Wedding Wednesday: Checklist and Details

I think it’s safe to say that wedding is something 95% of girls look forward to (or is it just me?). We see photos and videos of different weddings around the web, our Facebook feeds included. We think of the church, reception, food, bridal gown, groom’s suit, cake, wedding rings, flowers, coordinators, bridesmaids… and the wedding day! That’s it? Easy peasy!

wedding checklist

And then one night, our coordinator sent me a checklist.
• Ceremony/Church
• Church Styling
• Officiant
• Offering
• Musicians (Ceremony and Reception)
• Reception Venue
• Reception Styling
• Caterer
• Crew Meals
• Lights and Sounds
• LCD Projector and Screen
• Cake
• Host/Program Emcee
• Prints (Invitations, Cards, Tags, etc)
• Coordinators
• Hotel Accommodations
• Photo Booth
• Gifts (Principal Sponsors, Entourage)
• Giveaways
• Bridal Gown and Accessories
• Groom and Groomsmen Attire
• Bridesmaids Dresses
• Prenup/Engagement Pictures
• Guestbook
• Photographer
• Videographer
• Hair and Make-up
• Florist Stylist (Bouquet, entourage, ceremony and reception)
• Bouts and Boutonnieres
• Wedding Rings
• Wedding Shoes and accessories
• Bridal Shower
• Music Selections
• Mobile Bar
• Effects
• Game Prizes
• Others

Oh, and it’s just a basic summary. There were other items under each that need to be considered as well. Yay!

It wasn’t that difficult actually and I am enjoying the process. I’m a planner kind-of-person. I am just probably pressured with so many details, options, styles and decisions to make. Sometimes, my eyes would just wander around and think about all the beautiful things that’s nice-to-have. And then, I’ll remember our budget or Ge will knock some sense into my head. Hee!

I’m also worried that with all the things going on at the same time, I might forget something. Paranoid. Anyway, I still have around 9 months so I have more than enough to get through all the DETAILS! I’m staying positive!

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Explore Singapore: S.E.A. Aquarium

I’m travel-deprived this 2014. We’re saving most of our moolah for our wedding at the end of this year and also preparing for a big trip next year. Major expenses! But I’m very much looking forward to both! :)

Anyway, not being able to travel outside the country doesn’t mean I can’t be to new places. I’ve been in Singapore for 2 years now, it’s a small nation but I’m pretty sure I haven’t seen most of it. So I thought, why not try to do local travel this year? Visit one place each month and discover something new. It’s cost-friendly and time-saving. Also, many of our friends are already going back home and some are migrating somewhere else. Who knows if we might be the next? :P

We’ve been to Chinatown last January and Haji Lane on February. Now, here’s The S.E.A. Aquarium located in Sentosa and it’s also my first time here.

S.E.A. Aquarium The entrance tickets to the park.
S.E.A. Aquarium Fishes in animal-print heehee!
S.E.A. Aquarium I found these two hiding behind a big rock. I wonder what they’re up to.
S.E.A. Aquarium I initially thought it’s her eyelashes… so chic! Then I realized it’s not the eyes.
S.E.A. Aquarium Pastels!

S.E.A. Aquarium

S.E.A. Aquarium A shipwreck inside the aquarium -
they did that on purpose so the algae can grow and the fishes can build a habitat.
S.E.A. Aquarium What about an aquarium that big in the living room?
S.E.A. Aquarium Another colorful environment
S.E.A. Aquarium School of Fishes
S.E.A. Aquarium A fish feeding on the corals
S.E.A. Aquarium That’s an octopus! I don’t know what those little circles are called, but it’s kind of the same with those sticky rubbers we use to hang something on the wall or on the bathroom mirror.
S.E.A. Aquarium Whooa! This thing changes color every few seconds. Amazing!
S.E.A. Aquarium Jelly (belly) fish! It looks transparent and soft.
S.E.A. Aquarium …and these two seem like they’re talking to each other
S.E.A. Aquarium Love that glow in the blue-spotted stingray
S.E.A. Aquarium Starfish!!
S.E.A. Aquarium Glow in the dark marine corals… or is it algae?
S.E.A. Aquarium So colorful! I remember Finding Nemo’s world!
S.E.A. Aquarium Yes, those are sharks!!!

S.E.A. Aquarium

We visited the Aquarium on a Saturday and it was a bit crowded, with lots of people taking turns in front of the tanks to take photos of the marine life. I’ve never been to any sea aquariums before but I think it is not that big. 2-3 hours is more than enough to cover every corner of the place. It’s also quite expensive – we bought the tickets at S$38 each.

