WEDDING ON A BUDGET: HOW TO CUT COSTS IN THE WEDDING RECEPTION

On average, weddings in Singapore can cost about $30,000 to $50,000 and may even go up to as much as $100,000. The cost of the wedding largely depends on the type of wedding you envision, of course, as well as the scale of it and the number of guests you are planning to invite.  Save a…

On average, weddings in Singapore can cost about $30,000 to $50,000 and may even go up to as much as $100,000. The cost of the wedding largely depends on the type of wedding you envision, of course, as well as the scale of it and the number of guests you are planning to invite. 

Save a little more by charging your wedding expenses to your credit card if what you have is one of those credit cards that offer % cashback for a certain amount spent. This is a smart and practical way of feeling you are spending for your dream wedding, yet cutting costs at the same time.

The wedding venue is the first major area of expense in any wedding. This is closely followed by the wedding reception. Roughly, the wedding reception may very well take a hefty third of your wedding budget pie. Below are a couple of tips on how to possibly cut down on your wedding reception costs.

Consider throwing a reception off-hours. It is possible to forego a formal sit-down dinner and instead have a cocktail reception with only hors d’oeuvres or a punch-and-desert type of intimate gathering. Also, if a full-array open bar doesn’t really fit in your wedding budget, consider beer, wine, and maybe a signature cocktail.

Have you ever thought of brunch with a mimosa bar? For the mimosa bar (it could even be a Bloody Mary and mimosa bar) you can buy a case of $5 sparkling wines, a decent vodka brand, and the fixings in bulk at your local discount shopping club. Set these up in an elegant “buffet” arrangement, and let your guests help themselves. Traditional open bars can run in the thousands of dollars and this is a great and affordable alternative, plus it allows for ‘virgin’ options for the drinks, since it’s a make-your-own-drink situation.

Go casual and intimate. A unique for more laid-back wedding receptions is food trucks. This is a fun and avant garde take on the traditional wedding buffet. Contract several food trucks to offer a delectable mix of different dishes, including desert and appetizers. And because food trucks go the other way of the formal sit-down meal, you won’t need to pay for servers. This is ideal for weddings with a smaller guest headcount.

From getting ready to the solemnization to the reception, one vendor will likely be with you throughout. Wedding photography and videography suppliers can tally up a cost of anywhere between $2,500 to $5,000. But videography captures moving emotions and expressions that photos will not entirely capture, this is why a lot of couples do not cut corners as much here. Pick a trusted Singapore Wedding Videographer who offers reasonably-priced wedding photography packages as well so you will only need to coordinate with one vendor.

Your wedding day will be filled with many treasured moments, especially when it’s something as inventive as this. You will likely want to relive the unique celebration again (and again) long after the actual day is over. On top of the wedding photos, your wedding cinematography video is one of the best ways to immortalize the intimate moments and emotions of your special day and relive them forever. Best wishes!

WEDDING ON A BUDGET: HOW TO CUT COSTS IN THE WEDDING VENUE

On the average, having a wedding in Singapore can cost around $30,000 to $50,000 and can go up to as much as $100,000. The actual cost of your wedding, of course, will depend on the scale and kind of wedding you see yourself having, as well as the headcount of guests you are planning to invite….

On the average, having a wedding in Singapore can cost around $30,000 to $50,000 and can go up to as much as $100,000. The actual cost of your wedding, of course, will depend on the scale and kind of wedding you see yourself having, as well as the headcount of guests you are planning to invite.

A first quick tip to save more is to charge your wedding expenses to a credit card if you have a card that offers % cash back for a certain amount spent. Below is the first of three elements of a wedding that can drain money the most.

THE WEDDING VENUE.

Consider renting out a restaurant as doing so can be an incredible cost saver. Find a restaurant that fits your style, taste buds, and headcount and yes, budget. Because it is a restaurant, you won’t have to pay extra for tables, chairs, linen, silverware, and wait service. You only pay for the food. Typically, a restaurant will not charge a rental rate, but will require a minimum guarantee in terms of order amount. A restaurant works best for more intimate weddings with a guestlist of fewer than 100.

Also, remember that there is no need to pressure yourself into contracting two separate places for the solemnization and reception. Your guests, while they will gladly travel to both places for you, will probably be relieved that you’ve saved them a car trip. Some churches have a reception hall within its premises and these spaces are often underused and are quite nice.

Stay Away from peak seasons. A celebration in June will come with a much higher price tag than a wedding in January. If you are able to keep your date flexible, you would’ve already saved anywhere between $1,000 and$1,500 — more if you pick a weekday instead of a weekend. Off-peak months could also translate to lower rates from your various wedding suppliers (like the band and flowers, etc.).

