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Congratulations on your engagement! You now get to plan the most special day of your lives. To help make your day memorable for all the right reasons, we’ve got some handy hints on planning your dream wedding.

Invitation list

Before you get started – try to do a rough guest list. Knowing how many people will be coming can really help you budget for food, stationery and wedding favours. It’ll even help narrow down venues and whether you will meet minimum numbers for catering/drinks packages.

Location

Overseas weddings can be super romantic, but add up the costs of accommodation, flights, entertainment and the different exchange rates before you commit. Your guests will also need to pay a little extra to attend so try to keep the costs down for everyone, if you can. Having an overseas wedding can mean smaller wedding numbers through so they can pay off! Just do your research.
Popular wedding venues are popular because they are amazing! You can pay extra for a desirable location, but if you look around and book ahead of time, you may be able to get a bargain. Hunt around and find a location you both love, which doesn’t break the budget.

Time and day

You can save lots of money by carefully choosing the time to get married. In Queensland, peak wedding season is in spring, followed by autumn. Getting married in these months can add a lot of additional money on general costs. If you can, consider marrying in summer or winter.

Most people get married on a Saturday, but again you can be stung with surcharges on this popular day. If you can, consider a weekday or Sunday wedding. You can save lots if you choose a less popular time and season.

Wedding rings and credit card

Financing

You can get special wedding loans that’ll help you pay for your big day. Speak to your lender and find one that suits you both. Your wedding budget is usually broken down on the following:

Reception = 50% (food, music, drinks, venue hire)
Flowers = 10% (bouquet, table arrangements, buttonholes)
Attire = 10% (wedding dress and shoes, groomsman suits, bridesmaid dresses)
Entertainment = 10% (music, photo booth)
Photography = 10%
Rings = 3%
Stationery = 2% (save the date, wedding invitations, table numbers, menus)
Transportation = 2% (limousine, bus/taxi for guests)
Gifts = 2% (party favours, wedding party gifts)
Miscellaneous = 1% (candy buffet, any extras)

What to budget for: 

Stationery

Save the date cards

 

Wedding invitations

 

Table numbers

 

Thank you notes

 

Menu cards

Venue

Ceremony

 

Reception

Ceremony

 

Attire

Wedding dress

 

Groomsman suit

 

Wedding party

Flowers

Bouquet

 

Bridesmaid flowers

 

Buttonholes

 

Ceremony flowers

Celebrant

 

Music

 

Photographer

 

Decorations

 

Transportation

 

Limousine

 

Bus/taxi for guests

 

Reception

 

Food

Catering

 

Wedding cake

Drinks

 

Music

 

Entertainment

Photo booth

 

Candy buffet

Gifts

Wedding favours

Décor

Guestbook

 

Candles

 

Linen

Specifics

Marriage licence

Depending on your venue, you may also need to provide/pay for glassware, bartending service, cake cutting fees, lighting, dance floor rentals etc. Just ask when you’re booking so you can plan what you’ll need to pay for and what’s thrown in.

If you’re planning your big day have a chat to one of our lending specialists. We can customise a wedding loan just for you! We’re available 24/7 – just give us a call 13 1905.

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