I love weddings. It is always an happy occasion where the bride and groom share their love and joy with everybody, saying their vows together and celebrate together. The painstaking effort that they put in to ensure their wedding is a success! While celebrating their joy, one will not help noticing the beautiful decor surroundings, filled with flowers and vivid colors that heightened excitement and joy in the atmosphere. And I just love looking at those decorations, taking note of how beautifully it was arranged.
So when my fiance’s sister,SH, asked for our help in decorating her album table and ang pow box for her December wedding last year, we immediately agreed and keeping to her low budget, the boy and I spent the time sourcing for items and coordinating with the florist for her table bouquet. As she loves cotton flowers, I immediately imagine a rustic gold cotton theme which suits her perfectly. As she prefers simplicity, we did not over decorate the table and keeping it simple, needlessly to say, both the bride and the groom were satisfied with the results we put in!
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We actually DIY the Ang Pow Box as SH wanted the box which she saw at IKEA and asked me for help in decorating the box. Since I decided to go for rustic theme, I designed their names and the layout of the box before enlisting my fiance’s help in looking for the suitable items that I have in mind.
Thanks so much to the boy who exercised so much patience when I dragged him everywhere to look for the stuffs!
So this is how the Ang Pow box turned out!
Going for the simplicity, I decided to tie the purple ribbon around the box before adding the cotton flowers to give a rustic look. And then, I just add the sweet smelling dried flowers into the box to give a nice rustic effect. The boy helped with the cotton flower arrangement for the box and it turned out beautifully!
Now come to the best part which is the arrangement of the flower bouquet as well as DIY-ing decorations!
I liaised with the florist, telling him the arrangement of the flowers that I preferred and he was so nice to even bundle the flowers using silver satin! He was also extremely helpful in giving me suggestions when the flowers I wanted was out of stock! I got a fake branches from him as well, and brought home to DIY the potted tree after coming to the agreement for the table bouquet arrangement. And luckily, since it was near Christmas, IKEA has many beautiful decorations which we bought for SH’s wedding!
So this is how the whole table layout turns out:
The table bouquet that we spend so much effort in designing the arrangement! The bride loves it to bits that she kept it as dried bouquet for her house.
I actually DIY the twine vase and bottle by wrapping around the vase and bottle using twine. Can you believe that the bottle was actually a recycled make-up bottle? 🙂
The cotton flowers were used as leftovers after most flowers were used for the table bouquet. The small little fluffy leaves you saw, we got it from Taobao. The gold beads used were bought from IKEA. We bought the pebbles from the florist to add them into the vase on top of the sponge (where we poke the fake branches in to make it looked like a tree) to give a nice pebbled look for the tree. We just love how it turned out! The fairy lights was provided by SH’s husband 🙂
This is one of our favorites! We borrowed the wine glasses from the hotel, and put the gold beads in, arranged with fairylights.
After which, we arranged the photo frames of the sweet couple!
And there it is, ready for the admiration of the guests as they flipped through the album!
Much Thanks for the couple’s permission to use their photos for my blog 🙂
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We managed to keep everything within the budget, which cost us less than $200 for both the decorations and the box!
So I hope this will serves as an inspiration to brides and grooms-to-be, who are on a budget.
So how we do it?
Try to source for good and affordable materials and think of ways to DIY instead of getting firsthand!
I was actually looking around for the bare tree with vase and it was insanely expensive at the minimum price of $100! And it only costs me less than $20 to make everything from getting a vase to making it into a bare tree vase decoration.
As for flower arrangement, if you have an eye for colors, do your own arrangement instead of getting the florist to do everything for you. In that way, you can decide on the flowers to go with it while watching your budget and still getting the desirable results. Visit your neighboring florists instead of going to expensive florists at mall if you have a specific flower arrangement in mind. The florist will be be able to advise you on the costs since he has contact from many suppliers. I visited my florist which is just few minutes away from my house!
First it is convenient to settle many things as you will have things to carry back and forth and you can easily get the flowers a day before the wedding. I have listed down his shop address, so whoever stays in Tampines, you can look for him there 🙂 He and his wife are really helpful and friendly! He doesn’t have a shop name sign board but you can just google for the picture.
The cotton flowers that we used to decorate the table and ang pow box were actually leftovers from the making of the table bouquet arrangement so we actually save up as cotton flowers are not cheap in the first place.
And the whole DIY process can be tiring but fulfilling 🙂
And a special thanks to the couple for letting me to be part of their wedding preparations as I enjoyed the whole process with the fiance as well as with the couple! ❤
Supplies we obtained from:
- Cotton flower bouquet, sponge and fake tree branches from:
Wee Lee Nursery & Florist
826 Tampines Street 81, Singapore 520826
- Vases, gold beads, dried flowers and ang pow box from: IKEA
- Ribbons and Gold cloth (for the bare tree vase) from Joo Chiat plaza
- Fairylights : Borrowed from SH’s husband
- Other small fake flowers: Taobao
- Dried flowers: Daiso
- Wine glasses and table cloth: provided by Hotel (Ritz Carlton)