YES, YOU CAN BUD­GET – AND STICK TO IT!

How these brides planned the wed­ding of their dreams – with­out bust­ing the bud­get.

Herworld Brides (Singapore) - - In This Issue - TEXT CAS­SAN­DRA KOH

How these brides planned the wed­ding of their dreams – with­out bust­ing the bud­get.

Your wed­ding will likely be the big­gest party you've ever host – and the prici­est. Lots of cou­ples go over bud­get. Mak­ing sure you're not one of them by set­ting a re­al­is­tic bud­get – and stick­ing to it – is crucial. As these brides will tell you, it is the glue that will hold you both to­gether and en­sure that you're off to a great start. Here's how they han­dled it – and we reckon that if they could do it, you can, too.

RE­SIST TEMP­TA­TION

GRAPHIC DE­SIGNER JIN Che­ung, 29: It is way too easy to give in to temp­ta­tion. Al­ways have a bud­get set aside for ev­ery­thing on your need list, and re­search ways to get things at the best prices pos­si­ble. Some­times a less costly op­tion could turn out to be bet­ter – and leave you with money for ex­tras you for­got about or didn't an­tic­i­pate.

LEARN TO COM­PRO­MISE

QUEK HUI YING, 26, A TAL­ENT AC­QUI­SI­TION MAN­AGER: This oc­ca­sion is about two peo­ple. Learn­ing to com­pro­mise with my hus­band was one of the big­gest lessons for me. Putting in the ef­fort dur­ing the plan­ning, pre­par­ing for un­ex­pected costs, and mak­ing mean­ing­ful cuts, kept us wed­ding-debt free.

FIND WAYS TO SAVE

SHEENA CHEONG, 31, SELF-EM­PLOYED: Start with your wed­ding dress. It is most un­likely that you will wear it again. In­stead of some­thing de­signer, shop off the rack or sim­ply rent one. Venue-wise, some­where out­side of a ho­tel is usu­ally more af­ford­able, and more fun. This also al­lows you to use the caterer you want or be even more se­lec­tive about your dishes.

HAVE A DES­TI­NA­TION WED­DING

CANDICE WU , 32, SELF-EM­PLOYED: We had an over­seas wed­ding, and en­gag­ing lo­cal wed­ding ven­dors def­i­nitely worked out to be more cost­ef­fi­cient than cel­e­brat­ing in Sin­ga­pore.

SPEND WITHIN YOUR MEANS

CALYNN CHOW, 27, ED­U­CA­TION OF­FI­CER: Start sav­ing as soon as he proposes, and agree on a bud­get within your means. I picked up good deals from check­ing out bridal fo­rums. And don't get too caught up in the prepa­ra­tions; with­out each other, there'd be noth­ing to plan.

Jin and hus­band Si­mon Chi­ang

Sheena and hus­band Ben­jamin Song

Hui Ying and hus­band Neo Poh Lin

Calynn and hus­band Derek Teh

Candice and hus­band Jen-ghis Cheong

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