Wedding budget blowouts

The cost of your reception venue is likely to be where the biggest chunk of your wedding funds will be spent. This is often broken down into segmented costs including alcohol and bar service, food and catering, venue rental and any equipment hire.
Other common costs blowouts include wedding entertainment – with an average wedding reception band charging around $3,500 – and photography – costing more than $2,400 per wedding.


Ways to reduce wedding spend

What these findings indicate is that weddings are an expensive business. From butterflies to bagpipes, couples are forking out more than ever before to cover the rising costs of getting hitched.
So, how can you have your (wedding) cake and eat it too? We look at ways to reduce your spend when walking down the aisle, and begin your marital life on a solid foundation of love, trust and financial stability.

Our top wedding savings tips:

1. Have the conversation about money with all contributors upfront – talk to your parents, partner and anyone else contributing to your big day about what their investment is. This forms the foundation for a realistic wedding budget.

2. Start saving early – get your timeline in place and consider how much you can (truthfully) save each week.

3. Make a wedding budget based on what you can afford and stick to it – nominate your and your partner’s priorities. Choose two big-ticket items each that are most important to you for your wedding day. Everything else is up for compromise.

4. Shop around – it pays to do your research. Sourcing inexpensive wedding details including cheap wedding favors, low-cost wedding stationery and discounted decorations helps to bring down your budget’s bottom line.

5. Consider out-of-season or weekday weddings – this can halve your venue and supplier costs.

6. Cut your guest list – if numbers are your biggest source of financial wedding stress, relook at your guest list and decide whether every person on it plays a significant role in your or your partner’s life. If there is no possible way to reduce numbers, consider a smaller ceremony and plan a big party later on where you can invite everyone.

Marital bliss for less

By following these savings secrets, you will be able to begin your life of marital bliss without the hefty price tag. For inexpensive, quality details to make your wedding even more wonderful, shop