Practical, Simple, Cost Effective Wedding Decoration Ideas

You want to add a special touch to your wedding ceremony or reception but don't have the budget to splurge on hiring a wedding planner or any expensive decorators. Here are some of the things you could do. Sometimes placing a tree with hanging pomanders like the one below is all you need. It is big enough to demand attention, it functions as decoration, wishing tree for your guests to leave their well wishes and a great backdrop for photography. How to make pomanders - DIY Instructions here.

decorated with glass lantern wishing tree
Huge tree with pomanders
big tree nature
Pomanders for outdoor wedding

With enough planning, you can have both beauty and practicality at the same time. Desserts such as cup cakes, biscotti, fondue fountain, lollies, puffs can be an eye candy too. Try thinking about the theme color to make the dessert spread more presentable. Just remember to make sure that if the containers have covers, they are easy to open. Nicely wrapped or labelled wedding favors can be arranged creatively; in a wooden bowl/ boxes with dried flowers for a rustic feel, display like a gourmet stall, on trays of different heights etc.

cup cake, pastries, rustic box
Desserts are practical form of decor. Wooden boxes give it a rustic feel. Prepare serving trays with different heights.
black ribbon choc spread
Chocolate fondue and arrangement of brown-color themed wedding favors

lemon drink, caramel popcorn
Both the lemonade and popcorn treat blend in perfectly

kuih candies cakes
Yellow dessert table decorated with balloons


Here are some photobooth backdrop ideas. Growing up in a multicultural community I am sure you have seen the pelamin (Malay weddings) or a mandap (for Indian weddings) where the bride and groom sit on a couch or chair during the wedding ceremony. Now how about using this concept for your photo-booth decor. A white couch embellished with drapes, paper wheels, flower garland, ribbon... it'll look stunning.

hanging paper fan curtain
Pelamin style photobooth
rustic suitcase, used frames photos
Start collecting antiques from your parents or grand parents for this vintage photobooth - bicycle, suit case, photo frame...
faded chair, table with spread legs
Get hold of any collectibles, old and rusty also can!



Ref: bunchesdirect.org, leeforrestdesign.com, bajanwed.com, theknot.com, zsepa.org, projectwedding.com, weddingfavorpictures.blogspot.com, lifeworkmediablog.wordpress.com


Read more »

Talented Wedding Photographer - SimplyBenji Photography

Inspired by fashion-based photography, Benji uses the contemporary photography approach to produce images that are creative with an artistic touch. You will love the color correlation. Fashion photography is the visual narrative of beauty and creativity. Hence having the props, clothes and theme well thought of before the shoot will definitely help. In the examples below; you can see classy shots with stylish attire, hair, makeup and matching background. Very original and spontaneous result for the Casual Fun Theme.  

Benji is constantly innovating his techniques to help turn your visualized ideas into the image of your dreams. His shots are well coordinated. I think the background color combined with the colors of the couples' clothes plus the right positioning created a tasteful picture. For an effective result, he builds the composition that brings out a personal message.

It will be more memorable to have a collection of crazy, journalistic, creative photos. Benji captures candid moments naturally. There are no rules as to how to pose, be spontaneous and you will be surprised with the outcome.


sitting on the window pane
Classy shots with stylish attire, hair, makeup and matching background
Read more »

Photography at Marina Bay Singapore

Singapore's Marina Bay is a popular choice of location for pre-wedding photography. The Waterfront Promenade forms part of the 11.7km waterfront route around Marina Reservoir, linking Gardens by the Bay, Marina Barrage and the new Sports Hub. You can also photograph along the lower-level timber boardwalk, right down to the water's edge. Everything is very well connected.

Design guidelines for Marina Bay have required a variety of development intensities and building heights for the area, especially along the waterfront where developments are being kept low. This safeguards views to and from individual buildings, enhances their attractiveness and creates a pleasant and aesthetic skyline for the district.

Tower locations in Marina Bay are also orchestrated to create space and breathtaking vistas towards the waterfront and major open spaces. By night, the skyline will glow and sparkle with beautifully-lit building crowns and facades to create memorable night scenes.

