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We all have a fair understanding that weddings can be an expensive pursuit, but do you actually understand 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! Nowadays, it’s most likely somewhere around the $50,000 mark. I guess if you have well-off parents it wouldn’t be a concern, but unfortunately the majority of us don’t.
Let’s admit it, $50,000 is a considerable amount of money! You could purchase a franchise, put a deposit on a new house, pay off your student loans, or even travel the world! The fact is though, weddings are a celebration of two individuals who commit to spending 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.
Although I’ve never walked down the aisle myself, I have a close group of friends, and two of them managed to pull off the most splendid weddings on a shoestring. Indeed, it didn’t include luxurious bridesmaid parties and catering for 500 guests, but it was unique, intimate, and almost everyone who attended had the time of their lives. If you’re about to get married on a budget and looking for ways to save money, then here’s how.
There’s loads of ways to save thousands of dollars on your wedding venue alone. One of the most spectacular weddings I attended was in the garden of a friend’s home. Other options you could contemplate is hiring a local park for the day, or perhaps the beach. The environment is magnificent, you can personalise your wedding to precisely how you want it, and the costs are extremely low. If you decide to have your wedding in a public location, just don’t forget to phone the local council and make reservations well ahead of time.
Although most people prefer their weddings on a Saturday, the costs of venues are far 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 additionally have a substantial effect on the rates of your venue. If you’re dead-set on having your reception in an indoor location, then reserve your wedding date in winter and you’ll save around a third of the costs for venue hire itself.
The price of a professional photographer will frequently cost roughly $4,000 for the entire day. With the remarkable specs of smartphone cameras nowadays, think about hiring a professional photographer just for the formalities and ask your buddies to take pictures over the course of your wedding celebrations. You can make a hashtag on Twitter and get your friends to post their pictures, ensuring that there’ll be lots of natural pictures that resonate the true spirit of your special day.
Food & Drinks
If you really intend to save money, then catering businesses are your key target! They charge outrageous prices and aren’t all that necessary. Contemplate organising 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 on your own. For me, there’s nothing better than a pulled pork burger with scrumptious sauce and cheesy smashed potatoes! Don’t forget that most of the time, being unique is much more memorable than being customary. Additionally, try to find a venue that allows you to bring your own alcohol. You’ll save a pile of money this way, and you’ll have the opportunity to work out a sizeable discount when buying in bulk.
Don’t Borrow Money
It’s not out of the ordinary for newlyweds to borrow money to finance their weddings, not understanding how hard 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 repay. If you’ve had a luxurious wedding and found yourself in financial hardship, always seek financial assistance sooner rather than later. The sooner you act, the more choices will be available. For any financial advice regarding your personal situation, get in touch with Bankruptcy Experts Bendigo on 1300 795 575, or visit our website for more info: www.bankruptcyexpertsbendigo.com.au