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Budgeting A Wedding – Chinese | Medium Low

Budgeting a wedding is not easy. There are many things to take care of and finding the right vendors can be quite a chore. You can go for a small intimate wedding without the frills. In this case choosing a more expensive restaurant or hotel would not be a problem. If your intention is to have a bit of everything to make the celebration more colorful, and there is a budget constraint, I guess it is wise to go for more cost effective options.

Some Rough Figures:                                      
Wedding Reception: RM798 x 30 pax = 19,950
Photography: RM4000 (pre-wed+AD) + 600 (ROM) = 4,600
Videography: RM1600 (morning and dinner)
Makeup + hair: RM800 (AD) + 450 (pre-wed) + 200 (ROM) = about 1,450
Attire: RM400 (Wedding dress) + 100 (shoes) + 200 (evening gown) + 325 (other dresses) + 345 (bridesmaid) + 1,526 (groom) = 2,896
Flowers: RM380 (car,bridal bouquet,corsages) + 170 (bridesmaids posies) + 150 (ROM) = 700
Decorations (DIY): about RM500
Ceremony: RM18,450 (betrothal gifts, biscuits, roast pork, dowry, wedding ring/bands, red packets, catering)
Others: RM2000

TOTAL: RM52,146

The Breakdown:                                                               
Wedding Reception at Vistana KL Titiwangsa Hotel
-Wedding packages from RM688++ (RM798nett) per table includes (2015):

  • 8-Course Chinese or Malay Set Dinner
  • Beautifully decorated wedding cake for cake cutting ceremony
  • Red carpet aisle welcome for wedding march
  • Special floral wedding arch
  • Personalised wedding backdrop
  • Bridal room and special guest room rates
  • Wedding invitation cards
  • 3D/2N Honeymoon Stay of your choice at any of the following award-winning YTL Hotels: Tanjong Jara Resort | Cameron Highlands Resort | Gaya Island Resort | Vistana Hotel KL
cake swimming pool walk in red gown
Complimentary cake, Poolside area for pre-dinner gathering, red carpet aisle and personalized backdrop

nice hall backdrop decor sash

Wedding Dress
-Purchase a Trumpet strapless lace court train dress at RM400 (USD80 + 31 for shipping) from (online store)

Shoes (Reuse for evening gown/ reception and pre-wedding photography)
-Purchase a pair of Brash women’s kosmic platform pumps at RM93 from Payless Paradigm Mall

Makeup + hair + accessories + veil
-Two sessions (morning and evening) at about RM800 by Jess Wong (Dress Up Room)

wedding day budget shoes makeup
Trumpet lace wedding dress, Gold pumps from Payless and makeup by Jess

Evening Gown
-Rental: RM199 from LovelyGown in SS2

silver jewels gold shoes
Yellow full chiffon pleated bodice flair evening gown with shiny beads neckline from LovelyGown. Shoes from Payless. Makeup by Jess Wong.
-Buy – Dual Sleeve Rose Lace Overlay Long Dress at RM125 (for ROM and photography) from Duchess Fashion Online Shop (free shipping in Malaysia for purchase of 2 items and above)
-Crimson Allover Floral Crochet Lace Mermaid Long Cheongsam at RM200

semi formal ribbon dress and cheongsam
Dress and Cheongsam from Duchess Fashion

Bridesmaid dresses

different design baby blue Free Size. RM69 each.

Suit/ attire for the Groom
-H&M Suit trousers in wool at RM199 + Premium quality Wool Jacket RM499 + Waistcoast RM79.90 =  RM777.90

Valentino Rudy Formal Slip in Shoes – RM209.50 from Parkson

vest bow shirt coat
Wool jacket and pants, waistcoat from H&M
-Buy Wingtips Collar Tuxedo White Shirt at RM99 from CherryPomPom in Subang Jaya
-Rent Tuxedo Silver at RM220
-Rent Tuxedo White at RM220

neck tie bow pleated shirt
Rent tuxedo suits and purchase tuxedo shirt from CherryPomPom

-Wedding Package A ~ Rm380 from Summer Pots Florist at Jln Bukit Bintang, KL
~ Car Decoration With Wedding Bear
~ Choice Of Bridal Hand bouquet @ $120 & Below
~ 6 Corsages – 2 For Groom & 4 For Parents
~ Loose Flowers For Hair x 1 Set
~ Following Car Ribbon (1set or 2pcs)

Bride’s maids flowers!/zoom/c1yaz/image1r26
White Pom Pom posies – RM34 each from Sunny Days Gifts and Flowers

car decor bouquet corsage
Wedding package A

Pre-wedding and Actual Day Photography
-Pre-wedding + actual day photography at about RM4000

Makeup + hair about RM450
-Vintage mini suitcase at RM32.60 (USD8.99) – free shipping
-KAiSON wooden standing letters – LOVE: RM13.90
-LAZADA rose bouquet at RM14.00 (shipping fee RM15 for orders below RM70, free RM70 and above)

cute box letter flower picnic outdoor shoot
Photography by Fabulous Moments (Hong). LOVE wooden letters from KAiSON. Vintage suitcase from AliExpress. Artificial Rose bouquet from LAZADA.

-Morning + dinner at RM1600

Decoration + Entertainment (DIY)
Reuse some of the items from pre-wedding photoshoot.

IKEA White Floral photo frame at RM14.90 each
IKEA White simple photo frame at RM2.50 each
IKEA artificial potted plant, rose assorted colors at RM7.90
IKEA Scented candle in glass at RM6.90 
IKEA Lantern for tealight at RM19.90
-TYPO 3D Wooden Alphabets at RM10 each

display table candles frame flower pot
-2.5″ Diameter Cup cake with mix decor at RM2.80 each

Ceremony/ Traditions
-Traditional Wedding biscuits: RM6.50 per pair/box/300g from Uniq Fullmoon Specialty Shop in Puchong

Betrothal gifts (Chinese wedding rituals and gifts | About Bridal Chaperon – DaiKumJie)
Dowry: about RM5-10K
Wedding ring and bands: about RM5-10K (Diamond Grading Guide | Where to hunt.)
Ang pau (red packets) distribution: RM2K

Dinner/ lunch Catering for the family members:
Cassian Kitchen from RM21/pax free canopy + furniture for 100 pax and above = about RM2,300 (including misc.)

Photography: RM600 for 2 hours by Gary Ng Photography
Makeup + hair about RM200
Bouquet: RM150 from Sunny Days – Pink roses, eustomas and spray carnations



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