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My Wedding Journey 16- Actual Day Wedding All in one package Photography and Videography, Gate Crash Games- Sweet Bunny



My father passed in August this year, I felt very blessed to have taken photos and videos with him on my wedding day. Watching and looking at the photographs of him do bring on tears at times but it was a good way to have a little memento of him being around to walk down the aisle with me. 

father and bride



Invest in a professional and affordable videographer and photographer - I wanted a no-frills wedding photography service that might not have aerial drone photography a whole entire team etc. What was most essential is a non- earthquake videographer who won’t lose all the precious moments captured and a photographer who take various beautiful photos even in the dim lights of the wedding banquet. I found all that with Simon Video & Photo Service





My Wedding Journey 15- Wedding Lunch Catering Services - Sweet Bunny

I remembered my catechist telling me during my confirmation that there should always be as a feast to celebrate after receiving a sacrament. We booked the church cafeteria to have a buffet lunch with family and friends.

Best Halal Wedding Catering in Singapore – I have relatives and friends who attended the church ceremony who are Muslim so dear and I decided to hire a halal-certified Orang Clove always comes to mind because of their ever-popular curry chicken and an extensive menu of both Asian and western cuisine, dear was in charge of selecting the dishes. We ordered for 60pax.

Dear was in charge of selecting the dishes he selected:

Theme: Ivory Rustic
Food Selection, Lemongrass:
Salad - Garden green salad w Italian dressing
Main Course - 50% Thai pineapple rice w chicken floss + 50% Spaghetti Aglio Olio w Mushroom
Vegetables - Sautéed Broccoli w mushroom
Meat/chicken - Herbs roasted chicken with rosemary
Fish - Baked snapper fish w Miso butter sauce
Prawn - Sautéed oatmeal prawn (with shell)
Seafood - Scallop on shell w chilli crab sauce
Finger food - Barbecue chicken satay
Delight - Pan-fried Gyoza
Pastry - Mini Chocolate Eclair
Dessert - Bo Bo Cha Cha (hot)
Beverage - Barley

A great way you can maximise your choices is by asking for 50% rice and 50% noodles, I learn this from my manager at work.

Impress your guest with beautiful wedding décor at the buffet – the décor was lovely an additional cost is added for the décor. We chose the Ivory Rustic theme which gave an old-world romantic feel. It had a rustic mailbox some flowers and ivory skirting.

The guest all commented that the food was very delicious, there was more than enough for everyone because we order an additional 5 packs as some of my nephews are still at a growing age and would usually like to help them to a second or third helping.

I also invited the priest, the church choir as well as those helping out at the church to help themselves to the buffet. It was a way to thank them for taking time off their busy schedules to help us with the wedding.

Things to ensure that your wedding lunch runs smoothly - The caters came about half an hour before lunchtime to set up so ensure that you have a friend to help you ensure they set up at the right area and also to be there when they are packing up. It is only common courtesy to ensure there is no mess left after the luncheon. There was another wedding at 3:00pm so we wanted to ensure all was spick and span for the next party.

My friend mentions to me that the church cafeteria at St. Vincent De Paul was perfect it was huge and also air-conditioned. The church secretary was very kind and helpful when we were making arrangement. He gives us very good advice and coordinated everything very well; assisting us with bookings as well as editing the service booklet I can’t thank him enough. I feel very blessed to be part of the catholic community in Singapore.


orang clove buffet


My Wedding Journey 14 - Where I purchase a kabaya singapore - Sweet Bunny



My sisters wanted to wear kebaya for my wedding reception, I being the one who always sources for stuff for my family went on the hunt for affordable Kebayas and accessories.

Best Kebaya Store in Kampong Glam -
I found a store on carousel name Kebaya By Ratianah, Located in Kampong Glam the charming store has a black retractable awning alone with a couple of kebayas being displayed at the entrance. I wanted to purchase the Kebayas via Carousell but as advised by the store owner it was better to go down to see their full collection and try on the Kebayas for a better fit.

Kebaya By Ratianah



Peranakan Kebaya Store with best customer service - We were warmly greeted by 2 young ladies who immediately assisted us with choosing our kabaya, suggesting which colours and patterns would match better together. As well as teaching us how to pin the korasang properly. perhaps I should watch more Youtube videos. I loved that my kebaya fitted like a glove being a person of a larger size it is a real treat. 


