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8 ways to save money for your dream wedding

Venue, head count, flowers, food! Weddings can get expensive, but we’re here to help you save money on your dream day.

You’ve popped the question (or said yes!). Now what? With the average Aussie wedding costing $36,200*, saving money on your big day can make all the difference when it comes to starting a financially stress free marriage.

Money talks

It’s important to have the ‘money talk’ with your partner/parents from the get go. Break out the cheese and wine and decide:

  • Who’s invited
  • Any ‘must haves’ or expectations (sit down event, church wedding etc.)
  • Who’s paying for what

No matter what wedding budget you settle on, there’s always ways to save without compromising the magic of the day.

1. All hands on deck

Ask talented friends to help on the day instead of buying a gift. Or ask if any friends know suppliers who offer ‘mates rates’ to help offset costs.

2. A love for all seasons

Spring means peak wedding season and peak rates! You can consider opting for an off-peak wedding to cut down on costs, or consider having a weekday wedding to snag a considerable bargain.

3. Something old…

Renting a dress or tux can help keep costs down, but if you’ve got your heart set on buying a designer piece, websites like Still White have second hand dresses selling for a fraction of the original price!

4. On your feet

Think outside the box for food and drinks. Grazing tables, wood fired pizzas, a BBQ or even food trucks over a sit-down dinner will be a lot cheaper (and could be more memorable!).

5. Bridal party of… 10?

If you’ve got a big group of friends, there are other ways to involve them, like asking them to do a reading, sing, or help MC. A big bridal party just means more of everything!

6. New traditions

Don’t be afraid to buck tradition if it doesn’t match your personality, or budget. Have a morning wedding, skip the party favours or send out digital invites.

7. To cake it or fake it

A growing trend involves having a few fake layers in your wedding cake. It’s especially good for smaller weddings where you want the impact, without the wastage (and price tag). You could also go for other fun options like a croquembouche, fancy donuts or a tier of cheese wheels.

8. Be financially fit

The lead up to your wedding will no doubt include a lot of catch ups and celebrations. Our in-app tool Free2Spend is one of the best ways to keep on top of your finances while juggling a full social calendar. Your job is to put in a savings goal (like your wedding budget) and a timeline, as well as income and fixed expenses. Free2Spend’s job is to give you a daily number you're free to spend on yourself, all while keeping you on track to hit your #budgetgoals.

We offer super competitive interest rates on our USaver savings accounts and you can go a step further and unlock our bonus interest rate when you open a USaver Ultra transaction account when you meet the eligibility criteria. Just like you and your SO, they’re the ultimate duo.

Your wedding day is going to be special no matter what – you’re starting a life together with your favourite person! By using our guide to save on wedding costs, you could avoid the stress of blown out wedding prices, leaving you more time to concentrate on the seating plan, choreographed dance moves and speeches.


* Figure sourced from industry guide:
Moneysmart.


The information contained in this article is of a general nature only. It doesn’t take account of any person’s objectives, financial situation or needs. Before acting on this information, you should consider whether it is appropriate for your circumstances and seek independent legal, financial, and taxation advice.