Wedding Prep [Part I]

Now that the wedding is over, I finally have some time to breathe! My tip for all the soon-to-be-brides: start your prep work early!

I already think that I started preparing pretty early, but still found myself swarmed during the final weeks leading up to the wedding. It definitely didn’t help that I was still super busy with work (boo!). Being a first-time bride (obviously!), I totally forgot and left out some of the finer details like, getting a ring pillow, ‘ang pao’ box and things like that. It’s a good thing I had an amazing bunch of bridesmaids. I had 13 in total and thank gawd for them! They reminded me of these nitty-gritty details along the way and even got me a ring pillow at the last minute. It was hand embroidered and so pretty (see picture below!). J
Amidst my crazy work schedule, wedding prep AND honeymoon prep (I wonder why I do this to myself sometimes, haha), I didn’t have much time to think about getting ME ready for the big day. I didn’t do very much for myself apart from a very last-minute facial and hens nail party (more on that later). So, I was really thankful when GNC sent me an entire set of their LAC Taut products before the wedding day. I’ve tried the Collagen Drink and Mask before and had achieved great results previously (past review here), so I was confident that I was going to experience the same or even better results with the addition of the Taut White Pills.

The LAC Taut Collagen Drink plus placenta contains a high dosage of high quality red snapper fish source plus a concentration of active placenta extract. We all know that collagen helps to plump up the skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles, while placenta rejuvenates ageing cells and damaged tissues. You know, I actually looked forward to drinking a bottle every night before bed. I felt that I was taking care of my skin from within. For someone who’s not into fussy regimes, it was so quick and easy to drink a bottle before bed. The best part? I wake up with bright skin every morning (even on days when I slept really late) and my skin looks more hydrated overall, especially on the dry areas such as the sides of my cheeks and around my lips.

The fairness of my skin could not have been achieved without the help of these Taut White Pills. I took 2 pills daily alongside with my collagen drink. These pills contain ingredients for intensive skin firming and whitening results. Again, I looked forward to taking them everyday!

Already one of my all-time favourite masks, this Collagen Infusion Mask literally lifts and gives your face a more V-shape contour. I put it on before I sleep and remove it (or sometimes it falls off when I fall asleep) without putting on any follow-on skincare products. I love how fuss-free it is!

This is me, before bedtime with the mask on. The mask sheet is really thick and it feels really good when I place it on my face. It doesn’t dry up quickly like some of the other thinner sheet masks in the market. 

This picture was taken on my wedding day. It shows how much LAC Taut has brightened my complexion and made this day an even more beautiful one. I started on my LAC Taut journey 2 weeks before the wedding (so glad I did!) and I’m really happy with how my skin looks now. Even without makeup, my skin looks dewy, taut, luminous and bright (no dullness!). I’d recommend all soon-to-be-brides to get on your LAC Taut journey asap. Imagine the results I could have gotten if I started on it even earlier. Go get yours from any GNC outlets!

Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with LAC. However, all opinions expressed are my own and not of LAC’s

– xoxo –

The search for ‘the one’.

The part of the wedding planning that gets me most excited is searching for the perfect dress. I’ve tried on gowns at 3 bridal studios so far. Call me dramatic, but I’m thinking that when you’ve found the perfect one, a gasp will form under your breath, and you’ll know in your heart that this is ‘the one’.  
These are the gowns that I’ve tried on so far. The first one is from Prelude Bridal, 2nd – 5th from Jessica Cindy, and the last 4 is from Tiara Bridal. I started out the search with a pretty clear idea of what I wanted in mind – mermaid or trumpet cut with little or no lace. Lace details are a little too feminine for me. 
I didn’t want to limit myself with these options in my head right from the start and kept my options open during these fitting sessions. I tried on as many different cuts and detail options possible. After trying on so many, I’ve not swayed much, or rather, at all from these criteria. I decided that I still like the mermaid or trumpet cut, and lace is still not for me. But, I’ve added on other must-haves to the list: lots of tulle and I would like a dreamy, off-shoulder tulle detail added to the gown. 
Which gown do you like me best in? Please leave me a comment! 

