$65,482 – this is the average cost of a wedding in Australia, according to a bridal magazine. That is a huge amount of money, and it can go higher in the next few years, considering the constantly increasing expenses and many out-of-the box trends that make weddings more picturesque and extraordinary.
What makes an average Australian wedding cost over $65,000? For newly-engaged couples, prepare to shell out money on wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses, photography, ceremony, flowers and decorations, hair and make-up, souvenirs, and bridal car rental. Add food, drinks, music, and venue rental to the list and you’ll have a large sum of money to deal with.
If you’re on a budget, you can still have a nice wedding that you will be proud of and without leaving a dent on your savings. Here are some things to take care of for a budget wedding:
In general, where you choose to get married greatly affects everything else, from food and entertainment to decoration, logistics, and wedding theme. Consider holding both the ceremony and reception in the same place. You can also choose a venue where you are allowed to bring in your preferred caterer and other vendors that work well with your budget. Another way to cut costs is to choose a venue that already looks beautiful to minimise decoration expenses.
Guest List –
Another factor to focus on to save money on your wedding is the number of people you’re going to invite. As much as you want a lot of people to witness your wedding, it really isn’t going to work if you’re on a budget. In general, fewer guests translate to fewer costs on food, souvenirs, etc. So keep an eye on your guest list and see if you can trim it down to just the people who are dearest to you.
Date and time –
Avoid getting married during peak seasons to dramatically reduce costs, especially on the venue and food. You may also want to get married on a weekday to score great deals, as a lot of couples prefer to get married on a Saturday to make it convenient for their guests.
Cutting costs for your wedding does not mean it will not meet your expectations. You just have to know the things to take care of for a budget wedding. With some strategic planning and creativity, you can have a dreamy wedding without burning a hole in your pocket.
Do you know other factors where you can save money on your wedding? Share your ideas in the comments section below.