Wedding Budget $36,200

While the average spend on an Australian wedding is around $30,000. ($36,200 according to Ibis World Wedding Report in 2015 to be precise), here at we've come up with some budget breakdown ideas which are anything but average.

By thinking creatively and channelling more of your money into the aspects that are most important to the two of you - dress (ok maybe that's just for you), venue, honeymoon - you'll be impressed with the stylish and stellar impact you can achieve from your rather regular budget.

Total Budget
Attendants Gifts $105.56
Bomboniere $411.13
Wedding Dress $1,992.88
Bridesmaids Dresses $822.26
Marriage Celebrant $711.13
Ceremony Venue $513.91
Ceremony music and reception entertainment $1450.31
Wedding Night Accommodation $300.42
Flowergirls and Pageboys $285.01
Bridal Bouquets / Ceremony Decorations
Reception (food, beverage, decor)
Hair and Make-Up $405.99
Honeymoon $5,500.00
Wedding invitations and stationery $665.30
Wedding shoes and accessories $491.00
Grooms suit, shoes and accessories
Photography $2,183.46
Video $2,450.00
Pre-wedding beauty treatments
Wedding Bands $1027.82
Wedding Cake $516.69
Wedding Transport $693.78

The Wedding Dress

Couture designers, usually stock more affordable ready to wear collections. Made-to-measure gowns can cost anywhere upwards of $6,000, where as ready-to-wear still look stylish, and although not one-offs, at a third of the cost of couture, that may not be an issue for you.

Look out for designer sample sales that pop up now and then, check out second-hand wedding stores, I know one i-do bride who found a stunning Vera Wang wedding gown within budget from a second hand bridal store!

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The Wedding Reception

Your wedding reception and your honeymoon are perhaps the two expenses with the greatest potential to grow so choose them carefully.

If you have a large wedding guest list, then a cocktail party can be a less fussy and much more cost effective option when compared with conventional sit-down do's - they're typically shorter and you don't need to account for as many wait staff, nor table decorations.

Most venues give you the option of sit-down or cocktail style wedding receptions. You can compare venues and packages by visiting our list of wedding venues.

The Honeymoon

Pack your bags and jump in the car! Why not head local for your honeymoon and divvy your budget between luxury accommodation and off-beat B&B's.

Stay close to home and look to wine regions, country towns or isolated coastal retreats for good food, great wine and an abundance of romantic locations, and if you do want to pack your passport, New Zealand is offering some fantastic deals to some far away places that are just a moment away.

Click here for honeymoon packages and ideas.

Wedding Tip :

Eliminating elements that aren't really that important to you allows you to focus your spend in other areas and any leftover cash can go straight into the honeymoon kitty. Where you'll have more to spend on those all important spa treatments and sunset cocktails.

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