5 Tips for a Budget-friendly yet Elegant Wedding

5 Tips for a Budget-friendly yet Elegant Wedding

Even if you are not planning on getting married now, chances are you will be in the future, or you will be involved in your daughter or son’s wedding. Your cousin may also consult you on a few tips to use to achieve a dream wedding.

DIY planning can save you thousands. But planning a wedding can be stressful and exhausting. Oftentimes, the bride and groom will hire a wedding coordinator to help relieve some of the burden. Your game here is the ‘Complete guide to planning your dream wedding’ by Editor Carolyn Menyes at Thedailymeal.com.

Here a few tips that you can use to organise your own or child’s elegant wedding at a budget-friendly cost:

DIY Dessert Bar

If you are close with your family members, you should take advantage of their dessert skills, if they have some. A potluck dessert bar can come in handy, saving money that would otherwise be used in ordering your dessert from caterers.

If you have aunties or grandparents that have baking skills, you can use them to share their desserts with your wedding guests. You can ask them if they can make a certain amount of cookies or cupcakes to put at the dessert bar.

Get a small cutting cake for the bride and the groom, then fill the table with some special sweets. One can then use some customised tags that shows who made the sweets or the cake.

5 Tips for a Budget-friendly yet Elegant WeddingHire the dress 

Most people who think about hiring a wedding dress think of it as downgrading the most important moment of their lives. Everyone wants to say ‘I do’ in the perfectly elegant dress and the mention of “hiring a dress” shatters that dream.

However, that should not be the case. You can easily hire a designer dress with all the details and specifications that you want. This will not only ensure you have a dream wedding, but also achieve this dream at a pocket-friendly price.  

Marilyn.nz is a wedding dress hire company with dresses starting at $500 and going up to $1,000. If you cannot afford the hire charge, you could consider taking a small personal loan! 

Buy Used Items

Many times after the wedding, the things needed at the wedding are disposed of by already-married brides. Some of the things may include décor items, candle holders and even chandeliers.

Many physical and online shops sell used wedding items that are in perfect condition that can be reused again at your wedding. These items may also not necessarily be used as some weddings are usually cancelled leaving their wedding items unused, or the previous bride may well have over-purchased!

You can buy these items at a subsidised price that will enable you to have the wedding you have been dreaming of all this time.

Avoid Favours

This is one of the most efficient ways of saving money and time. Instead of giving everyone free rides to and from the wedding, simply let everyone know in advance to cater for their transport so as to save yourself the cost of transportation.

One of the most common misconceptions about a wedding is the use of a limo. Couples should be creative and find other ways of getting to the wedding venue and from without having to hire a limo.

5 Tips for a Budget-friendly yet Elegant WeddingLimit Your Guest List 

This is the most dreaded and crucial part of wedding planning. Dreaded because it’s difficult when it comes to deciding who to invite and not to invite to your wedding. 

The guest list is crucial because you get to reduce the number of people so that you can reduce the cost of the wedding. Remember, the more people you invite, the more food and drink you’ll have to buy to serve them at the reception.

Wedding costs wilvary accordingly. In an article on Cost of Wedding, it says that about 50 per cent of couples spend less than $15,000 on their wedding, while the other half “spend between $19,323 and $32,205.” The honeymoon is usually excluded from the budget.

Be sure to always check with your your accountant or financial advisor before committing fully to any of your wedding plans and taking out a loan. You must carefully read the disclosure statement before considering taking out a loan. Quickloans.co.nz offer loans to New Zealand residents, with repayments terms starting at $20 per week.

 There’s nothing wrong with spending money on your wedding because you only marry once. However, a wedding with a tight budget does not make it any less personal or cheap. It just means the couple chose frugality over debt to save up for their newly-wed life. You can also browse the rest of our site (My Wedding) for more wedding inspirations, tips, and advice.


BASQUESSE : A Name to Remember

BASQUESSE : A Name to Remember

BASQUESSE : A Name to RememberBasquesse, the female form of the patronimic Basque. Designer and owner, Viviana Pannell picked the name to honour her grandmother’s family who hail from Saint Jean de Luc in the Pays Basque in the south of France. Basquesse’s home is in the magical Northern Beaches of Sydney, Collaroy – hailed as The Hamptons of Australia, it’s an area close to the designer’ heart because of its spectacular natural beauty and the true feeling of community that exists in the peninsula.

The label currently produces ready to wear and couture locally in Sydney, Australia, to their own designs, inspired by nature and manufactured with great care towards the environment and not being a part of the modern day slavery machine that fuels internationally mass produced fashion.

