Planning An Amazing Hen’s Night Can Be Tough, So We Let An Online Sex Shop Do It For Us

When it comes to hen nights or bachelorette parties, many assume that everyone has to get drunk in order to have fun. However, this may not be every bride-to-be’s cup of tea.

If you’re in charge of your friend’s hen party and you’re not too keen on the usual bar-hop for a once in a lifetime bachelorette bash – here’s another fun and not so cliche way to celebrate your friend’s impending nuptial while bonding with your BFFs.

Forget the male strippers, Maison Mika is here to help you put together the best soirée for the bride-to-be; a fun, elegant and sexy affair.

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The Ultimate Hen Party

Maison Mika is a brand established by Asian women for Asian women. Maison Mika’s conception dates back to New York City in 2005 when founder, Trina Yeung, was living there and noticed a movement of sex shops in the neighbourhood of Soho.

When Trina moved to Singapore in 2009, she realised that there were nothing like that available in the city. Hence, Maison Mika was born to help debunk the misconception that sex shops are “sleazy” and to get more people talking about sex.

The online store currently has a wide range of products made from medical-grade materials for men, women, couples and singles included! Beyond being a beautiful online sex shop, they organise workshops and masterclasses on sexual wellness.

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Recently, they launched “The Ultimate Hen Party” – a 90 minute masterclass on the topic(s) of your choice. From learning about the art of seduction to learning how to better satisfy your partner in bed, an expert will guide you through the night filled with memories for a long time to come.

We thought what better way to end a long day at work than to throw a hen party for our “fake bride”. The lovely folks at Maison Mika came to our studio to throw us a Hen Party that was filled with laughs and lots of information we never knew we needed!

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Quickly getting us out of our shells, we kicked off the night with a quick quiz on the topic of sex.

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The conversation then moved on to learning about pleasuring each other in a relationship with tips on how to improve our game. As sex toys were passed around and stories were exchanged, Trina and our expert, Liz, took their time to carefully explain the products that were laid out in front of us.

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During the last 30 minutes of our session, we had an intimate no-holds-barred Q&A session about love, toys and accessories.

The best part is that they will bring a selection of their most popular items, and any purchases made on the night will be eligible for a 15% discount off the online store price.

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If you’ve always been curious about sex toys and unsure where to start, the masterclass held by Maison Mika is the perfect place to start.

Maison Mika’s events are tailored and structured as they will have a pre-consultation call with the lead guest first to discuss in detail what they would like to learn about and discuss.

Who says a night out with the girls has to end with aching feet and slight hearing loss? Skip the high heels and deafening club and throw the best hen’s party for the bride-to-be.

Make your girls’ night in bold and uninhibited, filled with great memories for a long time to come.

Maison Mika

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14 Places To Get Beautiful Bridesmaid Dresses, No Matter What Your Budget

Weddings are a joyous occasion.

But before it can be a joyous occasion, it is a very chaotic one; one with many decisions to be made, many back-and-forths with wedding vendors, and many nitty gritties to be dealt with. That’s why every bride needs her own squad of trusty bridesmaids.

Not only are bridesmaids very helpful in the lead up to the wedding, if you’re forgoing a wedding planner, your bridesmaids are the ones who will make sure everything goes perfectly on your big day.

If you’re on the hunt for dresses for your best girls, here’s a list of sites/shops you can visit to get your bridesmaid dresses. We have them ranked from the most affordable to the least, so whether you’re on a budget or want to splurge on your bridal party, you’ll have plenty of options.

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Based in the UK, Boohoo sells on-trend clothing at affordable prices. A quick search for “bridesmaid” on their search bar will throw up a random mish-mash of styles – lace dresses, printed dresses, short dresses, long dresses – so you’ll have to pick through the lot to find one (or some) you like.

Boohoo also sells bridesmaid robes and pajamas, so you and your girls can look cute while getting ready for your special day.

Price: £12.00 – £50.00

If you like a more modern silhouette for your bridesmaids, you’ll find it at Ohvola.

