A Dream of Eden by Alicia Nikkolette Lee, For Blissful Brides Magazine
Fairytales and Lana Del Rey music videos have got all of us daydreaming about flower circlets and garden weddings – but are they feasible in Singapore? Well, yes, if you know what to look out for. By ALICIA NIKKOLETTE LEE.
Garden weddings are all the rage now. But before you get lost in the fantasy of romance amidst flora and fauna, stop to think about the planning nitty-gritty that comes with saying ‘I do’ in the great outdoors.
Setting up the Scene
Starting with the factor that defines the rest, location pretty much calls all the shots that are to follow. If you’re the type that doesn’t want to be foiled by the weather, you might consider the indoor garden wedding, where most of your budget will be going to flowers and floral arches.
The plus side is that you will still be saying ‘yes’ under cascading, radiant blooms, but you won’t be adding weather woes to your list of worries on the big day. For sheltered garden weddings, The Villa Halia is ideal with its greenhouse-like effect with several glass panels. Seb’s Bistro at Rochester House provides a sheltered, picturesque spot, too.
While you might not get the full fairytale effect from having a sheltered garden wedding, you won’t get your heels sinking into wet ground or your train dragging in mud, either. You’ll also benefit from air-conditioning, which is a big factor when it comes to the longevity of your makeup and hair. Also bear in mind that you’ll be sharing the great outdoors with many a critter, so both you and your guests will be at the mercy of Mother Nature.
Should you be bent on being wed among the full glory of nature, we suggest you go for the tented option, so the show can still go on if it decides to pour. Another alternative is to provide the guests (and yourself) with ammunition to fight off these factors. Opt for bright, colourful umbrellas to fight the rain, citronella candles for the mozzies, and dress code advisories that keep the weather in mind.
Prep and Prime
It’s all fine if you decide to fly everyone to Japan during the cherry blossom festival, but if your wedding needs to be in the tropics, take note of the toll the humidity will do to your hair and makeup.
For a full on outdoor wedding, we suggest a less complicated ‘do since all that styling will unravel itself in the humidity. Make up needs to be light with mattifying bases and powders to minimise shine on the T-zone, and you’ll need your makeup artist on hand to constantly dab your face with a tissue and blotting powder.
Sounds complicated? Try the hybrid location wedding instead! This is where you have an open space, together with an indoor space with loads of air-conditioning. This way, you can live the dream outside and have the option of quickly switching in between locations to prolong the lifespan of your look. Hybrid location weddings can afford the bride a little more makeup and more elaborate hairdos, but the changing humidities might interfere with a perfect ensemble.
Needless to say, indoor garden weddings are a walk in the park, given the controlled temperature and humidity throughout.
In the Closet
If the areas you will be walking on are tiled or stoned, heels shouldn’t pose a huge problem unless you are facing loose stones or uneven tiles. However, if you are at nature’s behest, opt instead for a Grecian style sandal or a low wedge to avoid any mishaps.
Long trains may be the stuff of dreams, but you don’t want to end up looking like Corpse Bride while dragging about a muddy train. Cocktail-length dresses are wonderful for outdoor weddings. Should those strike you as informal, opt for a midi-length skirt for that stylish flair. If you absolutely must go maxi, ensure that your skirt length brushes your ankles at the longest, and take note that your hem doesn’t dip as you sit!
You’re in this for a magical garden setting, so do it right, indoors or outdoors – deck yourself out with flowers from your head to toe. Floral crowns add a touch of whimsy, and matching corsages for yourself and the bridesmaids will contribute to the theme. Go a little adventurous with your groom’s boutonnière, with added fresh succulents for a woodland effect.
Now, that’s a well-planned fairytale.
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