5 Online RSVP and Wedding Guest List Management Tools that Make Wedding Planning Easier

Sorting through your wedding guest list can be a headache, but these RSVP and wedding guest list management tools will help you track attendees, plan seating charts, and make guest registration a breeze.

Managing your guest list is one of the biggest logistical tasks of your wedding. If you’re facing a mammoth task because you’ve got one of those huge families and ended up with 300 wedding guests, you’re going to love this list of wedding guest list trackers and RSVP tools. With these tools, you can get guests to RSVP to online invitations, and track who’s coming and who can’t make it. Most also allow you to drag and drop your “accepts” into seating charts, making table arrangements much simpler.

On the day itself, you can also use a service to manage your guest registration, eliminating long queues for your guests, frantic shuffling through printed sheets for your wedding helpers, and anxious questions about the number of guests who have arrived for your banquet manager.

1. Wedivite

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A free social wedding planner and online invitation and RSVP tool, Wedivite lets you send digital invitations, track RSVPs, and drag and drop to make seating arrangements. You can also ask guests to sign your online guest book, or upload photos of your wedding, which you can screen live.

Website: www.wedivite.com
Rates: Free

2. GuestDay

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Guestday is a registration system, with data saved on iPads that the company brings to you before your event. You can check in guests by searching for their names, nicknames, affiliations, or any other information you provided in the guest list, and the app will display them and their table. It will also show your guests where their table is, and who they’re seated with. You can also send guests QR codes for faster registration. The app syncs across all devices, and updates with a total attendance figure.

Website: guestday.com/weddings
Rates: From $300 for small events

3. thebigday

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Malaysia-based thebigday offers different packages for wedding guest list management. Their wedding attendance app is suitable for traditional banquets, and is searchable in pinyin as well. You can log into the app on unlimited devices and manage wedding guest registration with easy table views and the option to make last minute changes. The app syncs and tallies the total percentage of guests who have arrived, so you know just when to begin your banquet. There’s even an ang bao collection feature.

Website: www.bigdayrsvp.com
Rates: RM199 for wedding attendance app

4. Joy

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A free wedding website, Joy also offers online RSVPs and guest list management tools. You can import information from spreadsheets, send digital invitations, and track RSVPs. Joy allows you to show guests your wedding schedule, and has automatic reminder and messaging functions. It’s also integrated with a wedding website you can personalise.

Website: withjoy.com
Rates: Free

5. RSVPify

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RSVPify is a free online RSVP management tool to help with your wedding guest list. Spreadsheets, if you’ve already made one, can be imported. You can send guests the link to your customised RSVP form, and collect the details you need, including RSVPs to secondary events such as your bridal shower or tea ceremony. You can then track the acceptances, and drag and drop them to form your seating charts.

Website: rsvpify.com
Rates: Free

Images from respective websites. Feature image of Jiayi and Javi’s Lush Botanical Wedding at Masons at Gillman Barracks by Bloc Memoire Photography

Gucci and Jacky’s Fun and Laid-Back Wedding at The Summerhouse

The Summerhouse wedding celebration of Gucci and Jacky was full of love and laughter, especially when the bride surprised the groom by walking down the aisle in a blow-up sumo ballerina suit!

Gucci Lang, 30, Marketing Executive, and Jacky Soong, 32, Financial Consultant, connected over a mutual “like” on a friend’s Instagram post. After a surprise proposal on the peak of Mount Batur in Bali, the couple celebrated their nuptials in a fun and intimate wedding at The Summerhouse on 19 November 2017, where Gucci had another surprise for Jacky!

How did you meet?

We met each other on Instagram about five years ago, through a “like” on a photo of one of our common friends. Instagram then was different from how it is now, where people “like” a photo because they genuinely like it. After several months of “likes” and “comments” on each other’s photos, we decided to meet up, and sparks just flew as we got to hang out more.

What do you love most about your partner?

Gucci: I was initially attracted to the sneakers he had! Jacky has this charisma that makes him stands out from the crowd. It’s hard to describe the exact feeling; probably it’s just me who is attracted to it! I feel very at ease and comfortable whenever I’m around him, and I can tell him anything. We have common goals in our lives, and most importantly, he is able to accept who I am. Oh, and he is my personal stylist and photographer too!

Jacky: I was attracted to her stylish self, (or, I will say she managed to tick the checklist I had of a girl: short haircut, sneakers, streetwear). She has a loud character, and she is very candid about anything, or almost everything.

What was the proposal like?

Jacky: It took place in Bali where we were with my college friends. I engaged their help before we set off for Bali. We planned for the proposal to take place at the top of Mount Batur. My friends helped to prepare some handmade cards and flowers and had a sleepless night prior to the climb. I must really thank them from the bottom of my heart.

Lucky for me, she said yes in front of the beautiful sunrise at the top of the mountain and in front of many other climbers as well. It was a very memorable day for the both of us.

How did you create your wedding?

We were initially lost as to how to plan the wedding (I mean, it’s our first time). We wanted a real simple, non-hectic wedding with little hassle. We didn’t really do much site recee. The Summerhouse was the second venue we saw and we booked it instantly. At that point of time, the venue had only been open for a few months. The restaurant was a beautiful venue with the simple and minimalist aesthetics we wanted from the beginning, and it also had an outdoor solemnisation area available. Their event planner was able to assist us with the all the nitty gritty details, which we felt took a huge load off our shoulders.

In terms of the wedding theme, we did not have any specific one in mind. We didn’t want to take away from the original feel of The Summerhouse, so we choose to include more flowers of darker tones at the venue. Preparation was pretty much hands-on, with some help from our friends to execute the final details.

What was your wedding day like?

Because it was during the rainy season, we had been hoping that it wouldn’t rain on the big day. Turned out, it was a sunny day! There were some hiccups here and there, but our guests enjoyed the wedding.

