Happy Lunar New Year!

Hello peeps!

Sorryyyyyy for the superbly long hiatussss……..

Been very much occupied with many other things… Meanwhile, keep stay tuned and wishing you all Happy Lunar New Year!!!

Wish you more blessing, good health and smooth career ahead!! Gong Xi Fat Choi!!!!

 

2014-Year-of-the-Horse 

 

 

Sodalite Blue

What is Sodalite Blue actually? It’s a pantone’s cross between navy and royal blue, to add a luxurious, bold, and engaging look to their “something blue.” And guess what, sodalite blue can be your popular chosen color for Spring 2012 wedding!

You can choose to pair sodalite blue with ay of the bright color like white or yellow, peacock color and even a champagne color to bring out the elegance and boldness of the sodalite blue color.

The Elegance of Cheongsam

In the past few weeks, there are cheongsams hanging from racks in boutiques and market stalls, but that is only because Chinese New Year is around the corner. Chinese New Year is the only time most Chinese women would wear cheongsam, and perhaps occasionally during weddings and dinners.

Most women also find it daunting to wear the cheongsam because its tight-fitting form is unforgiving on flaws and bulges. The cheongsam shows off a woman’s shape when it is nicely tailored. It doesn’t mean you have to be stick thin to wear one.

The beauty of the cheongsam is that it can be made of different materials and in various lengths. To me, it has a simple and quiet charm, an elegance and neatness that truly reflect our Chinese culture!

So, have it spark your mood to wear cheongsam? And remember, who says cheongsam have to be in red?🙂

DON’T DO!

You’ve never been married before, so how are you supposed to know everything about weddings? There is no reason for a wedding question to go unanswered- and chances are, someone else has the same question or problem! Just ask. DO IT. :)  I’m always being asked, “What’s the correct way to do THANK YOU SPEECH?” The truth is, the only correct way to do it is how you want! Plus, it’s pretty common for brides to not follow some of the traditional wedding “rules” now. However, it does help to know what the “norm” is when making a decision, so see the previous “don’t”. In the end, it’s YOUR wedding and it should be the way YOU want it!

– Don’t be afraid to send an email!  Email is amazing- you can ask for information and get an answer without committing. When you email, ask the vendor you’re inquiring with what their average brides spend with them. Plus, both you and the vendor WIN when you do this, because you’re not wasting each others’ time if they are out of your budget!

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. I never commented on things or asked questions. But if I had found the right forum or the right person to ask, then things would have been so much better.

Don’t think you have to adhere to special “rules”. Do what you want. Do what makes you happy. Don’t want dinner and want cocktails and appetizers instead? Do it! Don’t want to do a bouquet toss? Then don’t! 

The hottest trend in weddings: Smaller Guest Lists

T E N reasons to have a small wedding:

1. You get to celebrate one of the biggest days of your life surrounded by people who love you.

2. You can feel more relaxed on your wedding day. Because you’ll be surrounded by friends and family. Your wedding will feel more like a celebration with close-knit friends and family, than a production.

3. You can save money. You can save thousands of dollars by having an intimate wedding, which means you won’t have to go over your wedding budget.

4. You can splurge. Some couples choose a small guest list not necessarily because their budgets are small, but because they can pull out all the stops and have a truly lavish wedding. You get more ‘wow’ for less wallet with a small wedding. When you’ve got fewer guests, you can splurge on the things that really matter to you.

5. You have more options when choosing a venue. Since you won’t need a large space to accommodate your guests, many small wedding venues will be open to you. A smaller guest list means more creative venue options like bed & breakfasts, museums, garden, art galleries and restaurants.

6. You have more freedom to customize your wedding to your own tastes. A small wedding gives you the opportunity to get your creative juices flowingand make your unique wedding a reflection of the two of you.

7. You get to spend time with your guests. How many weddings have made you feel like a stranger fulfilling a social obligation? Small weddings aren’t like that. When the guest list is small,  the bride and groom can spend time with each of their guests, making them feel welcome.

8. You can make your guests feel at home. Because you will be able to spend at least some time with your guests, they will feel more at home at your wedding. Also, when the guest list is small, guests will have a better opportunity to mingle with most of the others. Chances are that many of your guests will know one another.

9. You can get your guests involved. A small wedding will give you the opportunity to get your loved ones involved in your special day. Also, it’s a lot easier pulling off a DIY wedding with a guest list under 75, than a big scale production.

10. You can have a wedding that people will remember. Because your wedding won’t be typical – the kind your guests have been to over and over again – your wedding is more likely to be remembered.

Bridesmaids’ Colors

Bridesmaids colors can be playful, patterns or even an unexpected prints. Be they pretty minis or flowing skirts when done right the result is beautiful. Imagining a color scheme isn’t enough for most of us – we’ve got to see it! See e a glimpse at how colors even some you’d never think to combine – can can come together for a fabulous effect.

Invitation Etiquettes

Every couple anticipates the moment with eager enthusiasm when it’s time to invite family and friends to their wedding. But when it comes to filling up your guest list, you’re overwhelmed with choices because there are so many people you wish to have by your side on your wedding day.

Read some useful tips on how to organise your guest list that is filled with much love and friends!

1.)  Talk it Out. It’s essentially important to reach an agreement with your partner (and sometimes family) – are you looking at a big celebration with more than 300 guests or an intimate wedding with only close family and friends? Some girls dream of a grand wedding while some guys prefer a simple celebration instead. So discuss this together and voice any concerns so that both of you can reach a comfortable decision. If you’re looking to trim your wedding guest count, consider the following invitation guidelines:

  •  Apart from your close family members, you can also invite friends who have been in contact with you during the past year.
  • It’s not mandatory to invite couples whose weddings you’ve attended but aren’t close to anymore. They probably had to make the same decision when they were preparing for theirs.
  • Office pals make great buddies. But there’s no need to invite everyone, just those whom you’re close with. 
  • If you’re still sitting on fences, base your choices on this simple quote: “I want to be surrounded by the people whom I love and love me as well, on my wedding day”

2.)  The VIP invites Start listing the important invites first – your family and closest friends, the names that pop right out of your head at the first thought. From here, you can get a good gauge of how many remaining possible seats are left.

