US Shutdown: Four Rearranged Weddings

While Republicans and Democrats continue to battle it out on Capitol Hill, we read with interest from BBC News of how the US shutdown has forced four couples to reconsider their wedding plans. (Read the full story here.)

(Picture from BBC News)

Natasha and Sean — wedded on 6 October in Los Angeles

The couple had fell in love with Paramount Movie Ranch which was a short distance outside of Los Angeles, but had to readjust their plans when the facility was affected  by the shutdown. Postponement was not an option as the couple had friends and family who would be flying in from as far as Taiwan. In the end, through a stroke of luck, the couple was able to hold their wedding at a ranch two hours away from Paramount Movie Ranch — the ranch-owner had seen the couple’s predicament in the local papers, and kindly offered her place at a 90% discount for the wedding.

Drake and Zach — wedding slated for 13 Oct, location unknown

Drake and Zach’s plans for a “stress-free and low-key” wedding at the Yosemite National Park were disrupted when the park closed due to the shutdown. The couple is currently scrambling to put together a wedding at San Francisco.

Genevieve and Michael — wedded on 2 Oct at Arizona

Genevieve said that she was literally freaking out and turning into “bridezilla” when she received news that her dream of having a wedding at the Grand Canyon were now dashed by the shutdown. The couple managed to shift their wedding to be held at Sedona, Arizona. With the new location, one surprise was in store for the bride though — she never thought that she would be hiking in a wedding dress!

MaiLien and Michael — wedded on 6 Oct at Washington DC

MaiLien and Michael had wanted to marry at the Jefferson Memorial, which was the location of their first date. The couple, who had previous work experience in politics, were familiar with Capitol Hill tussles. But that did not stop the ordeal from frustrating them, especially when their own wedding became a victim.

We can imagine the logistical nightmare these four couples must have gone through to pull their weddings together in such short notice! No matter what, we’re glad that things worked out for them in the end. Aren’t you glad that such events won’t be taking place in Singapore anytime soon?

Just Married: Evonne Hsu


Mandopop singer Evonne Hsu, most noted for her 2002 album Lonely Ballet (孤单芭蕾), married her boyfriend of three years, Dennis, in a low-key ceremony in Bali, Indonesia on Oct-6.

According to the Taiwan media, the simple affair on Saturday was single-handedly planned by Evonne, whose long-time dream is to have a beach wedding in Bali. The venue is said to be decorated with a grandeur of flowers and dinner was buffet-style. The 36-year-old bride was reportedly sponsored with three gowns, estimated to cost NT$1 million, for the ceremony.

More details however have not been revealed as the ceremony was kept hush-hush to cater to the couple’s preference for privacy. Only around 80 guests attended the ceremony and singer Peggy Hsu, who played bridesmaid, was the only celebrity in sight

Media reports say that Dennis, a 33-year-old businessman, popped the question to Evonne in January this year. The couple are natives from Texas, America and were introduced to each other three years ago by Evonne’s sister. The newlyweds will be holding wedding receptions in America and Taiwan at a later date.


UK couple only needed *S$2 for wedding

Wedding costs have been cited as a big reason why Singaporean couples are shelving their wedding plans, according to a survey done earlier this year. Costs for the reception venue, food, bridal attire and photography, which are must-haves for any wedding, can easily set a couple back by more than $20,000 to even hundreds of thousands.

And this is why we read with interest about one UK couple who only managed to spend one pound (approximately SGD $2) for their wedding reception!

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“There is nothing to gain from spending a huge amount of money. The day is supposed to be about marrying the person you love and for us all that mattered was that we were becoming husband and wife. We didn’t want or need a big, fancy affair,” said the bride Georgina, 36, who is also dedicated to recycling. “From day one of the engagement, we knew we wanted a small and cheap wedding, it was a natural thing for us because we are so invested in recycling and self-sustainability. We have always been a bit alternative and arty so I enjoyed doing something a little different from everyone else’s weddings.”

While this writer certainly agrees with what Georgina said, it is however a difficult feat to be thrifty while planning for a wedding of your dreams. Just how did the artist and her songwriter husband, Sid, accomplish this?


