Honeymoons on a Budget

Planning a wedding comes with a price tag, we all know. If you are in the midst of preparing for yours, then you would know that budgeting for the whole affair is only half the spending battle. Most, if not all, soon-to-be-weds will want to look forward to a memorable honeymoon after the ceremonies. And,…

Planning a wedding comes with a price tag, we all know. If you are in the midst of preparing for yours, then you would know that budgeting for the whole affair is only half the spending battle. Most, if not all, soon-to-be-weds will want to look forward to a memorable honeymoon after the ceremonies. And, let’s face it – honeymoons don’t come cheap these days, either. The good news is there are still a lot of budget-friendly honeymoon destinations that have yet to be fully explored. They may not be as lavish or grand or prestigious as the “banner” honeymoon destinations of many, but they are just as attractive, enjoyable, and memorable.

Thailand. If you and your fiancé are yearning to escape to the beach for your honeymoon, the best time to visit Thailand is November through April. Phuket is perfect if you want to enjoy romantic sunset dinners. The secluded island of Koh Mook (or Pearl Island) promises an authentic cultural experience of the country, plus the chance to see Thailand’s natural wonder – the Morakot Cave.

Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico is the perfect budget-friendly honeymoon destination if what you and your fiancé would enjoy are dazzling beaches, seaside forts, and a visit to Old San Juan. Breath-taking rainforests set a dramatic backdrop to the city streets lined with museums, cafés, restaurants, and numerous historical sites. If you’re looking for something a little more remote, fly or take the ferry from San Juan to Isla de Culebra, where you and your fiancé can go scuba diving or take in the underwater scenery.

St. Maarten. If you and your fiancé would like to go off to the Caribbean islands, St. Maarten will give you the feel of Havana but will not be as costly as the other Caribbean islands. Here, you can zip line, scuba-dive, soak in the tropical wildlife, and hike to Pic Paradis for the most stunning view on the island.

Cook Islands. Rarotonga in the Cook Islands has an enjoyable climate of high 70˚/low 80˚ temperatures all year round. Go on an adventure exploring the local shops, museums, and quaint cafés around town. There are also tons of underwater activities you can take part of like snorkeling the underwater caves, canyons, and sunken shipwrecks.

Jamaica. Negril, a large town in west Jamaica, can be your picture-perfect honeymoon getaway with its white sand beaches and cascading waterfalls. Hire a tour guide to explore the Mayfield Falls or float down the Negril River with a bamboo raft. If you and your fiancé walk the adventurous side, cliff jumping and live music at Rick’s Cafe could be the perfect end to an eventful day at the beach.

Philippines. The Philippine islands would be perfect for temperate climate-loving newlyweds. Nearly all its tourist destinations will offer affordable and convenient accommodations with plenty of adventurous activities to engage in. Just remember that the farther your chosen location is from Manila (its capital) the more transportation arrangements you will need to make (like connecting flights, ferries, etc.) Regardless of how long it might take you to get there, it is guaranteed that the views, people, and ambience will all be worth it.

Your honeymoon is like your much-needed breather after all the buzz and stress of planning and completing your wedding celebration. It is where you and your now-better-half can finally savor wedded bliss away from it all. You would surely want to remember it as much as you will always want to look back on your wedding day. Inquire with your Singapore wedding photographer if their wedding photography packages or wedding videography packages can include highlights from the honeymoon. Perhaps you can share photos and videos that you’ve captured during the honeymoon which they can integrate into your final wedding album. Safe travels!

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.