September 28, 2019 -Answered prayer. The most awaited and happiest moment of our lives. God’s best. God’s grace. God’s faithfulness.
Since June 2012, we are already engaged- not the usual engagement with surprises and romantic proposal but just a commitment and understanding that the sole goal of our relationship is to do our best – marry each other with God’s grace and blessing.
It was December 2017, where we discussed and decided that we’ll get married after two years. We opened a joint account to start earning for our wedding fund and set a realistic budget making sure this will not all end in debt and financial stress.
You wouldn’t want your celebration to end in debt and financial stress, right? With the minimal budget, you can have your own beautiful wedding.
We are excited to share with you the #Positivitips and our experiences on how we’ve made the best out of our Php 150,000 wedding budget.
1. JUST INVITE YOUR FAMILY AND CLOSE FRIENDS. NO NEED TO INVITE EVERYONE.
A big chunk of the budget depends on the number of your guests. If you have a limited budget, just invite your family and close friends to have more intimate and happy celebration.
Our total guest list is 120. We’ve invited 50 guests (only our families and entourage) to our ceremony in Holy Family Chapel to have an intimate and solemn celebration, while the rest of the guests are invited to the reception.
2. UTILIZE DIGITAL PLATFORMS AND SOCIAL MEDIA FOR YOUR WEDDING INVITES.
We designed our own invite and use social media (Facebook Messenger and Event) to invite our guests.
This is the time to maximize the digital world to save on the printing cost! You can still print a few copies for your VIP guests but best to invite your guests via social media or e-mail especially the millennials.For invite designs, there are online design applications that can help you curate your own design– Canva, Adobe Spark to name a few.
3. CHOOSE A VENUE THAT’S AFFORDABLE, ACCESSIBLE AND COMFORTABLE.
Since we want an intimate ceremony where our families and close friends are only invited, we chose the Holy Family Chapel (back of Jaro Cathedral), which is just 15 minutes away from the reception venue. The chapel is good for 50 pax only yet, it’s air-conditioned, comfortable for guests. Since it’s a small venue, we only have flowers on the altar as our decor, which is a big help on our savings!
For our reception venue, MO2 Westown Hotel, it’s located at Mandurriao, the business district of Iloilo city. They have an affordable wedding package which includes:
- 4-hour venue rental
- Free overnight hotel accommodation
- Entourage van and bridal car
- Food and catering (Salad bar, fruit bar, soup, appetizer, pasta, 3 main dishes, vegetables, and dessert)
- Basic decors – perfect for our minimalist theme
- Sound system & projector
Our total cost for our venues (both church and reception good for 120 pax) is approximately Php 85,000. Super worth it- very acommodating staff, foods are delicious and nice hotel room! Hassle- free on the logistics especially for the reception venue.
4. DON’T SPLURGE TOO MUCH ON YOUR WEDDING ATTIRE.
Your wedding attire is YOWO (YOU ONLY WEAR ONCE), so don’t invest too much of your budget on it. It’s understandable that you want to look best on your wedding day, but hey, you can make the best out of your minimum budget.
We only spent a total of Php 10,000 for our wedding attire – his attire is from SM Department Store and my simple wedding dress/ jumpsuit is made by Tita Novie, (family friend).
5. DECLUTTER. PRIORITIZE THE ESSENTIALS.
Analyze your wants vs. needs, especially if you are on a tight budget. Learn to prioritize. You don’t need to follow all, what’s in the usual wedding checklist.On our case, we’ve opted to have the following wedding details to save on the cost:
- Simple cake from Celah Talaban (very delicious red velvet) than the usual 3-tiered cake
- Our guitar as our guestbook
- Yummy cookies from Biskit Sunday as gift to our entourage
- No florist; beautiful flowers were just ordered from flower shops. (thanks Nanay Estela). We only have an altar flower as our decor in the chapel
- No event stylist; just basic decors provided by the hotel. We’ve just added the leaf decor as an accent (from Shopee)
- Oatmeal cookie souvenir from Biskit Sunday and key bottle openers from Shopee.
- Pre-nup and photo coverage by Heartworks who’ve put their hearts to capture great moments of our wedding
- Our hosts were our Maid of Honor and Best Man, Dina and Mark, (thanks to them, the program’s not boring even though it’s lunch time)
- Our simple rings by Odysseus Suarez Wedding Rings ( thanks to Mama Jane for the gift)
6. PLAN YOUR OWN WEDDING.
Wedding planning is fun!
Being hands on in everything- from choosing the theme, venue, curating the program flow, invites, and other details gave us a sense of purpose and fulfilment as we want every detail to be about us. This also save us a lot on cost and gave us the opportunity to learn more and bond more. We just asked our friends (Joyce Ayco, Hannah Villegas and Tin Sembrano) to be our On The Day Coordinators.
There are so many things to be thankful to our Almighty God who made everything possible and who have been a great Provider! This day happened because of His faithfulness,even from the very start of our relationship, every details of wedding preparations up to the sacrament of marriage.
For those who are planning to get married, you don’t need to spend too much on your wedding.With the budget you have, you can make the best out of it to have your own beautiful and memorable wedding. Just focus on what’s essential. Spend within your means. No need to impress or you’ll have debt and financial stress.
Invest and prepare instead on what’s after the wedding, — marriage and building your family.
Photo credits to : Heartworks, Chel Tacang, Kareen Draheim, Raiza Pebres