Weddings are a huge expense, often a huge unnecessary expense. Does it have to be though?
I’ve already discussed ways to cut the wedding bill, but what about those things that need to be purchased. I mean, unless you have a talented seamstress in your family, you will need to buy a dress. So how can you ensure the cost of essential purchases doesn’t skyrocket?
Try these simple tips to save yourself a packet.
There are so many price comparison websites around these days that you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your sofa to shop around. You can compare prices on almost everything, from wedding dresses to transport to venues.
Shopping around can make your purse stay full for longer and give you that little bit more for things you don’t want to negotiate on. However, try to buy directly from the company, not through the price comparison website because, again, it’s often cheaper.
Shop during the off season.
Peak season for weddings tends to be spring / summer so why not Start your wedding shopping once this season has ended? The wedding shop will be selling off last season’s Stock and, with any luck you will get it for a great price.
This might not always be the case, but it may work in your favour.
One other thing though, be mindful of the season you are getting married in… you don’t want a summer dress for a wedding in the middle of winter.
Shop for seconds
I know, I know, the bride doesn’t want an imperfect wedding dress but often seconds have been labelled as such because of the tiniest imperfection.
Nine times out of ten the imperfection is completely unnoticeable; however, the company’s trained quality control experts have deemed it not worth full price. Don’t settle for a glaring mistake though and make sure it’s what you want because most seconds are non-returnable.
Buy in Bulk
Whether it’s placemats, ties or cups, it is always worth trying. Maybe the dress shop will give you a discount if you buy your wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses there? Likewise, with the men’s suits. For our wedding the suits were hire 4 and get the fifth free.
Find a company that is just starting out
A new business needs to build their portfolio, and that’s where you come in. Their prices don’t tend to be quite as high as the established competition and they may even offer a discount in return for promotion or use in their portfolio.
That’s not to say you should expect something for nothing, but a discount will help you out in the short term with costs and help them out in the long term by providing them with portfolio pieces.