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How can I liven up the F&B service during the reception to encourage more guest interaction? 

A communal style, at-home reception encourages interaction but loses the luxury touch. 

Likewise, food stations are perceived as lavishly inviting but it would be challenging to get everyone’s attention during important moments such as performances and speeches. A better way to elevate the mood might be to have a bespoke cocktail bar with a mixologist shaking up concoctions. The concept of food trucks has gained much popularity in recent years for trendy couples who prefer a light-hearted setting, but they are more suited for outdoor events. There are also other factors, like licensing, to consider.

For wedding receptions in a ballroom space, consider food carts instead. Get creative and have them decorated to your theme. Deck them with a selection of your favourite treats, sweets and desserts, and all things pretty. Totally Instagram worthy!” 

— Debby Setiawan, Director of Events, The St Regis Singapore

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How can I make my revealing gown work for events attended by more conservative guests ?

Many of the most popular modern gown designs feature plunging necklines, and sheer bodices that are layered strategically with lace or tulle for a ‘naked’ look. If you choose the former, the dressmaker can add paddings to hold things in place. Also consider wearing a stick-on bra (silicon or fabric material) for a fuller bust line while keeping unnecessary bulge in check. Other  trendy elements that can be added without spoiling the overall look—especially during religious rites—include jewellery shoulder pieces, detachable capes, lace boleros, shrugs and off-shoulder sleeves but this only works for gowns with simple necklines and without excessive embellishments.” 

— Sally Yap, Lead Merchandise, Malena Bridal Haute Couture

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How far should I go to welcome guests at my destination wedding?

Welcome gifts and bags make a memorable check-in. Drop a welcome letter, local snacks, the event schedule and a destination guidebook (with your favourite spots) in a personalised bag.

A ‘survival kit’ can be filled with items such as breath mints, face masks for ladies and anything useful. While not mandatory, it’s good to offer welcome meals, a dedicated wedding party attendant to help with all guest queries and requests, and hair and make-up services on the wedding day. If the event spans a few days, plan local activities for guests to participate in together. Remember: it’s your responsibility to keep guests entertained.”

— Caroline Yakop-Lim, Principal Planner, The Wedding Entourage

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