So, we’re finally back after a long hiatus with a wedding update! Long overdue, but we’re still reminiscing about the day and wanted to share our experience of planning the wedding, and the wedding day itself! We also hope this might be useful for any future couples who are planning their special day soon! 🙂 (*PS: As this is a photo-heavy content article, the resolution of photos have all been significantly reduced for smoother browsing of the site).
We started the actual wedding planning probably about 9-12 months prior (might be earlier?) after setting our wedding date on 23 March 2019. There are many resources online if you’re looking for wedding checklists, timelines and even spreadsheets. There’s a ton of nitty gritty details to think about, so it really helps that there’s an overall big picture guide to reference back whenever it gets really overwhelming. While there are many ways to plan a wedding, we grouped ours according to priority (wedding date, budget, guest list), vendors (venue, photographer, videographer, outfits, food, flowers/décor), details (theme, programming, invites), and final touches (bachelor’s/bachelorette’s night, rest and rejuvenate, wedding day!).
Venue: For us, the wedding venue was one of the hardest things to decide on, mainly because there were so many choices, budget considerations, atmosphere, number of tables, food and more to consider. For all future couples, recommend getting your wedding date and venue checked off the list first, especially if it’s a hot date! Once that’s settled, everything else will mostly fall into place 🙂
From the start, Keith and I wanted a small intimate gathering of just 20-30 close family and friends. We had actually planned for a chill celebration at a rooftop location, but finally decided to go for the usual hotel banquet after weighing the benefits and comparing the budget, inclusions etc. After checking out a ton of hotels, we finally agreed to hold it at Sheraton Towers Singapore – and we’re so happy to have one of our milestones at such a lovely space! The team was so awesome and accommodating to our requests, special thanks to Simin who guided us throughout the journey 🙂 For the food, we worked with the team from Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant to specially curate an individually-plated menu – as we preferred that to the usual banquet communal sharing-style. We also arranged our tables in a long-table format – photos of the set up later in the post!
Photographer: After getting that sorted, next was of course choosing our wedding photographer to capture our special day! Similar to venue choices, there are a ton of photographers out there and most of them are usually quite hard to secure – so we really tried to get this locked in early on. For us, we’ve been following Samuel from Pixioo and really liked his style, edits and mood of his shots – so he was our natural selection. After discussing our concerns and expectations during our first meeting, we locked him in for our wedding day 🙂 We also did a mini pre-wedding photoshoot at an obscure location at Tuas which he recommended. Here are some of our favourite shots <3<3
Hats off to Samuel and team for capturing all our special and intimate moments. More photos taken by the Pixioo team, further down the post!
Videographer: For videographers, we decided to go with the folks at The MAD Society – Mervin, Annie and Daniel. For Keith and I, one of the deciding factor was definitely how comfortable we feel with them. And thankfully, our first meeting and subsequent ones with them were great! We’re glad that the team was also within our age group, so then it felt they could relate better to our thoughts and expectations. They’re pretty flexible with the video arrangements and took time to explain to us their video editing style, so that we were all aligned on the same page 🙂 We also did a pre-wedding video story with them! It was a really fun but tiring experience, but felt so HAPPY when we saw the final outcome of the video. Check out the video titled ‘Recipe for Love’, here! <3
Wedding Dress: After visiting a few bridal boutiques, I finally decided to get my gowns from The Gown Warehouse, and am so glad I did! Besides their variety of trending wedding gown designs, their service is pretty commendable. Here are the final ones!
Jumping into our wedding day! Just like any other wedding, both of us got up really early at about 4.30am to start our makeup and preparations. For my side, the bridesmaids started arriving at about 5am, followed by the makeup artist, videographer and photographer. While we were getting ready, my bridesmaids were busy helping around the house and preparing for the gate crash – making the special concoctions (typical four flavours of sweet, sour, bitter and spicy) for Keith and his groomsmen!
On the groom’s side, Keith and his groomsmen had a pretty chill start in the morning, but had a long journey ahead travelling from the East (Tampines) to West (Bukit Batok). Of course they were also gearing up for the gatecrash games and had a mini photoshoot with his groomsmen!
Here’s the rest of our morning highlights – starting with the gatecrash games! 😀
Spending some heartfelt moments with my parents, and the dawning of the veil <3<3
Then, Keith finally arrived!!
