It’s hard not to splurge on what you hope to be the best day of your life

Venues! Flowers! Décor! Food! And don’t even get us started on the dress…

When it comes to planning a wedding, the costs are endless – and because it’s a ‘once in a lifetime’ event, only the very best will do.

It’s hard not to splurge on what you hope to be the best day of your life.

But, splurging can quickly lead you down a slippery slope – one which could take you and your new spouse (not to mention your parents) years to summit again.

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Rebecca Butler from The Wedding Fairy (a wedding planning company that offers elegant and top quality wedding planning services in Cape Town) believes it is possible to save money and have the wedding of your dreams.

She lets us in on five of her wedding money-saving tricks below:

1. Be smart when you select your venue

When selecting a wedding venue, it’s important to bear your budget in mind. Don’t be shy to shop around – as most South African cities are filled with stunning options in every price range.

Keep a look out for what the venue includes in their hiring costs. You typically want to choose a venue that includes as much as possible (think tables, chairs, linen, waiters, cutlery, crockery and glassware) in their packages. If a venue doesn’t include these elements as part of their package, then you could be in for a lot of extra costs straight off the bat.

Remember, the more suppliers you add to making your day special; the more transport and delivery costs you’ll need to pay!

When it comes to planning a wedding, the costs are endless – and because it’s a ‘once in a lifetime’ event, only the very best will do

2. Skip the starters

If you are looking to save a few pennies on food, try removing the starters from your menu and opt to serve only a main course and desert instead.

In doing so, you’ll still have that ‘formal feel’ of sitting down to a meal together, without the additional cost of an extra course.

Good to know: Guests will most likely curb their hunger on appetisers (while you are off taking wedding photos), so starters are a good course to cut!

3. Go digital

These days, everything is digital – and your wedding need not be different!

Instead of sending out printed ‘Save the Dates’, why not design one online (there are many free tools available) and send it to your guests via email or Whatsapp?

When it comes to your actual invitations, designing a website is far easier on the pocket than printing them – plus, it’s more environmentally friendly. There are many free online tools that you can use to whip something up – and you don’t need to be tech savvy to use them! An added bonus is the fact that many of these sites offer tracking systems (for RSVPs), so creating an online invitation allows you to track guest numbers effortlessly!

4. Forget the favours

Modern weddings are moving away from the whole wedding favour tradition – and rightfully so. With the cost per head more than enough to spend on each guest, there’s no need to throw in an additional freebie.

5. Unnecessary stationery

Cut costs by scratching unnecessary stationery off your list of must-haves!

Forgo a formal seating chart and allow guests to choose where they sit (which will in turn ‘warm up’ the tone of your reception).

For other stationery items; like menus – an inexpensive (and re-usable) chalkboard is your best friend! Ask a friend with the prettiest handwriting to write your menu down on a big-enough one that you can display somewhere in the reception hall, for guests to see!

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