Kebaya of all sizes for women - We all prefer pink and purple kebayas, I originally wanted a dark coloured one but the sales girl convinced me that It would be very dull so she showed me a couple of beautiful blue ones. They also have a wide range of sizes from XS to 10XL. I saw many other people flood into the shop to make purchased for themselves as well as their kids. When we were making payments for out outfits, the sales girls give us instructions on how to wash and maintain the kebaya, truly this is service from the heart, I could tell they love their job.

blue kebaya lady on swing



They also have a range of Peranakan styled fashion accessories in their displays as well as intricately beaded shoes. I found that the cost of the items in the store to be very reasonable. If you happen to be in Kampong Glam,



Located at 23 Bussorah St, Singapore 199441.

father and daughters wearing kebaya

My Wedding Journey 13- Singapore Professional Emcee For Weddings - Sweet Bunny

I was firm when it came to deciding on hiring an emcee for the wedding banquet as I didn’t want to put my friends on the spot to read from a script which sometimes can get pretty awkward. I have been to banquets where you have the emcees randomly popping in and disappearing or worst forgetting their script and going off the point.

Skills of an emcee -A professional emcee is able to gauge the mood of the guest, keep the flow of the event smoothly as well as keeping track of time. All in which are highly important skills in hosting which are needed for a successful event.

Bilingual masters of ceremonies – I prefer to have just one emcee instead of 2, so an emcee that is bilingual in both Mandarin for dear’s side of the family and in English for my side of the family would be great. Being able to switch smoothly from Mandarin and English without repeating the same phrases in both languages is truly skilled.

How to find the best freelance emcee in Singapore -
I found that many other emcees charge at a very high rate perhaps due to their popularity . There are a couple of emcee agencies in Singapore namely Merry Bees, https://emceelester.com/ etc., try to get a reputable company who has google reviews as I feel that they would have better accountability of their standards. I found my emcee on Carousell her username is eventemcee1 her name is Felicia, she had many good reviews and I was very impressed that many indicated that she was very helpful and always went out of her way to help out during the event. I found that her charges were very reasonable.

I arranged to meet up with Felicia where we discussed the details of the event. She was very professional she gave us some sample scripts and said that she would get back to us in two weeks’ time with her script for our banquet. After going over the script and settling on the final details we paid her 50% of the total bill the other 50% was to be paid after the event or on the day itself.

Felicia also assisted with speaking with the banquet manager at the hotel to let him know what was needed at a certain time. The banquet concluded at 10pm sharp without a hitch all thanks to Felicia. All my guest left the banquet to seem to enjoy themselves greatly even the kids who had a great time blowing bubbles when Felicia challenged them to blow more bubbles during our walk-in. I did away with the second walk in as I found it unnecessary Felicia always took cues to what we wanted and seamlessly make the evening flow well.

Felicia was an amazing, friendly, amusing host for our wedding dinner banquet. She was proactive in coming up with ideas for our "love telepathy game" during the banquet and was very humorous as well, the guests enjoyed her jokes. Seamlessly switching between English and Mandarin, Felicia is an eloquent host as well, creating an atmosphere that was both fun and classy.

Felicia Emcee Bilingual Sinagpore

Wedding Journey 12 - Where to Get wedding shoes on a Budget - Sweet Bunny





Now that you have finalised your wedding gown, Kua if you have one and evening gown for the wedding banquet, it is time to figure out the shoes…

Agnes from Cang Ai suggested getting just one pair of shoes for the whole day. My shoes would be hidden by my long gowns anyway. I actually also used my wedding shoes for my pre-wedding shoot.



DMK, classy affordable shoes for a woman – I absolutely love DMK shoes, it is my go-to store to get shoes for work. There are some very classy designs that go well for work as well as for formal events. The high heels are comfortable, which is an absolute must for me if I was going around the entire day with them on. I purchased a pair of silver high heeled shoes; it has some plastic detail on the side, giving it a very elegant look. The best part is the shoes are very affordable ranging from $30.00 to $70.00. Look out for their storewide sales you could really catch a steal. 

Wedding Shoes SIlver DMK Heels
My Bridal Shoes, Please pardon the heel  Cushions and heel protectors I got a size too big because it was the last pair.

