Fret not, my dear. Put these lovely shoe clips on and run along to the ball.

While I was searching high and low for the perfect wedding shoes, I came across these sparkly shoe clips as an alternative. I love the vintage-ness of the bow pair!!! Unfortunately you would really need a fairy godmother as they are only available in US. If you are interested, drop Claire and I a note at TheWeddingManual@gmail.com. 

~ Ilane

** If you have read The Wedding Manual, Belinda of Loe and Behold is a favourite who can definitely help you create your own 'glass slipper'!

 
 

I found a "super cupcake maker", Lydia's Oven. I call her super because from the gallery on her site, it is evident she has created so many cupcakes for weddings, corporate events, birthdays, farewells etc...

A gracious, elegant display of authentic cupcakes. I like the cake topper, two white kissing silhouettes.


 
 

I have finally found some locals doing the umbrella thing too! Found in the portfolio from Let There Be Light.

Bridesmen in blue with cartoon-printed umbrellas, dancing and singing?


 
 

Cinderella finally found her Prince Charming. They married and lived happily ever after. What's more fitting than to have seats designated just for Cinderella and Prince Charming? I found this in the portfolio from ImageGarden Photography.

 
 

...I mean the love-shaped cushion, hung at the flower arch, feeling your hand in mine, hearing the applause and laughter, drenched in rose petals, I am totally smitten by the moment.

Found in The Wedding Thoughts.


 
 

We like this particular thing called the personal touch. After all, we are quite sick of receiving wedding favors that are borne out of mass production. Candles, salt and pepper shakers, wine shots, cap openers, paperweights, coasters....it's getting predictable.

How about badges? It is easy and cheap to personalize them. Badges with a personal message, a caricature, cartoons or something to do with LOVE? Oh one more thing, please try not to print your picture on the badge though... as much as your guests love you, it's way too egoistic, not unless you are a superstar and you invited your fans.

Apparently, the couple had literally personalized every badge for each guest. Guest A likes cars a lot, so get him a badge displaying cars and so on. I call that overwhelming sincerity.


I found this in Esty's Button Empire. Though it says nothing about the bride and the groom, the message brings cheer to the guests. This is what I call, putting your ego aside.


If you have a themed wedding, good for you! Badges can be easily made to be in sync with the theme. In this case, the couple is a pair of nature lovers and hence the flora and fauna. Found also in Button Empire.


To print in volumes and save shipping costs, online stores are worth a try. Printeet allows free shipping and according to the lady boss, volume discounts are applicable. You can simply upload your desired picture, add in a message if you wish.

 
 

My favorite line is "Nothing is too small to be neglected in a wedding". What's more if it's the attire of the bridesmaids and bridesmen. Some couples have deep pockets to have uniform dresses and shirts, coats made or rented for their supporting crew. For those who don't, there are minute details like the men's ties, the women's hair accessories or even umbrellas (yes, again!).

Black for the bridesmaids, white for the bride. Big contrasts make the bride stand out even more. Though the Chinese' older generations might not like it a lot.


This blue and brown theme is lovely. To cut costs, you can just get common ties that are blue and brown with the bridesmen's own white shirts.


Even if the bridesmen are not willing to carry pink umbrellas, during the test to prove the groom is worthy of the bride, the bridesmaids can force them to dance with it. Coupled with pink striped ties and white shirts, what a fresh picture it makes!


Don't forget your dog if you have one.


 
 

To add on to ilane's cute cute picture of aisle decoration, try umbrellas! Yeah, I am crazy over umbrellas now. The color combination of pink and orange looks good too.

 
 

Most of us have a favourite family recipe. If Mama is partial to sharing her best kept secret, why not give your wedding guests a family recipe as a gift?

But you say 'A recipe on a piece of paper is cheap!'. Well, it's all in the packaging. Your mum makes the best herbal soup? Why not pack a satchel or herbs and attach the recipe to it. For a moist chocolate cake recipe, thread a ribbon through it and tie to a measuring spoon. Have a delicious cocktail recipe? Pack shot glasses in a box. If your budget is more generous, go for a shaker!

I am sure your guests will love the homely touch. Bon Appetit!

~ Ilane

 

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