There are a few milestones in life and wedding is definitely one of them.
Yours truly had just completed the wedding ceremony recently and I wanted to share the costing with you. Please do not take it as a comparison. Our expenditure was neither the cheapest nor the most expensive. The intention is to share what we have saved on and where we could have saved even more. This could serve as a useful reference for future weds. Also, if you have more tips to share, please do so in the comments below!
Breakdown of Costs
- Lunch and Event Venue: $16,478 (60%)
- Bridal Package: $3,088 (11%)
- Pre-wed Photography: $1,463 (5%)
- Rings and Jewellery: $1,326 (5%)
- Ang Pao: $1,000 (4%)
- Attire: $822 (3%)
- Live Music: $750 (3%)
- Decoration: $748 (3%)
- Chinese Customs: $618 (2%)
- Beauty Treatment: $528 (2%)
- Administrative Charges: $471 (2%)
- Total: $27,291
Money Saving Tips For Wedding
If there is only one tip to share, it would be to know what are the must have’s and the good to have’s for your wedding. Money can be saved from the good to have’s since you can either do without it totally, or go with the minimum.
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You will get many ideas from different people because each couple want different things. It is YOUR wedding so do not let others dictate or influence you. Some couples cannot accept mediocre photography and are willing to pay more for aesthetics. Some couples are more concerned about food quality. Hence, you need to know what you cannot give up on and go ahead and pay for it.
For example, my wife knew she wanted a garden for our solemnisation ceremony, and we quickly narrowed down into a few venues like Faber Peak, Alkaff Mansion, and Amara Sanctuary. It saved us a lot of time and headache hunting down places. We also knew it would be a small affair involving family members and close friends, and we eliminated those venues that we could not meet the minimum pax. Venue was more important than food, and hence we saved money on avoiding expensive delicacies.
The caveat to the above is that your parents and parents-in-law must be agreeable. Thankfully, we have very understanding seniors who accommodated our plans. For example, we opted for an Italian lunch menu which most of them did not appreciate, but they respected our decision went along with it.
To prevent misunderstanding and mismatched expectations, it is important to engage the parents and in-laws on the marriage plans as early as possible. Sound them out and check if they are agreeable with your proposals. Don’t give them surprises. You would never want a marriage where the seniors remember you for the wrong things for the rest of your life.
Another saving tip is to challenge the ‘norms’. Everyone has been doing it doesn’t mean you have to do it.
I understand videography has become popular over the years. But we knew that we do not want it that badly. It was merely a good to have and something we can even do without. We had a lunch and not a dinner, the video would not be ready for the session anyway. Photos of our wedding lunch would be sufficient for us as a memory sake. Hence, we didn’t pay for a videographer. The bonus was that our wedding was ahead of schedule throughout the event as we do not need to retake shots.
My wife wanted to share a beauty tip with brides-to-be. She said you can skip the facial sessions and just order loads of ampoules online. Apply it daily for two weeks and your skin would look fabulous! I can attest to that 🙂
What We Could Have Saved More
We realised the attire for the groom and family members were poorly made and hence we ended up buying our own clothes. The focus is the gown for the bride and we should have opted to just rent the gown instead of the entire package. So, check the quality before you commit to anything.
In terms of the Chinese customs, we were not sure about what were the items and procedures to follow. We went to buy the items from those wedding shops and realised we did not use most of them. We could have checked with our parents and in-laws, and only get those things that they wanted, instead of going ahead with the entire packages sold in the shops.
Share More Money Saving Tips For Wedding?
How did you save money on your wedding?
I believe there are couples who have better and more tips to share. Please be generous and drop us comments below. Appreciate!