1. Wedding banquet ($15,000 – $36,000)
This will take up the bulk of the wedding cost.
The cost is largerly dependent on your choice of venue and scale of wedding.
A table of 10 usually costs between S$1,180 and S$1,340 depending on whether it is a weekday lunch, or a weekend dinner.
If you are looking to have their wedding at higher end hotels, the cost for 300 guests can be over S$95,000.
But on the other hand, if you opt for a more average venue, and with 200 guests, the cost can be as low as S$10,000.
Depending on how and where you source your venue, you can get a good enough discount package to bring your costs low.
2. Bridal package for wedding gown and suit ($2,000 – $6,000)
These packages usually include make-up, bridal gown, suits, and bridesmaid’s dresses.
They are popular because of the convenience they offer, and will often come with such perks as a pre-wedding photo shoot.
The gowns and suits are rentals, but this is much cheaper than having each person purchase their own gown.
The costs will vary based on several factors.
These include the gowns selected, the number of gowns used, how many locations are used in the photo shoot and whether they are premium locations which can include overseas photo shoots.
The number of pictures you will be expecting in their wedding album is also a factor.
3. Engagement / wedding rings ($3,000 – $5,000)
Usually, most people purchase the engagement ring first, before buying wedding bands for the ceremony.
Each ring can go for between S$1,000 and S$2,000, which brings the average cost of rings to between S$2,000 and S$6,000.
The difference in pricing is dependent on varying factors as well: material used, width of the band and whether they will be diamond encrusted and the like.
Those who opt for signature rings designed by famous designers will also find that their rings cost a lot more than average.
4. Dowry ($500 – $5,000)
For Chinese weddings, there will usually be the Betrothal gifts process, otherwise known as Guo Da Li.
The groom and his family will present the bride’s parents with dowry as a way of showing sincerity.
Most times, it is a gift of jewellery or cash, and the average cost of this dowry is between S$500 and S$5,000.
Where the family is not as traditional, they may accept a token gift of several hundred dollars.
5. Solemnizing the marriage ($1,000 – $5,000)
This ceremony is not as expensive as a wedding and is often quite casual.
In fact, some couples have it done to be able to get their build-to-order flats from the HDB, since they must show proof of marriage.
Those who opt to solemnize the union at the registry can do so at a minimal cost of S$1,000.
Grander occasions at a different venue with a fancy lunch and floral arches can go up to about S$5,000.
6. Wedding videography and photography ($1,000 – $2,000)
Of course, you would want to capture the memories you make on wedding day.
This calls for hiring a professional videographer and photographer for the wedding.
The cost for these services can range between S$2,500 and S$4,000.
7. Honeymoon ($5,000 – $8,000)
The honeymoon serves as a time to rest from all the work of planning the wedding.
It is also the time to simply connect to one another.
Usually, couples opt for a fortnight away in some exotic place where they can relax and enjoy themselves as they explore their environs.
The cost for that can be anywhere between S$5,000 and S$8,000.
If you do not wish to spend so much, you can definitely get more affordable options in neighbouring countries.
8. Miscellaneous ($1,000 – $2,000)
Having a miscellaneous budget is always smart.
This amount takes care of some of the incidents that may arise on the day of the wedding, or the days leading up to the wedding.