We all grow up dreaming of one day becoming or marrying a blushing bride, but few Singaporeans fully consider the financial implications of getting married. From finding that picture-perfect wedding venue to choosing the right wedding gown and professional wedding photographer, there are a lot of wedding costs to think about when it comes to planning a wedding in Singapore – and even more so during today’s COVID-19 pandemic.
So, how much does a wedding cost in Singapore? Well, the total cost depends on you and how far you are willing to go to make your perfect day extra special. According to the latest research, the average wedding cost in Singapore sits at around $30,000 – $40,000.
But just as this cost can easily shoot up way past $100,000 if you splash out on a church ceremony, luxury bridal boutiques and award-winning makeup artists, it can also be cut back considerably if you’re looking to save cost expenses and hunt down value for money bridal package deals. We’ll help you to fully understand what kind of wedding budget you’ll need to set aside for your wedding day.
How Much Should You Save for Your Wedding? Average Costs for Wedding Cake, Bridal Packages and More
While that $30,000 – $40,000 average cost of a wedding might sound sky-high to some, others may wish to push the boat out even further with designer brand wedding dresses, glamorous wedding locations and a wedding banquet fit for a king (or queen). The good news is that whatever your budget, there will always be low, mid and high range options available for every conceivable wedding item on your list – because wedding expenses are ultimately all about personal taste. The table below runs through some typical costs for all kinds of important must-haves:
|Wedding Item / Expense|| |
|Mid Range|| |
|Bridal Package for Styling, Wedding Gown and Suit etc.|| |
|Engagement Ring|| |
|Wedding Bands|| |
|Wedding Banquet |
(100 – 150 Guests)
|ROM & Solemnization|| |
|Wedding Venue|| |
|Wedding Photography and Videography|| |
|Wedding Cake||$500||$750|| |
|Wedding Car Rental|| |
|Floral Decorations / Wedding Flowers|| |
|Pre-Event Covid-19 Testing|| |
|Total Cost:|| |
Money-Saving Tips for Wedding Venues, Wedding Banquet and More
So, now you know the general costs to expect to have to pay for a few typical wedding essentials, let’s take a closer look at some of the key items – and share a few money-saving tips for those of you looking for value for money savings.
1. Bridal Packages for Styling, Wedding Gown, and Suits
Bridal packages are probably the smartest product any budget-conscious couple due to be married can buy, as they tend to roll several must-have wedding essentials into one affordable package or solution. Most bridal packages in Singapore will include wedding gowns, suits, a wedding stylist, make-up professionals, and more. Many even throw pre-wedding photography and actual day wedding photography into the mix, too.
To get the best value, we’d recommend trying to pin down a package that offers services like free alterations on things like hair, wedding gown options and allows you to select a professional wedding photographer by browsing the portfolios of affiliated professionals.
Naturally, prices will differ depending on wedding photo and wedding album requirements, how much customization you desire, and what kind of bridal studio you’d like to use. If you really want to cut costs, you could even do your own make-up.
- Low Range: $3,000
- Mid Range: $5,000
- High Range: $7,000+
- Compare bridal studios online to get the best deal
- Customize the number of add-ons you do and don’t need – and consider doing your own makeup and hair
- Save on photography costs by securing a bridal package that includes per wedding photography and actual day wedding photography in one
Here are some popular bridal boutiques from across Singapore that offer affordable prices and excellent value on beautiful wedding dresses and gowns:
|Bridal Boutique||Location||Wedding Dresses Rental Cost||Speciality Services||Website|
|Amanda Lee Weddings||8 Jalan Kilang Barat, #06-02||From $800||Bespoke and off-the-rack wedding gowns and suits||Amanda Lee Weddings|
|Bridefully Yours||160 Paya Lebar Road, #08-05||From $890||Off-the-rack wedding gowns, groom suits and more||Bridefully Yours|
|Jawn Happy Ever After||100 Orchard Road, Concorde Hotel and Shopping Mall||From $480||Hair, makeup and off-the-rack wedding gowns||Jawn Happy Ever After|
|Luna Bianca||10 North Canal Road, Tanjong Pagar Road||From $800||Bespoke and off-the-rack gowns. |
Hair and make-up also available
|My Dream Wedding||52 Tras Street, #01-01 Singapore 78991||From $960 (for 1x dress and 1x suit)||Bespoke and off-the-rack gown and suit rental |
Wedding photography and videography also available
|My Dream Wedding|
2. Engagement Ring
The average cost of an engagement ring can vary dramatically in Singapore – with the sky really being the limit for big spenders who want to really impress their bride-to-be. In many ways, proposals are as exciting and important to a wedding as the actual ceremony itself – which means you’ll probably want to spend big for that moment you pop the big question.
