Wedding Date: September 2017
So I’ve just “graduated” from a successful wedding of my dreams in Bali, 16 September 2017 and I thought it would be nice to share some of my budget purchases. This blog post is NOT SPONSORED in any way (I wish though, Ezbuy or Taobao, sponsor me ya?)
I was lucky enough to have a wedding planner based in Bali to settle all my logistics including decoration (more on the actual wedding planning process next time, for brides-to-be interested in holding a destination wedding), but there were still TONS on my end to do, and buy.
Literally, it was never-ending. Although I wished I could say that budget was not a concern and splurge on Jimmy Choo shoes, diamonds and gorgeous things, I was also (a little) practical and didn’t have the unlimited credit limit to spend on things I would only use once. LUCKILY, there is Taobao & Ezbuy!
So here’s 5 links that I hope you’ll find as useful as I did.
Every bride needs beautiful shoes to complete the look (even though the gown covers the heels most of the time), especially since most wedding photographers do take photos of the shoes with your bridal gown.
However, wedding shoes in Singapore are quite expensive. When I was searching on websites for shoes, I saw many costing over $100- $200. Yes, I know it’s important to get quality shoes for your special day, but I couldn’t come to terms with spending over $200 for a pair of shoes I’d most likely use once (and then try to sell off heh).
I found a gorgeous pair on taobao which looked AMAZING, matched my dress, and cost only $30! So I decided to take the plunge and buy it, even though I was worried that it might not fit OR look completely different from the picture. Guess what? It was my star buy.
It fit like a glove AND looked like the picture. Best of all, it was padded well so that it was comfortable enough for the whole night. Obviously with heels that high it was going to make my feet sore, but nothing was cutting into my heel/feet and I lasted the whole night without being in pain. The seller also sent over extra bling to stick on just in case any falls off. 10/10 ladies.
Tip: Buy gel insoles just in case you are worried – I didn’t need mine though.
I wanted to complete my look with a tiara (because when else am I going to get a chance to wear one?) so I shopped online and sieved through so many options till I finally settled on one that looked really pretty but was still subtle and elegant. Super pleased when it arrived because all the bling was still intact, and it was not flimsy at all. Plus, it costs under $10!
It’s pinned on with bobby pins (so please do get some) and looked super good!
Being in a tight bridal gown has its pressure, and I sure didn’t want my tummy to be bulging out on my wedding day – so I started looking around for shapewear!
There are tons of sellers selling different sorts of shapewear, so it’s really up to you which kind you prefer, as well as how your gown is like. Eg if you have a bareback gown, you shouldn’t be getting the kind that covers your waist & back.
Although this seller was slightly more expensive than the others, it had quite good reviews. The shapewear was made of a thicker material (while still allowing you to breathe, which is so important) and was of a good quality. Thumbs up!!
Shapewear Link ($15) : here
#4. Bridal Sticky Bra
I’m sure every girl has sticky bras, but do you have a bridal sticky bra? I must admit that this was probably out of vanity and not a necessity, because who is gonna see your bra anyway? Of course I’m talking about the guests, not your husband, duh.
This sticky bra caught my eye, because it was all bridal looking and fancy. Don’t you think so?
Quality-wise, it was sticky (but not painful to remove) and very satisfactory. Since the wedding I’ve never worn it again, so I’m not too sure how long it will stay sticky for. Still worth it to feel like a bride from head-to-toe! #excusestospend
Bridal Sticky Bra Link ($15.68) : here
#5. Cute Bows/Suspenders for the Groomsmen
I wanted the boys to look cute for the gatecrash and daytime activities, so I decided to set the dress code as bowties and suspenders for the brothers. Since I had 6 of them, there was no other option than to source one from Taobao so I could limit my spending.
These were what I found and they worked very well! I even found a different variation for my husband, so he could stand out as the cute groom 😀
#6. Wooden Hangers (Bonus)
For that money shot of your gown, you might want to look at wooden hangers and even customize them too! I found wooden hangers online for my bridesmaids and myself, and I customized them using heat embossing (there’s many online Youtube tutorials for that).
So that’s some of my satisfied budget purchases from Taobao for my big day! I have done a previous post on Taobao links that I bought from for my ROM celebrations a year ago here : you can find links to my dress & decorations!
I will be doing more posts on my planning process and my non-Taobao purchases, so stay tuned! For all brides-to-be, I wish you an amazing wedding celebration and a happy marriage ❤ Remember to savour every single moment of your special day!