If you come across this post, congratulations! This is the guide to help you celebrate a $50,000 wedding on a $3000 budget.

Scrolling through your instagram feed or pick up any magazine these days, you will find that you will need a money tree to shake to be able to afford a nice wedding. If you have $14 million, you can have the wedding of the century like Kim Kardashian.

Let’s be honest though, how many of us can actually afford something as grand?

You simply don’t need to bankrupt yourself or your parents to have a hip and affordable wedding. Actually, many would consider it foolish to do so, even if you have the money. Think of all the things you could do with $50,000:

● Feed a small nation

● Down payment for a new house

● Pay off your student loans

● Take a round-the-world trip of a lifetime

● Start a new business

● …and so much more

Your wedding should be about your marriage and not about the wedding, but I do understand the pressures to create an amazing event. After all, it should be one of the best days of your life.

1. Location:

Does a friend have a killer backyard you could borrow? Does your favourite cafe down the street have an awesome patio that they can rent out when they are not open for business? Can the park near your place be reserved for special events like yours? Contact your local council and they are usually more than happy to help out. This is where you can save massive amounts of money for your wedding. 

Price: $500

2. The Dress:

There are many online fashion stores that sell modern wedding dresses for just over $100. ASOS has a good selection. It offers free return as well. If you don’t want to buy, there are many other clothing rental companies that allow you to rent designer dresses for a fraction of the cost. If you are in Adelaide, you can try The Volte ( https://www.thevolte.com/). 

Another way is to try the Reshare App. You may find someone that owns a designer bridal dress and wanted to rent it out. There are even companies that rent out bridesmaids dresses as well.

All you need to do is search through the app and find the ones that are close to your area. 

Price: $200

3. Catering:

A professional catering company will issue you a hefty bill but an amazing wood burning pizza truck to make gourmet pizzas at half the price of a caterer, but double the hip factor. Your friends and family can give a hand with making appetizers. Honestly, if you put your mind to it, you can be both inventive and budget conscious without your guests even knowing. Trust me, their bellies will thank you!

Try Facebook Marketplace for home catering services. As mentioned earlier, you can try ReShare app to see if there is a pizza oven, bain marie or a food truck for rent near your area.

Price: $1200

4.  The Music —

I promise that you don’t need to spend thousands on a band or a DJ to have an awesome dance party at your wedding. Here’s what you need: good speakers, a mixing deck if you can get access to it, and a Spotify playlist loaded with some great dance songs.  This equipment can be rented on a P2P sharing platform called ReShare. You can find someone in your neighborhood who has a spare mixing deck and they might even be happy to help out on the day. 

One of your friends can be your DJ. The important focus should be on your guests having a good time, and after a few cocktails, they won’t notice if you had a six-piece band or a great playlist.

Price: $100

5. The decoration: 

Everyone loves the smell of fresh flowers at a wedding, but gone are the days of needing a flower to cover every service at your wedding. Think of flowers and decor as extra, not the main feature. One of the best secrets is to set aside some money and go to a local flower shop or even the local grocery store on the day of your wedding. You may not get exactly what you have your heart set on, but I guarantee you will have plenty of options at a fraction of the price. Plus, if you choose a great backyard at the right time of the year for a wedding the chances are you won’t need many flowers at all.

Some of the best wedding accessories such as candles, candle holders, and vases can be found at a bargain store or op shop. I swear by it! No one would even know that you only spent $50 and were able to adorn every table with sweet smelling candles and funky vases.

Price Tag: $200

6. The ring:

Wedding rings are the symbol of marriage and they come in every shape and size. Some shinier than others.It doesn’t always need to be a diamond. There are other gemstones that are as lovely and at a fraction of cost. Try Moissanite. When they were first discovered 120 years ago, these beautiful clear (or sometimes green or yellow) stones were mistaken for diamonds. At 9.5 on the Mohs scale, they are just behind diamonds as the second hardest mineral in the world, making them a more than adequate substitute when well-cut.