The wedding was very successful with a few minor problems. I will write about the good and the bad and leave some contacts and advice for the all the brides-to-be! I guess these will be my last posts to this wedding planning blog. Maybe I will start a new blog to talk about our life in Beijing, using some China blog because WordPress, like Facebook, is also banned in China. So everyone, please start setting up your Renren (china version of facebook) account!and get QQ (china version of msn), and weibo….
Let’s talk about the happy stuff first and then I will talk about the problems we had! So the wedding overall went smoothly with lots of smiles and compliments. I am most happy about my shoes!!
As a bride, you would be up most of the time, so the comfort is just as important as the looks! I had two pairs, one for my Chinese kua, and one for the bridal gown and evening gowns. I bought both pairs at Beverly Centre – 百利 in the same shop (the bridal mall in TST) 。 The guy took away my receipt when i went to collect these shoes so now i can’t even advertise for him..i forgot the name and shop number. You will find the shop when you go up the escalator and walk to the furthest end…a man in his 50s owns this very small shop. But omg, especially with the 5 inch heels one, they were not one bit painful, not one bit tiring! I am just really impressed and shocked.
In terms of the Chinese aspect, I like everything traditional, so I picked these traditional flats to go with my kua. I love the embroidery and they just felt like slippers. My maid of honour even said I could match these with jeans! HK$98.
Wow. These are the most amazing shoes ever. They are 5 inch at the back, and 1.5 inch in front. These were customized to my preferences, so I picked a thick heel in the back and a thick platform at the front just to make everything comfy. If you wish, you could have a thinner heel to make them look more sexy. What’s more impressive is the price, they are only HK$580!!!! Yes all the shiny stones are inclusive!! I was jumping and dancing, walking on the grass in them. I had no blisters, nothing.
I am also very happy with my bridal gown. Although I gained weight since my last fitting, and the hook broke when my bridesmaids tried to put it on for me, it worked out at the end (after my bridesmaids sewed it back on, i love you girls) and it was so tight that it didn’t slip down at all. I love the sleek form and it was fairly easy to move in. I had some cleavage on my back my bridesmaids had to help me push the meat apart, that was quite funny. I was so unwilling to give it back to the store but i knew it would be useless if I kept it. At least other brides can wear it too. Advice #1: don’t have hotpot twice in the week before your wedding =.=
Contact: Peony Bridal, www.peonybridal.com/ 2/F 42-48/F Paterson Street, Causeway Bay, 28824688
The staff is really nice and honest with the business. My package was $7 or 8,000 with 4 dresses (including the Chinese kua, bridal gown, and two evening gowns). Then I had to pay a premium to tailor make and rent the bridal gown. The bridal gown itself costed $14,000. So worth it imo.
Make Up and Hair
I also loved my make up and hair. I usually have very very light make up on, cuz I think I look like a man when I have heavy make up on. So I made sure my bridal make up was just as natural and simple. My stylist (who was originally a hair stylist so she is really good with hair) did a fantastic job for both the signing ceremony and banquet!! I showed her a pic of Jessica Alba’s hairstyle and she was able to apply it on me according to my face shape and facial features. I hate it when stylists just follow exactly what you show them without considering if that would actually suit you. My stylist knew that I couldn’t have the exact same style as Jessica Alba cuz my forehead is a lot bigger, so she changed it around to have something similar.
Contact: Also from Peony Bridal, her name is Cicy. Costed $6,000 for two days for two people (me and my mom).
Everything at the banquet was great. The service at Sheraton was impressive (except the marketing staff). Everything is inclusive so you don’t need to worry about additional cost if you want an extra mic, or if you want dance floor or a stage, or special lighting arrangements. The minimum charge is basically all inclusive. I loved the part when the suckling pig came out with the crazy mission impossible music and flashing lights!! Awesomness!!! And I also heard from guests that the food was pretty good too (i didn’t really get to eat that night and last time when we went to menu tasting the food was not to standard for some reason.) But at least our guests liked it! The only problem was that we forgot to use their snow effect (exclusive in hong kong)! argh!
And of course we have to thank our bridesmaids and groomsmen for helping us put on such a wonderful and exciting show!!!! Everything went according to plan and I have heard so many compliments from our guests!^3^ I am just so lucky to have all of you as part of our wedding party, i can’t emphasize this enough!!!! You guys and girls definitely made this wedding so much more memorable!
Photographers and Videographers
We had different photographers for signing day and banquet day. The signing day ones were the ones that took our prewedding photos and we love them!!!!!! They are funny and smart. The most important part is that they really care how you look. Especially Elvis, he is so meticulous and he teaches you how to pose!!! Ah Chung is funny and will make everyone laugh. I am so happy we asked them to be our photographers for our actual wedding.I highly recommend them to take your prewedding or wedding photos.
Advice #2 – for wedding day photographers, make sure you get someone that you have met beforehand, best if you have worked with them before. It really makes a difference!! You will have no time to communicate with them on the wedding day and you will not feel as comfortable in front of the camera. That’s why we didn’t like our banquet photographers as much, we never met with them before and we found them annoying at times.
Contact: Signing day photographer: Elvis 9100 5641 (his partner is called Ah Chung)
We also had a very good videographers. They are the team from KC production. Our signing venue was small and nothing luxurious. But in the video, it looked grand and romantic!! The editing was excellent in the same day edit video. We can’t wait to see the full version from both days!
Contact: KC Production http://wedding.chankichun.com/
Of course nothing is perfect…please wait for tomorrow for THE BAD!