Lebo Motswenyane from Lucky No.8 Con­cepts

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - MC BRIDE -

Find­ing the venue is half the work done. Look for venues that in­clude ex­tras like ta­bles, chairs and linen as part of the hir­ing fee. A hon­ey­moon suite will of­fer op­ti­mal con­ve­nience af­ter the day.

It’s per­fectly ac­cept­able to of­fer wine and soft drinks and ask guests to pay for their own spir­its.

Stick to ow­ers that are in sea­son. It will save you money and sourc­ing headaches. Pe­onies, for ex­am­ple, only ap­pear for a very short time each year but so many brides want them, and they cost a for­tune. Con­sider a more af­ford­able yet still beau­ti­ful ower, like baby’s-breath also called gyp­sophila .

Use your own caterer if you can. Some venues will al­low you to bring in your own caterer, which will be cheaper than a venue’s non-ne­go­tiable set price per head.

You can save money by hav­ing the cer­e­mony at the beau­ti­ful home of a fam­ily mem­ber or friend. It should prefer­ably have a stun­ning man­i­cured gar­den. Bear in mind you might need to fac­tor in ex­tras like por­ta­ble toi­lets and clean­ers.


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