DIY Your Wedding with MerryLove

Too much has been said about the sheer amount of preparations, stress and jitters before a wedding. For the brave ones who choose to go without a professional planner and not sure where to start, keep calm and read on!

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(Photo Credit: MerryLove)

Started in the year 2012, MerryLove is an online wedding store for colorful decorative items (i.e. big pom poms, quirky photo props) and themed wedding favors. With pretty items sourced from all over the world, this one-of-a-kind preorder site aims to make wedding shopping less stressful and more memorable for couples who opt to go without a wedding planner.

The amazing individual behind this online store is Shuying who was inspired on this startup after facing frustrations during preparations for her own wedding.

“My husband and I knew exactly what we wanted and we wanted to be involved in doing it up so we didn’t hire a planner. I started sourcing for decor items that we can use but it’s almost impossible to find any here in Singapore! Lovely wedding craft items like paper pom poms, burlap banners and photobooth props are so commonly seen in the States but are nowhere to be found here. We could purchase some of these from overseas sites but the shipping rates are really high. We tried making our own pom poms but that’s really costly as well, as materials like crepe paper and ribbons also cost a lot in Singapore.”

Despite these problems, Shuying remained undeterred. She persisted with the planning and would later place shipment orders for paper pom poms, on behalf of herself and few other brides, which incidentally led to the beginning of an unexpected business venture.

To date, MerryLove has served nearly 500 brides and their weddings. A most passionate Shuying confesses that she miss planning for a wedding and likens running of the business to shopping for her own big day all over again! So despite the late nights sourcing for best deals and replying to queries while juggling her day job, Shuying was very much happy and good news for all, she will be focusing on MerryLove full-time from now on!

So, if you are feeling a little tired from all that planning, pop by MerryLove and be inspired by Shuying’s passion and her creatively curated stocks! After all, while preparations might be stressful, one should never forget to enjoy this one and only process of getting ready for the most joyous day of your life.

W&T: Where are your products from?
Shuying: We shop pretty things in from all over! Our paper pom poms and honeycomb balls are from China, bridal hangers are from Israel, wedding guest books are from Romania, wedding banners are from Italy and paper flowers are from USA. Thanks to the internet, we managed to get in touch with quite a number of small crafty businesses from other parts of the world and establish working relationships with them. In this way, MerryLove helps other small businesses reach out to the local market as well. As much as we can, we try to work with small businesses like ourselves, so that the collaborations benefit both parties and go into sustaining families, instead of going into the fat pocket of multimillion corporations.

MerryLove Garden Love Ring Pillow
Garden Love Ring Pillow. (Photo Credit: MerryLove)

W&T: There are handmade items like the Garden Love Ring Pillows, where do you get inspiration for them? Usually how long beforehand do customers need to place an order for these items?
Shuying: We seldom get crafty for selling purposes, as the cost of making something in Singapore is almost just as high as buying one off the rack! The Garden Love Ring Pillow was made for our own wedding, to match our country garden theme. We posted it up on our Facebook page after our wedding and had great response. Some brides really really wanted it for themselves so we decided to offer just a few for sale.

Many of our preorder items are handmade overseas as well, like the Burlap Bloom Ring Pillow and the quirky Photobooth props. For most preorders, we take one month to collect orders. Production and shipping would take another 4 to 6 weeks. The waiting time is not much of a problem for most brides, as many start shopping for their weddings way beforehand. I even have brides purchasing items for their weddings in 2015! The preorder mode of purchasing makes sense for the wedding industry, as it offers brides the chance to customize something of their own instead of buying something that’s mass produced. The wedding guest book for example, is laser engraved with the names of the bride and groom and their wedding date, and makes a great momento after the wedding.

W&T: If you have to recommend on must-get item from your store, what would it be and why?
Shuying: Paper pom poms are our best sellers and the bridal hangers are getting increasingly popular but I really really love our wedding guest books! It’s an item that doesn’t get much photo coverage during the wedding but it’s the one thing that couples keep for life. What better way to add meaning to this lifelong keepsake then having your names and wedding dates cut out of a solid wood cover! It’s my absolute favorite product to deliver to brides. The look on their faces, knowing that they now own something that’s uniquely theirs, is really priceless.

MerryLove Pom Poms
Pom Poms! (Photo Credit: MerryLove)

W&T: You mentioned that you miss planning a wedding, which part of it do you miss most?
Shuying: Yes, I really miss planning for a wedding! It wasn’t all smooth of course, there were definitely nightmarish moments when we realize time was running out and there’s a million things unchecked on the to-do list. But planning the wedding together gave my husband and I something to work on together and that really helped in our relationship.

We brainstormed, planned and created such a pretty wedding together and I really missed that. What we also look back fondly at the happy times when all our family and friends pitched in to work together on the wedding set up. Having something to do together brought everyone even closer than before and I would gladly do it all over again.

W&T: For some couples, wedding planning can be quite a nightmare, do you have any advice for them?
Shuying: My advice would be to surround yourself with happy, supportive people while planning the wedding. It is a joyous occasion but it’s easy to let details and the sheer amount of work drown out the happiness. Working with people you enjoy hanging out with, people who love and care for you, will help to keep the process a joyful one. Good relationships make a wedding truly memorable.

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