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Auspicious wedding dates in 2014

Auspicious Wedding Dates 2014above image credit to PerfectWeddings.sg

If you are planning your wedding in the year 2014, and believe in the Chinese Zodiac Animals closely, you may wish to refer to the above dates for reference. However true it may be, will be how one determines their marriage life to be. If it meant to be, it will meant to be.

In Singapore, since our ancestors’ time, the idea of selecting a wedding date has crossed many cultures besides the traditional Chinese. Many consultants derive the auspicious wedding dates through the couple’s exact dates and times of birth, years of birth and animal horoscopes of the couple’s parents and the month and year that the couple plans to get married on. Consultants may give advice such as avoiding people with a particular animal zodiac group when they first enter and leave the bride’s house.

If you are getting married and would like to find out the dates that a traditional Chinese couple follow, below are the dates that you may note:

Auspicious Wedding Dates (吉日)

~ ROM Wedding Date (Zhu Ce Ji Ri, 注册吉日)
~ Traditional Wedding Date (Hun Jia Ji Ri, 婚嫁吉日)
~ Betrothal Date (Guo Da Li Ji Ri, 过大礼吉日)
~ Hair Combing Date (Shang Tou Ji Ri, 上头吉日)
~ Bed Setting Date (An Chuang Ji Ri, 安床吉日)

Consultants may also give the exact hour (Ji Shi, 吉時) in addition to the auspicious wedding dates which are applicable to the Tea Ceremonies (Jing Cha, 敬茶) and Fetching of Bride to Groom’s House (Xin Niang Ru Men, 新娘入門) since they fall on the same day with the Traditional Wedding Date.

Generally, in the Chinese Lunar Calendar, the first and fifteenth day of the month are known to be auspicious date and the seventh month is known to be inauspicious due to the belief of the hungry ghost festival falling on the seventh month of the lunar calendar.

More importantly, it is good to find a date that both families and couple agree upon due to the beliefs that may or may not be different.

Should I have 1 or 2 Videographers for my wedding?

I was at BOWS wedding fair today at Dhoby Ghaut Green and met a few friends selling their wedding packages to the couples getting married. What intrigues me today was a conversation with a photographer trying to sell his partner’s package who is a videographer. It goes something like this:

Me: Do you guys offer actual day video packages?
Him: Yes we do. *shows me the rates
Me: Oh there is a different rate by these 2 videographers.
Him: Yes, one of them is more experienced and the other is the understudy of the experienced videographer.
Me: so there’s only one videographer for the packages offered?
Him: Yes. Only one videographer cause if there were 2 or more, they will CROSSFIRE.

okay. this led me thinking. Really?

Even if I were the sales person trying to promote 1 videographer, I would tactfully say that the one videographer would be able to cover the necessary angles to create a beautiful edited film than trying to say that 2 or more videographers will crossfire. In that case, I might as well just have a photographer and not videographer cause the photographer will have the videographer in his shot and it will go the other way round also which in actual fact it is unavoidable.

Crossfire will definitely bound to happen. It is the edit that removes the other party or making the other vendors within the video less obvious.

So should we have 1, 2 or more professional videographers  at the wedding?

The answer would be the type of wedding video look that you want to have. The reason for 2 or more videographers would mean more interesting angles (aerial and crane shots) achieved whereas 1 videographer would definitely have the main angle covered.  Having 2 or more videographers would also mean less jump cuts between each shot in the wedding clip. Whereas a good wedding filmmaker who shoots alone would have multiple cameras at important moments so that he/she would not miss the shot. In Singapore, the more videographers you engaged for your wedding means that the cost of hiring them would increase also. Hence, I would strongly advise each couple to spend within one’s limit even though it is a once in a lifetime event.

Wedding Cake and Glasses

cake and glasses

This is an image taken from a wedding that I have attended yesterday. Something that is a common and familiar sight that everyone sees at every chinese banquet wedding in Singapore. The couple cuts the cake after the first march in and pops the champagne after the second march in. However, until recently, I found this placement of the cake and glasses pretty tight.

What do I mean? If I were a wedding planner myself which I am when I plan weddings with my couples, I will advice them to inform the banquet manager to move the glasses to the other side of the stage or remove them completely till the first march in is over. Switching positions of the cake and glasses may also do the trick for the above photo as the couple will be cutting the cake just behind the glasses which the photo may not turn out ideal. Even before the second march in, I would request for the cake to be moved to the corner of the stage or completely off if possible.

The rational for such a request is for the photographers and videographers of the wedding to capture beautiful photos for the couple. if the glasses were in the way, the image may not be as ‘clean’ as it could be unless a very tight crop was to be executed. In addition, with a tower of champagne at the bottom, it may cause an obstruction to people walking just in front of it. These are just my thoughts, if you think that having them both side by side is much efficient, you may keep their positions.

Have a great 2014! 😀