Basquesse offers small and exclusive ranges and custom make (couture), with clientele spread on both sides of the Tasman and far beyond. The fabrications are sourced from luxury boutique mills around the world, with many being exclusive worldwide. Otherwise , exclusivity and uniqueness is attained by timeless yet ahead-of-trend designs, handmade appliques and embellishments that are Basquesse’s signature.

Since calling Australia home, Basquesse participated and was a finalist and winner of 2013 The Spirit of the Black Dress, part of the Melbourne Fashion Festival, has been represented in centre page in Fashions and Flemington by Emily Powers and been selected – each time – as one of a few Australian labels to represent the country in Trade Missions overseas.

A favourite for special occasions, including weddings, races and red carpet events, this spread has a boho-beach style inspiration and has been shot on location at the breathtaking Turimetta beach in the Northern Beaches peninsula of Sydney.

Do yourself and your bridal party a huge favour – investigate Basquesse before you make the final decision on your frocks or gown!

BASQUESSE : A Name to RememberPhotography: Jessie Rose Photography, www.jessierose.com.au
Creative director and stylist: Viviana Pannell, E: style@basquesse.com
Make Up: Verity Gershenson, www.instagram.com/vgersh5/
All garments by: Basquesse, www.basquesse.com
All jewellery (unless otherwise stated): Little Myym, www.littlemyym.com
Joanne Griffith – Mother of the Bride, http://joannegriffinmedia.com
Monika Vargova – Bride, https://www.instagram.com/mon_amatheia
Renee Viveiros – Bridesmaid, www.instagram.com/reneeviveiros

As seen in the November 2018 issue of My Wedding magazine.

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BASQUESSE : A Name to Remember












BASQUESSE : A Name to Remember

BASQUESSE : A Name to Remember












BASQUESSE : A Name to Remember

BASQUESSE : A Name to Remember












BASQUESSE : A Name to Remember

BASQUESSE : A Name to Remember






The Naka, Phuket, THAILAND

The Naka, Phuket, THAILAND

The Naka, Phuket, THAILANDThe Naka is a stylish new 5-star located on the West Coast of Phuket, at Nal Yae, a secluded beach in Kamala Bay. It features 94 romantic one, two and three bedroom pool villas, all with sea views and boasting cutting edge design. Each villa optimally integrates the basic elements of nature: water, sky, tree and earth. All villas featuring floor-to-ceiling wrap-around glass.

The resort’s own WIWA wedding chapel is a truly tropical South-East Asian romantic place to get married. It seats 452.

Inclusions for honeymooners are: a romantic flower bath welcome, special flower decoration in your room, complimentary bottle of sparkling wine, upgrade to next room category on arrival if available. The mini bar is also included, and is replenished daily.

Honeymooners should definitely check out the resort’s NAPA spa located 30 metres above sea level. The 5-storey spa offers a range of therapies, for treatments as a couple or individually.


The Naka, Phuket, THAILAND

Sri Panwa, Phuket, THAILAND

Sri Panwa, Phuket, THAILAND

Sri Panwa, Phuket, THAILANDPerched atop Cape Panwa, Sri panwa is Thailand’s jewel resort, occupying the peninsula in its entirety and offering breathtaking views of the South-eastern tip of Phuket. Sitting in its very own 40 acres of lush, tropical surrounds, the resort offers a number of accommodation options of the highest quality – seven suites, forty five villas and seven private residential villas are located 40-60 metres above sea level. The resort also has a choice of four different restaurants so you’ll be spoiled for choice in dining options without having to leave the resort.

Sri panwa is the perfect luxury honeymoon destination. Some of the romantic activities honeymooners might like to enjoy include sailing on Thai longtail boats or yachts that go out on snorkelling and diving excursions, indulging in a couple’s treatment at the resort’s day spa. Cool Spa is set on a cliff, totally secluded within the rainforest and high above the Andaman Sea. Or you can simply relax by the pool, on the resort’s private beach or in the privacy of your room.

Sri panwa presents two idyllic settings for wedding ceremonies: the stylish and exclusive rooftop bar, Baba Nest, which has 360 degree views, and Baba Poolclub restaurant and bar that also offers awe-inspiring views of the Andaman Sea.

Dedicated wedding specialists are on hand to assist with the finer details, such as your complimentary 120-minute spa treatment. After the ceremony, you’ll return to a beautified villa – decorative flowers and a bottle of sparkling wine, followed by a romantic breakfast in bed the following day.



The Siam Hotel, Bangkok, THAILAND

The Siam Hotel, Bangkok, THAILAND

The Siam Hotel, Bangkok, THAILANDAlong the River of Kings, nestled amongst Bangkok’s historical palaces, temples and museums, a lucky few will happen upon the boutique gem that is The Siam. Set on 3 acres of premium river frontage, this privately owned and operated 39-room luxury retreat will transport you to a bygone serenity suffused with priceless antiquities, oriental allure and contemporary comforts.