Consider having your wedding in a local park or space. Libraries, museums, and botanical gardens are always great options for a wedding, too. Make rounds in your community and inquire about permit limitations. Some of these places rarely hold standard events, and so you have better chances at negotiating a really stellar price. Think about what you and your fiancé love to do together and take it from there.

From getting ready to the solemnization to the reception, one vendor will likely be with you. Wedding photography and videography suppliers can tally up a cost of anywhere between $2,500 to &5,000. Videography requires more equipment and skilled manpower compared to other wedding suppliers. Editing also takes more hours, and churning out a same-day-edit (SDE) piece can be daunting, hence the higher cost. But videography captures moving emotions and expressions that photos will not entirely capture; this is why a lot of couples do not scrimp as much here. Pick a Singapore Wedding Videographer who likewise offers wedding photography packages so you will only need to deal with one vendor.

Your wedding day will be filled with many treasured moments, all of which you will likely want to relive again (and again) long after the day is over. On top of the wedding photos, a wedding cinematography video is one of the best ways to immortalize the intimate moments and emotions and relive them forever. Best wishes!

 

TRADITIONAL CHINESE WEDDING: IS IT FOR YOU? Part-1

    If you are in Singapore and planning a wedding, chances are you have asked the question if you would like a contemporary wedding, a traditional Chinese wedding, or an intimate mix of both. Weddings, in itself, is an age-old tradition celebrating the joyful union of two people who are choosing a life of…

 

 

If you are in Singapore and planning a wedding, chances are you have asked the question if you would like a contemporary wedding, a traditional Chinese wedding, or an intimate mix of both. Weddings, in itself, is an age-old tradition celebrating the joyful union of two people who are choosing a life of love, commitment, and togetherness. While there are numerous wedding customs from different cultures that are just as dated, a lot of people still believe them to be relevant to weddings in today’s time.

The Chinese, as with every culture around the world, have unique wedding customs, ceremonies, and superstitions. Most weddings in Singapore include these Chinese wedding traditions to commemorate heritage and celebrate the richness of their Chinese culture. These rituals and traditions may differ across ancestral regions, so a Cantonese bride may engage in rituals that a Teochew bride won’t. Below are the first two of these seven customs.

BETROTHAL GIFTS. In ancient times, engagements were blessed by making offerings of candles, incense, wine, and fruit as way of seeking the approval of ancestors. Many of these offerings had symbolisms like the pomegranate flowers that symbolize prosperity and many sons and the deer horn which is believed to be an aphrodisiac. The groom’s family often gifted valuable teas to the bride’s family. Presenting a “Guo Da Li” or a basket of gifts is a gesture that assures that the groom will always honor his promise. The objects in the basket vay by the ancestral regions of the bride and groom. The bride’s parents, in turn, are then expected to present the groom’s parents with “return gifts” or “Hui Li” in Mandarin. In place of brandy, though, two bottles of orange syrup or honey will be returned. Everything else in the betrothal basket, except for the pair of dragon candles and betrothal jewelry, shall be returned to the groom’s family in even numbers.

AN CHUANG RITUAL. An Chuang (安床), or the setting up of the matrimonial bed, is done any time between a week to the night before the wedding. An Chuang is conducted by either a married woman of good fortune, the parents of the couple, or the couple themselves. The matrimonial bed is covered by a new set of bedlinen (of a lucky color) and with items brought back by the groom from the Guo Da Li.  A pair of bedside lamps will then be left on until after the third day of the ritual. There is also a reciting of phrases asking for blessings of a blissful marriage for eternity. After the An Chuang ritual is completed, no one is allowed to enter the matrimonial bedroom until the wedding day except for the couple so as to ward off the chances for a third party through the course of the marriage. The bride is also disallowed from sleeping or sitting on the matrimonial bed as that is believed to bring poor health. On the day of the wedding, a young child is enjoined to jump and roll on the matrimonial bed to bless the couple with many children.

There are a few more traditional wedding rituals customary for couples of Chinese heritage. Whether or not you go fully traditional on your wedding, always remember that truly memorable weddings outlast the actual day and so make the affair as befitting and personal to you and your fiancé as much as you are able to. Immortalize the wedding traditions you’ve chosen in the wedding cinematography video. All the prewedding events could be documented in a PreWedding Videography Package from your Singapore wedding videographer.  Go with the Singapore wedding photographer and videographer that knows you and how best to capture the moments that matter most and will be able to eternalize every loving detail placed on each cherished wedding day for you.