A typical budget of around $750 to $5,000 should get you a -0.1 to -0.4 carat diamond with setting while splashing out on a full 4, 5, or even 6-carat show-stopper can easily cost upwards of $100,000. Think carefully about what’s best for your budget and loved one’s personal tastes, and try to go for something that you feel is truly worthy of being a symbol of your shared love but also not too expensive.
- Low Range: $750
- Mid Range: $2,000
- High Range: $5,000+
- Compare engagement ring boutiques and prices online
- Try to avoid commercial retail outlets, which usually charge higher prices for engagement ring products that can be found cheaper online
- Consider your overall budget and try not to overstep the mark – as it’s easy to get carried away here!
3. Wedding Bands
Wedding bands or wedding rings are the ultimate symbol of the everlasting bond between you and your loved one – which means getting your wedding bands right is just as important as purchasing that perfect engagement ring.
While the appearance of a classic wedding ring may seem sleek and simple, the average cost of a pair can range anywhere from $2,000 to $6,000, depending on your budget. Some lovers favour traditional, clear-cut gold, while others might want something a little more unique, with gemstones, diamonds, or even a special engraving. All these factors will affect the overall price of the pair.
- Low Range: $2,000
- Mid Range: $4,000
- High Range: $6,000+
- Sought-after designer brands like Bvlgari will usually be more expensive than lesser-known fashion names.
- Choose your materials wisely – platinum rings with diamond gems can cost much more than regular gold wedding bands.
- You’ll be wearing these for the rest of your life, so don’t feel too guilty about splashing out!
4. ROM & Solemnization
Contrary to popular belief, getting your wedding in Singapore recognized as an official marriage is relatively cheap compared to other typical wedding expenses. Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents will need to pay $42, while foreigners will be expected to spend $380.
That said, most happy couples will want their solemnization to take place in a traditional church or a glamorous, photogenic venue that will look amazing in your wedding photos and keepsakes. Most churches in Singapore will charge between $1,000 and $3,000 for this privilege – so you’ll need to be aware of this.
- Low Range: $1,000
- Mid Range: $3,000
- High Range: $5,000+
- Some churches may be willing to accept a donation in place of their usual fee.
- Using a restaurant as a wedding venue could reduce the cost of your venue booking.
- Hotels also tend to offer solemnization venues at a more affordable cost.
5. Wedding Venue
It’s no secret that a lunch reception and wedding banquet will make up a big part of most peoples’ special day. Any wedding budget needs to factor in your wedding venue and lunch reception expenses – and cost-conscious couples might want to do a fair bit of shopping around in these all-important areas to get the best deals.
You can expect to pay anything from $750 to $3,000+ all-in for a good venue, depending on your budget as well as how many hours your venue booking needs to run for and its overall size or capacity. One way of saving money might be to have your solemnization outside of ROM, but the real key to securing the best value is just making good old-fashioned price comparisons – and considering a smaller, more intimate ceremony if this is feasible.
- Low Range: $750
- Mid Range: $1,500
- High Range: $3,000+
- Look out for minimum spend limits and hidden venue booking fees
- Consider restaurants, hotels, and other venues that could double up as a wedding banquet location
- Save on caterer costs by using hotels or restaurants for your lunch reception
Let’s look at a few specially selected wedding venues. Each wedding venue listed below boasts a beautiful, intimate setting with a good capacity and reasonable overall costs:
|Wedding Venue||Average Cost||Venue Capacity||Venue Address||Venue Website|
|Corner House at Singapore Botanic Gardens||$55 per person||10 – 60 guests||1 Cluny Road, E J H Corner House Singapore Botanic Gardens Singapore 259569||http://www.cornerhouse.com.sg/|
|Da Paolo Bistro Park at Rochester Park||$42 per person||10 – 200 guests||3 Rochester Park, Singapore 139214||https://www.dapaolo.com.sg/|
|Faber Peak Singapore||$60 – $80 per person||30 – 200 guests||109 Mount Faber Road, Faber Peak, Singapore 099203||https://www.onefabergroup.com/|
|Flutes at The National Museum||$80 per person||100 – 110 guests||93 Stamford Road, #01-02 National Museum of Singapore 178897||http://flutes.com.sg/|
|Forlino||$60 per person||50 – 90 guests||1 Fullerton Road #02-06, One Fullerton, Singapore 049213||http://www.dhm.com.sg/#/forlino/|
6. Photography and Videography
Wedding photos have always been an absolute must-have. But today, modern technology and social media mean that good wedding photography is now equally as important as a wedding banquet or ceremony. All unforgettable wedding receptions need to be immortalized in high-quality professional photos and videos that can be shared with all your friends and family – which means hiring a professional wedding photographer with a tried-and-tested track record.
