Wedding: Savings Tactics to Pare down Costs
Are you planning your
dream wedding? Perhaps you’re thinking small and intimate, with a
few friends and family, or maybe you want to pull out all the stops
and celebrate with hundreds of guests. No matter whether you’re
planning your big-day event to take place in a quaint outdoor
setting, or at a large luxurious event venue, you will be spending
quite a bit of money on your once-in-a-lifetime dream wedding!
you have the feeling that your plans might bust your pocketbook,
consider some of these money-saving
hacks that might just help you stay within your budget.
Down Wedding Costs Tip #1: Wedding Venue
Consider more affordable
wedding venues such as three- or even two-star hotels, banquet halls,
restaurants, country clubs, community clubs and gardens.
Choosing a two- or
three-star hotel, for example, can help you cut the cost for your
guests’ dinner by as much as 50 percent. A three-star hotel may not
be able to match the luxury of the rooms and facilities of a
five-star one, but the food quality may still be top-notch. According
to Money Smart Singapore, River View Hotel and Amara Hotel have
packages that start at SGD 718 per table, while the Changi Village
Hotel offers packages for as low as SGD 598 per table.
Banquet halls and
restaurants can also be good yet reasonably priced options. Ah Yat
Abalone Banquet Hall, for example, has packages ranging from SGD 468
to SGD 888 per table, while Tung Lok Seafood can get your party
started with packages ranging from SGD 408 to SGD 628 per table.
Country clubs are also a
tempting venue choice because of the potential perks that you can
squeeze out of their package offerings. Serangoon Country Club, for
example, includes free-flowing alcohol, full-day use of a limousine
and a complimentary one-month membership. Other country clubs may
allow free use of their club facilities.
If your theme is suitable
for an outdoor setting, gardens can be an excellent inexpensive
choice. Green spaces provide a wide range of interesting outdoor
backdrops that your photographer can easily work with too.
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Down Wedding Costs Tip #2 : Bridal Gown
of committing to an expensive wedding package that includes only a
limited selection of wedding gowns and tuxedos, you may want to
your dress in a different way.
For example, you can rent
a wedding dress from a local gown rental store. In Singapore, wedding
gown rental agreements start as low as SGD 100. Since you’ll be
shaving a nice chunk off your wedding costs by renting rather than
purchasing a gown, you may even be able to splurge a bit and afford a
high-end rental. Perhaps in choosing a more elegant designer gown to
rent you’ll pay only a portion of what you would have spent
had you purchased it.
Alternatively, you may
also consider buying a pre-owned wedding dress from an online source
such as Craig’s List, Gumtree or Singapore Brides. According to
Frugal in Singapore, the prices for such pre-owned dresses can range
from SGD 100 to SGD 300.
If you take up an idea
mentioned at Money Sense, you may consider wearing the wedding gown
that your mother or another family member wore for their own wedding.
Down Wedding Costs Tip #3 : Flower Bouquet and Decorations
Choose local flowers that
are in season on your wedding day. You can buy these flowers in bulk
beforehand and create your own flower arrangements. Call in your
bridal entourage to help for a few hours, and enjoy an evening or a
weekend of sharing your craft skills to come up with beautiful floral
You can make yourself a
simple wedding bouquet by gathering a few blooms and tying a ribbon
around the stems. Do not be disheartened if the bouquet does not seem
like an overly impressive flower arrangement. Your guests will be
looking at you, not the flowers. After all, you will be – quite
literally –just throwing away the flowers when you toss the bouquet
after the ceremony.
Down Wedding Costs Tip #4 : Invitations
Design your own invitation
with the help of convenient make-your-own kits that are available
online. Remember to keep your wedding theme in mind while you’re
designing. If you’re not completely confident about your own or
your groom’s creative skills, buy an inexpensive ready-made wedding
design from Etsy or a similar website. For the envelopes, buy neutral
ones from a stationary supply store or create your own.
Down Wedding Costs Tip #5 : Wedding Photos
According to Dr. Wealth, a
wedding photography package can cost you anywhere from around SGD
2,000 to SGD 10,000. Keep in mind that you don’t have to go
for a high-end company to get high-quality photographs. Given
today’s readily available professional-level cameras and digital
editing, high-quality photos are no longer the exclusive domain of
expensive professional photography services.
Do you have a good friend
who freelances as a photographer? Do you know a couple of amateur
photographers and photo editors? If you are unsure about the quality
of their work, why not do your initial pre-wedding photo shoot with
them before the big day to see if their quality level meets your