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5 ways to make your solemnization stand out!

not just using florals. by choosing carefully your props and other accents, you can easily make your solemnization stand out.

so a lot of my brides always ask “is it worth it to spend so much on a 30 minute affair?” first, you shouldn’t spend “so much”, spend what you can. i always advise my bride to be practical, spend on what they afford.

think about it this way, this 30 minutes will be one of the most important 30 minutes in your life. all eyes will be on you and your stage, photographers and your friends will be clicking away. its the time of your life that you wanna encapsulate in that wedding video, on the wedding book. so if you can prepare for this why not?

here are 5 ways to make your solemnization stand out without breaking your bank.

  1. Venue

Choose a venue that is already pretty, no need much to be done for it to look personalized and spectacular.

Alkaff mansion is one such venue that i always love, the gazebo especially. The old floral grills, the scallop tiles and the pillars. i have seen people curtain-ing off the insides for a chapel look which is pretty nice too, but don’t over-do it.

in this case, i prefer an open-air look. using only a floral garland overhanging the main side of the gazebo and creating an aisle using flowers. Take note that, i paired this couple up with bright pink for a pop! PIC-24.jpg

a closer look on the fresh floral garland adorning the gazebo. using 6 different kind of roses, gigantic bright pink roses, spray roses and also David Austin roses. PIC-14.jpg

2. A heirloom or vintage piece as signing table

if your venue doesn’t permit too big of a sit-down crowd, a piece of advice: get a chop-chop-curry-pok JP. You could do a few rows of sit-downs ( for the ah mas, preggers and mom with kids) but the rest could stand up.

Check out Apple & Ben’s wedding where their wedding solemnization “table” was in fact her grandma’s sewing machine. How cool is that?

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3. Backdrop

if you are having your solemnization in the middle of nowhere, fret not! Backdrop is the easiest way to pull people’s attention to the right spot, unless you tell me Mt. Fuji is your backdrop then fine. Otherwise in Singapore, creating a focal point is important otherwise all your friends and families will just be glued to their phones when you are saying your vows.

I have a few of these already-made backdrops for rent, the below macramé was hand-knotted by myself ( read more about it on The Wedding Scoop! ). Send me an email for more backdrops that I have on hand.

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4. a floral arch

the easiest thing for a florist to say is: “ADD MORE FLOWERS! FLOWERS HERE, FLOWERS THERE, FLOWERS EVERYWHERE!!!!!” Its easy to say, I will probably die when i’m really doing it. But no, more doesn’t mean good. it looks a bit cliché and trying-too-hard. But just an arch like below is good enough. Framing the picture nicely.

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5. Last but not least : A bevy of pretty bridesmaids.

so if you don’t have the above 4 points, its ok! never mind, jio your chio-est girlfriends. at this point in time, doesn’t matter if you know them or not. I AM KIDDING LAH! But having pretty bridesmaids really do help. they are like the preview of the show, helping the bride calm the guests before she walks in and providing the suspense for the groom!

TIP: i prefer bridesmaids with bouquets, otherwise they don’t know what to do with their hands and then they will start throwing gang signs.

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So, hope you find something useful in this post. till the next post!

xxx

fiona t

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3 things you should stop doing for your wedding!

Instead of talking about what are the trends for 2016, how ’bout a few wedding stylists coming together to tell you what are the trends that have come and gone ( and should not be repeated till probably 10 years later)?

Together with Shuying of MerryLove Weddings and Liyi of Styled Story, the two most prominent props and concept curators in the local wedding industry we have come up with 3 ideas that have been over and done with. Shuying of Merrylove said locals should avoid doing these for 2016 because its has been done to death in Singapore! Read on brides-to-be.

First, i have to put a disclaimer. these ideas have been used by us before too, but seeing so many self DIYs replicas, if its better than usual its fine but if its carelessly curated and items are chugged into a corner just to fill empty spaces. then please stop ruining your own wedding photos.

A pre-wedding styled shoot should be

  • about the couple – like duh? imagine a bride coming to you in her super glam princess gown with those poofy under things and the wedding stylist advised her to take a in-the-forest shoot. Tak match right?
  • about the story behind the couple – like what are the things you enjoy doing together? even a simple answer like “reading” will give a wedding stylist 1001 ideas on how to style your wedding.
  • pleasantly curated to say the least – its about you and your story. why would you put random things in there that doesn’t mean a single thing to you?
  1. Flee when you see the Teepee

Teepee is so so so passé, it has been overdone (in many cases badly). The original idea of Teepee weddings was first sighted in US, the meaning of it is similar to getting married under a chuppah. It was best used for brides who are wild, free and can totally rock a boho look. It definitely was the best boho trend two years ago, like i said TWO years ago.

