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Wedding Planning – Invitation & Reception

Wedding Reception

The wedding reception wasn’t part of our plan. But Fluffy Bunny decided to gather everyone for lunch after our ceremony. A way to thank them for making all the way to celebrate our marriage.

Choosing a venue for the wedding reception wasn’t easy. There are so many choices to choose from. Initially, we couldn’t decide if we want a lunch or dinner, but after much discussing and asking her sister for advice, we decided on lunch.

Our initial venue to have lunch wedding reception only opens during dinner time on the day of our wedding. Thus we had to research further for other possible location. Checking out menus and reading reviews. Like everyone else, we just want everything to be awesome on our special day. After all, it’s a once in a lifetime event.

As I am typing this entry, we haven yet settle on the venue. But we do have a few in mind. Will be emailing them before confirmation and booking. Gosh… There’s so much to do for a one day event.

Invitation

We wanted to keep this small and within budget. We do not want to spend a whole load of money in celebrating our next milestone. Invitation is a headache I would say because it’s a who shall be on our wedding invitation list.

I wished there’s a guide for us on how to define if this person is worth inviting. As we lay out the names, we realised there are just that few that’s a must to invite. Not to mention, the family which is a must. A few close and mutual friends of ours. Which I think is good enough. We don’t need a huge group of people to be there. After confirming our list of invitation, we decided to personally invite them.

As our wedding is at Australia, Sydney, we gave everyone a dateline to RSVP with us. This is for us to know how many confirmed guests so that we can proceed to book a venue for a lunch wedding reception.

Japan – Kyoto & Fushimi Inari Shrine (5 Oct 2017)

Airbnb at Kyoto

Kyoto was our next destination as we slowly make our way towards Tokyo. Arriving in Kyoto made me feel so lost. It’s a much quieter town and less city like. Having been in Osaka, the second city in Japan according to Google, I wonder what Kyoto would offer me.

The nearest train station to our Airbnb accommodation is Nishioji which requires a fair bit of walking. Upon arrival, we’re greeted by a supermarket, 24-hour Sukiya fast food chain and Lawson. Somehow, when we went up to our apartment, the corridor smells like a zoo but without the animals.
Kyoto Airbnb

The place we’re staying in is a lot more spacious compared to the one we stayed at Osaka. However, the bed is tatami style which gave me the excitement. Finally, a proper bed that doesn’t dent in the middle.

It’s a nice quiet place to be and you can immerse yourself in the life of the locals.

Click here for more information about our Airbnb accommodation.

Shio Gen Sui

Address: 34-2 Nishishichijo Nakuracho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 600-8887, Japan
Shio Gen Sui

The Airbnb host recommended some eatery places and we decided to give Shio Gen Sui a try. It serves ramen and we have yet to try, so we decided to have this for lunch.

Cycling in Kyoto

We decided to cycle there since there are two bicycles provided by the Airbnb host. Cycling in Kyoto gives us a sense of thrill and an adventure. It also allows us to blend in and feel like a local. The only hard part was to navigate our way to the ramen restaurant. And the footpath was a lot narrower compared to Singapore. Being in a foreign land, we weren’t brave enough to cycle on the road.

After about 10 minutes cycle, we finally reached the place. Wrote down our names on the waiting list and we wait for our turn to be called.

Ramen Gyoza Set

I overestimated my hunger and over ordered for myself. A bowl of ramen set that comes with a bowl of rice and a plate of gyoza. I was told the ramen was handmade daily. Although they specialise more in ramen, I would say they do serve a nice yummy plate of gyoza. I couldn’t really finish my lunch as the portion was huge. But nevertheless, I enjoyed it.

Ramen Don Set

Fluffy bunny ordered a bowl of ramen with a different soup base and it comes with a small bowl of don.

Both our ramen have bits of yuzu in it and it’s very refreshing. It made the soup tastier and brings out the flavours. Do give this place a try if you visit Kyoto.

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Address: Japan, 〒612-0882 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, Fushimi Ward, Fukakusa Yabunouchicho, 68
Fushimi Inari Shrine

We visited Fushimi Inari Shrine in the late afternoon at around 5 pm before the sun sets. Firstly, to avoid tourists. Secondly, many visits during the day and I’ve seen tons of photos of it. Thirdly, I wanted to see the place when the night falls. There’s a blogger states that the place is nice too at night and it’s highly recommended.

The shrine is located right opposite the train station so you won’t get lost and it’s easy to find.

Omamori

Here we offered our prayers and wishes. Bought me two omamori, one for happiness (the white fox) while the other is for my business. They said to not be shy and display your omamori. The more battered the better.

tori gates

After offering our prayers and getting omamori for the family, we started to climb upwards where thousands of tori gates greeted me. I have no idea how high we have to climb, all I know was I got tired midway. As the sun was setting and the lights there weren’t bright, I decided to call it a day.

Night Scene Fushimi Inari Shrine

Here’s a night version of the shrine. Isn’t it beautiful?