There’s this article in Straits Times about the prices of wedding banquets in top hotels in Singapore. Apparently, those prices are almost at $2000 a table. But with menu additions and GST, some newly-weds are paying more than $2000 a table.
Some people are quick to scream bloody murder, “See la. Everything in Singapore so expensive! Even get married also expensive!”
But read the article again. The prices are for the super luxurious hotels. Hotels such as St. Regis, Ritz-Carlton, and Shangri-la. The prices at these top hotels may have gone up. But that could mean that Singaporeans have become more affluent and thus can afford such extravagances. Isn’t that a good thing?
And if you aren’t that affluent and you find it difficult to afford having a wedding banquet in those luxury hotels, is that a problem? Do you really need to have a wedding banquet at one of those hotels? If you didn’t, does that mean that your marriage is doomed to fail? Can you only have a happy marriage if you splurge on your wedding?
If you think that way, you are dead wrong. Research shows that couples who spend less on their wedding tend to have longer-lasting marriages than those who splurge. So if you are paying through your nose for an extravagant wedding banquet, chances are, your marriage won’t last long.
But… is it possible to spend less for a wedding? Are there other more affordable options for those who aren’t extremely affluent? The Straits Times article doesn’t say. There’s no mention of the median prices of wedding banquet tables.
There’s also no mention of the availability of alternative options. I think for all that talk about innovation and thinking out of the box, I would have thought that our youths (i.e. most of those who would be getting married) ought to be more willing to challenge conventions.
If you can afford extravagant luxury wedding banquets, fine. But if you aren’t, then challenge the conventions. Other than having wedding banquets, what else can you do to have a meaningful, memorable wedding? How about small, simple, yet cosy wedding receptions? It can be a lunch time thing, or a tea time thing. Or a “hipster” cafe. Or even at a tze char stall! Or have a wedding reception cum housewarming party!
Indeed, some people are doing just that. Beyond all these, I’m sure there are other cool ideas of what can be done to have a meaningful and memorable wedding that won’t break the bank.
One random idea: how about combining some volunteer work into the wedding reception? Maybe get your friends together to do a food drive for low income families in a neighbourhood near you and then at the end of that, invite the low income families to the void deck to join you in the wedding reception? Would be heck of a lot cheaper than having a wedding banquet in a luxury hotel. And would be a whole lot more meaningful.
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