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Most of us have a decent 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, based on Australia’s Money Smart website. And that was in 2012! At present, it’s quite likely somewhere around the $50,000 mark. I guess if you have rich parents it wouldn’t be a concern, but unfortunately the majority of us don’t.
Let’s admit it, $50,000 is a considerable amount of money! You could buy a franchise, put a down payment on a new home, repay your student loans, or maybe travel the world! The reality 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 lose sight of what’s really important.
While I’ve never married personally, I have a close group of friends, and two of them managed to pull off the most unforgettable weddings on a shoestring. Obviously, it didn’t feature classy bridesmaid parties and catering for 500 guests, but it was unique, intimate, and almost everyone who attended had the time of their lives. If you’re organising a wedding on a budget and trying to find ways to save money, then here’s how.
There’s loads of ways to save thousands of dollars on your wedding venue. One of the most amazing weddings I attended was in the garden of a friend’s home. Other alternatives you could think about is hiring a community park for the day, or maybe the beach. The ambience is astounding, you can customise your wedding to precisely how you want it, and the costs are incredibly low. If you choose to have your wedding in a public area, just don’t forget to talk to the local council and make reservations well in advance.
Although lots of people prefer their weddings on a Saturday, the prices of venues are far 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 likewise have a dramatic effect 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 close to a third of the costs for venue hire.
The price of a professional photographer will often cost about $4,000 for the whole day. With the impressive specs of smartphone cameras these days, think about hiring a professional photographer just for the formalities and ask your friends to take pictures throughout the duration 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 photos that mirror the true spirit of your special day.
Food & Drinks
If you really wish to save money, then catering firms are your key target! They charge extravagant prices and aren’t all that necessary. Consider 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 serves gourmet pizza, or look into hiring an expert 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 tasty sauce and cheesy smashed potatoes! Always remember that most of the time, being original is far more memorable than being conventional. Also, try to find a venue that enables you to bring your own alcohol. You’ll save a stack of money this way, and you’ll have the chance to negotiate a sizeable discount when buying in bulk.
Don’t Borrow Money
It’s not unusual for newlyweds to borrow money to pay for their weddings, not understanding how difficult 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 luxurious wedding and found yourself in financial trouble, always seek financial assistance sooner rather than later. The sooner you act, the more options will be available. For any financial advice regarding your personal circumstances, get in contact with Bankruptcy Shepparton on 1300 818 575, or visit our website for further info: http://www.bankruptcy-shepparton.com.au/