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We all have a pretty good understanding that weddings can be an expensive pursuit, but do you really know just how much the average wedding costs in Australia? A bit over $36,000, based on Australia’s Money Smart website. And that was in 2012! In today’s times, it’s most probably somewhere around the $50,000 mark. I guess if you have rich parents it wouldn’t be an issue, but unfortunately the majority of us don’t.
Let’s admit it, $50,000 is a lot of money! You could purchase a business, put a down payment on a new house, settle your student loans, or even travel the world! The truth is though, weddings are a celebration of two people who commit to spending the rest of their lives together. Sure, we ‘d all like to have the wedding of our dreams, but we shouldn’t forget what’s really important.
While I’ve never walked down the aisle myself, I have a close circle of friends, and two of them managed to pull off the most unforgettable weddings on a shoestring. Indeed, it didn’t consist of costly bridesmaid parties and catering for 300 guests, but it was unique, intimate, and almost everyone who came had the time of their lives. If you’re organising a wedding on a budget and looking at ways to save money, then here’s how.
There’s a number 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 garden of a friend’s home. Other choices you could contemplate is hiring a local park for the day, or even the beach. The environment is extraordinary, you can customise your wedding to precisely how you want it, and the costs are incredibly low. If you opt to have your wedding in a public place, just remember to speak with the local council and make reservations well in advance.
Even though many people prefer their weddings on a Saturday, the costs of venues are far 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 also have a considerable influence on the price of your venue. If you’re dead-set on having your reception in an indoor area, then book your wedding date in winter and you’ll save more or less a third of the costs for venue hire itself.
The price of a professional photographer will frequently cost around $4,000 for the entire day. With the amazing specs of smartphone cameras nowadays, consider hiring a professional photographer just for the formalities and ask your buddies to take pictures over the course of your wedding celebrations. You can make a hashtag on Twitter and ask your friends to publish their photos, 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 outrageous prices and aren’t really necessary whatsoever. Consider 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 into 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 mouth watering sauce and cheesy smashed potatoes! Always remember that most of the time, being different is much more memorable than being conventional. Similarly, try to find a venue that permits you to bring your own alcohol. You’ll save a pile of money this way, and you’ll have the opportunity to discuss a considerable discount when buying in bulk.
Don’t Borrow Money
It’s not unusual for people to borrow money to finance their weddings, not knowing how hard it can be to pay back. Not only will you be borrowing money for the wedding itself, but also interest on top of that, which can frequently take years to repay. If you’ve had a lavish wedding and found yourself in financial trouble, always seek financial advice sooner rather than later. The sooner you take action, the more options will be available. For any financial assistance regarding your personal situation, speak with Bankruptcy Gympie on 1300 818 575, or visit our website for more info: http://www.bankruptcy-gympie.com.au/