Trim Your Wedding Budget

Who says weddings can’t be affordable? It’s totally doable to have your dream wedding without going into debt! We’re discussing 4 areas of your wedding that costs can be cut, but there are many more!

1. SIGNATURE COCKTAILS

Serve everyone your signature drink instead of providing a full bar. Limit alcohol being served to wine and beer, and when your favourites go on sale, buy in bulk!

Sometimes a signature drink is more about the garnishes! Serve a champagne cocktail with fruit. This one has slices of soaked pears in the glasses, with raspberries on top. Yum! Image

Still need something blue? Serve a signature blueberry mojito! With white rum, lime juice, cane syrup, mint leaves and blueberries, this sounds like something your guests would LOVE! Image

Keep it simple and classy with a St.Germain cocktail. All you need is lime and white cranberry juice, and vodka. This one is perfect if your theme is white! Image

2. HAVE A MID-DAY WEDDING

Having your reception at brunch or lunchtime will cut costs dramatically. The reception will be shorter, and guests will consume less food and alcohol. If you’re set on an evening reception, try to avoid expensive main courses.

You can’t have a brunch without pancakes! Dress it up a bit and serve these bite sized apps to your guests! Image

Since brunch weddings are early in the day, have a mimosa bar rather than traditional cocktails. Your guests will love creating their own! Image

Elevate the eggs! Keeping with traditional brunch themes, serve up a variety of quiches. These savoury dishes will fill everyone up. Image

3. CHOOSE IN-SEASON FLOWERS

Choose flowers that are in season and more readily available, as well as mixing in non-floral embellishments, such as berries or pinecones to offset the cost. Another tip is to repurpose your wedding flowers and use them at the reception as well, decorating tables or as centrepieces.

Choose seasonal flowers to offset some cost! Buy in bulk when you can, and have fun with it! Image

Save money with the bouquets by adding substitutes, such as succulents, berries, branches, or even pinecones or objects! We are obsessed with this lush arrangement of roses, berries, succulents and greenery! Image

Double duty! When the ceremony is over, collect the bouquets and repurpose them as centrepieces at the reception! Win-win! Image

4. DIY

Are you crafty? Why not make some of the things you need yourself. You can print your own menus, programs, and place cards with your computer, as well as DIY favours! Think it sounds like too much work? Enlist the help of family and friends and make a fun day out of it!

There are so many programs out there these days that printing your own save the date, place cards, or menus will be no problem! Image

Making your own lawn games is a cheaper alternative than buying, and you will definitely get a lot of use out of them! Image

Send your guests home with their very own “mix-tape” of your favourite love songs, or some of the hits played at the reception! Buy CDs in bulk and order or make custom cd covers. One thing is for sure, these will be a hit! Image

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