Tips for having a stylish wedding on a budget – Blogpost 2

Find our tips for having a stylish wedding on a budget (Blogpost 1) here.

6. GO ELECTRONIC

You can save quite a bit by sending out e-invites and save-the-dates at a fraction of the cost of printed stationery. If you are worried that it might not work with some of the older guests, then simply ask your stationery designer to print an invitation for those who do not use email. A wedding website, like the fee websites offered on Wedding Jojo with directions, accommodation options and arrangements will also save you on printing costs.
7. DOUBLE DUTY
Think of clever ways to use one item for two different purposes, for example choose a floral arrangement that can easily be transported from the ceremony to the reception area. Some other double duty ideas are to print the menu on the back, or inside, of the table number. Print your guests’ names on the napkins and let them keep it as a gift. If you’re buying decor items, for example vases, frames, glass jars or special linen, make sure you can use it in your home afterwards or present it as a gift to your bridesmaids to say thank you, after the wedding.
8. HAVE THE CEREMONY AND RECEPTION AT THE SAME VENUE
Having your wedding ceremony and reception in the same area will not only save transport cost, but it will also save you time as you won’t have to travel between the two venues while setting up. It will also make using the same decor again at the reception, much easier.
9. CHOOSE A VENUE THAT IS BEAUTIFUL IN IT’S OWN RIGHT
Choose a nice-looking venue and surroundings, so all you have to do is to beautifully set the tables with linen, flowers and centrepieces. Compromising and booking a more affordable, less appealing venue might seem like the smarter financial choice, but often times it takes a lot of extra decor items to make it look beautiful. So keep that in mind when booking your reception venue.
10. USE ALTERNATIVES FOR FRESH FLOWERS
We love fresh flowers, but they can be quite expensive, and often times temperamental, especially in summer. Consider using an alternative to flowers like fresh lemons, apples, pinecones, berries, olive branches, succulents, eucalyptus, herbs or even potted plants.Alternatives like these cost a fraction of the price and if you can pick them up for a wholesale price or befriend a farmer who will give you a good rate, even better.
Join us next time for the following five handy tips. (Blogpost 3)

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