|April 6, 2018||0|
Most of us have a pretty good understanding that weddings can be a costly exercise, but do you really know 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 perhaps somewhere around the $50,000 mark. I suppose if you have rich parents it wouldn’t be a problem, but unfortunately many of us don’t.
Let’s admit it, $50,000 is a huge amount of money! You could purchase a franchise, place a down payment on a property, settle your student loans, or even travel the world! The reality is though, weddings are a celebration of two people 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.
Even though I’ve never married personally, I have a close group of friends, and two of them managed to pull off the most remarkable weddings on a shoestring. Indeed, it didn’t involve classy bridesmaid parties and catering for 400 guests, but it was unique, intimate, and everybody 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 plenty of ways to save thousands of dollars on your wedding location. One of the most magnificent weddings I was invited to was in the backyard of a friend’s house. Other alternatives you could look into is hiring a community park for the day, or perhaps the beach. The environment is spectacular, you can customise your wedding to precisely how you want it, and the costs are extremely low. If you choose to have your wedding in a public area, just don’t forget to consult the local council and book well ahead of time.
Whilst most people prefer their weddings on a Saturday, the rates of venues are much more expensive on Saturday than any other day of the week. Consider having your wedding on a Friday or Sunday where Monday is a public holiday. The time of year will also have a significant influence on the fees of your venue. If you’re dead-set on having your reception in an indoor area, then reserve your wedding date in winter and you’ll save about a third of the costs for venue hire.
The cost of a professional photographer will commonly cost around $4,000 for the entire day. With the exceptional specs of smartphone cameras these days, 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 post 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 want to save money, then catering businesses are your top target! They charge exorbitant prices and aren’t really necessary at all. Think about 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 yourself. 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 unique is much more memorable than being traditional. Additionally, search for a venue that permits you to bring your own alcohol. You’ll save a pile of money this way, and you’ll have the ability to discuss a considerable discount when buying in bulk.
Don’t Borrow Money
It’s not out of the ordinary for couples to borrow money to pay for their weddings, not grasping 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 in some cases take years to pay off. If you’ve had a lavish wedding and found yourself in financial trouble, always seek financial guidance sooner rather than later. The sooner you act, the more options will be available. For any financial assistance regarding your personal situation, speak with Fresh Start Solutions Darwin on 1300 818 575, or visit our website for further info: Bankruptcy Darwin