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Since we are doing our solemnisation this Oct, we have to get started looking for suitable venues to hold the event. My initial suggestion was to just go to the Registry of Marriage place at Fort Canning to just sign the papers and proceed to a restuarant for lunch with like 10-20 of our family members. But Jono felt that it cheapens the whole event when it’s suppose to be a grand thing because we area then officially husband and wife. So he feels that he’d rather throw a simple party of sorts, rather than make it soooo simple. And that got me thinking creatively and even more excited with the planning of the solemnisation rather than my actual customary day which is a long time from now… 😛

And this means that I get to have my DREAM KIND of WEDDING…..an outdoorsy -Al fresco/ garden sort kind of wedding! YEAY!!! I can’t be more happy than that….. and that also means I have to start sourcing out for places….

Sis brought to my attention of a nice place at Botanical Gardens call Burkill Hall. Very nice old colonial house the NEA rent out for events. Looks nice but rental cost is like $2-3K not inclusive of catering. Tho its nice and all…its crossed out before I can even discuss it with Jono.

Outdoor…Al Fresco….Gardeny wedding…..venues……in fact it wasn’t very hard searching for all these places, cos I had already done some research on these areas at the very start while planning for my Actual Customary Wedding, but becos of its small capacity I had to forgo the idea. But now that we are in Plan B (Solemnisation in 2011, Customary in 2013) …I can start re-looking at these places!

Shortlisted a couple,

1)One Rochester,

2)Rochester 7 (Rochester House), and

3)Colonial at Scotts.

Didn’t really go and look at other places like Hort Park and all as much as I’ll get my gardeny feel. But I wanted a colonial house along with the garden.

We spent the past two weeks viewing these 3 places.

1) 1-Rochester

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One Rochester: nice place and ambience, nice greenery, only gribe is its Expensive and because of space constraints, guest will be seated separately and I mean quite far apart, apparently we were told that approximate 20 can be seated in the house and 40 or more between the main hall and the outdoor dining somewhere along the walk ways, jus not together as a while. So one group in one area in the house, another group in another area in the garden, and another group somewhere in another section of the garden. Jono and I didn’t really like the idea that they will be so segregated. We want to be able to see everyone present as a whole, we can see everyone at one glance. So eventhough the package came along with a choice of a cake (top up $$$) or decorated cupcakes, they don’t do flowers of my choice if so its at additional cost to the already $110++ per head buffet package. I told their in-house wedding co-ordinator (S) that I wanted Hydrangeas and Peonies, but she said its very seasonal and October wouldn’t be the right season, Plus Hydrangeas are expensive and wither fast, so have to add on the cost and consider it. 😦

Worse part of it all, was when she asked me what will the colour of my dress be on that day, and I told her “white” of cos, and my whole “BRILLIANT” idea of putting it all together with a Pretty Themed Tee tugged under a short knee length Can-Can skirt or Tu-Tu paired with coloured theme wellington boots… My “Brilliant” idea must have shocked the life out of her…cos right away her jaw dropped and her response was like this….

“Huh?” and her face was like all weird. “Really? Ah? Wellington Boots? Very weird lei…” and she stopped there.

She so didn’t buy my idea at all, so what did she mean by spontaneous and lively?? Cos she even very proudly described that one of her client was very spontaneous so I thot she is open to radical ideas. And after the whole discussion about colour themes to match my outfit as well as the very disappointing facts about flowers in season, she told me to go for overall white deco and baby’s breath as fillers for my fresh floral deco ….I dunno for what and what she meant at that point…..I felt so disappointed! My heart dropped once again. HELO??? COLOURS?? My THEME IS COLOURFUL PASTELS with BLUE and PINK and PURPLE??? What has that got to do with WHITE???

Needless to say, at that point 1-Rochester was out the window, in fact it was out the minute she got a shock when I told her about my “Wellington Boots” idea.

Verdict: I find it expensive and not flexible and mostly I felt insulted and disappointed that S didn’t even try to understand my idea of a solemnisation. 😦 Jono finds it expensive and didn’t like that guests will be seated in segregated areas. Even though both of us feel that its really nice and cosy place…abit too ATTAS for us cos S kept reminding us that if we are going to compare price between them and other guys we have to compare them to a 4-star hotel, cos their standard is UP at that level. But a 4-star hotel with a sitdown chinese banquet menu at $120 per pax comes with a 4 star bridal suite and alot of other perks lei, how to compare?? Didn’t make a whole lot of “CENTS” tome.

