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Destination weddings: should we or shouldn’t we?

Are you considering having a destination wedding? If you aren’t sure whether to marry in Australia or travel overseas for your big day, here are some pros and cons to help you make your decision.

Couples choose to get married overseas for many different reasons. Here are the pros and cons of having a destination wedding: Why do couples choose to get married overseas?

What are the pros and cons of having a destination wedding?

Ah, the romantic notion of getting hitched in paradise. Many couples do plan and have a destination wedding. But as with most things to do with a wedding, there are advantages and disadvantages of travelling overseas to get married.

Let’s start with the pros.

  • It’s pretty much picking a country and place – great choices are available!
  • In many countries, the costs are cheaper
  • You can follow the sun
  • Your guest list is very selective- it’s easier to have a small wedding
  • Using a local wedding planner saves you time and stress

Within reason, you can have your wedding in almost every country. The choice is fabulous. Of course, there are many factors to consider but if you want a particular location, the world is your oyster.

If you’ve traveled to many countries, you will know about the cost of living. In some countries, you can dine out every night because the prices are so reasonable. It’s possible to have a wedding for a much more reasonable cost than here at home. If you worry about your wedding day being cold and wet, by choosing a destination where the sun seldom takes a holiday, you can enjoy the beautiful weather on your beautiful day.

You will seriously benefit from a reputable and expert wedding planner who resides where you are to hold your wedding. They will know the best deals and venues. They will speak the language and better be able to work with the vendors. It’ll also save you stress.

But there are cons, too:

  • People you want to attend won’t
  • It’s not a one-day event
  • You might have to have a priest
  • The Oz dollar does move about
  • The paperwork can be messy

You have family and friends who would love to attend your wedding but can’t. The cost could be too much. They may not have a passport. They may not be able to be away for that amount of time.

With a local wedding, most of your guests hop in their car, arrive; enjoy the wedding and then drive home again that same day. No can do with a destination wedding. Depending on your destination, travel time can involve several days.

You are not religious and both want a celebrant. In some countries that is not possible. Or at least you will be required to have a priest participate. Check the country’s customs and requirements before you choose the destination.

In Australia, the quotes you get will be good for a fixed and stated time. If you marry overseas, the quote may remain the same but the currency can change. Yes, it could change in your favour. But if it goes the other way, your budget could be holed below the bottom-line.

Every country has paperwork for marriages. Some countries have more forms than others. And if you are legally married in another country, changing your name back home is not as easy as when you are married on home soil.

What’s the average cost for wedding catering?

Couples today place a large emphasis on feeding their wedding guests only the highest quality and best-tasting food on offer – no matter the cost! We understand – guests often remember a wedding by whether or not they enjoyed the food provided!

So how much are Australian couples willing to part with to feed their guests? How much on average does wedding catering cost?

According to the Easy Weddings 2016 Annual Australian Wedding Survey, the average price couples are willing to spend to cater their wedding is $8,160.

When it comes to how much couples are willing to part with to feed their guests at their dream wedding, the average price varies from state to state across Australia.

The stats

Australian Capital Territory couples are the big spenders in this case, forking out an average of $11,065 to cater their wedding.

Victorian couples spend an average of $9,895 on their catering, while New South Wales couples are willing to part with $8,955.

Tasmanian couples spend an average of $7000, closely followed by Western Australian and Northern Territory couples who’ll part with $6,570 and $6,300 respectively.

Queensland couples are the most modest when it comes to catering their wedding, only forking out an average of $4,800!

Fun facts

According to the 2016 Easy Weddings Annual Australian Survey, 62% of couples are having sit-down catering for their wedding. 24% said they’re having a buffet, and 14% are having finger food.

Melbourne wedding caterers with a twist

Jetty Road Catering

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Passionate about craft beer and good food, Jetty Road Catering offers something truly special for your wedding catering. Brewing an awesome, hop-driven American Pale Ale and a range of craft beers, Jetty Road Catering also provides sensational food and locally sourced wine. Check out their storefront today and delight your guests with Jetty Road Catering!

Hot Coals Catering

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Operating since 2008, Hot Coals Catering with their trailer mounted wood-fired ovens, offers a variety of culinary delights for your wedding guests! Providing either a buffet, waiter service, or a food stall to cater to festival weddings, the Hot Coals Catering team has something to suit every wedding! Check out their reviews today and find out why so many happy couples adore Hot Coals Catering!

Bianco Latte

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What’s better than having gelato at your wedding? Bianco Latte offers to wow your guests with the finest quality homemade gelato and sorbet, served from their beautiful vintage Sicilian ice-cream cart. All ingredients used are locally made and sourced, and all the gelato and sorbet is manufactured entirely by themselves. Check outBianco Latte today – you won’t be disappointed!

The Oyster Butler Experience

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The Oyster Butler Experience offers something that’s sure to get your guests talking! These Oyster Butlers walk among your guests as they shmooze, offering award-winning oysters and shucking them right then and there! Providing only the finest and freshest oysters straight from their farm, this innovative and creative approach to catering is something your guests will remember for years to come. Check out The Oyster Butler Experiencetoday!

Fun facts about weddings you NEED to know

Wish you knew all the ins and outs about Australian weddings before you got started on the wedding planning track? Well sit back and enjoy, because here’s all the fun facts about weddings according to the 2016 Easy Weddings Annual Wedding Survey!

Marriage

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics Marriages and Divorces 2014, there were 121,197 marriages in 2014.

The average age of a bride is 28, and the average age of a groom in 29 years old. This is based on first-time brides and grooms only.

Budget

The average wedding budget estimation begins at $20,913 excluding the honeymoon. During wedding planning, the average cost couples believe they will pay is $24,932. The final average wedding cost in total is $30,985.

Colours

The five most popular primary wedding theme colours include blues, purples, whites and creams, shades of pink, and greens.

Themes

The 10 most popular wedding themes include rustic, classic/traditional, romantic, garden/outdoors, vintage, contemporary and glamorous, beach, vineyard, and boho chic.

Location

34% of weddings occur in New South Wales, 24% occur in Victoria, and 20% occur in Queensland. 11% of Australian weddings occur in Western Australia, and 7% in South Australia. Tasmania holds only 2%, and both Canberra and Northern Territory only host 1% of Australian weddings.

89% of couples will marry in their home state or territory.