Further along, Marina Boulevard is a tropical walk with flowering shrubs and shade trees. Here, you can pause at a Breeze Shelter from where you can capture the view from a cool and breezy rest point. At night, the promenade is lit with attractive night lighting.


birds eye view of helix, garden, promonade

dense high rise bay architecture
Photo: monopictura.com
marina promenade at night
Photo: Edwin Tan Armadale. Timber boardwalk at Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade

3 buildings hotel yellow lights
Marina Bay Sands

posing artistic singapore
ArtScience Museum

At the other end, there is The Helix pedestrian bridge from Bayfront to Marina Centre. The double-helix structure resembles the structure of DNA, the basic building block of life, symbolising 'life and continuity', 'renewal', 'everlasting abundance' and 'growth', very auspicious for the happy wedding occasion.

Next to The Helix, Singapore's first art park, the Youth Olympic Park which comes alive with coloured LED (Light-Emitting Diode) lights at night, accentuating the various contemporary structures and installations against the lighted Singapore city skyline, making this park a visual treat for photography.  

sign of life renewal auspicious LED
Photo: Noel Salazar. The Helix @ Marina Bay

As a waterfront ‘Garden City by the Bay', Marina Bay enhances the image of Singapore as a garden city.  Bay South — the largest waterfront garden — is where you’ll find the futuristic-looking Supertrees, vertical gardens measuring up to 16 storeys that add a surprising and surreal feel to the landscape.

garden city by the bay wedding shoot
Photo: Edwin Tan Photography. Supertrees at Garden City by the Bay
have to pay entrance fee
Cloud Forest in Garden City


Marina Bay
Website: www.marina-bay.sg
http://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg
Add: 45 Maxwell Road, The URA Centre, Singapore 069118
Tel: +65 63293535
Fax: +65 62203201


Ref: sherryjiajia.blogspot.com, singaporeprewedding.com, myartofscrapping.blogspot.com
Read more »

Culinary Capers | Delivery, Catering, Classes, Healthy Food

Culinary Capers' aim is to teach you how to maintain a healthy weight, look and feel better, reduce stress & suffering; have more energy, nourish your spirit and basically to help you to become a more holistic and happier human being by means of FOOD. They keep food as natural as possible by deliberately avoiding complicated food preparation - the only way to maintain freshness of a dish. All kinds of vegetables, grains, nuts, and pulses are readily available, means more innovative cooking methods.

They provide cooking classes, workshop, wellness programs, culinary tours, delivery, catering services. Cheerful Geeta Jayabalan, owner of Culinary Capers has a great passion for healthy living. Her creations, primarily of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Northern Indian food are very delicious and at the same time wholesome.

purple and green dip with chips
Beetroot and yoghurt dip

yummy and health conscious
http://chiariyees-coffeebread.blogspot.com
Left: Mesclun Greens with Gingerflower, Mint & Peanuts served with Thai dressing
Right: Muhammara (Roasted Red pepper Spread with Crispy Lavash Bread)


cabbage lettuce corn roll
Assorted vegetarian wraps

quinoa salad grains
Left: Spicy yoghurt fish & long grained basmathi rice layered & steamed to perfection in the "dum" style in an authentic Indian Thandhi
Right: Quinoa, Sprouted Grains & Mixed Veg Salad

banana leaft gives it the fragrance
theyumlist. Steamed Fish in Coriander Paste wrapped in a banana leaf and Basmathi Spinach & Spring Onion Rice.
tofu pesto mix
Cold Soba Salad with Edamame Pesto


REVIEWS
http://theyumlist.blogspot.com/2012/11/culinary-capers-catering-delivery.html
Nov 2012
Catering, cooking classes, bazaars, personal chef, wellness programs, culinary tours and small events are all organized by the bright and cheerful Geeta Jayabalan, owner and originator of Culinary Capers. Having a passion for healthy living, this theme of wholesomeness is infused through all of her tasty creations. Although her menu is ever expanding, and draws on a variety of sources, a combination of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Northern Indian food are her primary inspirations. We savoured a number of Culinary Capers’ signature dishes. It’s no secret that I could make a meal out of dips, breads and red wine so the five nourishing blends sampled could easily have me contented for an entire meal. One of the benefits of healthy eating is that high fibre dishes fill you for a longer period so you’re not likely to overindulge.
Reason to order:  Delicious healthy food at reasonable prices. Excellent choice for catering small events. Convenient delivery to your home or personal chef in your kitchen.  Muhammara (roasted red pepper dip) with feta topped Khoubiz, Wheat Berry Salad, Quinoa Salad, Cold Quinoa Salad.


Culinary Capers

culinary capers chef
Geeta

http://www.culinarycapers.com.my
FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/culinarycapers.com.my
Tel: 03-2093 5789 / 2092 5985 (Nora), 012-218 6656 (Geeta)

During Office Hours : (9am – 6pm ) to place your orders.