2) 7 Rochester House (Seb’s Bistro)

7 Rochester House – Seb’s Bistro. NICE place. They did quite alot of renovation or refurbishing to the place, that it didn’t look much like the pictures…tho most of it are still there, there are alot more extras added to the place. Able to sit up to 150 comfortably and 200 standing.

Their in-house wedding co-ordinator (C)was nice and very sincere, I mean we both felt that she seems more sincere and not so pushy. Plus their buffet package was much much cheaper and reasonable. There was a couple of other menus she had sent to us, but we are looking at the $65 or $85 + per head package becos of our tight budget so C suggested that she could tailor the menu to an in-between if we find that the $85 + package was too expensive for us.

In addition to that when I mentioned that I wanted Hydrangeas and Eustomias (this time no Peonies since S told me its seasonal so I had to go look up and find alternatives) and I showed her the picture of the kind of arrangements I want, C was very kind and said that she could discuss with her florist and see what they can work out for us. Unlike (S), C didn’t mention that Hydrangeas wouldn’t have additional cost as its available most of the time, so its not that hard to get, and that made me feel better already (eventho she could be lying), but I liked that she listened and showed that she will try. She even asked me to scan the picture and send it to her so that she can send it to her florist, and guess who they work with??? Poppy Floral Studio!!! If you have been looking at bridal magazines and all like me, you’ll know why I am so happy to know that they are working with PFS. C also advised me that becos PFS is very creative they charge abit more, but to work within the budget we could consider about having a less lush pcs of centre piece with the colours I like with creative colour themed knick knacks or I can have a full and lush centre pcs but lesser in quantity across the table without knick knacks etc. C was much more flexible and was more creative with playing around for ideas.

Wat was good about the place is, that it is mostly sheltered tho part of the area being sheltered can be retracted if desired, so you get to enjoy the outdoor as well as the indoors in case it rains. There is also a more spacious layout whereby guests won’t be seated in segregated parts of the venue, they will all be seen in a glance. Overall It has a comfy and cosy al-fresco dining feel to it, eventho it didn’t have as much greens as compared to 1-Rochester.

Verdict: I Like it and I felt very comfortable and relax at 7 Rochester rather than 1-Rochester. Jono Likes it too, he liked that its sheltered and that its retractable as well as that guests will all be seated together. It was Unanimous!

3) The Colonial at Scotts

The The last one we saw, which was last Friday, was the Colonial at Scotts. This is along scotts road where the SKII Boutique Spa is. This is a boutique hall managed by The Songs of India – Indian Cuisine – Restaurant. The rental for the area is relatively cheap – $500-$600 (for the entire duration). Catering is outsourced to Rasel Caterers and I think others as well. Was told that the dining hall could fit up to 10 round tables at least including a buffet spread or solemnization right at the end of the hall.

Jono being Jono was very very reluctant to even give this place a chance for a viewing, Lol, firstly becos he feels that parking there is gng to be a big problem, second he doesn’t even like the sound of that place, lol!!! seriously complained the entire time we were there…while waiting for the lady (E) from the catering company. To fuel his resistance to be there, E was abit late. Suppose to meet at 5, but I figured she must have been caught in a traffic especially along scotts road. Jono was not so forgiving he insisted that being late is not a good sign and excuse, and he will not book them. Lol!!! Perhaps he’s already made up his mind about where he wants.

Anyway TC@scotts have very limited parking lots although there is suppose to be 25 lots, didn’t look like 25 to me, there was only like maybe 10 lots available. I think that 25 lots would ve been very very cramp. Parking is not my main concern, for me it is the venue itself including the place for the solemnisation to take place, unfortunately I was introduced to a very rundown backyard or should I say back area (where the owners dump their old unwanted furnitures), there was no grass , no garden, no yard, jus very old and faded tiles, the only green I saw was coming from the battered fences and creeping plants from the neighbouring colonial house. To make the place look even more rundown and unsightly were the old unwanted furnitures stack up at the backend of this “backyard”, one word to sum it all up, Ugly. I didn’t like it. I cannot imagine a ton of flowers being able to bring this place back to life, unless I am a rich girl who doesn’t mind paying for top-notch wedding planning services to clean up the area.

