Eliza Phua, 33, and Melvin Wong, 34, had a fun celebration with their loved ones. She tells us:

elizamel2.jpgThere’s never a bad time for a selfie!

“We had a beautiful church ceremony that was filled with tears of joy and laughter – exactly what we wanted, as we had hoped for a cosy and intimate celebration filled with fun moments.

elizamel3.jpgThe vivacious couple celebrated with a retro theme, with a pastel colour palette.

I guess the most memorable moment had to be seeing Melvin’s expression when he saw me in my dress for the first time. He said he was so smitten (his words, not mine!) that he forgot to receive me from my dad!

elizamel1.jpgThe bride carried a bouquet of handmade paper flowers down the aisle. She also made this bouquet of wild flowers, tied together with twine and ribbon, for the car.

The best part of the wedding, though, was seeing our friends and family enjoy themselves. We had guests coming up to us to tell us how much they enjoyed themselves, which was great!

elizamel.jpgEven if you’ve indicated your wedidng timeline (such as after-parties) on your invitation card, signage is still a must.

elizamel6.jpgFrom left: There are many explanations for the tradition of tying tin cans to the back of the newlyweds’ car, but you can make it modern by creating your own tin wrappers. It also must’ve been one heck of a party, as indicated by the house rules, and shown by the big smiles on everyone’s faces.

I wish we had more time to savour every moment, and had gone from table to table to take more pictures with our guests. I still feel bad about not having had the time and opportunity to do so with some of our lovely relatives who wanted to take pictures with us!

elizamel5.jpg“The poet Robert Browning sums it up best: ‘Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be.’ We’ve still got a lifetime of adventures waiting for us!”

Lastly, I’d advise couples to budget everything, as weddings can get expensive!”

elizamel4.jpgThe thumbprint guestbook was something the couple could frame and have as a souvenir after the wedding.

elizamel7.jpgGifts for guests: Resin flower brooches for the ladies, and quirky badges for the gents.

THE BRIDE’S TOP FIVE TIPS
1. Choose your bridal party wisely. You’ll need people who can think on their feet, especially if something goes wrong at the last minute. It happened to us, but thank goodness my resourceful bridesmaid solved it quickly!
2. Don’t make last-minute changes, especially a few days before the wedding. Whatever you chose to do, you probably had good reason, so don’t do anything you might regret.
3. Serve good food. This will impress guests more than expensive flowers or decorations.
4. Relax, enjoy and have fun – your adventure is only just about to begin.
5. Listen to the voice of experience. Take advice from married friends, so you will know what to expect on your big day. 

CHECKLIST

VENUES
Reception:
 Solemnisation at Church of Saint Francis Xavier (peace@sfxchurch.sg); Dinner reception at Parkroyal on Pickering (6809-8888)

WARDROBE
Gown:
Digio Bridal (6225-1612); suit: Groom’s own

HAIR AND MAKEUP
Digio Bridal (Keith Tan, 6225-1612)

PHOTOGRAPHY
Actual day: Joshua Koh (9002-7123)

DECOR
Flowers:
Far East Flora (6251-2323)

SPECIAL THANKS TO
My husband, Melvin, for helping every step of the way; my sister, and all my friends who supported and stood by me throughout.

Eliza and Melvin’s wedding was first featured in Her World Brides Jun – Aug 2014.

If you’re keen on having your beautiful wedding featured in Her World Brides’ Wedding Albums section, write in to us at tfelicia@sph.com.sg with the details, as well as a few images.