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10 ways your loved ones can help save on your wedding budget

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On your wedding day, get by with a little help from your friends… and family.

If you’re planning a wedding it’s also time to start exploiting strengthening your friendships and family bonds. We’ve handpicked 10 ways your loved ones can help save you money on your wedding day – and we promise they’ll love it! No, seriously.

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1. THEIR GIFT TO YOU

Ask your nearest and dearest to pitch in for certain items as their wedding gift to you. You’ll probably find some will be happy to help contribute toward flowers, your bar tab or in lieu of a traditional gift – plus, they’ll know they’re giving you something you actually want.

2. RESOURCEFUL COUPLES

Use your married friends and family members as a database of advice. Ask them what they honestly thought was worth the money at their own wedding. What do they think they could have skipped? Was that Cinderella carriage really worth it? Learn from their experiences, but always remember that every couple is different.

3. ONE TALENTED BUNCH

Consider your loved ones’ talents. Do you have a friend who’s a killer amateur DJ? Is there a mixologist – with an RSA certificate – in your squad who’s happy to design a signature cocktail for you? Are your grans and aunts happy to bake some old-school sweets for your favours? Giving your family and friends a special role in the lead-up to the day will not only help save pennies, but it will also add special meaning for both them and you.

4. EMBRACE DIY

Use your bridal shower or engagement party as a big DIY bash. Hit play on the tunes and watch your friends and family have a grand ol’ time as they embrace their inner Martha Stewart (and share a few craft horror stories along the way). Not only is it a fun party idea, it’s also a crafty (boom boom) way to produce decorations or favours on a mass scale. Don’t believe us? A bride from our last issue created 500 tissue paper tassels for her ceremony with the help of her family at a pre-wedding party. The results? Ah-mazing! (See for yourself).

5. IN THE GREEN

If you’re sourcing your flowers from a wholesaler, raid your friends and families’ gardens for greenery to use as ‘filler’. You’d be surprised what you can find in backyards – look out for boxwoods, ferns and eucalyptus leaves. A good florist will create something stunning out of your finds, and chances are your loved ones were meaning to prune back their greenery anyway. Just be sure to ask first before you crack out the garden shears.

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6. SCOUTS’ HONOUR

Op shops may be a hipster’s best friend, but they can also be fantastic for sourcing unique bits and bobs to help with your styling. Plus, special finds can add a seriously special touch – you just need to think outside the square. Enlist your family and friends as scouts and ask them to keep an eye out at their local store – or get everyone together and make a day of it. A scavenger hunt for the perfect ring dish or bunting can make for a fun day out.

7. DRIVE, PARKER

If you’re having your ceremony and reception at different venues, you don’t need a Rolls-Royce or stretch limo to get you from A to B. Do any of your guests have a nice car they wouldn’t mind lending you for the day? An Audi, Lexus or BMW will feel luxurious and you really can’t go past a classic car – now’s the time to get that ’60s Mustang out of the garage and make like Lady Penelope.

8. IN THE GREEN

If you’re sourcing your flowers from a wholesaler, raid your friends and families’ gardens for greenery to use as ‘filler’. You’d be surprised what you can find in backyards – look out for boxwoods, ferns and eucalyptus leaves. A good florist will create something stunning out of your finds, and chances are your loved ones were meaning to prune and reception at different venues, you don’t need a Rolls-Royce or stretch limo to get you from A to B. Do any of your guests have a nice car they wouldn’t mind lending you for  the day? An Audi, Lexus or BMW will feel luxurious and you really can’t go past a classic car – now’s the time to get that ’60s Mustang out of the garage and make like Lady Penelope.

9. CASH IN THOSE CARDS

Do you have any unused gift cards in your purse that your family and friends gave you last Christmas? You can actually find some pretty handy stuff for weddings at supermarkets and their sister stores. Does your venue allow you to bring your own alcohol? Spend your gift cards at the local bottle-o and look out for deals on spirits – they last a long time and can make for the perfect cocktail hour tipple.

10. HONEY, I SHRUNK THE BUDGET!

Honeyfunds have boomed lately, and it’s no wonder why. Let’s face it – you can probably do without the three identical sets of Champagne flutes, but a romantic getaway is something you’ll treasure forever. Ask your guests to contribute via a cute honeyfund collection box at the reception, or set up an online version. There’s a world of handy honeyfund website and apps – just be sure to mention your gift wishes on your invitations. you treasure forever”

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