I already wrote about our wedding day three years ago, but it was more in the context of all the unfortunate things that happened and that made it a very difficult. If you’re interested – click here.
Aside of all the things that went wrong, our venue was pretty special. With our limited budget we settled on a Hong Kong tram party.
We were young, preparing to live together in the US so our budget was pretty tight. I guess that’s a struggle for a lot of couples – want to feel special, but they also didn’t rob a bank. Especially in Hong Kong, all the nice, fancy venues are incredibly expensive. Actually there’s even a series on Netflix called ‘The cheapest weddings’ and I came to realize that people on that show still spend twice/three times more on their weddings that we did!
Just to be clear: if you want and can afford a big wedding – go for it! You will regret not getting it your way as that’s a very special day to remember! Make sure you and your partner get closest to your dream day, and I say it from personal experience.
If I had the money, I would do it so differently – garden boho-style wedding with our close family and friends, nice jazz music or a live band in the background… But since we were in the situation we were, we wanted to do something different, something that would be in our memories other than because Momzilla yelled at both of us for not getting ready at the time she wanted us to get ready.
To make sure your dream day goes smooth, make sure you have a maid of honour to help you out. So many things would have gone better if we didn’t need to do them personally on the wedding day! Ensuring food is loaded, drinks are cold and in place, the perfect playlist is on the music device.
Here are some of other tips and ideas for budget wedding in Hong Kong (all prices in HKD – 0.13 USD):
I know it will sound very vain, and it has nothing to do with power of social media. It’s simply just a great feeling to look at beautiful pictures from your very special day. But good photographer costs a lot. And when I say a lot, I mean A LOT.
However, if your friend is a photographer, you can try to make a deal – as a wedding gift, you would like to get few nice shots of your special day.
I know photographers reading this right now are mentally killing me, as I do know the prices of the whole wedding day shoot package (red pocket money seems like pocket change to this), but if you’re really good friends, and you know your fellow can’t afford to have it done any other way, why not helping them?
- MAKE UP AND HAIR
Same as with a photographer, you can check if one of your friends could do your hair and make-up as a wedding gift. The way you look and feel that day is important, and people can rip you off easily the moment they hear ‘Wedding!’ – price will raise immediately. My sister in law was happy to help us out!
There are also a lot of make-up pop-up stores that will give you a make-over for free if you buy the products they use on you – this way you can kill two birds with one stone. You get a great look and cosmetics to use for future. However, make sure you go to the same person twice and get your picture taken if you’re happy with the look. Don’t leave it for the wedding morning to have your first make-up done, you won’t want to take a risk!
Our wedding wasn’t a typical Hong Kong or Polish wedding, but it was definitely a special one! We didn’t have a tea ceremony or games played like during ‘oczepiny’ ceremony, yet it had a little bit of both traditions.
I don’t want to put you on pressure, I know myself I often catch myself thinking it could went better.
I love Sing and I would marry him again, but I wish I had more happy memories of that day. One wedding day comparing to life-time together seems like nothing, but it’s always better to look back at the pictures and see a smile than worry!
Plan well, make sure you have that friend that you can count on next to you, don’t get yourself into silly debt and hope everything goes as you wish – because even with all the money in the world you can’t change weather or eliminate human errors! 🙂
Dear Readers, what are your tips on budget wedding, or how to make it more affordable for your couples?
Let’s share so other engaged couples can have it easier than we did!