Unless you can afford it, don’t start out your marriage in financial debt just so you can pay for an extravagant wedding. Spend within your means and be creative with your planning. Here are some things you can skip out for your wedding, that could potentially save you a few hundred to a few thousand ringgit.
1. Wedding favors
While guests may appreciate a wedding favor, more often than not they do not expect it. I have seen some guests leaving their favors behind either because they do not need them or they forgot about them or they are not interested in taking anything home. Depending on what you offer, wedding favors can be expensive especially if you have large guests. If you don’t feel a need for it, don’t be pressured into giving away favors.
2. Save the dates & RSVP cards
Save the dates and RSVP cards are not common among Malaysian weddings. But if you think of incorporating them into your wedding stationaries, think twice. Everything can be don via the Internet, Facebook or Whatsapp these days. I get invited to many of my friends’ wedding via Facebook event invite – they request for RSVP and then send an invitation card. Works well.
3. Invitation cards
Speaking of invitation cards, it is somehow possible to skip this entirely. An e-card or Facebook invite would do. Or you can be extra creative by filming a creative video-invite instead, and send them to your invitees! Talk about getting personal!
4. Big wedding cake
Honestly, unless you plan on serving all of your 500 guests, save money and opt for a much smaller yet classy wedding cake.
5. Hotel receptions
5-star hotels with 8-course sit down dinner costs around RM 1600 per table, depending whether you are in the city or outskirts. The truth is, your guests do not expect an 8-course dinner or even a hotel reception. If you have a nice backyard or any event space that fits your guest lists, you might just save a lot more serving buffet menu or even a BBQ reception!
6. Huge bridal party
We get that you have lots of BFFs and you would want them to be your bridesmaids if possible. But items like dresses, robes, hairs and make-up, gifts, etc. could slowly break your bank. Try to only include your very best friends (who will still be in your life in 5-10 years?). The smaller it is, the cheaper it gets.
7. Reception dress
You don’t need more than one. There are brides -who parade in a different dress at the start of the reception, then they leave, and by the third course, they change into another dress and this could go on again before dessert is served. Perhaps the bride couldn’t decide on which dress she likes most? If your reception follows right after your ceremony, it is understandable that you’d want to slip into something more comfortable and dance-proof. But even so, once is enough.
Hire a DJ instead – or if you have your songs in a CD or pendrive, ask your venue coordinator if they can offer someone reliable to manage and play your songs.
9. Elaborate decors
Huge drapings, floor lights, disco lights, china, tableware, customized floor runner, big floral centerpieces – cut on these you save yourself that extra thousands if ringgit. When planned and styled right, you can still achieve a beautiful look without costing much.
With catering costs at least RM 100 per person, the difference between inviting 100 or 500 guests can cost you a couple thousand ringgit. If there are any unfamiliar business associates of your parents, relatives whom you haven’t seen in a long time, or anyone else that you wouldn’t truly miss on your big day, they probably won’t be offended if they don’t receive an invite.
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