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  1. MoneyMan

    MoneyMan Active Member

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    Hi All

    I need some savvy money saving ideas for my upcoming wedding for 2016

    This will be a small wedding of max 50 guests

    Any ideas on places/ venues or does anyone have a nice Ferrari for the day ;)

    All ideas welcome

    Cheers,

    John.
     
  2. Kinnon Bell

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    Hold the wedding off season and of a weekday.

    I did both and save quite a bit.
     
  3. geoffw

    geoffw Moderator Staff Member

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    I've fixed to say what Kinnon really meant.
     
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  5. EN710

    EN710 Well-Known Member

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    If you have a house, do it at your house.
    Sydney botanical garden as venue can be quite in budget as well - rent chairs and decor yourself, and get catering to deliver. What's the budget by the way?
     
  6. vtt

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    My tips:
    Weekday in early spring
    Reduce guest numbers - who do you love the most?
    Walk to the wedding venue (I did this!) - no cars needed
    Rent a public space for exclusive use, much less expensive than private venues
    String quartet or harpist for the music rather than a band or DJ

    Don't skimp on:
    Flowers
    Cake - you can eat this for dessert to save on catering costs if you really want to
    Wedding dress (if she compromises then she'll never have her moment)

    vtt
    :D
     
  7. bob shovel

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    We found the reception chewed up half the costs so the venue and rates per head can make a big difference
    And that commodore on your avatar canbe a wedding car! I got my land cruiser detailed and a white ribbon, job done for the guys!
     
  8. Tillie

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    Have ceremony and reception in a same place, saving cost in hiring cars and two venues
    Organise the ceremony and reception on the beach or public (free) garden with catering
    Have a ceremony in hot air balloon with only people you really care about
     
  9. geoffw

    geoffw Moderator Staff Member

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    I got married in Mexico, on fairly short notice, not long after a stock market crash. Nobody from Australia made it. I saved a fortune.
     
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  10. PrG

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    Have the wedding dress made by a dressmaker. Make your own wedding invitations. Make your own church flower arrangements for pews. Shop around for good but cheap florist. Don't have an open bar. Provide wines & beer (buy them yourself; will be cheaper). Don't have too many bridesmaids. Shop around for good but cheap video. Don't skimp on the food though.
     
  11. Chilliblue

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    Don't say the booking is for a wedding. It is also family get together.
     
  12. MoneyMan

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    Thanks for all the suggestions!
    Not sure about budget and we were both wanting to get married on/near a beach but the catering for that might be odd? As for the car in my pic it's just a dream car for me :(
     
  13. EN710

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    If you have not chosen a celebrant, mine is one of the best in Sydney and she's affordable :)

    Beach sounds great but make sure the weather is good (sweating and avoiding sun with wedding dress is not very fun I believe)

    Catering - there are always cafe around the beach, maybe can contact them to see if they do catering (for 50 people, surely someone can do it!)
     
  14. wylie

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    One of the best weddings we've been to was in the registry office in Brisbane, which is a lovely place (nothing like I had pictured it in my head), followed by a whole restaurant at Rosalie booked out for dinner. It was casual, fun and probably a fraction of the cost of a "fancy" wedding.

    I'm hoping my children will choose a simple affair rather than a tizzy expensive affair.
     
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  15. geoffw

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    Not a chance.

    When your son gets married it will be a huge thing, just because he hasn't been allowed to get married up to that point.
     
  16. EN710

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    They can pay for the fancy expensive part :rolleyes:
     
  17. MoneyMan

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    @ wylie did you/ the bride get changed when you went to the restaurant? Or stay in the full outfit
     
  18. Tillie

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    Organise Sunday afternoon wedding instead of Saturday dinner type of event
     
  19. Brian84

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    What location will it be. We do weddings on choppers (custom Harleys) and there is a mate of a mate that does weddings with us in his Ferrari
     
  20. Perp

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    In my religious community, it's quite common for the ceremony to be in a public park, and the reception to be a "pot luck" event at somebody's home (maybe the bride or groom's parents). The bride and groom ask everybody to bring a dish or a dessert, and because it's a wedding, people usually go all-out and the food actually ends up being top-notch. :cool: But this is expected in our community; I don't know if it's doable in your own cultural context.
     
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