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Sponsored weddings – selling out or buying in?

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Sponsored weddings

Sponsored weddings aren’t as crass as they may appear. Do it with some subtlety and you could make huge savings without selling the soul of your big day.

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Mates-rates. Are they worth the hassle?

You can save a lot of money by getting your friends to help out with your wedding, instead of hiring a pro. But mates rates can come with significant risk.

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To haggle or not to haggle

In Asia they have a saying. ‘Good for me, good for you.’ This is often announced by street sellers once they’ve reached their final bargaining price. It means you’re getting a good price, and they can still make money from the transaction. But here in Europe you’d probably get some funny looks if you started trying to negotiate the price for an item of clothing at your local Debenhams.

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(Some of) the perils and pitfalls of budgeting for a wedding

Having your dream wedding day and bringing it in on budget isn’t easy. But it’s not impossible. Here are some of the ways you can avoid blowing your budget.

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Protecting your big day – wedding insurance

If you’re anything like most couples I know, you spend the majority of your time leading up to the wedding half in eager anticipation and half in fervent terror (and not just because you’re a gamophobe). Constant concerns race through the Bride-and-Groom-to-be’s minds; will I look okay in my dress; will it rain; will the best man lose the wedding rings; will an unexpected meteor shower rain down an Armageddon of hell fire upon my perfect wedding and scorch the bride maid’s dress. And that’s just the groom.

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Marriage on a micro-budget

When some people hear the word ‘wedding’ they don’t think of a white dress, a blushing bride, silly, sentimental speeches and a tower of diabetes-imbued cake. They think of the bank-busting five-figure number that comes along with it.

But it doesn’t need to be five figures. It doesn’t even need to be four. You can plan a wedding for under a grand and it can still be beautiful and unique.

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