We’ve all dreamt of the opulent Wedding, complete with a couture gown, lashings of flowers and a venue fit for a princess, but with a budget that is more ‘cheeseburger’ than ‘caviar’, it can seem impossible to pull-off your dream Wedding.
However, we’ve spoken with Wedding experts from around the world to find out six hacks that will help give your Big Day a ‘luxe’ look, but without the price tag!
1. Hire Your Bridesmaid Gowns
Instead of forking out $1,000 per Bridesmaid gown for your best girls, hire the designer gowns for just a fraction of the cost. Dresses For Hire has options for every Wedding theme and stocks high-end brands like Zimmermann, Thurley and Alex Perry.
2. Go Faux
There are so many faux fur and leather options for Bridal accessories, there’s no need to pay full price for the real thing! If you need a jacket or bolero to keep you warm on the Wedding Day, a faux option will look glamorous but won’t cost the world.
3. Diamond Deals
Every Bride loves a bit of sparkle on their Wedding Day, but if traditional diamonds aren’t going to be budget-friendly, there is another option! There are now man-made stones available that have all the same qualities as diamonds that have been mined – the only difference is the price! You can purchase a pair of 10ct diamond simulant earrings from Secrets Shhh for a few hundred dollars.
4. Black Tie
Sticking to a black and white colour palette for your Bridal party will immediately ‘up’ the luxe-factor. Black fabric is timeless and is a safe way to give the illusion that you spent a lot more on your Big Day than you actually did!
5. Let Them Eat Cake
Instead of splurging on the classic tiered Wedding cake, have a table packed to the brim of tarts, slices and cakes for guests to feast their eyes (and tastebuds) on. Not only will you save money, but you’ll also give guests more options to choose from.
6. Do Destination
If you’re after an opulent venue, but are scared of the Australian prices, consider taking your Wedding abroad. Countries like Fiji and Bali are just a stone’s throw away from the mainland and have some 5-star resorts that boast incredible views and spectacular spaces. These overseas venues can be up to half the price of a similar venue in Australia!
Images from Nastasia and John’s Wedding. Photography by Aljosa Videtic.