According to Bride to Be Magazine, the average cost of a wedding in Australia is an eye-watering $65,482. No wonder then that many couples are looking to cut down the cost of their big day without compromising on quality.

So here’s a few clever ideas to help you style your wedding without breaking the bank. All these tips are easy to implement and don’t involve compromising the look and feel of your wedding or reception. In fact, use them wisely, and no one will be any the wiser.

1. Use Feature Linens in Place Of Flowers

Freshly cut flowers are expensive, so this is a good place to start reducing costs. Use feature linen sets instead which are available in a range of colours and styles to help brighten up the table. Feature linens are also great for creating a more contemporary table setting.

2. Use Silk Flowers in Place of Real Ones silk flowers

If you absolutely must have flowers then opt for silk flowers in place of real ones. A silk floral centrepiece costs a fraction of the price of a real one, while still looking beautiful. And you don’t have to have a centrepiece on every table. Use the tip above to brighten up each table with feature linens and reserve the use of flowers to brighten up particular areas.

3. Cut Down on Glassware

Do you really need three crystal glasses? In most cases, you can get away with using one crystal glass and replacing the other two with a plain glass tumbler and champagne flute. This will smash your glassware bill (pardon the pun).  And it’s a fair bet that your guests will be happy drinking out of tumblers anyway.

4. Mix special furniture hire with standard hire items

If you’ve hired a function room for your reception and need to fill it with furniture, consider mixing it with a range of complimentary styles that can help stretch your budget. For example, by having one or few feature areas, such as the bar, or chill-out zone, you can opt for a few special items of furniture just for those areas. And more standard furniture for others. Chillizone’s range of bar table hire give you many choices of styles, colours and price points.

5. Skip the Expensive Traditions

Grab a pen and paper and make 3 columns headed ‘must-have’, ‘nice to have’ and ‘not needed’. Weddings are full of traditions and it’s important to consider which ones are relevant to you. Take the wedding cake as an example. Some couples choose to scrap the cake and the cake cutting ceremony. But for others, it’s an important moment. And your bouquet – do you need the full bloom, or could you walk the isle with a single stem?

With a few simple tricks it’s possible to reduce the cost of your wedding without compromising on style or quality. If you’d like more information about Chillizone’s range of table and chair hire packages, give our team a call on 1300 884 806 today.