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My $100,000 wedding was 'complete waste of money'
by Maureen Koh

SINGAPORE - It was money that she "could not really afford" for a wedding.

When Madam Melissa Ong, 30, was preparing for her wedding in June 2011, she wanted to "remember it for a lifetime".

Madam Ong, a sales executive, recounts how she ended up borrowing from credit facilities, her parents and her brother.

Her husband, who declined to be interviewed, had also borrowed from a loanshark with her knowledge.

She says sheepishly: "It was really my fault, he just wanted to please me."

Madam Ong spent nearly $100,000 on her wedding, which she now acknowledges was "a complete waste of money".

She pauses for several seconds, then says: "You know, with that kind of money, you'd have thought we held our wedding banquet at a posh hotel like St Regis.

"But it was just a regular hotel in the Orchard area."

Madam Ong, who was earning about $3,000 a month then, admits that she wasn't being practical about her financial situation.

"I just wanted to show off (in front of my friends) and I didn't think of the consequences," she says.

The wedding banquet cost $1,388++ per table, and they hosted 36 tables.

On top of that, they paid almost $4,000 for a three-piece a cappella ensemble to perform during the dinner. "I didn't want to have boring piped-in music, and I quite liked the performance I saw at another friend's wedding," says Madam Ong.

She went the distance with wedding photos too, and had them taken in Paris, a package that cost her $15,000 - including air fare and accommodation.

Read the full story here.

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Click on the gallery below to find out what the sales exec and her husband splurged on, as well as how much some other couples spent on their wedding.

(Photos: Reuters, ST File, AFP, TNP, Revelation Creative House, Ivan Tan Photography)

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readers' comments
O yeah I didn't count the holiday cost. If the man marry foreign brides he will have to brings all her wife's families to Singapore every few months, and pay all the bills, otherwise he will lose the face.
Posted by Zuijiadeai on Sat, 11 Jan 2014 at 08:34 AM
Wedding spent $100k, after that need to buy house need $500k-1500k after that babies came out spent $50k, after that kids need transport, buy the car need $150k,and then kids go study need $100k. That's all happen in the first 5 years of marriage. Coffin is cheaper ... only $5k also can get one. :p
Posted by Zuijiadeai on Sat, 11 Jan 2014 at 08:27 AM
Wedding is just 1 day. Marriage is for a life time. Marrying a woman who doesn't have any foresight is the start of a long and winding road to financial disaster. A good wife helps the household save money. This one however is a liability.
Posted by littlegecko on Fri, 10 Jan 2014 at 15:51 PM
This type of women, men nightmare - want to spend and don't care whether hubby can afford it - more to come for the hubby. to cut lost send her back to her parent home.
Posted by Maximium on Wed, 8 Jan 2014 at 18:38 PM
inner peace........ :D
Posted by A_Commoner on Wed, 8 Jan 2014 at 18:04 PM

He has big eyes n
Posted by merlin12 on Wed, 8 Jan 2014 at 16:16 PM
Another way of saying me blind izzit??? :(:rolleyes:

See thru everything then see wat? cannot see liao lah ... aka blind :cool:

Posted by Small Fly on Wed, 8 Jan 2014 at 16:15 PM

See thru also.:D
Posted by goondoon on Wed, 8 Jan 2014 at 16:14 PM


Or some
Posted by merlin12 on Wed, 8 Jan 2014 at 14:56 PM
I innocent hor ... I wasnt the one peeping at you when U bath hor ... :o :D :D

Posted by Small Fly on Wed, 8 Jan 2014 at 14:54 PM


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