After, we travelled to Tampines for a quick bridal photoshoot, and also had a letter reading session. It was a really nice breather in-between all the ongoings, and just to share a moment with each other with our heartfelt words. <3
We then heading to Keith’s home and had the traditional Eurasian ceremony of cake cutting and wine toasting <3
The final thing to complete in the morning was our tea ceremony. We were actually planning to get the Kua from online, but were quite hesitant as there weren’t many good reviews and sizing issues. Thankfully, we chanced upon a great home-based kua rental place that offers fuss free rental – The Wedding Kua! There’s quite a variety of selection to choose from depending on how extravagant or simple you prefer, but the best part of it all it’s just a one price rate for any of the designs (includes delivery to/fro, and dry cleaning too!). After trying 3-5 designs, here’s one I finally picked out! We really love the quality of the embroidery of the dragon and phoenix, especially the dangling tassels which makes it a little grander in our eyes 🙂 As Keith was quite easygoing with his choice, he got his from ezbuy – which surprisingly was pretty decent in material, size and design! Here we are dressed up in the traditional Chinese outfits!
After the morning’s activities were completed, we were so hungry and couldn’t wait to tuck into the feast from Chilli Manis! We previously tried their food during Christmas and Chinese New Year, and loved it so much that we had to have them for our wedding day too. Besides Chilli Manis’ full course set up (read more here), we also got their bento sets which were ideal for our vendors and bridal team who were on the go. Recommend checking them out for your next gathering, here are some pictures of the set up, feast we had and bento sets for our vendors!
We had some time in the afternoon to rest just for a little bit, before it was time to prepare again. For our evening ceremony – as we love Disney, we tried to add subtle touches to various aspects of the wedding like our flower décor on wedding car, table seating layout, first dance / walk-in songs and video montage. We also love how our main photo table at the entrance looked! It was pretty special with our photos and fairy lights fitting the overall colour palette and theme we were going for – thanks to the team at Years &Co.!
As shared earlier, we had discussed with the Sheraton Towers team to arrange the tables in a long-table format with individually-plated dishes. Besides the honey jars provided by Sheraton, we wanted our guests to take home something that was a part of Keith’s Eurasian heritage – sugee cakes of course! A close family friend had baked the sugee cake for us and Keith’s family helped to individually hand wrap each one 🙂
We’ll let the photos do the rest of the talking for our evening highlights! <3
And that’s all folks! More photos from our wedding day will be up on our Facebook albums! 🙂 Just some post-thoughts below from the both of us!
What’s your most memorable moment?
Keith: “One of the most memorable moments of the day was definitely when I burst into Xue Wei’s room during the bride pick up in the morning. In the midst of my excitement to fetch my bride, the door actually slammed into the wall so hard that I think it made a dent. HAHA Oops! Of course there were many other really sweet moments like when we were waiting outside the ballroom for or first march in and I turned over to Xue Wei, held her hands and said – this is it, I love you! I still can’t believe it!”
Xue Wei: “The most memorable moment was when my parents hugged me and put on my wedding veil, it was an emotional morning- growing up in a rather conservative family where we don’t often share our feelings and love for each other openly; I can feel their greatest love for me on that day. Of course, another memory I hold dearly is when Keith did his groomsmen danced for me, it was such a great highlight where I knew he had put in alot of effort into it! Oh yes, another one is, of course, our letter reading to each other! :)”
What’s one advice for other brides and grooms-to-be out there?
Keith: “Don’t forget to enjoy every moment, especially your wedding day. It’s a day to celebrate your love and marriage, so enjoy it!”
Xue Wei: “Just remember to embrace and spend time with the people that matters, especially those that attended the wedding! And always remember that we are blessed with loved ones by our sides to start an exciting journey with your best friend!”
We were so pleased with how everything turned out and appreciate our families, bridal entourage, and all our friends and guests for making the day so special. Not forgetting a big thank you to all the wedding vendors we worked with! <3<3
Venue: Sheraton Towers Singapore
Videographer: The MAD Society
Bridal Gown: The Gown Warehouse
Bride’s Kua: The Wedding Kua
Groom’s Changshan: ezbuy
Catering: Chilli Manis Catering
Photo table décor: Years &Co.
Wedding bands: JannPaul
With lots of love,
An Affair With Food