Attendees / Guests

In the blink of an eye... OWLoon and I are now officially MARRIED both legally and customary! The bride's side dinner happened on November 29, 2009 at Oriental Pavilion... Since we took so much time and effort in planning for this... I shall blog about the entire journey in several posts... starting with the attendees / guests...

Bout a week ago (prior to my wedding dinner), my colleague had her wedding dinner at Oriental Pavilion too... Throughout the entire wedding planning process, we often swapped notes... and so I listened to her experience at Oriental Pavilion carefully hoping to get a tip or two... But to my horror, the biggest issue she encountered was about absenteeism... like how guests would SMS her on the day of the wedding dinner with excuses that they are sick, their other half's sick, or their kids are sick etc etc even after they have RSVP-ed to confirm their attendance... In the end, she had to close 2 tables... and her advise to me was to off my phone on the day so that I can remain cool, calm and collected...

Since we are colleagues, we bound to have similar invite list when it comes to colleagues, so I took her experience seriously... Out of the 30 tables planned, I have 8 tables for my friends and colleagues where RSVPs were collected before hand, seats carefully arranged and physical invites sent out at least 2 weeks before... As a final touch, on the day before the wedding dinner, I SMS-ed each and every of my invitees reminding them that the dinner's on Sunday... I was still feeling pretty anxious even after sending out the reminders... until I received an SMS from a dear friend who told me this: "Relax and enjoy the moment... your family and real friends will be there to celebrate and share your first meal as Mr. and Mrs. Ong. Fark the rest... Till today, I still remember every minute of my wedding day..."

And so I told myself to be cool and just go with the flow... Am happy to say that, nearly all my invitees turned up and I also managed to find replacements for the few who had to travel overseas or couldn't make it back in time... Here's a pict of my fellow colleagues during the MASSIVE "yamseng" session... :-)



Thank you for making the night even more special and memorable with your presence... thank you all!!

2 comments:

December 16, 2009 at 11:01 PM Colin T. said...

I'm glad that I only got 2 absentees out of 28 tables. How many u got?

December 17, 2009 at 12:31 AM "maemee" said...

we had to add an extra table... hehehe... your table only has 9 fellas coz it was intially planned for yim peng, but since she can't make it, i didn't invite anyone else...

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