|April 6, 2018||0|
We all have a fair 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! At present, it’s quite 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 face it, $50,000 is a huge amount of money! You could purchase a franchise, place a deposit on a new home, pay off your student loans, or even travel the world! The reality is though, weddings are a celebration of two individuals who commit to spending the rest of their lives together. Sure, we ‘d all want to have the wedding of our dreams, but we shouldn’t forget 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 memorable weddings on a shoestring. Indeed, it didn’t consist of expensive bridesmaid parties and catering for 300 guests, but it was intimate, unique, and everyone who came had the time of their lives. If you’re planning a wedding 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 location. One of the most amazing weddings I attended was in the backyard of a friend’s house. Other alternatives you could contemplate is hiring a local park for the day, or even the beach. The atmosphere is extraordinary, you can customise your wedding to exactly how you want it, and the costs are extremely low. If you decide to have your wedding in a public area, just don’t forget to consult with the local council and book well in advance.
Although lots of people prefer their weddings on a Saturday, the prices of venues are much more expensive 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 dramatic influence on the rates of your venue. If you’re dead-set on having your wedding reception in an indoor area, then reserve your wedding date in winter and you’ll save roughly a third of the costs for venue hire.
The cost of a professional photographer will typically cost about $4,000 for the entire day. With the remarkable specs of smartphone cameras nowadays, consider hiring a professional photographer only for the formalities and ask your friends to take pictures over the course of your wedding. You can create a hashtag on Twitter and get your friends to publish their pics, ensuring that there’ll be an abundance of natural photos that resonate the true spirit of your special day.
Food & Drinks
If you really wish to save money, then catering companies are your key target! They charge outrageous prices and aren’t really necessary at all. 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 consider hiring somebody 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 delicious sauce and cheesy smashed potatoes! Remember that most of the time, being unique is much more memorable than being conventional. In addition, look for a venue that permits you to bring your own alcohol. You’ll save a pile of money this way, and you’ll be able to arrange a sizeable discount when buying in bulk.
Don’t Borrow Money
It’s not unusual for people to borrow money to fund their weddings, not understanding 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 pay off. If you’ve had a luxurious wedding and found yourself in financial difficulties, always seek financial advice sooner rather than later. The sooner you act, the more possibilities will be available. For any financial guidance regarding your personal situation, call Fresh Start Solutions Hobart on 1300 818 575, or visit our website for more info: Bankruptcy Hobart