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Seven ways to save money on your wedding that NOBODY will notice!

Evoke.ie logoEvoke.ie 13/08/2016 Claire Murrihy

It’s official, budget weddings are in. The trend comes in the wake of recent revelations that Kristen Bell and Dax Shephard spent a whopping $142 on their registry office wedding and that Mila Kunis bought her and husband Ashton Kutcher’s wedding bands on Etsy!

So if it’s good enough for Hollywood superstars, why on earth do mere mortals feel obliged to go into massive debt to make their wedding days special?

The fact is, there are loads of ways to save money on your wedding – you just have to know where to make the cuts.

Here are 7 simple ways to save a fortune on your wedding day without your guests noticing:

1. Make your invitations

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You might be someone who holds stationery in very high regard but trust us, your guests aren’t. Why not get the materials you need, enlist the help of your friends/bridal party and make your own? Not only will they cost less, they’ll be more personal aswell!


2. Ask a friend or neighbour or family member to make your wedding cake

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The mark up on wedding cakes is OUTRAGEOUS. Seriously, you could end up spending more than your dress! To save yourself a few hundred euro why not ask one of your Mary Berry-esque friends or family members to make a cake for you? It can be their present to you. Win-win.


3. Incorporate some fake flowers among your arrangements

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This wedding tip is used time and time again by wedding planners who are restricted by budget constraints. Use real flowers for your bouquet and your groom’s button-hole but for the larger arrangements, throw some fake ones in with the real blooms. Scent with perfume to complete the illusion!


4. Buy a pre-loved dress

© Getty Images Wedding dresses deserve to be worn more than once!

The dress is a tricky one. Most women immediately head to fancy bridal shops and fall in love with the epic lace, silk and satin creations, passionately declaring that they’ll spend whatever they have to when they find the ONE! 

However, if you’re on a budget, you’re in luck. There are so many incredible designer dresses out there that have only been once and are ‘as new’ not to mention that charity shops often get donations from bigger boutiques with dresses that have NEVER been worn! 

5. Purchase your wedding bands online

Mila Kunis picked up her wedding ring on Etsy for under 100 dollars! Pic: REX © Provided by Associated News Mila Kunis picked up her wedding ring on Etsy for under 100 dollars! Pic: REX

If it’s a choice between spending a bit extra for a bit of engagement bling or saving to get a more expensive wedding band, we’ll choose the engagement ring bling every time! No one really looks at the wedding band anyway. Besides, if buying them online is good enough for Mila and Ashton, it’s good enough for us!


6. Ask your beautician friend to do your hair/makeup or go the DIY route

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Depending on how proficient you are (and how steady your nerves will be on the day!) you should do your own makeup. There are thousands of Youtube tutorials to show you how to get every conceivable bridal look. Just make sure you’ve got plenty of practice in before the big day!

7. Have an iPod mix instead of a DJ

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If you want to spend a decent chunk of change on a band, a good way to save money is buying being your own DJ. Ask one of your tech-savvy friends to set up your iPod to a speaker and be in charge of keeping the tunes pumping for an hour or two. Bonus: you get to create a setlist that you know you’ll love!


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