Nail your wedding guest style without spending a fortune.
Even as guests, weddings in Singapore can be expensive affairs. Aside from the ang bao (red packet) you’re kind of obligated to give, there is also the cost that goes into looking as flawless as a celebrity on the red carpet.
From the outfit to the perfect pedi, here are some tips for women looking to follow the formal dress code without letting your spending get out of hand:
Rent a Gown
An evening gown or cocktail dress can easily cost between SGD150 and SGD1,500 - and you can expect to pay more for designer threads.
Instead of paying hundreds for something you’ll only wear a handful of times, consider renting instead. Dress rental services like Rent A Dress offers designer rentals from brands like ML Monique Lhuillier and Halston Heritage from as low as SGD70 (for four days), while Love Potion’s services begin at SGD50 per gown.
No one will be able to tell the difference.
Buy a Preloved Bag
While it is not necessary to buy a brand new Chanel bag, a quality bag can still a good investment. Unlike a gown, a classic evening bag will lend itself to more than one occasion, wedding season included.
Shop preloved (but still good condition) fashion at Style Tribute (prices start from $49 for a Philippe Audibert clutch).
See Also: How to Afford a New Designer Bag in Singapore Every Year
Use Groupon to Beautify
For that complimentary pop of colour on your digits, there are plenty of decent and affordable classic manicure and pedicure services that will do the trick.
All can be bought at under S$24 through deals on Groupon. And if you buy a package, you can use it well past wedding season, for as low as S$10 per session.
Stalk Your Credit Card for Beauty Deals
Here’s an insider tip from us: the best credit card rewards aren’t advertised up front. Before you splurge on a mani-pedi, call your credit card provider or check their website for beauty deals you can use.
For example, Citi credit card holders get a gelish express manicure from Nail Palace for as low as S$8 until 31 July 2016! Meanwhile, DBS credit card members get 15% off all nail services at Bejeweled.
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Celine Asril is a former Food & Drink Editor who writes about food, travel and lifestyle with a sustainable angle. This includes sharing sound financial tips for good future planning.