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We all have a fairly good understanding that weddings can be a costly pursuit, but do you really understand 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! Today, it’s quite likely somewhere around the $50,000 mark. I suppose 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 buy a company, put a down payment on a property, repay your student loans, or perhaps travel the world! The truth is though, weddings are a celebration of two individuals 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 lose sight of what’s really important.
Although I’ve never married personally, I have a close circle of friends, and two of them managed to pull off the most memorable weddings on a shoestring. Needless to say, it didn’t consist of extravagant 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 trying to find ways to save money, then here’s how.
There’s numerous ways to save thousands of dollars on your wedding venue. One of the most magnificent weddings I attended was in the backyard of a friend’s house. Other options you could think about is hiring a local park for the day, or even the beach. The atmosphere 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 place, just don’t forget to speak with the local council and book well ahead of time.
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. Think about having your wedding on a Friday or Sunday where Monday is a public holiday. The time of year will similarly have a considerable impact on the cost 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 close to a third of the costs for venue hire.
The price of a professional photographer will generally cost around $4,000 for the entire day. With the incredible 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 post their pictures, ensuring that there’ll be lots of natural pictures that mirror the true spirit of your special day.
Food & Drinks
If you really wish to save money, then catering companies are your top target! They charge outrageous prices and aren’t all that necessary. Contemplate organising 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 a professional 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 delicious sauce and cheesy smashed potatoes! Remember that most of the time, being original is much more memorable than being traditional. Moreover, 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 chance to discuss a sizeable discount when buying in bulk.
Don’t Borrow Money
It’s not unusual for couples to borrow money to finance their weddings, not grasping how hard 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 help sooner rather than later. The sooner you act, the more possibilities will be available. For any financial assistance regarding your personal situation, call Bannkruptcy Adelaide on 1300 818 575, or visit our website for more info: http://www.bankruptcy-adelaide.com.au/