It was one fine afternoon when bride Elaine & her maid of honor Stephanie thought to themselves wouldn’t it be great if there was an Asian wedding portal that was simple, stylish, and trustworthy? And thus over coffee and tea, the Wedding Guide Asia arrived. Our witty, savvy contributors write on an array of wedding topics, from fashion to planning to honeymoons.
Perhaps, the next step is who do you call? Which photographer? Which venue? At WGA, we only recommend vendors whom we believe can truly cater to your needs. We put little details such as a google map, photos and our personal opinion to help you decide who belongs on your shortlist. Formerly known as the ‘Little White Book’ our WGA Directory listing features only the best wedding vendors around your town.
So sit back and relax, as getting married has never been so easy!
Stephanie Chai (Founder & writer)
Stephanie Chai started modeling in Asia at the age of 18, all the while juggling her life as a student at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. Post graduation with a Finance degree under her belt, Steph made the transition to television where she hosted numerous shows from reality to travel. However, as a girl with many hats, in 2009 she decided to follow her dream to become an entrepreneur, with WeddingGuideAsia.com. Why weddings? “Why not? After all, love makes the world go round!”
Evanna Ramly (Editor)
Evanna was one of those people you could say was ‘born to write’. First published at the tender age of 13 with her piece of poetry, she found herself writing for publications such as Harper’s Bazaar Malaysia whilst juggling her tertiary studies. An honours graduate who is (super) excited to be WGA’s editor, this lovely lass dreams of a traditional wedding not unlike her mother’s, although she will insist on a few quirks to make it her own…
Alia Soraya (Writer)
Having recently taken the plunge herself, Alia divides her time between riding horses for Malaysia’s Dressage Team, fashion writing for Style: magazine, figuring out that crazy little thing called love and fending off questions about a baby.
Getting married is no easy feat, so she thinks Wedding Guide Asia is simply a super idea Now, if we could only get first-class favours and beautiful custom-made letterpress invitations… Watch this space!
Ezreena Yahya (Writer)
Of Malay-Chinese heritage, Ezreena believes true love does exist – in the form of food! When she’s not busy trying out new restaurants or headbanging to British rock in her bedroom, she enjoys playing Martha in the kitchen in her spare time. One day, she hopes to take a year off to fruit pick on a vineyard in France. As the new kid on the WGA block, Ez hopes to inspire readers through her writing.
Sylvia Tan-Jong (Writer)
Sylvia resides in London but still calls Penang her home. Between juggling a career as an orthodontist and wife to a Kuching boy, she is an enthusiastic writer and a keen globe-trotter. Life is too short to blend in; this unconventional bride celebrated her engagement with an afternoon tea party followed by a wedding in the Maldives. As our London-based writer, she hopes to bring a touch of British glamour to WGA.
This self-confessed daydreamer hasn’t put her pen down since writing her first story in primary school. Since then, she’s broken some of the most controversial stories in her home country, New Zealand, as a journalist for Fairfax media. Now living in Melbourne, Justine writes for a charity that helps fight cancer. But more often than not, you’ll find her writing children’s books, practising Muay Thai or relaxing with her boyfriend! As the newest addition to the WGA team, Justine is excited to bring a slice of Australian paradise to our readers.
Elaine Ho (‘Occasional’ Contributor)
Best friends with Stephanie since the age of 3, it was a given that Elaine would appoint her as one of her maids of honour. However, having just moved back from Perth, she found it tough googling for local information to help her plan the wedding. After long chats with Stephanie, they both felt Asia could do with a simple, chic and trustworthy site that made life easier for brides-to-be.
In Sept 2010, Elaine tied the knot and today enjoys her new nickname, Mrs. Yap!