|April 6, 2018||0|
We all have a fairly good understanding that weddings can be an expensive exercise, but do you actually understand 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! Today, it’s likely somewhere around the $50,000 mark. I guess if you have rich parents it wouldn’t be an issue, but unfortunately most of us don’t.
Let’s admit it, $50,000 is a huge amount of money! You could buy a company, place a deposit on a new home, settle your student loans, or perhaps 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 love to have the wedding of our dreams, but we shouldn’t forget what’s really important.
Even though I’ve never been married myself, I have a close circle of friends, and two of them managed to pull off the most remarkable weddings on a shoestring. Of course, it didn’t involve extravagant 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 trying to find ways to save money, then here’s how.
There’s plenty of ways to save thousands of dollars on your wedding venue alone. One of the most amazing weddings I attended was in the backyard of a friend’s home. Other alternatives you could look into is hiring a local park for the day, or maybe the beach. The environment is fantastic, 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 location, just remember to talk with the local council and book well in advance.
Although many people prefer their weddings on a Saturday, the rates of venues are far more pricey on Saturday than any other day of the week. Think about having your wedding on a Friday or Sunday where Monday is a public holiday. The time of year will additionally have a significant influence on the fees 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 close to a third of the costs for venue hire.
The cost of a professional photographer will generally cost roughly $4,000 for the whole day. With the amazing specs of smartphone cameras nowadays, consider hiring a professional photographer just for the formalities and ask your buddies to take photos throughout the duration of your wedding. You can create a hashtag on Twitter and get your friends to publish their pics, ensuring that there’ll be loads of natural pictures that emulate the true spirit of your special day.
Food & Drinks
If you really want to save money, then catering businesses are your primary target! They charge enormous prices and aren’t all that necessary. Contemplate preparing 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 a professional 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 scrumptious sauce and cheesy smashed potatoes! Remember that most of the time, being original is much more memorable than being traditional. Moreover, search for a venue that permits you to bring your own alcohol. You’ll save a stack of money this way, and you’ll be able to arrange a substantial discount when buying in bulk.
Don’t Borrow Money
It’s not unusual for people to borrow money to finance their weddings, not realising how difficult it can be to repay. Not only will you be paying for the wedding itself, but also interest on top of that, which can frequently 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 take action, the more choices will be available. For any financial guidance regarding your personal circumstances, phone Bankruptcy Dubbo on 1300 818 575, or visit our website for additional info: http://www.bankruptcy-dubbo.com.au/