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Wedding Planning – Theme & Invitations

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Back to share more about my wedding planning journey! The theme of your wedding affects most of the decisions you make throughout wedding planning, so it is important to have an idea of the theme you want right from the start. There are so many different types of themes out there you could go with, so do brainstorm with your other half on this, it’s one of the things your man should definitely have a say in as it sets the tone of your big day.

For B and I, as we were going to have 2 weddings – a ceremony in Church in Singapore, and a celebration in Bali, we chose to have one main theme which was further broken down to suit the 2 weddings. Our overarching theme was Organic/Rustic, as we both really like nature and wanted something more relaxed. This theme would include lots of wild greenery and flowers and wooden accents throughout.

We wanted the Church wedding to be a little more formal, so it was a rustic elegant style with blush and sage being the primary colours. We even chose Church of St. Ignatius as it has very earthy colours that would suit our theme.

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As for Bali, as it was going to be a fun celebration, we opted for a rustic bohemian style with brighter citrus-y colours.

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Your invitations are your guests first introduction to your wedding theme so it is imperative that your invitations really embody your theme to a T. When it came to doing up our invitations, I knew I wanted a design in watercolour and nice typography. It was pretty much a no brainer choosing Pearlyn & Paper to be our invitation designer, as that is exactly what she excels in! I had actually started following her on instagram when she was planning her own wedding years back and before she even started her wedding stationery business. Soon after I got engaged, she held a contest to celebrate 5k followers, and though I did not win, she gave all participants a 10% discount for her services! So awesome!

If you see on her website, she has a “Don’t Kan Cheong” Wedding Invitation Timeline, which was a lifesaver in helping me plan out when to do my invites, print etc. She suggests starting the consultation process 6-9 months before the big day. Being kiasu, I reached out to her 9 months before, and it was really lucky that I did as she was already heavily pregnant and managed to squeeze me in before she popped and took a hiatus.

The process entailed lots of back and forth between us through email as she is currently based in Barcelona. It wasn’t easy communicating without meeting face to face and it definitely did not help that I was being such a Bridezilla, demanding for particular leaves (eucalyptus – my absolute fav!), flowers (peonies, ranunculus etc.), shades and fonts to be included in the designs. In the package price, we were allowed 4 revisions, and we utilised all 4, and thankfully were very pleased with the end results.

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Singapore Church Wedding

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Bali Wedding Celebration

As you can see, the invitations utilised the same font. Pearlyn and I decided to split the cost of a font that I liked. It was a great idea as I could then use the font in other different aspects of our wedding like the slides, videos and decor, to tie everything in together.

Btw, Pearlyn works with a printer in Singapore, so you will get all hardcopies mailed right up to your doorstep, very convenient. After you get the hardcopies and envelopes, it’s time to address the invites! I actually went for a calligraphy class way back cos I knew I wanted to address my invitations nicely. BUT I learnt that my calligraphy sucks and it is super hard work. I did over 200 envelopes myself and it took me weeks!! It was nice that most of my friends appreciated my efforts, but in the end many still questioned why I was so old fashioned and asked for an e-invite instead. Thus my suggestion is to print some (like <50) hardcopies for your close relatives/friends and get them addressed by a professional calligrapher (so they look nice in photos hehe), and for the rest of the guests, just send them a soft copy. I know it doesn’t feel as personal, but come on it’s the 21st century, most people actually do not mind. Also, you get to save on printing costs & save paper (the earth). Here’s some photos of my hard work with my addressing kit!

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After completing the addressing, we tried to give out as many invites as we could in person, but due to the lack of time and being so busy, we had to mail the rest. Thus, we had to take a trip to the post office during a lunch break to mail them. They gave us such ugly stamps, I was so sad 😦

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T’was super hard work indeed. Boy, do I not miss those busy times haha. Hope this post is useful for all you brides/grooms out there that happen to chance upon my page, till next time!

XOXO,

Daryl

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Wedding Planning – Gown Hunting

Yay so happy to say I’ve finally settled on the dresses for my big day(s)! While gown hunting was extremely fun & exciting, it was also massive tiring & I’m kinda relieved that it’s over. I went to 7 boutiques over 3 Saturdays! Crazy huh. I’m pretty sure I’ll miss it after I get married though. 

Luna Pom Pom

  

The first boutique I visited was Luna Pom Pom. It’s an indie boutique selling dresses from Jenny Yoo & the affordable lines of Watters, Willowby & Wtoo. I heard of them from social media, and our photographer also recommended it. 

