|April 6, 2018||0|
Most of us have a decent understanding that weddings can be an expensive pursuit, but do you actually know just how much the average wedding costs in Australia? Slightly over $36,000, according to Australia’s Money Smart website. And that was in 2012! These days, it’s likely somewhere around the $50,000 mark. I suppose if you have well-off parents it wouldn’t be an issue, but unfortunately most of us don’t.
Let’s admit it, $50,000 is a bunch of money! You could buy a business, put a down payment on a property, settle your student loans, or even travel the world! The truth is though, weddings are a celebration of two people who commit to devoting the rest of their lives together. Sure, we ‘d all like to have the wedding of our dreams, but we shouldn’t lose sight of what’s really important.
While I’ve never been married personally, I have a close circle of friends, and two of them managed to pull off the most mind-blowing weddings on a shoestring. Needless to say, it didn’t involve costly bridesmaid parties and catering for 400 guests, but it was unique, intimate, and everyone 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 plenty of ways to save thousands of dollars on your wedding location alone. One of the most stylish weddings I attended was in the backyard of a friend’s house. Other options you could contemplate is hiring a neighbourhood park for the day, or maybe the beach. The environment is spectacular, you can personalise your wedding to exactly how you want it, and the costs are extremely low. If you make the decision to have your wedding in a public place, just remember to speak with the local council and book well ahead of time.
Even though most people prefer their weddings on a Saturday, the rates of venues are much more pricey 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 dramatic effect on the price of your venue. If you’re dead-set on having your reception in an indoor area, then organise your wedding date in winter and you’ll save approximately a third of the costs for venue hire itself.
The cost of a professional photographer will frequently cost roughly $4,000 for the entire day. With the exceptional specs of smartphone cameras these days, consider hiring a professional photographer just for the formalities and ask your buddies to take pictures throughout the duration of your wedding celebrations. You can create a hashtag on Twitter and get your friends to post their pics, ensuring that there’ll be loads of natural photos that mirror the true spirit of your special day.
Food & Drinks
If you really want to save money, then catering businesses are your key target! They charge exorbitant prices and aren’t all that necessary. Think about organising 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 serves gourmet pizza, or look at hiring a friend 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 delicious sauce and cheesy smashed potatoes! Remember that most of the time, being different is far more memorable than being traditional. Furthermore, look for a venue that permits you to bring your own alcohol. You’ll save a heap of money this way, and you’ll have the chance to work out a sizeable discount when buying in bulk.
Don’t Borrow Money
It’s not out of the ordinary for people to borrow money to fund their weddings, not understanding how challenging it can be to repay. Not only will you be borrowing money for the wedding itself, but also interest on top of that, which can sometimes take years to repay. If you’ve had a luxurious wedding and found yourself in financial difficulties, always seek financial guidance sooner rather than later. The sooner you take action, the more options will be available. For any financial guidance regarding your personal circumstances, speak to Bankruptcy Cassowary Coast on 1300 818 575, or visit our website for more info: http://www.bankruptcy-cassowarycoast.com.au/