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Here, you won’t find your typical bridesmaid styles, but more interesting silhouettes, with asymmetrical hems, unique cutout details and colour blocked styles; basically, outfits that are cool, chic, and that your bridesmaids are sure to feel stylish in.

The one downside, however, is that most styles come in one or two fixed colours, so if it doesn’t fit your wedding colour theme, you may have to look elsewhere.

Price: SGD$29.00 – $86.00

3. is another popular online shopping destination for Singaporean ladies, and occasionally, you’ll find something here that’s bridesmaid-appropriate.

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While The Closet Lover does not have a dedicated page for bridesmaid dresses, some casual browsing through the dress section will lead you to a couple of options that just may work for a wedding.

We’re talking midi dresses with pastel hues and romantic florals. Hey, who says you can’t bend the rules a little when it comes to your own wedding?

Price: SGD$31.90 – $52.90
Love Bonito

Love Bonito is a brand that probably requires no introduction.

A local brand with a loyal following among Singaporean women, Love Bonito has a clothing line just for bridesmaids – the ‘LYLAS’ collection.

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They’ve got dresses, jumpsuits, and separates. The best part? Your bridesmaids will have no problem incorporating these items into their everyday wardrobes after the wedding.

With pieces in romantic, pastel hues of pink, purple and blue, as well as in darker, more dramatic blues and reds, whatever colour scheme you’re going for, Love Bonito will have just what you need.

Also, if you’re looking to get bridesmaid robes for that fun shot with your bridal squad, you’ll be able to find them here.

Price: SGD$32 – $59.90

5. also has quite a range of styles.

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If your wedding is going to lean more casual, Love & Bravery carries some cute short dresses that your bridesmaids can use even after the wedding. They also do some nice sheer hemmed dresses that strike a nice balance between formal and casual – perfect for the hot Singapore weather!

Price: SGD$36.00 – $49.00
Thread Theory

Not to be confused with Style Theory, Thread Theory is another online women’s boutique that sells bridesmaid dresses.

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If you want something with more details and embellishments, Thread Theory will probably have what you’re looking for. With styles that feature embroidered flowers, beaded panels and sequins, Thread Theory adds interest to your bridesmaid dresses without going too over the top.

On the other end of the spectrum, they also have more dressy bridesmaid styles, with tulle and illusion necklines so your bridesmaids too can feel like princesses on your big day.

Price: SGD$36.00 – $89.90

7.  them all, in pretty pastel hues.

Stocking several A-line styles, these dresses will flatter bridesmaids of all body shapes.

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Price: SGD$39.90 – $55.90

Dressabelle is yet another site that has great options for your bridesmaid needs.

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They’ve got layered dresses and wrap dresses. Light, airy and easy, these dresses are perfect if your bridesmaids are going to have plenty of running around to do.

Price: SGD$39.90 – $69.90

9. Double Woot

Double Woot is one of the lesser known brands on this list, but it’s one you should definitely check out, simply because of the extensive variety of styles they sell.

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Whether you’re looking for dresses with a more flowy silhouette, or ones that are more form-fitting, you’ll be able to find them at this Malaysia-based e-store.

If you want to mix up the styles your bridesmaids are wearing, this is a good place to look as they have off-the-shoulder styles, high neck styles, toga styles… Basically, every style you can think of.

Take note that shipping can take a while, so this isn’t somewhere you want to order from just a week before the wedding.

Price: SGD$43.68 – $70.98

10. Zalora

Did you know Zalora has its own line of bridesmaid dresses? And the selection is actually pretty extensive.

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Aside from your typical bridesmaid styles, they also have plenty of printed offerings. They also have satin dresses, which you won’t find in many of the sites listed here.

Zalora also stocks dresses from many different brands, so you can shop all of them conveniently at one place.

Price: SGD$49.90 – $299.99

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With brands like TFNC Wedding, Maya, Jarlo, John Zack, and of course, ASOS’ home brand, you can easily shop multiple brands at one location.

