There's no denying that weddings can be expensive but with a bit of planning there are plenty of ways to keep costs under control without compromising on style. Here are our six recommended tips:
1. It's all about the fit. You've heard it before - it's not about how expensive the dress is, it's about how well it fits. A less-expensive dress that fits like a glove will look far better than an ill-fitting garment that costs the earth. Our bridal collection dresses are all available in custom measurements and will be made to your exact specifications so you get all the tailoring without the extra expense!
2. Consider being a winter bride. Many venues offer off-peak rates in winter and are likely to have more available dates. And the cooler weather gives you the perfect opportunity to consider a more unique dress. Check out our gorgeous Heather dress for a beautiful vintage long sleeve look.
3. Convertible bridesmaid dresses. There's no need to spend a fortune on bespoke bridesmaid dresses for your bridal party. Multiway bridesmaid dresses are affordable and completely customisable for each of your bridesmaid's individual styles and shapes. With our ever-expanding range of colours, it's only a matter of time before you find your perfect shade (left to right: powder blue, graphite, sapphire, light pink, dusty pink, lilac).
And with an increasing selection of accessories including skirt overlays and brooches, your bridesmaids can create an even more bespoke look (left: ivory lace overlay over dusty pink multiway dress; right: rosette overlay skirt over champagne multiway dress).
4. Stick with the season. Yes, peonies are beautiful, but unless you're getting married in Spring, they will cost you an arm and a leg. Consider substituting with David Austin roses which are available all year round and just as gorgeous. Ask your florist what's in season for your wedding month - by going with what's seasonal your bouquets and centerpieces will not only be cheaper but looking their best and freshest as they won't need to be imported in cold storage from halfway across the world!
5. BYO alcohol. Check with your venue whether you can supply your own alcohol. A trip to Dan Murphy's to stock up on a few boxes of the good stuff is going to work out much more cost-effective than paying a venue to supply an expensive beverage package at an hourly rate or per head to serve the barely drinkable house wine and beer.
6. Avoid long gaps between the ceremony and reception. Photographers and musicians often charge by the hour or offer packages based on time so the shorter the gap, the less you have to pay your vendors. And your guests will appreciate not having hours of time to kill.
Good luck (and congratulations)!