SG Budget Babe
Asked by Anonymous
Asked on 12 Dec 2019
Is it more worth it to get a bridal package- may not like all of the services, or get individual services that i can pick and choose whom to get, ensuring the quality!
Hey there, congratulations!
For me and my fiancee, we decided to go ala-carte. Reason being is simply the preference of choosing what kind of style we want for AD vid & photo, pre-wedding shoot, gowns etc. It might be more expensive, but the trade off is you know that is what you want. There might be cases whereby you just have to accept what the bridal packages give and you might not like it later on. But bridal packages do give a one-stop solution for you so you don't have to think too much. Kinda like for a BTO, getting an ID (bridal package) or contractors (ala-carte).
Depends on what you need. I personally choose package as most of the stuff i need covered in the package! You really have to see what you need in order to choose. And usually package is cheaper and if you didn't plan and choose properly for ala-carte one, it can burn you!
Some bridal packages allow you to go ala-carte, so you may evaluate those, but ultimately the costs add up to quite a hefty amount. The more important thing, in my opinion, is remember not to top-up for your wedding photos, I personally think that's quite damaging to the wallet and also the photos are just kept stuck mostly under the bed. ;)
Top Contributor (Jan)
The best way to do this is to write down a list of things that you need for your wedding. Through this process, it allows you to understand what you need exactly, rather to check it off from the bridal package.
This is because you will often pay for some parts of the package that you do not need, but don't mind having since it is already part of the package and you have already paid for it. Consequently, this results in unnecessary expenses.
For the same or slightly more expensive price, I will prefer individual services which I can pick and choose, thereby ensuring quality (like what you mentioned). Ultimately, wedding is once-in-a-lifetime event. In any case, don't overspend more than necessary!
All the best!
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It really depends on:
If you don't need multiple rented dresses, photo shoot, elaborate flowers etc and just need a simple wedding, then I don't think you need one.
Of course, there's risk that you put your down payment at a bridal shop and they disappear. #truestory as of recent news
Scary stories aside, know what you are looking for. If there's a vendor that offers a package with a photographer whose work that you really like, then it's worth considering. Same for other aspects of the wedding.
Hello! Personally I didn't pick a bridal package. I prefered to go ala carte and choose the vendors I wanted. U have to start planning early though if u wish to do ala carte because good vendors are booked up very early!!!
Ultimately it depends on the kind of bride u are. If u are lazy to plan and deal with so many different people then it's best to just go for a package deal.
Let me know if u want some recommendations for vendors! Congratulations too.
You have to ask yourself:
do I have the time to plan everything myself
how particular am I over ever detail of the wedding
do you know exactly what do you want
If you are very particular over the details and have very specific concept over the various items, going for a bridal package may not work out for you. At the start, you may go "this is value for money" but as everything starts to pan out, you'll start to nitpick on everything and go bonkers. Similarly, if you don't know what you want, going ala carte may end up becoming really expensive because you would keep adding things to the "menu".
Hey I'm a bride to be too. First thing first - do you like to plan? Are you particular about the details? Do you want the autonomy to chose your own make up artist, florist, photographer etc? Do you need everything a typical bridal package might provide you with?
If you answered yes to my above questions I would recommend ala carte instead as it'll give you the flexibility you demand. Furthermore, bridal studios sometimes do have an issue of sudden closure, for me personally it'll be quite stressful if I link everything to that studio and it ceases operations.
Do note that going ala carte may not be cheaper. So if cost is a main concern, bridal packages may suit you more. Don't just sign with the first studio you visit though, go around and try different gowns and know the prices before committing.
A simple way is to visit a few bridal agencies, find the costs per package, then compare each of them.
While you are at each agency, you can give them a list of services that you like, and see if they can quote u a competitive price for the customised package.
It may not be cheaper. Packaged deals are usually cheaper, even if it comes with some services that you may not ask for, because packaged deals are earlier to handle, to sell, and to promote, hence economics of scale for them.
Individual customers may have a little bit of trouble to find individual services, but if you make the effort via Carousell, googling, and etc to combine a suite of services from different providers, yes you can find a good competitive pricing.
I got married not so long ago, and spent a huge amount of money on it. Looking back, the memories is quite worth it but then I come to realise even if i had saved money and done a simple wedding, the wedding would have been equally sweet for us too =)
Spend sensibly! The wedding dinner is the most non-memorable item for me ;)
Some bridal packages offer great value for money, some don't.
The best way would be to shop around for both ala-carte and package options, then decide for yourself which you like best!
Hi.. Do note that going Ala carte will takes a toll in your logistic arrangement as yo have to coordinate with each vendor and hoping each of them works closely together.. An example would be, you employed vendor A for photography, vendor B format videography.. You would have to make sure their schedule fits into yours and them able to partner well.. There are other scenarios where I won't elaborate in fear of adding to your worries but you get the drift.. Limit and batch the vendors so u are able to handle them..if you successfully did it, I'm sure you would have a great sense of achievement