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Something Blue Is True

A stylish wedding calls for a cool location. Highly recommend for a trip to the tropical south to find the coolest spot for solemnisation.

The Inspiration

You’ve probably heard of the most famous wedding adage – “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”. While you may not know the meaning behind each “something“, it is enough to know that it is supposed to bring good luck to the wedding couple who follows this tradition.

Hence, for “something old”, we referred to this old saying for inspiration. For “something new” nothing can quite match this new romantic theme. “Something borrowed” would be the wonderful location which you are going to have a wedding celebration and obviously “something blue” is all over the place in this original theme.

Creating the Theme

There is nothing more charming than exchanging your vows next to the sea as well as some greenery. When the couple first arrive at the venue, they will be swept off their feet by the vista seen through two rows of feathery floral arrangements at the entrance of the aisle – for at the other end, a dreamy gazebo adorned with translucent drapes, strings of crystal-clear beads and blue ribbon streamers awaits their presence.

The design concept of this solemnisation is tiffany blue and lots of bubbly sparkles to bring to mind faithfulness, purity and loyalty. Other cool shades like silver and white are thrown in to accentuate the primary colour.

There is always something mystical and enchanting about snow that is synonymous with romance – probably because people naturally want to cuddle up in the cold. Here, white flower petals are scattered to make a frosty carpet for your march-in. You can even get your guests to toss the petals as you walk down the aisle for a snowing effect.

Doing It Yourself

With a little creativity, you can convert the blue theme into a winter theme by throwing in some winter ingredients into the luncheon menu and set-up.

Find a cake designer to bake you an all-white cake with snowflake decorations and silver embellishments. To bring down the heat for an outdoor reception, set up a station that serves chilly sweet treats, such as shaved ice desserts, ice-blended drinks, icy fruit smoothies, or simply popsicles. Or go the other extreme and bring in a bucket of hot chocolates, the favourite beverage in the sub-zero season.

To thank your well-wishers for coming, you can present them with hand painted paper umbrellas to shelter against the sun. These same umbrellas can also be used for other outings or as a trendy decoration for their home.

As a special touch, get a guide who is well-versed in the rich war history and diverse flora and fauna in order to take your guests on a tour before or after your solemnisation.

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Wedding In The Park

When it comes to elaborate receptions, ideas are often borrowed from the West. Now, isn’t it time for our multi-ethnicity to show its true colour? Here we provide some ideas for you!

The Inspiration

The signature design and patterns of the Victorian era – the best known period in the history of the United Kingdom in the 19th century – remain much adored by people even to this day.

This wedding theme is for couples who hope to remake the monarchical style befitting of a king and a queen in elaborate Malay fashion. This fusion is set to make your guests take their hats off and go wow.

Creating the Theme

Intricacy and downright opulence mark a wedding for the haute bourgeoisies.  It can be a place where the groom and the bride will greet their guests. With detailed carvings, the couch on the makeshift dais is gold-plated and upholstered in comfortable deep red satin. To brighten up the space and elevate the aura of majesty, a small chandelier shimmers above the couch.

To nail the grand look is to be loud in your expression of style, make it as impactful to the visual sense. Here, you can made heavy use of burgundy, maroon and gold hues to create a powerful statement. Roll out the red carpet for you and your guests deserve a grand entrance!

In the same vein, the flowers you use must be equally bold. Use puffy red roses that scream “look at me!” to ennoble the personality of the set-up.

All that glitters is not just gold but the wedding cake with some bling will do the trick. A simple deep red ribbon is tied around each tier to raise the glam factor. You may want to select some family-friendly venue thus the guests with children can let their little ones run wild at its playground that is almost comparable to outward bound for kids. After the dinner, guests can also enjoy a quiet stroll along the beach.

Doing it yourself

Remember the time when local actors Fann Wong and Christopher Lee made a splash when they showed up for their wedding dinner in Indian outfits?

In this melting pot of Singapore, we have the privilege of learning the cultures and practices of different ethnic groups and countries.

If you are looking for a wedding gown other than the usual Western pale-coloured ones, you can try a Malay wedding dress known for its demureness, fine embroidery and a cut that gives women of any shape an hour-glass figure.

