Savvy couples wed on weekdays
More couples are choosing to have smaller weddings or avoid having them on a weekend as they seek to trim costs associated with the big day.
Manawatu Wedding Expo promoter Christine Woodhouse said although Saturday was still the traditional wedding day, people found they could get discounts if they got married on a Thursday or Friday.
That did not mean they were compromising on style, as yesterday's expo at the Palmerston North Convention Centre illustrated.
About 90 wedding industry businesses, including venues, dress retailers, photographers, planners and makeup artists presented their services to more than 2000 expo visitors.
Among those browsing the stalls were Matt Buckley and Cassie Green, both of Foxton, who are planning an outdoor wedding with 90 guests in early February.
"We've got a venue and a celebrant, and that's about it," Green said.
They attended the expo to get information about the other aspects of the wedding they still had to arrange.
"Prices are scary," she said.
They were looking at ways to keep the costs down. "But not too hard," Buckley said. "We're trying to find a balance, really."
The people on the guest list were mainly those they knew rather than extended family they had never met.
Buckley said he had not realised before the expo what photography options there were.
He had thought wedding photography consisted only of "a few prints and the rest on a USB stick, that's about it".
However, he had learned that there were many other options, including having books made.
Green said she had chosen a wedding dress but was keeping the description a secret.
Bridal Studio seamstress Alena Hume said the latest trends in dresses included high necklines, low backs and a lot of lace.
While the "princess-style" dress was still popular, the fitted "mermaid" look, which offered an elegant silhouette, was increasingly sought after.
"We don't all want to dress up like princesses, some like to dress up like ladies. It's nice to have something different."
However, the wedding dress that worked best would always be the one that suited the bride's body shape.
Aurora Bridal and Highden Manor owner Avril Druker agreed lacework was a strong trend.
However, bridal fashion spanned all ages going back to Queen Elizabeth I.
"Those dresses that Queen Elizabeth wore, with a fitted bodice and a great big skirt, are still being worn."