1. YOUR FLORALS Let bountiful bridesmaid bouquets double as venue decorations by using them on the head table. Interspersed with candles in varying heights, this is an easy penny-saver for beautifully dressed tables.
2. YOUR TABLES New trend alert – using multiple long strips of ribbon instead of table runners will brighten your tables for a fraction of the cost. Mix it up with ribbons in bold colours, keep it simple with creamy tones, or try pastel hues for a fun, whimsical table.
3. YOUR GUEST FAVOURS Giving your guests the chance to win thousands of dollars can only be a good thing, right? Purchase a $1 scratchy for each guest, package it in a crisp white envelope with a fresh floral and pretty tie, and you've got budget-friendly favours your guests will love.
4. YOUR DRESS I f you generally fit well into standard dress sizes, chances are you may be able to pick up a gown from a mainstream store. Try renowned New Zealand designers such as Treslise Cooper , Miss Crabb and Juliette Hogan . With any luck, you might be able to wear it again. Below: Trelise Cooper dress, $999.