From the time we got to the venue, everything just worked its own magic, and both of us were going around chatting with our family and friends until we even forgot we were thirsty and hungry.

What was the most memorable moment of your wedding?

Gucci: The march-in for the solemnisation. I wanted to give Jacky a surprise during our wedding, and also create a slightly unique wedding experience for our guests, but couldn’t think of any until I chanced upon a video where the bride appeared in a dinosaur outfit. I saw this blow-up of a sumo wrestler in a ballerina outfit online, and I bought it instantly, with the idea of asking him, “Will you still marry me if one day I grow fat and old, like this?”

Nobody knew about this idea except for a few close friends, with whom I needed to rehearse the wearing and the removal of the outfit. Because the outfit is so blown-up, I was not able to see the stairs, and I was really nervous that I would fall down. However, when I saw Jacky’s expression at the end of the aisle, and the big smiles of our guests, I knew all this effort was so worth it.

Jacky: I had no idea what was happening before the march-in, but the emcee, my friend, was reminding me not to turn back. I thought it was a kind of wedding tradition, so I obeyed. Halfway through the march-in, I heard quite a bit of commotion behind me, and I thought maybe a glance would be fine. I saw Gucci walking towards me with her blown-up suit, and I did a double take to make sure I was not seeing things. Of course, I had a huge shock and laughed a lot, but then again, it’s her character to always give me surprises like this.

The Size of the Wedding: 150 guests
The Cost of the Wedding: <$20,000
The Venue: The Summerhouse
The Wedding Day Photographer: Brian Ho, thegaleria
The Gown: Vaingloriousyou // Store Unda
The Bride’s Shoes: New Balance
The Suit: Benjamin Barker
The Groom’s Shoes: New Balance
The Wedding Bands: Self-made at Yuki Mitsuyasu
The Hairstylist and Makeup Artist: Kazumi
The Nail Artist: Polished Nail Boutique
The Wedding Cake: Cream and Custard
The Florist: Arranged by The Summerhouse
The Pre-Wedding Photographer: Sweet Escape
The Wedding Invitations and Stationery: Digital invitation via Whatsapp
The Wedding Favours: Customised tote bag from Taobao
The Wedding Resource: SingaporeBrides

Credits: Images by thegaleria

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40+ Beautiful Wedding Signs that Add Personality to Your Wedding

Add a personal touch to your wedding with these 40 ideas for beautiful wedding signs! From love quotes to signs for your dessert table and cocktail bar, these wedding signs are sure to inspire you.

These beautiful wedding signs will add a unique touch to your wedding ceremony and reception! Write a message on a chalk board, have your quote crafted into a neon sign, or get a calligrapher to write a beautiful love quote on a glass wedding sign or rustic wooden board. Whether you’re looking for wedding chair signs, signs for the guest book, or simply beautiful love quotes for your decor, we’ve got some great ideas for wedding signs here.

Weddings signs for the ceremony

1. Today two families become one. We ask that you pick a seat and not a side.

Kris and Chris’s Elegant White Wedding in Picturesque Bali by Starling and Sage

2. Pick a seat, not a side

Li Syn and Abel’s Floral-Filled Wedding at The Fullerton Hotel by Andri Tei Photography

3. Now that they’re together forever, sit wherever

Gayle and Marc’s Bohemian Backyard Wedding at Wheeler’s Estate by Andri Tei Photography

4. Vows here, reception there, love everywhere

Wedding Signs Pinterest Board by SingaporeBrides

5. Welcome to our unplugged wedding. We invite you to be fully present with us. Please turn off all gadgets and enjoy this moment with us.

Wedding Signs Pinterest Board by SingaporeBrides

6. Here comes the bride

Tina and Nick’s Peach and Gold Marquee Wedding with Giant Paper Flowers by AndroidsinBoots

7. Has anyone seen the rings?

Wedding Signs Pinterest Board by SingaporeBrides

8. Welcome to the galactic union of (bride’s name) and (groom’s name). Today will be a day long remembered.

Emi and Andre’s Elegant, Star Wars Themed Wedding at Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa by Grow Old with Me Photography

9. Sit or sit not, there are no sides

Wedding Signs Pinterest Board by SingaporeBrides

10. Welcome to the wedding of (bride’s name) and (groom’s name)

Shyanne and Raymond’s Gorgeous, Organic Open Farm Community Wedding Party by Bloc Memoire Photography

Love Quote Wedding Signs for Decor

11. You + Me

A Passionate Romance After Dusk Wedding Styled Shoot At Lewin Terrace by Stanstills Photography

12. Best day ever

Winnie and Bing Han’s Dreamy Pre-Wedding Shoot by the Water by Eggs Benedict Chan Photography

13. To love, laughter, and happily ever after

Sherie and Yong Leong’s Elegant and Jubilant Solemnisation at Alcove at Caldwell House by Love Confetti Stills & Motion

14. And so the adventure begins

Caiyun and Terence’s Gorgeous, Romantic Wedding at Montigo Resorts Nongsa by SVK Studio

15. With my whole heart, for my whole life

Wedding Signs Pinterest Board by SingaporeBrides

16. The first day, the yes day, the best day

Wedding Signs Pinterest Board by SingaporeBrides

17. My soul will rest in your embrace, for I am yours and you are mine

Charis and Josh’s Vintage Botanical Wedding at Nosh by Bloc Memoire Photography

18. You will forever be my always

Jillian and Daniel’s Gorgeous Bali Post-Wedding Shoot and Celebration by Maria Shiriaeva

19. You make me believe in fairy tales

Xinying and Jeffrey’s Fairy Tale Mandarin Oriental Singapore Wedding by One Eye Click

