PHOTO: Her World Brides Dec 2013
 
In expensive cities like Singapore, it is not uncommon for brides to be on a tight budget. Here are some tips on saving some dough from the decor without compromising on style:
  1. Make your own hand bouquet with fresh cut flowers from your regular florist, some ribbon and a dash of creativity. 
  2. Don’t be a snob. Flowers don’t have to be expesive, exotic blooms to look pretty.
  3. Try to avoid dates such as Valentine’s Day when the cost of flowers skyrocket.
  4. Pick up the flowers yourself and save on delivery charges.
  5. To cut down on the number of flowers you have to buy, make use of leafy sprigs, ribbons, fruit, candles or balloons to bulk up your decorations and centrepieces.
  6. Borrow or rent potted plants to complete the look.
  7. Place your floral decorations only in high traffic areas where people will definitely see them. Places that you don’t expect your guests to be probably don’t require pretty flowers.
  8. If you are havinga church wedding, decorate the aisles with ribbons and tulle bought from neighbourhood shops. Once again, rope in friends and relatives instead of paying people to do the decoration.
  9. Make your own ring pillow.
  10. Instead of buying an expensive wedding guest book for the reception, frame up one of your larger wedding portraits and have guests sign on the frame.

This story was first featured in Her World Brides September – November 2003.