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It doesn't matter how many times you crunch those numbers, when the average cost of a wedding in Australia is close to $55,000 your budget can quickly get out of hand.

While cutting corners is a no-brainer when trying to save money, clipping them in the wrong places can be the difference between your dream wedding and one that is remembered for all the wrong reasons.

“Thanks to the rise of budget advice blogs, DIY weddings and Pinterest, couples are cutting costs in all the wrong places, and the results are horrifying,” says Inlighten bridal coach Rachael Bentick.

When planning your wedding there are some things you should never cut.

Flowers

In theory, arranging your own flowers might seem like a good idea but Jennifer Kennedy from Bells N Whistles Events says it only adds pressure to you and everyone else around you on the day. “If you have to cut costs, don't skimp on the bridal flowers. Even if they do die, they will stay in the same place because they are wired up,” she says.

Photography

“A good photo and good video is all you will take away from the day other than memories,” says Marissa Welcome, the owner and founder of A Lavish Affair.

When it comes to your photographer, Jennifer Kennedy says, price doesn't necessarily guarantee you your money shots. There are really good photographers for around the $4000 mark, but also in the $8000 mark. Just because they charge a lot doesn't mean they are any better.

If you are looking to save money in the photography budget go for the “shoot and burn packages”, where they give you your photos on a disk with no prints, says Kennedy. “You'll want to make sure they're edited with colour corrections, the money shots have been fixed up and they'll tone you up a little bit.”

Dress

Realistically, a bride is very lucky if she can walk into a dress store and find a dress that fits her perfectly, says Marissa Welcome. Getting the dress made might cost more but it will make the bride feel like a million dollars.

At the same time the price “has to be comparable to the rest of the wedding. You don't want the $20,000 wedding and the $18,000 gown and tiara to go with it,” says Jennifer Kennedy.

But it all comes down to what the bride feels comfortable in.

“If she feels really comfortable in a $99 H&M gown then it doesn't matter,” says Kennedy.

Food

If you're a foodie then food is something that definitely shouldn't be cut from the budget. At the same time, some people wouldn't know the difference between a good scallop and a bad one, says Kennedy. But from a health and safety point of view it's best not to skimp on the food as “you don't want your guests getting food poison or feeling ill,” she says.

Belle O'Brien from Belladora Events says, “a majority of guests remember the food at weddings. If you think about every wedding you've been to, I'd guarantee that for most of them you can remember if the meal was fantastic, just OK or terrible.”

Hair

It doesn't matter how many times you have practiced for your big day. The combination of nerves, pressure and stress to get it right almost always ends in tears, says Rachael Bentick.

There are ways to cut the cost of hair while still having a professional tame your locks on the day.

“You can go to the blowdry boutique and pay $100 or you and your bridal party can go to the hair salon rather than have everyone come to you,” says Jennifer Kennedy.

At the end of the day, newlywed Laura Smith says, the most important thing is to make sure your wedding is personalised and reflects you as a couple.

“Don't do the cookie-cutter wedding or plan what you think an ideal wedding is supposed to look like. It gets boring and it's expensive.”