"No budget yet," is what I always hear from long-time couples when asked why they haven't married yet. But should weddings be really extravagant? Should you really spend more than PhP100,000 just for a wedding gown? Or another PhP100,000 just for that engagement ring? Or have the reception at a hotel?
Nah, I don't think so. I have done a shoestring budget wedding and a very extravagant PhP1.6M wedding. Guess which one was more meaningful?
The shoestring budget wedding I did was for one of my colleagues/staff/friend. She had been together with her boyfriend for 9 years already and though they both knew that they were meant for each other, they just didn't have money to spend for a wedding. When our company gave a windfall CBA bonus, we got things going and started planning the wedding. And less than 2 months after getting the bonus (that was around late June), the two lovebirds tied the knot on August 20. (And no, she was not on the family way).
Maybe I should have named this post, "Express Weddings" as well. LOL.
So, this is how I did it (with costs):
Church - Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish (Paranaque), PhP3,000 (discounted from PhP5K)
Wedding Gown - Divisoria, PhP5K including all the accessories plus the groom's barong and pants; mind you, her gown didn't look off the rack, everyone thought I had it done
Reception - Max's Fried Chicken Restaurant with 100 guests, between PhP30-35K
Photography/Video - the bride got this and it cost them about PhP12K
Invitations - paper, envelops and stuff cost around PhP500; lay-out was done by our colleague from the graphics department
Giveaways and Wedding Cake - included in Max's package
Wedding Rings - I think they got it in Ilocos, cost around PhP10K
Maid of Honor & other abay gowns - Divi, PhP750 each
Flowers - about PhP4K, Dangwa
Wedding Planner - no cost at all (that's why I only do this for friends) :)
Oh, and take note, after their "wedding dance" they had PhP13K pinned all over them. They used it for their honeymoon and to buy stuff for their pad.
Ako pa, I'm an expert at budgeting. :)