Please also have the following information at hand when you place your orders :
- the description of the items selected
- the quantity you require ( if you are not sure inform them the no of pax & they will advise accordingly )
- Date you want to take delivery. Orders must be a minimum of RM100.

Collection will be at: No 5 Jalan Tunku Putra, Off Jalan Duta 50480 KL (near the old Indian High Commission). If you really cannot pick up they will do delivery but there will be an extra charge depending on the area. All food is 100% halal.


Read more »

Hikaru Entertainment

With over 10 years of experience and nearly a thousand wedding performances, Hikaru Entertainment has become a strong force in Malaysian music industry and is growing. I think the band is unique in an elegant way. The playing of violin provides you the wonderful string sound which creates a nice, classy atmosphere for your celebration. On top of that they take each show seriously in terms of style, outfit, their spirited singing and playing of musical instruments. They have an extremely versatile and varied repertoire list which include sentimental love songs, also uptempo groovy numbers, top 40 club hits, jazzy classic tunes and even ethnic songs in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien, Malay, Korean, Japanese, Indian, and even some Latin and French songs.

Hikaru Live Band creates a classy atmosphere with their performance

hikaru band grand

Read more »

A Romantic Dance on Your Big Day

Your wedding day is such magical personal experience. A romantic first dance would definitely add that extra sparkle to your big day. Sylvia (Danzpara) has the experience of coaching, choreographing dance of various styles namely Waltz, Tango, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Samba, Salsa, Bachata, etc. She has provided lessons to many couples preparing for their wedding dance.

The first dance is about the couple, confidence is key. You would want a routine that fits your personalities, something you are comfortable with. The coach is there to advise you in choosing the right dance. So discuss with Sylvia about your style and song preference. Here are some ideas.

dancer with white vest
An impressive dip with Danzpara

red flower brushed back hair sexy
Learn from an experienced and professional coach


One of the dances you can pick is the slow ballroom Rumba. Its steps are kept sensually compact with some bending and straitening of the knee to achieve the hip-swaying movements over the legs. Some of the songs for Rumba are for example "I Have Always Loved" by Enrique Iglesias, "Because You Loved Me" by Celine Dion, "Close to You" by The Carpenters. You can change into a shorter dress for more flexibility.

dancers in white
Rumba

It can be easier than you thought. Anyone can do it with the right direction from the teacher. Sylvia will be able teach you the basics to get you started even if you don't have any knowledge at all.

learning how to dance boy and girl
Start from the basic steps if you are a beginner

shake it up
The practice sessions are going to be fun


Another one to consider is the Waltz which is a progressive ballroom dance in moderately fast triple time (musical), where dancers glide in perpetual circles and are positioned close together.

progressive ballroom dance fast tripple
Kimberley Walsh & Pasha Viennese Waltz to 'A Thousand Years'
Strictly Come Dancing 2012 - BBC One


Danzpara (Sylvia Yeoh)
Website: http://www.danzpara.com/
Tel: 012-221 2030 (Sylvia)
Email: seewaiyeoh@gmail.com
Location: TTDI & Klang Valley

Wedding Dance Package: There will be 4 classes. Duration is 1 hour per class.


Read more »

White Label Bridal Shoes

White Label was founded by Malaysian designer Hazel Lui in 2008. The brand is dedicated to making bridal shoes for Malaysian brides. It offers gowns and ready made, made-to-measure shoes with sizes from US 3-9 (Euro 34-40). Selected designs are available in different heights. Custom-made service is available for alterations from existing designs to different color/ height/ small amendments. It takes 3-4 weeks to make the shoes.

People love the special touch Hazel puts into each of her design, some with unique colors combination, and the use of special material such as lace, glitter mesh, satin to give the shoes an elegant feel. Usually minor alterations can be done to the original small collection of designs which look somewhat similar. If you like her designs and have the budget for it, the shoes are perfect for your wedding event. The price starts at RM190.

