The wedding industry is a billion dollar industry. The fun and excitement starts when two people who fall in love and decide that they want to spend the rest of their lives together. I was looking to see what the average cost of a wedding was in Australia in 2013. The average cost of a wedding in Australia this year is between $36,700 (IBISWorld), and $48,296 (Bride To Be magazine). Staggering…. Does a wedding have to cost this much money to be beautiful? I don’t think so, there are so many options out there, that I am pretty sure that you can have a perfect dream wedding without breaking the bank. You just have to think outside the box!
Here are a few tips to help:
Set the Date - Book your wedding date on a week day, this could save you heaps.
Invitations - rather than send one per person or per couple, send one per household, that way you're not buying extra invitations.
Wedding Dress - with the online market being a big competitive business, there is no need to spend a fortune on an expensive designer dress, you can get something equally as beautiful if you shop around. You can even hire your dress, after all, what do we do with it after the day, mine is sat in my wardrobe, it won’t fit my daughter as she is taller than me and I am not even sure that she would want to wear it, I know I didn’t want to wear my mums.
Mp3 vs DJ – why not create your own playlist, you can set the mood and style and even chose the music for your ceremony, you just have to make sure that the venue has access to compatible sound system to be able to play your music from your ipod or mp3 player.
Bouquet – go for something different to the tradition floral bouquet, why not carry a simple elegant clutch bag to complement your dress, carry a set of rosary beads or try a feather bouquet with sparkly cyrstals.
Drinks - we don’t want to violate etiquette rules but a popular variation is to provide beer, wine and a toasting drink, this way you provide variety but also keep the cost down.
Wedding cake – I am a firm believer that a wedding cake is an important centerpiece of any wedding, however, I have noticed a trend that people are now opting not to have a wedding cake but to have cupcakes or cookies as desserts, this way your guest still get to have some kind of cake and dessert without being overloaded with sweet things. A great way to save money.
Wedding favors – give something back to the community or a favourite charity, rather than provide your guests with fancy little gifts for attending your wedding, suggest to them that you will make a donation to a nominated charity instead, this will certainly cost you less than buying favors.
Chair decorations – keep it plain and simple, I am almost sure that your guests probably won’t notice that the chairs are not decorated, after all it is the happy couple that they are coming to look at not the chairs.