It’s been a while since I last update about my wedding plan. Since August till now, we have managed to stay on track and striking off items on the To-Do list. I am pretty gang jiong, so I make sure that everything is listed in a tracker and keeps reminding the groom-to-be what we have to do next. I may be a procrastinator for 29 years of my life, but for my wedding, I shall be good for once. I don’t want to end up being a frustrated bride-to-be when things piled up. After all, we are only left with 3 months and 18 days to our wedding day. OMG!
Ok here’s what we have done for the past 1 month.
1) Banquet Decor
As mentioned before, MBS offers us 3 vendors (June Florist, Woodsville, and Sing See Soon) to choose for our banquet venue decoration. Having heard feedbacks from bff, quotation from the vendor, and seen photographs, we decided not to choose Sing See Soon. So we are left with June Florist and Woodsville.
I made appointments with both the remaining vendors before heading down to their shops. Our first (actually final) stop was June Florist at 71 Carpmael Road. It took us a while to find the place because we are not familiar with that area. There are limited parking lots there, so we parked in the multi-storey carpark at Joo Chiat Complex and walked over. The lady (I forgot to ask her name) who attended to us is really helpful and friendly. We were given an album of available floral decorations for banquet in MBS. Each hotel banquet package has different budget for floral decorations, so if I like to have a decoration which falls out of the given budget, I will need to top up the cost difference.
For the package we signed with MBS, we are given:
– a Standard Stage Decoration
– Fresh Flower Centerpieces for all guest dining tables
– Fresh Flower Centerpieces for 2 VIP dining tables
– 8 Flower Stands
– 6 Flower centerpieces for cocktail rounds
– 1 Flower Centerpiece for registration table
We browsed through the album, and I decided on the Canopy stage decor. Actually Pakcik liked this Venetian Theme below:
But since the bride is ALWAYS right, he had to give in and let me get the Canopy which will look something like this:
I plan to have the cake placed in the middle of the canopy. I think it will look nice. =)
For this stage decor, I will need to top up $30 for each LED bulb rental. The lady suggested that I rent 2 bulbs instead of 4 since there will be other lightings at the stage.
For the VIP tables, we plan to have the super big 20-pple big table. I told June Florist that the super big table will look very empty if I use the normal VIP centerpiece. So the lady suggested that she will combine the 2 VIP centerpieces into 1 mega-top centerpiece with 6 smaller flowers around it, add in some candles and scatter flower petals on the table. The mega-top centrepiece will be a V-shaped tall vase with hanging crystal garlands.
For the flowers, since my evening dress will be red, I told the lady to use lesser red flowers so that I won’t look like I am camouflaging in the flowers. She suggested having white, pink and hot pink flowers for my centerpieces, and will put hydrangea and roses to create the mega-top effect.
I am not going to post any pictures of the centrepiece yet. It shall be a surprise for my guests.
For flower stands, we swapped 2 out of the 8 stands to flower arch. It will be placed at the entrance where we will march in. =)
After discussing with June Florist’s staff, we felt confident that they will make my banquet venue very pretty (within the MBS budget). The staff is very polite and able to recommend us some alternatives and some Dos and Don’ts based on their knowledge of MSB ballroom’s lighting and carpet color. They will also be displaying a VIP table centrepiece during our food tasting session. This will help us in choosing the suitable table cloth and chair covers.
We were glad that June Florist can meet our expectation and not having us to top up much for swapping decorations. As such, we decided that we will just stick to June Florist and need not visit the other 2 vendors. I told Pakcik that he should be happy that I am not a very picky bride and saved him from all the trouble of running to different vendors to decide on decoration. =)
2) Invitation Card Selection
We made an appointment to select the invitation card on the same day as the florist. The vendor for MBS is American Wedding Treasures located at 14 Jalan Pisang.
Similar to the florist, we were presented an album of card designs to choose from. We were told to tag the designs we like and the lady (Shirley) will explain the details to us later. Pakcik let me choose the any designs except for those in black or grey. He said that old people will not like receiving black wedding invitation cards. =(
I made a mental note that next time I will encourage my kids to choose ANY color they like for invitation cards.
We narrowed down to the following few designs:
This design is very simple and plain. Shirley explained that we will need to fold the red cover and stick the double happiness square card on when we receive the printed invitation cards.
This design is less Cheena but we will need to cut the black ribbon, stick it on the cover and paste the square card.
Verdict: A bit troublesome but KIV.
This is quite plain but easily accepted by elderly. But we will need to cut the ribbon and tie it. SK cannot tie a nice ribbon, and Pakcik is even more hopeless. The square envelope sticker is not included in the package. A top-up fee is required to print the sticker.
This is my favourite! Pakcik and I think that the Chinese calendar design is so interesting and unique! But after asking for Cousins and Auntie, they said it looks eerie and scary. *Like WTH? How is it scary?*
We were thinking, since the Cousins (one teenager and the other just reached adulthood) and Auntie (representing the elderly) cannot accept this design, we better not take the risk.
Anyway, the calendar cover is considered a custom design so a top up of $50 per batch of printing is required. Plus, the inserts will come with punched holes and we just need to assemble the cover and inserts using 2 gold paper fasteners.
Verdict: Nope. In case the elderly complains. =(
We found this very safe-looking design. Cheena enough, but yet isn’t too red. Assembly is pretty simple; we only need to fold and stick the insert holder with the double-sided tape provided. No fee top-up required as well.
Verdict: Ok, we will take this.
After deciding on the design, we get to choose the fonts, color, and motifs. Shirley informed that she will send us a form via email to write our names, parents’ names and wedding details. Final design will be sent to us for proofreading before we give her the greenlight to print.
One thing to note is that MBS’s package includes invitation cards for 70% of the guests with 1 time insert printing. Which means, after we give the greenlight to print the invitation cards and inserts, subsequent add-on printing will be charged at $100 per batch. So we really need to finalised the number of cards we need before asking AWT to print.
3) The next item we have settled is the date for food tasting. It will be on 19 Oct during lunch. During the food tasting, we will be having the Parents-Meet-the-Parents session, table centrepiece preview, table cloth/chair cover choosing, and 2nd banquet deposit payment.
4) Pre-wedding Casual Shoot
Hua and cousin has kindly helped us did the pre-wedding casual shoot. I shall write about it in a separate entry.
Anyway, we kinda need a second shoot session because there aren’t enough photos for the album. We shall see about it.
I am so glad that things are moving on track and I am still trying my best to be a chill bride. As for Pakcik, he is forever chill. =___=” Because the bride-to-be is organising most of the stuff and doing the “herding” duties. Can’t wait for the big day already! But I think I will miss being single!