· Cut your guest list down. You'll save in many areas, e.g. catering costs, wedding invitations, place settings, etc. Yes I know some people will be disappointed they're not invited, but people are quite understanding nowadays. I'm sure, as long as you explain they'll be fine.
· Why have your wedding on a Saturday. Why not change to a Friday instead. The added bonus is you have all day Saturday and/or Sunday to catch up with family and friends before going off on your honeymoon.
· Honeymoon - keep an eye out for holiday specials before your wedding.
· Plan your wedding for off-peak season. You'll be amazed at how much you will save in many areas, i.e. wedding venues.
· Shop in off -peak season for extra decor. You can pick up pretty red or pink vases after Valentines Day or modern black after Halloween.
· Hold the ceremony and reception at the same place. Some suppliers charge by the hour so you'll make savings on travel time.
· Flowers - use more greenery than flowers or look around your neighborhood, or family and friends' gardens, see what you can find in their gardens. Maybe stick to just one or two kinds of flowers. Buy flowers that are in season. You can also include non-floral decorations, like lanterns.
· Collect wines on special during the year before your wedding. If you pick up two bottles of wine a week for a whole year, that's 52 bottles of wine. Red wine is better as it matures, but white wine, make sure it's not too old.
· Cakes - order a small one or two-tiered cake and then supplement cake with a larger sheet cake (hidden out the back). Remember fruit cake can be more expensive than a banana or chocolate cake.
· Reuse the wedding flowers to put on the cake table if you've got a small and simple cake.
· Do your own wedding invites on the computer, or there are a lot of printing websites with specials all the time. Take advantage of these.
· Make your cake part of the wedding favours.
· Photographs - ask a few of your best friends to take photos for you, the more organized photos, and ask friends for copies of theirs after the wedding. You may find them on Facebook later on anyway.