This can potentially be achieved for as little as $2,500, but you’ll need to shell out a little more if you’d like a pre-wedding photography session thrown in for good measure – as well as if you want your dream wedding dinner and wedding entertainment photographed, too. Fortunately, there are tons of ways you can save a little extra money on your pre-wedding shoot.
- Low Range: $2,500
- Mid Range: $4,000
- High Range: $5,000+
- Look for companies that offer a photography and videography service rolled into one – or a bridal package that includes photos.
- Hunt for discounted packages that combine pre-wedding shoots and actual day photography.
- There will always be an extra cost for long hours – so try to limit the number of hours your photographer will need to work on the photoshoot for.
7. Wedding Cake
A typical wedding cake can range anywhere from $500 to $1,000+ depending on your tastes. But we don’t mean whether or not you have a sweet tooth – because wedding cake costs are all to do with decorations and customizations of the look, rather than the flavour, of these iconic tasty treats.
If you want to go all-out and get something completely unique, you should check out Vogue and other luxury fashion magazines for tips on top cake designers. But if you want your cake to be a little more modest, we’d recommend shopping locally and comparing prices online before you commit to your cake-to-be.
- Low Range: $500
- Mid Range: $750
- High Range: $1,000+
- Some hotels and other wedding venues might offer a model cake and champagne as part of their wedding packages.
- Shopping locally and at independent cake stores can save you a lot of money if you have time to compare.
- Read up on local blogs and websites to discover highly-rated cake shops in your region.
8. Wedding Car Rental
Just as with cakes, venues, and other essential wedding items, wedding car rental is all about your personal style and preferences – with luxury Italian supercars or vintage Bentleys and Rolls Royces demanding significantly higher prices than standard limousines.
We estimate an upfront cost of around $300 for a wedding car at the more basic end of the scale – but rental costs can actually be skipped almost entirely if you decide to use your own car, spruced up with a few fancy car decorations. As always, you’ll need to think carefully about your budget and expectations before deciding whether this is an area you’d like to splash out on.
- Low Range: $300
- Mid Range: $450
- High Range: $600+
- Consider using your own car and buying car decorations as opposed to renting a luxury limousine or vintage vehicle
- Avoid any extra cost by hiring the car for a shorter amount of time – as rental companies usually charge by the hour
- The cost depends on your tastes and the type of car you choose to rent, so pick wisely!
Paying out a dowry at the point of marriage is an age-old tradition that holds a high level of importance among many Chinese families living in Singapore. Usually, the groom will be expected to give a dowry to the family of the blushing bride-to-be – which will be paid in either cash gifts or jewellery.
Depending on your family and their adherence to traditions, a dowry might not apply to your wedding at all. But if it does, there are a number of things you can consider to reduce the overall cost of this unique, cultural wedding tradition that’s often considered a mark of respect to the bride’s parents.
- Low Range: $500
- Mid Range: $2,750
- High Range: $5,000+
- Consider whether your bride’s family might accept a gift rather than cash
- Some companies sell traditional dowry packages that roll dowry monies and presents them into one at an affordable price
- Some cultures consider it okay for the marrying couple to choose the amount they wish to give at their discretion.
10. Floral Decorations and Wedding Flowers
Organizing the flowers for your perfect day is actually a little more complicated than you might think. You’ll need to consider the bridal bouquet, bridesmaids’ bouquet, floral decorations for each part of the wedding, and boutonnieres and corsages for the groomsmen and family – and that’s an awful lot of flowers!
Suppose you really want to push the boat out. In that case, floral arches or canopies can add to the beauty and aesthetics of wedding ceremonies – and personalized floral arrangements can seriously make your special day extra-magnificent. Elaborate arrangements and table centerpieces cost a lot, but if you want to save money, the good news is that we have some great savings tips below.
- Low Range: $500
- Mid Range: $600
- High Range: $2,000+
- Consider purchasing artificial flowers, which are usually much cheaper than the real deal.
- Limit floral arrangements to only the most essential parts of the wedding, such as the church ceremony.
- Table centrepieces cost a lot, making more elaborate arrangements, so consider more standardized wedding flowers instead.
Weddings have a lot of moving parts, and while the actual day is undoubtedly the most spectacular part of the whole “getting married” process,” there’s a lot to be said for a good honeymoon, too. Wedding planning can be super stressful, so it makes total sense to treat yourselves to an amazing break that allows you both to chill out after the big day.
Much like any other wedding expense on this list, honeymoon cost depends entirely on you, your budget, and your expectations. While jet-setting around the world in first-class could cost upwards of tens of thousands of dollars, settling for a local break or “staycation” will inevitably save you a lot of cash – particularly during these pandemic times when travelers have costly COVID-19 tests and complex quarantine requirements to contend with.