               


Anna Nucci Italy, high fashion shoes- If you love shoes clad with crystals, that shine and sparkle this store is for you. A tad more expensive but the shoes are just so lovely! Feel like a fairy tale princess with their range of shoes. I do see some major department stores like Metro carry the brand. But I always prefer to go down to their store to have a glimpse of their full range of shoes. 
Anna Nucci Singapore website


  
Gripz Shoes Bridal Collection - Ever since my elder sister bought a pair of Gripz shoes home I was in love with the brand, they are just so pretty! Although a little more to the expensive side, the designs are pretty classy. I have a Carrie Bradshaw moment every time I get my hands on a pair. Their Bridal collection is a little limited, my preference lies with their other collections which can easily pass off as bridal shoes. 

Chinese wedding shoes - If you would like a pair of Chinese shoes to match your Kua you could go to Yue Hwa in Chinatown. https://www.yuehwa.com.sg/. There are many available on shopping websites as well but I decided not to buy a pair for a one time use. I don't really like to purchase second-hand shoes as well for hygiene reasons. Alternatively, you could buy a pair of normal red shoes to match with other clothing and to be used again for another occasion for maybe for the Chinese new year.

Yue Hwa Bridal shoes



For the Grooms shoes, Dear bought 2 pairs of hushpuppies one for the church in the morning and the other for the banquet, pair with a good pair of nylon socks he is all set for our big day. 
 Zalora is the answer with a 30 days return policy no fear of being stuck with a badly fitted shoe if all else failed. 

Zalora Website













My Wedding Journey 11- Wedding Props for the wedding banquet - Sweet Bunny


I had an acquaintance who invited me for their wedding at the Venus ballroom at Furama Riverfront about a year before my own wedding. I took notice of the hotel decorations on our table and found them to be rusty and old fashion like something from the 80s, odd yellowish pearls and all. No way was I having those being displayed on my guest tables.

Wedding centrepieces and wedding decoration – I purchased the white baby’s breath from https://www.carousell.sg/raf.rohmini/. They were originally made for door gifts but I felt that they were easy to add and remove from the tables for a Chinese style dinner. The owner of the store was always very patient, kind and thoughtful when I arranged for the flowers to be delivered the night before she shared her concerned on the flowers being fresh enough for my wedding dinner. I clarified to her that I had a church wedding in the morning and won’t be able to collect the flowers then. I also ordered stickers from her for my guest to stick on their angbaos, for ease of sorting out those for the bride and those for the Groom. She did a fabulous job. To my surprise, my guest commented that my flowers smelled like lovely the scent covered the musky smell of that carpets another awesome reason to buy flowers from raf.rohmini. 

raf.rohmini bridal gifts



                      white babies breath flowers
Babies breath flowers deco



In addition, I bought adorable figurines of rabbits from Taobao to be placed on the tables for the guest to take home. They were just adorable.

                               
Wedding banquet table center piece




How to keep kids happy and entertain during the wedding dinner – I have often seen kids running around aimlessly or bugging their parents all throughout the wedding. I wanted the kids at my wedding dinner to enjoy them so I bought bottles of bubbles for them to blow throughout the dinner. To ensure the bubble was not out of place I made a sign that stated that they were blowing bubbles of blessings for us. My emcee got the entire guest to blow bubbles at us when we entered and during the Toasting or Yum Seng session that kids went near the stage to blow bubbles at us on their own accord, everyone found that so endearing. In case you were wondering Yum Seng means to drink to victory in Cantonese. Do seek permission from the hotel or venue owners before you purchase the bubbles every venue has rules and regulations.



Vintage looking Letterbox as an ang bao box- Ordered a white letterbox from Taobao and found it to be befitting of an angpao box. I loved that it had a lock and a flip cover to conceal the red packets within it. It fitted in with my garden-themed wedding nicely. 

ang pao box white letter box





Daiso figures as deco – Daiso is an excellent place to get figurines, I purchased mini crates and grass rabbits for my reception table. The key to having a nice display is placing items at different heights. The crates when sacked upon are pretty eye-catching, the also doubles up as containers for papers for guest to write well wishes or for you to store pens in.





My Wedding Journey 10 - Bridesmaid and Groomsmen Gifts - Sweet Bunny



I have always felt that it is important to convey to others on how much you appreciate them. It is easy to overlook and take for granted the little things people do for you. In appreciation for all the help my Groomsmen and Bridesmaid have provided dear and myself, I prepared a token of appreciation for both groups. I know bridesmaid proposals are on the rage these days but one must not forget the awesome Groomsmen. No need la men no need to be pampered like girls, you might say; but to me, a little gesture of thanks had never hurt anyone has it?

