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7 Ways to Budget When Planning a Wedding in Singapore

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Weddings in Singapore do not come cheap, given that it is one of the most expensive cities in the world. While a wedding is a once in a lifetime event, overspending all for the events of one day is utterly wrong. You should instead be spending on making memories with your partner. 

Getting your priorities right and being creative is one of the easiest ways of avoiding unnecessary headaches. Below are the top seven tips you can use to plan a worthy and colourful wedding.

 #1 Rent A Second-Hand Gown

One of the best wedding hacks is opting for a second-hand wedding gown instead of buying a new one. New wedding gowns cost a fortune and may not fit well within a tight budget. For as little as $60, you can rent a wedding dress that not only looks amazing but also won’t put a hole in your wallet. 

Despite what you may think, we’re sure no one will be able to tell you’ve rented a gown. to Renting a wedding dress could allow you to purchase other accessories such as slippers and jewellery to match your wedding’s theme.

Additionally, instead of the groom splurging on a brand new suit, he can opt to use his best shirt and shoes. He can also purchase a patterned vest and wear it with his long-sleeved shirt for the big day.

#2 Get the Guests to Take Photos and Videos

In an era where almost everyone has, a gadget with a powerful camera all in one, why not take advantage of this. While operating under a tight budget, avoid the temptation of sourcing for a professional photographer— instead, source photos and videos from the guests.

Encouraging the guests to take as many photos and videos and upload them using a designated hashtag on social media is the way to go with a budget wedding. This way, you will be able to get the best video and photos, at different angles at no extra cost.

#3 Hire a Freelance Makeup Artist

Before the big day, you can hire a freelance makeup artist to test run various makeups. You can also leverage the skills of friends and family for makeup, instead of spending heavily on expensive bridal makeup packages.

#4 Borrow a Friend’s Car

Gone are the days when one would hire a Ferrari for a wedding. Instead of spending big on the latest Ferrari or Volkswagen, you can borrow a car from a friend or family member. The most important thing is getting to the wedding destination while relaxed and enjoying the moment.

Alternatively, you could even choose to use a ride-hailing service to get you where you need to be. 

#5 Have a Lunch Instead of a Dinner

On the big day, you can opt to have a sit-down lunch with all the guests instead of a dinner equivalent. Such a plan could go a long way in saving one up to 40% when operating under a tight budget. Having a lunch also provides one ample time to nap and prepare for a honeymoon.

Instead of booking a hotel ballroom, one can also go for a restaurant or a garden-themed wedding as a way of saving on costs.

#6 Wedding Cake & Invites

There will always be cheaper alternatives when it comes to wedding cakes and invites. Instead of going for fondant and tiered cakes, you can opt for buttercream. One can also opt for actual flowers instead of sugar flowers to save on costs.

When it comes to wedding invites, Do it, Yourself will cut it. Nothing portrays heartfelt gratitude than a handwritten card. Some people are also opting for e-cards that go a long way in saving on printing fees.

#7 Wedding Ring Hack

Buying wedding rings during Christmas or valentines is a hack that one can use to save on costs. These two special occasions come with special deals on such items.

Alternatively, you can check out websites like that have a wide range of wedding and engagement ring sets for a fraction of the price. 

Angie Quek

Financial Advisor

Angie Quek has been in Pana Harrison since 2008 and specialised in Life Insurance, Investment schemes, Estate Planning and General Insurance.