20. It was always you

Wedding Signs Pinterest Board by SingaporeBrides

21. A list of reasons I love you: 1. You’re you.

Steph and Weilun’s Gorgeous Travel Themed Capella Wedding by Bobby Kiran Photography

22. After all this time? Always

Tansey and Phil’s Elegant-Chic Wedding in Malaysia by Samimage Photography

23. You are my greatest adventure

Gerald and Zhixin’s Travel-Themed Wedding at The Westin Singapore by Multifolds Productions

24. Forever starts today

Chelsea and Jason’s Stylish White Wedding at The St. Regis Singapore by Trouve Photography

25. Crazy in love

Wedding Signs Pinterest Board by SingaporeBrides

26. All you need is love

Dreamy and Whimsical Fort Canning Park Wedding Styled Shoot by Just Like Magic Co. and Nick Voon

27. Every love story is beautiful, but ours is my favourite

Styled Shoot: A Wedding in a Suitcase by Awesome Memories Photography

Wedding Signs for the Photos

28. Help us capture the love #yourweddinghashtag

Clair and Chee Wee’s Fairytale Wedding at Chijmes Hall and Four Seasons Hotel Singapore by Visual Artisans

29. Share the love! Tag us on Instagram #yourweddinghashtag

Elisha and Tony’s Captivating Intimate Soiree at Alkaff Mansion by AndroidsinBoots

30. Oh snap! Please tag your photos #yourweddinghashtag

Gayle and Marc’s Bohemian Backyard Wedding at Wheeler’s Estate by Andri Tei Photography

Wedding Signs for the Guestbook

31. Polaroid guest book! 1. Strike a pose 2. Snap a photo 3. Leave us a note. 4. Hang it!

Charlene and Jeremy’s Modern Geometric Wedding at Tin Hill Social by Eggs Benedict Chan Photography

32. Build memories. Sign a Jenga piece.

Letty and Benjamin’s Incredible Myanmar Pre-Wedding Shoot and Stylish Wedding by Superpanda Presents

33. Leave your wishes for the Mr and Mrs

Wedding Signs Pinterest Board by SingaporeBrides

Wedding Signs for the Dessert Table and Bar

34. A party without cake is just a meeting

Germaine and Li Xing’s Bright and Merry Wedding at the Chapel at Imaginarium by Bobby Kiran Photography

35. The secret ingredient is always love

Shyanne and Raymond’s Gorgeous, Organic Open Farm Community Wedding Party by Bloc Memoire Photography

36. Gimme some sugar

In the Mood for Hot Love: Moody Tropical Little Island Brewing Co Wedding Styled Shoot by Andri Tei Photography

37. The best things in life are sweet

A Passionate Romance After Dusk Wedding Styled Shoot At Lewin Terrace by Stanstills Photography

38. Trust me, you can dance. –Whisky

Letty and Benjamin’s Incredible Myanmar Pre-Wedding Shoot and Stylish Wedding by Superpanda Presents

Wedding Signs for the Wedding Favours

39. Let love grow

Jocelyn and Marcus’ Gorgeous Succulent Wedding at The Rabbit Hole by Click! Photography

40. Flower bar. Craft and bring home the flowers of your wildest dreams here.

Shermaine and Kelvin’s Wild, Botanical Wedding at Chijmes Singapore by Nicolethen Studio

Wedding Signs for the Bride and Groom Chairs

41. To have, to hold

Cara and Andy’s Ethereal, Blue-Hued Wedding at The St. Regis Singapore by Antelope Studios

42. Her forever. His always.

Wedding Signs Pinterest Board by SingaporeBrides

43. Better together

Steph and Weilun’s Gorgeous Travel Themed Capella Wedding by Bobby Kiran Photography

Feature image from A Passionate Romance After Dusk Wedding Styled Shoot At Lewin Terrace by Stanstills Photography, cropped from original

Elvina and Lucas’ Breathtakingly Chic and Intimate Destination Wedding in Santorini

Singapore-based fashion photographer Elvina and videographer Lucas tied the knot in a chic and intimate destination wedding in Santorini. See the breath-taking photos here!

When a fashion photographer and a videographer get hitched, you just know it’s going to be a beautiful wedding, and the editorial-like photos simply blew us away! Elvina Farkas, 28, Fashion Photographer and Creative Director, and Co-Founder of Anue Studios, and Lucas Milone, 35, Videographer and Studio Director, Represented by Supreme+, and Co-Founder of Anue Studios wed on 18 September 2018 during sunset in gorgeous Santorini, and celebrated with chic, relaxed reception overlooking the Aegean Sea.

How did you meet?

Elvina: Luca was managing a photography studio in Melbourne at the time I was a freelance photographer, so he added me on Facebook to do some direct marketing for his studio. We knew of each other from mutual friends in the industry, but never officially met until I rented his studio one afternoon to shoot some work. Several weeks later, we saw each other at a Halloween event, which ended up being a bit of an impromptu date. Although we quickly became best friends, it wasn’t until a year or so later that we became a couple. At the time, I felt that I wasn’t ready for a serious relationship, but his persistence paid off, and then after a decade of dating, he finally managed to convince the woman who said she was never going to get married, to become his wife.

What do you love most about each other?

Elvina: I love his intelligence and loyalty and his desire to make things right in the world. In personality we are Yin and Yang, but we share the same core values when it comes down to the important things. He’s also my biggest supporter and number one fan, especially in terms of my career achievements.

Lucas: I was captivated by her exotic beauty at first, but her sense of humour, energy, and drive made me fall in love with her. She’s my shoulder to cry on and partner in crime. Plus, I don’t know what other bride would put Marvel references in her vows.

What was the proposal like?

