Lately I've been performing quite a few elopement weddings and midweek weddings which got me thinking, what is it about elopements and small weddings which are becoming more and more appealing?
This became quite clear as soon as I started to do my research. I couldn't quite believe what I was reading. Thanks to the Canstar website, I soon learnt that a survey run by Bride to Be magazine, revealed that the average cost of a wedding in Australia is now $65,482. That’s a considerable difference from the $36,200 the government’s Moneysmart website quotes.
Now I'm all for beautiful weddings that make dreams come true and I would be the first one to put my hand up for officiating any type of fairy tale wedding. But spending that kind of money for the average wage earner would be a massive stretch and potentially getting married would be in lieu of some other major life events such as buying a house. Don't get me wrong if you have the cash and it's no stretch then go all out .
As the celebrant in the wedding equation I'm thinking that potentially the actual saying " I do" is in fact the smallest cost factor, and apart from you and your partner you're marrying the most important factor of a wedding as we the ones who make it legal!
Which leads me to the next points, which may not be the most popular comments among my fellow wedding industry suppliers , but all you really need is a beautiful spot, set a date, invite 2 witnesses over the age of 18 and an Authorised Marriage Celebrant and hey presto you are officially married.
So the couple above in the picture inspired me to write this blog. Their wedding was so very special. Set in the picturesque Queens Gardens in Townsville, the bride was stunning and the groom was blushing , the day was beautiful and the guest list was minimal and included some onlookers and the photographer. The couple then headed off to a beautiful honeymoon over a Magnetic Island and enjoy the week together in sunny North Queensland. The memories that they created on that day were just as special as if had they have had the typical 80 guests attend and fed and watered them all afterwards. Of course, you will have some special people in your life that you would like to have next to you whilst you say that I do and that is perfectly OK as well.
But if you are looking to create a special day between the two of you and not be paying it off for the rest of your working life then consider a cheaper option of midweek weddings or elopements. Who wouldn't want to save about $30,000 and the rest? Go to Woolies get two mud cakes decorate them and have you