We all have a pretty good understanding that weddings can be an expensive exercise, but do you actually understand how much the average wedding costs in Australia? A bit over $36,000, according to Australia’s Money Smart website. And that was in 2012! These days, it’s most probably somewhere around the $50,000 mark. I guess if you have wealthy parents it wouldn’t be a problem, but unfortunately many of us don’t.
Let’s admit it, $50,000 is a great deal of money! You could buy a franchise, put a down payment on a new house, pay off your student loans, or even travel the world! The truth is though, weddings are a celebration of two individuals who commit to devoting the rest of their lives with each other. Sure, we ‘d all prefer to have the wedding of our dreams, but we shouldn’t lose sight of what’s really important.
Even though I’ve never married myself, I have a close group of friends, and two of them managed to pull off the most splendid weddings on a shoestring. Needless to say, it didn’t feature luxurious bridesmaid parties and catering for 400 guests, but it was intimate, unique, and everybody who attended had the time of their lives. If you’re about to get married on a budget and looking at ways to save money, then here’s how.
There’s many ways to save thousands of dollars on your wedding location alone. One of the most wonderful weddings I was invited to was in the garden of a friend’s house. Other alternatives you could consider is hiring a local park for the day, or even the beach. The environment is incredible, you can customise your wedding to precisely how you want it, and the costs are tremendously low. If you decide to have your wedding in a public location, just remember to phone the local council and make reservations well ahead of time.
While lots of people prefer their weddings on a Saturday, the costs of venues are far more expensive on Saturday than any other day of the week. Contemplate having your wedding on a Friday or Sunday where Monday is a public holiday. The time of year will additionally have a dramatic effect on the fees of your venue. If you’re dead-set on having your reception in an indoor area, then book your wedding date in winter and you’ll save close to a third of the costs for venue hire.
The cost of a professional photographer will often cost close to $4,000 for the whole day. With the amazing specs of smartphone cameras these days, look into hiring a professional photographer just for the formalities and ask your buddies to take photos throughout the duration of your wedding. You can make a hashtag on Twitter and ask your friends to publish their pictures, ensuring that there’ll be plenty of natural photos that resonate the true spirit of your special day.
Food & Drinks
If you really wish to save money, then catering firms are your top target! They charge enormous prices and aren’t really necessary whatsoever. Contemplate putting together your own food and drinks and don’t be afraid to go against the grain here.
You could hire a wood fire pizza truck that offers gourmet pizza, or look at hiring a professional to roast a whole pig in the ground and make the sides on your own. For me, there’s nothing better than a pulled pork burger with tasty sauce and cheesy smashed potatoes! Don’t forget that most of the time, being unique is far more memorable than being conventional. Equally, look for a venue that enables you to bring your own alcohol. You’ll save a stack of money this way, and you’ll be able to arrange a sizeable discount when buying in bulk.
Don’t Borrow Money
It’s not out of the ordinary for people to borrow money to finance their weddings, not grasping how tough it can be to repay. Not only will you be paying for the wedding itself, but also interest on top of that, which can sometimes take years to pay off. If you’ve had a lavish wedding and found yourself in financial difficulties, always seek financial advice sooner rather than later. The sooner you act, the more choices will be available. For any financial guidance regarding your personal circumstances, get in touch with Bankruptcy Experts Wyong on 1300 795 575, or visit our website for additional info: Bankruptcy Wyong