Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Tag! Getting to know me!

I've never been e-tagged before! Thanks to Hamiharri of Another Wedding Blog for my very very first e-tag!

So, the purpose of the tag is to get to know me with 8 fact/habits about myself! Here goes:

1. I have a 10cm-long v-shaped scar where my right shin meets the foot. I jumped onto a glass cover of a portable oven when I was three and had to get 40 stiches. The doctor was afraid that I may have severed major tendons in that area. I reckon that's why I can flex my right foot more than my left!

2. I'm afraid to have children. Like Hamiharri, I will go for the elective C-section. I'm just afraid that they'll turn out as rebellious and naughty as I was.

3. I am a huge Star Wars fan. I want to be Luke Skywalker. I almost bought a S$300+ light sabre that lights up and sounds exactly like Luke's.

4. I have a chocolate bunny who is more than a year old. I'm carrying out a scientific experiment to determine how long chocolate bunnies live.

5. I love animals, especially dogs. But I don't own a dog because I can't trust myself to care for him/her. If I ever have a dog, he/she will be an Alaskan Husky.

6. I sponsor two children through World Vision. One girl from Lesotho in the African continent and one boy from the Philippines. The girl excels in Maths and Science and the boy wants to be a doctor when he grows up. I am so proud of my children and would love to visit them some day.

7. So far, I have lived in Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia. If I get a chance, my next stop would be America.

8. The name i-Weddings is derived from my given name. It's not a inspired copy of the Apple's iPod name. I was given my name long before Apple gave iPod its name. So I reckon Apple got their inspiration from my name. NOT!

I tag:
Ultimate Destination Weddings
My Wedding Blog

Planning Decoration - iLoveThese orange and gold inspirations

Two of my friends, May and John, will be getting married in December and have chosen fall colours of orange and gold as their colour theme for their church ceremony. May asked me for some inspirations and I've been hunting around for my favourite inspirations for their iLoveThese orange and gold inspirations.

Part 1 of the iLoveThese orange and gold inspirations series dedicated to May and John features flowers in gorgeous shades of bold orange and brilliant gold.

iLoveThese orange and gold decoration
iLoveThese orange and gold flower inspirations

iLoveThese orange and gold decoration 1
More iLoveThese orange and gold flower inspirations

Friday, July 27, 2007

Planning - Perfect Table Plan

Planning the seating arrangements can be one of the most difficult parts of planning a wedding. But it really isn't something you want to leave to chance. Thankfully help is available from PerfectTablePlan "The easiest way to create a table seating plan for your wedding, celebration or event".

PerfectTablePlan takes you step-by-step through:
  • creating your guest list
  • tracking RSVPs and meal preferences
  • creating your table layout
  • assigning guests to seats
  • printing off floor plans, seating charts and place cards
It can even automatically assign guests to seats according to who you want them to sit near to (or not near to!). If you already have your guest details in a spreadsheet or address book you can import them. No need to re-type them all.

The software has an impressive list of testimonials and comes with a 14 day money-back guarantee. You can also try before you buy.

PerfectTablePlan is available on Windows and Macintosh for for $34.95 USD / $44.95 AUD from http://www.perfecttableplan.com/ (CD available as optional extra).

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Reception planning - A personalised wedding is in the details

Details such as personalised bomboniere or wedding favours, napkins, colour theme, chair covers and signature drinks make or break the wedding.

Perhaps one of the most fun things to do to personalise your wedding is choosing your signature drink. I would suggest that you pick your colour theme first before starting on this journey.

signature drinks 2

Once you’ve decided on your colour theme, it’ll be easier to decide on your signature drink. Next is to decide which is your favourite cocktail. Naturally it’ll be great if both you and your fiancĂ©(e) have the same favourite cocktail. But if you don’t, don’t fret. You can have more than one signature drink. If you have two, use the each person’s favourite cocktail as the basis for each one. If you have four, use each cocktail as the basis for two. You get the drift.

Then it’s time to make it personal. I say go crazy with your experimentation. Set aside one day per week where all you do is experiment with different ingredients for your signature drink. Check out this website for some help!

signature drinks 1

And of course once you’ve settled on the ingredients, don’t forget that your job is not done yet. The coolest signature drinks have cool accessories. Figure out what type of straw you want, if any, and any embellishments, such as fruits or a little parasol, that you may wish to add on.

