So you've just got engaged and you want to shout it from the rooftops -­ and who can blame you? But if you want to get more party for your pound, when it comes to dealing with suppliers, a little discretion goes a long way. It's no secret that a wedding bash can attract a higher price tag than a party, so I say lose the W word when you're making enquiries (there's nothing wrong with a little white lie, though you'll have to fess up at some point).

If you're not a convincing fibber, there is a simpler way ­- www.studentgems.com. This website matches students looking for work with businesses and individuals that need people with specific skills. So if you want someone to do your wedding flowers but can't afford a professional florist, you can use the website to search for local students with the necessary skills. The site lists all manner of wedding-related skills and services including dress design, photography, floristry, beauty and make-up, invitation design and calligraphy.

Everyone¹s a winner: work-hungry students will get valuable experience -­ and cash in their pockets ­- and you won't have to fork out so much for your suppliers.