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A tale of the $900 Wedding and the $160k Wedding

We all dream of how our wedding will be like. Our financial situation changes a lot of it. It would seem there is a cost to Fairy Tale Weddings.

The Singapore news paper ran an account of 2 distinctly different weddings.

The $900 Wedding

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When I see the aggregate cost of this wedding, I cannot believe my eyes. I know it is a low key wedding, but I never thought it will amount to less than $1000!

The impressive thing is that they are earning ok. Their combine salary is average and this seem to be their choice.

I have seen much friends around me lamenting the cost of the wedding, photo shoot and all, going through the motion making the whole thing seem like a draggy process.

Perhaps they enjoyed it and make me think they are not satisfied about it.

Larry and Sin Nee probably understand where the important values are here.

I always tell friends that this is possible, but the greatest stumbling block is communication and understanding of the parents.

And in this age, where parents are sometimes under the watchful eyes of relatives, a need to keep up with faces, having something like that becomes very very difficult, and I find it rare that couples managed to pull this off!

The $160k Wedding

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In contrast, Mark and Stephanie have the best wedding. That has got to take the cake. Its almost half my investment portfolio cost.

Their combine income are very high, and perhaps these are the upper middle class of Singapore, probably earning 180k per annum.

Is such a wedding justified? They obviously value their friends a lot, putting additional attention to the wedding experience for their friends and family.

Mark said: “To me, a wedding is about sharing your joy with your close friends and family, to let them have an enjoyable time and to be happy – just as you are”

I fully agree with what he said. Perhaps his circle are more demanding then Larry and Sin Nee’s. I felt that a closely knit wedding like Larry and Sin Nee’s have the downside of not sharing enough of the joy.

Does it have to be expensive? A catering to get more people around at home won’t cost as much as a hotel wedding but would still create a kampung feel.

Personally, I think the first case isn’t quite possible at all due to the pressures from the elders. What do you guys think?

This post was originally posted at www.productiveorganizer.com

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Linktalk

Thursday 14th of November 2013

I applaud the $900 wedding. Definitely gave my fiancee and I the push to do the same.

Linktalk

Thursday 14th of November 2013

I applaud the $900 wedding. Definitely gave my fiancee and I the push to do the same.

Linktalk

Thursday 14th of November 2013

I applaud the $900 wedding. Definitely gave my fiancee and I the push to do the same.

Kyith

Thursday 14th of November 2013

I wish you all the best to be able to execute this well.

hohoho

Wednesday 13th of November 2013

could you do a writeup on aptt?

Kyith

Saturday 16th of November 2013

I think i wont write on APTT

LP

Tuesday 12th of November 2013

I'll say it's definitely rare to have a low cost wedding. It requires a unique set of circumstances - a willing spouse, willing parents, willing in-laws - besides your own consent to it. It's good that they are pull it off. This is not even about values, because we live in a community, so we also have to subscribe to social mores.

Kyith

Tuesday 12th of November 2013

i also think so. needs a heck care atitude as well.

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