Whether you have $50,000 or $5,000 here's how you can set your wedding budget and save money on your wedding costs.
Getting married is (for most of us) the biggest, most expensive, party we’ve ever planned.
So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it can cost a lot to get the wedding of our dreams.
In a survey by Wedded Wonderland, they found that the 2019 typical wedding cost was $53,168.
This included the cost of engagement ring and honeymoon. They did also find that there was a larger spread – “more couples spending more, and more spending less. This means the actual average is not indicative of what most couples are actually spending. Budget weddings are sitting at the 10-20k mark, whereas luxury spend is excessive of 100k.”
Here are some of our top tips for wedding planning:
Think about the kind of wedding that you want to have
This might be the one thing that you already know, but if not it’s time to start dreaming of your perfect wedding day.
Don’t let anyone else influence your decision.
Search Pinterest and see if you can find a wedding style that vibes with your style. Don’t spend too much time on the specifics right now, decide on the feel that you want.
A wedding is a celebration of your relationship with your partner. Do you want a church wedding, with all the bells and whistles? Or is a low-key garden wedding more your style?
Create a dream wedding Pinterest board and start pinning the ideas that you love – you’ll soon see a theme develop.
This will stop you from ordering anything that doesn’t fit in with the theme of your wedding.
Decide on your budget
Set your priorities
You and your partner should each select the top 2 or 3 things that are most important to you for the wedding.
This could be anything from the specific top-shelf whiskey you love, the photographer that your cousin had at her wedding or the venue that you’ve always dreamed about.
Spend money on the thing things that you really care about, and save money on ones that aren’t so important.
It’s important to know what these priorities are so that you can spend a little more time, money and effort to make sure that these things are included in your day.
We recommend that you each make a list, then come together to talk about them, so that you’re not influenced by each other.
When you talk about your lists you’ll then need to agree on what to focus on for your perfect wedding day
Count your guests
“We only invited people to our wedding that had been to our house in the past 12 months” – Laura
Do a rough draft of a guest list so that you have some ideas about numbers. the guest list will influence the cost of your reception, but also will impact whether your perfect reception venue is able to cater to the number of guests.
All venues have a maximum that they can cater to and some also have minimum numbers (or spends) that you’ll need to know about before booking the venue.
Maybe you dreamed of a huge sit-down dinner for your 250 closest friends and family, but you only have $4,000 to spend. Is there a way to achieve that?
One of the easiest ways to save money on your wedding is to limit the number of guests. At $130+ per person it doesn’t take much to save hundreds of dollars.
Don't get married on a Saturday
“We got married on a Friday and got a 15% discount on our venue” – Kaylene
Saturdays are the most popular day for weddings. To save big on reception costs consider having a Friday or a Sunday wedding.
Have your ceremony and reception at the same place
This can save you hundreds on venue fees and transportation between the venues.
Try to choose somewhere that has some great photo locations within walking distance, so you get the wedding photos you’ve been dreaming of
Find a venue that lets you use your own vendors
Being able to choose your own caterer, DJ, bartender, alcohol, etc can save thousands- with the added benefit that you can pick vendors that you adore!
It will be more work for you to co-ordinate, but it will be worth it.
Source second hand items
You can find a bargain on Facebook in groups like Wedding Goods Buy Swap Sell Melbourne (which has over 12,000 members), Melbourne 2nd Hand Wedding Dresses (over 3000 members) or Wedding Buy, Swap & Sell Melbourne (over 1000 members).
You can find everything from decorations to dresses, which have only been used once. You’ll also find plenty of wedding vendor recommendations here.
A friend of mine scoured op-shops in her local area buying gorgeous (and budget-friendly) teacups to use as DIY candles for her table settings
Get quotes before committing
Track what you are spending
And we mean track everything!!
Once you’ve started booking in vendors and venues update your actual spend in your calculator. This will avoid any financial surprises once your wedding day rolls around.
It might be easy to skip tracking smaller value items (like this gorgeous guest book we found online for $23.99), but the small expenses can quickly add up to hundreds of dollars.
Put every dollar you spend into the Wedding Budget Calculator and your wedding day will roll around with no surprises.
Do you have any tips on budgeting for a wedding? Maybe you have an awesome money-saving tip?
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