A tennis court tranformed beautifully into a wedding venue. You would hardly know what is was. And just the right size for a party for 400 people. Just shows you the only limitations are imagination and budget. Photo Courtesy: Tracy Hunter
Some ways you can save money when planning a wedding which won’t have an impact on the day.
You don’t have to spend a fortune on your wedding. There are some areas where cutting the budget can create a more personalised event you will always remember.
Everyone loves handcrafted cards for Christmas and birthdays, so wedding invitations needn’t be any different. Investing some time in making your own can save money and produce lovely cards to impress your guests. All the supplies you will need are readily available from craft shops and online and you will be able to choose any theme.
You may be lucky enough to have someone to make the cake for you but if not, any cake can look stunning with fresh flowers cascading over it. If you do not like cake, why not choose a centrepiece that you do like instead, something like a massive display of ginger biscuits could provide a real talking point.
Some of the best wedding albums are made up of snaps taken by many guests and collated later. Leaving a disposable camera on each table will ensure that you collect many informal photos. Rather than engaging a professional photographer, just ask a couple of reliable friends to take the shots you definitely can’t do without.
If you are sure of your size and willing to take a slight gamble, there are plenty of dresses available on the internet, both new and second hand. You could end up with a designer dress for the cost of a chain store one if you buy it online.
This is another area where you can give your guests something really different by which to remember the occasion. There are many small gifts available, from individual soaps or a few sugared almonds in an organza bag that you can personalise yourself by adding a heart shaped label.
Place cards can be made in the shape of a heart, a butterfly or any other shape that fits your theme and printed in your colours. A slit in each card means it can be slid on to a glass for an unusual way of showing guests to their places. Tea light candles are inexpensive and can be placed in hand decorated glasses.
A little time spent planning and preparing for your big day can leave you with more funds to spend on whatever you want, be it a luxury honeymoon or the deposit for a house.
Madeleine Small is interested in crafts and posts blogs and tutorials on various craft websites. She has used www.imag-e-nation.com for a number of years and has always been happy with the service she’s received.