The average cost of a wedding is now more than $40,000, but one Gold Coast couple found a way to save costs and beat the blowout price tag with Bartercard.
Heidi and Marc Cairns used Bartercard trade dollars to cover a chunk of their wedding costs and saved over $5,500 cash. The couple own MDC Decorating Specialists on the Gold Coast where they joined Bartercard in 2016. Heidi said that when they discovered the costs it could cover, they moved the date of their wedding closer.
“We weren’t supposed to get married until a year later, but we thought, if we can use Bartercard, we can afford it. So with the support of Bartercard’s Gold Coast office, we organised everything within four months.”
Cutting costs on Bartercard
While Heidi’s family travelled from Nelson Bay in New South Wales, Marc’s family flew over from England for the wedding. The pressure was on to create a special event and show off the Gold Coast to the couple’s guests. As it turned out, Heidi’s research paid off.
“We covered so much on Bartercard, it was amazing!” she said. “We hardly laid out any cash.” Heidi and Marc chose Surfers Paradise beach for their wedding ceremony in September 2016. Heidi’s stunning wedding dress, flowers for the bridal bouquets, the men’s formal wear and car hire were all purchased on Bartercard. Heidi and Marc also sourced the marriage celebrant, the reception venue, a cruise on the Broadwater for the wedding party and the two-tier wedding cake on Bartercard. Needless to say, the Gold Coast made quite an impression on Marc’s – and now Heidi’s – English relatives. “They stayed with us for two weeks before the wedding and didn’t want to go home.” she said.
“In fact, they love Queensland so much that Marc’s brother is coming back to the Gold Coast next February.”
To earn trade dollars, Marc uses his downtime to complete decorating contracts on Bartercard, covering everything from painting to refits, tiling, resurfacing, timber decking and floors. Heidi added that she didn’t realise the full extent of Bartercard until a few months in. “Marc had completed a couple of contracts on Bartercard already, but it wasn’t until I spoke to Bernie, a sales consultant at Bartercard, that I learned the full extent of how we could use it,” she said. “Bernie told us that other members had used Bartercard to cover similar expenses so I started researching. Always ask your trade co-ordinator what costs you can cover with Bartercard, especially if you have expenses in the pipeline.”
It What the couple covered on Bartercard
1. Heidi’s wedding dress
2. Flowers and the bouquet
3. The men’s formal wear
4. A stretch hummer for the bride and bridesmaids
5. The marriage celebrant
6. The wedding reception venue
7. A wedding party cruise
8. A two-tier wedding cake
Total savings: over $ 5,500
Start planning your special day or kick start your lifestyle without the cash cost! Contact Bartercard on 1300 227 837 or speak to your trade co-ordinator today.