Budgeting for a Meaningful Outdoor Wedding
Outdoor wedding has become a favorable trend, becoming more and more popular, not just in Europe but also in Asian countries, including Vietnam. And people may find it surprising that, in order to organize a fairy-tale-like wedding from A to Z, with all the good food and outstanding style, the cost can be as low as VND 80 million!
Cost for Place
Location is one of the most important aspect to consider at a wedding, whether it be a indoor or outdoor one, for the impression of attendees depends very much on where it happens.
When considering location, you should look for places that has private rooms, for the bride will need to rest, change costumes, and put on makeup. Moreover, in case the party went through late at night, and the drinking got everyone tipsy, these rooms can be "utilized" to save everyone the trouble of finding other places to rest (which can cost approximately VND 12 - 40 million per day)
It is important to keep in mind when hiring an outdoor location is that weekends price tend to be more expensive than weekdays, and there should always be a back-up plan in case of bad weather. It is a good idea to have some insect sprays, and electric fans to keep everybody cool.
You can check some of these locations out: Mimi Palace, Binh An Village, Saigon Chic, Eastin Grand Hotel Saigon, MOB, Cabin69, Village Thảo Điền,...
Before deciding which one to choose and which one to cross out, family and friends are always good sources of advise for these occasions.
Cost for Food and Cooking services
Most locations for outdoor wedding also offer additional services, such as decorating, tables setting, food and beverage, etc. The cost for each table varies from VND 2,460,000 - 10,000,000 per table. However, not every places offer these services. If that is the case, you may need to bring in an outside food and beverage service with the cost of VND 2,700,000 for a normal table, and VND 450,000 per person for a BBQ or buffet party.
The outdoor setting allows the flexibility for a buffet or BBQ, which can easily set the light and cozy mood. This option is considered simple and elegant, as attendees can freely choose for themselves the food that may suit their appetite better.
Cost for Decoration
Decorating an outdoor wedding space may cost you a bit; still, there are some tactics to save money on this. For example, a full-service Rustic style decoration, with backdrop, flowers on the entrance, photo shoot backdrop, gallery table, table flowers, sound and lighting has a total cost of VND 30,000,000.
If you feel like this amount is still way over your budget, you can do some of the categories by yourself, like entrance flowers, table flowers, and backdrop; alternatively, you can choose to decorate with wedding cake, handmade gift. Instead of spending too much on flowers, which can be wasteful, you can still create a harmonic atmosphere with paper flowers, balloons and ribbons.
The MC's indispensable role of stirring the atmosphere is necessary for both indoor and outdoor wedding. The cost for this category is usually around VND 1 million, and is available at most wedding center or restaurants.
If there is someone in the family or friends who can fulfill this role, don't hesitate to ask! This will not only save you money, but also make the wedding a lot more intimate and memorable.
The Photographer, Cameraman and Music Band
An outdoor wedding without some music, some photos taking and clips will lose its fun and cozy atmosphere. Usually, a photographer's price ranges from VND 8 million per wedding; a video of the whole wedding may cost somewhat VND 15 million. An acoustic band may cost about VND 3 million.
Meanwhile, there are many other things you can do. Asking friends to make a performance can be a lot of fun. There are a lot of activities you can organize, like mini games, match-making games for single friends, making human shapes, lucky draw, blindfolded searching, lucky ribbons, and they can make the party a lot more fun and memorable.
That is to say, it is not too difficult to have a meaningful and memorable outdoor wedding with reasonable price if you know what to do and how much to budget for each category! Have an awesome wedding with your other half!