  
This is the first ever wedding dress I tried! I’ve always imagined myself in a strapless tulle ballgown, firstly cos I LOVE tulle & also cos I thought a ballgown would be the most flattering on me since I’m pear shaped. B also picked it out & said it’s the most “me” dress. We were both so excited for me to try it on, & I think he teared when he saw me in a white gown for the first time. The feeling was so surreal, cos I finally felt like a bride! 

  
My experience with Luna Pom Pom was awesome, probably the best one I had. The boutique is so beautiful with loft vibes, 2 full length mirrors for you to see the dress from different angles, and comfy sofas for your entourage to sit on and admire you as you step out of the curtains onto the pedestal. It really made me feel like a Princess! The owner, Shenny, is such a sweet lady, and was super nice & helpful & made me feel so comfortable throughout the whole process. 

  
She patiently let me try on so many dresses of different styles & cuts so that I could have a better idea of what cuts would suit me. 

Though I didn’t find “the one” here, I would definitely recommend brides-to-be this boutique!! The dresses are very affordable ($1+k to $2+k), and the service is excellent. I enjoyed my time here so much (:

Blessed Brides

  

My next stop that day was Blessed Brides. From the start I never wanted those typical bridal packages, and preferred to get my dresses ala carte. What attracted me to them is that they offer both rental & sale of Spanish labels Pronovias & Rosa Clara’s more affordable lines. 

  
The boutique, located in a shophouse was quite pretty as well, though more traditional looking than Luna Pom Pom. What I really liked was that the consultant/designer attached to me really knew what she was doing. She looked at me for awhile, and knew I was pear shaped before I could even tell her. She then went to pick out dresses that would suit my body type. 

  
This dress has such a gorgeous train omg, it wasn’t my style but I couldn’t get the image of this train out of my head haha. The other dresses she picked out for me were pretty spot on though. 

  
This dress almost became the one! It made me realise that I could actually pull off a mermaid cut, which I was pleasantly surprised by.

Overall, my experience here was pleasant & I feel worth visiting. I just didn’t really like that there were more than one appointments going on at the same time, so it didn’t feel very private. The consultant/designer was also a tad pushy. However, she did know what she was doing. Prices are quite affordable, ranging about $1.5k to $1.8k for AD rental including alterations. 

Fairy Godmother’s Bridal

This place is rather special & I found out about it quite randomly through a forum. It’s actually a home boutique in Bedok! These 2 sisters buy dresses from the U.S. & they actually carry some branded designers like Vera Wang at a really good price. About $500 for AD rental! Such a steal.

  
This is a similar dress to the one worn by Kate Hudson in Bride Wars!! Super iconic, I just had to try it on. 

  
I really liked this one by Mori Lee as well, it’s so flattering & made me look so curvy (in a good way).

The sisters were really nice & welcoming. I would suggest this place if you’re looking for designer dresses for cheap! Super impressed with their business model as this is just a side job for them.

Silhouette The Atelier

This boutique is located in a gorgeous 2 storey shophouse. I saw many positive reviews online so I decided to visit. They only carry their own in-house line, so they didn’t allow any pictures which is understandable. 

From the rack that I saw, they seem to specialise a lot in tulle & ballgown dresses. So I liked many of the dresses that I saw! I was only allowed to pick 3 dresses to try though. The consultant/designer thought I would look best in a mermaid dress so she went to hunt one down for me. It was stunning! Like the moment I walked out, my mum & sister were swooning over how pretty it looked. And B was just speechless. It had an illusion neckline & low back, gorgeous beading on the bodice, and a huge tulle train which I loved! Such a daring design similar to a designer I really love but can’t afford – Galia Lahav. So sad I don’t have a picture of it. 

Ultimately I didn’t choose that dress as I felt that it was much too grand for my Church Wedding venue, which is more cosy & doesn’t have a very long or wide aisle. It was also rather expensive for a Singaporean designer, about $3+k for rental! However, if you would like a more unique dress, and have the budget, you can consider them. Was quite impressed with their designs. They will also keep the dress for you the moment you book it so no one else will wear the gown before your wedding day. This is unlike the 2 boutiques I mentioned above.

The Gown Warehouse

This boutique is literally located in a warehouse in Woodlands!! Similar to Silhouette, they also do their own in-house designs, so no pictures of their gowns. Managed to snap a picture of one of their changing rooms though. Quite nice, with a sofa in front! Good for tired hubby-to-bes who get dragged along for so many fittings haha.

  
Though this boutique has many rave reviews online, I was actually quite disappointed with my visit here. 

Firstly, I didn’t really like many of the dresses here. And after trying a few dresses, I realise the dresses here were made really small. I ended up feeling very insecure that morning for not being able to fit into many dresses. I know I’m not the usual petite Singaporean girl, but I wouldn’t consider myself fat either. So I wouldn’t recommend bigger boned ladies like myself to come here. Most of the dresses here were also lace-ups which I personally don’t like. I much prefer dresses with concealed zips.

