Wedding Advice

Gatecrashing to outfit changes: Things to cut out of your wedding to save a large amount of money

Unless you're going to miss all of these, it'll save you a serious sum of money that could go into something else, like your new home.

People think getting married in Singapore is expensive, but it really costs only $42 to ROM—yes, even on “auspicious” dates like the 8th of August.

It’s the wedding that drains people’s cash, and all the bells and whistles that go with it—the fancy banquet (see also: 5 easy ways to save for your banquet), the pre-wedding shoot in some exotic locale, the lavish decor and so on.

Still, most people go ahead with a wedding celebration of some kind, some because their parents insist, others because their alcoholic friends insist.

No matter what your main goals behind throwing a wedding bash might be, here are things you can comfortably cut out in order to save some cash, without ruining the ambience of your big day.

1. Gatecrashing

Not sure where the gatecrashing tradition came from (Hong Kong drama serials probably), but they’ve been a staple of Singaporean Chinese weddings for the past two decades.

The trouble with this little ritual is that it requires a ton of effort and planning on the part of the bride, groom and their bridesmaids and groomsmen, who are usually forced to get up at 5am after staying up late the night before preparing games and forfeits.

Gatecrashing can also cost quite a bit of cash.

Some couples want their bridesmaids and groomsmen to turn up in costumes of some sort, which have to be bought and paid for. The photographer and videographer also have to come in and document the whole thing, which can add additional hours to your photography package.

Then there’s also the fact that the couple or their families need to dole out additional red packets to the groomsmen and bridesmaids since they’ve taken pains to organise the gatecrashing session.

Unless you really enjoy gatecrashing sessions, you’ll save yourself a lot of hassle and a bit of cash by doing away with it altogether.

2. Pre-wedding photoshoot

In Singapore, it is common to stage a pre-wedding photoshoot in which the couple dress up in their wedding garb as if they’re getting married, except they’re really only posing for photos, because the actual wedding is months away. 

Many people even spend extra so they can have their pre-wedding photos taken abroad, whether by flying a Singapore-based photographer to their destination or using a photographer based at their destination.

See also: Makeup and photography tips for overseas portraits.

Okay, we get that there are only so many places in Singapore you can take your photos and everybody’s already sick of the Botanic Gardens and Gardens by the Bay. B

ut even a simple local pre-wedding shoot adds a few thousand bucks to your total bill. 

Really want to save money?

Skip the pre-wedding shoot altogether and just hire a solid photographer for the actual day.

You’ll still have nice pictures to remember your wedding by, and if you’ve got some time before the banquet you can have more pictures taken then, since your hair, make up and outfits will be all prettied up.