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The minute you mention the word “wedding”, everything can cost you double or even triple the price. Anyone who has planned a wedding, or is going through the wedding planning process, knows exactly what I am talking about. It can get expensive, so you want to cut costs where you can. In this blog post, I’ll tell you how I cut costs for my very own wedding which allowed me to stay within my wedding budget.

Backyard garden ceremony

We decided to host our wedding ceremony in the backyard of the in law’s house. It was the perfect canvas for a simple set up. The backyard was concreted with some greenery in the background. There are often fees associated with hiring a space such as a park. So keeping the ceremony in the backyard saved us some money. All I needed for the setup were some chairs and an arbour. I hired the chairs from a local party supply store, so that did require pickup a few days prior to the day. My arbour was from Bunnings, and my friends helped with the beautiful styling of it. There are also plenty of places where you can rent the arbour. Here are some amazing do it yourself wedding arbours if you are looking for some inspiration and want to have a go.

Photo Credit: Dan Au Photography

digital wedding invites

As much as I love beautifully designed paper invites with foiled printing, I opted for digital invites instead. And the total cost…absolutely free. I used Paperless Post which is site which helps you to create your digital invites. The platform is dedicated to creating online invitations,  meaning your invites and RSVPs are manged in one place. Start off with a template and personalise your design to suit your wedding theme. There may be a charge for premium features to your invite. But if you keep it simple, it’ll most likely cost you nothing. Sign up for a free account and have a look at their save the date and wedding invite options.

affordable wedding fashion

I didn’t spend several hundred dollars on the bridesmaid dresses or my shoes. I found the dresses from Sheike and my shoes were from Novo, which are still worn to other events to this day. You don’t need to shop at a boutique store to find beautiful wedding attire. Fashion chain stores such as Sheike and Forever New now stock on trend and affordable dresses. They even create collections targeted especially to bridesmaids. The best part is, these stores are always having sales, so you could save even more money. I got both the dresses and shoes at 20% off because I kept my eyes out for their sales.

Photo: Dan Au Photography | Shoes: Novo Shoes

do it yourself flowers

With the help of a family friend, my bridal bouquets were completely Do It Yourself (DIY). The downfall of DIY is that you won’t have an expert to guide you on the types of flowers in season or help you with a colour palette. But, I saved a lot of money and remained under my wedding budget. I was happy to keep my wedding bouquets really simple and also use what was in season at the time. A day before the wedding, I headed to the Sydney Flower Markets to purchase the flowers. Although there are so many vendors, you do need to go there early to ensure that you get what you are after. The bouquets were created the day prior to the wedding, but remained fresh and looked amazing on the day of. Check out this great guide on how to make a wedding bouquet if you are considering DIY bouquets.

My beautiful DIY bouquets | Photo Credit: Dan Au Photography

do it yourself favours

Favours can add a nice touch to the guest experience, however are completely optional. And now, it isn’t too much of a big deal if you don’t hand them out. Although the price range can vary, depending on the type of favour you give out, it can really add up as it is generally a per person cost. Here’s how I cut costs in this area of the wedding. I purchased plain chocolate bars which were covered in foil. They were wrapped up with some paper and ribbon and ‘thank you’ stickers were placed on the front. The stickers were customised to suit my colour theme and you can also add in your initials, personal message or date. It cost me less than $2.00 to create each favour. 

hiring one vehicle

Our bridal party needed to get to at least four destinations during the day, so transportation was a must. Destinations included my house, my husband’s house, the park for photos then to the reception. I organised a limousine rather than multiple vehicles to transport around our party of eight. It does sound a little bit fancy (and expensive), but ended up being quite affordable. The transportation got me from point A to B comfortably all day, and the entire bridal party travelled as a group. If you don’t need to rent any cars for the wedding, you can always ask your family or friends for a lift.

Spending less on the wedding does not mean you’ll end up with a “budget wedding” which will end up looking cheap and tacky. Although it can take some time to research for the best deals and options, you could end up saving a lot of money. I could not be happier with how my budgeting and how my wedding turned out.

If you want some more expert advice, we also have a blog post written by wedding planner Kiri from Tigerlily Weddings and Events where she talks about 10 ways to save money on your wedding day

Check it out for some more amazing tips.