If your colour scheme falls out of the pastel pink, peach, blue and purple spectrum, ASOS is a good place to start looking. Here, you’ll find dresses in less common hues like sage, green and purple.

Do take note that ASOS’ styles tend to be less conservative, with bare backs and lower necklines.

Price: SGD$64.65 – $808.13
SOIGNÉ The Label

Another site that sells dresses with a more modern silhouette is SOIGNÉ The Label.

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While they don’t have a dedicated section for bridesmaid dresses, it’s easy to picture some of these styles walking down the aisle with you.

Here, they stray from bridesmaid cliches with unique necklines and quirky touches, making for interesting details in all those wedding photos you’ll surely be taking.

Price: SGD$65 – $199

13. Lulus

Lulus has a beautiful range of bridesmaid dresses, but there is one downside – the price.

But hey, if you’re willing to shell out in the region of $100 per dress (shipping included), you’ll find some very nice designs here, and with very nice quality.

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What’s great about Lulu’s is that each style comes in a variety of colours, so you won’t have to rule out dresses because they don’t come in your desired colour.

Do take note that since Lulus is based in the US, some of the maxi dresses may run a little long on more petite Singaporean girls. That said, the sizing guide and review section are very handy when it comes to figuring out if the length or fit of a dress will be an issue.

As with ASOS, Lulus’ styles are also more revealing, so be sure your bridesmaids dare to bare before you place your order!

Price: USD$44 – $284

14. Lipsy

For sexier styles, give London-based Lipsy a look-see.

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A go-to for party and occasion-wear, the site stocks a variety of brands, some of which you’ll recognize (Forever New, Bardot, Little Mistress) and some of which you may find less familiar (Scarlett & Jo, Sistaglam, Jessica Wright).

With side slits, applique details, and uber flattering ruching, the dresses here are for the bridal squad that’s got it and ain’t afraid to flaunt it.

Price: £62 – £170

Whatever style and/or colour you envision your bridal squad wearing, we’re sure you’ll find it at one of these shops. With that, happy shopping!

*All prices stated are accurate at the time of publication. Prices are all before discount. 

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8 Alternative Venues To Hold A Unique Wedding In Singapore Under $20K 

Ideally, marriage only happens once in a lifetime. Therefore, we approach wedding planning with utmost seriousness. Every couple has a dream wedding in mind, from the theme to the location and the wedding dress. We all want to have a perfect wedding.

But with the high costs of living in Singapore, planning a wedding can be taxing on the wallet.

Instead of traditional hotel banquets, we can consider alternative wedding venues. These locations allow you to be more creative in coming up with new concepts that are not only aesthetically appealing, but also more economic.

If you’re getting hitched and have a tight budget, here are some affordable alternative wedding venues in Singapore to fit a guest list that ranges between 50 to 395 guests.

1. Grand Shanghai Restaurant

With its dark wood-polished floors, vintage ceiling fans, and ornate lamps and lanterns, Grand Shanghai offers an exotic location that stands out from your usual Chinese restaurant.

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This venue offers ample space to comfortably fit 200 guests while keeping to the $20K budget.

The spacious floor plan also allows in-house jazz performances, and guests can dine in luxury and be delighted with traditional Shanghainese delicacies, such as Wuxi short ribs, braised ‘lion’s head’ and Peking duck.

Grand Shanghai Restaurant
Address: Grand Shanghai Restaurant, Level 1 King’s Centre, 390 Havelock Road, S169662
Price: One table starts at $899++ (min. 20 tables)
Capacity: 200 – 260 guests
Tel: 6836 6866
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3. Fu Lin Men @ Jurong Country Club

This country club has been an understatement for years.

Apart from its lush greenery, Jurong Country Club is one of the many awesome alternative wedding venues with an affordable wedding reception.

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4. Vineyard @ Hort Park

With Singapore’s humid weather, tying the knit out in nature can be tricky. That’s why picking a location that comes with both indoor and alfresco setting solves the simple problem.

