It’s often the priciest part of planning – but there are surefire ways to save. Here, a few of our favourite tactics.
Opt for sharing plates
A more social (and budget-friendly) spin on the sit-down meal, let guests plate up from family-style platters delivered to their table, instead of individually plated feasts.
Book a weekday – in off season
Mulled wine, rich meals, roaring fireplaces – there’s little more romantic than a winter wedding. Look in the right places and you’ll score some significant deals – like these ones from Hilton: book a winter wedding with the hotel group and enjoy savings such as $10 per reception attendee if you book in Auckland, a cut of $1000 from the total bill (and a bridal suite upgrade) if you book in Taupo or a 10 per cent saving per person from packages in the Queenstown branch. Visit hiltonevents.co.nz for more information.
Arrange your own centrepieces
While bouquets or floral arches require some serious structural precision, bright blooms can be clustered in recycled vases DIY-style for a budget-friendly spin.
Ask for a detailed contract
Save yourself from unexpected cake cutting costs, overtime charges or cleaning bills by requesting a clear breakdown of the quoted price before you agree to the hireage.
Cut the guest list
It sounds harsh, but it’s the easiest way to save. Ask yourself whether the people you’re inviting will still be in your life in five years’ time – if the answer is no, ditch them from the list.