There’s no doubt about it, paying for a wedding isn’t cheap. While the figures on the average wedding cost vary wildly - from a staggering $90,000 to around the $30,000 mark - Australians often need to rely on a bit of extra financial help from a personal loan or their credit card to make it down the aisle.
But, as many of the 100,000 plus Aussies who get hitched each year look to find ways to cut down costs for their big day, one increasingly popular trend is moving away from traditional affairs in favour of ‘microweddings’.
But just what is a microwedding?
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A micro wedding is exactly what you think it is - an intimate ceremony, generally with far fewer guests than you would expect at a regular affair.
Of course the major benefit of a smaller ceremony lies in the opportunity splash out on all the the normal trimmings - amazing venue, decorations, food, drinks and of course a cake - all at a far lower price.
According to Dorothy Polka from website Polka Dot Bride, micro weddings tend to fall somewhere in between a traditional wedding ceremony and getting eloped.
“There’s so much societal pressure and a thought that you have to do things a certain way. But couples are finally starting to understand that they can do things whatever way they want and there are no rules,” she said in an interview with Mamamia.
“It’s grown in the last couple of years as couples become comfortable in really customising their own wedding days.
Breaking down the cost
There’s no doubt that given the average cost of a traditional wedding - for argument’s sake let’s say it's in the region of $50,000 - a microwedding, with far fewer guests, is going to save you a significant amount.
According to the Mozo Personal Loans Repayment Calculator, a borrower looking to take out a $50,000 unsecured personal loan with the average rate in the Mozo database of 11.67% in order to pay for their wedding would fork out $16,234 in interest over a five year loan period.
Conversely, borrowing $10,000 to fund a microwedding would cost $3,247 in interest using the same loan rate over a five year period.
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Whether you’re looking to fund the big wedding you’ve always wanted, or a smaller affair for your close friends and family, a low interest personal loan could be one way to give you a bit of extra financial help.
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