My Wedding Journey 4- Furama Riverfront Our Wedding Banquet Choice - Sweet Bunny


From the beginning of our wedding planning, darling and I agreed that we would like to hold our wedding banquet at a hotel for the reason that we were the first from our families to get married and also for the comfort of our elderly relatives who were also more traditional.

Furama riverfront hotel
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Wedding banquets are a great way to celebrate tying the knot but do keep in mind that it comes with a hefty price tag, here are some things you would like to keep in mind while planning the celebratory lunch or dinner.



The high cost of wedding banquets in SingaporeYear upon year the prices have been increasing per table, aside from the ideals of high ceilings and pillar-less ballrooms, the cost was the biggest factor for us. I wanted a package that had the best frills, such as free-flow alcohol and hotels stay for us as well as for our bridesmaids. It really helps when you list down your wants for the event and discuss with your partner what you really can make do without.



Deciding the number of tables for your wedding banquet Yes it is tempting to invite the entire kampong but the question is will everyone turn up? Never expect the ang pao to foot the bill it is a very risky assumption. Keep your guest list to close friends and family. For darlings and my case, 30 individuals did not turn up for the event but thankfully we have many generous guests. We chose to have about 20 tables with 1 reserve.



Furama Riverfront a dear friend’s brother held his wedding at the location and she shared that the service was good. The hotel which is located at 405 Havelock Rd, Singapore 169633, met all our requirements and as well as our budget.




Why we chose the Mercury Ballroom at Furama Riverfront

Pros

· The Mercury ballroom on Level 5 could accommodate from 25 to 34 Tables.

· It has a nice view of the forest on one side and on the other, a poolside decorated with fairy lights that light up at night on the other.

· A lift also goes directly to the ballroom there was also more privacy in the indoor foyer area compared to the Venus Ballroom which is shared amongst the Jupiter ballrooms.

Con

· The downside was the low ceiling and many pillars but the 3 projector screens made up for it. The price was right and the hotel was able to accommodate to our 21 tables so we sealed the deal.

foyer area mercury ballroom
Foyer Area 

Front stage



furama pool
Poolside view to Mercury ballroom


Attractive Budget-Friendly Wedding Banquet by Furama Riverfront The management has really pulled out all the stops, from free-flow alcohol, hotels stay for us as well as for our bridesmaids, door gifts, even a mini dim sum buffet for your guest before the wedding begins. We couldn’t ask for more, it was indeed all we needed.



In House Bakery At Furama Hotel  Artisan cakes have been on the rage lately and I didn’t like the idea of cutting into a Styrofoam cake. Furama Riverfront has it very own in house bakery and was able to provide us with a real one that was another huge plus for me. I didn’t mind forking out a bit more money for the cake that my guest would enjoy without the hassle of making a logistical arrangement with an outside vendor.

Their speciality cake is their chocolate cake which will be given to you in its 1 kg form as part of the package.

Apologies for the sliced up cake, haha my Mother in Law Couldn't wait to have a slice before we took a photo. 
My hubby and I went greedy mama haha when we found out haha.




There you go our reasons for picking Furama Riverfront, I hope the information helped you in some way in deciding your venue. Happy Planning!




My Wedding Journey 3 - Save On Wedding Decor With DIY Crafts - Sweet Bunny

garden partition and lamp jar




Photo album display table décor I guess every wedding in Singapore has a table where the venue be it a hotel or country club provides you to display your photo album or memorabilia. There are many companies offering services for themed setups but if you are like me and would like to save a pretty penny, crafting is the way to go.



I have to say that I am a real nut when it comes to working on crafts; needless to say, I was yearning to create a few pieces for my wedding decoration a year before the actual day. My brain had its creative juices running and my hands were trembling to begin.




Pick simple to do yet stylish projects for your wedding – My youngest sister came across a beautiful picture of a glass jar lamp with a silhouette of a rabbit on Pinterest. I instantly fall in love with this simple yet elegant decorative item. I also came up with an idea to create a mini fence partition out of items bought from Daiso. Just adding fairy lights to these items, jazzes up any decorative set-up.