Dear and I arrange different dates to meet up with our Groomsmen and Bridesmaid separately for a guy’s afternoon out and for me a Hens party arranged by one of my Bridesmaid, I felt that was the most appropriate occasion to pass them their gifts. I spent quite a number of days deciding on what would be best as gifts for them and finally decided on shot glasses for the guys as mementoes and a gift bag for the ladies.

If you ever asked me where I love shopping for unique gifts I would instantly tell you Etsy. It is the best platform to get handcrafted, delicately made items and what more in a way you are supporting a small business of the arts community.

Best Groomsmen’s gifts on Etsy – The shot glasses got for the guys were from this shop One19stationery, the seller was very attentive and write me a couple of messages about my preferences on how the names should appear. The boxes she provided had all been specially customised for the Groomsmen with their names. What I loved most were the tiny tuxedos that were meant to be stuck on to vodka bottled, just adorable. Shipping took about a week or so and everything was well-packed nothing arrived broken or squashed. 

                                                         
vodka bottle


groomsmen gifts idea


                                                         groom  shot glass

Groomsmen Meetup



Best affordable and useful Bridesmaid gifts – In the gift bag for my bridesmaids, I prepared a pink robe with the sister of the bride written on it, I got it via Taobao. I totally regretted not ironing or steamed them haha they came all wrinkled. I also added in facemask from Innisfree, A sewing kit, plasters for blisters, makeup remover, a full set of nail cutters and files and much other stuff the ladies would need for the actual day.



My Bridesmaids and Groomsmen are all wonderful helpful people. The Groomsmen are fathers of young children and one is a father to be, to take an entire day off to assist dear and I on our wedding day meant the world to us. One of my bridesmaids who worked on Saturday even took the day off a year in advance. Dear and I treated them to a nice meal on another occasion, Always remember to be a blessing to others as they have been to you. One of the Groomsmen mentioned that he wished he gave his Groomsmen a gift during his wedding; he was deeply touched that I took the time and made the effort to show my appreciation.






My Wedding Journey 9 - Where to get beautiful and affordable wedding invitations - Sweet Bunny

When it was time to get the wedding invitations done, I had a dilemma I could either save cost and use the Invitations provided by the hotel’s vendor or spend a sum to get a nicer non-traditional invitation made. I went with the latter because having a church wedding meant that I would need 2 invitations for 2 different venues.

I wasn’t satisfied with the invitation cards the hotel provided and the fact of adding an additional simple graphic would cost me $10. I felt it was very templated and I wasn’t too crazy about a super red invitation although it was cultural and auspicious.

Printing wedding mass booklets - I began my search online and contacted a few local artist and vendors the price range was usually $1000.00 for 300 cards plus design work. Some companies don’t even bother replying my enquiry while others patiently answer my questions. I also approached a printing shop named Print and Repair, they introduced me to https://www.greetingsisland.com/ where there were many beautiful designs that you could use for free with their watermark behind the card. I used this site for the covers of my church booklets for a fee of $30.00 the alignments of the text were adjusted by page for me the total cost of 70 booklets was only $121.00 with glossy paper. They even sent me a video clip of the completed booklet being flipped to check if all was in order. I highly recommend https://printrepair.sg/ for their excellent service and quality printing.

Mass Booklet



Affordable wedding invitation card from China - Sorry, I seem to have gone off track with my church booklet; anyway I decided to print my invitations in china. https://dorishomecard.com/ was the website that I used; it was excellent that they were able to type my invitations in mandarin. My mother in law helped us write on red paper the invitation details in mandarin as I was not able to haha. My English is much better than my Mandarin. All I had to do with send Doris, the map and other details and she sends me the artwork for corrections. This process took a week and I received my cards a week later. Doris was very persistent in ensuring I gave her the best quality map so that my invitations would be printed out nicely. I would defiantly give her and her team an A for initiative and customer service. She even took a video of her staff packing the card to ensure they did not miss out on anything and always double-checking with me on the colours I wanted. Being a finicky person I do tend to change my mind a few times, they were very obliging. 