3.)  A Timely Surprise Another form of etiquette brides should be aware of – don’t personally inform others out of your circle of buddies about your wedding until you’ve confirmed the date, location and other wedding details . This helps a lot if as there’s bound to be changes along the way and you don’t want to keep informing guests about amendments. Try to keep it on the low and once everything’s settled, announce away!

4.)  Prep Early Before arranging any wedding related matters, preparing a guest list should always be the first item off your to-do list, to avoid confusion, keep either a softcopy of the draft (we recommend using an Excel worksheet) or note them down in your little white book of wedding notes. Note down the number of guests, their addresses, and other contact details as you going along; you will need these information for mailing out invitations and thank you notes. Managing your list this way would allow you to add or remove names easily and also helps keep things organised.

5.)  Back Ups List A (you can call it whatever you want) is your main guest list while List B acts like a waiting list with names (in order of importance) of those whom you would like to invite if your initial guests can’t make it. There’s no need to fret because it’s safe to assume that 10–20% of your guests might not be able attend your celebration. From there, you could bring over names from List B to your main guest list. However, don’t delay planning List B because no one likes to be invited at the last minute.

6.)  Ready To Go Try your best to send out your invites 2 to 3 months before the wedding. While you receive declines from List A, you can start mailing out invites from List B as well. This stretch of period also provides time for your guests to search for suitable attire for your wedding or even tailor-made one to fit your wedding theme! However, if essential information such as the venue, programme list or dress code aren’t confirmed yet, consider sending a Save–the-Date Card first. This useful card informs your guests to keep that particular date free before the main invitation with the full details arrives.

7.)  Avoiding Wedding Crashes Sometimes people squeeze extra names in the RSVP despite the invite being intentionally meant only for the recipient. To avoid this mishap, include the full names of the invited guest and a line or a tick box after for them to indicate their attendance. The printed names provide your intended guests no reason to add more guests to your lists. If they do ask, explain graciously to them about your seating arrangements.

8.)  Are Children Invited? Don’t feel that you’ve got to open your wedding to the entire extended family of your guests. Although it may seem tough to exclude, it’s perfectly fine only to invite children who are part of your or your partner’s close family friends. If you do have any requests to bring children along, explain your invite constraints to them. Alternatively, if you’re comfortable with children at your wedding, have the words “and family” on the invitation envelope to immediately make your preference known.

9.)  What About The Help? Some families request for maids to be invited as well in order to look after the kids. When this happens, consider if you’ve enough seats to accommodate them. Alternatively, if there are more than 5 children present at your wedding, get resourceful and provide a baby-sitter for these families. This is a great chance for your family members to help out too! You can request for a couple of older cousins who can take on the responsibility of looking after children to hold the job. They can be seated together at a corner with games and a special children’s menu. With this feasible option, instead of the maid attending, parents can be informed that an extra help will be at the wedding to care for their kids.

10.) Your Parents’ Guests.  Both your parents would want to share the joys of the wedding with their friends too and it’s only fitting to accommodate their wishes. If both of you are undertaking most of the expenses, discuss with them about your plans and ask them how many friends would they like to invite and talk about the seating availabilities together.

Signed, Sealed and Delivered Finally!

 

 

 

Quoted from extraordinary.com.sg

Bouquet Toss

Almost in every wedding, the bride usually turns around and tosses her bouquet at all the single gals attending her wedding, whoever catches it is supposedly the next to get married. 

What do you think personally about this?

For me (oh well, i didn’t do this tradition on my wedding day), it’s quite a pressure for the single girls. 

There’re few possible scenarios:

 1. You’re single and you catch the bouquet.  Then? You’re supposed to meet someone now? It’s going to magically happen because the bundle of roses and lilies declared it so? Nope. But even the most logical amongst you are going to give some credence to these thoughts. Every guy you meet for the next few months might be the man the bouquet fortold of! And maybe he is, but probably he isn’t. And then you’re disappointed and the bridal bouquet has won.

2. You’re in a relationship and you catch the bouquet. WOW. Talk about pressure. All of the sudden, everything is going to get real serious. Instead of enjoying the relationship, you’re going to start focusing on the future and wondering when he’s finally going to pop the question. You’re going to expect him to. And maybe he should, maybe it’s time for that, maybe you’ve already discussed it with him, but probably not. And then you’re disappointed and the bridal bouquet has won.

3. You’re single and you don’t catch the bouquet. I hope those panty-hose have plenty of room because you are about to hit that wedding cake pretty hard. Again, the bridal bouquet has won.

 4. You’re in a relationship and you don’t catch the bouquet. Is he the wrong guy!? Why didn’t the bouquet choose you!? What does it all mean??!! You’re about to take a trip down worry road which leads all the way to over-analyzation-ville. Also, the road is not paved and has lots of potholes. Enjoy. The bridal bouquet wins again!

 

So, what do u think seriously?

Hair-do for My Toga Dress

Take it as an intermezzo… Hahahaha…

I was just thinking, what kind of hair-do I should have to match my long toga dress that I’m going to wear for one of my bestie’s wedding! This is such a rare view to wear a long gown here.. Yes! In Singapore, guests usually will just pick a knee length dress.. Unlike in Indonesia, where you will be able to see all the female guests come in their best glamorous outfits!

So here are some samples of hair-do that I can think of…