You can order them online. Let them know your shoe size by following these measuring instructions. They will courier the shoes to your doorstep. Otherwise visit their showrooms, details below at the info section.

get the right size of custom made shoes



REVIEWS
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=101521272252
May 2014
Auwww..my shoes!!tqvm...im so in love with ur touch...!
Love the combi colors!
http://nadiahzwedding.blogspot.com/2013_11_01_archive.html
Nov 2013
pada BTB yang tempah baju kahwin dengan mak andam, biasa diaorg akan sediakan kasut. tetapi kalau takde saiz camneee?kalau tak chumel macam mana??camne tuu..dan kalau yang buat baju kahwin sendiri?? tapi yang penting comfort la kan. kalo rasa ada peruntukan lebih tu, I can suggest where to look for a wedding shoes. ada online tapi diaorg pun ada butik sendiri. happy browsing - whitelabel shoes- cantik -cantik kasut diaa.
http://afidazainudin.blogspot.com/2011/04/wedding-shoes.html
Apr 2011
Sangat2 tertarik dengan wedding shoes die. Lacey2 gitu.. Tapi xde bling2 plak..terjumpa la blogshop yg menjual wedding shoes ni! Wow, cantek tau, ade yg bekenan! Tapi xbanyak sgt choice and quite expensive. Tapi kalau b2b dah ada budget untuk wedding shoes boleh la jenguk2 kat blogshop ni --> White Label


pink dusk satin shoes
Design: Sharona. Custom made pink dusk satin
angelina-lace netting rounded toe pump
Design: Angelina - with added lace netting, see through Rounded-toe pump
glitter ivory mesh fabric
Design: Cynthia. Double-bow peeptoe: 3.5 inch heel, in Glitter Ivory mesh fabric. RM228
custom made 3 inch heel
Left: Made to match the bride's Tiffany Blue theme. Design: Cynthia, custom-made to 3 inch heel. Contrast and Refreshing!
Right: Design: Latrina. 3.5 inch D'Orsay shoes with lace detail. RM228 with bow, RM208 without bow.
pleated peeptoe satin in glitter
Left: Design: Veron. 3.5" pointed-toe with anklestrap, RM198
Right: Design: Mabel. Pleated peektoe on 4" heel with inner platform. Satin in Glitter Champagne. RM218
strappy sandal crystalic chain
From Left-
Design: Dahlia. All-time favourite, Dahlia in Ivory satin, 3.5" heel, RM 228
Design: Tillie. Strappy sandal, with crystalic chain. 3" heel - RM188. 4" heel with platform - RM218
Design: Ladonna. Breathable see-through lace, 3.5"heel peeptoe, RM228


White Label Shoes

shoes in malaysia

Website: http://whitelabelshoes.blogspot.com
FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/whitelabelshoes
Email: whitelabeling@gmail.com
Tel: +6016-662 0199  (sms/ whatsapp)

Show Unit:
TANGS store @ One Utama shopping mall
Address : 305, First Floor, N0.1 Lebuh Bandar Utama,
Bandar Utama City Centre,
47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Tel: 03-7726 9881
Mon-Thu, Sun 10 am-10pm
Fri & Sat 10 am-1030pm

Read more »

MyStoryCase - Personalizing your Phone Case

Wedding is a momentous occasion worth commemorating. While planning a wedding, couples usually get their pre-wedding photography done for instance in places with breathtaking views, beautiful blossoms, magnificent beaches... wearing a lovely gown, suit or attire. Now besides storing the photos in albums, you can also have them printed on your phone case. Something you carry everywhere you go, what is more convenient than keeping your memory right on the phone.

MyStoryCase provides personalized 3D case where your photo is printed onto the case. Personalizing your case is about 'your story'. So select the photo or the best shot that you wish to remember! Use a high resolution photo if possible. Get a MyStoryCase to safeguard your phone as well as your happy memories as the color doesn't fade. It comes in tough (with silicone for extra protection) or standard version.

wedding photo cover


For a more subtle effect for remembrance, select images that center on a particular idea, objects or scenery instead. You can capture a photo of both of the bride/ groom's fingers forming a heart shape, then position the image using the user-friendly tool provided and voila... a pair of matching phone cases like this one. Be creative!

a pair of matching phone cases


Now you are entitled for 15% discount with a FACEBOOK 'Like'.

https://www.facebook.com/MyStoryCase


You may check out the available phone models here.

easy to use tool
A couple of easy steps to personalize your phone case

MyStoryCase provides FREE shipping worldwide. Your Personalized case will be delivered via courier or reliable postal service within the time agreed upon at purchase. You should be able to receive your case within 3 - 5 working days, once payment is completed.


