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We are looking for someone special to come onboard to grow with us. A person who is drawn to romance, creativity, design and style, but who also appreciates order, organization and attention to detail.

This special someone will be passionate about the Wedding Industry. They will understand that climbing ladders, getting your hands dirty and early starts (and late nights) are all part of the gig.  They will be a romantic, a designer, a creator and a planner all in one.

As well as being highly organized and motivated. This special someone will need to be a natural problem solver and have the ability to think on their feet while smiling (up a ladder…)

Please send a cover letter, resume and links to personal work or Pinterest to bryan@beautiful-gatherings.com by 27 Nov 2015.

How to plan for a romantic oversea proposal

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(Photo by Adam, Bespoke Brides)

The end of a chapter is the beginning of another journey. After embarking a beautiful adventure together, you are planning to tie the knot in your relationship  – asking the most important question of her life.

Away from our mundane routine, an overseas trip sets a perfect undertone for a surprise proposal. Just as excited as we feel for you, a wedding proposal can only be written once. Sweeping your lady off her feet in a foreign land requires a fair bit of consideration and preparation. We realize couples start looking for a wedding planner after their proposal, we just want to say that we love planning a surprise proposal too!

1) Choice of location

Every overseas experience begins with the setting of location. The affectionate impact of proposal lies in all its fine details –the scent, visual and feel of atmosphere set.

Rooftop Restaurant – The city comes alive at night. Let the skylines shine its lime light on your spectacular love. The only rival to the spectacular view is your other half’s beautiful smile and tears of joy. With the night breeze brushing on your face, romantic candlelit and gorgeous night view, your wedding proposal is complete.

Cathedrals – offer the best of both worlds. Blessed by the holy spirit, the cathedrals provide a private and quiet space for couples to enjoy their special moment – transcending into another cultural dimension.

Farm – The wind spreads the sweet fragrance of flowers. The sun may be scorching but nothing can beat the power of love as you breathe in the fresh air. Striking a balance between the strong vibrant lavender and subtle shades of green, you’re in for a picturesque moment.

Are you a shy person who is afraid of expressing in public? Then the farm is a great idea for you. This laidback environment silenced the moment for once and ease every tension. Privately, hold the hands of your other half and walk through the lavender farm without any intrusion.

Waterfall – Appreciate nature at its best. While the massive cascading wall of water outperforms the usual skyscrapers as a dramatic backdrop, the oosh-ing sound of waterfall breathe life into your special moment.. End it with a champagne on a nearby rock.

2) Waiting for the right moment

The warm orange hues of the sunset brushes your faces, as waves of water beats onto the shore… A spread of simple deliciousness lay out as you hold tightly to your other half.

Sunsets of different cities changes in timing and duration. While the sunset in Singapore lasts for 15 minutes, the golden period in california is a hour long. Before proceeding, check on the sunset’s timing and duration. Driving situations in other countries might be tricky. Do allocate more time to reach the destination on time.

Another planning tip: If you arrive earlier than expected, prepare food while waiting.

3) Ring Insurance

When traveling to a foreign country, precautions are strongly encouraged. Before your travels, pruchased an insurance for the ring. The policy should ideally cover theft, accidental loss and mysterious disappearance. Here is a list of insurance companies that provide full coverage on your engagement ring:

– http://www.artinsurance.com.sg/jewellery-insurance/

– http://www.chubb.com/international/singapore/cpi/chubb5059.html

4) Getting through the airport clearance secretly

Different countries have varying degree of airport clearance. There may be situations where security agents request for baggage check. Alas, the bean is spilled. Instead of praying for of avoiding such circumstances, attach a note to the box which reads “Engagement ring inside. Please be discreet”. This might save you a lot of trouble.

A Side Note: Bring your proof of purchase along in case of questioning by the airport officials.

5) Photography

An important day to remember for the rest of your life. How could we capture this moment? If you are lucky to have a friend living in the same city, you could seek his help for this adventure. Hiring overseas photographer is another marvellous option which instils surprise. The photographer could act as a passer-by tourist who help you seize the emotional elements of the wedding proposal.

You could as well set up a tripod and film the whole proposal process. The video can be used to extract photos out from it.

6) Hiding the ring

It may be a challenge to hide the bulky ring box in your pocket. Someone has had the same problem too, and he took it one step further to create a special box for this occasion. Being just 1cm thick, this discreet engagement ring box looks exactly like a wallet. If you’re really anticipating the unexpected surprise from your wife-to-be, the flat ring barrier is worth every dollar.

More information can be found at: http://clifton.andrewzo.com/

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3 mistakes to avoid during your wedding reception

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As the big day approaches, couples usually get overwhelmed with all the components and intricacies. As such, little details may be overlooked, which diminishes the quality of their wedding reception. Here are 3 seemingly negligible details to look out for:

1. Inconvenient Dates
Nothing is worse for a guest that having to take days off work or to miss their personal events to attend your wedding. Also keep in mind the seasons, where people are less busy and able to relax. Typically, the peak season for weddings are Sept – Decemeber and the worse months are August .

2. Poor Seating Arrangements
One of the worst pet peeve of wedding guests is sitting at a table where everyone knows each other except them. This can be easily avoided by sending out invites earlier and finalising the seating arrangement. You can also consult your wedding planner on contingency plans, like when a RSVP guests doesn’t show up on the last minute.

It will also be helpful for the guests to find their seats and not stand around awkwardly if you have ushers to guide them.

3. Program Lulls
Usually, the event starts off with high energy and excitement and ends with a bang. It’s the middle part that threatens to surrender to mind-numbing boredom. While the couple is busy with their picture and ceremonial duties, guests start to get bored, tired and cranky with nothing to do whule they’re waiting for you.

Hire a planner. We are specifically experienced in ensuring every segment of your wedding remains enjoyable and engaging. Your guests will crave for more and time will pass smoothly with out help.

What’s your pet peeve when you attend a wedding? We’d like to hear yours. Tell us in the comments below!

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Marriage Preparation – the tough questions to prepare your marriage

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‘Till death do us part’ – a simple statement brimming with profound meanings. Marriage is a winding road filled with unexpected hurdles. For the sake of love so worth fighting for, are you ready to co-pilot this future into unchartered water together?

Most people view marriage as a beginning of a new chapter. It may be right but it is in reality the toughest, most emotional and rewarding chapter of their life. To prepare for it, we realise that expectation is the key ingredient to a successful marriage. An advice given by married couples: ”be open about communicating expectations”. [Matthew Boggs & Jason Miller, 2007]

More than wedding planning and wedding coordination, we gain immense satisfaction seeing fulfilling and happy marriages. Working with many couples and providing wedding coordination has provided us with insights of useful questions prospective wedding couples should know before planning their wedding.

Here is our compilation; we hope its useful in preparing  both of you for the next chapter of your lives.

Marriage Worksheet

Click here to download, Marriage Worksheet.

1) Dreams and Ambition

‘Marriage is a covenantal union designed to strengthen the capability of each partner to carry out the plan in their lives’. By motivating your partner to pursue their dreams, you acknowledge the importance of their ambition in a relationship. Couples who lead a passionate marriage are often the ones that support each other

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