For most women, weddings are once-in-a-lifetime affairs. But Korean actress Kim Tae Hee proved that you don’t need to spend a fortune on your wedding for it to be a memorable one.
When she and Korean singer Rain tied the knot earlier this year, the couple opted for a small-scale wedding that more and more Korean celebrities are opting for.
According to Korea Herald, he revealed on a recent episode of Carefree Travellers that the cost of their wedding was about 2 million Korean won ($2,500). Here are some tips to pick up from the celebrity couple so you won’t be left with a gaping hole in your wallet post-wedding.
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1. Custom-made your dress
Yes, that Elie Saab dress looks amazing, but it also comes with a hefty price tag. If you’re on a budget, why not tailor one? Of course, we’re not asking you to rip off designs, but sometimes, a bespoke dress can cost less because you don’t have to pay for the designer label. Tae Hee’s knee-length wedding dress was tailored by her own stylist, with input from the actress, who is a Fashion Design graduate from Seoul National University.
2. Wear a suit or dress you already have
This might be harder for the ladies, but guys can shrug on a suit or tuxedo that they’ve saved for formal events. Rain revealed that he wore a tux that was already in his wardrobe for his wedding.
3. Forgo the photographer
Chances are, your friends will take a lot of photos of you anyway, so why not rely on their Insta-worthy photos instead of hiring a professional one? Rain and Kim Tae Hee created their wedding album based on photos taken by their guests!
4. Hire a videographer
We know we told you to rely on your friends, but if you want to capture every moment, why not get a videographer to document everything? You can also rewatch the video over and over again for the next 30 years and you’d be surprised at some of the things you missed out on!
5. Keep the wedding intimate
It’s simple math: the more guests you have, the more you’ll spend. And since a wedding is not a business, don’t expect to cover your costs based on the ang pows you receive. Instead of inviting everyone and their neighbour, keep it small like Rain and Tae Hee, who only had their families and close friends present.
6. Choose the venue wisely
Ask yourself: Is there really a need to rent that swanky ballroom in a five-star hotel? It’s all right if you can afford it, but don’t take up a bank loan just for a wedding because good luck to paying off the debt once other responsibilities and bills come into play. Tae Hee chose to keep hers small-scale by holding their ceremony in a church, and their reception in a restaurant in Yeouido.