Travel: Truck Furniture, Osaka, Japan

Many would know Osaka, located in the Kansai region of Japan, to be the more enthusiastic and brasher cousin of Tokyo. Despite the city’s reputation, you will be pleasantly surprised to know that it has its fair share of refined spaces that you will enjoy on your holiday. Today, Wedding & Travel features one such store — Truck Furniture.

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(Photo by Truck Furniture)

Founded by a husband-and-wife team, Tokuhiko Kise and Hiromi Karatsu in 1997, Truck Furniture has built up an enduring brand with its tasteful catalog of furniture that is designed and manufactured by the duo.

Located in an idyllic neighbourhood away from the main commercial belts of Osaka, a visit to Truck Furniture starts off the right note by giving you a rare glimpse into Japanese daily life. The store is expansive by Japanese standards, covering an entire floor in the building it is located in. With its display of beautiful furniture featuring a skillful combination of wooden and industrial design elements, and a good selection of quality homeware items, clothes and books, we dare say that Truck Furniture would appeal equally to males and females — no more shopping woes for couples who have different interests!

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(Photo by Bird Coffee)

While you’re there, also do check out Bird Coffee, which is located just beside Truck Furniture. Apart from being a pleasant space to just chill out and enjoy the day, this is the place where you can actually experience the beauty of Truck Furniture’s creations — most of the furniture used in the cafe are what is sold in the store as well. If you’re feeling slightly peckish, you can also try out the cafe’s menu, which features a good mix of Japanese and Western cuisine.

For more information, check out the websites below:
http://truck-furniture.co.jp
http://www.bird-coffee.com

Trend report from the Bridal Fashion Week

Earlier this month, top designers from all around the world flexed their creative muscles and showcased a splendid performance of fashion magic with their latest wedding collections at the Bridal Fashion Week in New York City. Fashion-forward brides who are looking forward to designs more than just sweetheart necklines and lace, here are the top 5 looks we saw on the runways and simply can’t stop loving!

1. Bare your midriff with a crop top
It’s official: the latest fashion fad has crossed over to bridal fashion. For those who think the look is best worn by adolescents and only fit for casual occasions, here are some stunners that will make you think twice.

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Elizabeth Stuart

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Theia

2. Nude lace details
This season, designers played around with lace, which has been a staple in bridal designs, with nude underlay to channel a softer and feminine look.

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Anna Maier

Carolina Herrera
Carolina Herrera

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Elizabeth Stuart

3. So fluffy…
Skirts of tulle and silk with a fluffy effect remain a dominant force on the runways and should continue to be hot favorites among brides going after the ethereal look.

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Kelly Faetanini

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Theia

Truly Zac Posen
Truly Zac Posen

4. Get your sexy back with a V-neck
With so many designers opting to include this into their works, V-neck is undeniably the comeback kid this season.

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Carolina Herrera

Ines Di Santo
Ines Di Santo

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J. Mendel

5. Ditch white
The runways are getting incredibly colorful with designers ditching the traditional white for other shades. While grey seems to be a popular choice, blue, pink and wine colors are equally hot!

Truly Zac Posen
Truly Zac Posen

Amsale Spring
Amsale Spring

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Elizabeth Stuart

Ines Di Santo
Ines Di Santo (All photos credit to here)

Travel: Cafehopping in Tokyo

Raise your hand if you can’t go without your daily cup of joe — we certainly can’t! Going on a holiday does not mean that you have to forgo your daily caffeine fix. Wedding & Travel checks out the vibrant cafe scene in Tokyo and gives you our top picks!

Little Nap Coffee

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(Photo by Wedding & Travel)

Nestled in a lovely side road just off Yoyogi Park, Little Nap Coffee is a small coffee stand that you absolutely must stop by in Tokyo. The joint, though modest in size, is serious about their trade and serves up a mean cup of coffee — we certainly enjoyed our flavorful drip coffee (the beans of the day were Columbian) when we dropped by on a crisp spring morning! The bar counter seats are great for looking out on the little park just in front of the cafe. Or, better yet, sit alfresco outside if the weather permits!

Omotesando Koffee

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(Photo by Wedding & Travel; Customers enjoying a cup of coffee in Omotesando Koffee’s small Japanese garden.)

