Wedding season is almost here, which means one thing for couples planning to tie the knot this spring: skyrocketing costs.
Although no one wants to scrimp on the big day, research shows the average Australian wedding is likely to cost anywhere upwards of $30,000.
Simple Savers, an Australian budget busting Facebook group, recently shared their tips and tricks for keeping costs down while still having the day of their dreams.
And although no bride really wants to cut corners, these hacks are proof a little creative thinking can go a long way.
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SAY YES TO THE DRESS
‘When you are looking at dresses look at deb dresses as well… way cheaper and the only difference is they don’t have a train,’ wrote thrifty saver Davina.
‘My dress was custom made from an eBay store in China and only cost me $200,’ added Alana.
Eco-friendly Gillian offered: ‘Purchase your wedding dress secondhand that can save thousands, as somebody has only worn it once.’
Don’t break the bank with the hefty cost of a wedding dress, smart savers say it’s worth considering alternatives (stock image)
BREAK WITH TRADITION
‘Hold your wedding on a Friday, and in the off season – huge difference in price. And winter weddings can be stunning!’ Catherine shared.
This super saver said they’d seen how a simple backyard get-together had turned into a surprise wedding, much to the delight of those gathered.
‘Invite everyone around for a barbie and have a celebrant show up… do it in the backyard. Been to a couple of these and love the surprise.’
‘Add a wedding to holiday plans, suggested Mikaela. ‘We had the wedding just before a holiday we’d already booked and paid for so no extra cost for the honeymoon.’
It’s not always necessary to splash a huge amount of cash to have the wedding of your dreams (stock image
HAVE YOUR CAKE, AND IT EAT TOO
Of all the tips offered, this one, literally, took the cake.
‘Our cake wasn’t a wedding cake! We pretty much tried not to drop the word “wedding” with anything we did. As soon as people hear wedding, they up the price ridiculously’, wrote one savvy saver.
‘I got our Wedding Cake from The Cheesecake shop. We had a 2 tier choc mud cake that was about $120,’ [sic] Josephine said.
‘So I didn’t do them for my Wedding & I cut the cake up & put on our dessert table for guests to have if they wanted.’
A store-bought cake can be turned into a thing of incredible beauty with a little imagination