I promised a vendor review in the previous post. However, it has been half a year since the wedding… Dah teramat sangat basi. But give chance la ha. Will just do an overview. Beware of long post ahead.
My Secret Charm
Let’s start with the bridal henna. This one is really a charm; she is a customer-turned-friend. I asked her for a quotation for myself and my bridesmaids, but she just wouldn’t give. She said, “Treat it as a gift for whatever you have done for me and my family.” Terharu sangat. May Allah bless her and her family. But of course, I just couldn’t let her leave empty handed.
Did the henna on Thursday night when initially I requested for Friday night as I dislike dark henna stains that looked like I just dipped my hands in a can of black paint. But she convinced me otherwise. I’ve never been henna-fied before (except for the traditional finger capping during my sister’s wedding), hence not really sure what kind of design to choose. Browsed through instagram and found a minimalist design, which she executed perfectly.
I’ve blogged about my solemnization outfit here before. My colleague recommended Kak Tini of De Manique to me, and Alhamdulillah, the dress turned out just like how I imagined it to be. Although a bit pricey, but I wouldn’t mind it at all. Kak Tini came over to my place to take my measurements and collect the fabrics. When it was done, she sent it back for me to try it on before making further alterations if needed. Her works are very meticulous, which the Javanese would call it as telaten.
Source: De Manique
The Bridal Satin
Next up, my bridal vendor. Also blogged about it here before, and to be honest, nothing to be disappointed about regardless being a home-based bridal company. Apparently, all of them including my SIL works/worked for V.ersari A.de before. So ada kena mengena lah.
The outfits were inclusive of husband’s solemnization outfit, traditional songket, and Indian outfit as requested by my FIL. Nak dijadikan cerita, my mum was kinda jealous that my FIL requested for an Indian outfit, so she requested a Javanese outfit for the so called ‘malam berinai’, which in my case, is the night after the solemnization. She said that she would fork out the extra moolah for that. Asalkan dia bahagia sudah.
My SIL did my make-up for the solemnization. I told her before that I wouldn’t wanna wear fake eyelashes, but she insisted since we will be doing an outdoor shoot afterward, so terpaksalah turutkan.
But what I wanna highlight is Kak Yaqyn’s make-up for me on the sanding day was really ma sya’Allah – beyond words! [This statement might be an exaggeration coming from someone who does not wear make-up at all, except during dikir perfomances back then.] I suuuper love her make-up on me please! Plus point is, no fake eyelashes! Kasi chance jakun sekejap k.
Her sister, Kak Nuris, did an awesome job of being my Mak Andam; followed me everywhere, touched up my make-up, helped me get ready/changed outfits, and even sharing beauty tips with my bridesmaids. Dengan dia memang tak kekok. And oh, she even let me wear hand socks for my outfits and totally respect my request to lengthen the shawls to be chest-covering, Alhamdulillah.
Ni tak payah cakaplah, makanan memang tip top, Alhamdulillah. Cik Mat Noh memang the best lah. Most of the guests sang praises for the awesome food served. Even colleagues from the embassy gave a thumbs up. I regretted not eating more of the Ayam Masak Merah and Oats Prawn. And really menyesal k tak dapat rasa the spaghetti which my mum said cepat habis. Bleargh.
Picture above not taken by official photographer
ISs Wedding Designs
Since my catering package is inclusive of decor from ISs, what we had to do was to come down to their place to discuss the theme, colours, and what not. I actually enquired with Syida on her experience meeting with them. She emphasized to be very strict with them, to follow exactly the things that we chose. I had a hard time choosing the colours as I wouldn’t want the colour of the outfits to tenggelam with the colour of the dais. Having my mum there was not helping at all eh, dua-dua fickle.
So on Thursday night, one of the guys called me while having my henna done, asking me to come down and take a look at the set up. Dengan tangan kaki semua inai belum kering, pukul 12 tu jugak turun bawah just to look at the decor set up. Upon seeing the so called vintage frames, I said no no, I did not request for this. I asked the person to take off those frames there and then. After which, I told them the table arrangements for the audio, cake, candy booth, and also photo booth.
But Alhamdulillah, we didn’t have any big issues with the decor. The only part was the extended dais stage was a tad too high that friends and family members had difficulties going up the dais to take pictures.
Source: ISs Wedding Designs
Source: ISs Wedding Designs
At first, I had doubts when the husband wanted to engage them as our photographers since they are friends of his. They did not have an extensive portfolio nor do they do this on a regular basis, unlike other professional photographers out there. We also had only one meeting with one of the photographers to discuss on our expectations and venue for the outdoor shoot. But I was too quick to judge. On the day itself, they really did an amazing job and chemistry was built instantaneously, Alhamdulillah. Even our friends and family members did not felt awkward with them around. And the best part is, we got our pictures suuuper early!
Photographers and videographer on the left; picture not taken by official photographer
Alhamdulillah, the boys did an awesome job overall. The only thing is that maybe they did not get the memo of not to include one of the songs in their performance. And the 40-seater bus included in their package was such a waste, since our venues were just across the road. Other than that, everything else was fine.
Yeah! Photo Booth
Here’s a shout out to Ima, one of the owners of Yeah! Photo Booth for renting the backdrop to me! It took me a whole lot of time to actually search for the ideal backdrop. Most vendors I enquired with only provide printed canvas backdrop instead of the real deal – a real chalkboard backdrop. Got one of my bridesmaids to do the conteng-conteng, and done. Everything else was taken care of by my photo booth girls.
Picture above not taken by official photographer
After my disappointment with the famous bakery shop, I decided, why not keep traditions alive by having the yellow glutinous rice, or pulut kuning. And Alhamdulillah, it was sponsored by my aunt who has amazing cooking skills. After the wedding, mum packed for us quite a big slice of it to bring home. Put it in the fridge and totally forgot about it until 2 days later. By then, pulut tu pun dah basi. My husband was quite upset as he likes pulut kuning and when we tasted it during the cake cutting, he complimented it.
My Chubby Bunnies wanted to chip in something, so they informed me beforehand that they will be sponsoring my bridal bouquet. They asked the colour I wanted and the type of flowers I prefer. I told them tak cerewet. Unfortunately, there was a miscommunication as they thought that I only need the bouquet on the second day. Hence, there wouldn’t be any bouquet during the solemnization, outdoor shoot, and malam berinai. Again, they came to the rescue and searched for a last minute bouquet on Friday night. Alhamdulillah, I got a mix of red peonies, roses, and calla lilies for just under SGD100!
That’s about it, I guess. All praises due to Allah and only to Him shall our thanks be given for making the wedding a success, Alhamdulillah thumma Alhamdulillah thumma Alhamdulillah. Also, without the help of the people below, things won’t be as smooth as it was.
My tips to future brides-to-be;
sometimes, the last minute things/plans will work out just fine. 😉
Ni part paling sakit hati; ada ke tanya soalan senang, ‘Which primary school I went to?’ 😡
My family sans BIL
Bridesmaids and Groomsmen