Photography: Winston Chuang. Styling: Vernon Sim. Styling Assistant: Christine Lim. Hair: Eileen Koh/HP 9386-8930. Makeup: TG Goh/HP 9616-2775. Models: Alesya B & Irina CH/Mannequin. Gown: Silhouette the Atelier. Headpiece: Gioielli. Photo: Her World Brides June 2016
Create a realistic budget with every item listed clearly. Have a misc column for unexpected additional costs that may arise during the wedding prep. Stick to the list as closely as you can. If you really need to get that dress that costs more than what you budgeted for, be prepared to budget less for other items to make up the difference.
Brides-to-be will always have tons of ideas and references for their perfect wedding – thanks to Pinterest, magazines and other online sources. But can your budget accommodate all the items you want?
Can’t control yourself or your spending habits? Get someone to help you. If you’re on the verge of busting your budget with a big buy, remind yourself of the consequences: will you be in debt after the purchase? Will you feel guilty about it? Is there something more worthwhile you can do with your money?
I have this rule when I feel the urge to spend on something pricey: if I can’t get the item out of my head after 2-3 days, then its something I need to get. In most cases I find that after some time, the urge to buy the item diminishes and then it becomes more of an "echo" than a need. Most people justify buying the item immediately (especially during a sale) as they fear the item may not be there few days later if they decide to get it. If it really is sold out then perhaps the item is not meant to be yours!
In this tough economic and retail environment, it pays to be patient. It’s very possible that the item you love (but can’t afford) may just go on sale after a few weeks (at a price you can afford!). So be patient. If the item is sold out by the time it’s the sales period rolls by then so be it. It not meant to be yours!
It’s hard to resist when you have very persuasive vendors who try to upsell you packages and items that promise the heavens! Be resolute.