(Closed) Is Australia really just _that_ much more expensive >

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia

I say yes, things in Australia DO seem more expensive than what our North American friends can get for the same amounts.

I guess our isolation comes into play – our bridal industry just doesn’t have the same type of competition or size as the USA. We also don’t have many of those big budget chains, like David’s Bridal, etc, which is such a shame. 🙁

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper

Yes in general cost of living if looking at a country as a whole. But when you look at individual countries regionally or by city than you get a different picture. But on the list of most expensive places to live most of the big Aussie cities are on the list in the top 20.

Basically the average cost of a wedding in Australia is $30K with the average plated dinner being $100 per person (you can get higher or lower but it is an average). Flowers, dresses etc cost more due to the fair wages we pay staff and the higher taxes imposed by the Government (payroll tax, GST etc etc).

We got married in the USA and in comparison to what it would cost us in Australia we saved a fortune. The actual wedding reception and ceremony/photographer/cars cost less than $4K for 34 people (including us- 32 guests) where as for that number at a reception place here it would have cost us at least $4800 for the reception plus about $2K for a photographer and probably another $1500 for teh ceremony and celebrant.

But if we got married in New York it would have cost us about the same as getting married in Australia.

So in general yes living in Australia does cost more.

 

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I looked at your costs, and it looks pretty comparable to here.  Things tend to be more expensive in Canada than the US.  It’s not just the currency conversion.  Even things that are produced here are often cheaper in the US, and those who are close to the border will have things shipped there as well as make cross border shopping trips.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Looking at your costs it pretty comparable to what I paid for things.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m from Australia and just got back from 2 years living and traveling in Canada and the US. Everything is more expensive here, mostly because of taxes and the fact that importing things to us costs so darn much. But, our wages are also a heck of a lot higher – so even though it seems like they’re getting things a lot cheaper, they are – but we are earning more so it’s not quite as bad as it seems.

If that’s any consolation 😉

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia

It’s funny; I lived abroad in London for a few years, and when I first moved over there – EVERYTHING seemed so expensive. Now, having been back in Sydney for 18 months, I feel like it’s worse here. Problem is, cost of living is going up everywhere – but many wages aren’t. 🙁

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2004

i feel the same! so many USA bees can do their weddings for $5k or less and Mr and me are looking at handing over $24k including honeymoon.

Post # 11
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Busy bee

Holy crap we are an expensive country. It’s disgusting, we are all (well most people…) are resorting to buying online. On wedding bits ‘n pieces we are paying $105 per head, in the off season. Photographers we’ve looked at to get an idea were around 1200 for just 3 hours. Thankfully we have someone in the family to hire :> if we weren’t having family help, we would have eloped!

It got ridiculous when our dollar was higher or on par with USA. We still were getting ripped off.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2004

if you look around you will find good deals and your lucky to have other people pay for your wedding.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

OMG

Australia is so much more expensive!

I’m in Melbourne and it’s just crazy what we pay here. It was actually cheaper for me to FLY to NYC and buy VERA WANG there then it was to buy it here! I went to NYC and USA for wedding supplies – M&M’s, accessories,  etc. I didn’t go witht eh Vera but its so crazy to think how expensive it all is. 

 

 

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m an American living in Australia and the sticker shock I had when I first moved here nearly gave me a heart attack. We’re getting married in America because 1) my family can all come and 2) it’s a LOT cheaper (not counting the airfares and hotels).

For budgetary purposes, assume that everything in Australia will cost 2-3 times more than what you are used to paying. Yes, it really is just THAT much more expensive, unfortunately. You will probably have to make some compromises with your budget. But then again, I think we all encounter that problem to some degree or another. Wink

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