Today’s post is Update #2 on our wedding planning, and focuses on entertainment and décor. This has probably been the most fun part to plan!
Okay, let me start off by saying that there is a lot of “I want this, I decided this”, in this post, which makes it seem like I don’t let my fiancé have any input. That is a false impression! I honestly do ask his opinion, to which his response is always “I’m fine with whatever you want”, which is mostly exactly what I want to hear except when I can’t decide between two things. Like many men, I think he’s honestly perfectly fine just showing up on the day to get hitched.
This meme is actually hilarious, because I’ve done it twice so far! My married female friends say they did the same thing when they planned their wedding, so I don’t feel quite so bad.
We’ve been to weddings that hired photobooths, and they always seem to be a hit with people of all ages, so this one was a must for us. We’re both Asian, and older Asian people (aka our extended family and family friends) LOVE getting their pictures taken, so we thought they would enjoy this. We chose to have an open-air photobooth instead of the ones that are an actual photobooth machine, so that guests could do large group photos if they chose.
We heard some really good reviews about the company we ended up booking, and their price was within our budget. They have a comprehensive online planner that we can continuously update up until the week of the wedding, including what type of music you want to them play during different stages of the night, how interactive you want the DJ to be, and even what you want the DJ to wear. In terms of ceremony music, we haven’t decided if we want the DJ to come earlier and play the music for us, or if we want live music. I’ve always wanted to walk down the aisle to a string quartet, but we’ll see!
It’s not so much a “theme” as it is a decor element, but we decided to do a watercolour wedding. The first time I saw the watercolour theme on Pinterest, I fell in love with how pretty and whimsical it was. But let me tell you, out of all the things we’ve planned and booked so far, this is one of two things I’ve had a meltdown (or two) over, LMAO. The reason is because I couldn’t decide between watercolour or classic décor. The pros and cons of both: for watercolour, I worry that I’ll look back at pictures in 10 years and think it’s dated or looks juvenile, because the watercolour thing is a trend. But it’s something that I think a lot of people would say is very “me”, so it makes the wedding a little more personalized. For Classic decor: The pro is that…well, it’s classic, and classy. It never goes out of style. However, it might be a bit boring/no personality. Anyways, long story short, we’re going for classic décor with a hint of watercolour, in the hopes that it won’t look confusing. Fingers crossed we pull it off!
If I had a choice, our wedding would be overflowing with flowers, but uhhh…ain’t nobody got money for that. Since the cost of flowers is all over the map, I knew that this could be one place we could really save on costs. I ended up finding a florist who would do all of our flowers for about 40% of our florals budget – super stoked about that!
My one request was that I wanted peonies and pale blue hydrangeas in my bouquet, because peonies and hydrangeas are my favourite flowers, and they just so happen to fit our wedding colours. Luckily with our wedding being in June, peonies are in season and won’t cost something ridiculous, so I’m glad it just worked out for us. These are the inspiration photos I showed our florist; although not all of them have peonies, I wanted my bouquet to be in a similar colour palette:
To be honest, we’ve heard that cake is an expense that you can skip, because a lot of guests don’t actually end up eating the cake. We won’t be serving cake, because we’re having a dessert table instead. However, we still wanted a small, one or two-tier cake for cutting, pictures, and to serve a handful of people who would be interested in cake. My MOH decorates cakes as a hobby and is hoping to get a cake business started in the next few years, so we’ve asked her to do our cake for us. Here is where my “dilemma” with choosing the theme rears its ugly head, as I can’t decide between watercolour or classic. I thought about doing one layer of each, but I would prefer to go with just one style. I foresee myself having a meltdown over cakes in the near future, LOL. Here are the inspiration photos I showed my MOH:
That’s it for this update! Next on the wedding planning series is likely to be a DIY which will be posted mid-December. I’m so bad, because I have three different projects on the go at the same time and haven’t completed any one of them, when I should be finishing one before starting the other so that I can at least blog about them as I finish.