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Want to Say ‘I Do’ in 2013?

Calling all couples looking to get hitched and throw a bash in 2013. I’ve just been contacted by a reader who had to call off his wedding (due to some unfortunate circumstances) and non-refundable deposits were paid to vendors. The fact is, he’d like to recoup some of the deposit he’s forked out. The vendors have kindly offered to transfer the deposit to another couple who’d like to take up the same wedding package so the deal is, if you’re interested, you’ll get a considerable discount. Here are the deets….

Wedding Venue: Aberdeen Marina Club (AMC)
HK$35,000 off the total package (minimum F&B consumption of HK$280,000 + 10% service charge). You will need to pay HK$35k to the said reader directly and AMC will arrange for a revised contract (with same terms and conditions as the said reader) to be signed, treating the HK$70k deposit as paid. The package must be used before 31st December 2013 and any outstanding deposits and balances will be borne by you.
***Deadline for transfer of deposit is 21st May 2013.

Pre-Wedding Photo: Chris Tang Studio
HK$4,500 off the total package (total package price HK$18,050). You will need to pay HK$4,500 to the said reader directly. The pre-wedding photography session must be used on 1st April 2013,
***Deadline for transfer of deposit is 1st March 2013 as the balance of the package price must be paid by then.

Disclaimer: Please note that the above figures and information were provided by the said reader and may not be final. For details of the terms and conditions of the respective packages and settlement of any payments, please email directly. This post is merely to help spread the word to any interested couples.

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Round Hong Kong We Go: Urban Discovery Challenge

In this multi-cultural city that is Hong Kong, it comes as no surprise that many of you worldly readers will have guests flying in from all corners of the world to attend your big day. You want to be a good host and show your friends and family around but your big day is only a few days away and you’ve got the final touches to finish off. Don’t stress yourself out. Leave the tour guide duties to Urban Discovery, the events company that organises city challenges for corporates, charities, birthday parties and have now created the new custom-made wedding race that’ll get your guests’ hearts pumping. If you’ve watched Amazing Race, you’ll know what’s in store for you. Think running across the city, finding hidden treasures, completing tasks and lots of sweating. Oh, and let’s not forget the most important element; team-building. Whether your guests are single or coupled up, young or old, new in town or a ‘local’, send them on the 2-hour race to give them a glimpse into the various Chinese traditions and discover the cultural aspects of the city that we aren’t aware of or easily forget about. It’s a fun and interactive way for guests to explore the city, not least it’ll give them a talking point on your wedding day. Thanks to you, they’ll return home with a newfound love for this city.

Suzanne van der Erf, Project Manager at Urban Discovery advises couples to approach them early as it usually takes 3 weeks to tailor-make a city challenge and can range from a group of 20 to 50 people, split into teams of 4 or 5. They’ll spend time finding about your story, your life and use elements of you as a couple to design an unforgettable race. The location of the challenge can be an area where you grew up, where you first met or simply your favourite part of town. It’s a race, what are you waiting for?

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Fancy a Cocktail?

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TGIF! It’s been a long week, you’re sitting at your desk thinking there’s a gazillion items on your wedding list you’ve still got to tick off and although it’s only 10am, you’re already dying for that stiff drink. Instead of grabbing for the bottle, why not use this time to conjure up some cocktail recipes that’s fit for your wedding celebrations? Just make sure to speak to the venue about their corkage fees and bar charges because that’s where they can rip you off big time. 

Go for names and concoctions that holds a special meaning to you as a couple – the drink you had on your first date or your regular party drink. You don’t need anything fancy nor do you need to hire a bartender who specialises in molecular creations. Ask the venue to see if a member of their staff can stand behind the cocktail table to serve the guests and act as the pseudo bartender. Oh and if you’re a teetotal, just leave out the booze, although bear in mind that guests will enjoy your wedding a whole lot more if they’ve had a tipple.

Ideas from my own big day adapted from the age old Victorian saying!

“Something Old”
Cape Cod – vodka, cranberry juice, lime (our  regular bar order)

“Something New”
Hongkie Style –  whiskey, lemon tea, mint (a spin of our favourite char chaan teng drink)

“Something Borrowed”
Dark n Stormy – rum, ginger beer (borrowed from our friend who told us this is the best way to drink rum!)

“Something Blue” 
Oasis – gin, blue curacao, tonic, lemon juice (we needed something blue!)

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The Guest List: Friends.

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The Guest List. The dreaded task on every couple’s to-do-list. The unavoidable. No matter how well you think it’s been thought out, no matter how hard you’ve tried to be the gracious couple, you’re bound to have offended at least one person. Remember, this is your wedding, not theirs so don’t feel obliged to invite a guest just because you feel bad. This is not the time to act like you’re best friends with the whole world nor is it a popularity contest. The day is your most private, most personal, most touching and happiest point in your life. Spend it with those you care.

