My Wedding Journey 2 - How To Pick The Right Wedding Vendors by Sweet Bunny



These days we are spoiled for choice with vendors who cater to all your wedding needs but just how should we go about selecting the right vendors for your special day? Here are some guidelines you may find useful.

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Where to find reliable wedding vendors reviews A year before my wedding I became a dayre/ blogger stalker, I googled every vendor that caught my eye and researched on the reviews given by many wonderful ladies who gladly shared their experiences on their blogs. They shared about: Wedding invitation designs and Bridal Studios, Hotels, Dowry items etc. I also found that forums also provide a wealth of information on individual vendors, but some tend to be a little outdated so do try to be mindful on when each post is dated.






Locating the best bridal studios in Singapore - with Google maps - After reading all the blog and forum reviews, I was not convinced keen on choosing the more popular studios as their gowns were not to my liking. Businesses listed on google all have a review section, where you could look thru and judge for yourself if they are authentic or not. When you use the keywords such as bridal, bridal studio and wedding on google maps, a whole range of bridal studios will appear in the search results.

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In these results, information such their opening hours, websites and most importantly a virtual tour which provides a glance of the exterior of the bridal studios, this function is a time saver. You don’t have to go down to each and every one; you can eliminate those that have many bad reviews and list down those that really caught your eye and as a bonus get to know another bridal studio that isn’t as popular but provide good service, do compare notes to unsponsored blog post and forums to really get down and scrutinize their service standards.
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Using Carousel to source for vendors Some may describe the app as Carouhell but to me it is a treasure trove of home-based vendors selling flower, for a table centerpiece, designers for labels and stickers, budget printers for church booklets, when cost savings is your game you may also consider getting pre-loved wedding deco, if the items are in great condition and are used only once, a great way to go green as well less waste is always great for the environment. Just ensure that the vendors you pick have good reviews to lower your chances of face disappointments.

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Popular wedding websites and wedding magazine online
Online magazines such as Her World Bridal Magazine ,  Female Magazine Bridal and Blissful BrideMagazine provide a great source of bridal articles online on a regular basis, from the photographs they usually state the vendors being featured. They also exclusively share on the different wedding venues so you can get a sense on the feel of the location. Wedding websites, on the other hand, have vendors paying to be listed on their list on their sites, but they do have comprehensive information about the vendor as well as reviews from people who sign on to the website, it does give a good gauge and another way you can evaluate a vendor, having different sources such as blog post, forums and a website can definitely assist in helping you decide if the vendor is worthwhile.






My Wedding Journey 1 – Planning your finances and budgeting By Sweet Bunny

When the word wedding comes to mind, how much it would cost oftern rings a bell.


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The cost of a wedding in Singapore – The common ranges that I read and heard about are $10,000 for a simple wedding with a buffet reception, $40,000 for a church ceremony and dinner in the evening and it can go up to $100,000 for the very lavish weddings at 5-star Hotels, artisan wedding cakes, bridesmaid proposal and all the other fancy stuff you can imagine.


A rule of thumb an everyday couple should go by is not to expect your guest’s ang paos to foot the bill of your wedding. Relying on ang pao money is very risky; imagine the credit card bills and interest rates you would have to face if the ang bao money is not sufficient.

Ever since I was a child my father always advised me to never start a marriage in debt. He has does randomly give me anecdotes on life every now and then when ,thank you papa for always making learning life skills fun. 


Smart budgeting for weddings – This may seem strange to some but my fiance and I have been saving up for our wedding since the moment we went steady, I guess that the fact that we were both 28 at the time and knew we wanted to get married someday. We started a joint account and kept our saving in the OCBC Bonus account because the interest was good at that time.

Being money smart is the key to starting a life together on the right foot.



Wedding Planning Checklist – Having a wedding planning checklist is a great way to ensure that you have covered the essentials, always ensure to list down the critical must-haves for your wedding such as: 
The venues, book it in advance, a year before your actual date this would give you a higher chance of securing the venue on a specific day as well as getting tables at a better rate.

