Weddings On A Budget – Ways To Save Money When Getting Hitched
Most of us have a pretty good understanding that weddings can be an expensive exercise, but do you really know how much the average wedding costs in Australia? A bit over $36,000, according to Australia’s Money Smart website. And that was in 2012! These days, it’s quite possibly somewhere around the $50,000 mark. I guess if you have well-off parents it wouldn’t be a problem, but unfortunately most 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 property, settle your student loans, or perhaps travel the world! The fact is though, weddings are a celebration of two individuals who commit to spending the rest of their lives together. Sure, we ‘d all want to have the wedding of our dreams, but we shouldn’t lose sight of what’s really important.
Although I’ve never walked down the aisle myself, I have a close group of friends, and two of them managed to pull off the most memorable weddings on a shoestring. Naturally, it didn’t feature costly bridesmaid parties and catering for 500 guests, but it was intimate, unique, and almost everyone who attended 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 a number of ways to save thousands of dollars on your wedding location alone. One of the most elegant weddings I was invited to was in the garden of a friend’s home. Other choices you could look into is hiring a local park for the day, or perhaps the beach. The ambience is spectacular, you can personalise your wedding to exactly how you want it, and the costs are unbelievably low. If you decide to have your wedding in a public location, just don’t forget to phone the local council and book well in advance.
While lots of people prefer their weddings on a Saturday, the rates of venues are much more expensive on Saturday than any other day of the week. Look at having your wedding on a Friday or Sunday where Monday is a public holiday. The time of year will likewise have a significant effect on the rates 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 close to a third of the costs for venue hire.
The price of a professional photographer will commonly cost roughly $4,000 for the whole day. With the amazing specs of smartphone cameras these days, think of hiring a professional photographer only for the formalities and ask your friends to take pictures over the course of your wedding celebrations. You can create a hashtag on Twitter and get 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 primary target! They charge extravagant prices and aren’t really necessary whatsoever. Think about preparing 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 at hiring someone 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 delicious sauce and cheesy smashed potatoes! Always remember that most of the time, being different is far more memorable than being customary. Also, search for a venue that allows you to bring your own alcohol. You’ll save a bundle of money this way, and you’ll have the chance to negotiate a significant discount when buying in bulk.
Don’t Borrow Money
It’s not uncommon for people to borrow money to fund their weddings, not knowing how difficult it can be to repay. 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 an extravagant wedding and found yourself in financial difficulties, always seek financial assistance sooner rather than later. The sooner you act, the more choices will be available. For any financial advice regarding your personal situation, get in contact with Bankruptcy Experts Tablelands on 1300 795 575, or visit our website for more information: www.bankruptcyexpertstablelands.com.au