8 Original Ways To Pay For Your Wedding

If you have the luxury of planning ahead, you can be very inventive about finding ways to pay for your wedding.

Here's eight ways you may not have considered to buy wedding decor, stationery, hire items and so on.

1. Bartering
Remember swapping outfits with your BFF at school or uni? This is essentially bartering where you swap a service or product with another for the equivalent value. 

Bartercard formed in 1991, operates in Australia, New Zealand, USA, UK, U.A.E, Thailand, and Cyprus. It is the best-known bartering system in Australia, but it's relevant only if you have your own business.

You introduce your products or services to a new clientele, and in return you use Bartercard for wedding items such as flowers, catering, limo hire and so on.

You need to agree on the value of the services being swapped as you can undersell yours, or over-pay for what you receive.

2. Newsletters
Many wedding websites  - including My Wedding Decor - ask for your wedding date and/or birthday when you sign up for their newsletters.

So sign up! You are far more likely to receive special offers, advance notice about competitions where you can win products and other incentives if you become a newsletter member.

3. Secondhand
There are many items you can buy secondhand for your wedding, including possibly the single two most expensive items - the ring, and your dress. However, consider whether you'd be better off buying it or renting the items for your wedding.

4. Early bird/off-peak offers
You may get preferential rates by booking wedding services or buying wedding products far in advance. Have you ever thought about booking your wedding during the day (not at night), from Monday to Friday (not on the weekend), and outside the spring/summer peak period.

5. Gift certificates
Look for wedding suppliers who offer gift certificates that you can redeem online. If it's your or your partner's birthday, you might ask your family and friends to buy you gift certificates from the supplier. 

6. Gift registry
Instead of a department store gift registry which restricts guests to items only from that store, join a universal online gift registry like My Registry that lets you easily add items from any website to your registry.

While it would be too late to add your wedding stationery - as presumably your guests would have already received their invitations (and the gift registry information) - you could still add other wedding products and services 

7. Lay-by
Ask if your supplier would let you pay in increments, such as on lay-by, over several weeks or months. Most will try to help you out. American websites often offer PayPal Credit which also lets you pay off your purchase over time.

8. Membership points
If you belong to FlyBuys, your regular supermarket shopping might add up to points you can use to redeem wedding-related items at a range of websites. In another example, if you had 60,000 frequent flyer points with Virgin Australia's Velocity Rewards you'd have enough for 6 bottles of Moet & Chandon champagne.



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