As exciting, loving, and enjoyable a wedding is, there’s no denying that it will likely come at a significant cost.
According to Australian governmental website MoneySmart, the total cost of the average Aussie wedding is $36,200. That’s enough for a house deposit – even in Sydney! The same study said that 82 per cent of couples used savings to pay for the day, while a further 60 per cent took out a loan, 56 per cent had contributions from parents, and 18 per cent used a credit card.
While there will definitely be some costs involved in a wedding, there are a few ways you can keep them to a minimum. Here’s how!
The Wedding That's Not A Wedding
It’s a well-known truth that there are suppliers out there who will charge extra for their services simply because it’s for your wedding. You may be able to save a little here by asking for quotes for services such as hair, makeup, and florists as if you were preparing for a birthday party, anniversary party, or other special occasion.
Put A Cap On The Open Bar
Drinks and alcohol can be hard to budget for when you don’t know exactly how much each person will drink, or how long they will stay for after the wedding itself. Consider opening the bar for a limited time only, say the first two hours of the reception, and then after that it is cash only. Your DJ can announce when the bar is opening and closing. You can forget the open bar idea entirely, by placing a cooler with a bottle of wine and a few beers on each table and a note saying that all other drinks can be purchased from the bar. While everyone wants to be a good host and ensure their guests are having a great time, your friends and family will certainly understand your desire not to break the bank over the bar.
Bridesmaids And Beauty
A wedding day is often the perfect time for a bride to spend the morning with her nearest and dearest female friends getting glammed up with hair, makeup, manicures, pedicures, and more.
If you have just four bridesmaids (plus yourself), the cost of all those dresses, pairs of shoes, makeup artists, hair stylists and manicurists can quickly shoot through the roof. Consider compromising and asking your bridesmaids to purchase their own dress and shoes (they get to keep them, after all!), and only paying for the hair and makeup on the day. Keep in mind that the real joy is in spending time together, so you may even be able to do each other’s nails and avoid that cost as well.
Keep It Simple
One area in which couples can end up spending a lot without realising it is in the decorations. There are infinite ways of decorating a wedding, and it’s easy to become fixed on the idea of perfecting every final touch.
Instead, remember that the decorations might not be a priority when compared to essentials such as venue hire and food options. You can keep your decorations beautiful but simple by doing them yourselves with the help of friends, or continuing your decoration research until you find an option that fits within the budget. Asking family members or friends to help make or prepare table decorations can be a great way of helping them to feel part of the special day.
The same idea can apply to most features in your wedding. There are so many different options for every little aspect of the day that with a little shopping around, you may be able to find a more budget-friendly option that you love just as much as the considerably more pricey alternative.