Doris House Card Website
Doris House Cards

Doris Home Card  Invitation card

Chinese and english invitation
The package I received from China




I was given Envelopes, stickers, ribbons and 3 printed sheets for the invitations to slot into the card; I found the invitation beautiful and nonconventional. It came in lovely burgundy flowers and a pink envelope. Yes… my relatives advised me to stick with the colour red but at least it was not in a shocking red colour. The invitation was printed on semi sparkly paper adding a touch of glisten to the card. They even provided double-sided tape for me to stick the invitation on the side of the open card. What I love most was the option to slot in the church invitation slip for guest who I would be inviting to my wedding ceremony. I also liked the fact that they gave you the flexibility to add additional pages like for my church invitation slipped I wanted it to have blue flowers instead of the red ones which came in the burgundy set.




I highly recommend Doris Home as a wedding supplier for invitation cards, image, all in all, it only cost me SGD $450.00, inclusive of the envelopes which some vendors don’t even provide.













My Wedding Journey 8 - Our Catholic Church Wedding - Sweet Bunny

Church of St Vincent De Paul




I am Catholic and dear isn't so we had a discussion and he agreed with getting married at church. He knew my religion was very important to me and had always been very supportive and respectful about it. It is always important to know how your other half feels communication is indeed the key. 




In order to get married in a Catholic Church, one person has to be Catholic, either the wife or the husband. It is also compulsory to complete a weekend of Catholic Engaged Encounter or Marriage Preparation Course over 6 weeks. Being mentally and spiritually prepared before uniting as one is paramount for a successful marriage after all weddings are for a day but a marriage is for a lifetime.



Dear and I opted to go for the Catholic Engaged Encounter at the marriage encounter house in Punggol, we booked a place a year in advance as the course was very popular and is almost always fully booked. Going for the course 6 months before your wedding day is recommended. My dad assisted me with writing a cheque as he wanted to give the course to us as part of his wedding gift. I mailed the deposit to the address given by Engaged Encounter office via email.



During the camp, we were advised not to share our experiences explicitly as it is for the benefit of other couples who will be attending CEE, so I will just briefly state that it was a very memorable weekend for me as dear and I spilt our hearts out and shared our thoughts and expectations of each other.



In a nutshell, the course was very thorough and informative. I reflected on my faith and it gave dear a better understanding of the catholic view on marriage. I, in turn, have learned that the marriage dear and I have is a non-sacramental natural marriage and that the promise we make to each other and to god is beyond just a legal marriage but a spiritual one as we are a sign of God's love for his church, therefore, we should make God the centre of our relationship.



Before the camp, I was fearful about what my roommate would be like I know this should be the least of my worries but spending 2 evenings sharing a room with a complete stranger was scary to me. What amazes me was our roommates were very similar to us. Ladies stayed on one level of the building while gentleman on another.


engage encounter




My roommate turned out to be a very nice lady we became friends and still keep in touch till this day the best part is our wedding dates were only a week apart. For dear, his roommate turned out to be a friend of a friend from university who is Catholic. God does work in mysterious ways and always blesses us and provides us with what we need and can handle.

On our Wedding Day at Church – There were butterflies in my tummy throughout the whole morning before the wedding service. I could tell dear was nervous too by the way he held my hand.


My bridesmaids and the ring bearer, walked down the aisle first followed by Daddy and me. He was impatient as usual asking me why I was walking so slowly he quickens up the pace down the aisle before handing dear my hand, perhaps he was nervous too.





groomsmen and bridesmaid
One Bridesmaid and Groomsmen






Bride and father of the bride
Dad walking me down the aisle







The choir sang beautifully. My sisters were the lectors while my mom in law and dad were our witnesses. Dear’s groomsman were all very supportive and helpful and did their best even this being the first catholic wedding that they attended. We said our vows and were man and wife.




bride and groom


bride and groom offering flowers to mother mary
Offering flowers to Mother Mary




bride and groom at church





I really have to thank my sisters and the Parish Secretary Gerard for helping me to organise the wedding, from booking the date and time and the venues to arranging the church florist and mass booklets. Gerard guided me throughout the entire event with so much kindness, patients and helpfulness. Father Eugene as well for being my celebrant and for always being so kind, patient, understanding and so filled with reverence guiding us on how the service should go and correcting the mass booklet to perfection.



family with rom cert



The ceremony went smoothly ending with photo taking with family and friends and catered lunch in the canteen. I am glad that our wedding day turned out as planned in a simple and modest way reaching a milestone of our lives together.








