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-2

Getting engaged in Singapore might mean that you have contemplated whether you would like a contemporary wedding, a traditional Chinese wedding, or an intimate mix of both. There truly are numerous wedding customs from different cultures that date as far back as ancient times. Nonetheless, a lot of people still believe these traditions to be…

Getting engaged in Singapore might mean that you have contemplated whether you would like a contemporary wedding, a traditional Chinese wedding, or an intimate mix of both. There truly are numerous wedding customs from different cultures that date as far back as ancient times. Nonetheless, a lot of people still believe these traditions to be relevant to weddings in today’s time.

 

If you are of Chinese descent, you would be familiar with the unique Chinese wedding customs, ceremonies, and superstitions. Most weddings in Singapore include these Chinese wedding traditions to commemorate heritage and celebrate the richness of Chinese culture. Keep in mind that these rituals and traditions may differ across ancestral regions, so a Cantonese bride may engage in rituals that a Teochew bride won’t. We have previously described some of the popular customs in a traditional Chinese wedding. Below are the next two of these seven customs.

HAIR COMBING RITUAL. The hair combing ritual signifies the bride and groom’s passage from childhood to woman- and manhood. The hair combing ritual typically happens the night before the wedding at the bride and groom’s respective homes. Before it begins, both of you are to wash yourselves with water that has been brewed with pomelo leaves, believed to have the power to ward off evil. After this cleansing, you are to put on a brand new set of pyjamas and underwear, and then be seated in front of a pair of dragon and phoenix candles. The bride also has to wear new bedroom slippers for this ritual. A woman of good fortune is to conduct the hair combing ritual. You will have your hair combed four times while the woman of good fortune recites the blessings that each stroke represents.

FETCHING OF THE BRIDE. On your wedding day, the groom will travel to the bride’s family home to fetch her and bring him back to his home. This tradition is also known as “the customary gatecrashing”.  But before the groom can get to the bride, he needs to get past her bridesmaids, also known as “jie meis”, and complete a number of tasks. The groom’s brothers, or “xiong dis”, are also present to offer the groom support as he tries to get past the bridesmaids. This obligatory “negotiation” between the brides and grooms respective parties is a common practice in Singapore weddings. Traditionally, the gatecrashing serves as a “test” of the groom’s love and sincerity in the face of the bride’s family’s reluctance to give their daughter away. So it is typical for the bridesmaids to resist the groom’s party until the groom declares his undying love for the bride. The groom further needs to recite and sign a “contract” of his vows. Sometimes, too, the bridal party may ask the groom and his groomsmen to sing and dance to gain their approval.

However traditional you may decide to go, always remember that your wedding day will be memorable so do all that you can to make the affair as befitting and personal to you and your fiancé. Document the wedding traditions you’ve chosen through the wedding cinematography video. All the pre-wedding events could be recorded in the Pre Wedding Videography Package as provided by your Singapore wedding videographer.  Decide on a Singapore wedding photographer and videographer that truly appreciate the value of tradition in order to capture the moments that matter most and immortalize every loving detail of your wedding day for you.