When choosing a project, I always kept in mind what I am capable of to avoid disappointments when my artwork is not up to standard and also not to waste money and materials. Yes as the saying goes if you never try you will never know but, I am on cost-saving mode at the moment.



Sourcing for cheap craft materialsI always felt that crafting materials need not be expensive, with a little creativity a simple Jar from Fariprice extra which cost $2.00 or items such as rice paper, decoupage glue and varnish from Daiso would work just as well. Also, look of for stuff you have lying around the house just could be made into something new.



Simple deco ideas and crafts I made.

Silhouette jar for wedding decoration – This project is very simple, what I did was print out the design using my HP top load printer on rice paper then stick the rice paper on to the jar using PVA glue/ White Glue. You may also use mod podge which is a better decoupage medium. Another method is printing out the silhouette on paper and using an art knife to cut it out and stick it inside the jar. Needless to say, I wasn’t very competent with the art knife so sticking my cutout outside the jar did the job for me. Lastly, use white paint and paint it on to the jar to give it an opaque feel.

print out on rice paper
 

Mini fence partition – In every display I always felt that having a backdrop is important, knowing that my hotel is rather dimly lit, I wanted to lighten up the place, while browsing in Daiso in a novena, I came across these adorable Mini fence partitions and instantaneously an idea struck me. I purchased tiny door hinges and some vines. Initially, I wanted to screw in the door hinges but my father advised me to glue them on instead as the wood was rather thin and screwing in the nails would warp the wood. I then wound and twine in the leafy wines into the partitions of the wooden frame alone with fairy lights. The structure can stand on its own, switch on the fairy light and wow la you have a dazzling backdrop.

Photo frames as tabletop signage
- Photo frames come in all sorts of designs and designs, they also make very good tabletop signatures for guest books, snacks and other gifts you would like to offer your guest. Just slip in the printout text into the frames instead of photographs, it is as simple yet as classy as that.

Photo Frame with quotes



Have fun crafting! I sure had fun doing my crafts a year before my wedding … Talk about being kiasu.

diy wedding album display


Lasting Graduation Flowers Singapore - Sweet Bunny






My younger sister graduated with Masters and I wanted to surprise her by getting her a bouquet of flowers. There is a great range of florist in Singapore but I specifically wanted something more lasting, that wouldn’t wither after the special occasion.



Adorable plush keychain perfect as a memento - I also wanted my sister to have something that commemorates her graduation day, I recalled that she once told me that she liked Angel from the cartoon Lilo and stich. I did spend quite an amount of time in my quest for a Plush Graduation Angel. It wasn’t easy but I eventually found her on Carousell, described as a Pink Stich on Mizzu Flora’s website.


 


Lasting dried flowers –Dried flowers are just as pretty and way more lasting and economical, my sister’s boyfriend and I decided to share the cost and save on transport by doing self-collection. The colourful baby’s breath and the 3 cotton plants were a pretty arrangement, as long as the flowers were kept away from sunlight in a well ventilated room, they would be able to last half a year and perhaps longer. Mizzu Flora is a Korean certified florist who has about 200 good reviews on Carousell, which more than vouches that they are an excellent choice for flowers.

Beautiful flower bouquet wrapping
– I liked that we were given a choice of wrapping colours. There were 2 styles to choose from a white one and a black one bounded together with a ribbon which consisted their branding.

                                           
Great website and shopping cart system - The website was simple but well designed , I could easily navigate thru the site and at a glance was able to see the floral collection available. Checking out with my order was also a breeze, no hassle at all, they accept credit card payment. 

                                 

Ease of self-collection of flowers - In the checkout page there is a column to select your preferred self-collection timing, just set the date and time and your good to go, the collection address was sent to me via email once my transaction was successful.

                                           

Well packaged bouquet of flowers
– After my sister’s boyfriend picked up the flower he sent me a photo of it. We arranged to collect the flowers the day before and we were pleased. It was packed in a transparent bag and had a complimentary gift card in a shape of a silver heart.

Support budding businesses – I always felt that we should support budding business rather than well-established ones from time to time, budding business usually consists of an individual completing all the task from design to delivery all by themselves. For their time and effort I deeply feel that we should give them kudos for their hard work, effort and determination.

