Tips for planning a cheap wedding
Within the industry, a low-budget wedding is generally classified as costing $15,000 or less.
That might still seem like a lot of money, but once you account for venue hire, transportation, invitations, catering, photographer, wedding attire for the couple, bridal party and groomsmen, then suddenly that $15,000 doesn’t go very far.
For many modern couples, having a strict wedding budget doesn’t mean having a day will be any less special. “I was hired to plan and coordinate a wedding earlier in the year with a budget of $5,000,”
“It was a huge success. The couple, their family and friends had the best experience and didn’t go without.”
There are a few ways you can help plan for an affordable wedding:
Shop around for a venue
According to Munro, venue hire is one of the biggest expenses you’ll incur while planning a wedding, so it pays to be picky.
“When it comes to choosing a wedding venue, think outside the square,” Munro says. “I encourage everyone to look around and compare venues, keeping flexibility front of mind.”
Consider an all-inclusive venue
RACV has wedding venues across Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania with all-inclusive wedding packages.
If you’ve the budget, you can also add on reception packages on a per person basis (minimum numbers apply).
Have a weekday (or winter) wedding
Most weddings occur on the weekend, which means venues are often easier (and sometimes cheaper) to lock in for a weekday ceremony and reception.
The downside is that your guests may have to take a day off work.
If you’re not bothered by the cold, a winter wedding is another way to reduce the cost of your nuptials. Winter tends to be the off season for many wedding venues, so having your wedding in the colder months can be cheaper.
Do it yourself and do without
Get crafty and try your hand at making your own wedding decorations to save money. “Pinterest is full of fantastic ideas and stunning DIY décor,” says Munro.
It’s also a good idea to sit down with your betrothed and discuss what is and isn’t a necessity for you both at your wedding. Maybe you don’t care for flowers, or maybe you’d prefer cupcakes to an expensive wedding cake. It’s your wedding, so you don’t have to pay for anything you don’t want.
That goes for guests too. It can be awkward, but culling the guest list to only your nearest and dearest is one of the easiest ways to save money.
You can’t have a wedding ceremony online, but you can use the internet to save money in other ways.
Save the date cards and wedding invites are two expenses that can be outsourced online, with websites offering free or minimal cost services. Or simply conduct invites email.
Opt for pre-loved items
Second hand doesn’t have to mean second-best. A lot of money can be saved by shopping online for pre-owned weddings items, which have generally only been used once previously.
Also considering hiring your wedding attire instead of buying. Some bridal boutiques offer wedding dress rental, as well as dress hire for bridesmaid gowns. Alterations are often included in the rental price, too.