How to draw up your list:
1. List all your friends and categorise them into Tier 1, 2, 3 and so forth.
a) Tier 1 = those you’d meet up frequently (bumping into each other in a bar and saying a courteous ‘Hi’ doesn’t count), your best friends (even if you don’t see them all the time), you’d confide in, who’d you inform whenever you have news (good or bad) and you’d do anything for.
b) Tier 2 = those you may have been close to but for whatever reason you only see once in a while and those you’d have a good laugh with when you do meet up.
c) Tier 3 down = Facebook friends, ones you don’t even know why you’re friends with in the first place and if they’d invited you to their wedding, you’d think twice about.
2. Do not invite acquaintances. They’ll feel obliged to give you a present even if they don’t attend and you don’t even bat an eyelid as to whether they turn up or not so why bother?
3. The more people your invite, the more mouths to feed which means your wedding bill will inflate. It’s also more stressful coordinating hundreds of guests so keep it small. Unless you’re a Kim Kardashian, the celebrations should be an intimate affair.
4. Invite those in your Tier 1 category and depending on your venue size, wedding budget and how important you feel Tier 2 guests are to you, you can invite them as well.
5. It’s a matter of politeness to invite +1s and that applies even if you don’t like your best friend’s boyfriend. When it comes to the photos, you can photoshop him out.
6. Make it a balance between the bride and groom. If one side has a significantly larger party, the other is going to complain and get jealous. Talk it through. The last thing you want is to start off your marriage with ill feelings.

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Destination Weddings: Location, Location, Location.

Photo credits (clockwise from top left): Manuel Astefan Photography, W. Scott Chester Photography, Perfect Bound Blog, Joshua Rainey Photography, Michael Norwood Photography

Destination wedding. Just the thought of it sounds exotic enough. No matter where you’re planning to celebrate your nuptials, be it overlooking the vineyards in Tuscany or against the backdrop of the Adriatic sea (oh how dreamy), there’s going to be some element of stress even if you’re the world’s most-relaxed person. You’re thousands of miles away, you’ve probably never travelled there before and there could be language barrier. It’s your once-in-a-lifetime so you’re going to want it to be perfect. I don’t blame you. Here’s the first of many tips to get you started.


1. Unless the destination holds a special meaning to you as a couple (where you met, got engaged or where you’re from), ditch the idea of having it in an inaccessible location. Think of your guests. If it involves more than two transfers, it’s a no go. You want your friends and family to witness your happy moments and for them to enjoy themselves too, not moan about how difficult it was to get to your wedding. It’ll also reduce the chances of unexpected interruptions ruining the event, such as flight delays due to a volcanic eruption. Trust me, there’s nothing you can do about it when that does happen. It happened to me last year and all I could do was cry until I knew each and every single family member and friend had arrived. You don’t want a swollen eye on your big day.


2. Choose a destination that uses English as their first language or it’s widely used. You need to communicate with vendors and suppliers. If you don’t even speak the same language, how are you going to negotiate and tell them what you want? That’s where the wedding planner can prove to be useful, if you do decide to hire one.


3. Remember to check the weather. Avoid the rainy season unless you’re fine with getting drenched.


4. Before you decide on the destination, research around to see the availability of certain suppliers. Is it easy to source flowers? If you need caters, are they readily available?


5. Once you’ve decided on the destination, look at places that are all-inclusive and compare with those that simply hire out the venue. If you want to eliminate the need to source various suppliers, an all-inclusive package is the way to go. Most of these venues will have had experience with weddings  so they’ll ensure (or at least try to!) that your day will run without a hitch.

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Zero G Wedding

If you thought you’ll be the coolest couple in town by having an underwater wedding, think twice. Go ZeroG and there’s no doubt your wedding will be the most talked about. That means you can float and flip whilst exchanging vows in a weightless environment without actually going to space. It’ll be one intimate and rocking wedding. Start saving some money now.

Photo Credit: Zero G Corporation

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Life is a Rollercoaster.

When you think about having a unique out-of-this-world wedding, did exchanging vows on a rollercoaster ever come to mind? For one couple in Japan, their marriage was quite literally a rollercoaster ride. Do you dare?


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Round and Round We Go.

If you’re a non-conformist, you’re going to want to rethink about your ceremony seating arrangement. Traditionally, you’ve got the aisle bang in the middle with rows of guests on either side, giving you ample time to flaunt your frock and make the groom wait just a teeny bit longer. Ah, the joys. However, wouldn’t you want the guests to have a 360° view of you and your man exchanging vows and not just your back? It is a little rude isn’t it? Give the circular seating a try or go spiral. That way, you’ll be able to wow every single guest with your stunning gown and radiating beauty when you walk down the aisle. Oh and get this; you can even call it the ring of love.

Circular Ceremony Seating

Photo credits (clockwise from top left): Ben Godkin Photo via Style Me Pretty, Del Sol Photography via Best Destination Wedding, BM Photography via Bridal Guide, Wedding & Event News