When it comes to weddings, there are so many things to be excited about: gowns, flowers, food, locations and loved ones. But of course, celebrating the big day in style may require a good amount of money to get you exactly what you want. Whether you spend loads or less is all up to you and your partner.
How much does getting married cost?
According to research, the average wedding costs in Australia can range from $30,000 to $40,000 and sometimes, people even go beyond that. In IBISWorld’s industry report in 2012, food, alcohol and venue were on top of the list if things that would cost the most during weddings at a staggering $18,683.
How will you and your partner be able to save money?
- Research and start saving early. Try setting a goal for a certain amount that would be enough for everything you might need for your wedding.
- If you are on a budget, prioritise what you really want. Jot down everything you want to be included in your dream wedding and try to gauge which ones are more important to you. Do not go for wants; go for needs and practicality, as it will save you more money. Want both? Compromise, but stick to the budget. Blowing your budget on unnecessary things will only cause financial problems – and you still have the honeymoon to worry about.
- Try to go for a wedding that is out of season. For example, if you want to hire a wedding car, NoosaWoodyHire.com offers an off-peak season package at an affordable rate. Peak seasons at certain locations will be expensive, so go for an unusual date when prices are down by at least half, if not more.
- If you are on a tight budget and cannot find a location, go for a backyard wedding instead.
Before you go crazy on the planning, keep your budget in mind. Otherwise, you’ll end up spending money on less important things.