The wedding planning progress (or lack of).

Okay, breathe. I’ve not made much headway at all with the wedding planning since Jon and I set the date for it in December last year.  We’ve booked St. Teresa’s Church for a wedding service (this booking has been made since last year) and we’ve not, or rather, I’ve not done anything much since. Yep, I’ve not settled on the location for the wedding banquet, or just about everything else, yet. Being in Singapore, where couples book their banquets 1-1.5 years in advance, I know how (almost) suicidal this probably sounds. 
I finally decided to whip my own ass last week and got around to enquiring with various hotels on their availability and banquet packages. Guess what? As kind of expected, most places are already booked. Oppsie daisy.
Here’s sharing a few venue options that I’ve considered for the dinner banquet: 
CHIJMES – gorgeous setting with beautiful high ceiling and stained glass windows. I’ve got a huge affinity to this place being an ex-IJ girl. The wedding packages are very reasonably priced too. Unfortunately, this place has been crossed off my list after initial enquiries that left their service much to be desired.  
Westin MBFC – this hotel is still one of my favourites after a site visit. Their service and enthusiasm to host my wedding is top class. They also have an all black theme that is beautiful. Unfortunately, our wedding invite list has exploded since our initial calculations and their maximum capacity of 30 tables is too small for us. I would totally recommend this hotel to anyone who’s got a guest list of 300 or less. Although the package is on the pricey side, the perks included makes up for it, in my opinion.
Park Royal on Pickering – love the architecture of this hotel and the ballroom is very tastefully done. I was convinced that this was the hotel…and was all ready to make a booking. Until, a miscommunication with their wedding planner left me sorely disappointed. Their only ballroom is not available on my wedding date. 
Brides-to-be, please read the emails that these hotels send you very carefully – including those in fine print that actually states that the date of your wedding is not available. Yes, I completely missed that, quite obviously, rather important point in Park Royal’s email to me enthusing their joy in having me consider their hotel for my wedding. To not include that one little, yet very important point that the date is not available in their email body still baffles me.

Tip: This hotel as it turns out, is very packed with bookings…so communication from their planners are slow. You’ll need lots of patience and possibly self-planning if you want to have your banquet at this hotel.

Grand Hyatt – the event spaces at this hotel have been revamped recently and they’re beautiful. There’s even a ballroom that allows a showing of their chefs whipping up a storm for your dinner (ala Hell’s Kitchen style with smoke from dry ice and all). I imagine it all to be dramatic and fun for your guests. What’s keeping me from booking this hotel: their table setting. Unfortunately, they do not have the black theme setting that I’d like to have, and it’ll probably cost too much to bring in my own setting and chairs (their existing setting does not provide seat covers for chairs). 
What’s coming up: 
I’m going to check out the Grand Marquee set-up at Hotel Fort Canning and Amara Sanctuary at Sentosa next week. I’ve got high hopes for the marquee setting at Fort Canning. Please leave me a comment here if you’ve attended or held a wedding there before. I’m most nervous about bad weather contingency plan and if it gets stuffy and hot in the marquee. Runny make-up and a sweaty bride and groom does not go well at all. Otherwise, I can imagine that it can be really beautiful if the marquee is set-up nicely. Think long table settings with lots of flowers! 
On a lighter and less panic-like note, the very good news is that I’ve got myself a wedding planner. Clarissa, from Lovorth Weddings will be keeping me in check with things I should be doing and checking off that wedding preparation list. I should be a lot more on track with this wedding business moving forward. Whee! 
I’ll be updating the wedding planning progress here every so often. Wish me luck! 
Outfit details:
Shoes: Zara

Hair + Make-Up & Images by: XunnyArt