Wedding invites

Slightly overdue, but time to share our wedding invite designs!

While wedding banquet venues in Singapore usually provide free invite templates and printing, we decided we’d prefer a custom look and exchange the hotel’s offer for more bottles of wine. ;)

We used photos from our pre-wedding shoot by our wonderfully talented photographer Andrew Phua to whip together our invite designs. They were then lovingly printed by our friend Corrina from Papypress with a brown kraft backing for a more unique look.

Gold foil hotstamped confetti would have been awesome on the card but wouldn’t have fit into our budget in this case. Nevertheless, we loved how the cards turned out!

church wedding invite | micheleng.com

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Our pre-wedding shoot

Many pre-wedding shoots have brides decked out in their wedding gowns and romantic poses. While those are beautiful too, Dan and I felt we would have been way too awkward (and sweaty) posing in really formal wear for shots.

Furthermore, we had it such that he would only see me in the gown at the church walking down the altar, so a shoot in the gown would have been a no-go anyway.

We had toyed with the idea of not doing a pre-wedding shoot, but when my friend Rayern showed me Andrew Phua’s portfolio from andrewphuaphotos, we knew we had to have his photos for keeps!

pre-wedding photos by andrew phua | micheleng.com

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Paper flower bouquets

Sometime back, my friend Cherie and I put together some bouquets for the wedding made from artificial flowers. Those were beautiful but my hands were also itching to complete the paper flower set for the wedding (comprising paper flower pew decor, corsages and boutonnières and now bouquets).

So I managed to squeeze in some time to put together a few paper flower bouquets.

Here’s a closer look at some photos I snapped before the wedding:

paper flower | micheleng.com

A single large paper flower for our darling flower girl Sophie.

paper flower bouquet | micheleng.com

A simple flower bouquet for our sweetheart maid-of-honor Rachelle (she’s the reason we met!).

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Paper flower corsages and boutonnières

Not all pinned corsages and boutonnières have to be made of fresh flowers! There’ve been really cute ones used, such as action figurines and even sweets.

To stay true to using paper flowers, our pinned corsages, boutonnières and flowers for my hair were also made of paper. Other paper flower items include the church pew decorations, the flower girl’s large flower, my maid-of-honor’s and my hand bouquet. Yes, my friends thought I was crazy.

But now that the wedding frenzy is over, there’s finally more time to share more of what was done!

paper flower corsages and boutonnieres | micheleng.com

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How to dye paper flowers

Most paper flower tutorials call for dip-dyeing crepe or tissue paper before creating the actual flower. This technique is slightly different as it colors the flowers after you’ve already made them.

This gives you more control on placing the colors, and lets you change the flowers of your present flowers if you’re bored of them!

The real reason I had to do this was because we originally created white flowers for our church pews for the wedding and were feeling pretty pleased…

dyeing paper flowers with a dropper | micheleng.com

…until later on someone kindly pointed out that in Chinese culture, white flowers were used at funerals and symbolized death! Turns out this is drastically different from what we’re used to in some Western cultures where white flowers signify peace and are commonly used in church weddings. Mega oops!

Thankfully there was enough time to fix it. I didn’t want all the flowers to be too pink as the church was already pretty orange in color. So I figured the next best thing was to use a dropped to insert colors at the base. And we were actually much happier with these flowers than the original white ones so thank goodness it all worked out! :)

How to do this:

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