Hire a violinist, or a band that includes one, to play classical music in the background, and get the bridesmaids to dress in gowns of Victorian style complete your deluxe ball.

You can also recreate the masque from Shakespeare’s epic Romeo And Juliet by distributing half masks as wedding favours to guests and getting them to wear it on the spot.

 

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Fit For A Queen

The Inspiration

This is a good old-fashioned wedding theme that bespeaks the Victorian days in 19th century England when expensive finery and exquisite porcelain tableware ruled.

Creating the Theme

In creating this wedding setting, the devil is in the details.

To conjure the royal English castle theme for a unique photo-taking opportunity, an image of serene nature and a stately castle of England is set up at the bridal table. To create a 3D effect, leaves and flowers are stuck loosely on the backdrop. The colour gold, a symbol of wealth and class, is used in modest touches across many parts of the room so as to retain the style of opulence minus the gaudiness.

Over the head, brilliant gold-plated chandeliers light up the room. On the bridal table, gold-rimmed white porcelain ware adds a touch of class. On guest tables, golden beads fill up slender stem glasses to hold up simple flower arrangements. Chairs are upholstered in regal red and gold motifs that match with the carpet flooring.

In a refreshing deviation from the usual fresh blooms, handmade clay flowers overrun the tables.

Doing It Yourself: Ideas & Tips

Finding Victorian-styled wedding favours are rather tricky in this part of the world. Here are some ideas to start you off with. You can find mini bronze or black Victorian-inspired lanterns to symbolise “you light up my life”, or a brass letter opener designed with ornate filigree or a carved portrait of an English lady to represent “you are a cut above the rest”.

If you want to take it a little further, you can prepare wedding favours by the gender. For female guests, you can look for small trinket cases with lovely clay flowers or an antique finish. As for the gentlemen, cufflinks with a Victorian scroll design should do the magic to round off the wedding celebration.

 

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Country Style

Time trickles slowly in the charming countryside of somewhere both of you fall in love with. Everyone is enjoying a quiet moment of your nuptial celebration whereas a bouquet which like a spray of soft purple callas and lime green dendrobiums with light-catching silver wire wandering aimlessly around the blooms.

The flower girl is holding some yellow gold mokaras with a few twigs of lavender, a favourite flower of the bride’s. Everything seems to be simple yet elegant and romantic.

 

 

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Bring In The Garden

Inside every woman’s heart, there lives a little who dreams of a rustic garden wedding.

The Inspiration

A homely garden setting accented with incandescent crystal wares and chandeliers.

 

Creating the Theme

It is a juxtaposition of antiquated feel and refreshing country ambience, using bundles of flowers with a tinge of ashy finishing and a medley of items that date back to the bygone days.

The dessert area is fashioned after an English maiden’s vanity table with a vintage-inspired oval mirror, toothsome pastries and adorable tiny heart-shaped chocolates. The lofty presence of a glass chandelier next to the “vanity table” exudes an air of aristocracy.

Break the ice in the room full of near strangers by encouraging your guests to take a stroll in your “homely garden” with visually enticing themed set-ups.

In one corner of the hall, a display shelf is placed to create the look of a home. Items that reflect the couple’s likes, love story and hopes for the future are categorised and arranged on the rack.

Guest tables are glamorised with crystals glassed and sweetened with light lacy tablecloths and granny’s knitted table runners. The floral tableau is subtly enhanced by a modest, chest-level botanical centrepiece, a setting that facilitates unobstructed conversations.

Flowers effortlessly add colours and style to any room. Some couples are not fans of artificial flowers as they feel that fresh is the best. But to create this ethereal mood, ashy fake posies are a choice above their fresh counterparts and you can be rest assured that no browning petal will spoil the picture.

 

Doing it Yourself

This theme is not about boldness and grandeur, but the little thoughts and things that your guests can hold in their hands and go “aww.”

Pepper the function hall with small props and interesting talking pieces such as an old typewriter and cute mini candy boxes.

The wedding favours can also be mini and related to things you can spot in garden. Some ideas include love dove card holders and butterfly chocolates.

To excite your guests further, rent a swing, dress it up with flowers, and there you have it: a romantic prop for photo-taking.

If you fancy a more casual picnic style dinner setting, simple use gingham tablecloths or placements on the guest tables to completely transform the atmosphere.