Did you know the average wedding in Canada costs over $30,000?
Let's break it down. On average, couples are spending:
- $9,000 for a venue
- $7,000 for catering
- $4,000 for a band/DJ
- $2,500 for photography
- $2,000 for rehearsal dinner
And that's not everything. There's also a wedding dress, the cake, decor, bachelor and bachelorette parties—the list goes on and on.
If you're engaged and feeling overwhelmed, you're in luck. Tech expert, Avery Swartz, has found five amazing tech finds that will help cut costs on your big day.
This is a free online wedding budgeting course by New School of Finance. It's not just a wedding budget template—it's a full wedding budget class! It's free, fun and entertaining and will help you figure out what you can actually afford. Did we mention it's free? Just checking.
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This site combines inspiration and insight into how real couples pull off their perfect day. It allows you to browse real weddings by location and see a list of vendors that couples worked with and recommend. It's a great resource for destination weddings.
You can set up your own website and app with simple drag-and-drop templates. You can also integrate your wedding registry and manage your guest list. With the site, your guests can RSVP online, see event details and schedule and share photos.
This is a 100 per cent Canadian-owned and operated gift registry that helps your wedding guests give you financial gifts. Here's how it works: you create a profile on the site (for free) and add photos and details about wedding and gift wish list. Then you share the URL with your guests, who can contribute with credit cards from anywhere in the world. You can then log in and withdraw the money to your bank account.
This is a wedding planning app that helps you manage your guest list, track your spending, plan your seating charts, coordinate schedules, and so much more. You can browse vendors, book hotel room blocks, and stay on top of your to-do list, all in one spot.