How to save on the Wedding Expenses That Cost More Than You’d Think.
When setting your wedding budget, it’s important to be realistic about the actual costs associated with the products or services you want.
The venue typically is the most expensive aspects of a wedding.
This depends on whether the venue comes with food and servers or not “Great food and great service should be your No. 1 priority. To save money, book the venues in “off times,” such as during the week or in winter season, since most brides want to be married on the weekend or summer. Call the venue you’re interested in and ask about discounts and savings.
Flowers: Flowers are very expensive and they don’t last long. They’re one of the biggest expenses brides will have to budget for. There are some great ways to save on flowers. Vases with single flowers rather than total arrangements can save you money. You can also save by ordering local flowers from your florist rather than ones that are imported.
The Wedding Attire: Your dress alone could cost thousands of rands, and then you have to factor in the price of a tuxedo, shoes for the bride and groom, accessories, etc. The cost can really add up. If you’re not too sentimental, you could borrow or rent a dress for the occasion. Renting a tuxedo rather than buying can also trim the cost. If you want a new dress, look for last season’s styles to save money.
Cake: The average cost of a wedding cake was R4500 and specialty designed cakes can cost thousands. Consider alternatives to reduce prices, such as having a small cutting cake and a sheet cake for eating. Or, you can also create the illusion of a large cake by having your baker include decorated Styrofoam tiers to give your cake extra height for less money.
Rentals: When determining your venue, make sure to inquire about what furniture or items are included in your rental fee. If they don’t provide any rentals other than the space, consider what you’ll need. From ceremony seating to reception tables, chairs, plates, stemware, silverware, linens, and specialty rentals, your costs can add up quickly. Choose less expensive linens instead of extravagant ones and opt for just one water