MyStoryCase
Website: http://www.mystorycase.com/
FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/MyStoryCase
Tel: 017-400 1123
Email: sales@mystorycase.com


Read more »

Veralyn Ng - Fashion Designer

Veralyn creates intricate and elegant designs by getting inspired regularly by paintings, photos, colour samples, fabric swatches, sketches of silhouettes and other shapes, sculptures, landscapes...  Veralyn has always focused on the curve of a waist. The waist is a focal point in a lot of her gowns, whether they are extravagant or a minimalist. She loves curves and things popping out on the dress! From ancient embroidery techniques to a luxurious selection of laces, she wants to create timeless dresses which are meant to last a lifetime.

You will adore her attention to fabrics and intricate handwork, you can see the details such as layers of handmade petals, delicately sequined lace or intricate bead work. They bring character to each gown. Support this talented local designer if you can afford it. Price starts at RM3-5K. Estudio de Veralyne offers bespoke wedding dresses, evening, cocktail dresses, shoes and bags for brides.

BESPOKE - Verily
The Verily Bridal Collection is specially designed to create dresses to suit a range of weddings, from beach to more formal church affairs. These wedding dresses are a fusion of ideas from the bride combined with the design and creative execution by Estudio de Veralyne. Drawings and fabric samples will be used to work towards a final design and costing.

BUY IN CUSTOM MADE GOWN
Unless you plan to keep your dress for reminiscences, you have probably decided to sell it. They buy in their own design when brides decided to sell it back after their great day. Brides are given a month of consideration whether to sell their gown or not.

MADE TO ORDER (MADE TO MEASURE)
Choose from one of Veralyne's existing collection designs which can be made to fit your measurements. You may bring small variation to the design such as to remove, add straps or change the length of the train or the volume of the skirt. Fittings will be conducted with you by skilled seamstresses to ensure the dress fits perfectly.
         
OFF THE PEG/ RACK (READY TO WEAR)
These dresses are available to purchase and to rent immediately. Make an appointment with Veralyne, try on as many gowns till you found your perfect one for your great day!


REVIEWS
http://henalbela.blogspot.com/2013/12/the-one.html
Dec 2013
I went to a local wedding gown designer called Veralyne Ng. I've came across some of her designs and totally love it, so decided to give it a try. My sister and I went to her studio and we discussed about the making of a gown. However, as expected, it was still way out of my budget for a gown (at least RM3-5k)
http://www.bridemalaysia.com/showthread.php?1797-Malaysia-Wedding-Gown-Designers&p=4220&viewfull=1#post4220
Dec 2012
Personally, I love Veralyne Ng's collection. She actually has a blog where she write in detail about the design of the latest gowns, themes as well as the PG. She's a very competent designer. All you have to do is to take a look at her gowns and you will be convinced by its intricate and elegant designs.
http://zachchin.com/?p=1568
May 2012
The gown worn by Yoon was designed by our bubbly friend, Veralyne. It was a gorgeous one! When tossing the flower bouquet, cautious, do not use too much energy! Yoon’s gown strap gave way during the toss,:)but someone was happy on the receiving end!


http://www.alex-tan.com/blog/2013/06/11/langkawi-westin-beach-wedding-phuay-fhern-wai-meng/
Jun 2013
nice curve of waist
Very lovely sheer V-neckline and a nice curve of the waist of intricate lace
intricate bodice
Beautiful gown by Veralyn with bare back and intricate waistline


http://zachchin.com/?p=1568
Brian + Yoon (May 2012) at Carcosa
yoon wearing veralyn gown
tulle skirt wedding gown
embellished bodice, tulle skirt wedding gown by Veralyn Ng

Layers of handmade petals
makeup by aivy yong
http://aivymakeup.blogspot.com/2013/07/may-jean-bridal-make-up-at-avillion.html
Makeup and hair: Aivy Yong
Gown: Veralyn Ng
Photographer:Jenny Sun Photography



Dainty flowers, ivory pearls, bits of Vintage. Photo by MunKeat
long wedding dress
Lace overlay
standing on the doorway


http://stories.my/wedding-at-grand-hyatt-kl-en-ruey-jas-min/ (Apr 2014)
wedding red cloth
family portrait


http://www.madeby-veralyne.blogspot.com/2013/04/best-friends-wedding-jo-en-willy-i-am.html
Apr 2013
silk satin
custom made wedding gown
Sequined strap


Estudio de Veralyne
Website: http://www.veralyne.com
Blog: http://madeby-veralyne.blogspot.com
FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Estudio-de-Veralyne
Add: E-12-14, ONE SOHO, SS19, SUBANG JAYA, 47500
Tel: 016-202 0251
Wedding gowns, Evening dresses, Cocktail dresses and Shoes


Read more »