Did you know that the average Australian wedding costs $65,482?

Crazy, right? Most of us dream of having a fairytale wedding, but what we don’t want is paying a wedding debt until retirement.

The wedding industry and its associated costs have gotten a little out of hand. Peer pressure and social media puts undue pressure on couples and their families, but is a lavish wedding really necessary?

The answer is NO. It’s definitely possible to have a memorable wedding without breaking the bank. Here are some tips on how to reduce your wedding costs without missing out on the important elements.

  1. Determine a budget and stick to it

It’s so obvious but it’s really the first step if you want to keep your wedding expenses under control. When you have a maximum limit for your wedding budget, you are more likely to find more ways to keep the costs down.

You’d be surprised at the number of couples that fail to budget. So, know how much you can spend, where it’s coming from, where it’s going, and be as detailed as possible.

  1. Choose your location wisely

engagement shotIf you think about it, the location accounts for a big part of the budget. But, there are ways on how to save huge chunks of money by being smart in choosing your wedding venue.

For example, if your parents or a friend has a killer backyard, ask if you can borrow it for a day. Do you have friends with a restaurant and you could use the space on their day off or for a reduced price?

Think about your network of people and see if there are people who can lend you their beautiful garden or lakeside property for a day.

  1. Don’t overspend on your wedding dress

Ladies pay close attention. We understand that when you look at celebrity weddings on Instagram, you drool with desire over designer gowns. You can look as beautiful without the hefty price tag. Check out your local bridal boutiques or consider a first-wear, made to order wedding dress. Offer a cash payment to drop the price even lower.

  1. Wedding photographer

For once in a lifetime event, one of the things that you need to consider is wedding photo and videography. While you can hire an amateur photographer friend to take photos, this part is to leave to the experts.

Now, there are photography studios that won’t charge you an arm and a leg, and will still deliver stunning photographs. You just need to set aside time to ask around and ask for pricing.

  1. Dining

Chang & John's Wolgan Valley Wedding dining 1No couple would want to serve stale food at their wedding. But, in search for the most amazing food and drinks for your guests, your savings shouldn’t suffer. If you have a neighbour who can make gourmet appetizers for a fraction of a caterer’s cost, don’t be afraid to go against the grain.

  1. Minimise the extras

Chang & John's Wolgan Valley Wedding beautiful flowerSmall things like embossed napkins, favours that no one wants, signs for everything, can quickly add up to the bill. These cute little details may look great on Pinterest but in reality, the guests notice the food, the bar, the energy, and the affection between the couple.

The wise thing is to make sure that your favours and the smaller details have a practical use.

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