Elvina: When we decided to get married, it was a mutual decision, so I was involved in the process of picking out an engagement ring. What I didn’t expect was the way it would be delivered to me, as Luca managed to acquire the ring just before we were scheduled to do a work trip to Bawah Island. It was at sunset, on the shores of a gorgeous private island, when he presented me with the ring. I had absolutely no idea of his plan, as I was told the ring wasn’t going to be ready for another several weeks, but he had coordinated with the ring designer behind my back so he could keep a little bit of proposal magic for me.

What inspired you to hold a destination wedding?

Elvina: Both Lucas and I have large extended families and friends scattered across the world, so we wanted a location that would be neutral ground for everybody. We also come from a mix of backgrounds and knew it would be hard to incorporate all the different traditions, so while we kept some elements of culture, we avoided many of the traditions altogether. So this, and the fact that we knew we wanted to have a small guestlist, contributed to picking Santorini as our wedding destination.

What was the theme of your Santorini wedding?

Elvina: Chic, relaxed, and intimate.

What was your wedding day like?

Elvina: Unfortunately our wedding day was a bit of a disaster as nothing went to plan, and we were battling some serious winds that kept tearing down our set-up. While you can’t help feeling a little disappointed by mother nature’s unpredictability, we were quick to remind ourselves that the reason we did all this was so we could spend time with the people we cherished the most. Even though the day wasn’t perfect, it doesn’t change the fact that I got to marry my best friend on top of one of the most beautiful islands in the world.

What was the most memorable moment of your wedding?

Elvina: For me, it was hearing Luca recite his vows. I could feel his hands shaking and I knew he was so nervous, but his hilarious and beautiful vows put mine to shame!

Lucas: We passed along celebratory Cuban cigars after dinner had wrapped, but there were a few rookies in the gang, so a couple of people failed to maintain any cool factor while doing it! We looked like a bunch of teenagers smoking for the first time!

The Size of the Wedding: 18 close family and friends
The Cost of the Wedding: Approx. SGD $65k, inclusive of honeymoon
The Venue: Villa Fabrica, Pyrgos, Greece
The Wedding Day Photographer: Jenny and Fanis from Days Made of Love
The Gown: Customised Anne Barge Versailles Dress
The Reception Dress: Unbranded Abaya from Joo Chiat Complex
The Bride’s Shoes: Charlotte Olympia
The Suit: Dinner via FarFetch, ASOS High Neck
The Groom’s Shoes: Jeff Banks
The Engagement Ring: Les Precieux
The Wedding Bands: Zoara (Lucas) // EF Collection (Elvina)
The Wedding Jewellery: Elizabeth Cole and diamond earrings and ring (as a wedding gift from the bride’s mother)
The Hairstylist and Makeup Artist: Elvina herself
The Henna: Nausheen from Heavenly Henna
The Caterer: Spicy Bites
The Wedding Cake: We replaced our cake with macarons
The Florists: Maria Zempili from Manfler
The Rentals: White Lilac
The Wedding Planner: Bobbie Karagianni from Sand & Lace Events
The Photobooth: We had an Instamax and disposal cameras spread across the table for guests to take pictures with
The Invitations and Paper Goods: Bright White Invitations
The Solemniser: John Kavallaris

Credits: Images by Days Made of Love

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Anishka and Brady’s Elegant, Mixed Culture Wedding at Sinfonia Ristorante

Anishka and Brady tied the knot in church and celebrated with an elegant Sinfonia Ristorante wedding reception.

Anishka Pereira, 30, Sales Account Manager in Aviation IT, and Brady Mozhdehi, 47, Associate Director, IMS, Pratt & Whitney, fell in love at work. After braving long distance for most of the their relationship, the couple got engaged during a trip to New Orleans. They celebrated their union with a church wedding and lunch reception at Village Hotel Changi, and again with a dinner reception at Sinfonia Ristorante in Victoria Concert Hall on 30 June 2018.

How did you meet?

Brady: We met when we were both working in the same company in Singapore. I’ll admit that I didn’t notice her much at first because things were always so busy. I got to know Anishka better over time as we worked on a few different items, and found myself drawn to her beautiful smile and quick wit. Collaboration on work projects evolved into hallway conversations, then communication outside of work. We both say that we were good friends before the relationship progressed.

What do you love most about your partner?

Anishka: I love that he always tries. Most of our relationship has been long distance, but I felt even closer to him because he gives it his all in this relationship. He has a busy job and many commitments, and yet I always feel that I’m his priority. I actually don’t give him much credit for that but I plan to do so for the rest of our lives together.

Brady: I love her drive and determination. Anishka is one of the most effective people I’ve ever met at getting things accomplished. Our beautiful wedding is a perfect example of her capabilities. I also really love the way she always makes me feel loved. Long distance relationships are difficult, and Anishka always seems to know what to do to keep things fresh and fun. She’ll surprise me with heartfelt notes and gestures.

What was the proposal like?

Anishka: I had two proposals. For the first one, the ring didn’t fit so I made him do it again. He then did it when we were in New Orleans. It was very intimate and special.

Brady: I had grand ideas for the proposals, but distance was a challenge, and the time passed so quickly that I was boarding a plane to Singapore before I knew it. I also messed up the ring size the first time, which was such a disappointment, because I knew that it would be a few months before I had another chance to propose. The second time was low key, and really nice.

How did you create your wedding?

Anishka: Having been to many banquet weddings, the one thing I didn’t like was how the attention was never always on the bride and groom. We wanted something small and intimate. My inspiration was one of my friends’ wedding. She only had about sixty people at a villa in Phuket and it was absolutely amazing.

