8 Original Ways To Pay For Your Wedding
When you have a lot of wedding expenses, you might be wondering how you can afford it all.
Here's eight ways you may not have considered to buy wedding decor, stationery, hire items and so on.
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 may be able to barter for wedding items such as flowers, catering, limo hire and so on.
The catch is, you have pay cash fees to belong, and agree on the value of the services being swapped as you can undersell yours, or over-pay for what you receive.
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 discounts if you become a newsletter member.
Some wedding suppliers sell secondhand items which will save you a bundle. Selling your items after the wedding, such as your excess wedding decor, will earn you good cash too.
4. Early bird/off-peak offers
You may get preferential rates by booking wedding services or buying wedding products far in advance. You are also likely to save a lot of money by 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, which can help go towards wedding expenses.
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 you'd like help with paying for.
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.