I had the privileged to witness my cousin’s nuptials in December 2016. The planning took 2 months and the budget reached the maximum amount. She paid more than PHP 600,000 for a 300-guest ceremony. I was surprised at how much a wedding costs these days!
You see, the average costs for Philippine weddings range from PHP 200,000 to PHP 1 million. In Australia, the overall average cost last 2015 was AUD 65,482 (over PHP 2 million). Wedding expenses can truly take a toll on your wallet and relationship!
Consider these savvy tips to maximize your hard-earned money:
Choose Any Other Day Except Saturday
“What wedding aspects do we hold most dearly?”, is a question that couples shall ask when they are discussing and allocating the budget for the wedding and honeymoon. Every couple is created in a unique fashion. Some may focus on sealing the deal with an eye-catching dress, while others may focus on the tantalizing food.
So, list down everything that you desire to have on your Big Day and rank them. You can shave off excess costs by dropping some of the least priority items such as wedding souvenirs. For instance, the venue is your top priority. Ensure that you get book on any other day except Saturday to save a decent amount of money.
Enlist Your Own Wedding Suppliers
One of the best decisions that my cousin made in his recent wedding was to enlist his own vendors. My cousin and his partner searched for local wedding suppliers to ease the cost of transportation and time. Not only did they save a few bucks, but they also supported the surrounding community. Isn’t that great?
Having the gift of flexibility enables you to do comparison shopping and to eventually choose a team that suits your personal preferences.
Arrange Your Own Flowers
Some people are blessed with a green thumb. My grandmother has it! I am not saying that she can transform into a powerful creature like Incredible Hulk. I am referring to the idiomatic expression of having a knack for keeping and growing plants. For people with a green thumb, it is best to create your own bouquet and that of the entourage’s.
You can make the floral arrangements in advance by incorporating long-lasting flowers such as the Australian Native. Australian Native flowers are majestically diverse, vibrant, and unique. These will make your day even more magical!
Opt for Simplicity and Elegance
There are so many ways to save on your wedding invitations. For starters, you may send it out electronically instead of by mail. You may also save some cash by minimizing the shipping costs. Not only do the invitation stylists import their materials from abroad, but the shipping cost of mailing out a bulk item is heftier. Try to eliminate excess decorations such as boxes and ribbons.
Opting for simplicity and elegance can go a long way!
Let me first to greet you: “Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!”. Remember that you know your budget more than anyone else. Stick to this budget and do not let anyone make you feel guilty for your preferences. It is your magical day after all!