AS WEDDING season gets under way, two Tassie brides have shown you don’t have to spend a fortune for a memorable day.
While many couples struggle to keep things under control, Riverside’s Kristen Landeg and St Helens’ Bec Flack have proven it is possible to stick to a tight budget.
Mrs Landeg said she married husband Liam Landeg in a backyard ceremony in January, spending just over $5000.
“Basically we’re a single-income family because I’m a stay-at-home mum to two kids, so we decided we would rather spend our money on our kids,” she said.
“We had already been together 11 years by the time we got married so we just wanted something pretty low-key . . . we tried to keep it as cheap as we could, but cheap doesn’t mean nasty.”
Mrs Landeg said they kept the wedding small, with close family and friends making up the guest list of 60 and a bridal party of six.
“I made all my own invitations using materials from a craft store and we went with a black and silver theme because we thought it would be easier to find those colours and not spend a fortune,” she said.
“We shopped around for the best deals, gave ourselves a year to plan and I decorated the reception room myself and made a video slideshow.
“And as much as I like to shop local, the internet and eBay were great for finding more affordable options . . . my dress was $250 including postage and my bridesmaid’s dress was $10 – and she was very happy with that, she’s worn it again since.”
Ms Flack, who will marry her fiance Dean Evans at Queenstown on November 24, said they had spent just $1200 – with $800 going towards the dress.
“The bridesmaids are wearing their own dresses and one of them will take the photos for us . . . I made my own invitations and my partner’s ring was handed down from his dad,” she said.
“I think most people overspend when it comes to weddings – I never thought I’d spend that much on a dress but my partner insisted . . . I just think there are much better things to spend our money on.”
Launceston wedding celebrant Terese Tanner said most of her weddings were more relaxed, low-key affairs.
“I think the more relaxed a wedding is, the more relaxed a couple is – big weddings can make couples really stressed and you usually see that come out in the bride, rather than the groom,” she said.
“I became a marriage celebrant because I believe in marriage, I believe in love and I think that should always come first.
“A big wedding certainly doesn’t diminish a couple’s love . . . if a couple has the money and wants to spend it, they should go for it.”
Bec Flack with her fiance, Dean Evans, of St Helens. The couple are making their own wedding invitations to save money. Picture: ALEX DRUCE
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