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My Tips For Planning a Beautiful Wedding Without Breaking The Bank

I am currently in full swing wedding planning mode.

I am getting married in September 2016, and whilst it is a while a way, I have learnt so much already in regards to the wedding industry, and how not to get so caught up in the hype of it.

The wedding industry is an expensive one, no doubts about it. The second anyone hears the word ‘wedding‘, prices automatically skyrocket to around 3 times the ‘normal’ price.

It’s easy to get caught in the web, but what most brides don’t know – you just don’t have to!

The Venue

My fiance and I went to see some wedding venues, and we were stuck on two: one is a very modern, European style wedding hall with a nice outside area as well. The other is a completely different style, with a Tuscan, vineyard feel.

It’s always been my dream to have a vineyard wedding, but the price was higher than the other one.

After much oohing and aahing and going back and forth a million times, I decided that a wedding is once in a lifetime (I hope) and I need to go with my dream venue – even if it is a little more expensive than the other one, I know that I always would have regretted not going with my heart.

We have become experts at bargaining – the first price a venue gives you should NEVER be the price you take.

There is always room to move, and even if there’s not, you need to always make sure that they throw in some freebies and make it worth your while.

After all, you’re investing a significant sum of money into your big day, and you should get what you pay for!

Venue decoration

After hearing prices that some decor/design companies take, it’s safe to say that I was in an absolute state of shock. I had no idea that it would be so expensive!

I quickly decided that the decor at my wedding will be DIY – anyway, I jump at the opportunity to be creative, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity.

I made a Pinterest board, and found so many sources of inspiration. A lot of the ideas also explain exactly how to make them.

It will be a great mother-daughter bonding experience preparing everything in the weeks /months before.

Engagement and wedding bands

Engagement rings and wedding bands can add to wedding expenses, and the bands are usually not considered until the last minute (it’s easy to forget about them when organizing an entire event!).

Beautiful engagement rings may be worth the investment, but wedding bands can be simpler and thus, less expensive.

So when it comes to buying the rings, pre-plan, research and budget them in.

Make-up and hair

Make up and hair prices are also outrageous. I really don’t understand why the moment you mention ‘bride’ the price skyrockets.

It’s the same makeup, and the same amount of time spent, so why the crazy high price?!

I decided to go to my regular hairdresser for a trial as I want a very simple hairstyle anyway. It turned out to be exactly what I want, and for about a quarter of the price of the ‘wedding’ hair stylists.

In terms of make up, I also want to make sure that everything stays very natural and I don’t look like I’m wearing a mask on my big day.

My sister in law is especially talented at doing make up, so we decided she would do my makeup – it will also be a special bonding experience!

Alcohol and drinks

Alcohol at wedding venues tends to be watered down at a lot of places, and the prices are insane.

We found a website that sells alcohol at wholesale prices so we will get the majority from there, and the rest we will wait for the big sales and stock up.

Again, it turns out to be around a quarter of the price that the venue offered us.

Save the Date Cards

Save the date cards are all going to be sent via email – we decided it is such an unnecessary expense to print them out!

We are going to take a picture of our beloved dog in a suit wearing a sign saying ‘my parents are getting married’:) We may also do our wedding invitations via Paperless Post which will also save a significant amount of money.

Those are my tips so far in my wedding organisation process. I’m sure as time goes by, I will learn a lot more and I’ll write another post.

It’s just important to remember that at the end of the day, your wedding should be a celebration of you and you partner’s love – it doesn’t need to get out of control, and you should try to stay as calm as possible (I’m still getting the hang of that one!)

About Jess

Jess hails from Sunny Australia and is the youngest of the frugal ladies. She loves shopping for a bargain, reading, watching movies and spends most of her life on the beach

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  • Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    I love this post. Weddings are beautiful things, but they can suck the money straight out of your bank account.

  • MJ L

    Great tips!! Weddings can be extremely expensive, so bargaining is a must!

  • Great tips! We skipped the wedding and went straight to the JP. I don’t regret it one bit.

  • These are really good tips! It’s so true about the stylists. That’s a big area you can cut costs from.

  • Pam

    We did a lot of DIY for my daughter’s wedding. You can save a lot of money this way.

  • TheNewClassy

    Weddings can be so expensive. Lately I see more and more people making their own decorations. These tips are very helpful for saving money!

  • Obviously MARvelous

    I know how stressful and expensive planning a wedding can be. Cutting costs wherever possible is certainly helpful.

  • I never had a wedding when I got married. These tips, like going to a regular makeup artist and hairdresser (without mentioning wedding!) will help me because my husband and I are planning on renewing our vows in 3 years so I can have my wedding!

  • Theresa

    I had a shotgun courthouse wedding, so no planning went into mine. However, I have 2 girls, so I am sure these tips are going to come in handy for us some day!

  • Carly Anderson

    These are great tips! We had a wedding on a fairly tight budget…..just had to decide which things were a priority and what things we didn’t want to spend a lot on!

  • Ann Bacciaglia

    These are great tips for a wedding that does not break the bank. I am always shocked when i hear how much some people spend on a wedding. It would be better to use the money as a down payment on a house.

  • These are great tips! I am so glad I don’t have to plan a wedding again!

  • Crystal

    Congrats on the upcoming wedding. I was also blown away by the insane prices. It’s good to know you can curb some of the spending.

  • SwaRai

    This is awesome, I know so many people struggle with this. Congrats

  • Jeanine @ sixtimemommy.com

    Great tips. I’ll always regret not having an actual wedding, we just did a quick little thing with a pastor and signed papers etc. I want a beautiful wedding! Maybe this will come in handy for our renewal!

  • Christie

    Thank you for these wedding tips! I unfortunately got married before Pinterest, I could have saved so much!

  • Amber Conaway

    Those are awesome tips!! I did my wedding on a tight budget and it’s not easy but it’s doable!

  • I want to wish you in advance, Jess for your marriage. Planning a
    wedding is always stressful and expensive for all the time. Thank god Jess you
    don’t compromise in choosing the venue. That is a great decision. There
    are also many free apps like ‘Wedding Budget’,
    ‘Wedding 911 by The Knot’, ‘Destination Weddings and Honeymoons Guides’ which are very
    helpful in wedding planning. Anyone can take their help.