After getting engaged for more than a year, we finally decided to tie the knot in 2014.
The first thing we did was to secure a venue on our desired date. Initially we wanted to have only an ROM ceremony with close friends and relatives so we planned to have it in a cafe that could cater for 100 pax. Out of 8 cafes I wrote to, only 3 replied with a “yes” and 2 didn’t respond after asking me what ROM was. However, those who responded could not fit in 100 pax and required a “rental fee” (frankly, we are intruding their business hours). On top of that, corkage fees are required per bottle and most charged a high price per pax for the buffet. The cost of having our ROM in a cafe was equivalent to having a wedding dinner at a Chinese restaurant.
So, we scrapped the idea and looked for an alternative – rent a bungalow.
Renting a bungalow for your ROM really takes up a lot of your time … and money. Although I found 2 caterers that provided reasonable pricing for the buffet, the furniture rental costed way too much. There are also other hidden costs such as transportation fees, waiter fees and off-peak hours fees. A lot of planning will be involved and working with different vendors can be a hassle.
We ditched the idea and agreed to have our ROM at the JPN office in July 2014, followed by lunch with a small group of friends and immediate family members. We also wanted a private event where we could exchange our wedding vows. How long did we take to decide on the venue? 1 day.
We paid our deposit today in order to confirm our date and we’re relieved! Now to move on to other things such as our preferred colour(s) for the wedding, bridesmaids’ dresses & groomsmen’s attires, wedding favours, photographer, MUA, invitation cards, etc.
Yup, we are really doing this! October 2014 is a year away but as we always say, time flies!