There are some expenses, when you arrange a ceremony, that may be indispensable, but others that you only think are.

You don’t need to spend money on a wedding planner …

  • If your ceremony is going to be very small and simple
  • If you’re prepared to source and reserve the best suppliers yourself
  • If you’re willing to deal yourself with things that may go wrong
  • If you can arrange necessary co-ordination between suppliers

You don’t need to spend money on a venue …

  • If you think you can hold the event in your backyard
  • If you’re prepared to manage the health and safety issues involved
  • If you’ve got plenty of support
  • If you’re keeping the reception very simple

You don’t need to spend money on a celebrant

  • If you’re not too bothered how professional the officiant actually is
  • If you don’t want your ceremony to be really special
  • If you’re not worried about the words being easily heard by your guests
  • If you want to be calm and relaxed during the ceremony

You don’t need to spend money on caterers …

  • If you’re not feeding or watering your guests
  • If you’re prepared to buy in and prepare food and drink
  • If you can organise the service, such as a buffet, (and clearing-up) yourself
  • If you’re not serving up special dishes (eg vegan)

You don’t need to spend money on entertainment …

  • If you don’t want a reception
  • If you can provide something simple that works
  • If you can’t find something entertaining to suit all

You don’t need to spend money on photographers/videographers …

  • If you don’t want memories for years to come
  • If you’ve got a friend or relative who can do this professionally (and doesn’t mind!)
  • If you don’t want to share the event with absentees via livestream or social media

The list could go on! But I hope it gives you something to start on, as you plan your big day – and, if you decide to use a civil celebrant, please have a chat with me!