Creative ways to save on your wedding

We’ve talked about prenups and renting the wedding, now I want to address some creative ways to save. In 2012, the average wedding cost over $28,000, according to The Knot. Here’s your five-step guide to getting hitched without breaking the bank.

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1. By the numbers

First, create a budget you’re comfortable with and stick to it. This means taking pen to paper, prioritizing your wishes and making some tough decisions. If you just go in with just a general idea of a grand total, there’s no way you’ll actually stick to it.

2. Any day is a good day

Instead of the traditional Saturday service, think about having your reception on a Friday or a Sunday. You can frequently save a large percentage. Also, scheduling your wedding for an off-peak time (November or January through March) will buy you some negotiating power.

3. Decor-it-yourself

Many couples are opting to choose seasonal, locally sourced flowers for the reception. Your florist’s bill will be lower without the need to track down hard-to-find blooms and your d?cor will tie in the season. Also, go green: Opting for more greenery and less blossoms spells savings. If you want to take it one step further, you could make your own centerpieces after ordering wholesale flowers from places like Also think about alternative centerpieces like lanterns or votives suspended on branches in lieu of traditional (and pricey!) flower arrangements.

4. Eat, drink and be very on budget

With The Knot reporting the average number of guests at 139, the food is one of the most expensive line items of a wedding’s overall budget. A daytime reception means lunch or brunch — far more budget friendly than dinner — and decidedly English. If you want to stick to the evening hours, a great way to save on liquor — a big ticket item — is to forego the open bar and serve just beer, wine and signature drink. Not only will it personalize your reception, it will cut liquor costs dramatically.

5. Don’t be a bridezilla

It always pays to be nice. Vendors are in a unique position to offer you discounts, and a demanding bride-to-be is not going to score them. It sounds counterintuitive, but a wedding planner could help you save. Price out planners in your area and ask them how they could help you save. Not only do they have experience working with brides on budgets, but they frequently have long-term relationships they can leverage to cut your bottom line. Of course, a planner will cost you; If you don’t think the cost/savings ratio will work out in your favor, be your own planner. has nearly a dozen spreadsheets to help you navigate everything from your guest list to a timeline for the big day.

Million dollar wedding stirs up central province

A million dollar wedding last Wednesday and Thursday was organized by a magnate for her son, and featured famous singers. The event has attracted the attention of local people in the town of Son Tay, Huong Son district, in the central province of Ha Tinh. 

Streets in the town of Son Tay were jammed as people thronged down the two sides of National Road 8A and watched a group of expensive cars, including an Audi A5 Sportback, a Mercedes GLK, a Mercedes C250 CGI, a Porsche Cayenne, and a BMW carrying the bride, groom and guests to the reception.

According to sources, the groom is 25-year old H., the son of a magnate in Huong Son and the bride is 20-year old L., who is from a rich family in Hanoi.

They are both studying in Singapore at the moment.

Singers famous in both Vietnam and overseas, like Dam Vinh Hung, Phi Nhung, Manh Quynh and Quang Le were invited to sing at the wedding.

According to the groom’s relatives, more than US$60,000 was spent on hiring the singers and a band from Hanoi, VND2 billion (US$96,00) on wines, and 60 gold taels were presented to the newlywed.

The total expenditure of the wedding could be no less than VND25 billion (US$1.2 million).

Previously, a seafood magnate’s wedding stirred up the Mekong Delta province of Can Tho with posh cars like a Rolls – Royce Bentley, and Lamborghini crossing Can Tho Bridge, the longest cable-stayed bridge in South East Asia, and touring around the city.

Some pictures of the wedding:

The wedding car, a VND10 billion ($500,000) Ferrari.

Cars that particpate in the wedding.

Other super-cars…

This wedding feast is priced VND6 million ($300).

Pop star Dam Vinh Hung.

Overseas Vietnamese singer Quang Le (left).

Overseas Vietnamese singers Phi Nhung and Manh Quynh.

The young couple are presented with up to 60 taels of gold
VND2.7 billion or nearly US$130,000).