Wedding Cost Estimator for Those Getting Hitched in 2018

We are sure the words, “wedding planning is a piece of cake,” has never came out of anyone’s mouth. That’s because orchestrating a party of at least 400 people is draining for most – hence the term ‘Bridezilla’. Lucky for you, wedding rookies, we have calculated and come up with an estimated cost of an average wedding in Singapore for 2018. We’ve factored in next year’s prices for bridal packages, as well as banquet prices. You may want to bookmark this or share this article to your hubby as this is extremely important for anxiety-ridden couples who find wedding prep more taxing than paying taxes itself! Like we always say, leave it to the experts – because that’s what we’re here for.

The most common problem that couples have is not knowing where to start – do they save the date first, or approach a bridal prior to that, and when exactly can they register for their marriage to even be recognised by the government? The list goes on friends. Firstly, to ease you off, it’s common knowledge that getting married in Singapore can be expensive without even making it a lavish, Great Gatsby-ish affair. Typically, couples spend within a range of $20,000 to .. well, these numbers don’t end. Although, more and more couples are keeping to a simpler and more intimate wedding in order to keep their expenses in check, there can be times where social expectations come with a hefty price tag and we all know it’s hard to turn down our dear mothers’ wishes.  We can’t guarantee you’ll be completely stress-free after reading this guide, but it’ll definitely set a path for your wedding-prep.

Wedding Category Costs ($)
 Registration of Marriage (ROM)  142
 Bridal Package  3,988
 Actual Day Photography  1,800
 Actual Day Videography  1,700
 Wedding Bands  2,080
 Attire for Entourage  500 
 Wedding Banquet  14,856
 Miscellaneous Costs  1,000
Total Damage  26,066


How ROM works is that the registration opens at a specific date for couples who are marrying at that specific quarter of the year. So, you can only register for a marriage and licensed solemniser after you set a date, and then you’d have to watch out for the registration date to register for your marriage along with a licensed solemniser. During filing, couples would have to pay a sum of $42 only. Also, your licensed solemniser would not charge you for their services but it’s best to give them a token of appreciation as they would have to come down to your venue to marry you off and that estimates to about $100
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Solemnisation

There’s no cost for solemnisation besides the token of appreciation for your licensed solemniser that we have factored in under the registration point below. Usually, couples get solemnised at the hotel of their wedding banquet itself. So, you can get the hotel to block off an hour for the solemnisation ceremony and they will provide 40 chairs for the guests. There will only be additional cost for the solemnisation venue except if you wish to hold your ceremony at the hotel’s outdoor venue such as the glass or poolside pavilion which usually costs at least $2000.

 

Registration of Marriage (ROM)

Susan Beauty Artistry

Total Cost: $42 + $100 = $142
How ROM works is that the registration opens at a specific date for couples who are marrying at that specific quarter of the year. So, you can only register for a marriage and licensed solemniser after you set a date, and then you’d have to watch out for the registration date to register for your marriage along with a licensed solemniser. During filing, couples would have to pay a sum of $42 only. Also, your licensed solemniser would not charge you for their services but it’s best to give them a token of appreciation as they would have to come down to your venue to marry you off and that estimates to about $100.

 

Bridal Package

Total Cost: $3,988

A bridal house is a  one-stop shop for couples and the most preferred way for couples. It’s straight-forward, hassle-free and you get to save relatively a ton of money. There are plentiful of bridal houses to choose from and they include services you never knew a bridal house could offer. The following are what a $3,988 package includes:

  • Bride’s attire: Actual day white gown + evening gown + tea dress
  • Groom’s attire: 2 suits without inner shirt
  • Decoration for car
  • Hand bouquet for bride
  • Corsages for bride’s entourage
  • Boutonniere for groom and groomsmen
  • Make-up and hairdo (excluding eyelashes)
  • Dry cleaning for actual day attire
  • Pre-Wedding Photo Shoot:
  • 4 sets of outfit for each bride and groom
  • Both indoor and outdoor shot
  • 26 edited photos
  •  1 album

Wedding Banquet 

Grand Hyatt Singapore

Total Cost: $1,238 X 30 (tables) = $37,140

Angbao given by guests: (60% of banquet) = $22,284

Total money spent: $14,856

The wedding banquet is without a doubt where the main bulk of your wedding spending will go to. What with all the extravagant decor tuning, premium menus and ballrooms that are getting bigger and bigger. Prices can range from $900 a table to $2800 a table. We have reviewed the banquet prices for 2018, and got $1,238 as the average cost of a table at a hotel for a weekend dinner. Assuming most couples opt for 30 tables the estimated cost of an entire wedding banquet would be $37,140. Relax, that 5 digit sum may scare most but ang bao given by guests total up to 60% of the entire banquet. So, you’d only have to spend a total of $14, 856. Yay!

Actual Day Photography

Love in Stills

Total Cost: $1800

Hiring a wedding photographer for the day is a must for many couples these days. It’s the only way couples could capture the many beautiful and intimate moments during one of the most special days. Expect the costs of an actual day photographer to run from $1000 – $2000. You can expect from the following from a package at $1800:

  • 9 to 12 hours coverage
  • 400 to 600 digitally edited images
  • Photo book with fabric cover or pocket flush mount albums

Actual Day Videography 

Annabel Law Productions

Total Cost: $1700 (excluding fee for 7am reporting time)

These days wedding videography is as important as the couple’s wedding bands. It’s every couple’s dream to have their wedding day moments captured as a keepsake for generations to come. Wedding videographers don’t come cheap though. If you’re on a budget, you’ll be lucky enough to meet a new videographer and have his services at portfolio rate. Usually, actual day videography ranges from $1000 – $4000

Their package typically includes the following at an average of $1700:

  • Morning Highlights (showcase for banquet)
  • Complimentary Childhood montage (up to 60 photographs
  • 2 videographers
  • Same-day edit
  • 9 – 12 hours coverage
  • 60-second preview
  • Wedding Higlights
  • All other edited event segments

 

Wedding Bands   Total Cost: $2,080 for a pair

Wedding Bands can typically cost from $600 to $7000. Of course, it could go up to hundreds of thousands of dollars but let’s not go down that road. For example, a french Pavé diamond eternity ring in Rose Gold with a plain Rose Gold band for the hubby could cost $2,080.

 

Attire for entourage

Total Cost: ($40 X 5) + ($60 X 5) = $500

Never forget that your bridesmaids and your fellow groomsmen would have to be clothed on your wedding day too. Bridesmaids dresses are relatively cheap compared to groomsmen attire. Not solely because menswear is usually more pricey than women’s but groomsmen would have to purchase a new shirt, pants, a new tie, and maybe some new shoes.

On average each bridesmaid dress costs $40 each. So, if you have 5 bridesmaids, it’ll be $200. For groomsmen, Say there are 5 groomsmen, couples may have to fork out $60 for a set of formal wear which would amount to $300. To think of it – that’s nothing compared to what you’ve been spending on

 

Miscellaneous costs


Total Cost: $1000

We have factored in the red packets to be given out on the day to the in-laws, bridesmaids and groomsmen for helping out, as well as gatecrashing matters because wasabi, and booze don’t come cheap, and so does the gatecrash fee. Also, we included wedding car rental, transport for family and friends, and additional corkage fees that may incur during the dinner itself.Total Cost: $1000

 

Feature Image by: Alan Ng Photography


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