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10 Brilliant Ways To Make Your Dream Wedding Come True On Any Budget
Yes, you can have the wedding of your dreams with any budget! Simply follow these 10 brilliant ways to do so.
For a day as important as your wedding day, it is only natural for you to be bursting with excitement as you finally get the chance to bring the wedding of your dreams to life! But reality soon sets in as you realise that paying for your dream wedding may mean spending more than you’d like to.
Let us share a piece of good news with you – it is possible to achieve your dream wedding without breaking the bank! With a little clever planning and strategising, and the help of these 10 brilliant ways we’ve put together to help you maximise your savings as you spend, you’ll be able to bring your dream wedding to life without going over budget.
1. Identify and Prioritise The Essentials
Being strategic with your wedding budget is going to help you achieve your dream wedding regardless of the size of your budget, and that means prioritising a bigger portion of your funds to the must-haves of your celebration and cutting back on less important ones.
Start by identifying which elements of your wedding are important and non-negotiable for you and your partner, such as your venue, gown, photographer, or food, and assign these areas a larger share of your budget. For the less essential parts of your wedding, allocate the remaining of your budget appropriately. You might also want to consider forgoing extra details that are not going to make or break your wedding, if you have a tight budget
2. Buy Now, Pay Later For Additional Discounts on Your PurchasesLove & Co.
It pays to split your payments into three to enjoy more discounts on your purchases, so you’ll end up saving more as you spend! With Atome and Citi Credit Cards, you can get your hands on that wedding ring or jewellery set you’ve had your eye on without worrying about going over budget by splitting your purchase into 3 interest-free payments!
Even better, shop your wedding jewellery with renowned jewellery brands like Love & Co., Goldheart Jewellery, SK Jewellery, Lee Hwa Jewellery, TAKA Jewellery, Chow Tai Fook Jewellery and more. Score exclusive discounts such as $50 off with a minimum spend of $1,000, or $100 off with a minimum spend of $1,500 when you pay with Atome and Citi Cards. This promotion is valid from 1 October to 30 November 2023.
You can also choose to turn other big purchases into affordable instalments with Citi Paylite.
3. Choose an off-peak wedding date
Tying the knot during the off-peak wedding season is going to cost less than getting married during the wedding peak season, which generally happens during the start and end of the year, and before and after any taboo festivals like the Hungry Ghost Festival. So, if you are looking for more affordable prices for your dream wedding, you might want to consider getting married during the less popular months, typically before Chinese New Year ends and between August to October. The actual period may differ from year to year, so do make sure to check with your choice of venue before you commit to them.
Weekend weddings and wedding dinners also tend to cost more regardless of seasons, so try to opt for a weekday wedding and wedding lunch or brunch to stretch your dollar for the dream wedding you’ve always wanted.
4. Downsize Your Guest List
Now, as much as you’d like to invite everyone you know to celebrate this momentous milestone with you, the reality is, the more people you invite, the more expensive your wedding is going to be. This may make it difficult to make your dream wedding come true, since you’ll likely need to cut down on certain details such as having personalised wedding stationery or exotic blooms to stay within budget.
To achieve your dream wedding without going over budget, try downsizing your guest list. With a smaller guest list, you’ll be able to save on the cost of your venue, food and other related expenses, allowing you to spend more on your florist so you can have those exotic flowers you wanted for the celebration to bring your dream wedding to life.
5. Plan an Intimate Celebration to Cater to Your Dream WeddingBellygood Catering
With a smaller guest list, you can consider tying the knot in a non-conventional venue for an intimate celebration, such as a multi-purpose function room, an event space or at the church you and your beloved attend mass at, and cater food for your celebration, instead of confining the event to a hotel ballroom which may cost more to book if you do not meet the minimum requirements.
Seize the day and save more as a Citi Cardmember when you pay for a wedding package with Bellygood Catering using a Citi Card, and enjoy an exclusive 10% discount from now until 31 January 2024.FOODLINE.SG
If you’re looking for more options, take your pick from the hundreds of caterers at FOODLINE.SG, Singapore’s largest catering portal. From classic wedding buffet offerings to pampering treats such as an ice cream bar or dessert table add-ons, bring your dream wedding to life without breaking the bank with Citi Cards’ exclusive wedding promotion where you’ll get to enjoy 10% cashback with a minimum spend of $1,500 (capped at $150) as a Citi Cardmember. All you need to do is check out using the promo code “CITIWED10 + first 6 digits of your Citi Card” from now until 31 August 2024.
6. Be Hands On and Do It Yourself
If you’re naturally crafty and have a good eye for design, consider DIY-ing a part of your wedding, such as designing your own wedding invitations and place cards or creating simple floral arrangements for your bridal bouquet, boutonnières and bridesmaids’ bouquets, to save on paying for a vendor to do it for you.
As a Citi Cardmember, you get to enjoy an exclusive 10% off with a minimum spend of $180, valid from now until 31 December 2023. For customisation and requests of quotations, reach out to Far East Flora at [email protected] or [email protected]. You may also contact them at 6958 8398, via WhatsApp at 9056 5453, or head down to their retail stores to plan your dream wedding florals.Far East Flora
7. Opt For Vendors That Offer All-Inclusive Packages
A great tip for couples who are looking to get the most out of their spending is to look for vendors that offer all-inclusive packages, such as photographers who also offer videography services or venues with a comprehensive wedding package that includes flowers, decor and invitations, as these all-in packages typically cost less than getting them separately, allowing you to spend more on other areas of your dream wedding.