Taking the namesake of the hip neighbourhood it is located in, you will be delighted to know, though, that Omotesando Koffee is worlds apart from the hustle and bustle of the area. Tucked in a quiet residential street away from the main thoroughfare, the cafe is a non-descript space that is easy to miss if you don’t keep your eyes peeled; we would have missed it too if not for the sound of grinding coffee beans! But rest assured that the walk will be worth it. The experience at Omotesando Koffee is poetic — the cafe boasts minimalistic bamboo interiors, and the drinking actually takes place in a small Japanese garden.

Lifeson

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(Photo by Wedding & Travel)

Located in a lively residential neighbourhood, Lifeson is where you go to for a feel of local life. The cafe enjoys a lively crowd of customers who come and go, as well as regulars, who certainly looked well settled in when we were there. Cafehoppers will be happy to know that Lifeson offers the option of a small cup of coffee at just 200 yen — perfect for a taste of the brew without getting filled up! If you are into art and design, the cafe also features the occasional exhibition, so do check the event schedule if you’re planning to drop by. While you’re there, take the chance to check out the adjoining bakery, which also sells some good old slow food which is locally produced.

What do you think of our picks? Let us know if you have any other good recommendations!

Wedding Tips: Guestlist Management

Managing the guestlist is often one of the top sources of stress for couples planning their wedding. Where do you draw the line for extended family and your parents’ friends? Do you have to invite everyone at your office? Check out our tips below to help make the process easier!

Decide your ideal guest number

The most important, but most overlooked step in the process is deciding how many guests you would ideally like to have at your wedding. Only when you set the parameters, can you start to build your guestlist the way you like it.

Where do you draw the line for invitations to extended family members?

Some couples prefer to allocate a fixed number of places and let their parents do the filling up; others start by shortlisting the potential guests on their own, before confirming with their parents if there is anyone else they should be including on the list. Some couples also find it useful to run the list by the grandparents for another round of “checks”, as they would be the ones who are most familiar with the entire family, and the ones that people who were missed out would go to.

How should you handle invitations to your parents’ friends?

The amount of space you allocate to your parents’ friends would largely depend on your desired number of guests. However, as a rule of thumb, if your parents are contributing financially to your wedding, it is only respectful to seek their opinions on how much space they would need, and try to reach a compromise on the final allocation from there.

Do you need to invite everyone from your office?

Some couples may feel compelled to invite all their colleagues from the office even though they are not on the same terms with everyone. A good guideline to consider who to invite is whether you would hang out with this person in private. If you have no interactions with a colleague beyond work, then he/she should also not feel offended not to be invited for your wedding.

Who needs a plus one?

While it has become more common for friends to bring their plus ones to others’ weddings, if you have a space constraint, sometimes it might be useful to set some parameters. For example, some couples allocate a plus one only for people who are seriously dating, living together, engaged or married. Also, if your guest has to travel long distances to get to your wedding (e.g. flying in from overseas), allocating a plus one would be an incentive for that friend to come. Same goes for friends who might not know anyone else at your wedding.

We hope the above tips will be useful in helping you manage your guestlist and reduce some stress! Do you have any other handy tips? We would love to know!

Fashion: Floral Accessories for Spring

When we talk about spring, we naturally associate it with images of flowers and blooms. It’s the same for bridal fashion — instead of conventional veils this season, why not consider these pretty floral accessories to spice up your wedding look?

1. Flower Crown

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(Pictures from here, here and here.)

Thanks to the resurgence in hippie fashion, flower crowns have become one of the most popular hair accessories around, even in mainstream fashion. For brides who are going for a bohemian or vintage wedding, it is of course, an accessory that cannot be missed. On styling, for brides with long hair, we recommend loose voluminous curls to create a romantic look. For brides with mid-length hair, we are in love with a loose bob that is fresh and cute at the same time. For brides with short hair, simply smooth back your locks with some anti-frizz serum for a crisp spring look.

2. Floral Comb

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(Pictures from here and here)

While flower crowns are perfect for casual and light-hearted affairs, floral combs, on the other hand, are suitable for stately and sophisticated weddings. For a glamorous and extravagant look, turn on the bling and opt for combs that are generously adorned with crystals and diamantes. If you prefer something that is more elegant and romantic, look out for combs that use mixed materials such as pearls and fabric flowers.

3. Fabric Flowers

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(Pictures from here and here)

Fabric flowers are one of the easiest hair accessories to rock out there — they are suitable for all hair lengths, and the best part is, the disproportionate size that they come in would help to create the illusion of a smaller face. Depending on your gown, you may choose to go for one big single flower for more dramatic effect, or a cluster of different sized flowers for a dainty look. Apart from classic white, also check out flowers in shades of off white and dusty pink, as these colours complement most skin tones as well.