On the day of my sister’s graduation she was thrilled to receive the bouquet and how much effort we made to get her what she loved. She found Angel plush adorable in her graduation gown. My sister’s BF and I were glad that our efforts paid off, bring a smile to someone you love does make you gleam with happiness too.
Mizzu Florist - 
https://mizzuflora.com 
Blk 46 HDB Bendemeer Road, S330046.

Best Eyebrow Embroidery by Ibrow Studio Bishan - Sweet Bunny



Getting my makeup done before work is part of my morning ritual, I used to spend excessive time drawing and filling up my eyebrows. While my natural brows are thick in the front it rather spares towards the ends. I would take up to a good 15 to 20 minutes to complete the daunting task of ensuring that they were as symmetrical as possible.



i brow studio Bishan





Professional beauticians at work - Enough was enough; I decided to semi-permanently fix my brows. I have been heading to Ibrow studio (Bishan Branch) for the past year or so for eyebrow threading, I loved that the therapist was very professional, they were patient, kind and highly skilled individuals, always reassuring me and consoling me when I apologised for tearing up. They also gently mentioning other services they provided and had never hard-selling packages to me.



Past experience with bad beauticians - I do tend to tear up or cringe when I get my threading done; I guess my tolerance for pain has dwindled over the years. This might have easily frustrated a beautician as I have experience in the hdb salons in Ang Mo Kio, the beautician got so frustrated she threw down the thread what a loud AH YA and chose to pluck my hairs instead. She didn’t do a very good job giving me uneven eyebrows and rushing through the process. I do suggest you try out a salon to test their skills or check reviews online to ensure that you select the right beautician especially if you are getting embroidery done, I have heard of cases of scaring, brows turning green or red after careless work.



What you need to know about eyebrow embroidery - Eyebrow embroidery or micro-blading is a process where a tiny needle punctures into a layer of your skin and dye is inserted. Always make sure the salon practice good hygiene. Nicole the beautician from Ibrow studio showed me that she started with a brand new needle which is very critical. Disposable needles and blades are best to avoid transition of diseases. I have also noticed that Nicole mixed a fresh coat of ink in time and wore gloves for the entire process.

I also noticed that the salon had a UV steriliser which assured me even more.




UV Steriliser hygienic equipment


The procedure of micro-blading / eyebrow embroidery – Nicole showed me the service menu along with examples of each design, she explained that each price range is for different designs namely –

· Embroidery Incl: 1 Touch Up + Recover Cream

· Misty Brow Incl: 1 Touch Up + Recover Cream

· 3D Creative Incl: 1 Touch Up + Recover Cream

· Natural Floating Incl: 1 Touch Up + Recover Cream

· Korean Exquisite Nude Brow Incl: 1 Touch Up+ Recover Cream



I chose the Misty Brow Design because I felt it looked most natural. After analysing my eyebrows and drawing out the desired design Nicole applied a numbing cream onto my skin she allowed it to set into the skin for about 15 minutes before working on inking in my brows. The process took about an hour and was relatively painless. The finished product was a super-duper dark pair of eyebrows, she assured me that after scabbing of the skin the shade would be natural after the scabbing cycle of the skin which takes about 2 weeks. She gave me a bottle of wound healing gel to apply on to my brows daily, it doesn’t help with pain or itching but it aids in the healing process.

numbing gel






Dos and Don’ts after eyebrow embroidery

· Do wash and cleanse your face but avoid the eyebrows area

· Avoid contact with water in the eyebrow area

· Avoid direct sunlight

· Avoid exercise and sweating as it will affect the colour of your eyebrows for the first week after.

