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Save Money On Your Wedding

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-Use technology such as facebook/email
-Make your own
-Look online or in $2 shops
-Make a video/slideshow and email to friends and family
-A cheap but pretty pack of blank cards with your own personal message
-Text message/phone call

2. Venue

-Choose a public place such as a park/beach
-Friend's property or back garden
-Hall or Church
-Hold your wedding at an off peak time such as winter or a Sunday or weekday as significant discounts apply

3. Food/Drink

-Book out a small restuarant for the night
-Pin one booking against the other to see if they can match or beat the quote
use a catering company
-Cocktail instead of a sitdown dinner
-BYO alcohol ( if at an establishment you will usually need to pay a corkage fee)
-Ask for guests to pay towards their meal instead of giving a gift
-Have a bar where guests can purchase their own alcohol
-Don't have alcohol at the wedding
-Ask guests to bring a plate of food if low key wedding
-Have a BBQ
-Buy alcohol in bulk online or make a deal with local wineries of bottle shop

4. Guest List

-Do not include children as they usually cost as much as the adults
-Have a no plus 1 policy unless both parts of the couple are good friends
-Don't feel obligated to invite people just because they might get offended. Unless they are paying for it.

5. Cake

-Have a fake cake. Lots of companies are now making styrofoam cakes for 1/3 of the price of a normal wedding cake. The guests are then serves from a plain rectangle cake cut up out the back and are none the wiser.
-Choose to have a cake made at a local bakery rather than a specialist wedding cake maker
-Buy several cheaper cakes and purchase the special rods to sit in the cakes so you can stack them like a wedding cake.
-Make your own cake or have a friend who is a good baker make one for you.
-Make it less fancy. The simpler the design, the cheaper is will be. Don't get too carried away, it's only going to get cut up.

6. Wedding dress

-Instead of shopping at bridal stores and boutiques, try looking online.
-Second hand designer dresses from small second hand boutiques
-Use a relatives old wedding dress and have a dressmaker makes some adjustments to fit your properly and have your flair on it.
-Have it made overseas.There are lots of online stores you can send your measurements too with a copy of the dress you want to have them made really cheaply. -Just do it well ahead of time because if it needs a slight adjustment you will need time to get it done.
-Wedding dresses are rarely worn more than once check graigslist or gumtree for second hand ones for sale.
-Hire a dress rather than buy.
-Go non traditional. Look at formal dresses rather than traditional wedding dresses.

7. Bridesmaids dresses

-Set a theme of colour and get the girls to buy their own dresses that they can wear again
-Have less bridesmaids
-Source your own material and have a friend/family make the dresses
-Order online or have made overseas.
-Have them all over and get them to bring all the dresses they own to choose the best ones suitable for your wedding
-Have them wear whatever dress they like but have a continuing theme such as an accessory or prop like a parisol.
-Dress down. Themes like a beach theme can save you money by having them barefoot, cheaper summer dresses or kaftans.

8. Groomsmen

-Hire the suits
-Set a dress code and have them choose what to wear. eg white shirt black pant
-Wear whatever colour suit they own but have a common element such as a particular tie
-Buy a cheaper suit from a department store or online rather than a bridal/formalwear store

9. Entertainment

-Advertise so locals can find you and give you a quote
-Find buskers you like and make them an offer
-Compare prices on DJs, live bands etc
-Have a friend who is a great musician/dancer/singer perform for you
-Look on Facebook and MySpace for up and coming bands looking for gigs

10. Hair and Make Up

-Get everyone to do their own make up
-Get a student make up artist to do it for cheaper. ( just make sure you have a trial so you are both clear on what you want)
-Ask for a group discount for any extra family or friends who might want their make up done too.
-Go and get a free makeover at a local salon/ Myer/pharmacy from a product demonstrator

11. Decorations

-Look online and in cheap shops for great bargains
-Use flowers from a friends garden
-Make your own
-Car Hire
-Have wedding location close to accommodation so there isn't a need for car hire
-Arrive on horseback instead
-Borrow a car from a friend who may have a classic or a neat tidy car
-Book a taxi to get there
-Hire a bus for entire bridal party but keep bride and groom blindfolded
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