My Wedding Journey 7 - Prewedding Shoot with Cang Ai in Singapore - Sweet Bunny

Pre-wedding shoot gowns and suit - The final fitting of my gowns and dear's suits for our pre-wedding photography was done a couple of days before to ensure that everything fitted well. I had lost a couple of inches and a quick of adjustment had to be done. Xiao Ting also assigned my make-up artist to me, Christine Tan who contacted me the same evening via WhatsApp. Xiao Ting also took note on what kind of feel we would like for our photos, props to be used etc. She asked us a series of questions and I just told her we wanted a very simple photoshoot, filled with nature. 


On the day of my pre-wedding shoot, it rained very heavily. Naturally dear and I was pretty upset but the show had to go on... With the help of my younger sister, we had a very eventful day. 

Professional Bridal makeup and hairstylist -Although I wasn't given any trial make-up session, my makeup artist was Christine Tan; I cannot express how thankful I am to her. She began the morning session by asking a couple of questions and gauges the kind of style that would suit you. We paid extra for her to accompany us out throughout the day, it was totally worth it. She went above and beyond her duty, showed me on ways to pose, and adjusted my gown for me as well as assisting the photographer when needed. She is a very kind lady and I like that my makeup turned out very natural. Very experienced and dedicated in her craft. She wanted to give dear a Korean look, haha and I would say she did a pretty good job.

 

bridal make up process

pre wedding shoot couple




Pre-wedding photographer from Cang Ai Wedding - Mr Nian, a gentleman from Taiwan was my photographer, he speaks mostly in mandarin and a couple of English phrases here and there when I couldn't understand what I was supposed to do ha-ha. He was very friendly and professional; you could tell that he was having a good time as he cracked a couple of jokes or chit-chatted with us on our transport. Most importantly the photos that he took were all very natural nothing too posed, exactly what I wanted.

 Due to the heavy downpour, we opted to do our studio shoots first, the 3 story shophouse had many props, and we had to go to 2 different levels for different backgrounds and furniture. Christine helped me changed into different gowns. She also styled dear's hair and ensured his suit was neat. 


Getting Transport for your pre-wedding shoot – Xiao Ting arranged Transport for us but due to a heavy downpour, she cancelled it to help us save cost, I wonder how much cost that would be. We ended up getting Grab cabs as and when we needed for the 2 reminding venues.


Both my venues were outdoors, a cafe near the shop and the gardens by the bay were suggested to me due to the weather but I insisted on the venues I had chosen. I was glad we stuck to our choices because the rain did subside towards the evening, our photos turn out very natural and beautiful. Our guest at the wedding thought that we travelled overseas for our shoot, a huge unexpected bonus.

 

toa payoh park prewedding shoot

pre wedding shoot with umbrella



My Wedding Journey 6 - Selecting Venues for Pre-Wedding Shoot in Singapore - Sweet Bunny

In my pre-wedding package, I was given 2 locations for outdoor shoots and 1 indoor studio shoot.

When you have a pre-wedding shoot coordinator who is very inflexible and a wet blanket you have to get creative with the locations of your wedding photoshoot. 

Xiao Ting practically cancelled out every venue we requested and kept pushing for fort canning park. I was so angry with her at one point that I blasted that it is a graveyard for goodness sake. Lower Peirce Reservoir she said if we didn’t know the exact location it would be difficult for the driver.  Coney Island she said it would be difficult long walk … Garden Asia, too far not possible.  I wondered then how was it possible for the couples in her samples to go to all these places for a photo shoot in the first place?


Yet, it was a blessing in disguise. It was raining cats and dogs on the day of my photoshoot, but that story is to be told in another post...

Toa Payoh Park, forgotten place for prewedding photoshoots -  I have to thank The Smart Locals for writing about the park, I just adored the bridges at first sight of the photos of them very charming. It so happens that it was a popular spot for prewedding photos to be taken back in the 1970s. The park was also a "testing ground" for building a Japanese styled park before they started on The Japanese Gardens in Jurong. I took a bus down one Sunday afternoon and the park was bustling with maids on their day off having a picnic they played music and were dancing. I was pretty tempted to join in their fun, I am glad that our parks were put to good use there for everyone to enjoy. It was kept very clean as everyone cleaned up after themselves. My wedding shoot would take place on a weekday so it would be less crowded. 

japanese themed park toapayoh

toa payoh park

toa payoh park white bridge



 Mount Faber is a pre-wedding shoot location - I love the rainbow staircase and the lush greenery of the hilltop. Cable cars gracefully gliding by and who would forget The iconic bell of happiness but beware if you are not holding your wedding with Arbora Hilltop Dining you would have to fork out $800.00 for a photo with the bells the best part is none of this information is indicated on the companies' website.

bell of happiness mount faber


Rainbow stairs mount faber




Initially, I wanted to hire a vendor to set up a picnic site for my wedding shoot, but I was against the idea in the end because we wanted more natural photographers nothing too posed planned and faked. We didn't even bother to get any props somehow I felt they were a bit cheesy to each it's own.

