With the average cost of an Australian wedding well above the $30,000 mark, many couples are looking for savvy ways to cut costs, boost their savings, and pay for their dream wedding.
One new trend is doing just that - and it’s even helping out the guests, too.
It’s called pre-gifting, and it’s an idea that asks guests to offer a monetary donation to the wedding before the big day instead of a traditional gift.
Basically, the engaged couple would set up a bank account and website showing guests exactly what they hope their wedding to be. For example, perhaps they want a certain style of wedding cake, or a specific band to play at the reception. Guests who are planning to attend would then donate to the cause, which helps pay for the wedding itself.
It makes a huge amount of sense for the couple in love, as it makes the affair much more affordable, and helps them attain exactly what they want from their big day - rather than cutting corners due to costs.
For guests, it means zero stress in terms of finding the right present and bringing it along on the day. Not to mention, the bride and groom don’t have to worry about receiving five different toasters! This is especially true as many modern couples already live together and have everything they need for married life, which is largely what traditional gift giving was all about.
That said, the only real downside is not getting to spend a couple of hours gleefully unwrapping a pile of wedding presents after the guests have all gone home!
Would you consider pre-gifting for you wedding? Take a look through the Hennings Jewellers blog for more bridal planning tips and ideas, and of course, a quick look through the wedding jewellery section can’t hurt, either.