8. Search For Venues That Offer Exclusive Partner Discounts
Many venues often offer exclusive partner discounts on their wedding packages, such as exclusive credit card discounts, allowing couples to get the most out of their wedding spending while earning reward points or miles that they can use towards their new home or a dream honeymoon.
To help you achieve the wedding of your dreams without going over budget, Citi Credit Cards has a line-up exclusive privileges with reputable hotels and vendors for your wedding needs.Paradox Singapore Merchant Court at Clarke Quay
With the iconic Singapore River right at its doorstep, an exclusive cocktail reception area and a pillar-less and spacious ballroom, it’s easy to envision what your dream wedding would be like in the high-ceiling Merchant Court Ballroom as you and your guests enjoy a private and spectacular celebration at Paradox Singapore Merchant Court. As a Citi Cardmember, you’ll get to enjoy cash rebates of $2,688++ off your total bill for a weekend wedding dinner banquet with a minimum of 25 tables confirmed.
Paying for your wedding with Citi Cards will also earn you exclusive privileges that will enhance your celebration, including unlimited servings of beer during your wedding on the house, an additional night’s stay in the Bridal Room with complimentary breakfast for two persons at Ellenborough Market Café and a complimentary upgrade of the Day Use Room to a one night’s stay in the Luxe Room so you can share the joy with your loved ones. This promotion is valid until 7 May 2024.Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel
Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel is another great alternative if you are searching for a venue with scenic views of the Singapore River and exclusive Citi Card discounts. Say “I do” under the dreamy gazebo at The Promenade before you adjourn to the all new pillar-less Grand Ballroom with a towering six-metre high ceiling for a dinner banquet and enjoy a $100 discount per table for dinner bookings, only for Citi Cardmembers.
As a Citi Cardmember, sweeten your celebration with exclusive privileges such as a free flow of beer and wine during your wedding, a two nights’ stay in the Bridal Suite so you can savour the happiest day of your life, and a complimentary one night’s anniversary stay at the hotel. This promotion is valid until 31 December 2023.Orchard Hotel Singapore
For Citi Cardmembers, planning a grand wedding with a long guest list is no problem when you can enjoy a 5% discount when you book your wedding at Orchard Hotel Singapore, a luxurious and iconic hotel in the heart of Orchard Road known for its sophisticated ballrooms with a capacity of up to 100 tables and fine Cantonese cuisine at the award-winning Hua Ting Restaurant.
You’ll also get to enjoy the exclusive perk of a two-night stay in the Bridal Suite when you pay for your wedding with a Citi Card. This promotion is valid until 31 December 2023.
9. Enhance Your Wedding Celebration With Additional Perks at Zero Cost
What’s a dream wedding without good food, alcohol and a post-wedding unwinding and feast? For Citi Cardmembers, you’ll get to elevate your celebration at no extra cost when you pay for your big day with Citi Cards.Sheraton Towers Singapore
The food you serve at your wedding will determine how impressed your guests will be, even if they do not remember what you wore down the aisle or the flowers you used in your decor. So, treat your guests to a delicious feast from the renowned Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant in the unique L-shaped, pillar-less ballroom at Sheraton Towers Singapore, after you’ve said your “I do’s” in a lovely solemnisation by a lush waterfall.
As a Citi Cardmember, you’ll get to choose two exclusive wedding privileges, including a free flow of wine for 3 hours, a free flow of beer for 3 hours and an additional one night’s stay in the Bridal Suite with breakfast for two and lounge access to enhance your wedding celebration. This promotion is valid until 31 December 2023.Andaz Singapore
Citi Cardmembers also enjoy 1 complimentary bottle of house-pour red or white wine per 10 guaranteed adult guests, capped at 15 bottles per booking, when they book a lunch or dinner wedding in The Glasshouse or Garden Studio at Andaz Singapore, to be held on or before 31 December 2024. This promotion is valid from now until 31 December 2023.Fairmont Singapore
After all the excitement and whirlwind of activities from your wedding celebration, Citi Cardmembers get an additional one night’s stay in the Bridal Suite with breakfast for two to unwind and enjoy their first moments as husband and wife in private and comfort when they pay for their wedding at Fairmont Singapore and Swissôtel The Stamford with a Citi Card. This promotion is valid until 14 May 2024.One Farrer Hotel
Similarly, if you are getting married in a grand wedding at the luxurious Grand Ballroom at One Farrer Hotel, you get to extend your celebration with time-alone as newlyweds with an additional one night stay in the Bridal Suite when you use a Citi Card to pay for your wedding. This promotion is valid until 2 April 2024.Hotel Fort Canning
If you prefer a more boisterous post-wedding celebration after the garden wedding of your dreams at Hotel Fort Canning, you get to enjoy a complimentary post-event High Tea set for six persons worth $228++ when you pay for your wedding with a Citi Card, perfect for a post-wedding celebration and thank-you feast for your parents or bridal entourage. This promotion is valid until 30 April 2024.
10. Maximise Your Savings with Citi Cash Back+ Card
Last but not least, get the most savings out of your spending with the Citi Cash Back+ Card. Enjoy 1.6% unlimited cash back on your spend all year round, with no minimum spend required. As a new Citi Cardmember, you’ll also get to enjoy 8% cash back* with minimum qualifying spend of $800 in the first two months, capped at first $4,000 qualifying spend.
Get the most bang out of your buck by signing up for a Citi Cash Back+ Card here, and bring your dream wedding to life without breaking the bank.
*Terms and Conditions apply. Valid for new Citi Credit Cardmembers.
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