Weddings now cost more than just an arm or a leg. How can young couples who are ready for their next big decisions in life prepare for such luxurious events with high wedding cost? Perhaps with the financial aid of parents, 90s babies can tie the knot in their dream wedding. Well, there are still ways you can spend less money and still get the perfect wedding you desire within your budget.
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Follow our 8 ways on how to save money for a wedding!
1. Off-peak season
Getting married during the off-peak season will definitely cost you less money. What are the hot months in Malaysia? If you are trying to avoid the peak season to get married, then you have to avoid January - March & November - December.
January: As it transitioned from the holidays season of December, the beginning of January is also one of the popular choices among Malaysian couples when deciding on wedding dates.
February: The wedding cost will increase no matter for wedding venues or flowers. February is not only just the month of Valentine’s Day, it is also the time where Chinese celebrates Chinese New Year. Occasionally, Chinese New Year will take place in late January. Hence, January and February are some of the peak seasons Chinese Malaysia couples will consider when finalising wedding dates.
March: It sees an end to the monsoon on the east coast with gorgeous islands such as Tioman, Perhentian & Redang. This is why most beach lovers and sea enthusiasts couples will choose to have their wedding during March.
November & December: These 2 months are not valued price as these are the time where school holidays have started. Towards the end of the year, everyone is in the festive mood where countless holidays plans are made. In December (and on New Year’s Eve), your competition may not be other marrying couples but holiday parties that are looking for the same venues and vendors that weddings do.
2. Greenery > Flowers
Wedding flowers are known to be one of the major factors contributing to expensive wedding cost. Who can resist the charm of flowers? Although wedding flowers are beautiful to look at, they actually can cost a ton of money! If you are environmentally friendly and don’t mind being indifferent than the rest, you can save money on wedding flowers by using more greenery in your wedding.
Consider replacing flowers with artificial flowers which will have similar breathtaking results. You can have these artificial flowers as your table centrepiece of little wedding details. Artificial flowers usually cost much lesser than actual flower and can help save money on wedding details.
If possible, try to look for wedding venues that don't require you to use their in-house vendors. These vendors usually cost more and are charged by hours.The money saving tip would be finding these wedding vendors yourself as they will charge lesser compared to in-house vendors. While seeking vendors, you can ask if they have collaborated wedding vendors.
The collaboration with either makeup artist, wedding gown or bridal shoes will usually provide you with a cheaper & discounted price. If you know someone or maybe a relative of yours is providing a wedding service that you are looking for, do consider hiring him/her. That way, you are able to save money on your wedding cost and also support him/her.
4. Wedding Music
What’s a celebration without a music? The right songs can put guests and wedding couples in the right mood. However, it is not necessary to hire a DJ for your wedding in order to have good music. The more budget way to save cost on the wedding is to have a good pair of speakers, a mixing deck if you can get access to it and an iPod loaded with some great wedding songs that you would like to put your guest mood on. This is one of the fast and economic ways to save money for your wedding. Or better yet, find friends who are talented and passionate in performing on stage. Have them perform or sing a few songs during your wedding night and show off their talent.
Check out these Top 10 Wedding Songs in 2017 for a romantic wedding dance or background music for wedding slideshow.
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