Bespoke wedding on a budget

Ms Zoey Low and Mr Joel Ong bought their wedding flowers from Johor Baru, their parents did the floral arrangements and Ms Low's brother spray-painted toy dinosaurs as table decorations.
Ms Zoey Low and Mr Joel Ong bought their wedding flowers from Johor Baru, their parents did the floral arrangements and Ms Low's brother spray-painted toy dinosaurs as table decorations. PHOTO: JOHN@EPISODE PHOTOGRAPHY

A lunchtime wedding for 60 people, an open bar, flowers and a bespoke rustic theme in a restaurant. All for $6,000.

This was what radio producer Zoey Low, 27, and her husband Joel Ong, 29, pulled off last month.

How did they do it?

The venue: Mr Ong, who is the general manager of restaurant chain Grain Traders, tapped his contacts and got a good deal at Kilo Kallang, an open-air restaurant located in an old storage warehouse. The eatery does not open for lunch and was happy to accommodate the event.

The food: A completely customised menu and family-sized portions for sharing across tables, which created a warm and fuss-free vibe.

The flowers: They cost RM800 (S$254) from Johor Baru. Ms Low's family - who lives in Malaysia - brought the flowers over for them. Parents from both sides arranged the flowers the day before.

Decor: Wooden frames, also sourced from JB, were strung with fishing lines to make a fun "guestbook". Guests penned their well wishes on little tags and hung them on the fishing line.

Ms Goutama and Mr Ken Tashiro-Meibergen also held a wedding reception in Singapore. Ms Zoey Low and Mr Joel Ong bought their wedding flowers from Johor Baru, their parents did the floral arrangements and Ms Low's brother spray-painted toy dinosaurs a
Ms Zoey Low and Mr Joel Ong bought their wedding flowers from Johor Baru, their parents did the floral arrangements and Ms Low's brother spray-painted toy dinosaurs as table decorations. PHOTO: ZOEY LOW

 
 

Tables were decorated with toy dinosaurs bought online. Ms Low's brother spray-painted the figurines gold and turned them into quirky door gifts.

For the place settings, Ms Low bought paper from an art store, cut it up herself and mailed the pieces to a friend in Australia, who helped to do the calligraphy.

Hair and make-up: The bride's good friend dolled her up for free.

Everything was planned and executed quickly. The couple had found the flat of their dreams in Chinatown and had only three months to put together a solemnisation ceremony before they were due to get their keys.

Their priority was renovating and moving into their new home.

They say they would not change a thing about their modest, cosy wedding.

"Keeping it small meant we had our most important people with us," Ms Low says. "Which is what matters at the end of the day."