Tuesday, November 27, 2012

My Wedding Florist: Sunny Days

Flowers used in wedding symbolize many things. From believing that flowers could ward off evil spirits, bad luck and ill health in ancient times, to signifying hope for fertility and bloom, flowers have since become a must-have in weddings.

We're so used to seeing flowers in weddings that we hardly pay special attention to them. But, the thing about flowers is that the moment they are absent from a wedding, it's easy to tell...as flowers do somehow, magically make a wedding look and feel more...wedding-ish and lovey-dovey.

I, for one, am one of those who never paid any special attention to flowers in weddings that I have attended. Well, not until I'm about to get married and choose my own flowers and florists! The types of flowers that I knew before this were only limited to roses, sunflowers, calla lilies, baby's breath, and.....yeah that's about it. 

That is why whenever Boon gives me flowers, I'll be happy no matter what cause I knew close to nuts about flowers! But now, after all the research done in these months of wedding preparation, my knowledge of flowers have increased tremendously (chehhhh hahahha), and I have come to discover the types of flowers that suit my style too :)

After doing all my research, it was then time to select my florist and share with her what flowers types + look and feel of the wedding I want. But the problem with flowers is that they are definitely NOT CHEAP! Flowers could easily come down to 3-4k, and A LOT can be done with 3-4k.

Boon and I surveyed all around for the best deals, but to no avail. Visited many, many florists and it's either they offer low prices but mediocre services and flower qualities (and lack of creativity!), or they provide flawless services but charge a sky high amount! We took a really long time to look for a florist that could fit into our budget, offer what we look for, and someone we were comfortable enough to work with (no point working with people who would give you faces and attitude towards your big day!).

We came to a point that we sort of gave up looking for wedding florist for a while, and decided to concentrate on other aspects of the wedding for the moment. It was really difficult to source for a good and reasonable florist!

But one day while I was chatting with Shawn Wong from Yes I Do, she recommended me a florist on Facebook whom she had been following closely, and asked me to check them out. And so I did, and the rest was history :)

As usual, I'd do my extensive research on the entire Facebook page, stalk all the photos and albums that they have, and see for myself if they're good. After looking through everything, I decided to give Sunny Days a text, and we subsequently communicated very frequently via emails and texts.

Sunny Days provides not just wedding floral decoration services, but also for any other occasions, be it corporate functions, flower bouquets for Valentine's, Mother's Day, anything at all. Their flower deco and arrangements are really pretty!

The prices of flowers and wedding packages were surprisingly very reasonable! They're the most reasonable I ever came across.

Sunny Days church wedding packages only cost RM699-990 depending on the package chosen, and garden wedding packages from RM899-1699. For those of us who have done our extensive research everywhere, we know that this is a really, really reasonable and good deal.

Thankfully, Sunny Days isn't one of those florists who would charge super cheap, and give your mediocre service. If you look at their past works photos on their Facebook page, you can see that they really put in 101% of effort and attention to details into making their work stand out.  


My choices of flowers for my bridal bouquet are roses, hydrangeas, and carnations. I loveeeee round and full hand bouquets with flowers in full bloom, and they happened to have past works which were exactly what I had in mind for my bridal bouquet! Look at how pretty they all are:)


These are some of the photos taken from Sunny Days Facebook Page.
These are some of the flowers that really capture my attention as they're of the same style and arrangements of what I had in mind :))




And guess what, these beautiful bridal bouquets didn't cost a bomb! They all range from RM80-200, while most florists probably charge double of these prices.

So I got in touch with Sunny Days, and we decided to meet to recee my wedding venue together. 
Meet Alice, my wedding florist from Sunny Days

And of course, I'm truly thankful and grateful to have my church wedding flowers fully sponsored by Sunny Days! They're really a bunch of dedicated, detailed and pleasant team to work with! Realized just how awesome they were while all the emails were sent back and forth just to plan and finalize the littlest details of the wedding. 

Alice requested to meet up another time just to have a better look at the church, and took photos of all the spots needed to be decorated. She specially came at a time when there was a wedding to see the set-up of the hall, arrangement of chairs and stage so that she could get a clearer picture of how to decorate the church with flowers. I was truly amazed at her attention to details. Really dedicated :)

Bride-to-be's, and even boyfriends/husbands, if you're looking for a florist for your wedding, or simply just getting a bouquet of flowers to surprise your gfs/wives, try Sunny Days! They're really creative, and most of all, they make sure that they deliver beautiful flowers at really reasonable price.

But do book them as early as you can as they're really busy and are booked up for almost every other weekends!

Once I get my actual wedding day photos from my official photographer, I'll update on the beautiful work that Alice has done for my wedding. They were all beautiful and I can't thank her enough :)

For inquiries and more details, contact Sunny Days here!

Email Add: sunnydaysgiftflower@gmail.com
Mobile Number: 012-2273704


love, careen

Monday, November 26, 2012

My Pre-wedding Encounters with Yes I Do

It all started on one fine Sunday afternoon when I was hanging around the church cafe, chatting with my dear friend and sis, Anna Chuah about my wedding gowns.

She asked me if I were custom-making my gowns for the big day, and I told her that no, custom-making gowns would be too expensive and beyond what we have budgeted for. I've asked around at so many places for custom-made gown prices, and they all start at RM1.2k for the very basic, all the way until RM8k for a more elaborate gown.