Decor to be handmade by yourself or would you prefer to hire a vendor?

 Transportation.

Photography, videography 

 Most importantly of all, the bridal studio package. 

List it all down, everything that comes to mind and strikes off items that you both agree aren't necessary.



A complete wedding timeline – Set a timeline with your hubby to be on when you would like to make certain purchases. This would give you ample time to save up for big ticket items as well as estimate the time required to achieve each targeted items. With inflation and GST  rising, do ensure that you allocate a little extra for each item just in case.



Wedding Budget Planner – Microsoft Excel has many useful templates out of which I found a wedding budgeting template, featuring estimated and actual cost everything is itemized into categories for all your wedding needs in a neat and organized manner.

It is an excellent tool for gauging and keeping track of your cost. In turn, this will hopefully prevent one from over-spending and keeping to the budget. 

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Budget Planner excel
 Aren't they pretty? Thank you Microsoft Office!


Sticking to your wedding budget - Initially I found it hard to keep to my budget due to the many temptingly gorgeous adverts and displays, I guess it all comes down to being disciplined, keeping to your budget doesn’t mean not having anything fancy at all, it just means selecting a few things that you are willing to splurge on while cutting down on items that you are willing to overlook.


As stressful as wedding planning can be, do take time to breathe. Ensure that you make decisions at the right state of mind, never sign a contract at the heat of the moment with a very persuasive salesperson. Do your research, discuss with your partner, decided together and determine the right choice.


If you are reading this, you are most probably engaged or to be wed if so, Congratulations are in order, Happy Planning!

Red Hair Colour , L’Oréal color - Sweet Bunny

For 2019 I wanted to get a fresh new look.

After watching the Aquaman movie I was in awe of Mera's gorgeous red hair and decided to give a shot. The last time I dyed my hair that colour was ages ago back in the early 2000s… 10 years later, I have to say that hair chemicals has improved… Hair is no longer grass dry and damaged after being dyed. 

Hair colour that won't break the office dress code- Don't get me wrong I love the vibrant red of Mera's hair but it is was a little loud for me, not appropriate for a front line day job as I have to uphold a corporate image. I asked Ken my trusty hair stylist for a recommendation from the colour chart and he picked a lighter shade that would be more obvious under the light, a peek-a-boo kind of shade that was not so obvious.



Hair colour for skin tone – It is important to know your skin tone to match your hair shade, you would want your skin and hair to complement each other. I have warm tanned skin and the red shade gives me a pop of colour.

If you are unsure of what your skin tone is.  Check out this quiz I found by https://www.vixendaily.com, it is pretty accurate:

They also have a whole series of quizzes you could do to truly find out which shades and would matches your skin the most.


Red hair is great for all ages – There is so much you can do with red highlights and dyes, different hues from burgundy to orange, copper, ginger and bronze which easily give you that extra dimension to your hair from the otherwise flat look. The possibilities are endless just ensure that it suits your skin tone.

Red dyed hair care – It is normal to experience some bleeding of the hair colour for the first couple of washes, especially for dark bold or vivid colours like blue or red, due to the porosity of the hair or unsuitability of the hair dye. I was advised to wash my hair every 2 days and after my fourth wash, my hair colour has stopped bleeding.

Conclusion on my hair dye job – I dyed my hair brown last August and I am glad that the new red did not fuse to the brown; I once read in a magazine that hair colour fusing is possible. Ken is indeed very skilled he, at the start of every appointment he would study my hair and ask questions on when my last dye job was and if I used any other products before working on my hair. I love my new hair colour it gave my hair a new lease of life, I look refreshed and ready to go, Cheers to kicking off 2019 with a bang!


Focus Hairdressing in Chinatown point has been my go-to salon for the past couple of years, Ken and Jane are the nicest stylists I know, they are always attentive and always share their professional options on what styles, cuts, treatments and colours would suit me best.

Red hair



You can find Ken at :
Focus Hairdressing
133 New Bridge Rd, Singapore 059413