|April 6, 2018||0|
Most of us have a pretty good understanding that weddings can be a costly 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! In today’s times, it’s likely somewhere around the $50,000 mark. I guess if you have well-off parents it wouldn’t be an issue, but unfortunately most of us don’t.
Let’s admit it, $50,000 is a lot of money! You could buy a franchise, put a down payment on a property, settle your student loans, or even travel the world! The fact is though, weddings are a celebration of two people who commit to devoting the rest of their lives together. Sure, we ‘d all prefer 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 feature luxurious bridesmaid parties and catering for 400 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 for ways to save money, then here’s how.
There’s a number of ways to save thousands of dollars on your wedding venue. One of the most gorgeous weddings I attended was in the backyard of a friend’s home. Other alternatives you could think about is hiring a community park for the day, or perhaps the beach. The environment is extraordinary, you can customise your wedding to exactly how you want it, and the costs are exceptionally low. If you opt to have your wedding in a public area, just don’t forget to call the local council and make reservations well in advance.
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. Think about having your wedding on a Friday or Sunday where Monday is a public holiday. The time of year will additionally have a considerable impact on the rates of your venue. If you’re dead-set on having your reception in an indoor area, then organise your wedding date in winter and you’ll save around a third of the costs for venue hire.
The cost of a professional photographer will often cost about $4,000 for the entire day. With the incredible specs of smartphone cameras these days, think of hiring a professional photographer just for the formalities and ask your buddies to take pictures over the course of your wedding. You can create a hashtag on Twitter and ask your friends to upload their pictures, ensuring that there’ll be plenty of natural photos 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 extravagant prices and aren’t really necessary at all. Consider preparing 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 a friend to roast a whole pig in the ground and make the sides by your06self. For me, there’s nothing better than a pulled pork burger with mouth watering sauce and cheesy smashed potatoes! Don’t forget that most of the time, being original is far more memorable than being conventional. In addition, look for a venue that allows you to bring your own alcohol. You’ll save a bunch of money this way, and you’ll have the ability to work out a considerable discount when buying in bulk.
Don’t Borrow Money
It’s not uncommon for couples to borrow money to pay for their weddings, not understanding how tough 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 lavish wedding and found yourself in financial difficulties, 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, phone Fresh Start Solutions Sydney on 1300 818 575, or visit our website for additional info: Bankruptcy Sydney