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Jennifer and Peter’s Intimate Wedding in The Presidential Suite at InterContinental Singapore
Jennifer and Peter tied the knot in an intimate celebration in the Presidential Suite at InterContinental Singapore
Jennifer and Peter met during their junior college days and fate had them stay in the same residential college in the National University of Singapore. After a romantic sunset proposal at Altitude Bar in 1-Altitude, the lovebirds planned for a destination wedding in Bali, only to have the COVID-19 pandemic thwart their plans. Despite having to cancel their Bali wedding and cope with the challenge of planning a wedding amidst a global pandemic, Jennifer and Peter remained positive and pushed ahead with their wedding. They tied the knot in an intimate ceremony with their nearest and dearest in attendance at a unique venue, the Presidential Suite at InterContinental Singapore.
Tell us about your wedding. How did the COVID-19 pandemic affect your wedding planning?
We were supposed to get married in Bali with a guest list of 200 last September, but we had to cancel it due to the pandemic. Thankfully, we had a professional wedding planner in Bali who helped us with all the administrative matters and negotiate the refunds of our down payments with all our vendors.
We originally decided on a destination wedding in Bali because we wanted a unique wedding venue instead of the typical ballroom wedding, so when we discovered that we could get married in the Presidential Suite at InterContinental Singapore, we were thrilled. Not only did we get to stay a night in the Presidential Suite, we were able to get hitched in a space where not many couples have gotten married! Plus, our wedding package included the dinner and decorations, and that saved us a lot of time!
How did you cope with the ever-changing regulations surrounding weddings during COVID-19?
Our plans kept changing, including our venue and wedding date. It was also difficult to coordinate everything because our parents and families are based in Indonesia. Thankfully, once we fixed the date for our wedding in Singapore, the situation in Singapore was relatively stable with not much changes in the regulations. The Presidential Suite also had a capacity limit of 20 guests (including us), so we couldn’t invite more people even if the regulations then allowed for more.
Despite the challenges, we decided to go ahead with a wedding because we were not sure when the pandemic would end and I’m really happy we went ahead with it, because after February, the situation in Singapore became more unpredictable with the announcement of Phase 3, a 21-day quarantine for visitors and so on.
Take us back to your wedding day. What was the day like and how were you feeling?
Jennifer: It went by in a flash! It was really busy since morning for me as I had to do my makeup. Thankfully, we arranged for the ceremony to start late in the afternoon so I did not have to wake up in the wee hours to do this. We checked in at around 9:00 a.m., and after settling down a bit, the ladies started their makeup at 11:00 a.m. while Peter took the time to relax. We didn’t really have much time after the makeup was done as we had to jump immediately into our phototaking, tea ceremony, and so on, and before we knew it, the ceremony was about to begin, followed by dinner right after. I remember feeling relieved that we finally managed to get to this day, after so many hurdles due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was also a mixture of feelings for Peter; of excitement, anxiety, happiness.
What did your family/friends have to say about your wedding day?
It was a very intimate wedding with only 18 other people in attendance, we had a great chill dinner where we could engage every one of the guests individually. Jennifer even took off her heels and walked around barefoot in the suite’s dinner room during the dinner to move around better.
What was the most memorable moment of your wedding?
It was after our wedding dinner when our parents and elders in the family left the suite, leaving only our friends and us. We plopped down on the carpet in the living room where the ceremony was held and all the ladies helped take out the thousands of hair pins from my hair. Peter was definitely grateful for their help on this!
What is one lesson you’ve learned from your wedding planning that you’d like to share with other couples?
It is always wise to go with vendors who are flexible with arrangements, especially for weddings during this COVID-19 pandemic. It would also be good to schedule enough time in between your makeup and ceremony so that you have sufficient time to take as many photos with your groom, family and friends as you want without rushing through it. It would also be wise for couples to try to be practical and not overspend in order to achieve their ideal wedding, because when you look back at the wedding, you realise that it is your marriage that matters the most, not the wedding itself.
The Venue: Presidential Suite, InterContinental Singapore
Cost of Wedding: Approximately $10,000-$12,000
Size of Wedding: 20 persons
The Bride’s Gown: Rico-A-Mona Bridal
The Groom’s Suit: Rico-A-Mona Bridal
The Wedding Photographer: Depth of Tales
The Wedding Videographer: Foxenac Films
The Wedding Bands: Cartier
The Hairstylist and Makeup Artist: Silviana MakeUp
The Wedding Cake: AHanBakes
The Wedding Invitations and Stationery: Made by friends
The Wedding Favours: DIY
The Solemniser: PS Aries Zulkarnain
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