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How to Choose the Best Catering for Your Wedding

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You may be lucky if the venue you’re thinking of also provides a catering service, but chances are that you’ll be adding it on your priority list anyway. Planning and choosing your wedding catering is exhaustive and will likely take up the biggest portion of your budget, after all, so it’s important that you know how to feed your guests.
If you’re having a hard time figuring this out, then read on to find out more about finding the perfect wedding catering service for you.

1. Do your research beforehand.
Go to different catering services so you can compare and contrast what each one has to offer and where you think you’ll get the best deal. Just be sure to tell them your expected headcount so that all your guests will be accommodated without having to wait too long.

Another thing that you want to keep in mind when comparing catering services is whether they provide alcohol. If that option is available, make sure that the catering company is licensed to do so.

Lastly, read their reviews and ask around about the quality of that particular caterer’s service. Even the little things such as the wait staff’s quality of service can make or break a wedding.

2. Have a budget and stick to it.
Know exactly how much you’re willing to spend before you begin to approach the caterer of your choice. It allows the company that you want to approach to be able to work around it in order to cater to your needs within the set budget.

Think about what is and isn’t included in the catering package, such as linens and tableware, as this could vary from one caterer to another.

3. Ask the venue’s management for suggestions or requirements.
If the venue for your reception also provides catering, then you don’t need to worry too much at all. They may even work with different catering services and have a list that you can choose from, but that doesn’t mean that you can only choose from their roster.

If you insist on bringing your preferred catering service to the venue, be sure to ask if the venue’s management has any special requirements.

4. Arrange for taste-tests.
Though most catering services won’t allow you to sample their dishes until after you’ve signed or given a down payment for their services, you can go for a sample if they host dinners or serve at bridal expos. You can also look up their schedule of events to see which ones you can attend.


4 Common Wedding Day Fears and How to Get Over Them

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Your special day is coming up, but despite months of preparing for every scenario, you still can’t help but feel like something will go terribly wrong in one way or another. But don’t worry – you’re not alone in your plight.
Here are 4 common fears every couple encounters at some point when looking forward to or getting ready for their special day, with helpful tips on how you can ease them before walking to that altar.

1. The ceremony and/or reception might disappoint the guests.
Every couple wants their guests to enjoy the festivities that they spent a long time carefully planning, but no matter how much planning you put into it – from the wedding decor, to the menu, to even the venue – you can’t possibly please everyone.

Instead, focus on the few elements of the wedding that you personally enjoy yourself. Unless your parents are the ones paying for it, you should have more or less complete control over the preparations.

2. A guest/family member will start a scene.
Speak with that particular person beforehand on the issue if you know that he/she has had a history of bad behavior. And just in case you’re really convinced that push will come to shove, assign your bridesmaids/groomsmen on both crowd and damage control.

3. Things don’t go on schedule (i.e., some things go on too long, while others are over too quickly).
Let’s be honest – it’ll actually be a miracle if everything in your wedding turns out perfect. It’s normal to worry about these things, such as the caterers being late, the wedding planner not showing up on time, or that there are too few or too many guests.

However, once the contracts have been signed, the RSVPs have come in, and the venue has already been decorated, there is little that you can do but trust that things will go fine.

4. The wedding photos might turn out to be awful.
If there is one part in your life that will be extensively documented, whether you’re the bride or the groom, it will be your wedding. It’s okay to have faith in your photographer – they’re experts, after all.

If you’ve already seen your photographer’s portfolio (which you should have during the screening process), you should have complete confidence in their abilities and eye in looking for the best shots to take. It’s also not a bad idea to send a list of “must-take” shots.


Different Types of Wedding Gowns

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Aside from the venue, the decorations, and the theme of the wedding, there’s also one thing that you should give importance to in preparing for your wedding – your wedding gown.

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In choosing your gown, there are actually some things that you need to consider such as your body shape, its style and design, and the fit of the gown. Singapore wedding gowns should not only compliment your face but your entire figure too.

Here are the 5 most common styles of gowns to give you an idea as to what type of Singapore gown to go for:

The Ball Gown

The Ball Gown is one of the most common types of wedding gowns which is usually worn and seen at formal weddings. This type of gown would look fabulous regardless of the neckline and type of train you pair it with. It’s also chosen most of the time since it suits most body types ranging from medium to tall build, to those who have wider hips or those with hour-glass figures.

