Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Bali Wedding Report 3: The Flowers and Decorations

I know I am suppose to talk about $$. But that's borriiiiing. And since Shevelyn from Indonesia asked me about the flowers and decoration, why not we talk about something prettier? :P

The flowers arrangement for our wedding. Photos from Tirtha Bridal Facebook

Should you upgrade the flowers? I guess this is a question for a lot of Tirtha brides-to-be. I personally quite like Tirtha's standard flowers arrangements. It is simple and modern. I would have gotten married with it and be as happy as I can be. And to be frank, I was so emotional during the ceremony that I didn't even notice the how my aisle flowers looks like! (How much I spend on it again?!)

Tirtha's standard flowers arrangement
However, which girl doesn't like some extra flowers and foliage for her wedding? And flowers do heighten the sense of romance in the air, don't they? (As so we were brain-washed by the multi-million dollars wedding industry :P) So I was considering upgrading the flowers after finding out Tirtha offers alternative flower arrangement packages from USD 1000++ to USD1600++, which is roughly the amount I think I can convince Mr to fork out without getting him shut down the whole idea immediately. :P

Gracious Casablanca package at USD1200++

We were lucky that when we signed  up the package and was discussing about flowers, Tirtha's co-founder and managing director Ms Yuka Koreyasu was there. It turns out that she was also the person in-charged for flowers decoration in Tirtha so she proposed to create a customized flowers arrangement for us based on our colour theme - ie. aqua blue/ sea glass to complement the seaview. In fact, I even showed her my previous blog post on our color scheme. :D

The first proposal was USD3000++. We were shocked. Okay. Perhaps shock is not the right word. We weren't that pleased with the proposal since it is way more than what we want to spend on flowers. And I know Mr is going to call this flowers things off if I don't get it down to a proper price point.

Our first flowers proposal of USD2965++

Luckily Tirtha is very flexible. All their items has individual pricing so that you can remove items that you don't need. Immediately, I removed the flowers for cake, ring pillow and registration table.

We didn't have a registration table before the ceremony because all our guests will arrive together in 2 bus load and having a registration table for them to sign the guests book will end up people queuing at the entrance. Instead we get our guests to sign the guests book during the cocktail hours after the ceremony and before the reception so they can have plenty of time to sign our polaroid guest book.

Our Polaroid Guests Book booth during cocktail reception
Polaroid Guest Book

The biggest price tag from their original proposal is the aisle flowers. At USD $200++ per vase, just the aisle alone is USD $1600++. Given that we will only be in the chapel for 30-40 minutes, I asked them to create an arrangement that can be used at both aisle and dining table, which they did! The aisle flowers are probably not as grand as otherwise but I saved tons of $$. And remember? I didn't even have chance to notice the flowers during the wedding!

Our aisle flowers arrangement
Close up shot

Even closer shot

The view of the back of chapel
Got the fan from Taobao. Turn out to be extremely useful.

Our altar flowers arrangement and the aqua/ tiffany blue candles

Compared to the aisle flowers, my attention was captured by the dining table flowers arrangement immediately because it is soooo beautiful. I especially love the aqua blue glass cube and candles holder. And the aqua blue candles!!! I can't believe that they actually manage to get them and use them throughout all the decorations since I only suggested aqua candles to them like 1 month before the wedding.

The point to note here is. If you have limited budget, spend it on the flowers for reception, not the ceremony. Ceremony only lasted 30-40 minutes, receptions are at least couple of hours.

Our dining table flowers arrangements

Our dining table flowers arrangement

Our dining table flowers arrangement
They also prepare a sapphire blue colour welcome drinks which we used for the toast. It looks great in photos!

Colour-coordinated welcome drinks which we used for toast
Finally, some shoots of our attires. Mr's attires is a pleasant surprise. When I bought the bow tie (a very unique one with sea!! Love It!), I have no idea how it is going to match his entire ensemble. I mail order his pocket square sight-unseen, which only arrive the day before we are going to leave for Bali. Surprisingly, the pocket square's colour tone matches his bow tie and the ribbons of boutonnière.  

Mr's attire. Turn out to be so much better than I can imagine.

My bouquet is made of the same flowers with blue ribbons. Love how it matches with the blue diamond on my engagement rings. I should have painted my nails blue but think it was too daring for brides.

Did I mentioned I specifically request for green cymbidium orchids? I LOVE this genus of orchids, especially the green one. Ms Yuka Koreyasu was concern that using the green orchid will clash with the entire look. But I am so glad that she used it eventually. Getting married without the green cymbidium orchid is just such a huge disappointment to me. :P 

My bouquet.
A shoot of groomsman and bridesmaid attires. It is my brother and sister in the picture. :D

I think I am lucky that aqua/ tiffany blue is in vogue now. My friends and my sister got their dresses separately and they all came in the exactly same tone. So the pictures turns out quite well. :D

Our final decorations costs USD 1070++, as shown below:

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Bali Wedding Report 2: How Much Did We Spend 1?

