Many couples do not want, or cannot afford to spend a huge amount on their wedding.
So what do you do if you want a large traditional wedding day but don't want to break the bank?
One way to cut costs while still having a big celebration is a new twist on the old tradition - sharing the planning and costs across family and friends - instead of guests buying a traditional "gift'.
One of our members knows a couple who held a wedding for over 200 guests for less than $3,000. To do this they:
- created their own invitations in Word and sent these by email
- asked guests to bring a "plate" and their own drinks instead of a traditional gift
- booked a suitable sized community hall for the reception in a reasonably central location
- asked friends to assist with decorating the tables and the hall
- paid for a couple of people to look after the kitchen and food
- asked some musician friends to provide the music
- had one set of the parents donate the cake
- had the other set of parents pay for the celebrant
- received a gift from a guest for an hour of professional photography
- held the marriage ceremony in the community hall before the reception so there was no need for hire cars
Some other ways to reduce costs:
- Having a wedding breakfast, morning or afternoon tea or cocktail reception rather than a dinner.
- Having a wedding picnic - although that can be risky if the weather turns poor.
- Keep numbers down to the people you really want to be with you
- DIY as much as you can - family and friends can help to find bargains for every aspect of your wedding
- Be creative - chat on bridal forums and get ideas.
If there is something that is really important to you - the dress of your dreams, or your partner arriving on a Harley for example - then allow for those expenses and cut elsewhere - just stay on budget
Your celebrant from The Celebrants Network may have money saving ideas and suggestions to help you plan - just ask.