SG BUDET BABE’S 7 WED­DING PREP TIPS

Set­ting her pri­or­i­ties and be­ing cre­ative helped Fiona Cher – also known as Dawn of SG Bud­get Babe – to have the wed­ding of her dreams at a frac­tion of what it would nor­mally cost!

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Set­ting her pri­or­i­ties helped Fiona Cher have the wed­ding of her dreams at a frac­tion of what it would nor­mally cost!

SET FI­NAN­CIAL GOALS

My hus­band Ni­cholas and I agreed that it didn’t make sense to spend too much on the fairy-tale wed­ding we both wanted be­cause this cel­e­bra­tion lasts for a day while our mar­riage is for life. We chose to spend more on our hol­i­days and home – ar­eas that would help our re­la­tion­ship and fu­ture.

CHECK YOUR SAV­INGS

We also needed to make sure that we didn’t stretch our fi­nances too thin as I’m the only one sup­port­ing my dad, and Ni­cholas is an only son. We had to make sure we both had enough funds for the wed­ding as well as ev­ery­day or emer­gency costs.

MAKE A LIST

I tab­u­lated ev­ery­thing to do with our wed­ding to help stay fo­cused through­out the prepa­ra­tions, and on the big day it­self.

BE CON­SID­ER­ATE OF YOUR GUESTS

While many cou­ples rely on hong­baos to pay for their ban­quet, we didn’t want to pass our costs to guests, so we worked out a bud­get that wouldn’t leave us in debt – even if our guests sim­ply blessed us with their pres­ence. This was su­per im­por­tant as we had quite a num­ber of re­tired and un­em­ployed guests, and didn’t want to bur­den them. Although said to be a bless­ing for the cou­ple, th­ese are typ­i­cally a huge stress for guests as most try to give an amount that cov­ers the cost of their meal. If you check the list of rates for din­ners on­line, you will find out that they can be quite in­tim­i­dat­ing.

BE YOUR­SELF

As SG Bud­get Babe, I had a lot of on­line fol­low­ers who tracked how I man­aged our wed­ding ex­penses. While many cou­ples feel pres­sured to have a lav­ish and Pin­ter­est- or In­sta-wor­thy bash, I wanted to prove that you don’t have to spend a huge amount of money to achieve your dream wed­ding with class. Ni­cholas and I were de­ter­mined to pull this off. I also wanted to be the first in­flu­encer in Sin­ga­pore to stray away from typ­i­cal ho­tel cel­e­bra­tions.

FACE UP TO CHAL­LENGES

The big­gest ob­sta­cles we faced in the process of plan­ning were: Con­vinc­ing my par­ents to em­brace the idea of a West­ern-styled re­cep­tion in­stead of a Chi­nese ban­quet in a ho­tel. Over­com­ing their ob­jec­tions when we wanted to hire a caterer and cel­e­brate at an al­ter­na­tive venue. My mum and aunts were shocked ini­tially, but we proved to them that a lower-priced op­tion did not mean lousy food. In fact, Manna Pot Cater­ing’s food tast­ing won us over with the qual­ity of the food so much that we added more dishes to our menu. Find­ing ven­dors who did not over­charge us. I’ve al­ways sus­pected that some ven­dors charge a pre­mium for wed­ding ser­vices be­cause they know cou­ples will pay, so I tried to see if I could get lower quo­ta­tions by not men­tion­ing that it was for a wed­ding. Try­ing to cut other costs, too. I talked to a few hair and makeup artists,

and sent them photos of the style I wanted. When I said it was for a din­ner and dance, their quotes were quite af­ford­able. But once the con­ver­sa­tion went fur­ther, and they asked whether it was for a wed­ding (of course, I could not deny it), the prices shot up to twice or thrice the ini­tial quotes. This left such a bad taste in my mouth that I was de­ter­mined to find lesser-known ven­dors who would be more professional with their quotes. For ex­am­ple, in­stead of pay­ing three fig­ures for a cus­tom water­colour wed­ding calligraphy sign by a well-known ven­dor, I en­gaged a stu­dent whose art­work I ad­mired and was charged a lot less.

GET CRE­ATIVE

Our pre-wed­ding shoot was done by a pho­tog­ra­pher friend. I bought a white gown off Taobao and used my own dresses for the ca­sual and evening shoot; Ni­cholas wore his own busi­ness suit. For the decor and props, I went on­line and pur­chased used items from for­mer brides. For the day shoot, I used a trial makeup ses­sion with a makeup artist dur­ing the day and did my own look for the night shoot. Then I took ad­van­tage of a $38 hairstyling of­fer from a neigh­bour­hood sa­lon. Af­ter­wards, we did our own wed­ding al­bum lay­outs and printed the pic­tures us­ing Pho­to­book Sin­ga­pore and Zno.

LAST NOTES

We had re­ally high ex­pec­ta­tions and wanted our cel­e­bra­tions to look as great

"PLAN­NING MY OWN WED­DING TURNED OUT TO BE VERY SAT­IS­FY­ING, AND SOME­THING TO BE PROUD OF."

as most other wed­dings we’ve at­tended, if not bet­ter. We kept our costs to un­der $100 per guest while still mak­ing sure they ate well and were en­ter­tained. Plan­ning my own wed­ding turned out to be very sat­is­fy­ing, and some­thing to be com­pletely proud of. The most im­por­tant les­son to me was not see­ing my wed­ding as a com­pe­ti­tion to outdo oth­ers. Ev­ery­one is dif­fer­ent and just as de­serv­ing of a great cel­e­bra­tion.

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