Singaporebrides | Fine Dining
An Afternoon Tea Party at Alkaff Mansion
If an outdoor wedding is your thing but you are being held back by concerns about the landscaping or the weather, you will find that more and more outdoor venues are now able to address those worries with built-in facilities and beautiful décor. The newly refurbished Alkaff Mansion has more than two unique venue options, letting couples have the best of both worlds.
Alkaff Mansion held a Wedding Tea Party on 28th July and opened up their grounds to showcase its namesake, a grand old building that is still architecturally stunning, as well as the spacious and well-manicured gardens surrounding the Mansion that are exactly what couples are looking for nowadays.
A tour around the estate revealed that Alkaff Mansion, beautifully restored, has more to offer than one would think. In the main building itself, there are two levels of dining halls, including the Verandah and the Bar upstairs, which can seat about 100 on each floor. The high ceilings on both floors and the dark wood interiors, juxtaposed against white pillars and crisp linen, add a certain charm and cosiness to a building that is a century old.
Outside, right beside the Fountain and the Gazebo where couples can hold their solemnisation ceremonies, is the Terrace that can seat about 60. This is a great venue for a lunch reception for a small gathering of family and friends, especially on a great day out, so even children can enjoy the space that the lawn provides. For a bigger wedding, there is the fully air-conditioned Grand Marquee down at the Courtyard that can seat 400.
For the event on 28th July, the Grand Marquee was converted into a colourful garden party, with Alkaff Mansion’s wedding partners such as photographers, videographers, musicians and wedding planners who have set up booths along the sides of the marquee. Upon entering the main door, we saw long table settings decorated according to whimsical tea party themes such as Timeless Elegance, Alice’s Odyssey and Summer Garden. These were painstakingly put together by the Heaven’s Gift Wedding Concierge team and were sure to have appealed to the brides-to-be who turned up that day for the Tea Party.
The “Alice in Wonderland”-inspired bridal runway started in no time. Featuring gowns from The Atelier Bridal and flower girl dress from Celebrate Heaven, this runway show highlighted a collection of gown styles that are suitable for an outdoor garden wedding. On the runway were A-line gowns with tufted skirts, full lace sheath dresses, strapless organza gowns with soft trumpet skirts, and even toga-style and off-shouldered pieces. The design theme of the day was “simple and elegant”, as can be seen on the soft pleats on the bodices, as well as subtle details such as floral appliqués, layered skirts, and a contrasting bow at the waist.
Then lastly, the buffet. Alkaff Mansion serves fine Italian cuisine and this was reflected in their buffet spread. Their selection of antipasti included gorgeous Cold Cut Italian Salumi and Marinated Scottish Salmon Carpaccio with Avruga Caviar Dressing, while pasta, seafood and Australian veal cheek were the choice of mains. For desserts, of course, they could not leave out their Mini Tiramisu, fruit tarts, profiteroles, and the ever-popular chocolate fountain.
If you missed the Wedding Tea Party at Alkaff Mansion, do give them a call and arrange for a visit.
Images by LiveStudios Interactive Photography
Video by Substance Films