· Avoid scratching or forcing scabs to drop off allow it to do so naturally

· Avoid using whitening products around the eyebrow area.

microblading scabbing


Second touch up of eyebrow embroidery As a first-timer I was inexperienced with caring for my eyebrows, I did meddle with the scabs resulting in the slightly faded tip and front. Luckily 3 months later was touch uptime. It was admittedly more painful the first even with numbing cream, perhaps because the skin around my eyebrows were a layer thinner. Nicole was very considerate and tried her best to make the process as comfortable as possible by adding more numbing cream. Overall I love my completed brows, just as the first round scabbing for 2 weeks and wow la the final product. I was told that embroidery needs to be touched up every year but for the price of not drawing in my brows every day, it was totally worth it!


final eyebrow embroidery



My Wedding Journey 2 - How To Pick The Right Wedding Vendors - Sweet Bunny



These days we are spoiled for choice with vendors who cater to all your wedding needs but just how should we go about selecting the right vendors for your special day? Here are some guidelines you may find useful.

bridal store


Photo by Charisse Kenion on Unsplash


Where to find reliable wedding vendors reviews A year before my wedding I became a dayre/ blogger stalker, I googled every vendor that caught my eye and researched on the reviews given by many wonderful ladies who gladly shared their experiences on their blogs. They shared about: Wedding invitation designs and Bridal Studios, Hotels, Dowry items etc. I also found that forums also provide a wealth of information on individual vendors, but some tend to be a little outdated so do try to be mindful on when each post is dated.






Locating the best bridal studios in Singapore - with Google maps - After reading all the blog and forum reviews, I was not convinced keen on choosing the more popular studios as their gowns were not to my liking. Businesses listed on google all have a review section, where you could look thru and judge for yourself if they are authentic or not. When you use the keywords such as bridal, bridal studio and wedding on google maps, a whole range of bridal studios will appear in the search results.

Bridal studio google map


In these results, information such their opening hours, websites and most importantly a virtual tour which provides a glance of the exterior of the bridal studios, this function is a time saver. You don’t have to go down to each and every one; you can eliminate those that have many bad reviews and list down those that really caught your eye and as a bonus get to know another bridal studio that isn’t as popular but provide good service, do compare notes to unsponsored blog post and forums to really get down and scrutinize their service standards.
reviews ratings





Using Carousel to source for vendors Some may describe the app as Carouhell but to me it is a treasure trove of home-based vendors selling flower, for a table centerpiece, designers for labels and stickers, budget printers for church booklets, when cost savings is your game you may also consider getting pre-loved wedding deco, if the items are in great condition and are used only once, a great way to go green as well less waste is always great for the environment. Just ensure that the vendors you pick have good reviews to lower your chances of face disappointments.

Carousell


Popular wedding websites and wedding magazine online
Online magazines such as Her World Bridal Magazine ,  Female Magazine Bridal and Blissful BrideMagazine provide a great source of bridal articles online on a regular basis, from the photographs they usually state the vendors being featured. They also exclusively share on the different wedding venues so you can get a sense on the feel of the location. Wedding websites, on the other hand, have vendors paying to be listed on their list on their sites, but they do have comprehensive information about the vendor as well as reviews from people who sign on to the website, it does give a good gauge and another way you can evaluate a vendor, having different sources such as blog post, forums and a website can definitely assist in helping you decide if the vendor is worthwhile.






My Wedding Journey 1 – Planning your finances and budgeting - Sweet Bunny

When the word wedding comes to mind, how much it would cost oftern rings a bell.


Photo by Michael Longmire on Unsplash



The cost of a wedding in Singapore – The common ranges that I read and heard about are $10,000 for a simple wedding with a buffet reception, $40,000 for a church ceremony and dinner in the evening and it can go up to $100,000 for the very lavish weddings at 5-star Hotels, artisan wedding cakes, bridesmaid proposal and all the other fancy stuff you can imagine.


A rule of thumb an everyday couple should go by is not to expect your guest’s ang paos to foot the bill of your wedding. Relying on ang pao money is very risky; imagine the credit card bills and interest rates you would have to face if the ang bao money is not sufficient.

Ever since I was a child my father always advised me to never start a marriage in debt. He does randomly give me anecdotes on life every now and then when ,thank you papa for always making learning life skills fun.


Smart budgeting for weddings – This may seem strange to some but my fiance and I have been saving up for our wedding since the moment we went steady, I guess that the fact that we were both 28 at the time and knew we wanted to get married someday. We started a joint account and kept our saving in the OCBC Bonus account because the interest was good at that time.

Being money smart is the key to starting a life together on the right foot.



