For any bride, planning her wedding and choosing her wedding venue is most certainly one of the most exciting and special times in her life; but how much fun can it be when the costs involved requires taking out a loan or going into debt?

Here’s how to plan a fairy-tale, dream-come-true wedding without going broke:

  • Invitations: With the advanced level of technology it is very easy for couples to design and print their own invitations, something that is a great money-saver.
  • The venue: Be sure to find out what is included in your venue cost – some venues look affordable but you still have to hire in most of the décor yourself, use the venue’s caterers, and on top of that pay a hefty price for each one of your guests.
  • Flowers: Although it is tradition that the bridesmaids carry flower bouquets, they can also carry little baskets or parasols, which may be less expensive than professional prepared bouquets created by a florist. If your heart is set on flowers, what about a single rose for each bridesmaid? It’s simple and elegant!
  • Photographer: Your wedding photos capture and preserve your wedding day for year’s to come, but before being seduced into paying thousands of rands, carefully consider how many times you will actually look at those photos. We recommend opting for a smaller photography package and investing in a video photographer. This way you will see your entire wedding day and not just certain parts.
  • Music: With the current computer technology, you can easily hire a savvy music lover who can compile a great playlist on his or her computer. The only thing left to do is rent the equipment that can be run off the computer.
  • The cake: Designer cakes can cost a fortune cake, and most of the times the cakes aren’t even nice to eat! Look for small home bakeries that can work with you to find something delicious and pretty in your budget.
  • Food: If it is a relaxed, informal outdoor wedding, something like a braai is perfect. If you’re looking for more formal catering, why not bring in tasty cocktail platters or a beautiful afternoon tea rather than a sit-down meal?
  • The wedding dress: Keep your eyes open for sales as well as dresses that were used for display purposes – it’s the perfect place to find a great bargain. There are also beautiful designer dresses available at an affordable, rental price.

Are you looking for an affordable wedding venue that won’t leave you in debt afterwards? Contact Idle Winds, a serene, country styled wedding venue.