Tips for having a stylish wedding on a budget – Blogpost 4

Thanks for popping in to read our last 5 tips on having a stylish wedding on a budget.

Read previous entries here:  Blogpost 1, Blogpost 2, Blogpost 3

16. NO NEED TO HAVE BUBBLY

On the topping of bubbly, you don’t have to serve sparkling wine during the speeches. Many glasses are left untouched on the table. Guests can toast with whatever they are drinking at the time, just make sure your MC communicates this to the guests, and give them time to get a drink before the speeches commence.

17. KEEP AN EYE ON THE BAR TAB

The bar tab can eat away at your budget in an instant. And there are lots of ways you can keep the cost low. Don’t offer an open bar. If you offer wine, beer, a non-alcoholic beverage, coffee and a cash bar, guests will certainly stay hydrated. Ask waiters to make sure that guests are finished with their drinks, before removing glasses with wine or other beverages still in them. And make sure you have some non-alcoholic drinks on the table, like flavoured water of homemade cordial or lemonade, which will quench their thirst.

18. TRANSPORTATION

Don’t spend money on getting a fancy car if it’s not a priority for you. Most people don’t even see the car, as all the guests are inside, either the ceremony venue or the reception venue, when you arrive. If your own car is not fit for the occasion, ask a family member or friend to do the honours.

19. SWOP A WEDDING DRESS FOR A REGULAR WHITE DRESS

We’ve seen some gorgeous white or cream dresses that would make the most beautiful wedding dresses, for a fraction of the cost of a wedding dress. Keep your eyes open for a dress in a non-bridal boutique. Remember you can always alter it with a piece of lace, ribbon or brooch. And when you add a veil or headpiece and a bouquet, you’re half way there.

20. GIVE A NEWBIE A CHANCE

You can save quite a bit by booking  and using a few relatively new service providers for our wedding. If you’re willing to take the chance of using a more inexperienced service provider, it can trim the cost of your wedding considerably. And using newbies have their advantage too, as they often have fewer clients and can give you more personalised attention.

About the author: Johan Strydom