DIY and comparing prices!
We’ve got an amazing venue, just because it’s slightly away from the city, and is new to the wedding market. Also look at unconventional venues – barns etc.
We’re doing our own flowers which is saving us about £1k ($1500), and doing our own decorations as well. Because we’ve got a long engagement, we can buy bits and bobs all along the way, which means we get the cheapest buys (sale items and all that), and the costs are spread out so we don’t have to pay a huge amount of money just weeks before our wedding!
Hunt down sale items and best prices. I’m buying my shoes from the post-christmas sales, and looking at buying my dress either in a sample sale or online.
Online shops are also amazing for everything wedding-related! I’m using ebay more than ever before, and order most of my items from chinese sellers. Chair covers & sashes for cheaper than I could rent them for? Check. Centrepieces for £5 a piece? Check. Paper items for our invites? Check, check, check! Because online shops don’t have the overheads physical shops do, they can normally do things so much cheaper!
Try to bring in your own alcohol.. Venues might charge a corkage fee, but even with that, champagne is normally cheaper. We’re buying ours at these ‘buy a crate’ places when they’ve got sales on; we’re getting dom at veuve prices.
Coupons, loyalty discounts, bonus points, etc. are not something to shun! Make sure you sign up for your favourite site’s mailing list and you’ll get first dibs on sale items and anything new & upcoming!
Basically, give yourself time to do this thing and plan, plan, plan! If you’re sure you’re getting the cheapest deal, you can buy better quality and rest assured that you haven’t wasted your money.