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Housed in a 1930s colonial black and white bungalow, the Masons carries a sophisticated vibe that is charming and alluring.

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With its lush greenery and open grounds, this alternative wedding venue is perfect for a garden wedding or an intimate vintage-themed ceremony indoors.

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Whether you want an international menu or buffet dining, the dedicated event team at MASONS can ensure a smooth sailing wedding that matches your budget. Wedding packages begin at $8,000 for 50 guests. To fit a $20K budget, just make sure your number of guest falls below 100 pax.

Address: 8 Lock Road, Gillman Barracks, S108936
Price: $8,000++ for up to 50 guests
Capacity: 50 – 150 guests
Tel: 8222 3875
Email: [email protected]
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7. Republic of Singapore Yacht Club

Fancy holding a reception by the sea?

Well, check out Singapore’s very first yacht club. It’s the perfect choice for a romantic sunset wedding with 240 guests or less.

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Couples may choose between a chic indoor celebration at the Nautical Ballroom and a charming alfresco solemnisation by the sea at the Foreshore Deck.

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Choosing the Chinese package will allow you to hold a wedding dinner for 240 pax or less while the international buffet option complies up to 395 guests.

Whether you opt for an 8-course Chinese dinner or an international buffet dinner, you can expect a scrumptious feast by magnificent views of yachts and marine.

Republic of Singapore Yacht Club
Address: 52 West Coast Ferry Road S126887
Price: Solemnization packages start at $1,288++ (max. 30 pax) / Chinese packages start at $788++ for one table (min. 10 tables) / International Buffet packages start at $48++ per guest (min. 100 pax)
Capacity: 100 – 250 guests
Tel: 6768 9297 / 292 / 294
Email: [email protected]
Website: Republic of Singapore Yacht Club

8. Tanjong Beach Club

It’s summer all year round in Singapore and where better to hold a beach-themed wedding than at our sun kissed country?

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It’s a unique way to accent your special day. Guests tend to feel more relaxed when outdoors and enjoying nature. This tropical theme involves no frills, just fun.

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8 Romantic But Affordable Wedding Venues In Singapore Under $10k

It’s June and that means the wedding season is upon us! We have often heard laments that Singapore is a very expensive place to get married, but is that true? We’ve embarked on this journey to discover the supposedly few romantic but affordable wedding venues that are slightly easier on the pocket. Not everyone wants or can fork out the usual hotel venues where one table could cost (gasp) $1888 – what Resorts World Sentosa charges for a weekday lunch.

Here are five offbeat venue suggestions that would not cost you an arm and leg. They’re even romantic and beautiful, to boot! With this, you and your partner can focus on building your nest egg instead.

1. Spruce Ristorante at Phoenix Park

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For those of you looking for an intimate venue nestled within lush greenery, look no further! This open air rustic restaurant features a courtyard which accommodates up to 70 people and it is perfect for solemnization ceremonies.

They serve unpretentious American food here, which is available in both buffet and sit down styles, and you can savour that moment with your other half whilst enjoying the treetop view and the sound of chirping birds and insects nearby.

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Another plus is the restaurant is sheltered, and only the deck is alfresco. If it happens to rain, you have a backup plan.

Spruce Ristorante at Phoenix Park
: Buffet starts from $68++ per pax. Sit down dinner starts at $68++ per pax for three courses.
Indoor dining room or the alfresco dining area require a minimum spend of $5k. The former hosts up to 68pax and the latter accommodates up to 110pax. A minimum spend of $10k is required to book the whole restaurant.
Contact: 6836 5528
Email: [email protected]
Address: 320 Tanglin Rd Phoenix Park, Singapore 247980
How to get there: Opposite Redhill MRT, take bus 132 and alight after 2 stops

2. Yacht

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For couples who share a love for the sea or want something different, rent a yacht for the day to hold your nuptials and reception.

