Current economic times have left many people watching their spending and weddings are no exception.  It is a delicate balance between making your wedding the most amazing and beautiful day of your life, and not spending beyond what you can afford.

There are a number of ways to cut down on wedding costs without compromising quality, and in a recent forum on a bridal club website a number of Brides gave some useful tips. 

Ideas included:

Buying a bottle of wine in your shopping every week to bring down the big spend at the end!

Purchasing software such as Microsoft Publisher to create your own invitation and “Thank You” cards.  You can achieve a professional look for a small part of the price of having them printed. 

Trading professions and time with friends.  Offer to help them in return for their help on your wedding day.

Purchasing Bridal Wear, decorations, accessories etc. from auction websites.  There are a number of auction websites specifically dedicated to weddings.  As well as saving on items for your wedding, you can sell the items you don’t want to keep after the wedding to recover some of the cost.