Anna was obviously shocked, and immediate whipped out her iPhone, and begun showing me photos taken from this particular Facebook wedding gown page. She has saved a few of her favorite designs in her phone, and told me that when she ties the knot, she will be getting from this page as the designs are real pretty and the prices are really reasonable. So I asked her to show me the page, and within just minutes, we were both marveling at the beautiful gowns and dresses in this page called, Yes I Do.

What impressed me was firstly, of course, the price of the gowns!
Where on earth can anybody find a piece of beautifully custom-made gowns for the price of RM400-600??

It really sounded too good to be true, cos it is usually cheap but not nice, or nice but not cheap! I thought I have done lots of research but man, after that day, I realized that there is truly HOPE in life! :')

They had not only bridal gowns, but a wide range of various evening gowns, prom dinner gowns, and even short gowns and cheongsam available! 

So since I already paid for my bridal gown way ahead at another bridal gallery, I thought maybe I could give my evening gown a try from Yes I Do. They had plenty of choices available, and for a person who loves simple and elegant gowns, I was thrilled to see so many on this album! :)

But of course, weddings are once in a lifetime. That is why people have no qualms about spending so much on their big day, especially for brides on their wedding gowns. If the gowns are reasonably priced, but the quality is not good, I wouldn't dare to take the risk with my one and only wedding day. It's not something that we can undo!

Being the careful consumer (I'm super picky when it comes to what I wear, especially on my wedding!), I went through the entire page and all its photos *stalker mode ON*, and came across this particular album where all the custom-made gowns were displayed.

I absolutely love the fact that they post up not just the glamorous photoshoot pictures of models in gowns, but also photos of their customer's big day and close-ups on the details of the gowns.

There is also an album of testimonials/screenshots of the positive feedbacks given by their satisfied customers. That really made me feel a lot more confident in choosing my wedding evening gown from Yes I Do :)

Another thing that gave me more assurance about this page is that the owner isn't afraid to show who she really is! At the 'About' section, you can find her personal Facebook profile where you can add her as a friend and directly Facebook message her for inquiries. 

The best part is that her working mobile number is also listed at the page! Not many people does that, and upon seeing that, I know that this lady means serious business with her page :) 

I dropped Shawn Wong, the founder of Yes I Do a Facebook message at the page, added her up as a friend, and even whatsapped her on her mobile to discuss on our own phones at our convenience. We clicked immediately and it became not just a business inquiry, but a girl friend chat! :)

After getting to know each other better and upon knowing that yours truly is a blogger, she was absolutely kind and generous to offer a sponsorship for my evening gown! :)) Can't tell you just how stoked I was! It was truly, truly an honor! :")

Ladies & gents, meet Shawn Wong, the super friendly and nice owner of Yes I Do! Dealing with this lady has really lessen so much of my headache and burden as a bride-to-be. She knows the struggles of a bride-to-be as she, herself is also set to be married early next year! :)

Shawn really made my wedding evening gown preparation a bliss, and made our measuring session a fun and pleasant one as well :)

So after we fixed a date to meet for measurements at Shawn's place at Setapak, I continued to decide between 2 very, very gorgeous pieces.

I first fell in love with this princess-y piece as I have never worn anything like this in my life, and after the wedding, I doubt I would have any more chance to wear this too. It would be too grand for just a dinner, unless I wear it to model or perform but that's a different story altogether. It was really simple and nice, just the way I like my gown to be.

But at the same time, I can't get over my love for mermaid gowns :')

I saw this piece and I fell head over heels for it! Firstly, of course, the stunning electric blue captured my attention. Secondly, I am a HUGE FAN of sweetheart necklines and slits! This piece totally stole my heart :)

But since my gramma said that blue is a bad color for weddings (as according to Chinese customs *shrugs*), I had to give up this color and choose a different color. Afterall, Yes I Do only charges RM50 for change of colors! No biggie! Shawn was also really kind to absorb that fee for me as well :) *touched*

So after much deliberation (You have NO IDEA how long I took to decide. Until Shawn had to give me a deadline cos they needed time to custom make the gown :P), I decided to go with my heart and what many advised me to go for.

I chose this stunning mermaid piece! :)

Look at the choices of colors I was given to change my evening gown to! You can seriously find any color you want to change to from these color templates.

After much deliberation again, I decided to change the color of my evening gown to one of our wedding theme shades, lilac :)

After confirming my desired evening gown design and color with Shawn, I went through a period of restlessness, gan-jeongness, and excitement. Couldn't stop wondering if my gown would turn out to be how I envisioned it to be. Guess this is every bride-to-be's feeling when taking a risk to custom make, instead of just buying off the rack.

The anticipation and the wait for worth it, as I received my beautiful, gorgeous gown that fit my perfectly after just 2 weeks :)))

Stay tuned to this space as I'll be posting about the evening gown, and how it all turned out to be! :)

In the meantime, ladies, do visit Yes I Do's Facebook Page, *like* the page and stay updated on their latest designs available. The page is very frequently updated, and if you're looking for wedding gowns, prom dresses, ROM dresses, cheongsams, or just a nice dress for a date, I'm sure you can find something there as they also have ready made pieces for sale/rent :) 

Hope this post helped you to decide where to get your wedding gowns done, girls ;)
Be right back!

love, careen