The love of your life has said ‘yes’, and you are over the moon. Now, you are starting to talk about your plans for the big day, from the cake and the reception venue to the number of guests and of course, the budget.

The average Australian wedding costs around $30,000 to $36,000. It is no surprise that a wedding can cost this much. While it can be overwhelming, it is important to discuss with your partner how much both of you are willing to spend, as well as what you expect. Fortunately, you are not alone; you have friends and family willing to give their share.

A wedding requires extensive planning and coordination. To give you a brief overview of your possible expenses, here are some to wrap your head around without sacrificing quality.

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Your budget will depend on whether you want your big day to be a simple get-together of sorts or a grand, extravagant event. If you have a tight budget, having a registry wedding that costs between $200 and $500 can get the job done. If this does not sound appealing, however, you can stick to the more traditional options where you have more creative control.

Borrowing

Online shopping can be a great option to find the perfect wedding dress within your budget. If this does not work, you can also consider dress rental services. In addition, you might want to borrow other items from family members or friends who are more than willing to help you out. These things can include the veils, family rings, wishing wells, or even cars.

Reception

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From the tables, chairs, and music to the food and wedding cake, there is so much to consider for your wedding’s reception. The cake does not need to be too big. If bands are not in the budget, DJs, singers, or even playlists from family and friends’ Spotify accounts can suffice. You can also ask for help from your photographer friends. Meanwhile, posters printed using an eco-solvent printing machine are ideal for indoor venues. These offer a quality finish that will not cost you much.

Favours

Asking your mates for help is not limited to finances. Asking for recommendations from family and friends can help you save money. You surely have loved ones who are good at decorating tables, making invitation designs, or taking photos.

The Day of the Wedding

Yes, the actual day of the wedding. Weekends, particularly Saturdays, are the most expensive days, as they are the most sought after. This also means a spike in pricing for your planners, transport, and venue. Schedule your big day on a weekday instead. Just notify your guests early.

The best thing about wedding planning involves the scope and financial freedom as to how you want your big day to be. An ideal wedding can also mean not sacrificing your budget and meeting midway. Being resourceful with the help and contribution of family and friends, as well as resources online and proper planning, can make your ideal wedding day a dream come true.