Couple: Karen Cole-Fitzsimons & Joseph Fitzsimons
From: Wales and New Zealand
Wedding destination: Nosh, Rochester Park, Singapore
Bride’s dress: Rosetta Nicolini (Jorga) – the dress was bought in Wales
Photographer: Brendan Fitzpatrick
Florist: One Olive
Head count: 50 guests during the day, 30 guests for the evening
When did you get married in Singapore?
Saturday, 23 November 2013.
Who designed your invitations?
As we’re both graphic designers, we were able to design and create all the stationery ourselves. We also did all the place settings, signage, props and table names. We even built our own website!
Why did you pick this destination?
Weddings here in Singapore are very different to the traditional weddings that we’re used to in the UK and New Zealand. We had considered some of the many wonderful hotels, but they just didn’t have the right feel for us. They all felt too big, too corporate and certainly not quaint enough for our theme. We wanted something with some personality. When we first visited Nosh we fell in love with the place. The secluded, alfresco green house with its retractable roof was perfect, and at night when it’s lit up it is incredibly romantic!
Did you use a wedding planner?
No, but the events planner at Nosh restaurant, Tom, was extremely helpful and very accommodating with all our requests.
What was the biggest obstacle?
For us, planning a wedding when we were in different countries and on different time zones. Luckily, I had a fantastic group of bridesmaids who helped me every step of the way. Logistically, getting all of our friends and family here from the UK, Australia and New Zealand was also a challenge.
What was the biggest expense?
The venue. Although there was no rental for the venue itself, we had a minimum spend to meet.
What did you serve your guests?
A three-course sit-down meal that they chose on the day. Nosh serves innovative fusion food, and we picked a selection from the dinner menu.
Did you have any favours?
We gave each of our guests two favours. The first were small, handmade map notebooks. We wrote personal messages to each guest inside them, wrapped them with ribbon and attached a luggage tag, which then also acted as the place name on the tables. We donated money to the Alzheimer’s Society in exchange for “forget-me-not” flower badges in memory of my late grandmother, who we lost not long before the wedding. Each guest also got a badge as part of his or her favour.
Any complications with the marriage formalities?
None whatsoever. Our solemniser was fantastic throughout the whole process, and made the ceremony light-hearted in parts so that we’d feel more relaxed.
Top tips for brides-to-be?
First of all, enjoy the preparations as much as you can! The planning was the best bit for us, and we loved sourcing the small details online. Our favourite go-to website was Etsy.
Second, don’t have your hen or stag do the night before the wedding! We had all joked how potentially dangerous it was, and I was adamant that it would be fine… but there were certainly a few sore heads the morning of the wedding. All great memories, though, thanks to my wonderful bridesmaids and Joe’s best man and brother.
Lastly, on the day itself, savour every single moment, as it goes by far too quickly. Remember beforehand to give your photographer a list of all the special pictures you want to capture so you’re not disappointed afterwards.