DIY wedding tea pot and cups

For our traditional wedding tea ceremony coming up, I’ve been finding it hard to find suitable Chinese wedding tea pots and cups. Most are very red and overly decorated, and definitely ones that I would never use again. Anyone else with this problem?

For my sister’s wedding, I managed to find simple flower tea cups from Taiwan but they didn’t have the double happiness sign which I thought was more meaningful and relevant.

And as the mantra of most DIY projects goes: If you can’t find it (or afford it), MAKE IT!

This was a relatively quick transformation as I wanted to keep things simple. All that was needed: a plain set of tea cups and teapot, some Chinese double happiness stickers, and gold gilding liquid for an extra touch. The stickers are easily removable to use as a regular tea set in the future.

Stick on double happiness stickers for a DIY chinese wedding tea cup and pot set | micheleng.com

To my readers who aren’t too familiar with the traditional Chinese wedding tea ceremony, it is a ceremony to introduce and recognize the bride as part of the groom’s family and vice versa and to show respect to bride’s and groom’s elders. These elders include parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, older siblings and cousins, and the list goes on.

Red date tea is usually served to signify fertility in the marriage. The couple kneels while serving the elders seated on a chair (usually seated as couples).  After the tea, the elders give the bride and groom a red packet in return.

I’m definitely not an expert in Chinese wedding culture, but this is a brief overview and generally what I’ve known so far. Feel free to add on and share if you know more! ;)

To make the Chinese wedding tea pots and cups:

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Wedding flowers

When it comes to wedding flowers, fresh flowers are always great – from the way they feel to the way they smell. But I’ve always felt guilty when a ton of fresh flowers have to be thrown away or left to wither after a huge event. And it’s always sad to see flowers die.

For our wedding, my fiancé and I decided to use synthetic flowers for the table on stage for the signing of the register. We wanted to keep the same flowers in our new home as a nice reminder of the day we took a vow to be each other’s partners for life.

wedding flowers handmade and artificial

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Gold dipped feather brooches

Things are ramping up now that the wedding is drawing near and craft projects really help to make me happy amidst all the craziness.

At our wedding, we wanted something to identify our friends who are helping out so that guests can easily approach them for any assistance. As bracelets won’t be suitable for our male friends and not as easily seen, we decided brooches would be a better option.

This would also make a nice simple gift for friends (or yourself!) if you’re not preparing for a wedding :)

DIY gold dipped feather brooch pin

We didn’t have a specific theme for the wedding but rather a general color theme – coral, mint, gold and grey. This made it much easier to just put pretty things together without a specific reason :)

For our brooches, we decided on simple feathers dipped in gold to suit the color theme. And since birds of a feather flock together (trying not to be cheesy here), we figured it was apt that our closest friends were wearing them!

Here’s how to make them:

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Best shoot ever

Although I’ve been involved in many photo shoots, yesterday’s pre-wedding photo shoot with my fiance was one of the best shoots ever.

We explored new areas in Singapore that we’d never been to but only saw in photos, had a rare full Saturday spent together, and had lots of fun and laughter.

pre wedding photoshoot location

The shoot also made me realize I have been blessed with a wonderful husband-to-be, who comes with superhuman strength, the ability to juggle balls, triple-curl his tongue, and flick insects away from me. (This photo was a sneak taken with my trust iPhone camera… Hang on for the actual shots once they’re ready to know what I’m talking about!)

But in all seriousness, I’m thankful for someone to share all my life experiences with, a constant encourager, and someone who embodies so much positive energy to the point of turning my grumpiness into laughter.

Happy weekend everyone, and I hope you get some time to spend a great day with your loved ones :)

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Clay ring plates

We’re pretty much three months away from our wedding and things seem relatively calm for now. Or so we’d like to think :)

This past weekend, I managed to squeeze some time to make something for the wedding – a clay ring plate. I liked the idea of a plate as we’d be able to use it in our new home instead of tossing it aside after the wedding.

make a clay ring plate | micheleng.com

This was my first attempt which is far from perfect. But the imperfection slowly grew on me… Somewhat organic and beautiful in an unpolished way. :)

How to make this:

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