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Hot topic: Budgets

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The write stuff

The write stuff

Q. We're on a tight budget, but I still want beautiful stationery on my big day. How can I spend my money wisely?

A. Natalie Burrows says: ❤Search for a company that offers ready-made collections. This is a cost-effective method, and in most cases, the designs can be tweaked to suit your theme or colour scheme.
❤ It can be expensive ordering last-minute invitations, so purchase at least 10 extra just in case you forget any friends and family.
❤ Buy your invites and save-the-dates at the same time, and your supplier may be able to offer you a discount.
❤ Keep it simple. Ditch the ribbons and diamantés, and remember any handmade details will cost extra.
❤ Buy templates that you can customise. These can be printed at home, but keep in mind the price of the ink, card and envelopes.
❤ Instead of spending money personalising your invitations, simply add your guests' names to the envelopes.
❤ Create a wedding website. That way, you can include all the relevant information in one place.

Just one slice

Just one slice

Q. We'd love to have a luxurious cake on our big day, but we're worried about the price tag. Do you have any ideas for keeping the price down?

A. Claire Houghton Byers says: ❤ Be clear and honest about your budget with your chosen supplier.
❤ Consider using fresh flowers instead of sugar versions. These involve less work and are cheaper.
❤ Compare the price of different flavours. For example, fruit creations cost more than sponge bakes.
❤ Look at the number of guests attending, and remember not everyone will want cake. We suggest you cater for 75 per cent of your friends and family to avoid waste.
❤ Substitute one tier with a dummy layer. This will make the finished product look taller and help reduce the price.
❤ Serve finger-sized portions instead of dessert sizes.
❤ Keep the design simple and avoid lots of detail.

Capture the moment

Capture the moment

Q. We want lovely photographs, but we're limited by our budget. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Mark Copeland says: ❤ With so many photographers around these days, it's easy to get overwhelmed and make the wrong decision. Remember some suppliers aren't full time and haven't been professionally trained. The cake will get eaten, the flowers will eventually wither, but your photos will remain, so be picky and get the best you can with your budget.
❤ Enquire and see whether your chosen company offer partial coverage. If so, decide what parts of the day you want to capture the most.
❤ Some of the more established suppliers often have trainees who can be hired. They will shoot in the same style but for a reduced price. You'll also have peace of mind knowing that they are backed up by a professional outfit.
❤ Keep in mind that you'll spend more time with your photographer than anyone else on the day, so it's important you feel comfortable around them.

Drink to that

Drink to that

Q. We want to wow our guests, but we're finding it hard to stretch our funds. Do you have any ideas?

A. Gillian Bartlett says: ❤ Surprise your friends and family by hiring a prosecco van. This is a fun and quirky alternative for the reception.
❤ Pay for barrels of drinks instead of a fixed price per person. One usually fills 160 glasses, so it works out cheaper.
❤ Add a touch of elegance with fresh fruit, luxury cordials or liqueurs.
❤ If fizz isn't your cup of tea, then lager is often available on draught instead.

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