Having a beautiful and memorable wedding doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. According to the Herald Sun, the average cost of a wedding for Australian couples is now over $65,000. With numbers like that, it’s easy to get intimidated by the potential costs of planning your special day. Luckily, it’s now easier than ever to stay budget-friendly without sacrificing your dream wedding. Here are our top tips for having a gorgeous, unforgettable, and affordable wedding.

Get Creative With Your Invites
One of the easiest places to save money is on your invitations. Nowadays there is no need to visit an overpriced print-shop. Countless independent designers and artists sell trendy custom wedding invitations at affordable prices on websites like Etsy. If you’re artistically inclined, you can even design and print your own wedding invitations through a free website like Canva or PicMonkey.

Book A Non-Traditional Venue
Booking a venue that doesn’t cater exclusively to weddings means you’ll avoid excessive bridal-industry mark-ups. Look into having your wedding at an architecturally inspiring museum, art gallery, or college campus. These locations are often financially subsidized by the local government which makes their rental fees much more affordable.

Skip The Wedding Cake
Traditional wedding cakes are always subject to price increases by bakeries, but the budget-conscious bride is in luck. Current wedding trends have moved away from the formal multi-tiered cake in favour of more fun and creative treats. Cupcake towers are a popular alternative, but you can also get really creative and offer something unique like a milk and cookie bar. For brides who don’t want to sacrifice the traditional cake-cutting, consider ordering a small ceremonial cake for you and your new hubby to slice together.

Shop Online For Your Wedding Gown
Shopping online for your wedding gown may sound intimidating but, by doing so, you can find a gorgeous wedding dress at a price you can afford. Lilly Bridal allows you to order a custom-designed, high-quality gown at a reasonable price. Whether you want to shop our catalogue or design a custom creation, Lilly Bridal dresses are always tailor-made just for you. Shopping online will help you avoid intimidating bridal salons with overpriced dresses and will let you browse your style options from the comfort of home.

Planning your wedding should be a fun and enjoyable experience. There is no reason to stress over unnecessary expenses when there are so many budget-friendly options at your fingertips. In the new millennium, being budget-conscious never means compromising on your vision for your wedding day.
No matter what your price-point, Lilly Bridal will have you looking and feeling like a million bucks on your special day. View our classic range and get inspired by the possibilities.