Given that Brady was in the US and perhaps could not help out as much, we decided to hire a wedding planner. We chose The Wedding Stylist and our planner, Wenxin, was absolutely amazing at helping us choose our vendors. I can understand that having a planner is a luxury, but it’s money well spent because she gave us many insights and ideas that we didn’t even think of. Also many of our guests commented on how smooth and organised our wedding was and it was all because of Wenxin and her team. All our vendors were great and gave great attention to detail. Some of the vendors were our friends who were just starting their business, so we wanted to support them too. The groomsmen’s suit rental was not a bright spot in our planning, as suit selection was not as advertised, and we had to make a lot of last minute adjustments.

We also wanted to mix as much culture into our wedding as possible. So, for example, even though neither of us is Chinese, we decided to have a gatecrash. Brady is half Iranian, and we also tried to infuse his heritage into the food that was served during dinner. I’m also a huge Harry Potter fan, so our guest book, ring dish and shoe decal had Harry Potter inspired themes. We wanted our family members to feel very special and gave them gifts to show just that. My father, for example, had personalised cufflinks, which had a picture of me as a baby with him. Brady’s dad had the same thing.

Brady: It was very difficult for me to participate in the planning as I would have liked, so we hired a wedding planner, who turned out to be really great at her job! We also made extensive use of Whatsapp for messaging on all details, and Facetime so I could see venues and other details when a decision had to be made outside of one of my trips to Singapore. There was always a list of things to do whenever I’d visit, and we would make final decisions on major things when I was there. The planning was a bit of a challenge at times, but not impossible.

What was your wedding day like?

Anishka: It was a blurry blast. I woke up at about 4am to start makeup! Then came the gatecrash which was so fun, based on the pictures I saw. I then had family prayers before heading to church. The service was very emotional. Father Fernandez gave an excellent sermon and gave us four phrases that would stop any fight: “I was wrong. I’m sorry. Please forgive me. I love you.”

After many rounds of pictures and also a wedding party shoot, we then had lunch at Village Hotel Changi. They did an amazing job with the food. However, I had no time to eat any of it as we were busy talking to our guests and taking more photos. Our dinner reception was at Sinfonia Ristorante in Victoria Concert Hall and it was so elegant. It was absolutely beautiful. The food was great and our emcee was fantastic. He kept the guests laughing non-stop. Again, I wish I had more time to actually eat. We then had an after party at a Bollywood club called Phresh. So it was a crazy, tiring day. I actually wish I could go back and do it all again.

I’m also very grateful to everyone who came from around the world. My 90-year-old grandma came from India. Brady’s parents had a long trip from the US. We also had friends and family that joined us from the Netherlands, Ireland, Canada, Australia, Spain, Thailand, India, Malaysia, and New Zealand.

Brady: Our wedding day was incredible! All the planning and hard work resulted in a day that was enjoyed by all. The venues were all set up perfectly, and the vendors all did such a great job for us. Many people told me during the wedding and afterwards that it was the best wedding they’d ever attended, which was great to hear. Of course, the best part about our wedding day was finally marrying my best friend and love of my life in the presence of friends and family.

What was the most memorable moment of your wedding?

Anishka: Saying my vows to Brady in front of God and our family and friends. It just made everything seem so real.

Brady: I’ll never forget the emotion I felt when I saw Anishka walking down the aisle in her beautiful white dress. I was overcome with happiness, and emotion. Anishka also prepared a video montage from some of my US friends who could not attend, which was a huge surprise, and very sweet and special.

The Size of the Wedding: 200 for church and lunch reception // 120 for dinner
reception The Cost of the Wedding: $65K
The Venue: Church of the Divine Mercy // Village Hotel Changi // Sinfonia Ristorante
The Wedding Day Photographer: Eng Hong from 39 East Photography
The Gown: Belle and Tulle
The Veil: David’s Bridal
The Belt: Etsy
The Suit: My Singapore Tailor
The Engagement Ring: Brilliant Earth
The Wedding Bands: Blue Nile for groom // Meyson Jewellery for bride
The Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ASOS
The Groomsmen’s Suits: My Singapore Tailor
The Flower Girls’ Dresses: Etsy
The Hairstylist and Makeup Artist: Andrea Razali
The Wedding Cake: Susucre
The Cake Topper: Etsy
The Ring Dish: Etsy
The Florist: CC Lee Designs for lunch and dinner // Xanthia Dee Albert for church and flower arch
The Wedding Stylist: Wenxin from The Wedding Stylist
The Wedding Planner: The Wedding Stylist
The Pre-Wedding Photographer: Eng Hong from 39 East Photography
The Videographer: Ashwin from Studio A
The Photobooth: Uniquebooth.sg
The Wedding Invitations and Stationery: Etsy for invitations // The Wedding Stylist for stationery
The Henna Artist: Mona Vasantlal
The Family and Wedding Party Gifts: Etsy
The Wedding Favours: Weddingfavors.com for lunch // Sgweddingfavors for dinner
The Emcee: Rishi Budhrani
The DJ: DJ Milan
The Bhangra Troupe: Yaar Panj-Aab Bhangra Troupe
The Wedding Car Rental: Weddingcars // Limocars
The Unity Candle: Etsy
The Wedding Resource: SingaporeBrides

Images by 39 East Photography

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10 Simple, Daily Habits for Happy Married Life

Healthy habits can create incredibly happy married life.

Most relationships start out happy. You smile whenever you think about your partner, your heart skips a beat when you see them dressed up for a date, your stomach does a flip when you receive a flirty text. You’re deeply in love, and incredibly happy.

Have you noticed couples who’ve been together for decades who are still just as happy together? How do they do it?

Psychotherapist Ashley Davis Bush believes that having healthy habits goes a long way towards building a happy married life together, where couples experience affection, appreciation, tenderness, and attention on a daily basis. “The key to a great marriage is the quality of the habits you share together,” she says. “Healthy, positive habits create an extraordinarily happy marriage. Negative habits create chronic dissatisfaction.”