Wedding Planning Checklist – Having a wedding planning checklist is a great way to ensure that you have covered the essentials, always ensure to list down the critical must-haves for your wedding such as: 
The venues, book it in advance, a year before your actual date this would give you a higher chance of securing the venue on a specific day as well as getting tables at a better rate.

Decor to be handmade by yourself or would you prefer to hire a vendor?

 Transportation.

Photography, videography 

 Most importantly of all, the bridal studio package. 

List it all down, everything that comes to mind and strikes off items that you both agree aren't necessary.



A complete wedding timeline – Set a timeline with your hubby to be on when you would like to make certain purchases. This would give you ample time to save up for big-ticket items as well as estimate the time required to achieve each targeted items. With inflation and GST  rising, do ensure that you allocate a little extra for each item just in case.



Wedding Budget Planner – Microsoft Excel has many useful templates out of which I found a wedding budgeting template, featuring estimated and actual cost everything is itemized into categories for all your wedding needs in a neat and organized manner.

It is an excellent tool for gauging and keeping track of your cost. In turn, this will hopefully prevent one from over-spending and keeping to the budget.

Wedding Budget Planner  floral microsoft  excel
Budget Planner excel
 Aren't they pretty? Thank you Microsoft Office!


Sticking to your wedding budget - Initially I found it hard to keep to my budget due to the many temptingly gorgeous adverts and displays, I guess it all comes down to being disciplined, keeping to your budget doesn’t mean not having anything fancy at all, it just means selecting a few things that you are willing to splurge on while cutting down on items that you are willing to overlook.


As stressful as wedding planning can be, do take time to breathe. Ensure that you make decisions at the right state of mind, never sign a contract at the heat of the moment with a very persuasive salesperson. Do your research, discuss with your partner, decided together and determine the right choice.


If you are reading this, you are most probably engaged or to be wed if so, Congratulations are in order, Happy Planning!

Red Hair Colour , L’Oréal color - Sweet Bunny

For 2019 I wanted to get a fresh new look.

After watching the Aquaman movie I was in awe of Mera's gorgeous red hair and decided to give a shot. The last time I dyed my hair that colour was ages ago back in the early 2000s… 10 years later, I have to say that hair chemicals has improved… Hair is no longer grass dry and damaged after being dyed. 

Hair colour that won't break the office dress code- Don't get me wrong I love the vibrant red of Mera's hair but it is was a little loud for me, not appropriate for a front line day job as I have to uphold a corporate image. I asked Ken my trusty hair stylist for a recommendation from the colour chart and he picked a lighter shade that would be more obvious under the light, a peek-a-boo kind of shade that was not so obvious.



Hair colour for skin tone – It is important to know your skin tone to match your hair shade, you would want your skin and hair to complement each other. I have warm tanned skin and the red shade gives me a pop of colour.

If you are unsure of what your skin tone is.  Check out this quiz I found by https://www.vixendaily.com, it is pretty accurate:

They also have a whole series of quizzes you could do to truly find out which shades and would matches your skin the most.


Red hair is great for all ages – There is so much you can do with red highlights and dyes, different hues from burgundy to orange, copper, ginger and bronze which easily give you that extra dimension to your hair from the otherwise flat look. The possibilities are endless just ensure that it suits your skin tone.

Red dyed hair care – It is normal to experience some bleeding of the hair colour for the first couple of washes, especially for dark bold or vivid colours like blue or red, due to the porosity of the hair or unsuitability of the hair dye. I was advised to wash my hair every 2 days and after my fourth wash, my hair colour has stopped bleeding.

Conclusion on my hair dye job – I dyed my hair brown last August and I am glad that the new red did not fuse to the brown; I once read in a magazine that hair colour fusing is possible. Ken is indeed very skilled he, at the start of every appointment he would study my hair and ask questions on when my last dye job was and if I used any other products before working on my hair. I love my new hair colour it gave my hair a new lease of life, I look refreshed and ready to go, Cheers to kicking off 2019 with a bang!


Focus Hairdressing in Chinatown point has been my go-to salon for the past couple of years, Ken and Jane are the nicest stylists I know, they are always attentive and always share their professional options on what styles, cuts, treatments and colours would suit me best.

Red hair



You can find Ken at :
Focus Hairdressing
133 New Bridge Rd, Singapore 059413