Ever wondered how to pick the perfect OOTD, or what to wear to a wedding? Blogger Jessica Tham answers all of your Fashion FAQs in this column about all things fashion!
How To Plan The Perfect Wedding
Planning a wedding can get pretty complicated, especially when every girl wants the perfect wedding. We get Jessica Tham to spill on her own wedding prep and share some tips on planning the perfect wedding.
How did you go about picking a venue for your wedding?
My fiancé is Chinese, so we knew we wanted a Chinese banquet dinner in a 5-star hotel. Since that was decided right from the start, the next step was to search for a hotel that was willing to accommodate less than 200 guests (we wanted to have about 180 – 190 guests). Very few 5-star hotels in Singapore do that by the way!
Who are some of the Instagram-worthy guests attending your wedding?
I only invited the bloggers I hang out with regularly – Meiting and Tricia.
Did you engage a wedding planner?
We actually didn’t! I thought I would be the best person to see to all the details because I like to be in control haha. I’m a perfectionist so I’m particular about even the smallest details.
How did you pick a wedding date?
Our wedding date 27 September 2014 was chosen by a geomancer with our 八字 and our parents’ 八字 (Chinese characters based on your birth date and time).
Who are you getting to do the decorations?
The wedding package we bought with the hotel includes decorations, so that’s one less thing for us to worry about.
Jessica’s decoration inspo from Pintrest
What theme are you having for your wedding?
The theme is black-tie, as in classics like black, gold and neutral shades. Think along the line of red lips, pearls and clink-clink champagne glasses. I think Silas and I watch too much James Bond.
Did you decide to go with a custom-made or ready-to-wear gown?
I was actually sitting on the fence about this for a long time…until it was too late to customise one, so I had to settle for an off-the-rack gown.
What are some of the places you checked out for your gown?
I checked out quite a few boutiques at Delfi Orchard, as well as a couple of wedding designers online (Monique Lhuillier, Vera Wang etc.). In the end, I decided to be practical so I got a gown from a bridal boutique along Tanjong Pagar Road. As a rough gauge, prices at Delfi Orchard usually start from $4500 for two gowns (a white dress and an evening gown) and can go up to $8000 depending on the designer you get. Prices at bridal boutiques along Tanjong Pagar Road are more affordable – a full bridal package (with pre-wedding photo shoot, gown rental, makeup etc.) is usually around $3500.
Any tips for brides looking for that perfect gown?
Don’t be shy to try as many gowns as you can, because you should see what suits your body shape. You will know when you see THE ONE.
Besides your wedding gown, what other gowns will you be wearing on your big day?
I’ll be changing into five gowns throughout the day – a wedding gown for the morning, one for the tea ceremony, one for the solemnisation, another white gown for the dinner and a final evening gown.
When it comes to your wedding shoes, are you going for comfort or style?
Definitely going more for style of course! Which reminds me…I actually haven’t started shopping for my wedding shoes.
Who’s doing your wedding makeup and hair?
The bridal package we signed up for includes a makeup artist, so that’s taken care of. My longtime friend and makeup artists/hair stylist Adeline is doing my makeup in the evening as well.
Jessica, after her wedding makeup trial.
Who are your bridesmaids?
My group of girlfriends from secondary school – they are my closest group of friends. And of course I had to have my two younger sisters as my bridesmaids!
Jessica and her sisters
Jessica and her BFFs
What are your bridesmaids wearing?
I got my bridesmaid dresses from Love, Bonito. I chose identical dresses in dusty violet for them because I love the colour. Plus I really like the lace design on the dresses!
Any special beauty and fitness routines before your big day?
I started doing the Kayla Itsines bikini workout to prepare for the big day. I also drink bird’s nest for a radiant, glowing complexion!
(Source: Kayla Itsines/Move Nourish Believe)
Are you going to be doing any superstitious wedding rituals?
My parents are quite traditional we will probably do the hair-combing ritual the night before the wedding. Also, family and friends born in the year of the Rooster are not allowed to welcome us at the door because the zodiac sign clashes with ours (sorry guys).
Any suggestions for good wedding photographers/videographers?
What is usually included in a pre-wedding shoot package? Would you recommend it?
A pre-wedding shoot usually includes a one-day shoot with your chosen photographer, a makeup artist/hairstylist, gowns/outfits you have decided on, soft copies of the pictures and a printed wedding album. Of course I recommend it because let’s be honest, how often do we get to look that good?!
Jessica and her fiancee Silas at their pre-wedding shoot.
Growing up, what was your dream wedding?
I’ve always wanted a small, intimate wedding in the woods during autumn. There would be fairy lights, lots of champagne and I’ll be wearing a ball gown with a long train. When night falls, guests will dance the night away. I obviously watch watch too much romance movies.
Official wedding hashtag?