Wedding: Sorting the details #1

A wee bit of progress! Things to do look like this at the moment, updated portions bolded:

  • Date: 15 May 2011, Sunday.
  • Venue booking: It will be at the Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) in Tecoma Pavilion. Finally got the tax receipt woohoo, thanks to Elka from Blakes Feast for the booking.
  • Celebrant: We are looking at John Byrne right now, and will meet up with him mid-October to follow up.
  • Sequence of events: A sketchy idea of how I want things to go has been written down, pending further changes of course.
  • Equipment setup: Met up with Peter from The Wedding Zone in August, who are one of the preferred suppliers for RBG. Not confirmed yet, but quotation obtained. We will have to think a bit more on the exact setup (chairs, accessories blah blah) when the date draws closer.
  • Wedding rings: This took several trips to the jeweller and quite a few days of online research (trivia: did you know the engagement ring is to be worn together with the wedding ring for the female?) but I think we will have this fixed pretty soon – V is not entirely convinced about my decision yet. Pictures to be posted when the rings have been picked up.
  • Wedding gown: V says she’ll handle it on her own, as I’m not supposed to see the gown until the day itself. (Cool, less one item to think about!)
  • Guest list: Have confirmed most of the overseas guests, and will invite the ones in Melbourne at a later date – plenty of time for this. Many thanks to the friends who have so promptly confirmed their attendance at this point of time, makes my planning a lot easier!
  • Photographer: I’m very lucky to be getting an old schoolmate Michael (aka TX) for my actual day photography. Not thinking of pre-wed stuff at this point.
  • Airfare: arranging air tickets for a few friends and family. Gotten one quotation, probably will look for another to see if I can get a better price. Emirates appears to be a good deal now at $791, SQ is $963. Have mass emailed friends to keep an eye out for prices.
  • Accommodation: placed deposit on Katz Apartments for a few friends and family, flat out BROKE now!
  • Invitations: To be done later.
  • Videographer: To be done later.
  • Makeup artist: To be done later.
  • Car hire: To be done later.

More updates to come in a second post.

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Marriage: The first step.

So, what is the first thing that one should do, before getting married? The proposal of course.


This was in late July, at home.

To be honest, I would be perfectly happy with life as it is right now since marriage IMO is nothing but a legal formality. If you’re committed, the marriage won’t make a difference. If you’re not committed, marriage won’t make you any more loyal to the relationship.

(I know many many ladies out there view the wedding as a wonderful once-in-a-lifetime romantic event, but I privately wince at the thought of the heap of logistical details involved.)

But V made it clear that marriage be part of the plans eventually. So yes, I have to make her happy and this is more or less how things went. I got some advice from my pal Andrew, went to the jeweller, picked a suitable diamond + ring, and got the deed done.


So, what next? The long, long, long list of things to do of course.
V says: “it’s still so many months away, why plan so early?”
Me being the usual organised me: “plan earlier, less panic later. no rush.”

So I did what I usually do when faced with a chore: open a new Google Doc, and start listing things to do.

Things to do look like this at the moment:

  • Date: 15 May 2011, Sunday.
  • Venue booking: This was my first priority, so I nailed this down the first chance I got. It will be at the Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) after a location scout and the fact that it is closer to the city, which makes transporting overseas guests to the venue a bit easier. Booking is pending final confirmation – sent in the application last month, and have yet to get a receipt for the booking arrrghh!
  • Celebrant: We are looking at John Byrne right now, and will meet up with him at the end of this month to follow up.
  • Sequence of events: A sketchy idea of how I want things to go has been written down, pending further changes of course.
  • Equipment setup: Met up with The Wedding Zone in August, who are one of the preferred suppliers for RBG. Not confirmed yet, but quotation obtained. We will have to think a bit more on the exact setup (chairs, accessories blah blah) when the date draws closer.
  • Wedding rings: This took several trips to the jeweller and quite a few days of online research (trivia: did you know the engagement ring is to be worn together with the wedding ring for the female?) but I think we will have this fixed pretty soon – V is not entirely convinced about my decision yet. Pictures to be posted when the rings have been picked up.
  • Wedding gown: V says she’ll handle it on her own, as I’m not supposed to see the gown until the day itself. (Cool, less one item to think about!)
  • Guest list: Have confirmed most of the overseas guests, and will invite the ones in Melbourne at a later date – plenty of time for this. Many thanks to the friends who have so promptly confirmed their attendance at this point of time, makes my planning a lot easier!
  • Photographer: I’m very lucky to be getting an old schoolmate, Michael (aka TX) for my actual day photography. Not thinking of pre-wed stuff at this point.
  • Airfare: arranging air tickets for a few friends and family. Gotten one quotation, probably will look for another to see if I can get a better price.
  • Accommodation: arranging serviced apartment stay for a few friends and family, a lot cheaper. Pending final quotation before I place a deposit.
  • Invitations: To be done later.
  • Videographer: To be done later.
  • Makeup artist: To be done later.
  • Car hire: To be done later.

More updates to come in a second post. I’ll leave you guys with a quote from Michael, who’s an old hand at covering weddings.

“It’s the marriage that matters, not the wedding. And it’s the appreciation you give to your friends and family on the day that matters, not the frills.” – Michael