 ea)

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    Default Money saving tips for my wedding!

    There are a lot of young and upcoming photographers that would love a wedding for experience, if you can handle that maybe see what they can do for you. They generally have spent the dollars on the gear that a family member wouldn't have.

    They can also edit your photos to hide those little imperfections.

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    Oh... Also my mums friend drove me in her nice Audi, I had a friend do photos for $500 which were great! And my work actually ended up paying for it as our wedding gift (sooo generous!!).... Flowers we got cheap as a family friend did them, plus we only had a maid of honour and a best man so didn't need a lot...

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    Thanks for these awesome ideas! Anyone done a cheap reception for 40-60 people? I'm happy with something cocktail.

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    We got married on a Wednesday, (an off peak day during the peak season) a friend drove me to our wedding and the reception in the botanical gardens. I had a 2 course drop menu and had the wedding cake for the dessert. Didn't go overboard with table decorations (as the venue provided a certain standard) One thing I didn't skimp on was the photography (I just didn't want to risk it!) we had just bought our house and were on a budget - my dress was gorgeous (about $260) we hired hubby's suit - had no bridesmaids or groomsmen though! Everything from our clothes, shoes, rings, flowers, meals, alcohol and accommodation came in at less than $7k for approx 20ppl - most expensive item was the photos at $1500 - but SO worth it!! I made sure I kept a spreadsheet of all the things I'd need and the cost so a) I didn't overspend, and knew where our $ were going; and b) so I didn't forget anything! I am fussy and like good quality (champagne tastes on a beer budget) and found that it was doable if you had the time to research and shop around (and not always tell a retailer it's for a "wedding" as the $ seem to skyrocket immediately!)

    Good luck, I hope your day is just perfect for you!


 

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