The Siam features 38 of the capital’s most spacious suites and pool villas, all outfitted with plush furnishings and luxury amenities, super-sized king beds, lofty ceilings, their very own Art Deco-style living rooms with flat screen IPTVs and mini-bars, as well as airy bathrooms with deep tubs and walk-in showers. Every room is catered for by a personal butler, upon request, and complimentary wi-fi is available.

Connie’s Cottage is the ultimate couple’s experience. This century-old abode has been lovingly restored and features a four-poster Thai King bed, an en-suite bathroom and a private outdoor balcony upstairs, while the garden level living room overlooks the largest private pool on the property.

Set in opulent surrounds and intimately private, the Opium Spa provides a haven for renewal and inspiration for lifestyle change. The full service salon offers top-to-toe grooming from manicures and pedicures to a full range of waxing, hair styling and cutting services for men and women.



Phulay Bay, Krabi, THAILAND

Phulay Bay, Krabi, THAILAND

Phulay Bay, Krabi, THAILANDPhulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve invites couples to embark on a journey of enchanting romance and declare their vows under the starry skies of Southern Thailand with a unique and captivating Midnight Wedding ceremony. Surrounded by the glimmer and reflection of 2,000 lit candles, couples will tie the knot at the stroke of midnight. The mystical melodies of Thai musicians and stunning native botanical arrangements will set the scene for romance during this captivating service. As one day turns into the next, family and friends will join in this rare ritual that appeals to the romantic spirit.

The celebration begins with a dinner reception for up to 30 guests, followed by a midnight wedding ceremony, culminating in a late-night champagne celebration complete with a custom-decorated three tiered wedding cake. Guests are invited to commemorate the bride and groom as they release Wedding Wish Lanterns into the sky, soaring towards the wedding star that Phulay Bay has named in honor of their union. A visually brilliant and unique Thai tradition, the Wedding Wish Lanterns are a memorable tradition which symbolises the hopes, dreams and wishes for the couple’s new life together. A festive wedding brunch reception the following day celebrates the couple’s first sunrise together as a married couple, all set  against the dramatic beauty of Southern Thailand.

In addition to the Midnight Wedding ceremony, Phulay Bay provides the perfect backdrop for romance as the lush jungles, idyllic isles and awe-inspiring scenery create an unforgettable experience. Before and after the ceremony, couples and guests can explore the limestone mountains rising from the sea, virgin rainforests, exquisite beaches and crystal-clear waterfalls, on a journey of discovery in southern Thailand. Whether guests choose to explore the Similan Islands on a private yacht, indulge in treatments at the spa or master the art of raw Thai cooking, the personalised service and ethereal environment set the scene for the majestic romance of a lifetime.

Phulay Bay, Krabi, THAILANDThe Midnight Wedding package includes:

• Roundtrip luxury transfers to and from Krabi International Airport for two people

• Three consecutive nights accommodation in the Royal Beach Villa

• 50 minute spa treatment for the couple

• Hair & makeup for the bride

• Wedding night dinner prior to the ceremony

• Wedding decoration and set up, including customised floral decorations, candles and floating torches

 • Classical music during the ceremony

• Customized bouquet for the bride and corsage for the groom

• Blessing Ceremony (non-religious) including symbolic lighting of candles by the bride and groom

• A midnight champagne reception that includes an elegant three-tier wedding cake

• Lantern release ceremony

• 2.5 hour brunch

• Star Certificate naming a star after the bride and groom

 As with all weddings at Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, a dedicated wedding planner will be at your disposal to attend to every need, organise each detail, and ensure your comfort and pleasure.


Phulay Bay, Krabi, THAILAND

Amilla Fushi, MALDIVES

Amilla Fushi, MALDIVES

Amilla Fushi, MALDIVESLocated in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Baa Atoll, Amilla offers you a choice of Island Homes that either rest over crystal clear waters, nestle amongst lush tree tops or hug the shores of pristine white sand. For something truly spacious, consider the Beach Residences (1,500sqm), the Amilla Estate (2,500sqm), or the Great Beach Residence that sprawls its eight bedrooms over 3,000sqm! The island can be reached from Malé by seaplane in just 30-minutes.

Critically acclaimed and internationally renowned chef and restaurateur Luke Mangan heads the food and beverage offers for Amilla Fushi. The Wine Shop houses a wine cellar with 10,000 bottles of wines for both tastings and sales.

