We all have a fairly good understanding that weddings can be a costly exercise, but do you really 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! Today, it’s quite possibly somewhere around the $50,000 mark. I guess if you have well-off parents it wouldn’t be a problem, but unfortunately the majority of us don’t.
Let’s admit it, $50,000 is a huge amount of money! You could purchase a business, put a down payment on a new house, repay your student loans, or maybe travel the world! The reality is though, weddings are a celebration of two people who commit to spending the rest of their lives with each other. Sure, we ‘d all want to have the wedding of our dreams, but we shouldn’t forget what’s really important.
Although I’ve never married personally, I have a close circle of friends, and two of them managed to pull off the most splendid weddings on a shoestring. Obviously, it didn’t involve classy bridesmaid parties and catering for 500 guests, but it was intimate, unique, and everybody who came had the time of their lives. If you’re about to get married on a budget and trying to find ways to save money, then here’s how.
There’s numerous ways to save thousands of dollars on your wedding location. One of the most gorgeous weddings I was invited to was in the garden of a friend’s home. Other options you could consider is hiring a community park for the day, or even the beach. The atmosphere is magnificent, you can customise your wedding to precisely how you want it, and the costs are exceptionally low. If you make the decision to have your wedding in a public place, just remember to consult the local council and make reservations well in advance.
Although most people prefer their weddings on a Saturday, the costs of venues are far more costly 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 similarly have a significant effect on the cost of your venue. If you’re dead-set on having your reception in an indoor location, then schedule your wedding date in winter and you’ll save roughly a third of the costs for venue hire itself.
The cost of a professional photographer will normally cost roughly $4,000 for the entire day. With the impressive specs of smartphone cameras these days, contemplate hiring a professional photographer just for the formalities and ask your friends to take pictures throughout the duration of your wedding. You can make a hashtag on Twitter and get your friends to upload their pictures, ensuring that there’ll be lots 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 outrageous prices and aren’t really necessary at all. Contemplate arranging your own food and drinks and don’t hesitate to go against the grain here.
You could hire a wood fire pizza truck that serves gourmet pizza, or look at hiring somebody to roast a whole pig in the ground and make the sides by yourself. For me, there’s nothing better than a pulled pork burger with mouth watering sauce and cheesy smashed potatoes! Don’t forget that most of the time, being original is much more memorable than being conventional. Moreover, search for a venue that enables you to bring your own alcohol. You’ll save a bundle 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 unusual for people to borrow money to cover 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 repay. If you’ve had an extravagant wedding and found yourself in financial distress, always seek financial help sooner rather than later. The sooner you take action, the more choices will be available. For any financial guidance regarding your personal circumstances, call Bankruptcy Experts Bunbury on 1300 795 575, or visit our website for additional information: Bankruptcy Bunbury