Here is a photo of the teepee shot done right.

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Styled by Merrylove Weddings. Floral by Floral Magic. Captured by Bobby Kiran Photography.

here’s an alternative, speak to your wedding stylist for similar symbolic backdrops like door frames.

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refurbished vintage doors by MerryLove Weddings. Floral by Fiona Treadwell.

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Floral & Styling by Fiona Treadwell. Captured by Androidsinboots.

2. Stacking Wine Crates or whatever boxes for that matter.

Stacking is a great idea, wine crates just because its free and you can pick it up from a wine shop is awesome. But what the hell are you putting in there matters, no?  Putting books i geddit ( everyone read mah ), poms poms i geddit ( its colorful, it adds texture, its pretty ). I see people putting empty jars, bottles with no flowers, a bedside lamp ( ???) , colorful straws (wtf?), rattan balls ( ok unless you are Singapore’s sepak takraw couple?) and nothing in it??

what i am trying to say is, it doesn’t tell anything about you. and if its not pretty, what can be more meaningless? so speak to someone who cares in the first place, anal about putting things in there that means something rather than to fill up spaces and someone aesthetically inclined would help, really.

Styled story uses crates as side accents to these florals but as you can see the ornate gold frame steals the show. and this is how it should be done.

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Styled by Styled Story. Florals by With Every. Captured by Multifolds.

most stylists also used these crates simply to elevate heights, to create layers and basically stacking to create space. but bear in mind, do you even have that much stuff to put in it?

instead of using wine crates, try using these nicely aged ladders, vintage suitcases or even vintage bar cart to elevate height.

 

3 . Dreamcatchers – another boho trend that came and gone with the wind.

I have done it personally. Used it for a couple of weddings then realized it is impractical for outdoor shoot and basically doesn’t tally if theres no bed in the picture. The idea of a dreamcatcher is to sieve out your bad dreams and let the good ones through right? ok, unless you sleep under the tree or at the wedding venue, otherwise then what? right now, dreamcatchers should be pinned under the interiors board for your new up and coming flat. not on your wedding board.

Shamelessly, I have to say we did it right with this pic.

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Styled by Merrylove Wedding. Dreamcatchers by Fiona Treadwell and captured by Fiona Sng of Smittenpixels.

In place of Dreamcatchers, I also see the trend of Macramé backdrops. Hence, hand-knotted by myself.

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hand-knotted macramé backdrop and styled by Fiona Treadwell. Captured by Bloc Memoire Photography.

Alright, till the next post!

 

xxx

FT

** thank you SY and Liyi for your inputs and vetting!

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Weaver’s Part II + 2nd B’day Giveaway!

so many things happened from the last post till now, biggest of all was Fiona Treadwell turned 2! and i didn’t even had the time to celebrate, well in between I also had another baby eating into a lot of my boobs time. all these call for a celebration isn’t it? well, i just have in mind the right kind of giveaway. do read till the end…

however, let me get back to where i left off. Weaver’s Part II focus on stationeries, makeup, dessert tables and of cos floral and styling.

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Common Hands is made up of a quirky couple. They were initially my clients, Nigel’s shy disposition with bespectacled Weiqi make the best combo of crafty geek. They are what I look for as clients and as friends, they are both warm-hearted, down-to-earth people who loves crafting, exploring and eating. Due to the lack of time, I taught Weiqi how to upcycle tins for their wedding and in the end what i sparked her to do was to learn typography. She outdone herself really. Inevitably, with their love for typography and  wooden oddities created Common Hands. In line with my style, I had to get them to create stationeries for the shoot. Check out the invites encased in a wooden box, name flags in escort holders, paper-cut buntings and other uncommon stationeries. Soon  they will be decked out in my upcoming revamped website for sale!

Clockwise : Forever & Always cake topper, Name flag in escort holder, Flatlay , paper cuts and bunting

Clockwise : Forever & Always cake topper, Name flag in escort holder, Flatlay , paper cuts and bunting

Dessert tables are gaining popularity at weddings, or as a matter of fact any kind of celebration. Nowadays, i attend weddings and expect a grandeur of desserts and its really becoming a norm. Some people DIY their dessert table, some people hire stylist to do it, regardless its a must-have at weddings these days. And why not? They are happy food, conversation starters, part of the wedding highlight and Chinese believes sweet things bring sweet beginnings. Not wanting to go overboard with my tablescape, I opted for a naked cake with buttercream barnacles cake and Suzanne from Swirl Dessert Tables came up with the awesome chocolate pear tart and raspberry puffs with rosemary.

