4 Creative Wedding Ideas For Under $5000

Today, the average Australian wedding costs couples $36,200 (according to Money Smart) with most of the budget going towards food, alcohol and the venue.

If you are planning your big day, these figures are almost enough to scare you off getting married altogether! However, it IS possible to plan a stylish wedding on a budget without having to completely forego all the little creative touches that will make your day unforgettable.

For inspiration and motivation we’ve put together 4 creative ways to bring your wedding in under $5000.

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#1 – The backyard wedding

A backyard wedding not only adds sentimentality to the day, it’s also somewhat rustic, allowing for simple personal touches with a creative flair.

Rustic wedding decorations can easily be fashioned from dried or seasonal flowers (check out dried flower delivery Sydney) pine cones, succulents, twigs and twine, and fruit and vegetables. Visit op shops for vintage jars and vases or even unusual items like ornate birdcages which could be used as a ‘wishing well’.

Look to borrow rather than buy or hire; use family linen and ask friends/neighbours for tables and chairs. Finger food means no cutlery is needed and there is less washing up.

However, make sure you have a ‘Plan B’ if the weather doesn’t hold; have a strategically placed gazebo/s and a cleared covered or inside area.


  • Fashionista8P
    Reply Fashionista8P Tuesday 19th May, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    an overseas wedding sounds nice but I would want my family there

  • judi1
    Reply judi1 Saturday 11th April, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    My first wedding was a backyard one and it was great!

    • Reply sharon Wednesday 23rd December, 2020 at 5:55 pm

      how did you do this we have a budget of 5.000

  • Reply adnrew Tuesday 10th March, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    Cute photos!

  • Reply lovelyloves Monday 9th March, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Have a reasonable budget on items. Some bridesmaids dresses are $300 but they are still made in China…it’s just the brands…I bought mine in Southern China – Guangzhou city. They have a whole suburb just of wedding things…great quality still and great designs.

  • Reply Whatthe Friday 6th March, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    I found our parents were offering to pay for this and that and it was fantastic!

  • Reply BellaB Friday 6th March, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Just don’t get carried away with all the frills – you don’t really need them, and you won’t remember them.

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