After long and careful planning for the wedding venue and our marriage celebrations at Bawley Bush Cottages on the NSW south coast I feel like I know a little about cost saving wedding tips and how to get the wedding venue we wanted to suit our and our family and friends needs. Many other people go through similar cost dilemmas and this article contains some good advise.
1. Make a realistic budget. The bride and groom must be willing to prioritize what they want the most and be able to let some other things slide. You have to understand from the get-go that you can’t have everything, so if you want a big dance band at the reception, then maybe you need to go with a cheaper menu or fewer flowers.
2. Be decisive. I was horrified to hear a story of a bride who bought three different wedding dresses because she kept seeing other dresses she liked better than what she had already bought.
Of course, most bridal shops have a “no return” policy. Ugh. Make your selection and love it and stick with it.
3. Be creative. This is a broad category, but the more creative you can be in all facets, the more you can really save. For example, a morning wedding or a Sunday night ceremony can be a good money saver. Or having cupcakes instead of a wedding cake. Or sharing the cost of rentals with another wedding party at the same location.
4. Be a borrower. This can pay off, and I don’t mean borrowing money. (Under no circumstances is it smart to borrow money to pay for a wedding.) But borrow things. Wear your mother’s dress or a sister’s dress, or a friend’s veil, for example. Plus, you need something borrowed, anyway.
5. DIY when you can. Or let friends help. A DIY wedding is a lot of work and can be stressful, but there is no question that catering it yourself or doing your own flowers can save you a bundle.
But also be sure to factor in all of the extras that caterers typically include that you might not think about having to do or pay for, such as tables, chairs and portable bathrooms.
6. Tweak the menu. Whether you do it yourself or hire someone, this can make a big difference. Caterers typically have set menus, but if you can find one who is willing to work with you and change a few things around to cut the price per person, you can definitely whittle down the cost of the food.
7. Go over the guest list. Obviously, the number of guests controls a lot of the expenses, so make sure your guest list really reflects the people you truly want. And be sure that your RSVP count is realistic. For lots of weddings, guests will come to the service and then stop by the reception for a few minutes but not eat — but you are paying for their meal because they RSVP’d in the affirmative.
8. Vet the Wedding Venue. Your choice for the wedding venue and the reception is a crucial piece of the wedding puzzle, and prices can be all over the place. Definitely shop around. Typically you are going to do better price-wise to have the ceremony and reception at one location. Also, a venue that will let you bring in your own caterer and bar can save you a lot of money.
But there are package deals at some venues that give you an attractive fixed cost and fewer vendors to deal with. If you can have the accommodation at the same venue then this will save a lot of extra travel to and fro also.
The Cockatoo Room at Bawley Bush Cottages is a beautiful venue for your wedding ceremony and reception. May we recommend that you consider an outdoor service though as the scenery is sublime with Lake Willinga across the lawns with black swans swimming past, surrounded by a stunning natural bush landscape and only minutes away from pristine Bawley Point beaches.
This venue definitely ticks all the boxes for a wonderful “best day of your life”
9. Buy instead of rent. Compare the cost of buying as opposed to renting some things. One friend bought napkins online and used them for all of the showers, the rehearsal dinner and the wedding dinner and will have them for their next daughter’s wedding. Another bride bought all of her plates and wine glasses at a thrift store and planned a garage sale later to recoup some of her expenses.
10. Get some expert opinions. Talk to at least 10 recent brides/couples to see what they learned and what they would or wouldn’t do again.
We hope you enjoyed this “Cost Saving Wedding Tips” article and many thanks to Ms Cheap for her article insight from the marriage preparations for her two daughters