Keeping costs down wherever possible when you’re throwing a wedding is a top priority for all brides and grooms, whether they’re planning Cyprus beach weddings or having a homegrown affair.
Wedding stationery and accoutrements can be hugely costly, especially if you’re going to be inviting lots of friends and family – but now there’s a way to keep everything to a minimum, thanks to Poundland!
According to Metro, the budget shop will be rolling out its own wedding range on June 12th with all sorts of extras (including planners, bunting, shabby chic signs and bouquets) selling for £1 each.
You’re sure to find something you like in the collection and could save yourself a pretty penny indeed, leaving you lots of money left over to spend on your wedding breakfast and champagne for the guests instead.
Trading director of the company Barry Williams was quoted by the news source as saying: “Wedding days can end up costing an absolute fortune and because we’re a nation of savvy shoppers who love a bargain, it’s no surprise that more people are looking to save money on their big day.”
So how else can you keep costs down and still have the wedding of your dreams? Engaging in a bit of DIY could be a good idea and you could even involve friends and family to help you get it all done.
What about making your own wedding favours like biscuits or little jars of jam? Or you could go foraging in local forests and woodlands to make your own bouquets and buttonholes. The only limit is your imagination!
When you hire Paphos wedding planners, make sure you ask them about the history of where you’re going to be getting hitched, as it might be nice to consider incorporating a few local traditions into your ceremony. Here are a few Cypriot traditions that might work with what you’ve got planned.
One of the highlights of any Cypriot wedding has to be the food, something all guests look forward to. If you want to give a nod to where you’re getting married, consider handing out sugared almonds to your guests as they leave the church or use ceremonial bread at the reception, known as kouloruia.
On the day of the wedding, once the bride is in her finery and ready to head off to get married, her parents and bridesmaids wrap a red scarf around her waist to symbolise her virginity, with musicians on hand to play lots of traditional wedding songs.
At traditional weddings, the chief bridesmaid places a ceremonial headband known as a stefana on the bride’s head. The headband itself is usually made from olive branches, vines, lemon leaves, jewels and gold. The best man will also do something similar with the groom.
Pinning the money
Here’s a fun one! Partway through the reception, the happy couple hit the dancefloor to have their first dance as newlyweds – and as they do, guests have the chance to pin money to their clothes to help them pay the wedding off and start their new lives debt-free.
Another easy tradition to incorporate are cookies made from flour, butter and semolina, and filled with delicious nuts like pistachios and almonds. Why don’t you get your bridesmaids and flower girls to hand them out to your guests?