It’s no secret that weddings can get very pricey very quickly. Even with the best intentions to keep things small and simple, costs can rack up if you aren’t careful. The good news is, there are quite a few ways that you can save money and still have the perfect day that you’ve always dreamed of. All you have to do is get a little crafty and put on your DIY hat. And don’t forget to rope your friends into helping too!

 

You can also get a little help from an RCS Personal Loan to get you up the aisle in style. Loans start from as little as R2 000. The application process is quick, simple and paperless. The best part: you get the money in your account within 24 hours!

 

 

THE INVITES

One of the biggest trends for weddings right now is the paperless invite. Couples are turning to events as a way to save money, manage their guest list with ease and be eco-friendly. By using a service like paperlesspost.com or theknot.com, you can send out beautiful invitations with animations and bespoke designs – without the hassle and cost of printing and posting each one. These services also track RSVPs for you.

 

If you’d rather go for traditional invites, a big cost saver is to make them yourself. Print out the necessary information on normal paper. Then buy some lovely cardboard, as well as some ribbon or pretty tape, and put them together. You can make an afternoon of it with your fiancé or friends.

 

 

THE FLOWERS AND BOUQUETS

Flowers are often one of the biggest expenses for the day – and well worth it because they add real magic to the décor. However, you can save money here by doing some or all of it yourself.

For centrepieces and ceremony flowers, try the vintage approach. Scour markets and second-hand shops for old jars, tins, vases, bottles, glasses, cups and anything else you could use to put flowers in. Then head off to a local flower market in the weeks before your wedding to see what they have. Chat with the vendors about their recommendations, haggle a bit to get the best price and place your order. You’ll have to fetch the flowers the day before or of the wedding and arrange them in your DIY vases, but it’ll be worth it.

While you’re at the flower market, have a look around for flowers for your bouquets and buttonholes. You can get a really good deal on the price if you buy in bulk. Also, if you’re worried about making your own, you can always buy some flowers a few weeks before and do some practice bouquets. There are plenty of tutorials on YouTube showing tips and tricks.

 

 

THE WEDDING FAVOURS

Now, when we say DIY, we don’t mean that you have to make the entire wedding favour from scratch. What you can do is find a very small gift – chocolates, biscuits or trinkets – and add a handwritten note. This gives the gift a personal touch without costing you a fortune.

If you are very good with handmade things, then this is a sure-fire way to save money and free up budget for other things. Just make sure you plan your time properly. It’s never fun to be frantically making wedding favours the day before you walk down the aisle.

 

 

 

THE SIGNAGE

From welcome signs to dinner menus, signage can be a big expense. Printing costs are usually very high, especially when you use glossy paper and print in colour. Another big cost is the design of all the printing.

 

There are several ways to save money here with a little DIY. First of all, you don’t need a designer. There are numerous templates available on websites like Etsy that you can download – either for free or for a small price. Then, instead of individual menus, print one for each table or just one large menu next to the seating plan.

 

There are lots of places and reasons to put signs up at a wedding: the welcome sign, bar, bathrooms, gift table, order of the day – just to name a few. You can make your own by using old pieces of wood and painting on them, or use chalkboards and write the message on them.

 

HAVE THE PERFECT DAY NO MATTER YOUR BUDGET

With a few simple DIY hacks, you can have the wedding day you’ve always dreamed of. And if you need a little bit more help in the budget department, why not get an RCS Personal Loan? Loans start at R2 000, and the money is deposited straight into your account within 24 hours. Apply today!