|April 6, 2018||3|
We all have a fair understanding that weddings can be a costly exercise, but do you actually understand just how much the average wedding costs in Australia? A little over $36,000, based on Australia’s Money Smart website. And that was in 2012! Today, it’s likely somewhere around the $50,000 mark. I suppose if you have well-off parents it wouldn’t be a concern, but unfortunately most of us don’t.
Let’s admit it, $50,000 is a lot of money! You could purchase a company, place a down payment on a property, repay your student loans, or even travel the world! The truth is though, weddings are a celebration of two individuals who commit to devoting the rest of their lives with each other. Sure, we ‘d all like to have the wedding of our dreams, but we shouldn’t lose sight of what’s really important.
While I’ve never married personally, I have a close circle of friends, and two of them managed to pull off the most extraordinary weddings on a shoestring. Naturally, it didn’t feature expensive bridesmaid parties and catering for 400 guests, but it was unique, intimate, and almost everyone who came had the time of their lives. If you’re about to get married on a budget and looking at ways to save money, then here’s how.
There’s lots of ways to save thousands of dollars on your wedding venue alone. One of the most beautiful weddings I was invited to 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 ambience is fantastic, you can customise your wedding to precisely how you want it, and the costs are remarkably low. If you opt to have your wedding in a public area, just remember to talk to the local council and make reservations well ahead of time.
Even though the majority of people prefer their weddings on a Saturday, the rates of venues are much more costly 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 significant impact on the rates of your venue. If you’re dead-set on having your wedding reception in an indoor location, then schedule your wedding date in winter and you’ll save about a third of the costs for venue hire itself.
The cost of a professional photographer will commonly cost about $4,000 for the whole day. With the amazing specs of smartphone cameras nowadays, think about hiring a professional photographer just for the formalities and ask your buddies to take pictures throughout the duration of your wedding celebrations. You can make a hashtag on Twitter and get your friends to publish their pictures, ensuring that there’ll be plenty of natural pictures that mirror the true spirit of your special day.
Food & Drinks
If you really intend to save money, then catering firms are your primary target! They charge outrageous prices and aren’t all that necessary. Think about arranging 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 offers gourmet pizza, or look into hiring someone to roast a whole pig in the ground and make the sides 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. In addition, search for a venue that permits you to bring your own alcohol. You’ll save a bunch 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 uncommon for couples to borrow money to fund their weddings, not understanding how tough it can be to repay. Not only will you be paying for the wedding itself, but also interest on top of that, which can sometimes take years to repay. If you’ve had a luxurious 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 assistance regarding your personal circumstances, speak to Fresh Start Solutions on 1300 818 575, or visit our website for additional information: http://freshstartsolutions.com.au