You may have heard that real love takes work, but it’s more true to say that sustaining love takes intentionality. The couples who are still happy with each other after decades of marriage are those who pay attention to their relationship and cultivate its happiness daily with small, yet significant, gestures. We’ve rounded up some of these great habits. They’re small and easy to incorporate into your day-to-day lifestyles, which increases the likelihood that they will stick!

Claire and Charles’ Vibrant Melbourne Pre-Wedding Adventure by Darren and Jade Photography

1. Spend Time Together

According to Reader’s Digest, a study titled “Let’s Stay Home and Watch TV” that collected data from 200 couples in long-term committed relationships found “a direct link between media consumption together and relationship satisfaction”. The more these couples binge-watched together, the more satisfied they rated themselves with their partner. Does this mean that binge-watching is necessary to a healthy relationship? No, it basically means that spending time together, even on something as simple as “Netflix and chill”, promotes a healthier relationship. Happy couples make spending time together a priority.

2. Be Familiar with Each Other’s Lives

Happily married couples know each other well. They remember which friends are important to their partner, and which colleagues are giving them a hard time. They know their partner’s relaxing rituals, their favourite book or TV show, and their current goals. They know their partner’s likes, dislikes, dreams, and fears. Happy couples understand what makes each other tick. As marriage researchers The Gottman Institute asks in their article “7 Signs Your Relationship Will Last,” “If you don’t really know someone, how can you truly love them?”

Happy couples make it a point to keep up with each other’s lives. As The Gottman Institute says, “It can be easy to lose sight of your partner. Life can get in the way.” They advise couples to keep updated on what’s going on in their partner’s lives—how their day has gone, their latest work projects, their new favourite foods. It’s essential for maintaining healthy, happy married life.

3. Don’t Take Each Other for Granted

Many relationships sour because couples start taking each other for granted. As the saying goes, “Familiarity breeds contempt.” You start getting used to your partner cooking every day and no longer show your appreciation. Your partner doesn’t feel appreciated, so in turn, they don’t show appreciation when you do things for them.

To combat this, try making a habit of thanking your partner every time they perform a small act of service for you, whether it’s doing the dishes, picking you up from work, or making you breakfast. A simple “Thank you” or “Dinner was great!” goes a long way towards making your partner feel valued.

Jillian and Daniel’s Gorgeous Bali Post-Wedding Shoot and Celebration by Maria Shiriaeva Photography

4. Kiss and Hug Hello and Goodbye

“Our skin has a memory of “good touch” (loved), “bad touch” (abused) and “no touch” (neglected),” explains psychologist Mark Goulston. “Couples who say hello with a hug keep their skin bathed in the “good touch.” In the morning, take a moment to kiss your partner before leaving for work, to show them that you prioritise them even during busy mornings. Act enthusiastic about greeting your partner after work. Welcoming your partner home with a long hug or a kiss is a great way to express your love. Psychotherapist Ashley Davis Bush recommends a full body hug for at least 20 seconds. “It takes 20 seconds to stimulate the flow of oxytocin, the bonding hormone,” she says. “When you activate the release of this hormone, you start to feel closer and more connected right away.”

5. Cultivate Common Interests

Happily married couples take up hobbies they can do together. If the initial passion dies down and they realise they have few interests in common, happy couples develop them. “By no means do you need to do everything together,” says Alexis Meads, a professional dating coach. “However, couples who stay together have fun doing some of the same things.” Whether it’s picking up a new sport together, or exploring new countries by yourselves, sharing enjoyable experiences with each other adds to the happiness of your relationship.

6. Check In with Each Other during the Day

Happy couples keep connected during the day while at their separate jobs. Calling your partner or sending a text message lets them know that you’re thinking of them. Check in with them and ask about their plans, or how their day is going. It also keeps you updated on how their day is going, so you’re more in sync when you meet after work.

7. Focus on the Positive

For really happy married life, focus more on the positive than the negative aspects of your relationship. Happy couples remember the things that their partner does right, instead of holding on to grudges when they do something wrong. As psychologist Mark Goulston says, “If you look for things your partner does wrong, you can always find something. If you look for what he or she does right, you can always find something, too. It all depends on what you want to look for. Happy couples accentuate the positive.”

Emi and Andre’s Elegant Star Wars Themed at Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa by Grow Old With Me Photography

8. Laugh Together

After being together for a long time, it’s easy for a relationship to slide into routine. You ask your partner what time they’ll be home for dinner, they ask you to pick up the milk. On the weekends, you’re both tired and prefer to catch up on sleep. Where did the fun go? “When couples get out of the habit of laughing together, their relationship is at risk of losing its joy and spirit,” says psychologist Samantha Rodman.

Research shows that couples who laugh together are happier. “In the article ‘Humour in Romantic Relationships, a Meta-Analysis,’ Hall looks back on 30 years’ worth of studies on the topic, concluding that ‘playfulness between romantic partners is a crucial component in bonding and establishing relational security’ and that laughter, ‘particularly shared laughter, is an important indicator of romantic attraction between potential mates,’” says Jeffrey Hall, University of Kansas associate professor of communication studies.

9. Set aside Time to Reconnect

Happy couples make it a priority to reconnect with each other. “They understand that in long-term relationships, affection and sex don’t just happen,” says Celeste Hirchman, sex and relationship coach. “Couples need to have a commitment to cultivating connection instead of hoping it just happens.” While you may no longer be all over each other the way you were at the start of your relationship, you should still set aside time when you put away your devices and screens and focus on each other. Happy couples commit to intentionally culivate connection, show affection, and learn and grown around sex.