Secondly, the attention we got from the staff here was dismal. At all the boutiques that I went to, there would always be one staff attached to me. Over here, not only did the staff keep changing, they sometimes disappeared completely. I was frequently in the changing room calling out for help & no one but B would be outside. Even after I was done trying all the dresses, we had to wait a really long time before anyone gave us the quotations for the dress and we could leave. 

The only plus point for this boutique would be that the dresses are on the cheaper side, about $1k to rent & $1.5k to buy. 

Truly Enamoured

This boutique is another more special boutique that I visited. They carry designer label gowns like Paolo Sebastian (one of my favs!), Monique Lhuillier, Reem Acra & Inbal Dror. Basically every brides’s dream to have so many different designer labels in one place! They even offer rentals of these gowns, which isn’t very common as designer gowns usually have to be bought. So what they do is bring in a few gowns every few weeks, and once a dress is booked they will keep it for that bride. Hence, their dresses are always changing and it’ll be your luck as to which dresses are around during your visit. 

The experience there was really luxurious. The consultant, Michelle, wears gloves when handling the dresses & would help me into every single dress to ensure they remain in top condition. Sadly, no photos were allowed though. It was so amazing being able to try on all these designer gowns. The quality of these gowns are so different than the standard wedding gowns I had tried. The tulle used was unbelievably soft & light, like a cloud. It was no wonder the prices of these gowns matched the quality haha. Even at rental prices, they were out of my budget (about $4-5k to rent, and more than double to buy!), I almost fainted! 

It was really hard to get the feeling of wearing those beautiful dresses out of my head. So to brides out there, do try to only try dresses within your budget, if not you will be very tempted to just burst it like I was! 

Tiara Bridal

This boutique, located in Delfi (where there are many other bridal boutiques) has a really small but cosy space. Similar to Truly Enamoured, they also offer rental of designer gowns like Vera Wang & Monique Lhuillier, but at a cheaper price point. As it was my last appointment booked, I was getting quite worried as I had not found “the one” yet. If after 7 appointments, I couldn’t find the dress, it would mean I’m too picky & either have to choose a dress I didn’t love, or continue with the gown hunting which I was already so tired of. As I had already gone through so many appointments, I knew which cuttings would suit me best, so I told the owner, Ling, so she could quickly pick out the dresses for me.
  

Lo & behold, I FOUND THE ONE!! Not the one pictured above though, I shall save that for the actual day. I was overjoyed to find a dress that was so “me”, on my last appointment no less! However, I decided to take a few days to mull over it to ensure I was making the right choice. A week later, I was back here trying the gown again, & I loved it even more than when I first tried it on. That’s when I knew it was truly the one! I made the deposit that day, and even though it exceeded my budget, it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to wear a designer gown so it’s worth it to me. 

Would definitely recommend this boutique since I found my dress here (: Their service is pretty good too, they even serve you tea before you begin!

Grace Loves Lace

For my Bali dress, since it’s going to be a much more casual event than my Church wedding, I wanted something more free spirited & fun! GLL is perfect. They’re an Australian online bridal boutique carrying many unique dress of that style. Being online, the prices are much more affordable. Also, since the AUD isn’t doing very well now, it is much cheaper & more worth it for me too hehe. Of course, ordering a dress online is a little worrying, but the sales consultants/stylists will make you feel a lot better. They’ll get all your measurements to ensure you’re ordering the right size & the dress will also be made to your height! Really crossing my fingers that the dress will turn out to be how I envisioned it!

Hope this post will be useful to any brides gown hunting~

XOXO,

Daryl 

Wedding Planning – Bridal Party Invitations

Omg yes we finally managed to send out our bridal party invitations!!

Here’s what they look like for the girls:

   
And for the boys: 

 
We decided to put in more effort to ask our bridesmaids & groomsmen to be part of our wedding as we thought it’d make it more special and personal. A few months back, I tried to design the cards myself to save money, however my art/design skills seriously failed me, so we took the more expensive path and ordered our cards on Etsy! 

  
My beautiful cards are from Sweet Pea Sunday. I loved that they were rustic and pretty, just my style, and also that I could personalise each card with my bridesmaid’s name! The reason our cards were sent out so late, instead of end 2015 like we had planned, were because the first set of cards sent from them got lost in the mail!!! (stupid Royal Mail) Thankfully, the seller was nice enough to create a new set to send me ASAP when we realised what had happened. Despite the delay, I’m really pleased with how the cards turned out. 

