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Wedding costs can be overwhelming, regardless of where you are in the world – and the single most most daunting aspect of getting married, some might argue. Add the word “wedding” in front of just about anything – cake, bouquet, buffet – and watch as the costs soar faster than you can say, “I do”. And while Savoir Flair won’t delve into why this is the case, we will tackle how you can ease the situation.
Ahead of BRIDE Dubai taking place from February 15th to 18th at Dubai World Trade Center, we turned to Consumer Event Manager Pip Kalsi for her top ten tips on maximizing your wedding budget – all of which you’ll find further below. A lot more bridal resources await later this week as one of the region’s leading wedding and lifestyle events returns, this year celebrating its 20th anniversary.
Expect an edition bigger and better than ever before. Touted as a one-stop shop for all things wedding, BRIDE Dubai will showcase the latest bridal and wedding trends through fashion shows, beauty demonstrations, a pop-up jewelry souk, hundreds of wedding exhibitors, experts sharing their tips and advice, and more. Discover the complete lineup here.
Below, Kalsi’s 10 tips for making the most of your wedding budget — without skimping on style.
If you don’t ask, you don’t get! Always ask suppliers for discounts or last-minute offers – you’ll be surprised by what might be going out of season.
Plan to have an off-season wedding. A winter wedding may sound cold, but just imagine the beautiful photos. Depending on where you are looking to get married, there are destinations that still offer beautiful winter weddings.
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To reduce the cost of your wedding video package, ask the videographer to only capture the highlights of the day – the start of the ceremony through to the first dance and key moments like the cake cutting.
Keep your guest numbers low – having your family and loved ones is sometimes all you need on your special day. Think about who you really want at your wedding, set yourself a number, and stick to it.
Hosting your wedding during the day can bring down venue costs as daytime fare, such as brunch or afternoon tea, is lighter and less elaborate than dinner. Similarly, a late afternoon wedding ceremony can be followed by a cocktail party serving canapés and drinks.
The finer details are great, but aren’t always essential, so invest on the bigger aspects instead. A beautiful floral canopy hanging overhead at the reception area will eliminate the need to spend on lavish floral arrangements for each individual table.
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Keep a document detailing all the costs for the wedding, no matter how big or small. You'll be surprised how quickly things add up, and you can see exactly where you need to cut costs.
Look out for sales! Some of the best bargains can be found when you search a little. Ask for recommendations from friends and see if they have any contacts who can help. Invest time into the research process – it's worth it.
Take into account the various elements of wedding invitations that add to their overall cost – custom ink colors, intricate typography techniques, and multiple enclosures all play a role. Also consider doing away with extras like wedding programs, save-the-date cards, and menu cards.
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Opt for a buffet over a sit-down dinner. Not only will it be more cost effective, but you’ll also be able to provide your guests with a greater variety of choices, thereby accommodating those with allergies and/or dietary restrictions.