We all have a pretty good understanding that weddings can be a costly exercise, but do you actually know just how much the average wedding costs in Australia? Slightly over $36,000, based on Australia’s Money Smart website. And that was in 2012! In today’s times, it’s likely somewhere around the $50,000 mark. I suppose if you have wealthy parents it wouldn’t be a problem, but unfortunately many of us don’t.

Let’s face it, $50,000 is a bunch of money! You could buy a company, put a deposit on a new house, repay your student loans, or even travel the world! The truth is though, weddings are a celebration of two individuals who commit to spending the rest of their lives with each other. Sure, we ‘d all want to have the wedding of our dreams, but we shouldn’t lose sight of what’s really important.

Even though I’ve never been married personally, I have a close circle of friends, and two of them managed to pull off the most splendid weddings on a shoestring. Naturally, it didn’t consist of luxurious bridesmaid parties and catering for 300 guests, but it was unique, intimate, and everybody who attended had the time of their lives. If you’re about to get married on a budget and looking for ways to save money, then here’s how.

Location

There’s loads of ways to save thousands of dollars on your wedding venue. One of the most stunning weddings I was invited to was in the backyard of a friend’s home. Other alternatives you could consider is hiring a community park for the day, or even the beach. The environment is amazing, you can customise your wedding to precisely how you want it, and the costs are remarkably low. If you opt to have your wedding in a public location, just don’t forget to speak with the local council and book well ahead of time.

Wedding Date

Even though lots of people prefer their weddings on a Saturday, the costs of venues are much more costly 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 considerable influence on the price of your venue. If you’re dead-set on having your wedding reception in an indoor location, then schedule your wedding date in winter and you’ll save more or less a third of the costs for venue hire.

Photography

The price of a professional photographer will frequently cost close to $4,000 for the whole day. With the amazing specs of smartphone cameras these days, contemplate hiring a professional photographer just for the formalities and ask your buddies to take photos over the course of your wedding. You can make a hashtag on Twitter and get your friends to post their pics, ensuring that there’ll be loads of natural pictures that emulate 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 enormous prices and aren’t really necessary whatsoever. Think about putting together 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 somebody 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 scrumptious sauce and cheesy smashed potatoes! Always remember that most of the time, being original is much more memorable than being traditional. Furthermore, try to find a venue that allows you to bring your own alcohol. You’ll save a bunch of money this way, and you’ll be able to work out a sizeable discount when buying in bulk.

Don’t Borrow Money

It’s not uncommon for people to borrow money to pay for their weddings, not grasping how hard 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 in some cases take years to pay off. If you’ve had a luxurious wedding and found yourself in financial distress, always seek financial help sooner rather than later. The sooner you take action, the more possibilities will be available. For any financial advice regarding your personal circumstances, talk to Bankruptcy Wagga Wagga on 1300 818 575, or visit our website for additional information: http://www.bankruptcy-waggawagga.com.au/