Venue: A barn behind the couple’s idyllic cottage near Inverness, a city in the Scottish Highlands, decorated with solar lanterns, locally grown flowers and hay bales donated by nearby farmers.

On the bride: A simple yet classic 1960s hand-made ivory gown with embroidered sleeves which Georgina found on the website ‘Freecycle’, an online community for people to swap unwanted items. The price of the dress? One pound, which means the gown was the only expenditure for the wedding!

On the groom: True to his recycling beliefs, the suit on Sid was bought years ago from Marks and Spencer.


The wedding band: Hand-crafted by Georgina using antlers she found in their garden.

The ceremony: Georgina’s mother conducted the ceremony while her father played the saxophone to 1940s jazz. A local reverend offered his services for free to pronounce the couple man and wife. There were also lovely photos taken by a photographer, whose services Georgina, also a film editor, would repay by working for him in return. Apart from a three-tierd wedding cake baked by Georgina’s aunt, the 70 guests who attended the occasion brought their own food and drinks.

What do you think about Sid and Georgina’s S$2 wedding? Or do you have anything to say about wedding costs in Singapore? Leave us a comment.

Lifestyle: Temporium

Since September, a hip retail-cum-cafe concept store has quietly popped up along the unassuming Dunlop Street in the neighbourhood of Little India. Meet Temporium, a collaboration between local creative studio Tofu and boutique developer Breezeway.

It is not a difficult task to spot Temporium with its facade of bright green accents against the pristine white background of the conserved shophouse it is housed in. Once there, you’ll find two levels of goodness, with level 1 consisting the cafe space on one side and ladies’ section on the other, and level 2 consisting the mens’ wear section and gallery space. You’ll be delighted by the selection of products, which are definitely different from the slew of mass market items you’ll find elsewhere — Temporium has thoughtfully curated its products from local labels including Kitchen Label, Miller, Mason & Smith, By Invite Only and so on.

Helmed by artisanal coffee roaster and brewer Papa Palheta (the same people behind the popular Chye Seng Huat Hardware Store) and Chef Wilin Low from Wild Rocket, Temporium’s cafe presents a fresh perspective in terms of the presentation for its menu items. After all, it is not every day that you come across a place that values its food and drinks, and whatever they are served in as equally important! The cafe has tied up with ceramics collective Weekend Worker to come up with customised crockery that is designed to enhance the overall dining experience. At the same time as you are knocking back your coffee, do remember to admire the exquisite workmanship of the cup it comes in!

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(Photo by Wedding & Travel)

As its name suggests, Temporium is by no means a permanent fixture at its current Dunlop Street property — the outlet will be calling it quits by 8 February 2014. But not to worry, there is word that the next outlet is already in the works. We can’t wait.

Travel: Into Jimmy’s world at Yilan, Taiwan

After having several of his works adapted into best-selling TV series and movies, one of Taiwan’s most popular illustrator Jimmy Liao, who’s affectionately known as 几米 by his readers, is now recreating his whimsical works into a real life destination.

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Featuring life-sized exhibits from 3 of his well-known titles including “A Chance of Sunshine” (向左走,向右走), Jimmy’s Park (几米广场) is a make-believe world embracing the idea of capturing moments in life. Located accessibly near the Yilan railway station, the previously vacated railway hostel has been given a new lease of life and is fast becoming one of the must-go places in Taiwan’s Yilan county, hometown to the famous illustrator.

Visitors can expect to relive classic scenes from the popular titles, like the scene where the romantically-linked characters from “A Chance of Sunshine” who are just not meant to be, walk in opposite directions. As well as a wall painting featuring an imaginative scene of the flying bus from “Starry Starry Night” (星空). Other elements of the picture book are also placed in various parts of the park so have fun searching!


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With striking colors and cheery vibes, we are sure even non-readers of Jimmy’s pictorial books will love this place. So don’t hesitate to add this site into your itinerary when you visit Taiwan the next time!

Jimmy’s Park 吉米广场
1 Guangfu Road, Yilan City, Yilan County (宜兰县宜兰市光复路1號)
As the park is a public space, it is opened all year round with no admission charges.