23 Jan 2013
Five Surprise Cost Cutting Tips!
Every couple is on the lookout to save
money, whether they have a few hundred or a few thousand to spend on their
wedding. Whilst I am sure you are aware that your guest numbers will have the
biggest impact on your wedding budget, have you considered any of these ideas
for cutting costs?
1. Digital Invites.
Invites can run a few hundred to close to a
thousand euro when you consider printing and postage. By designing a nice
digital invite and sending it out to the majority of your guests, you will save
yourself a great deal. You can of course have a few printed up (or purchased)
for guests who perhaps aren’t familiar with email and for your own keepsakes.
2. Stick around for last minute deals
at large Wedding Fairs.
January through to mid April and September
to October is when you will see a concentrated amount of Wedding Fairs and you
can snap up some great bargains! Not only do Wedding Suppliers offer great show
discounts and offers, in those last few hours of the wedding fairs, those who
have brought a huge amount of stock or who have been doing particularly well over
the course of the day or weekend will often sell stock (and indeed services) at
rock bottom prices potentially saving you thousands!
3. Buy a ‘Beloved’ Wedding Dress.
There is nothing more frustrating than the
experience of going shopping for a wedding dress and falling in love with a
designer dress that is €2,000 over your budget. While you could turn to eBay to
find your dress at a knock down price, there can always be the doubt as to
whether it will arrive and if it is ok. Beloved Boutique, a Wicklow based
bridal boutique which sells preloved designer wedding dresses, gives you the
wow wedding dress shopping experience and the peace of mind that you are
purchasing what you are seeing!
4. Hire a Display Wedding Cake.
I always think it’s a crime to cut a
beautiful cake, so my advice is don’t! All the beautiful cakes that you see at
wedding fairs and in bakers shop windows are fake; made and preserved to give
you an idea of their skill and range. Chances are that there is one on display
that you just love. Ask your baker or cake designer if you can hire their
display cake for the day. If you do want to serve cake to your guests, buy sheet
cakes that can be cut on the day. This will save you hundreds!
5. Sit down with a Wedding Planner.
The small investment of a one-off
consultation with a Wedding Planner could save you thousands! They will be able
to advise you on your budget and specifically where you
can save, where your wedding plans are going right or wrong and what you should
be looking from the various wedding professionals you have or will hire.
O’ Reilly Murphy; The Wedding Expert is a Wedding Planner who works with a
select number of clients each year to help them plan their weddings. She writes
the daily wedding inspiration blog, Wedding High and is author of Distinctive
Weddings; Tying the Knot without the Rope Burns. Her latest wedding book, 101
Ways to Propose, will be published in 2013. http://www.weddinghigh.com/