I apologise if my post sounded angry, it's just the reality of wedding planning, not everything goes your way but sometimes it may be a blessing in disguise. Just enjoy the process, someday when you look back you will laugh at all the misadventures and decisions that you had to face as I often do now.

























My Wedding Journey 5 - Cang-Ai Wedding Prewedding and Actual Day Package - Sweet Bunny




I got to know about Cang AI Wedding during my search on bridal studios on google maps. They had many positive reviews with many of their clients raving about their pre-wedding photos. I too was impressed by the beautiful photos and decided to head down with dear to the bridal studio which is located in Tanjong Pagar.



After signing my wedding venue package with Furama River Front dear and I headed to Cang Ai Wedding. I must say I am very impressed by their sales team. They are very efficient; one message on Facebook messenger was all it took to get an appointment on the same afternoon.

My coordinator was Xiao Ting, from the beginning she wasn’t pleased with the amount that we had budgeted for the pre-wedding and actual day she kept pushing us to go overseas for our wedding shot when we insisted that we would like to have it done locally. Luckily for us, manager 林 overheard us and came over to put together a package that was within our budget.


She was adorable, very motherly. She slowly states all the items we would require for both our pre-wedding shoot and actual day and asked if we were comfortable with the amount that would be charged.

Xiao Ting’s face got blacker and blacker, I guess it would affect her commission from then on she never recommended us any other services that Chang Ai provided. However, she is pretty responsible she keep following up with WhatsApp messages on when we would like our photoshoot to be taken and when we would like to meet up. That was the reason I didn't request a change of coordinator.

Our pre-wedding and actual day package consisted of the following items:

1) For pre-wedding: 3 gowns for me and 2 suits for dear. 3 locations.



2) For an actual day – 2 gowns 1 Kua and 1 suit. We topped up for another suit for dear about a year closer to our wedding date. A small bouquet of flowers, wedding car deco and boutonniere were also part of the package.

3) Pre-wedding makeup artist and actual day makeup artist.

                                                   Cang-AI Wedding


We signed the wedding package - mainly because they provided a Kua and I loved the photography work which isn’t the typical cookie-cutter scene. Manager 林has also gave me confidence in Cang Ai Wedding as the company is established in Taiwan their headquarters, Japan and Hong Kong.

The staff mainly speaks mandarin, after all, they are a Taiwanese company. All the documents are written in Chinese as well but thankfully dear is better versed in the language then I am.

The first gown fitting session - was an unpleasant experience for me. I am more on the curvy side and I am a very conservative person stripping down to the bare essentials is not an easy task for me to do. Xiao Ting shot her colleague a look of disgust when she was helping me dress, I found that very unprofessional. I hated it when she used her elbows to adjust my breast in the gowns too. I was assigned Agnes for the rest of my fitting after I gave feedback and a death stare to Xiao Ting, she should bear in mind that there are mirrors and clients can see you at every angle.
I was quite upset that I didn’t get the long-sleeved gowns I requested during the signing of the packages and had to remind her again. The gown selection was also pretty limited not much to choose from but we managed to pick a white gown, a pink one and a purple one. For the suits, dear picked a grey and blue one. We were due to return after they made adjustments to the clothing.

I’ve learned that most of the gowns were all of the sweetheart cutting; I guess is for ease of alteration. Not everyone can pull off such a look but I am glad that they had given me the long sleeves that I requested in the form of a removable laced jacket. 



Looking back if you asked me if I regretted choosing this company right away and not going to other bridal studios, I would say no overall the service was good and when my wedding car driver was 3 hours late they waited patiently for the car to arrive. Also, I liked the fact that their older gowns were sold off or used for outdoor shoots, the newer ones were being reserved for the actual day. I have been to a wedding where the bride’s gown was pretty ragged and old not something I would like to portray at my wedding. Cang AI's gowns are also designed and made in Taiwan and I do say that I liked Taiwanese fashion.

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
Image credit: booking.com



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