The A-Line Wedding Gowns

A lot of brides also like A-Line type of gowns because of its adaptability, since it can complement the figure of any bride. It can also make the bride who’s wearing it look taller since it can make their torso appear longer, which is quite ideal for shorter brides. This type will also work for full-figured women since it can help in hiding heavier bottoms.

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Sheath Dress

This type of gown is best suited for brides who are gonna have a casual wedding though it can still be used as a gown in formal weddings. Just remember to choose the right floor length for the dress. A good place to get such gowns is Z Wedding gowns in Singapore for a good selection. It’s actually a perfect style of gown for physically fit brides out there since it’s body-hugging and follows every curve from head to toe.

However, if you are expected to move around during the ceremony then you should reconsider getting a sheath dress since it doesn’t allow too much movement because of its fit.

The Mermaid and Trumpet Cut

The Mermaid and Trumpet Cut gowns are the type that are body-hugging on the top but has cone-shaped design at the base of the gown. It’s a great choice for brides who are endowed with a perfect figure or for those brides who are tall and slim. This type of gown is suitable for informal beach weddings or formal ballroom wedding affair.

Empire Cut

Empire cut types of dresses are those that are cropped bodice that has ridge that stops in the breast area. This style can create an illusion of a longer figure which is perfect to make some brides look more slim and tall. It’s also best suited for brides with bigger built and with those with smaller breasts size because the style of the gown is meant to emphasize their neckline, which will make it more flattering for them.

With a wide variety of wedding gowns available out there, you will surely find the one that will match your taste. Just remember that in choosing your wedding gown for your wedding day, choose the ones that will not only compliment your figure but also the one that will show your personality too.

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Are You Set to Have the Wedding of a Lifetime?

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Once again, it is already June, the perfect month for a lovely, summer wedding here in Singapore. Of course, if you were planning to have a June wedding, you should already be set to walk down the aisle and say “I Do” by now. But, if this month has inspired you to have your own wedding by this time next year, then take a look at some of these elements that are essential to having that wedding you’ve always dreamed of.

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Venue

You can’t have a wedding without a venue and since it is summer, an ideal season for an outdoor wedding, why not have yours on a picturesque garden setting, such as Singapore Botanic Garden’s Burkhill Hall, or with the sand on your toes and the sound of the waves in the background, such as at Tanjong Beach in Sentosa perhaps?

Bridal Gown and Wedding Tux

Gone are the days when the bride has to strictly wear white and the groom has to wear a classic tux. It’s your wedding and you could choose whatever you want for it. For the bride, you could still choose to go traditional and wear white or opt for a more unconventional, fashion-forward colour such as blush or pastel green. You could have your gown custom-made at La Vita Brides, located at 433B Sengkang West Way, #07-539. For the groom, wear a suit or a tux that you like and fits you well. You have plenty of options at Jack Custom Tailors which you’ll find at Level 02-32, 328 North Bridge Road.

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Bouquet

For the soon-to-be-brides, it’s important that you are happy with every choice you make for your wedding. Even as small a detail as a bouquet needs to suit your taste. So whatever you prefer, go for it! For unique floral designs, you could count on Simply Flowers. Visit them at any of their three outlets at The Central, ION Orchard, or at JEM (Jurong East MRT).

Wedding Cake

The first bite you’ll both make as an official married couple. How do you like your cake? Does it have to be chocolate, vanilla, or both? Well, just make sure that you both agree on the flavour and keep in mind any allergies that each of you might have. You could have your very own wedding cake custom made at Cake Avenue. You could contact them at +65-877-0308 and their shop is located at 33 Lorong Kilat, #01-01 Kilat Centre.

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An Eco-Conscious Wedding

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Are you planning an eco-friendly wedding to match the lifestyle you have? Then, do read on for some helpful suggestions that will provide you with the essentials to complete your awesome wedding.

