How much does a typical wedding cost?
A typical wedding in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines will cost $10,000 – $15,000. This includes the wedding ceremony and reception. For a traditional Hindu wedding in Singapore or Malaysia would cost more than $20,000.
What is the best month for a destination wedding?
The best months of the year for a destination wedding are September to October and March to April. These are considered as the shoulder seasons when temperatures are cooler but not too cold for an outdoor ceremony.
How do I make my destination wedding unique?
There is no need to go ultra-traditional if you do not wish to do so. You can incorporate your culture into the day while still incorporating something new and different into your wedding that will make it unique for you. It’s your day!
For example, you can have a couple of Filipino traditions such as the pamamanhikan, giving away of coins to guests and the wearing of the barong. But instead of having a traditional wedding gown, you can wear a more modern and stylish dress that will suit your bridal look.
You can also choose to have your wedding cake designed by a local artist rather than purchasing one from abroad. You can incorporate the colours and design aspects of your culture into the cake. Decorate it with flowers, fruits or even use it as part of your table centrepieces.
You can even choose to have your ceremony indoors at the banquet hall of the resort or hotel you are staying in. In this way, you can ask the hotel to decorate the entire place in accordance with your theme and culture.
You can also choose to have traditional Filipino foods served during your meal. This will give your guests a taste of Filipino cuisine and will be a talking point when they return home.
What are the best places to have a destination wedding?
The best places to have a destination wedding depends on what you are looking for. If you want something more traditional then Thailand is the best place for you. If you prefer something more modern then Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines are your best option. This way, you won’t need to choose just one but can have multiple ceremonies and receptions for different tastes.
What is the difference between a reception and a cocktail party?
A reception is normally hosted by the bride’s family while a cocktail party is hosted by the groom’s family.
What are the different types of ceremonies?
There are many different types of ceremonies that you can choose from. You can have a simple ceremony without any decorations and only have your immediate family in attendance. You can also have a more traditional ceremony with all the trimmings such as decorations, flowers, food and music. This is what some couples prefer for their wedding day as it gives them a chance to invite their friends and family to celebrate with them on such an important day.
How do I get my marriage licence?
Marriage licences are valid in Thailand and Vietnam for 7 days; Philippines for 30 days; Singapore for 1 month; Malaysia for 3 months; Indonesia for 6 months. You will need to arrange your marriage ceremony within this period or you risk having to apply again.
What type of flowers can I use for my wedding?
Flowers are used in many different cultures. You can pick and choose which ones you would like to use for your ceremony and reception. Roses are the most popular flowers for a wedding but you may also wish to consider using different types of flowers such as lilies or orchids. You can also consider using artificial flowers if you want to save money on the wedding budget.
What is a pamamanhikan?
This is a Filipino tradition where the bride’s parents formally accept the groom into their family by giving him coins or money as well as food and drinks. This is done prior to the ceremony. It shows that both sides have agreed to the marriage and that it is acceptable to them. If you do not wish to practise this tradition, then you may also skip this part of the ceremony.
What is barong?
A barong is a traditional formal shirt worn by Filipino men. It is made of fine silk and in various colours depending on what the wearer likes. The shirt has a mandarin collar and long sleeves and has embroidery on the cuffs, collar and chest area. It is also decorated with sequins.
Traditionally, men wore barongs for special occasions such as weddings, baptisms or fiestas. Men also wear barongs to formal events such as parties or balls where they are invited by their female counterparts.
Nowadays, it is more common to see men wear barongs to weddings or other official events rather than just on special occasions. Many couples like their groomsmen to wear them at their wedding ceremony as it adds a touch of culture to the day and makes it more memorable.