Get into my tummy

Get into my tummy

I salute brides who go sans makeup on their wedding day, i am someone who is so lazy with even daily skincare routine so i don’t even put makeup everyday. BUTTTTTTTT…. i really think the best day of your life, you have to look your best. As a courtesy to your guests as well. Unless dark eye circles and under eye bags that reach the floor are in trend right now, i would say you should spend that money and get a make-up artist (MUA). Xara Lee was my actual day MUA and was a lot of my other brides MUA, simply because she performs magic every time. She can do light and natural makeup aka Korean style, or she can do Drama-mama style which i personally love. Her contouring, blending or whatever method is so dope she can even transform men into decent looking women. Don’t believe? check her insta here!

This is what the bride-to-be looked like before and after

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before and after

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Lastly, about my participation in Weaver’s. I wanted something frou frou, i wanted something indie, i wanted something boho and i wanted something that Singaporeans are still very afraid to pursue. I wanted to basically just show that it can be done. I spent days and nights learning how to carve a rubber stamp ( thanks sistar – she’s my sister and a star! ), i spent months learning how to knot macramé and i spent years learning how to put together a bundle of flowers. this styled shoot was my chance at showcasing all of that. and i had to do it.

hand carving the stamp. and table runner.

hand carving the stamp. and table runner.

Macramé knotting is so 70s, there must be an ahjumma residing in me. Almost every single time i do one of those macramé jars for church aisles, i get one of those old church ah-ma goers who said they used to do it and can’t believe a youngster like me is still doing it. it always put a smile on me… because i like the word youngster. anyways, it was self-taught, i bought loads of secret manual ( which i can’t believe i paid so much for a photocopied and binded version of the real book ) and watch loads of videos. but this is the end product which i love!

hand-knotted macramé backdrop adorned with intricate macramé plant hangers

hand-knotted macramé backdrop adorned with intricate macramé plant hangers

and they create such a beautiful backdrop regardless if you are in the woods or in an urban jungle. it pulls the focus of your guests when you stand in front of them.

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and these intricate macramé jars are my fave! i would love to do a roomful of them and hang them haphazardly with ever changing florals in them. and i love how the way silvia from Bloc Memoire style the bride-to-be with my hanging planter.

a genius idea of a hanging macramé bouquet as walk in!

a genius idea of a hanging macramé bouquet as walk in!

as for florals, because we had a lot of other elements influencing the shoot, again i wanted it to be subtle and not too attention grabbing. and because the bride-to-be is such a petite lady, i put together a small bouquet of white and greens for her.

garden roses with exotic fillers wrapped with frou frou chic silk.

garden roses with exotic fillers wrapped with frou frou chic silk.

As part of the overall tablescape, I had paper cuts and buntings by common hands overhanging. assorted flowers in various sizes vintage medicinal jars. and wooden succulent planters. stationeries are placed on crystal plates with hand-stamped table runners.

tablescape.

tablescape.

Tadahhhhhhh….. thats the end of my long Weaver’s blogpost. At the end of it, I am so glad I did this shoot. I made lotsa new friends, pushed my own boundaries and hopefully inspire some of the brides and grooms out there. However, this is not the end of it. I would like to do it again, but perhaps this time more people-centric.

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As my second giveaway, I would like to provide a free styled shoot to a deserving and worthy couple. I am in the midst of confirming the vendors but am looking for that one couple with the ultimate love story. Details will be revealed soon so watch this space!

Once again, thank you all participating vendors! and of course to my dear readers! xxx

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back to basics.

Photography :Wilson Chua from AndroidsinBoots
Gowns: Olive Suite
Flowers : Fiona Treadwell
Makeup : MakethisOut
Model : Alyona
Assistants : Jessica and Ying Fai

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Mother’s Day Pre-Order 2014

Mother’s Day is coming and give thanks this year by presenting her with this pastel pasture bouquets. Pastels are still this year trending tones. Soft hues and fluffy petals are definitely going to make mommies go awwwwww.

Send an email to hello@fionatreadwell.com or whatsapp me at 94895775 for orders! do you know early birdies catches 10% off?!

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check out my Instagram (@fionatreadwell) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/fionatreadwell) for more live updates!

xxx

FT

 

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