April 6, 2018 0

Weddings On A Budget – How To Save Money When Getting Hitched

Posted by:Charles Bosse onApril 6, 2018

Most of us have a fairly good understanding that weddings can be a costly 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! At present, it’s probably somewhere around the $50,000 mark. I guess if you have wealthy parents it wouldn’t be an issue, but unfortunately many of us don’t.

Let’s admit it, $50,000 is a considerable amount of money! You could buy a franchise, put a down payment on a new house, settle your student loans, or maybe travel the world! The truth 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 lose sight of what’s really important.

Although I’ve never married myself, I have a close group of friends, and two of them managed to pull off the most memorable weddings on a shoestring. Needless to say, it didn’t involve 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 planning a wedding on a budget and looking at ways to save money, then here’s how.

Location

There’s many ways to save thousands of dollars on your wedding location alone. One of the most wonderful weddings I was invited to was in the garden of a friend’s home. Other choices you could contemplate is hiring a community park for the day, or perhaps the beach. The environment is astounding, you can personalise your wedding to exactly how you want it, and the costs are tremendously low. If you decide to have your wedding in a public area, just don’t forget to speak with the local council and make reservations well in advance.

Wedding Date

Even though lots of people prefer their weddings on a Saturday, the rates of venues are much more pricey on Saturday than any other day of the week. Look into having your wedding on a Friday or Sunday where Monday is a public holiday. The time of year will similarly have a substantial impact on the price of your venue. If you’re dead-set on having your wedding reception in an indoor location, then reserve your wedding date in winter and you’ll save about a third of the costs for venue hire itself.

Photography

The price of a professional photographer will usually cost roughly $4,000 for the whole day. With the exceptional specs of smartphone cameras nowadays, think about hiring a professional photographer only for the formalities and ask your buddies to take pictures over the course of your wedding celebrations. You can create a hashtag on Twitter and ask your friends to publish their pictures, 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 companies are your prime target! They charge exorbitant prices and aren’t really necessary at all. Think about putting together your own food and drinks and don’t hesitate to go against the grain here.

You could hire a wood fire pizza truck that offers gourmet pizza, or look at hiring an expert 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 unique is much more memorable than being traditional. Similarly, look for a venue that allows you to bring your own alcohol. You’ll save a pile 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 unusual for people to borrow money to pay for their weddings, not realising 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 occasionally 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 take action, the more choices will be available. For any financial assistance regarding your personal circumstances, get in contact with Fresh Start Solutions Gold Coast on 1300 818 575, or visit our website for more information: Bankruptcy Goldcoast

 

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