- Low Range: $5,000
- Mid Range: $6,500
- High Range: $8,000+
- Consider staying at glamorous locations here in Singapore to avoid COVID-19 testing and quarantine complications.
- Compare luxury hotels online and hunt for good value package deals
- Look at budget destinations like Thailand and The Philippines, which offer exotic island retreats at more reasonable prices than long-haul destinations like The Caribbean
Wedding planning can often feel overwhelming, and it’s easy to forget certain miscellaneous wedding expenses such as wedding invites, wedding favours or small personal gifts for the bride’s family and bride’s parents if you’re not careful. Here in Singapore, traditional ang bao culture means that you’re going to need to prepare a few red packets and budget for one or two additional costs, just to ensure everything is 100% covered.
We’d suggest putting aside anywhere between $1,000 and $2,000 to handle smaller expenses and other costs. During the COVID -19 pandemic, it’s also important to budget for pre-event testing for your guests, too – but we’ll explore this a little more in the next section of this article.
- Low Range: $1,000
- Mid Range: $1,500
- High Range: $2,000+
- Make extensive notes on all the individual expenses your wedding requires while wedding planning to minimize the number of items that might get overlooked.
- Search online for companies that offer discounts on bulk red packages, presents, or gifts for family, friends, and attendees
- Be cautious of additional expenses and consider setting aside anywhere up to 10% of your total budget just to be on the safe side.
COVID-19 – New Safe Management Measures for Weddings and Solemnisation
We are currently living through an unprecedented pandemic – and extraordinary times often call for extraordinary measures. As such, there are several limitations imposed on weddings at the moment here in Singapore, which is geared toward reducing the spread of COVID-19 and making sure that you, your family, and all your attendees are safe.
As of 19 August 2021, it is important to note that:
- Solemnizations in ROM/M Buildings are limited to a maximum of 10 people (including bride and groom)
- Solemnizations in a place of residence are limited to a maximum of 10 people or 5 visitors in addition to the existing family members of the household which hosts the service (whichever is highest)
- External venues and places of worship have different capacity limitations, which are outlined in the tables below.
|Marriage Solemnization Venue||Maximum Number of Attendees (Including Bride and Groom) From 19 August 2021 Onwards|
|Family Home||Up to 10 attendees or up to 5 visitors (whichever is highest)|
|ROM/M Building||Up to 10 attendees|
|External Venue|| |
|Wedding Reception Venue||Maximum Number of Attendees (Including Bride and Groom) From 19 August 2021 Onwards|
|Home and/or ROM/M Building||No attendees allowed|
|External Venues (Excluding Places of Worship)|| |
In the tables above, “cleared status” refers to any individual who has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty or Moderna vaccines. It is worth noting that at least two weeks must have passed since the attendee’s final dose, too.
In some cases, a person who has recovered from COVID-19 and can provide a valid PET exemption notice may also attend. Just don’t forget that you will need to organize PET testing for all your attendees – which means this must be factored into your overall wedding cost calculations.
Frequently Asked Questions About Wedding Costs and Wedding Venus in Singapore
1. How Can I Get a Cheap Wedding in Singapore?
The best way to save money on wedding costs is to prioritize which aspects of your big day are most important to you and reduce spending on anything that doesn’t make the cut. Most wedding expenses are tiered depending on the level of extravagance you wish to pursue, making selecting “lower-tier” options super-easy if you are willing to prioritize your needs and compare the market.
2. How Much Does a Typical Wedding Cost?
An average wedding costs around $30,000 – $40,000 here in Singapore, but what you will ultimately pay will always be dependent on your tastes and preferences when it comes to individual wedding expenses.
Final Thoughts – How Much Does An Average Wedding Really Cost?
It’s no secret that weddings in Singapore are extra-special events that require a considerable budget and a lot of wedding planning to get right. An average wedding costs around $30,000 – $40,000 here in Singapore.
That said, your wedding cost will always depend on your unique tastes, requirements, and expectations – and there are many things you can do to cut costs and reduce your overall expenses by prioritizing what is most (and least) important to you. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Securing the right bridal package can help you save big on gowns, suits, and other essential wedding expenses.
- Thinking carefully about which venues you choose and what additional perks they offer can also massively reduce costs
- Floral arrangements, wedding car rental, and honeymoon costs can vary considerably depending on your tastes.
- You’ll need to factor in COVID-19 requirements and related expenses if planning your perfect wedding during the pandemic.
- Don’t forget to set aside some of your budget for smaller, miscellaneous expenses.
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