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We all have a fair understanding that weddings can be a costly pursuit, 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 most likely somewhere around the $50,000 mark. I suppose if you have rich parents it wouldn’t be a concern, but unfortunately the majority of us don’t.
Let’s face it, $50,000 is a great deal of money! You could buy a business, place a down payment on a new home, pay off your student loans, or perhaps 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 love to have the wedding of our dreams, but we shouldn’t forget what’s really important.
Whilst I’ve never walked down the aisle personally, I have a close group of friends, and two of them managed to pull off the most extraordinary weddings on a shoestring. Indeed, it didn’t consist of classy bridesmaid parties and catering for 400 guests, but it was unique, intimate, and everyone who came had the time of their lives. If you’re about to get married on a budget and trying to find ways to save money, then here’s how.
There’s many ways to save thousands of dollars on your wedding venue. One of the most stylish weddings I attended was in the garden of a friend’s house. Other choices you could think about is hiring a community park for the day, or even the beach. The ambience is incredible, you can personalise your wedding to exactly how you want it, and the costs are extremely low. If you choose to have your wedding in a public place, just don’t forget to contact the local council and book well in advance.
Even though lots 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. Contemplate 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 fees of your venue. If you’re dead-set on having your 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 price of a professional photographer will generally cost about $4,000 for the entire day. With the remarkable specs of smartphone cameras nowadays, look into hiring a professional photographer just for the formalities and ask your buddies to take photos throughout the duration of your wedding celebrations. You can create a hashtag on Twitter and get your friends to post their photos, ensuring that there’ll be plenty of natural pictures that reflect the true spirit of your special day.
Food & Drinks
If you really intend to save money, then catering companies are your prime target! They charge outrageous prices and aren’t all that necessary. Consider arranging your own food and drinks and don’t hesitate to go against the grain here.
You could hire a wood fire pizza truck that serves gourmet pizza, or look into hiring somebody 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 mouth watering sauce and cheesy smashed potatoes! Always remember that most of the time, being different 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 opportunity to negotiate a significant discount when buying in bulk.
Don’t Borrow Money
It’s not uncommon for people to borrow money to finance their weddings, not realising how hard 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 sometimes take years to pay off. If you’ve had a luxurious wedding and found yourself in financial trouble, always seek financial advice sooner rather than later. The sooner you take action, the more possibilities will be available. For any financial assistance regarding your personal situation, talk with Bankruptcy Geraldton on 1300 818 575, or visit our website for additional information: http://www.bankruptcy-geraldton.com.au/