Big bucks splashed out for big day
IPSWICH brides and grooms are saying "I do'' to splashing out on their special days, and are paying high prices to achieve their dream weddings.
With the average cost of an Australian wedding now exceeding $36,000, more couples are working with bigger budgets to celebrate the event in lavish style.
Rosewood resident Debra Norris understands the expense, after helping her newlywed daughter Samantha, 23, plan her wedding to Adam Jolliffe, also 23.
The Jolliffe wedding cost between $25,000 and $30,000, and was attended by more than 115 guests. The ceremony was held at St Mary's Church on August 20, and Woodlands of Marburg hosted the reception.
But Mrs Norris said the expense was completely worth it.
"It was a special event for the family, Sam was the first grandchild to get married."
With Channel Seven's Four Weddings show promoting themed weddings and competition between brides, popular culture is pressuring bridal parties more than ever to spare no expense.
Mrs Norris said the key to keeping the wedding affordable was careful planning and sharing the cost between both families.
"They were engaged 18 months ago, and we booked everything and paid it off from that date."
She said the reception venue was the greatest cost and that they budgeted on other items to allow for the expense.
The mother-of-the-bride said buying local kept costs down.
"We shopped around and tried to stay in Ipswich - the cake was local, and the venues were local."
Anika Stevenson, receptionist at Woodlands of Marburg, said that expenses could really add up.
"Our minimum cost is around $10,000, but past weddings have ranged up towards $20,000.
"On top of that you have the dress, suits, and everything else,'' she said.
- The average price of an wedding is $36,2000, according IBISWorld.
- IBISWorld said couples are spending more because of their higher average age and disposable incomes.
- More couples are receiving financial support from both sets of parents.