10. Express Needs from a Place of Vulnerability

“You’re always on the computer!” “You never take out the trash!” Criticism is often a way couples express their needs, but instead of a request, it comes out as an attack, and your partner gets defensive instead of meeting your needs. Instead of accusing them of being on the computer all the time, try saying, “I’d like to spend some time with you,” or ask, “Could you help me with the housework?” instead of complaining that they don’t empty the trash.

As relationship coach Kyle Benson says, “Blaming our partner or hiding our feelings by criticising is easy. Speaking our feelings and fears requires a willingness to be vulnerable.” Happily married couples ask themselves why they feel angry with their partner, and open up to find the deeper need within. They are courageous about expressing their feelings from a place of vulnerability.

Credits: Fionne and Shi Liang’s Sweet Woodland and Beach Pre-Wedding Shoot by Tinydot Photography, cropped from original.

Pretty Fun: A Bright and Happy Hens Makeup Party Styled Shoot by A2i Makeup

This pretty and happy styled shoot is full of confetti, flamingo balloons, bright flowers, rose, and giggles! Dreamt up by A2i Makeup, this shoot inspires you to hold your own makeup hens party with your bridesmaid squad.

Today’s styled shoot puts a big smile on our faces! It’s so bright, happy, and unabashedly girly that we could squeal! Dreamed up by A2i Makeup, a beauty venture founded by Candy T., the shoot presents a fun makeup hens party for a bride and her bridesmaids. In a cosy space beautifully decorated with bright flowers, huge pink flamingo balloons, pretty watercolours, and colourful confetti, the girls picked up beauty tips from A2i Makeup’s artists, exchanged bridesmaid gifts, enjoyed funfetti cupcakes, and celebrated their dear friend’s journey from Miss to Mrs.

The inspiration for a makeup hens party stemmed from A2i Makeup’s beauty workshops. A team of passionate artists headed by Candy T., A2i Makeup offers personal and professional beauty workshops that teach beginners as well as aspiring makeup artists how to create natural and beautiful looks for work or play. Focusing on beauty as a whole, the workshops discuss skincare as well as application techniques and beauty products, and the small class sizes allow students to learn hands-on.

Wanting to create a special experience for brides and their bridesmaids, the team came up with the idea of a personalised makeup party. “We wanted to host a very fun makeup workshop for a bride-to-be and her bridal party,” shares the A2i Makeup team. “We thought that it would be nice for the bridesmaids to learn some professional makeup tips, from our makeup trainer Tracy, and bring home some real skills that they can use to prepare themselves on the wedding day.”

The styled shoot was set in A2i Makeup’s brightly lit, cosy studio, and styled by Med Kärlek Inc. with fun pink balloons, lush flowers in happy colours by Florals by Benita, and personalised watercolour place cards by Art and Wanders. The table and chairs were provided by TT Productions.

“I’ve known some of these girls longer than others, but they all played a very important role at different times in my life!” shares bride Felicia. “The makeup hens party was a good opportunity for all of them to come together as each and every bridesmaid means a lot to me in their own unique ways.” The party was a pretty preview of the morning of the wedding day, where the bride and her bridal party gather to get ready together. Sharing each other’s makeup, dressing up, and primping together is a special experience that is heightened with the excitement of the big day, when one of your best friends gets married! As the photos by Lightedpixels Photography show, there is something really special about dolling up together with your BFFs. “Memories fade, but a good picture along with a moment that’s precious will last a lifetime,” says Felicia.

For the party, the girls were dressed by Wild Peonies. They exchanged lovely bridesmaid gifts of jewellery from Anidea J. and the bridesmaid beauty box from Shopbox. To sweeten the celebrations, there was cake and rosé!

Brides who also want a fun beauty experience with their squad can customise a makeup party with A2i Makeup according to their preferences and budget. “We reckon that coupled with nice food, cocktails, and lots of gossip, it would make an unusually fun hens party idea!” says the team.

A2i Makeup offers customisable bridesmaid makeup workshops and parties. Simply email them at [email protected] or call +65 9004 4378​ to start planning the perfect celebration. Their studio is located at 42A Joo Chiat Place, Singapore 427766.

Many thanks to the team for sharing this beautiful styled shoot with us!

The Venue and Makeup Workshop: A2i Makeup
The Stylist: Med Kärlek Inc.
The Florist: Florals by Benita
The Photography: Lightedpixels Photography
The Bridesmaid Beauty Box: Shopbox
The Wardrobe: Shop Wild Peonies
The Jewellery: Anidea J.
The Calligraphy: Art and Wanders
The Table and Chair Rental: TT Production

Credits: Photography by Lightedpixels Photography, courtesy of A2i Makeup.

Brenda and Hon Tian’s Tamarind Hill Wedding with an Under the Sea Theme

Brenda and Hon Tian exchanged vows in a casual and relaxed Tamarind Hill wedding with an under the sea theme, where she wore a blue wedding dress inspired by a mermaid.

Brenda Tan, 31, Jewellery Maker and Designer of WhereBilly, and Gan Hon Tian, 33, Cyber Security Analyst tied the knot on 11 November 2017 in a relaxed and casual Tamarind Hill wedding. The couple celebrated with a beautiful under the sea theme, and the bride wore a blue wedding dress inspired by a mermaid, designed by Amanda Lee Weddings!

How did you meet?

Brenda: We met in school during our university days. His friend introduced us, and it was love at first sight for me. He didn’t feel the same.

What do you love most about your partner?

Brenda: I was first attracted to his looks and his build. I love that he always tolerates me and loves me unconditionally. I love that I can be totally honest and be my true self when I am with him.

What was the proposal like?

Brenda: It was a surprise in a hotel while we were having a holiday in Bangkok. He planned with the staff and decorated our hotel room. It was a cozy, private affair.

How did you create your wedding?