  
B’s cards were from Karma Paper Co Weddings. The moment he saw the cards, he fell in love with it. Especially how sleek it looked with the gold foil printed words in front. The store actually doesn’t ship out of the U.S., but he refused to settle for anything else & managed to talk to them and they made an exception for him (: The cards were of super good quality (even better than the girls’ cards I must say), very impressed.

  

I attempted to do brush pen calligraphy for all their names on the envelopes, as well as addresses for 2 of my bridesmaids who are currently studying overseas now. I thought they turned out pretty well, considering that my teachers ALWAYS complained about my handwriting back in school. I kinda freaked out when I realised I spelled one of their names wrongly though, haha sorry Iliana!! 

 

For the inside of the cards, we decided to add in details of our wedding(s), as well as the other bridesmaids/groomsmen included in the bridal party. We also chose to add a photo of ourselves with our bridesmaid/groomsman for a special touch.

  
Once we were done packaging all the cards (and taking photos of them to document our hard work), we spent a weekend driving to all their houses to hand deliver them! We wanted to be able to see their expressions when we surprised them with it, and it felt super nice when they got so excited and accepted them. My bridesmaids in Singapore also got a pretty pink flower hehe cos all girls love receiving flowers am I right! 

So glad we took the time out of our busy work/wedding planning schedule to do these & that they turned out so well! And excited to have this group of 16 brothers & sisters join us through this wedding journey! 

XOXO,

Daryl

Wedding Planning – Photography & Cinematography

We’ve finally settled another big ticket item for both our Bali & Singapore weddings – Photography & Cinematography!

For our Church wedding in Singapore, it was quite a no-brainer to settle on Bloc Memoire Photography & Androids in Boots. 

 

I’ve always loved Bloc Memoire’s works even before I got engaged! (B actually wanted to engage them to shoot our proposal, but they weren’t free that day so they introduced their good friend, Josh of The Beautiful Moment Photography to be part of our special day instead. He’s a really nice guy and we would recommend him to people looking for a more emotive style of photography.) What really drew me to Bloc Memoire was their keen eye for capturing photos, their editing style as well as the calligraphy style fonts they use on their pictures (I’m such a sucker for calligraphy haha). We met Guan Hui & Silvia at Ya Kun @ Raffles City in November last year, and loved their energy! It’s also a super plus point that they’re husband & wife, so their photography styles/work ethic will be pretty in sync when they shoot our wedding. We immediately agreed to book them after that meeting! Another photographer we were also considering is Chen Sands Photography. I love that she does film photograpy in her free time (you do need to know your stuff to be a good film photographer), and her photos are all very dreamy. We met her for dinner one day and she’s a super cute friendly lady with a British accent. We got along great as well, and I would definitely recommend her to any of my friends out there looking for a wedding photographer!

   

Androids in Boots was our one and only choice to be our wedding cinematographer. Their videos give off a more unique/hipster vibe compared to other wedding videos I’ve seen. I watched so many of their videos & many made me cry! I believe that is a good sign if a video of strangers can affect me so much haha. Also, they do lots of Catholic/Christian weddings, and I like that they put quite a lot of focus on what is said during the Wedding Mass, which I think is super meaningful. We visited their quaint studio in Joo Chiat August last year (I know it’s super early, but good things must chope haha), and it only cemented our decision to book them as our cinematographer. 

As for our Bali wedding, we have booked Hery Portrait & Bali Light Cinema!

  
Hery Portrait wasn’t originally our first choice. I was/still am very in love with Angga Permana’s works. I absolutely love film photography & thought it would be perfect for an outdoor wedding. We had actually already soft booked him last year (but didn’t make a deposit as we were awaiting some info from him), but he ignored our emails and went ahead to book someone else for our date. I was pretty devastated for awhile, but it’s probably for the best. Don’t really want a flaky photographer right? I came across Hery Portrait as he also does film photography! While he might not be as experienced as Angga, I’m willing to give him a shot. He’s been super enthusiastic and responsive, which puts me so much more at ease. Another plus point is that he’s a hybrid photographer, so he can also take digital photos (better for night time that film). 

  
While researching for wedding cinematographers in Bali, none really shouted out at me. A lot of them had very poor quality sound. Guess cinematography there isn’t as big a thing. We eventually came across Bali Light Cinema, who seem to be a new-ish team, but their videos were decently edited, the sound was alright and their price was reasonable. When I contacted them, they were very prompt and friendly (a very good sign). They even threw in the use of a drone in our package for free! That was something we really wanted to capture the beautiful surroundings in Bali on our big day haha but it’s pretty expensive, so we were really pleased with that gesture. 

With that, we’re pretty happy with our choices and are looking so forward to our wedding(s) in October hehe! 

Love,

Daryl

Wedding Planning – Venues

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 (:

XOXO,

Daryl