The most important day of your life can be very expensive. From the dress and the venue to the catering and the wedding cars, your special day can cost you in upwards of S$50,000. If you don’t have that money saved, you may be looking at other ways to finance your wedding. Our guide below details the different loan options you have available and how to find the right one for you.
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What are the different wedding loans and how do they work?
Couples looking for a way to finance their wedding have a few loan options to choose from. The option you choose will depend on your current financial circumstances, the way you want to use the loan, your outstanding debts and active credit accounts. Here are the options you may want to consider:
As the loan will be used to finance personal items, you may want to consider an unsecured loan. These loans place no restrictions on the way you use the amount, so you can use some of it to buy a dress, book a venue and even pay for some of the honeymoon expenses.
Line of credit.
A line of credit may be an option if you are unsure whether you will need to borrow money. Lines of credit work by you setting up an overdraw limit on one of your active bank accounts, and from there you are able to access money up to and including that amount. You will be charged a set interest rate when you access the additional money, while you may also be charged fees to have this feature available to you. You can talk to your current lender to see if this option might be a good choice for your situation.
If you already have a credit card with a competitive interest rate and find that it will offer better value than a loan, then you may want to consider using your credit card to make wedding-related purchases. If you are planning to put a few purchases on your card, you may want to consider a 0% p.a. installment payment card, or if you accumulate debt on your credit card, you can also transfer your debt over to a 0% p.a. balance transfer credit card. You can take a look at these products using the navigation menu on the top of this page. Keep in mind the limitations of your card and whether this will be enough for your wedding expenditure.
Bad credit personal loans
If you’re one of the many across Singapore who suffers from an impaired credit score, there is still hope for you to afford your dream wedding. You could be eligible for up to S$10,000 with a bad credit wedding loan provider. There are some lending companies in Singapore that may look past a bad credit history and loan you money. While you may not get the whole S$10,000 you are looking for, it could be the difference between your dream wedding and a nightmare.
How you can compare wedding loans
The features on offer. Some lenders offer features on a loan that can help you save money. For example, some may allow you to bundle a personal loan with other financial products to get a discount. Other lenders may have flexible repayment options, or if you opt for a credit card, you may be able to earn rewards points for your purchases. Take a look at some features offered by these lenders and see if any of them appeal to you.
Flexibility of the loan. The flexibility of this loan should suit the way you plan to use it. For example, you should check if you can repay the loan early, or if you will be able to extend the loan or opt for an ‘interest-only’ option if you are struggling to make your repayments.
Repayment options. This is a feature that can help reduce the amount of interest you pay on your loan. Some lenders may let you make additional repayments, but they may charge you to be able to do this. This can offset any benefit you get from making the extra repayments, so check the associated fees before you apply.
Things to consider before you take out a wedding loan
Before applying for a wedding loan, it’s crucial to understand the financial commitment required for servicing the borrowed amount. You and your future partner should sit down and discuss your financial situations beforehand. Below are some of the questions you should be discussing.
When you look at the fees for a loan, you should remember to check the upfront fees as well as ongoing charges. Upfront fees cover the cost of setting up the loan, for example, establishment fees, and ongoing fees can include monthly account-keeping fees or amounts you will be charged for using some of the features of the wedding loan, such as making additional repayments. You should also be aware of late fees and any fees which may apply for paying back the loan amount early.
When looking at the rate offered by the lender, make sure to check if the lender offers an introductory rate that can help you save money in the first stages of the loan.
You need to ensure that the amount you want to borrow and the length of time you want to borrow it for is offered by the lender. You can check the minimum and maximum loan amounts each lender offers and see if they suit your needs.
Other financial obligations to consider for your wedding
Whether you’re having a small ceremony or an all-out extravaganza for your big day, there is always going to be a range of items and services you may need finance for. Consider the expenses below:
Engagement party invites
Engagement party venue
Engagement party food and drinks
Hens/bucks party and bridal showers
Wedding invites and thank you gifts
Wedding dress and accessories
Bridesmaids dresses and accessories
Groom/groomsmen suits and accessories
Flower girls, ushers and pageboys
Wedding location/church and marriage celebrant
Reception location, catering and decorations
Photography and videography costs
Makeup, hair facials for bride and bridal party
Transport to and from wedding
First-night hotel stay
How you can apply for a wedding loan
To apply for a loan in Singapore you will generally need to be over the age of 21 years, be a permanent Singapore resident and have a good credit rating. When you apply, you will need to provide the following:
Personal details including your name, age and proof of your identity
Financial details including your assets, debts and liabilities
Employment details including your income and the name and contact details of your employer
There are ways to finance your wedding when you don’t have the money available. Compare your options and make sure you’re applying for a loan that’s competitive and affordable to you on your budget.
Elizabeth Barry is Finder's global fintech editor. She has written about finance for over five years and has been featured in a range of publications and media including Seven News, the ABC, Mamamia, Dynamic Business and Financy. Elizabeth has a Bachelor of Communications and a Master of Creative Writing from the University of Technology Sydney. In 2017, she received the Highly Commended award for Best New Journalist at the IT Journalism Awards. Elizabeth has found writing about innovations in financial services to be her passion (which has surprised no one more than herself).
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