While planning the perfect spring or summer wedding may not be top of mind during these cold winter months, preparation for the big day can be time intensive and it’s advisable to start thinking ahead.
The average Australian wedding costs more than $36,000 – that’s more than some people’s yearly salary! This figure is probably a little daunting, but if you’re smart with how you choose to spend your budget we’re certain the final cost will come in much cheaper.
Given the variety of goods and services on offer, Gumtree is the perfect resource to compliment your wedding planning. Here are some thought starters on using Australia’s number one free classifieds to help plan your special day.
Put a ring on it
Not all engagement proposals go to plan, leaving some unlucky in love with a brand new engagement ring, which often find their way to Gumtree, along with antique rings and wedding bands. Many of these are listed for around $1,500 and some prices are negotiable.
If you’re looking to buy any jewellery on Gumtree make sure you always inspect the item and ask for a certificate of authenticity with purchase. This will ensure you get exactly what you pay for.
Dress for the occasion
Many brides choose to sell their wedding dress once this big day is over – for most, it’s something they’ll never wear again and a sensible way to recoup costs.
There are thousands of new and used wedding dresses listed on Gumtree, so you’re sure to find a style that suits.
Make sure when buying a dress on Gumtree you inspect the garment before committing to buy. It’s also preferable that you try the dress on and ensure that the structure/cut allows tailoring if needed (some dresses cannot be altered due to corsetry and lacing).
Repurpose old goods for decoration
Your wedding ceremony and reception can be easily decorated by thinking outside the box. Many standard household items can be purchased second-hand and repurposed to make beautiful table decorations:
- Remove labels from old glass jars and use them as candle holders or as vases. Dress up with ribbon or fabric if desired.
- Structured items like bird cages can be dressed up with flowers or fairy lights to act as table centerpieces or side decorations.
Let someone else do the work for you
Gumtree has a full range of professional services listed on the site – whether you’re looking for a band to play at your reception, a caterer, furniture hire, florist or cleaner to deal with the mess afterwards. Filter listings by location to ensure they’re local and ask for references or examples of past work to make sure they’re the right fit for what you need.
If you’re strapped for time you can also use Gumtree to post an ad ‘looking’ for an item or service. Detail exactly what you’re after and let others come to you!