Eventho the main hall was not too bad, the furnitures where really battered and rundown. So much so, a chair gave way the moment Jono tried to sit on it, you can imagine what Jono’s reactions were like. E wasn’t too bad, just a little pushy for us to book the venue, eventho I think I told her a Zillion times that my plan is to have my solemnisation outdoor and the only place is the rundown area and I didn’t like it, she didn’t seem to get it and told me they could clear it up and up the area or I could even have my solemnisation IN the hall itself. Helo!? OUTDOOR solemnization?? Sighz…

Besides that, while we were there we were attacked by so many mosquitoes…we had to escape and hide inside the car. I can’t imagine my guests being bothered the whole night by these pests and scratching away while dressed in their best outfits.

so we left the place and I let Jono have the satisfaction of doing the “I told you so”. But I really have to admit that he does know what he is talking about (SOMETIMES) hahah…like this for example….he knew even without having to look at the place that he wasn’t going to like it and it will be a waste of time.

Apparently, E told me that TC@Scotts is about to go through some refurbishing works, it will be done way before my solemnisation date and will be much much nicer than now. So the website’s pictures wouldnt be able to do justice to the place. You judge for yourself when you are there. But if you like Chandeliers and stuff…you may like this one. 🙂 Perhaps I’m not so much a Chandeliers kind of girl.

Verdict: I was disappointed by the so-called outdoor area and the size of the place and there were alot of hungry mosquitoes!!! Jono,needless to say hates it for everything…lol!…there was nothing there that he can make himself like.

Final VERDICT???

Quite obvious rite? We are going for 7 Rochester, like you didn’t already guess it. 🙂 Can’t help it, I think we were sold the moment we set foot there. Hahaha…in fact I was pretty ready to confirm my booking on that very day. Actually the rest of the places we viewed were equally good, jus that it didn’t suit me, maybe others might feel that segregated seatings and chandeliers are their thing.

Anyhoo….I’m SUPER EXCITED!!!! Going down tmr…with the photographer to have a look at the place and the lighting and all. Woo!!! I’ll talk about photography another day….

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We are getting married!!!!

This is the first post to start of this blog of ours. I created it to keep me in check and also to update others of our wedding plans as well as to share whatever I experience as well as the sharing of contacts I come across or use for our wedding!

Woo…so exciting! I’ve been excited since February.

Was actually planning to start this blog much later, like a year later as our initial plans were to hold our wedding in 2012. Unfortunately, after meeting a Geomancer at a wedding fair at Hotel Re! last week who kindly made a very quick check for us (F.O.C) and found out that it will not be a good year for us to get married nxt year. Dogs and Dragon are clashing Zodiac signs. So…its either we hold it within the year of the Rabbit or Snake, which is in 2013. YIKES!!! 2013!!! Thats like two years away!!! I could literally feel my heart drop an inch or more when we told of it. I can’t wait that long..not becos i’m desperate to get hitch but becos I can’t wait that long to put my plans and dreams together and I simply can’t wait to see the product of my creation!

Alright so plan crushed…have to start making alternative plans.

First of all, is 2013 good enough for me? The Geomancer told us that the Rabbit Year is an ideal match for us, since it brings us good luck, so I was quite glad to hear that…cos it means “the sooner i can put my Creation together” …but the Jono is reluctant since the MOOLA is insufficient atm to hold a wedding dinner banquet (its always the MOOLA isn’t it…damn you!!!) … so whats the next best plan…Get Married in Snake year. So I ask the Geomancer if the Snake yr is as good as the Rabbit.
His answer: ok la! can get married la.
(That to me, is not good enough! I wanted to hear that its going to be very good…and not just “Ok       la”).

So……Long story short….we’ve finally made a decision to have a solemnization this yr and have the actual wedding banquet in 2013, since most hotels are fully booked out one and a half years in advance! We are obviously too late….

So…we’ll continue with the search for a Venue for our wedding bandquet then. 🙂

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