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.