Double up your wedding favours as place names If you like the idea of giving you guests each a small favour (a gift to take home), but see it as an extra expense that could eat into your budget, you could combine favours with place names in order to minimise spending. Some of the combinations you could use include cookies with names iced on them and miniature photo frames with their names inside. Use handwritten notes instead of favours To save even more money on wedding favours, you could always get rid of the gifts altogether and replace them with heartfelt handwritten notes – not only will they personally thank your guests for being at your wedding, but they will also cost you next to nothing. Use family heirlooms After shelling out for a wedding dress, paying for jewellery on top can be incredibly expensive. Instead of buying new, why not use ‘something old’, which has already been cherished by your family? This will involve your family even more in the wedding and make your celebrations even more special. Serve your wedding cake for dessert If you serve your wedding cake as a dessert, you’ll not only by able to save money by having no stand-alone dessert, but you’ll also be able to spend more on the wedding cake itself, so you can have it exactly the way you want. Do your own wedding make-up Instead of paying out for getting your make-up done professionally on the day by a make-up artist, you could achieve the same results yourself with a little bit of practice. Visit a luxury cosmetics counter at a department store, who will do your make-up for free and give you tips on how to achieve the look you want on your special day. Make the most of your friends’ talents Across your circle of friends, there’s likely to be a few who have a talent which can play a part in your wedding. For instance, your hairdresser friend may be able to do your hair for the day, while those who love to bake could help out with the wedding cake or any little desserts.