Gong Xi Fa Chai!

Very sorry for the long delay. We were waiting for the photos and videos (Yes. They are out! In case you haven't saw them, go over to our Facebook page and check them out! Like us so that you can get the latest updates.) And then there is Chinese New Year.

There are so many things that can be talked about that I am a bit lost over where to start. Here's some items in my mind, let me know if you want to learn more about something else by leaving a comment or email me!

  • Our personalized ceremony (Yes. We changed the whole ceremony lithurgy and scripted them from scratch)
  • Our detailed timeline
  • Review of makeup artist LONA (highly recommend), photographer and videographer AXIOO express (okay)
  • Review of Tirtha
  • Review of Harris
That's all I can think about for now. But let's start with the money!

In total, we spent about SGD $36, 200. This includes everything such as dresses/tuxedo, accommodation for guests, miscellaneous entertainment fees such as meals with guests, 1 night pre-wedding villa stay with our family and our honeymoon. It DOESN'T includes rings (which we already bought during our ROM) and jewellery (which is a gift from my parents-in-law).

Naturally, the biggest cost is Tirtha at SGD $20,400, since they cover our ceremony and reception, as well as photographer and videographer. 

For those who just bump into this blog, we signed up with Tirtha Weddings 2013 Singapore Package for 50 pax (check out here , here and here for details). In short, we pay SGD 17,800 nett for a wedding ceremony, buffet lunch and drinks for 50 persons, hair and make up for the bride, 6 hours of photography and videography, and a wedding planner who liaise with us at Singapore and flew over to Bali to oversee all the logistics in Bali for us. 

The wedding planner is the most valuable help of them all, unfortunately they don't offer such service any more. It is a great pity, as I personally think that this will be their strongest selling point compared to other Bali wedding venue. 

As we signed up the package during their opening promotion, we are also entitled to a upgraded flowers walk way valued at USD 550++. 

When we signed up with them, we were told that we are able to choose AXIOO as our photographer at no additional charges. It turns out that when we signed the package, their working relationship with AXIOO has not been formalized. Subsequently, as they finalized their working terms, we were told that it is compulsory to purchase an album at USD 1100++ if one would like to engage AXIOO as photographer. But since we were being reassured that no additional cost will be incurred early on, they honoured that promise and we were lucky to get AXIOO at no additional charges. 

Do note that the service offered by AXIOO in collaboration with Tirtha is AXIOO express. You can find more details here and I will write a review about them later. 

We topped up USD 1,100++ for the flowers. The proposal was custom-made for us based on our colour theme, ie. a mixture of blue/ aqua as shown in previous post

Their first proposal actually cost USD 3000++. However, they are very flexible and willing to accommodate to my budget and requests. I asked them to re-use the ceremony flowers for the dining table since the ceremony only lasted for 30-ish minute and they gladly comply. I also removed the flowers for cakes, and registration table since I don't want a registration table. Amazingly, they somehow manage to get Tiffany blue candles because my dad don't like white candles. You can check out more pictures from Facebook  :)
Our wedding chapel flowers

Our dining table setup

I didn't use the makeup in their package since I preferred LONA. The value of the make up (USD 550 ++) and the free upgraded flowers walkway (which I don't want too, valued at USD 550 ++) was deducted from the total price at 50% discount, ie. I got back USD 550++ for omitting these 2 items.

We paid for the tea ceremony (USD 200++). It is nicely decorated and was held in Tirtha Luhur pavilion. Amazing view, right?

Our tea ceremony setup.
We also paid for 2 x Rain Chaser services at USD 150++ each, one for the welcome dinner since Harris Rooftop is open air and one for the wedding. I highly recommend their services as we literally see rains and clouds disappearing in front of our eyes for both times. 

We added 13 dozens canapes to be served during the cocktail/ tea ceremony session. It costs us USD260 ++ but they were fantastic!

2 set of TV rental costs us USD200++. 

We paid SGD 500 for alcoholic beverages. This is much lower than I originally budgeted as it was very very very warm in the dining lounge in the afternoon thus most people (including me) didn't really drink. 

Compared to the SGD 22,000 I originally budgeted (see here) for Tirtha, we spent slightly less, mostly due to alcohol. However, I under-budgeted other stuff such as favours (which we originally didn't want one) and angpow (totally forget about this) thus eventually the total cost is slightly higher than SGD 35,000, which is the total budget I have in mind. 

Ok. I think it is too long for a post. Will talk about other cost in the next post. :D

Meanwhile, enjoy your new year!