Weddings are notoriously stressful, expensive affairs. You might want to brace yourself, because the average cost of a wedding in Singapore can range anywhere between S$22,200 and S$52,800.
Before we get down to the details, here are some of the most common wedding expenses that you will surely be spending on.
Common wedding expenses to take note of
For newlyweds getting married in Singapore, some of the most common wedding expenses you need to take care of include:
- ROM and solemnisation fees
- Venue rental and banquet
- Same-day photography and videography
- Wedding party entertainment
1. ROM and solemnisation
In Singapore, the first step is to get legally married at the Registry of Marriages (ROM). Regardless of whether you’re a Singapore Citizen or a foreigner, all couples have to go through the process of acquiring a legally binding document proving their marriage.
While arranging a solemnisation ceremony is relatively inexpensive and quick, some couples choose to hold their solemnisation simultaneously with their reception. Depending on their preferences and budget, the wedding banquet can be as simple or as extravagant as they want it to be.
2. Venue rental and banquet
These two considerations usually come together when searching for a wedding venue. On some occasions, the price of the venue rental and catering services are billed separately. But this still largely depends on your choice of venue. Sometimes, certain venues may provide packages that are inclusive of the rental and catering cost.
3. Photography and videography services
If you have the means for it, consider hiring a wedding photography and videography team to document your special day. Regardless of whether you get a pro or your friends to take photos instead in order to save cost, these mementos will be keepsakes for years to come.
4. Wedding Entertainment
What’s a wedding without music and dancing? While some couples may decide to get their friends to help out in this area, couples consider hiring a professional band, emcee, or classic music ensemble, if the wedding budget allows for it.
Having an entertainment factor in your wedding is a great way to break up the formalities and keep your guests engaged in the occasion.
To give you a rough overview of how much you’ll be needing for the big day, here’s a breakdown of the total cost of an average wedding from major wedding expenses to miscellaneous items:
|Photography and videography||S$2,500|
4 ways to save money on your big day
If that seems like a big price to pay, here are 4 simple ways you can save money for your wedding.
1. Pick an off-season date for your wedding
In Singapore, weddings held on the weekends tend to cost more than a weekday celebration. Months like March, May, June, July, September, November and December are also among the most popular months for marriage in the country, so you might want to steer clear of these dates unless you can afford it.
Get in contact with your venue provider and inquire about their off-peak dates. Not only will this help you make a more informed decision on your wedding date, but you may also score discounts or additional perks if you’re lucky.
While picking an off-season date for your wedding can shave off a significant sum from your venue rental, it helps to remain mindful of your guests’ availability as well.
2. Rent (don’t buy!)
Look through your checklist and see if there are items you can rent out instead of buying brand new. Nowadays, it’s becoming more common for brides and grooms to rent their wedding gowns and tuxedos due to the amount of savings they’ll generate.
With renting, you’ll only be paying a fraction of the purchase price, which can significantly reduce the amount of money you’ll be forking out.
Here in Singapore, rental wedding dress usually starts from $628 while bespoke wedding gowns and dresses can go up to the thousands.
Not only is this applicable for your wardrobe choices, but it can also include everything from your decor items, lounge furniture, and special fixtures. By renting, borrowing, or using items that you already own, it can alleviate the cost of miscellaneous purchases and put those funds into more important areas.
3. Streamline your guest list
Out with big weddings, and in with more intimate ones. It goes without saying that cutting your guest list and opting for a smaller wedding is easier on your wallet and even your sanity. Limit your invites to immediate family members and close friends only, and consider having a no-children wedding.
With fewer people, you will be able to maximise your budget and allocate it to more important areas like catering, photography and videography, as well as venue rental. Most importantly, you’ll only be celebrating this special occasion with the ones closest to you.
4. Hire a wedding planner or coordinator
As much as it seems like a good idea to plan your wedding entirely on your own, hiring a professional wedding planner can save you more money and all the trouble. With years of experience under their belt, planners can expose you to their extensive vendor network and work with the budget that you have.
They’ll be in charge of handling all the details from start to finish, so you can fully enjoy your special day with zero hassle and stress. The last thing you want is to be worrying your bouquet about or perhaps the flower arrangements at the reception.
Set a budget and commit to it
Creating a budget and sticking to it can be quite a challenge for anyone. But that’s where we come in. To track all your expenses efficiently without going overboard, use Planner Bee to track your expenses beyond the four-month limit that traditional banks keep your data for.
Through our mobile app, you can set financial goals, categorise your expenses and track your progress all on the same platform. Say goodbye to long budget lists and tedious financial planning from here on out!