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Green Location

As you partake in a new chapter of your lives, what better place to have it than one which lets you be closer to Mother Nature. Surround yourselves with her beauty and majesty and opt for a surreal garden wedding. With an abundance of greenery here in Singapore, you’ve got plenty of options to choose from, starting with the ever-famous Singapore Botanic Gardens. In addition to this, you could book your dream wedding at HortPark, Fort Canning Park, Bedok Reservoir Park, or Pasir Ris Park. For more on these, you could check their website.

Socially-Responsible Gown and Tux

Looking your best isn’t the only thing that’s important on your big day. As an eco-warrior, the gown and tux you will wear should also reflect your stand to conserve Mother Earth. For an eco-friendly attire, you could go vintage or pre-loved. At Etsy, a marketplace where people around the globe buy and sell a wide range of items, you’ll find a selection of vintage wedding gowns and even an assortment of wedding items for the groom’s attire. You can view their unique goods at their website. However, if you can borrow a tux or a gown from a relative or a friend, then why not? This is more eco-friendly and costs nothing at all.

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Vegan Cake

A vegan cake is what’s considered to be eco-friendly because it is sustainable and doesn’t require the use of ingredients from farmed animals which contribute to increasing amounts of greenhouse gas emissions. But just because it doesn’t contain dairy or eggs, it doesn’t mean that it’s tasteless and unappealing. With the food revolution at full force, there are now a good number of bakers who create such sweet and delectable cakes for health-conscious, vegan, and eco-conscious customers. A good example of this is Delcie’s Desserts and Cakes at 951 Upper Serangoon Road. For a full catalogue of their cakes and other sweet creations, do visit their website.

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The Modern Rules of Buying an Engagement Ring

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It is one of the best privileges of being a woman – to be offered with a fabulous bling by our partners in the right time. For ladies, it is indeed a real treat, but for guys thinking of proposing, maybe not. However, don’t let this stop you from being a man and offering the best symbol of love you can give to your beloved.

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So what are the new rules to keep in mind when buying an engagement ring? Though traditional guidelines have certainly helped a lot, these rules will lead you to the timeliest rings that will suit perfectly to modern ladies of today.

1. Feel Free to Defy Traditions

The traditional rule is to buy a wedding ring that equates to the value of your three month’s salary. But as years passed, that practice has slowly fallen out of favor. A lot of women today would not want their soon-to-be-fiancé to spend that much money on a ring. It would be more appropriate to base your decision on the importance of the ring to your partner.
Today, the options for engagement rings are no longer limited to diamond stones and white gold bands. There are now more options for the band material, like stainless steel and mixed metal rings, and colored gemstones for the stone.

2. Consider Her Lifestyle

A diamond solitaire may look very stunning, but it may not be practical for your partner’s lifestyle. Ask yourself whether the ring is wearable anywhere, anytime. For an active gal, a stunning wedding bands from Singapore could refer to a flat band with a few pieces of small diamonds is more practical (and usually cheaper) than a ring with big center stone.

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3. Give Yourself Enough Time

Though there really is no prescribed timeline for shopping for the right proposal ring, you still cannot find one in a single afternoon. You need to visit several Singapore jewelry shops and find what’s perfect for your sweetheart. Having a deadline only creates tension and may push you to buy from the very limited choices you have. Also, ask lots of questions about the ring, including whether the diamond is real and whether it has been treated.

4. Familiarize the “4 Cs”

The stone is the most expensive part of the wedding ring. A single diamond can cost thousands of dollars. Because of this, some couples make use of alternative stones or an engraved band to save money. But if you really want to romanticism of a diamond ring, you’ll need to familiarize the “4 Cs” – Carat, Clarity, Color, and Cut.

• Carat – is the internationally used unit when measuring weight of diamonds. One carat is equal to 0.2 grams.
• Clarity – describes the internal purity of the ring. The clearer the diamond the rarer and more valuable it is.
• Color – this refers to the actual hue of the stone. Colorless diamonds are usually the most expensive as it allows most refraction of light, giving the stone more sparkle.
• Cut – is the most important and most challenging to understand of the four Cs. Aside from the color, the brilliance of a diamond depends greatly on its cut.

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The proposal ring may be your biggest investment to date, so don’t be afraid to explore your options and go beyond traditions. Don’t fall into trap of sales people trying to romanticize your purchase of diamond. The ring is a major expense, so you need to stay rational all the time.


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