10 ways to save money on your wedding

1. Get married midweek

It’s no secret that Saturdays take the cake for the most popular day of the week to get married. According to The Knot 2017 Real Weddings Study, 7 in 10 weddings take place on a Saturday. Saturday weddings remain popular for obvious reasons: They give out-of-town guests enough buffer time to travel to and from the wedding location, and provide everyone a chance to recuperate on Sunday.

But being a highly sought after day of the week does have its downsides. The easiest way to guarantee higher wedding vendor rates is to choose a Saturday during peak wedding season (typically between May and October, during which nearly 80 percent of couples say "I do").

If you want to save money on a wedding consider a Friday or a Sunday for a slightly reduced fee, or for even bigger savings choose to get married midweek.

2. Consider a winter wedding

80% of couples get married between May and October, with the summer months being much more expensive. As a cheaper alternative why not consider a winter wedding?

Think fairy lights sparkling, autumn leaves falling or a winter wonderland themed extravaganza.

You can even sprinkle some mistletoe in key spots around your venue. It will create some great photo opportunities and may promote romance among your guests as the day goes on.

3. Plan ahead.

Wedding suppliers often get booked up a year or two in advance, but by planning a wedding several years ahead you can often make savings.

Contacting suppliers such as photographers and wedding planners early may get you some early bird savings, as well as guaranteeing your first choice vendor is free for your bid day.

4. Choose an unlicensed venue

By using a celebrant for your wedding you increase your potential list of venues tenfold.

An unlicensed venue is often cheaper, and more willing to work with you to create something truly unique for your wedding.

Cassey Ho and Sam Livits Wedding. (Credit: Kassia Phoy Photography)

5. Have your reception at your favourite pub or restaurant

Many pubs or restaurants nearby will happily hold your evening reception, and include good prices for food and drinks.

Some pubs now will even let you hold the ceremony there, maybe in a designated room or perhaps in a luscious beer garden filled with flowers?

My favourite local offers such a service, and I highly recommend it.