How much do Malaysians spend on Chinese weddings?

Chinese weddings can be really costly.

Weddings are not cheap these days. Malaysian weddings, and in particular Chinese weddings, can rack up costly amounts, depending on the demands from the bride and groom’s families.

If you’re in the process of wedding planning and wondering how much you should set aside for your big day, here’s the average cost breakdown of a Chinese wedding in Malaysia for 400 guests:

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The cost breakdown of the major expenses for a Chinese wedding. ( photo)

Note: The above infographic does not include the cost of other services such as floral decorations on the cars, hair and make-up services for the bridesmaids, fees for religious figures, wedding rings and others.

Outfit and make-up

Brides typically wear a minimum of two dresses and two pairs of shoes on their big day.

The average price for one gown is RM2,000, RM400 for a pair of bridal shoes, RM400 for the groom’s shoes and RM1,800 for his tuxedo. Expect to pay a minimum of RM1,000 for a full-day bridal make-up.

Flowers and wedding decorations

Wedding decorations at the venue can easily go up to RM3,500 especially if you want fresh flowers.

Prepare to shell out RM2,000 for flower bouquets for the bride and bridesmaids and an additional RM2,000 if you want to hire a photobooth.

Gifts and invitations

Wedding cards start from RM0.70 per card to RM5 or more, depending on the design. If you’re sending out invitations to 400 guests, you’ll be paying approximately RM1,200.

Don’t forget about the ang pao that the groom will be giving the bridesmaids at the bride’s house – which usually racks up to RM1,500!

You will also need to consider the door gifts at the end of the wedding dinner, which can amount to RM400 or more.

Photography and videography

If you’re hiring professional photographers and videographers for the whole day and require same-day editing for the dinner slideshow, expect to pay more than RM10,000 for both services.

On the plus side, you’ll be guaranteed great shots to freeze your precious moments into lifelong memories.

Ceremony venue and wedding planning

The venue rental typically costs RM2,000 for a few hours. RM5,000 for a wedding planner might sound a lot, but it’s a reasonable amount to pay for having a smooth, stress-free wedding.


Chinese weddings are well-known for their eight-course meals, and Chinese restaurants typically cost about RM60,000 for 40 tables with 10 people per table. Hotel dinners, on the other hand, are a lot more costly and can go up to RM120,000 for 40 tables.

Now that you have a general idea of the cost, let’s address the common question that guests face when attending a Chinese wedding dinner:

What’s a good ang pao amount to give at Chinese wedding dinners?

How much to give at Chinese wedding dinners is always a dilemma. The amount is totally up to you, and you shouldn’t feel bad if you can’t afford to give a hefty amount.

After all, you’re there to celebrate the matrimony of your friend or family, and that alone speaks volumes of your support.

However, Chinese wedding dinners can be really costly. So if you’d like to contribute a generous ang pao to help the newlyweds out, they’d greatly appreciate it.

A survey of couples who had their dinners at restaurants and hotels, shows that they all agreed that a nice minimum amount to receive is between RM150-200 per guest for restaurant dinners, and RM250 or more for hotel dinners.

Nevertheless, you shouldn’t feel obligated to fork out so much money if you’re undergoing financial constraints.

This article first appeared in Kaodim.

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