Anyhow, we still loved the experience. It’s nice to see different marine species closer, not just in movies and National Geographic. Kids will surely love and learn a lot from this place. :)

S.E.A. Aquarium

100HappyDays: Blessed and Inspired

It’s Days 32-38 of my #100HappyDays challenge.

This past week, my happy days were inspired by acquaintances and strangers alike. It was not intentional but I happen to take notice of the little things as it’s happening around me. And I thought of how God wonderfully puts us in the right place and time to communicate to us. That we maybe going through something right now, but God delivers, God saves, and God brings us to places, situations and people whom we can draw our strength from. :)

100 Happy Days

100 Happy Days

Let me share you some moments that made me happy in this past week. :)

Day 32 – I am still envious of Singapore’s big, long trains. Efficient transport system equals progress equals productivity equals development. Praying this for Pinas! :) #100HappyDays

Day 33 – Quick breakfast and coffee before we attended our Sunday church service. It feels good to have some quiet time in the morning. #caramelmacchiato #100HappyDays

Day 34 – It’s been a busy learning week since I started my new job and one of the best ways to release tension is to — EAT BIG — with good friends!! Who’s with me? :) #YOLO #100HappyDays

Day 35 – I saw three skater boys who decided to give their last coins to a hungry uncle. When everybody else refused (including me). It warmed my heart. ❤ #selfless #compassion #100HappyDays

100 Happy Days

Day 36 – Inside the train this morning, my attention was caught by these siblings. The older one (Ate) was not in a good mood while the younger smiles and shows her affection. Yiii! They are so cute and sweet. #SiblingLove #100HappyDays

Day 37 – A night of worship and ministry and singing praises to God. May our lives be a pure reflection of His glory and honor. His love never fails, never gives up, and never runs out of me! #OneThingRemains #JesusCulture #100HappyDays

Day 38 – We’re inspired and blessed by this lovely couple, Jo and Carla Bonifacio, who shared their views on love, dating, relationships and enjoying every season of our lives (while putting God first above all else)! #100HappyDays

100 Happy Days

Wedding Wednesday: Colors and Theme

I LOVE creating mood boards. I went through the detailed process of research, layout and editing in Photoshop to come up with an overall look of our wedding. I enjoyed it too much I think I made one for all the different elements we’re working on. Haha!

So how’s the wedding going to look? There were two things I knew I wanted – casual and non-traditional. I’m dreaming of sunny days, flowers blooming and happy vibes. And I’m greatly in love with pastels, nature and natural light. We wanted the celebration to be fun and laidback where everyone’s going to have a good time, not just us.

We’re going for a modern and chic theme with rustic touch. Spring season is our color inspiration – fresh mint green/teal, soft creams and pops of coral, grey and yellow tones.

What do you think? :)

sping wedding mood board

100HappyDays: Favored

It’s Days 25-31 of my #100HappyDays challenge.

They say that the more you are thankful, the more you attract things to be thankful for. Isn’t that true? :)

I have been feeling favoured and valued lately because of a lot of good breaks and opportunities coming. It’s not something major, but those little things that I haven’t asked for but God still gave me. I am in awe and thankful for God’s faithfulness as He work on His promises for my life that I haven’t thought yet!

God told me that what I have seen in the past is only a fraction of what He wants for me in the future. Exciting times ahead!

100 Happy Days

100 Happy Days

Let me share you some moments that made me happy in this past week. :)

Day 25 – It’s funny how every time I finish one book, I end up having 2 or 3 more on my hand because of the recommended reads. I remember the movie “About Time” where the character Mary is paid to read. I’m jealous. I like that awesome job! Haha! #bookworm #100HappyDays

Day 26 – Spent the afternoon with hubs and Captain America. Our movie day outs are becoming weekly as there are just so many movies to watch. It still feels like we’re dating (and I’m single!). #NoPressure #100HappyDays

Day 27 –Blessed to have a husband who can cook just about anything my taste buds crave. #LuckyMe #100HappyDays

Day 28 – First day high! It’s my first day at work –it’s surreal but I feel like I’m in a familiar place – from the global culture to its core values. My current firm is very much the same as the “one and only” company I’ve worked with in the Philippines. Am I home? :) #GoodVibes #100HappyDays

100 Happy Days

Day 29 – It’s my second day and I feel light and spoiled as my direct manager eats with me, gives me fruits, expedites the tools I need, while making me comfortable all the time. Too good be true. #MoreGoodVibes #100HappyDays

Day 30 – My favourite indian mangoes and bagoong! Our friend just came back from Manila and they gave us some! I can already imagine the tropical fruits in season in our hometown this summer. I am excited to go in a few weeks’ time! #100HappyDays

Day 31 – Feeling thankful, grateful and blessed. #100HappyDays

100 Happy Days