Some helpful websites:
Cocktail Database

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

i-Weddings' namesakes

Darn those name stealers and cyber squaters! They have been the bane of i-Wedding's existence since i-Weddings established our little cyber-space patch through http://www.i-weddings.com.au/.

I'll demonstrate. Go to Google. Type in i-Weddings. The third link on the list is www{dot}iweddings{dot}com{dot}au. It appears to be an Australian wedding directory. And it takes the name iWeddings! *shakes head* I'm not sure if I should be happy that some corporation has imitated the i-Weddings name in the hope of leveraging on the i-Weddings name. After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

On the other hand, if you type in www{dot}i-weddings{dot}com, you'll find yourself a cyber squatter. These individuals/corporations trawl the internet looking for businesses who may have a, for example, http://www.i-weddings.com.au/ which is i-Weddings' web address. They then buy up all other variations of this web address, for example www{dot}i-weddings{dot}com, in the hope that one day these businesses will want to buy that name off them.

I wrote to the owner of www{dot}i-weddings{dot}com. He/She/They wanted $8000 for the name. That's highway robbery. Or more accurately cyber robbery.

So don't be fooled. The only original i-Weddings is at http://www.i-weddings.com.au/. Imitations just won't do.

A tip for those small businesses out there. Buy up all variations of your business web address if you could. For example .com, .com.au, .net, your name + s etc etc. Otherwise you'll fall prey to these unscrupulous people who will just leverage on your hard work.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Planning - Real weddings from i-Weddings

Now that the iLoveThese palettes have taken off superbly, I think it's time to try a new series. This time we take it one step further than pictures.

Lots of couples are sharing their wedding days and ideas online through for example, Youtube. i-Weddings will be scouring all available video streaming websites to present to you the BEST of these real wedding ideas. Why not learn from those who've been there, done that!

Our very first Real Weddings series features photos and video from Jennifer and Tyler's wedding in Central California that took place on 27 May 2006. It was a outdoor garden wedding with very bold use of colours. Exquisite!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Box.net simplifies your wedding plans

Knowing that planning a wedding can be stressful for the bride, Marie Rios, a wedding consultant, wanted to make her clients’ lives easier. She started using Box.net to organize her files and make it convenient to share them with her clients.

The brides loved it because their email was less cluttered, and all of the vendor contracts and check-lists were shared, edited, and downloaded in one convenient location. They also added widgets to their wedding websites, where all their friends and family uploaded candid pictures taken on their special day.

If you’re a bride, ask your wedding consultant if they’ve heard of Box. To find out more information or sign up, go to http://www.box.net/wedding

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Fashion - iLoveThese hair week: part 4

If you've just stumbled on this post on iLoveThese hair ideas, this is the final part of the iLoveThese hair fashion week! i-Weddings decided to make this week the iLoveThese hair week just for Kelly who will be getting married in November this year.

The final iLoveThese hair palette for this week is for those who cannot decide. So why not go half-half on your hair?

By no means is this the very last iLoveThese hair palette. Come visit us next week and be surprised with more iLoveThese ideas for your wedding planning.

iLoveThese hair

Related posts:
Fashion - iLoveThese hair week
Fashion - iLoveThese hair week: Part 2
Fashion - iLoveThese hair week: Part 3

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Fashion - iLoveThese hair week: part 3

More hair style ideas for Kelly who wrote to i-Weddings last week requesting for iLoveThese palettes on hair ideas.

i-Weddings decided that one iLoveThese hair palette will not be enough. And dedicated this week to iLoveThese hair palettes.

Part 3 features long-flowy hair. Perfect for the casual outdoor wedding on the beach or in your parents' vineyard.

iLoveThese hair

Related posts:
Fashion - iLoveThese hair week
Fashion - iLoveThese hair week: Part 2

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Fashion - iLoveThese hair week: part 2

Part 2 of the week on iLoveThese hair from i-Weddings specially for Kelly who will be getting married in November in Gold Coast, Queensland features short and sassy hairstyles.

Who says you need to have long hair to be the sexy and feminine bride?

iLoveThese hair

Related post:
Fashion - iLoveThese hair week