Love the wedding but invest in the marriage
Getting married in SA is an expensive business. Accurate numbers are hard to find, but depending on the wedding planner, the costs could be anything from R70,000 to R130,000 for 80 to 100 people.
Marlies Kappers, head of marketing at a financial services provider, says everyone wants a wonderful wedding but in the long run memories are more important than how much money was spent.
“Of course, every bride wants to be beautiful and every couple wants to have a wonderful time with their family and friends. These things all cost money and it’s better to spend it on things that are important to you as a couple rather than being extravagant to impress the guests.”
Today, young couples often need to carry the wedding costs, because the tradition of the bride’s parents paying for the nuptials and the groom’s family paying for the drinks seems to be waning.
For a young couple wanting to get married this means either having to find a way to get the money or postponing the wedding until they can afford it.
For some, this might mean applying for a loan.
The application process should be quick and straightforward if the applicants meet the affordability requirements regulated by the National Credit Act, the money can be available within 24 hours of approval.
Know your budget
If you are thinking about getting a loan to get married, then Marlies suggests considering the following:
Work out a budget. How much can you afford? Once you know how much you can spend, you can plan accordingly.
Once you know your budget, you can start working out how much you can afford for the dress, how many people to invite and scout appropriate venues.
There are no hard-and-fast rules to wedding budgets, but the major costs will be venue hire and food and drink which will comprise about 50% of the budget. Other costs include the dress and accessories, photography, music, flowers and décor, invitations and the table dressing. Each of these will make up between 10% to 15% of the costs.
Think about things that are important to you and your fiancé and which will contribute to warm, abiding memories.
If you’re both into nature and the outdoors, perhaps you could consider a beautiful garden somewhere.
Plan for the unexpected
When planning, remember to leave a reasonable contingency of 15% for unexpected costs.
“Another way many young people today create abiding memories is to ask guests to contribute towards their honeymoon, rather than buy them wedding presents,” says Marlies.
“Although planning and budgeting may seem the least romantic aspect of your wedding, you’ll love each other for having done it for the rest of your married life,” she says.