Wedding costs are ballooning at an alarming rate and for many a young couple; their incomes aren’t enough to fund that dream wedding. However, as it is a magical day that you will cherish for a long time to come; perhaps you feel you don’t want to skimp on the lovely dress or nice venue.
Well, why not try some other unconventional ways to save money on your big day? Here are some simple ways you can cut back on your wedding expenses.
Skip the paper invitations
These nifty little invitations sure do look pretty, but it can be very costly. You will need to print copies of it, pay postage for the invitations and reply card, and there always is a possibility of it getting lost in the mail. And let’s be honest, how many of us have received wedding invitation cards only to coo about its beauty for five seconds and trash it the next chance we get?
Instead, opt for sending your invitations electronically. You can do it personally or through websites such as Evites that helps you send designed wedding invitations for free. Of course, there might be the elderly or the more traditional ones where you feel the paper and mail route invitation will suit them better. Hence, in this case, try creating your own wedding invitation, keep it simple yet refreshing. Even the trees will thank you.
Estimated saving (with an estimation of 50 guests): RM200-RM350
Book a budding musical talent
Music is always needed to make your special night even more magical. Instead of hiring professional wedding bands or musicians, keep an eye out for local budding musical talents. They would be happy for the exposure and practice and you could discover a really talented singer at a fraction of the cost. You would be amazed at the number of talented unknown singers or bands in Malaysia. Get your friends and relatives to help suggest or find you some. The first place to look for these musicians would be at a music school. In the event that you can’t find any, check out your nearest music hangout scene such as Rockafellas.
If you spot a band or a singer you like, strike up a discussion and set up a brief audition to avoid any disaster before you hire them. Ensure that they understand and are able to play the songs you want.
Estimated saving: RM2000 – RM3000
With a little help from friends (and family)
Good friends and close family members are usually willing to lend a helping hand. When planning for your wedding, take a step back and think about what your loved ones are good at. Perhaps you have a friend who is a really good interior designer; he or she can help with your wedding decorations or a talented, budding photographer who can help you with your wedding photography.
Ask for their assistance and offer to repay in kind or by considering the assistance a wedding gift. The arrangement will work for both parties and you will be assured that even if your loved one isn’t a professional: it will be done with so much love.
Estimated saving: RM500 – RM3000 (amount can be higher depending on the number of friends helping)
At the end of the day, your wedding is essentially about a marriage. The rest are details. With the support of loved ones; you’re sure to make it a memorable occasion.
This article brought to you by Matthias Sim from RinggitPlus.com. We believe all Malaysians should have access to free, accurate and independent personal finance information.