I was equally overwhelmed about the wedding costs like you when my bf (now fiance) proposed to me 3 months ago.
I earn slightly more than 2k per month. And my family is in East M'sia. After minus-ing all the expenses, you can imagine how discouraged I am about saving up for nice nice wedding.
But my fiance always encourages me. He told me: "Don't despair, must enjoy this process leading up to marriage".
I really liked that. Even though both of us earn peanuts, we can still get married!
Marriage is not exclusively for the rich, right? =)
I didn't buy any new clothes since his proposal! Scared I overspent. But God is so good to me. I received 15 pieces of new clothes out of the blue from my cousin from China last month!
She bought all these branded clothes (e.g. tommy hilfiger) from a factory in China. Wanted to sell. But because she bought them for about RM80 cost price. Hard to sell, so she wanted to just give to charity. Before giving it away, she let me have a look at them. Some very nice piece are there, so I tried them on. It turned out almost all fit me perfectly! Really like a miracle. Super happy.
Fiance and I are currently working on a budget of RM30k++ for our wedding. Here's a rough breakdown for you to refer:
1. Morning ceremony (Cocktail reception after ceremony for 200 guests - RM40 per head = RM9k 2. Wedding dinner at hotel (15 tables, around RM1000++ each = 18k) 3. Decorations - RM500 4. Freelance photographer (RM1k -- PM me if you want his contacts) 5. Ang pows for friends who helps out - RM1k 6. Gowns and suit - (Cousin to help find tailor in China RM1000) 7. Shoes - RM500 8. Wedding ring (pair) - RM2k 9. Videographer - free (fiance's best friend) 10. MUA and Hair stylist - free (my mum was a hairdresser + mua) 11. Bridal car - free (borrow from fiance's boss, only need to decorate)
I think this is a very VERY rough cost breakdown. Fiance already have RM10k in HSBC Easigrow (not the best savings, but still better than nothing), so just need another RM20k++, we'll each save RM10k+.
Bear in mind, when the AD comes, people will give ang pow, so, we'll get back a bit of the $$ we spent. Your friends and family will be there to help you too. So, don't worry.
Hope what I've written helps! Btw, my AD will be next year, May. =)
My wedding is also gonna be next year, so I'm doing the same preparations like you. I just went to see Equatorial KL yesterday , it's within you budget. But personally I won't take them because it's a bit old...
Besides that, Concorde, Park Royal, Holiday Villa Subang and Hotel Istana are within your budget too. (PM me if you need their quote)
I'm on a super tight wedding budget. So, I've opted for freelance photography (James Chew). He charges around RM900 - RM1,200 for full day. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jameschew
Other reasons why I don't want to go for BS packages are because it's hard to find one that has the gowns I like and has wonderful reliable photographer. If they are good, they are expensive. Besides that, their photography is slightly more 'staged', I'm sure you know what I mean. Haha.
Anyway, for my wedding and evening gowns, I plan to have them tailored. So that will solve my problem of renting them for PW and AD photo shoots.
All 'da best! And DON'T PANIC! You have all the support from the B2Bs and newlyweds here! =)
The place is really really new. And their deco quite nice. Those are their ONLY plus points.
My friend had her wedding there last month. The food was quite bad. And the sound system! For the first half of the night, cannot put music because of some technical problem (don't know if the person inexperienced with the equipment or what lah).