So recently I got married (legally this time) on February 13 at Tepak Sireh Restaurant, and during the reception, my husband and I had given our thank you speeches right before our cake-cutting. Bryant did a wonderful job (as did his Best Man), giving an eloquently-delivered speech that irrevocably moved me to tears, but I on the other hand did a terrible job at conveying my gratitude towards those who helped us make this event a success and even more special than it already was. So naturally, I began to feel regretful for not preparing my speech beforehand, and the irony was, we planned the wedding program ourselves! I should have given my speech a lot more thought. Later that night, I lost sleep thinking about what I should have said and how I could rectify the situation. Hence this blog entry.
I should have thanked my parents more in my speech. My mom and dad stepped out of our ways and allowed us the freedom to run the whole show (though they did help out with the gubahan and wedding favours). Mama, Ayah, I love you both with all my heart and soul. I should have professed that to everyone, and I hope you are proud of your daughter.
My bro looked sharp that day and I’m glad he came through for us. I deployed him as my digicam photographer, and he did…a somewhat ok job on it =P
Flying more than 20 hours across the globe just to attend a 1-day wedding is such a sacrifice and I can’t thank my mother-in-law and brother-in-law enough for doing so. I believe Sherard misses his wife and son everyday, and I wish they could come along as well, but am glad I’m getting this opportunity to get to know the Griffins better. Sincerely hoping they will enjoy their stay in Singapore.
Notable mentions to the following cousins
1) Zhafri for being my operation manager, tirelessly running all over the place with a clipboard, making sure everyone execute their roles well.
2) Rizman for being my unofficial photographer, carrying himself well while working alongside my 2 official photographers and videographers.
3) Dayana and her fiancee, Mirza for taking care of the reception table. I wasn’t there most of the time, but am absolutely confident they did their best at counting the number of people, as we were worried we might exceed in the number of guests (which we did, but they did damage control).
Dayana – you didn’t have to help, and for all i know you didn’t want to be there, because you and your family might still be grieving over the loss of your beloved Mother, but I’m truly grateful that you got involved regardless, so I’m all yours for your wedding this December! Mirza – thank you for sucking it up despite the knee brace. Owe you guys big time.
I mentioned my girlfriends (who were there for my bachelorette party, henna night, etc), The Craigs and The Pervs in my speech, and I also briefly paid tribute to the faithful departed. Should have also included the people behind the scenes such as
Andaman – Bella Sue Bridal Couture (http://bellasuebridal.multiply.com/)
Excellent job in beautifying me. Love the dresses and suits.
DJ/MC – Ramli from RZ Entertainment (http://rzentertainment.multiply.com/)
Interacted with the crowd seamlessly and got them to participate. Love the bubble machine!
Our 2 official photographers – Wee Lian (www.weelian.com) and Natasha (http://kieraroxanne.wordpress.com/)
Can’t wait to see the edited photos from you guys.
Videographers – Jeremy Low, Jasmine Zeng and Kenny Tan
So fucking efficient. Can’t wait to see the finished product as well.
Wedding cakemaker – Kak Yani from Fantazia Yani (www.fantaziayani.com)
Yummylicious cupcakes and creative cake decoration. Everyone was impressed.
My henna artist – Parveen from Saheli Bridal (www.sahelibridalhouse.com) People seems to admire my henna.
Corsage and bridal decorator – Lindt Tan and family from 85 Flowers (www.85flowers.com.sg)
Love love love your decors and designs; reasonably priced as well.
Our other wedding card – Mas Shafreen from Wanton Doodles (www.wantondoodle.com)
We love it, strangers love it and even my frenemy loves the card…how’s that!
Last but not least…
The wedding venue – Restoran Tepak Sireh (www.tepaksireh.com.sg)
It was a shaky start initially but Moe & co managed to pull it off without a hitch.
So there, my wedding speech could have gone on for half an hour with me pausing with “erms” and “errrs” and “ahhh”, but it’s never too late to make acknowledgements…will be back with photos!