We’re very excited to announce that we’ve finally settled our wedding venues!! Huge item off our list checked (:
I know some of you saw that we posted on FB some time back about having a NYE2016 wedding. That was our initial plan & the date was special to us as it’s the day that we had our first date. However, those plans fell through & we had to come up with an alternate plan which we feel is way more “us”. Will elaborate more on how we came to the decision at the end of the post, but first let’s reveal our venues!
We’ll be having a cosy destination wedding in BALI on 15th October 2016 for family & close friends. The venue we chose – ULUWATU SURF VILLAS, is stunning. It’s a private villa on a cliff top, with a huge lawn to host an after party!
We didn’t have time to make a trip to Bali to go venue hunting, but the pictures we’ve seen so far of USV won us over completely. The reasonable prices (compared to other villas in the area) as well as their very efficient resident wedding planner, also helped us seal the deal with them. It’s still 11 months away, but we’re so excited to see the venue in person next year! I’m sure it’ll be breathtaking, walking down the aisle with such an amazing view & the sound of the ocean lapping against the shore~
Since B & I are both Catholic, we have to be legally married in a Catholic Church. So our Bali wedding will be purely symbolic – more like a celebration of our love & commitment. Just a trip to have fun with the ones close to our heart, give us a chance to write our own vows (which we would not get to do in a Catholic Ceremony), & have our dream Pinterest-worthy wedding. Our Church wedding will be the real deal (where we will sign the ROM cert) & be pronounced husband & wife in front of God. And also the date which we will be celebrating our Wedding Anniversaries in future (:
We have chosen the CHURCH OF ST IGNATIUS to celebrate our Holy Matrimony!
It’s a modern church (with aircon) that’s not too big, and has a pretty large hall which we can use for our reception. I especially love how this couple styled their wedding & reception there. I hope they don’t think it’s creepy that I saved their photos from The Wedding Scoop & reposted them here, but rather see it as a compliment that I loved their decor!
I know it’s really superficial, but we didn’t choose our respective parishes (Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour – My Parish & Church of The Holy Spirit, B’s Parish, both pictured below) as we felt they wouldn’t gel well with our overall theme.
Our first choice was actually Church of St Mary of the Angels, followed by Church of St. Teresa.
However, Church of St Mary of the Angels does not allow non-parishioners to wed there, & Church of St Teresa, being the most popular Catholic Church in Singapore for weddings, was alr booked for our Oct dates. (Those who want to get married there please book > a year in advance!! No kidding)
Anyway, in summary, here’s what happened which led us to our current plan. We always knew we wanted a Western style reception (no hotel banquets for us), so we were pretty fixed on having it at the beautiful Marquee at Alkaff Mansion.
But alas, we received the news that the whole marquee is going to be torn down by Mar 2016 & no events are allowed to be held on that space anymore!! We were so depressed, like how unlucky could we be? We considered renting our own marquee & holding it at somewhere like the huge lawn outside The White Rabbit, or even Hort Park. But the quoted rate for an air conditioned marquee for about 400 guests was $36k!! Omg we got a shock. Never knew it would cost so much. So it was back to square 1.
We had to reconsider having a hotel banquet since other western restaurants would not be able to fit our then guestlist of about 300-400 people. We researched & realised Hotel Fort Canning has a marquee too!
We took a trip down to have a look & eventually liked it enough & paid a deposit to book NYE 2016. However, due to some miscommunications, they could not follow through with certain details, so we decided to terminate the contract. Thankfully, after 3 months of back & forth with them, we were able to get our refund back! It was a huge relief, but the 3 months really put us in a very tight spot as we could not proceed with our wedding planning.
After those tough 3 months, we realised that what we really want is something more casual & personal, hence we decided on a destination wedding! Kinda sad that we were not able to keep our NYE2016 date, as Bali would be in their monsoon season, so we settled for Oct 2016. It’s still not too rushed to plan, and most of my siblings would have finished their exams, except poor Sarah with A Levels 😦 Oh well, we can’t please everyone, it’s our wedding after all!
So glad that a big chunk of our planning is out of the way & we can focus more on the more fun stuff like the theme & our outfits etc. hehe. Will update this space whenever we make a major decision (: