Pugal & Priya | July 3, 2021 | Sri Siva Durga Temple, Singapore
Planning for a wedding can easily be both an exciting and a daunting process. Couples can get carried away as they plan their Pinterest-inspired weddings, and if not managed well, they can burn a hole in their wallets even before they can say, ‘I do’. (Oops!) There are so many new, trending ideas and ways to make your wedding dreams come true. However, those dreams come with a price tag.
Whether you are planning an extravagant or an intimate wedding, it is important to begin by setting aside a wedding budget. In fact, couples are highly encouraged to break down their budget and prioritize the aspect(s) of their wedding that holds importance to them. It could be anything from wanting to serve the guests with great food, wanting the best cinematic video of the wedding to watch on special occasions over the years, getting the wedding décor right to set that perfect ambiance for the wedding, or using photographs as a return ticket to revisit moments that are otherwise gone forever. From there, couples should be able to narrow down the vendors who will require a bigger budget and areas where they can save a little.
Of course, wedding expenses vary from couple to couple as they may have specific ideas/concerns, but the basics remain the same across the board. On an average, couples should expect to spend the most on their wedding venue, reception venue (if applicable) and catering. Going down the list from there, you’ve got décor, photographers, videographers, makeup artists, and the list goes on. Do check out my previous blog, where I have shared about the importance of choosing the right photographer for your wedding.
Now, as a Wedding photographer, I’m not here to tell you one service provider is more important than the other and that you should consider excluding certain services. Nope. Each of us work on our individual strengths and together, we create a memorable day for our clients. In my years of experience at Jacob’s Artography, I have witnessed countless beautiful weddings and even though they are similar as far as Indian weddings go, they adopt the individuality that is unique to the couple themselves. At the end of the day, it is truly up to the couple to decide on what they consider important/necessary and what they can do without on their wedding day. If the budget fits, why not, right?
The whole idea of having a budget (and sticking to it) is to allow yourselves to step into your new chapter together with a sense of accomplishment and an ease of mind, not having to worry about finances right after becoming Mr. & Mrs. Failure to plan is planning to fail. So, here’s a friendly tip: set a budget, decide on what you truly want to take away from your wedding day, do your homework by enquiring from the various service providers about their packages and then decide what works well for both you and your wallet.