Some yachts have their own barbeque pits onboard. You could also arrange for catering (at your own cost). Space is quite limited since most yachts only allow up to 30 people onboard. You could also fork out more to rent the luxurious Royal Albatross which can host up to 149 guests.

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The yachts are available for rent at four hours and you can extend the hours afterwards for around $350 per hour, depending on the vendor. Weekdays are usually cheaper but
Contact:  6808 6303
Email: [email protected]

*Most yachts cost around $3k for 4 hours. Extension rate applies, food and beverages are not included.

3. SAF Yacht Club (Changi Clubhouse)

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At the SAF Yacht Club, you have the option of inviting up to 250 people so for couples who plan to have a bigger wedding but have a tight budget, you might want to check it out.

SAF Yacht Club (Changi Clubhouse)
From $25++ per person for their dinner package (they have a variety). Sit down dinners start at $688++ per table for 10.
Contact: 6389 3760
Email: [email protected]
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Singapore Turf Club
: Starts from $80++ per person for buffet style solemnization lunch. At least 50pax for dinner or $888++ per table for 10. Minimum booking of 20 tables for chinese-style sit down lunch or dinner. You can host up to 1000 guests here.
Contact: 6879 1715
Email: [email protected]
How to get there: Kranji MRT Station
Address: Singapore Turf Club, 1 Turf Club Avenue, Singapore Racecourse, Singapore 738078

5. Rider’s Cafe

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The Rider’s Café is great for couples who are looking for a more intimate wedding ceremony. It’s a unique venue and there are stables and horses right outside the yard!

This café seats up to 60 guests for a sit-down dinner and couples can customise the venue based on their wedding theme.

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The three-course menu can be tailored to each guest’s needs. Three different time slots available – from lunch (11am to 3pm) to tea (3.30pm to 5.30pm) to dinner (6pm to 10pm).

Unfortunately, tea time is only limited to two hours and you cannot arrange for extensions unlike the other two time slots.

Rider’s Café
$55++ per pax for three courses. Maximum of 60 pax for sit down dinner. Up to 80 pax for cocktails with a minimum spending of $2.5k++ on weekdays and $3.8k++ on weekends, not including venue rental.
Contact: 6466 9819
Email: [email protected]
How to get there: 20mins walk from Sixth Avenue MRT
Address: 51 Fairways Drive Singapore 286965

6. Kombi Rocks

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Ever imagined yourself in a classic Beetle, feeding your fiance some ice cream whilst chilling in the backseat? How about enjoying the view of the lalang fields or riding the old school white scooter with your bae?

Well, Kombi Rocks has got your back! This retro venue with its iconic fleet of Beetles and Kombis would surely give hipster couples that 50’s vibe they love.

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The rustic charm does not end here as the whole diner is decorated as such with light brown tiled flooring. This certainly reminds us of gran’s house! Instead of the usual western cuisine you would expect (from such hipster cafes or diners), Kombi Rocks, fomerly known as Koon Kee Restaurant, offers Teochew-Thai fusion.

If you want a unique old school or shop house venue that offers Asian comfort food like Mee Goreng or Otah, we think you might like this place.

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We’re sure everyone has heard of Wheeler’s Yard. Unlike most hipster haunts, this place is huge, as it used to be a warehouse before it was converted to a cafe cum bicycle atelier.

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This industrial themed venue will may need some decoration for that romantic feeling. The downside to this place is that only bookings from Tuesdays to Thursdays are allowed.

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Remember when the slides were made from smooth hard tiles and how everyone, including your childhood sweetheart, took turns sliding down it?

Well you would be pleasantly surprised to learn that NOM has a small replica slide that us 90’s kids used to play with! This brightly lit cafe will probably bring back some good old memories. It also has a heartland feel to it, thanks to the colorful dragon slide in the corner and its location.

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Not to mention, this spacious Bakery is also known for its customised fondant cakes. Go ahead and hire them to bake your wedding cake as well!, words by editor)

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