Wedding preparations

MANY people have been asking me how the wedding preparations going. Thanks for all your concern girls. =D

Just some updates
1) Wedding invites had been printed by Jasvy

Jasvy Marketing Agency
Blk 30 Kallang Place #04-06
JTC Flatted Factory
Singapore 339159
Tel: 62992263/62990758
Email: jasvy@singnet.com.sg
M/S Jason or Ivy

Fairmont(Swissotel) engaged them solely to print all their wedding invites. Maybe that explains the poor attitude and they expect me to take all their shit. Most of the times, we communicated by email and I had spoken to Ivy once on the phone. We were entitled to 70% of guaranteed attendance. They had emailed me the template for checking before they proceeded to print. I had stated I wanted traditional characters for all the names but yet was disappointed to find 1 character of dearie’s name in simple character instead of traditional.

I mean, yah, that’s the purpose of me checking. But it shows how unprofessional they are and doesnt really put their heart into doing their job.

Secondly, for all the emails correspondence, I cc. to the Dan(IC for Fairmont), just so he can point out any discrepancies which I might not know. After I had confirmed everything, cards printed, then Dan told me they cant have 2 reserve tables, only 1. In that case, we had to guarantee more tables as I cant possibly risk my guests not having the tables despite how much I wish to safeguard myself against people who put aeroplane without valid reasons.

And so, I have to increase the number of tables, hence, I should be entitled for more wedding invites. Guess what? Jasvy said I need to pay some $40+(dont remember) re-printing charge for the additional print of like 20-so more cards. Perhaps if she can explain to me the basis of the extra re-printing charge on the phone(I called), then perhaps I will be more receptive and accommodating. But she didnt. SO, I dont understand WHY there should be a re-printing charge since it’s basically re-printing by the PRINTER using the SAME template. Pardon my ignorance if there is other printing knowledge involved since she didnt even care to explain to me.

All this adds up to my annoyance starting from my 1st email correspondence, where all my polite, semi-formal emails were replied shabbily with few words like…like they’re the customers instead.

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There were more emails but mostly around the sameeee pattern la. Before I confirmed the RTP, I cc. Dan the template layout too.

Alright. Perhaps I’m a difficult customer. But even myself is in service line and I dont even talk like that, not even in emails. I understand Singaporeans can be less formal and not use proper English, it’s perfectly fine. But the way which you write your email, dictates your tone, your attitude, your personality, your professionalism, your image and your whole approach. Haiz Enough said lah. Sg service. Blah! If they’re not Fairmont’s sole printer services, I wouldnt give them the time of the day~

Oh ya. I kinda blame Dan a little for not pointing out the loophole earlier. But I guessed he’s just too busy and overlooked as he’s nice and accommodating most of the time. So I called him and asked him nicely to speak to them, whether can re-print only 20+ more invites for me. He should understand that I’m not coming out with as much as a dime for the re-printing lo. It’s not even my fault. Thankfully, he settled it for me.

AND HOR, that printing agency was located at some ulu factory in Kallang. We’re not going to go all the way there to see that 2 attitude people and humbly collect our invites from them loh. Sooooo, I asked Dan to ASK THEM to deliver their invites to Fairmont. I will collect from Dan instead. Hngggggg! =P Dearie just collected them today. =)

2) FLORISTS/WEDDING FAVOURS
We had confirmed our hall/banquet tables deco/wedding favors with Woodsville Florist out of the 2 choices.

1. Impact Creative Services Pte Ltd
No.22A Lim Teck Boo Rd
#04-05 Henley Industrial Building
Singapore 537002
Tel: 6383 0025 (ofc) / 90056409 (hp)
Ms Florence Tan

2. Woodsville Florist Pte Ltd
37 Lorong 23 Geylang
#03-06 Yu Li Industrial Building
Singapore 388371
Tel: 63452203 (ofc) / 92309787 (hp)
Ms Calista

At first I’m dumbstruck why all of them were located at such ulu places? We called them up and further affirmed, and indeed they are ONLY located at those locations! Haiz…really very lazy to go all the way down to confirm some deco so I called them and asked them to email me pictures for me to decide since Impact services dont have a website while Woodsville’s website was down. =.=”””

You wont be surprised that I definitely chose the one with the better SERVICE, a.k.a, Calista from Woodsville. Their stuff were more or less the same anyway. Impact Services only emailed a few pathetic BLUR pictures. Obviously I cant decide when she only emailed me no more than 4 pictures. Therefore I asked can we meet at Fairmont to discuss on Xth day(where they’re doing deco setup for another wedding too), guess what Florence tell me?

“Oh only my guys will be there doing the deco, I wont be. And I dont work on Saturdays nor go out to meet clients. Perhaps you can meet me at my office? Just give me a call that you’re coming down.”

Ohhhh Very polite. But…”we’ll see”. That’s my reply.

