Wedding Budget: 4 Chic Ways To Save

Little gems that cost less, without compromising on style.

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1. THE MENU STYLE

At one end of the wedding dinner spectrum, there’s individual silver service (ka-ching!) – and at the other, a good old buffet. Looking for a mid point? “Floating buffets” (where platters are delivered to tables and guests self-serve while seated) provide a cheaper option than silver service, minus the queues of the traditional buffet.
Cavit & Co serving set, $435.

2. YOUR CAKE

Purchase a small, immaculate ‘cutting cake’ for display and for your cutting ceremony, and caterers can cut additional pieces for guests from a larger sheet cake behind-the-scenes.
Below: City Cake Company cake, POA

3. THE RING

Keen on a blingtastic ring, but not so much on the price tag? Opting for cluster of smaller diamonds, or a halo ring setting can help you to maximise the sparkle while keeping costs down. It’s often the size of a substantial single diamond that increases the dollar value.
Below: Michael Hill ring, $2699.

4. THE DRINKS

Wine and beer are often the most cost-effective beverage options – but what about those who are gluten free, or allergic to wine? Instead of a fully stocked bar, concoct one signature cocktail that serves as an option for those who can’t drink the standards. That way you can control what alcohol guests drink (i.e. not the top-shelf options!) while adding a unique point of difference to your day.


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