4 Ways To Make Your Wedding More Affordable

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It’ll come as no surprise to find out that Valentine’s Day is one of the most popular dates for couples to get engaged. With a huge spike in brides-to-be, the wedding planning market is busier than ever. Research findings show that the average cost for a wedding these days is a whopping $65,000.


 

 

To help with the massive costs and the intricacies of planning your dream wedding, it’s quite important to do your research. Here is Oneflare.com.au's advice to help you save as much as you can for your big day.

Avoid the peak

Records show that November, closely followed by March, is the most popular month for weddings. If you’re looking to avoid the rush and have a less stressful time of it all, try an early Spring wedding, right before the November peak, or aim for something in the winter.

Get the photography brief nailed

Everyone wants a good photographer for their wedding day, not only to capture the important stuff, but also the small moments. But research shows that a typical wedding photography brief can cost up to two thousand dollars, especially with outdoor backdrops increasing in popularity.

“Be wary of the DYI trap. By the time you buy all of the equipment and supplies, it can cost you a small fortune, not to mention the hours of labour and stress. You should also consider the time of day when briefing your photographer. Allow enough time to travel between various locations and take into account the best lighting times, within the last couple of hours before sunset”, says Leoni Bolt from Leoni Bolt Photography.

Keep these tips in mind:

  • Connecting with a nearby expert photographer reduces travel fees, which can reduce your cost massively.
  • If you have any friends that are interested in photography, perhaps you can ask them to help out with lighting and setting up backdrops.
  • Guests always end up taking their own photos on the day, so setting up an Instagram/Facebook hashtag for your big day can help you sort through all the photos and perhaps even save the professional photographer for the important bits like the ceremony and first dance.
  • Instead of the photographer sending you a hard copy of all the photos, maybe ask for a soft copy so that you can print the ones you like most, and keep the rest saved.

Be an early bird

To find the best deals, it’s important to start planning in advance. Not only does this ensure you get all your first choices for things such as the venue, caterer etc – but it also lets you find the best deals possible.

Some other key tips include:

  • Planning the wedding on a Friday, instead of the weekend. Or maybe on a night before a public holiday.
  • Find out if there are any other events going on at the venue before or after your wedding day in case there’s a possibility that equipment can be shared.
  • Instead of booking a dedicated wedding venue, look for new and offbeat locations. This will not only make your day more unique and different, but can also save you a tonne. Make sure there isn’t a load of extra setting up to do though– a venue without an audio-visual unit can end up costing way more than a traditional venue.
  • If you have any musically talented friends, perhaps ask them to do a small performance. This will make your day more special, as well as cut the time you’re paying the DJ for.

Take care with catering

The more guests you have, the more expensive catering can be. Some couples end up spending over $5,000 on catering alone.

  • Eating with the seasons – ingredients that are easier to get will be cheaper. It will also taste better because it’s fresher.
  • If possible, try and save on alcohol by purchasing it yourself. This way you can stock up overtime, taking advantage of sales.
  • See if you can organise the cutlery yourself. It seems tedious but if you pick up your own from a wholesaler or op shop, it can be a lot cheaper than the cost of hiring them.

All in all, make sure to do plenty of research when planning your big day and try and steer clear from the clichés to get the most out of what you’re paying.

 

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