Wedding ceremonies held in the Maldives are not legal marriages but are celebratory ceremonies (blessings) conducted by the ‘Islander in-charge of Love’. There are two wedding packages available, each including the likes of altar and wedding buggy decoration, bouquet and buttonhole, two bottles of Champagne, wedding cake and photographer and more.

Amilla is an intimate and timeless place where it’s not about trends, but rather about lifestyle!


Amilla Fushi, MALDIVES

Kata Rocks, Phuket, THAILAND

Kata Rocks, Phuket, THAILANDKata Rocks is located directly on the ocean front at the southern end of the famous Kata Beach, along Phuket’s sunset west coast, on a small cape between Kata and Kata Noi beaches, where minutes turn to hours with the ebb and flow of the languorous tides. From the resort’s ocean view terraces you can see the glimmering Andaman Sea and super yachts moored off the pretty island of Koh Pu.

This is a design driven, luxury boutique resort and residence. Modern and contemporary, elegant and cutting-edge, Kata Rocks features 34 Sky Villas of one, two, three or four bedrooms. Each offers its own private infinity pool, expansive living and dining area, superbly appointed bedrooms and bathrooms, along with the latest interactive iPad technology allowing you to control the world of the Sky Villa at the touch or swipe of a button.

Along with exquisite dining options, pool side restaurant and bar, the resort also features an Infinite Luxury Spa and fitness center. Destination dining options include oceanfront picnics ‘on the rocks’ or gourmet meals prepared in the privacy of your Sky Villa by your own personal chef. Located right on the water’s edge, the restaurant and bar has stunning sunset views over the Andaman Sea making it one of Phuket’s premier wining and dining locations.


Kata Rocks, Phuket, THAILAND

Song Saa Private Island, CAMBODIA

Song Saa Private Island, CAMBODIA

 Song Saa Private Island, CAMBODIATwo pristine islands in the Koh Rong Archipelago of Cambodia are fringed by 27 luxury villas, whose romantic Khmer name can be translated as ‘The Sweethearts’.

Song Saa Private Island offers a range of wedding ceremony options, ranging from an intimate blessing ceremony nestled on a leafy jungle platform to a more formal affair with a private ceremony in the spectacular overwater restaurant and bar. This can be paired with a traditional wedding ceremony, a Buddhist blessing ceremony, or a charming combination of both.

Song Saa is able to accommodate a range of party sizes, from intimate ceremonies to a full island buyout for up to 70 guests. Whether you celebrate with a beautifully informal champagne beach picnic or a formal sit-down dinner under the stars, a show stopping personally designed cake and the use of the best local and international ingredients will guarantee an exquisite meal. Table settings, bouquets and large floral arrangements can be prepared according to any requirement, with access to renowned local and international photographers and assistance with hair and makeup also being available.

As the day draws to a close, light up the sky with a spectacular fireworks display or dance the night away with a DJ on the beach. Further entertainment can include a live band by night, circus performers by day, opera singers by candlelight or even a string quartet to walk down the aisle. For those in search of some pre-wedding pampering, Khmer Wedding Rituals, Couples Yoga or Blessing Night Spa Ritual are available, whilst the stunning overwater Royal Villa provides the newlyweds with a the most remote and intimate spot on the island, boasting a fully equipped kitchen, a bar with a mojito making station, king size bed, oversized sunken bath tub, a private pool, and your very own private jetty, to name but a few!

Song Saa also provides guests with the opportunity to get involved with the Song Saa Foundation, a pioneering leader in developing sustainable solutions to local problems in Cambodia which manages a range of environmental and community initiatives in the Koh Rong Archipelago. Whether it be interacting with the local community, working in Cambodia’s first marine reserve or taking part in an outreach missions on the foundation’s Boat of Hope, this philanthropic option will make this special time all the more rewarding.


Song Saa Private Island, CAMBODIA

Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa, SINGAPORE

Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa, SINGAPORE

Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa, SINGAPOREAt the Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa, couples have the option of holding their wedding in an unrivalled natural setting. Situated atop a cliff amidst acres of tropical woodlands, the enchanting garden sets the stage for a truly unique and memorable wedding.

Choose between the sprawling Spice Island Point, which boasts gorgeous views of the South China Sea, or the enchanting Courtyard Terrace surrounded by tranquil water lily ponds – both perfect wedding venues to hold an open-air solemnisation. After your vows have been exchanged, proceed to the lush garden lawn for a cocktail and canapé reception before a unique wedding banquet is held in either Straits Ballroom or Saffron Ballroom. If you’re not planning a honeymoon right after your wedding, the exclusive Garden Villas complete with a private swimming pool, would be a wonderful treat for winding down after your big day. Build the wedding of your dreams with the help of dedicated wedding planners.