Brenda: I wanted an under the sea theme. I also imagined myself as a mermaid. I have always felt that white gowns were too mainstream, and I wanted something special in my favourite color, blue. So, I got Pearlyn from Amanda Lee Weddings to design my blue wedding dress! I did all the designing, coordinating and planning for the wedding. He simply pays. That is the best way to avoid conflict of interest.

What was your wedding day like?

Brenda: Our wedding day was very casual. It turned out how I imagined it to be. There was no formal emcee. My sister helped to gather the guests for our march in. I made my own announcements over the mic. Everybody just walked around, mingled, and had fun. It was a super informal wedding. During the wedding, my husband and I were just walking around separately talking to our close friends and relatives like in any other gathering. I think my guests felt really relaxed as well.

What was the most memorable moment of your wedding?

Brenda: I think the most memorable moment was during our vow exchange. I can’t exactly remember what he said in his vows, but I was touched by him just being there for me physically and spiritually.

The Size of the Wedding: 140 guests
The Cost of the Wedding: $30,000
The Venue: Tamarind Hill
The Wedding Day Photographer: Brian Ho, thegaleria
The Gown: Amanda Lee Weddings
The Bride’s Shoes: ALDO
The Suit: Son of A Gan Bespoke
The Groom’s Shoes: Massimo Dutti
The Engagement Ring: Choo Yilin Jewellery
The Wedding Bands: We do not have wedding bands because we don’t wear rings
The Groomsmen’s Suits: Son of A Gan Bespoke
The Hairstylist and Makeup Artist: Jennifer, I Heart Blooms
The Dessert Table: Inside the Knot
The Florist: Mei Chin, Florals By MC
The Wedding Favours: Villa Samadhi
The Solemniser: William Cheong Yip Kwong
The Wedding Resource: SingaporeBrides

Credits: Photography by thegaleria

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Experience Marina Bays Sands’ Distinctive Luxury at the Weddings on the Bay Showcase

On Saturday, 24 November 2018, find everything you need for a glamorous wedding at the Marina Bay Sands Weddings on the Bay Showcase, and take advantage of exclusive perks to make your wedding even more memorable.

The most recognisable landmark on Singapore’s city skyline, Marina Bay Sands is held as the most spectacular destination in Asia. With stunning, distinctive architecture, beautiful views of the bay, and a luxurious entertainment concept, it is an unparalleled choice as a wedding venue.

Weddings on the Bay Showcase

Couples who want to wed in the iconic integrated resort will want to take advantage of exclusive perks and privileges during the Marina Bay Sands Weddings on the Bay Showcase on Saturday, 24 November 2018, where you’ll experience the luxury and world-class service that marks Marina Bay Sands as a premier destination.

Spend a beautiful afternoon enjoying the stunning vistas of the bay as you explore the unique wedding venues at Marina Bay Sands. Catch breathtaking views from the exhilarating 200-metre-tall Sands SkyPark®, or take a romantic stroll down the Garden Bay Bridge. From glamorous and opulent wedding celebrations with hundreds of guests, to intimate soirees for a close few, Marina Bay Sands promises the experience of a lifetime. With curated vendors, a team of world-class wedding consultants, and beautiful wedding inspiration, the showcase will provide everything you need to make your dream wedding come true.

Comprehensive Wedding Packages

Marina Bay Sands offers a range of wedding packages to suit your needs, beginning from $1,138++ per table of 10 for lunch. Couples who care about the Earth will appreciate Marina Bay Sands’ new eco-conscious wedding initiative, the Harmony Wedding Package, that harnesses the latest scientific innovations to help couples host weddings that are ecologically responsible as well as glamorous. Committed to protecting the Earth, the package offers only seafood that has been sustainably sourced, silk florals to reduce waste, and organic and bio-dynamic wines that are grown organically in a naturally balanced eco-system.

The Happiness Wedding Package and Double Happiness Wedding Package take care of all of your wedding celebration needs, from an exquisite set menu, to beautiful floral centrepieces, to beer for your guests to toast to your love. You’ll enjoy a truly unforgettable first night as newlyweds in the luxurious bridal suites with its stunning views, and where refreshments and chocolate pralines await. In the morning, take a dip in the iconic infinity pool, indulge in a sumptuous breakfast, and enjoy access to the exclusive Club55, where cocktails and canapés complete the high life.

Exclusive Wedding Perks

Only available at the wedding showcase, exclusive wedding perks will make your celebration truly magnificent. Couples who book the Double Happiness Package will receive up to two complimentary tables, free flow of beer, a bottle of wine per table, an additional night’s stay in the bridal suite with breakfast for two (if deposit is paid using a Citibank credit card), and an upgrade of their dessert.

Couples who book the Harmony Wedding Package during the showcase will receive a real wedding cake by Mad About Sucre, which they will cut on stage and serve as dessert. You’ll also receive free flow of beer, a bottle of organic or biodynamic wine per table, and an additional night’s stay in the bridal suite with breakfast for two (if deposit is paid using a Citibank credit card).

For couples who opt to celebrate with the wedding lunch Happiness package, you’ll enjoy free flow of beer, a bottle of organic or biodynamic wine per table, and an additional night’s stay in the bridal suite with breakfast for two (if deposit is paid using a Citibank credit card) to take your celebration up another notch.

An Exquisite Showcase

Take the first step to forever in style. Visit the exquisite Weddings on the Bay Showcase on Saturday, 24 November 2018, from 11am to 5pm, and get a taste of the luxurious service and glamorous venues that will amaze your guests. Take advantage of exclusive perks only available on that day, to make your wedding even more memorable. RSVP for complimentary admission to the stunning Weddings on the Bay Showcase now!

Marina Bay Sands is located at Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956. For more information, call 6688 3138 or email [email protected].

Images courtesy of Marina Bay Sands.