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Get married in New Zealand for less

29 August 2010

•Cut down on the guest list - The primary expense for most weddings is the reception.  Think about inviting fewer guests to save exponentially on food, beverage and rental costs.  Many New Zealand venues specialize in small, intimate wedding parties for a significantly lower cost than larger affairs of the same caliber.

•Wedding Discount Card - Websites such as Great Weddings New Zealand offer discount loyalty cards to save users significant amounts of money.  Great Weddings includes affiliated businesses for almost everything you might need, including catering, reception venues, photography, entertainment and transportation.  Flights can even be booked using this card to save you and your guests money.

•Flowers - Flowers can be costly and it's often because the desired type of bloom is not in season or needs to be shipped wo opt for flowers that are in season and readily available.  Or, for those really budget-strapped, consider scrapping the flowers altogether and carrying parasols, fans. Remember there are many beautiful wedding venues that are so stunning they don't need floral decoration.  Candles make a much more budget-friendly table centerpieces than fresh blooms.

•All-In-One - Hire one venue to provide your entire event. R ather than hiring a separate caterer, cake designer, florist, DJ and reception venue.  Many venues will provide a package that encompasses all your wedding's needs - often at a reduced price.  This is especially convenient for brides abroad, eliminating the need to communicate with so many separate clients overseas.

•Book out of Season - The busiest season for weddings in New Zealand is spring and summer - October to March.  Booking your event outside those months will mean reduced rates on venue, catering, photography, and more.  Also, purchasing wedding supplies out-of-season allows you to take advantage of sale discounts on items like clothing, jewelry, decorations, invitations, even alcohol.

•Network - Ask friends and family to help.  This might mean your bridesmaids helping assemble wedding invitations, mom creating the favors, or a family friend providing photography at a reduced cost.  Just ask. Most friends and family are happy to be included in your special day.



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Aussie girl heads to London in search of adventure and soon falls for Kiwi boy. The pair begin to plan their Sydney wedding from across the globe and quickly discover a distinct lack of help available for UK based Antipodeans returning 'home' to tie the knot. How many couples are struggling with their long distance wedding planning just like us, they wondered ...

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