If saving is the new black then keeping a close eye on your big day's bottom line is the new wedding chic.

Whether you're funding the day yourselves, you're after a low-key vibe or times are tough, savvy brides have come up with plenty of strategies to ensure you can still have a beautiful wedding reception - without blowing the budget. 

Keep up to date with local wedding suppliers wedding offers, discounts and freebies.

1. Mid-Week

While it's long been thought staging your wedding on a Friday is an obvious money saver, that's not necessarily the case. In fact, forget Fridays. If you're keen to pinch pennies many venues say they're as popular as Saturdays.

Your best bet is a Wednesday or Thursday or ask venues that don't normally open on a Sunday if they are willing to open their doors for yours. Despite having to pay staff Sunday rates, you may find some venues can offer discounted packages for Sunday weddings.

Once you've chosen the day, it's time to think about style.

2. Go High Tea Or English Breakfast

Cocktail parties outside major meal times can be a less fussy and much more cost effective option when compared with conventional sit-down do's - they're typically shorter and you don't need to account for as many wait staff, nor table decorations.

For an elegant English style of wedding, why not consider a wedding breakfast or lunch. Get married mid-morning when you're looking fresh and negotiate with your venue to be out in the afternoon - leaving them to re-book another function in the evening.

A wedding high tea is another variation on this theme. Think pretty pastels, shabby chic and platters of fresh fruits, pastries, poached salmon, cheese plates, twee tarts, cucumber sandwiches and smoked trout with crème fraiche - yum! Consider as an added bonus the fact guests tend to drink less at a brunch or high tea too.

FInd a venue to host a wedding high tea

3. BYO

If you're able to, supply your own alcohol, as even if venues charge a hefty corkage, BYO usually still works out a less expensive option in the end.

4. Less Is More

Another idea to keep costs down is to have your wedding guests head straight into the wedding reception room in the evening, serving one round of drinks at the door as guests mingle and seek their seats.

This can save significant sums compared to serving drinks and canapés in a designated foyer area or garden before the reception - especially if the bridal party run late and rounds of drinks run into extra time.

5. Serve Cake

Considering most wedding dinners consist of at least two courses, there's really no need to serve dessert and then wedding cake with coffee. Wedding cake is a perfectly acceptable dessert option these days and guests with tight dresses will thank you for it later.

Another tip from the trade is to serve coffee, chocolates and mints after the meal, as besides finishing off dinner nicely, it also helps slow alcohol consumption.

Find a wedding cake maker

6. Make Yours A Feast

For something entirely different, forgo the sit-down three-course meal altogether and opt for a themed set meal instead such as filling and delicious curries or tagines with rice, and carry the theme through with matching table decorations in a Bollywood or Moroccan theme.

Discover more ideas on what to serve at your wedding

7. Student Discount

If you are hosting your wedding reception at home or in a marquee, save money on hiring wait staff by contacting local TAFE colleges or hospitality schools where students are often willing to oblige at a fraction of the price of professional catering companies.

8. Elope (To The Nearest Restaurant)

Lock in a date with the Registry Office or hold a small service at your local church, then head off to your families favourite restaurant with your nearest and dearest. If a full scale wedding is not in the budget then it's not in the budget besides, there's a certain romance about turning your back on a holding a conventional wedding.

Check out some exotic wedding venues to elope to

outdoor wedding ceremony

MM Photos

Share to Facebook Tweet Pin It Email