Almost three months on, I have been reflecting on my wedding last November.
Something that blew me away was the actual cost of everything. Just under $2,500 to be precise! Yep, around $57,500 less than the average wedding will cost most Australian couples who tie the knot in 2015 according to a recent survey conducted by Fairfax media.
So just how do you get married for such a small sum of money today? The answers my friends, are somewhat easier to comprehend than you would imagine.
First of all, you need to pick a weekday. If you plan on cracking on with proceedings over a weekend then naturally, expect to pay much more for everything. Venue hire, photographers, celebrants and catering. Prices always rise for weekend receptions. Supply and demand they say. Taking the piss I say.
Mrs Bunny and I chose to tie the knot in a small reception area at the Brisbane registry office. We also chose to keep the guest list to an absolute minimum. The celebrant who delivered the service, Leslie, was a most wonderful professional who made us all feel right at home. The service itself was done and dusted in just under 20 minutes. And that was that! We were now officially two fluffy bunnies.
After being quoted more than $5,000 by some for wedding photography, we chose to take our own happy snaps. It worked out well as we still captured the day and got what we wanted. Perhaps without the professional sheen yet still, we manage to get some cracking images.
Instead of heading off to a swish reception venue with an equally swish price list for food and alcohol, we took off to the Ship Inn at South Bank for a late lunch and a few drinks. Following this we hopped onwards to a couple of bars and were safe and soundly in bed by 10pm that night without having to worry about paying for the day that had just passed us by.
More than anything, we had wonderful people with us to share in our magical day out. For Mrs Bunny and I, it was just further reinforcement that you don’t really need large chunks of money in your life to enjoy yourself. Three months on and whilst we are still not swimming in money, we are having a ball.
Don’t ever feel pressured to spend money you don’t have on your special day. Bigger is not always better. And why invite friends and relatives you may not have seen in 25 years and most likely won’t see for another 25 years? Pointless really.
They say marriage changes you. For these two fluffy bunnies, it’s business as usual as we continue on our most splendid of journeys together.