Most of us have a pretty good understanding that weddings can be an expensive pursuit, but do you really know just 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! In today’s times, it’s quite possibly somewhere around the $50,000 mark. I guess if you have wealthy parents it wouldn’t be an issue, but unfortunately the majority of us don’t.
Let’s admit it, $50,000 is a huge amount of money! You could purchase a company, place a deposit on a new home, settle your student loans, or perhaps travel the world! The truth is though, weddings are a celebration of two individuals who commit to spending the rest of their lives with each other. Sure, we ‘d all love to have the wedding of our dreams, but we shouldn’t lose sight of what’s really important.
Even though I’ve never married personally, I have a close circle of friends, and two of them managed to pull off the most remarkable weddings on a shoestring. Naturally, it didn’t consist of luxurious bridesmaid parties and catering for 500 guests, but it was unique, intimate, and everybody who came 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 numerous ways to save thousands of dollars on your wedding location alone. One of the most elegant weddings I attended was in the garden of a friend’s house. Other choices you could contemplate is hiring a neighbourhood park for the day, or even the beach. The atmosphere is magnificent, you can personalise your wedding to exactly how you want it, and the costs are tremendously low. If you opt to have your wedding in a public area, just don’t forget to consult with the local council and make reservations well in advance.
While many people prefer their weddings on a Saturday, the prices of venues are much more expensive on Saturday than any other day of the week. Look at having your wedding on a Friday or Sunday where Monday is a public holiday. The time of year will likewise have a dramatic effect on the fees of your venue. If you’re dead-set on having your wedding reception in an indoor area, then schedule your wedding date in winter and you’ll save more or less a third of the costs for venue hire itself.
The fees of a professional photographer will commonly cost around $4,000 for the whole day. With the exceptional specs of smartphone cameras nowadays, think of hiring a professional photographer only for the formalities and ask your buddies to take photos throughout the duration of your wedding celebrations. You can make a hashtag on Twitter and ask your friends to publish their pics, ensuring that there’ll be an abundance of natural photos that reflect the true spirit of your special day.
Food & Drinks
If you really wish to save money, then catering companies are your top target! They charge enormous prices and aren’t really necessary at all. Contemplate 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 consider hiring somebody 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 mouth watering sauce and cheesy smashed potatoes! Remember that most of the time, being unique is much more memorable than being traditional. Furthermore, try to find a venue that permits you to bring your own alcohol. You’ll save a bunch of money this way, and you’ll have the ability to discuss a substantial discount when buying in bulk.
Don’t Borrow Money
It’s not uncommon for people to borrow money to finance their weddings, not grasping how challenging it can be to pay back. Not only will you be paying for the wedding itself, but also interest on top of that, which can frequently take years to repay. If you’ve had a lavish wedding and found yourself in financial difficulties, always seek financial assistance sooner rather than later. The sooner you act, the more options will be available. For any financial advice regarding your personal circumstances, get in touch with Bankruptcy Experts Shellharbour on 1300 795 575, or visit our website for more details: Bankruptcy Shellharbour