Is it something wrong with ME or THEM?

On the other hand with Calista from Woodsville, she emailed me tons of pictures. CLEAR Pictures. Pictures of the 4 different theme setup of the stage, pictures of the different centrepieces for guests as well as VIP tables, the floating(i.e, the standing pieces along the aisle) and also the choice of wedding favors.

Hmm..after we confirmed the colour of table cloths and chair covers with Dan, I spent a long time to decide the stage setup and center-pieces etc among the emailed pictures. But finally we confirmed with Calista via email alone. She did however went the extra mile to give me a call to further confirm the tiny details, like the choice of accompanying flowers to accentuate the center-pieces, whether the colours are okay and if I need to change, etc. So nice. =)

I’m also very pleased with their choice of wedding favors. Elegant, unique and practical. I haven receive such wedding favors before from other weddings. We chose 2 and 1 of them coincidentally was 1 of the items which I’m eying to buy for our new house.

Cherry Blossom Glass Love Coasters

Isnt this lovely? Now I dont need to ship them specially from Aussie. You guys can have it too! As dearie had proposed in Japan, these cherry blossoms glass coasters made it all the more meaningful. =) We also chose another wedding favor to alternate around seats but I’m going to keep it a secret for the time being. But I promise it’s as adorable as the cherry blossom glass coasters. =) Hopefully, we dont have guests vying for them. Haha Okie lah, kinda exaggerating. =P

3) Just saw the wedding album design at New Image. Hmm…was not very impressed with the layout nor design. The images were so cluttered. There were as many as 7 pictures inside 2 pages. ZzZz. And the main problem was the placing of the pictures…they’re obviously in a mess. Some pictures, with their poses, should preferably be placed at certain positions. Dearie obviously cant see what’s wrong with most of the pictures until I pointed them out, “Isnt it better that this picture on the left be placed on the right?” etc. In additional, we splitted some images to be put on separate additional pages so that the pages look less cluttered. According to our preference, or rather mine, some images’ sizes were enlarged or reduced, blurred or sharpen.

Dearie said I’m real troublesome. I am ah. I admit. Hello, $1500 additional okie~ Paying for more than $5k for the whole damn thing okie. It might not be alot for some people who even went overseas(other than Ma la) to shoot but it’s a lot for someone like us who do not like being snapped on cameras, much less being real photogenic for it. So why top up so much? I said liao loh. It’s my fault actually. Too many different costumes and backdrops, it’s so difficult to choose lesser pictures when you need at least 4 to do a proper digital design layout. Either that, you have to forsake the whole collection. Which we apparently dont bear to la.

But thank god Gav was accommodating and patient. He seemed okie to all my requests/edits. 1 more week before we see the edited design layout. Though frankly speaking, the design is very very simple, nothing breathtaking. I’m merely reducing the messiness of the layout and emphasizing on our favourite pictures instead of the less favored ones. *shrugged*

4) Confirmed wedding cakes selection with Shida at Angelzcup.

I think I dont have to sing more praises of her anymore since I’ve done it in my previous posts. =) I’ve discussed with Kel and also Dan regarding my idea of a wedding cupcake tier with the top tier being a real wedding cake for the cutting-cake ceremony. And it doesnt seemed very feasible. Long story. Anyway, since I have $70 deposit with Shida, I’ve decided to take up wedding cakes(Guo Da Li Cakes-cupcakes) from her instead.

ALTHOUGH she’s very very nice to allow a refund of deposit if I ultimately decide not to order, I was quite paiseh to cancel the order because we had exchanged a few long emails before to so-call finalise the designs of the cuppies. Everything was almost set untill I postponed the order abruptly when I recalled that I haven finalise the banquet theme with Dan, and I wanted the cupcakes tier to complement whatever theme I might have. Even so, the decision of having cuppies from Shida is not only out of obligation, but also, I felt her cuppies are definitely more worth it, not to mention, so endearing. =)

Because after comparison of wedding(Guo Da Li) cakes from other patisseries, I realised while most of them are priced cheaper and have nicer packaging, the packages are not really worth it.

They are packaged like, a few swissrolls, fruit tarts, mochi or marshmallows etc, in a box, priced around the same as Shida’s cuppies. I dont mean they’re not good but it’s like……..I feel all the money went to the packaging and for the name of “Guo Da Li” cakes. In a way, it’s again, chopping carrots in the name of “Wedding”. I rather we pay alittle more for “the real thing”. And Shida’s cuppies are the “real thing”.

Cupcakes are not really traditional but it’s a refreshing idea. Dearie and I dont mind, and hopefully the recipients wont too. It’s a chore to decide the designs because all are so adorable. Needless to say, everytime I look at them, I need to swallow back saliva and kept remind myself that I’m on a diet. So I doubt the recipients will mind them at all in replace of traditional cakes. I haven taste them before and hopefully they wont disappoint me. =)

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