Weddings are expensive affairs – in Australia, it was found the average couple spends up to $36,000on their big day! While some brides have the luxury to spare no expense, others may choose a more moderate view – after all, it’s probably not the best idea to start your new lives together in debt.
This week, we suggest a couple of things you should save on… and what you should splurge on so you can get more flash for your cash.
Wedding invitations can be surprisingly costly, especially if you have a wedding of 200 guests or more! If you’re creative (or know someone who is), you can always make your own invitations. With special papers and embellishments quite easily available, and a good quality printer, nobody would be the wiser – the invitations get thrown out after the wedding, anyway!
If you are used to applying your make-up on a daily basis, why not be your own make-up artist? You’ll know better than anyone else how you like your blusher applied, and how to apply your eyeliner without tearing up. If you’re not a make-up kind of girl, enlist the help of one of your bridesmaids or a family member – you’d want to look natural and glowing on your big day, not like a stranger!
3. Wedding favours
Wedding favours are another area where you can save a couple of hundred, if not thousands of dollars. Resist the temptation to give your guests a framed photo of yourselves, or a magnet with your faces on them (not everyone would cherish that as much as close friends and family would) and opt for a little bag of lollies instead, or just forgo them entirely. Though they are a nice touch, wedding favours are a bonus, but not an obligation, so don’t feel pressured into having them.
No doubt about it, if there’s one thing you shouldn’t scrimp money on, it’s the food. Not all your guests will be as involved in your wedding as others. By ensuring the food is top quality, you can be sure despite them not having joined the conga line at the end of the night, they would have enjoyed their meal!
Your big day will come and go in a flash – no pun intended. A good photographer has a keen eye for detail and will be sure to capture all those little moments you may have missed, or not been around to see at the time. And someday, when you’re old and grey, you’ll have wonderful memories to look back on – as well as admire how stunning you looked!
3. Wedding shoes
This may sound a bit unconventional, but unlike your wedding dress, which you may never end up wearing again, you can be sure to get at least a second or third wear out of your bridal shoes. For that reason, and that you’d be spending a good four or five hours on your feet continuously, is absolutely why you should splurge on a pair of comfortable yet fabulous pair of shoes!
At the end of the day, remember to draw up a budget for your wedding. Think about the things that matter most to the both of you, and what you can afford to spend. Happy planning!
What would you spend and save on for your wedding?