Wedding Bites: Vendor Reviews

Bridal, Decor & Catering: LAB Bridal.

6/10

This is actually my least favourite vendor. The bridal part was okay. I love the gold maroon songket and blue dress, but the make up could be better. My MTM nikah dress turned out nicer than I expected. Mak andam service was good, cos she was quite fierce. I like fierce. A little intimidating, but she was nice to work with. The pak andam, on the other hand, was this very young and vain chap who cared more about his own appearance a little too much. Tak ada hair spray sendiri la, hair brush la, sponge lah. Semua kene mintak mak andam aku jugak.. -.- Decor was okay, if you are not cerewet. I was a little pissed because I asked for hot pink and silver decor. The wedding planner even confirmed with me “fuchsia pink, kan?”. But on the actual day, it turned out baby pink instead. Anyone close to me knows that I like bold colours and I hate pastels or light colours. Anyway, I couldn’t really be bothered to raise my concerns so I let it go. Food was decent too. Not very wow, but not too bad either. Or maybe I was just hungry on that day. Oh wells. The food that my mum ordered for Friday night was great though. I love the ayam lemak cili padi. Anyway I chose this vendor because I have rented my JC prom outfit from them before, back in 2009. So I thought since we’ve met and worked together before and their prices are not bad, why not kan.. Wrong decision. No major hiccups, but I wouldn’t recommend them.

 

Photography & Videography: AD Photographyz & Ink Motion

7.5/10

Photo and video was part of our all-in-one package. We were given 2-3 choices of photographer-videographer teams to work with, so we chose AD photographyz and Ink Motion. The bosses of each companies are cousins, so they work very well together. In fact, they were very pleasant to work with and they seem to click really well with our bridesminahs and groomsmats. I could tell they had a lot of fun together throughout the whole 2 days. The photos and videos turned out good too. Video was nicer. Photos were not super fantastic, but decent quality. There were a number of shots with like photographer/videographer termasok frame, but again, we are not very cerewet, so it’s quite okay. They were quite punctual with the delivery of photos and videos too, if not for some minor hiccups post-wedding.

 

Bridal Henna: Fauzella Artistry

11/10

As a henna artist myself, I know for sure that Kak Fau is one of the best henna artist in Singapore. To me, she is my henna idol. I just know I NEED to have her do my bridal henna from the first time I come across her works. Needless to say, it was a dream come true.  My bridal henna was absolutely PERFECT. The design, the flawlessness of her work, the stain. Omgosh THE STAIN! If you know the theory behind how henna stains the skin, it is all due to the lawsonia content of the henna powder. Kak Fau has declared that the lawsonia content of her henna powder is the highest in the world, that she know of. Yup, she compared it with many other brands of henna powder. Even though her price is more to the high side, it was totally worth it.

 

Entertainment: DJ Inspirasi

8/10

This was recommended by mum because she came across DJ Inspirasi through somewhere. They are known for providing their services in venues like masjids. Their concept is more Islamically-inclined. No karaoke, very soft and soothing music, yet still lively and celebratory and they only play musics with good lyrics only, without reference to anything haram or not too Islam-friendly. They were quite strict like that. The boss is Ustaz Nor Muhammad, though he doesn’t seem to go down to the venue to provide DJ service on his own anymore. He gets his own staff to do it. I requested for a few of my personal favourite English songs to be included in their playlist. Out of the 20 songs I submitted, they only approved like 2-3 of it. Probably due to lyrics that has reference to  (non-halal) physical touch or whatever. Anyway, on the day itself, the DJ was a little too soft. I could barely hear his voice. I think he’s a little shy, and not that outspoken. He did recite a few dua for us after my entrance, and helped to announce names of guests to assist in the photo-taking. But because the itinerary already went off-track, he didn’t attempt to make sure that anything on the itinerary was missed out, like our wedding speech. Yup, we actually missed the wedding speech. But it’s okay. The songs they played were really nice too. They actually have a few English mainstream love songs, which were covered by other singers and the lyrics were tweaked to have more Islam references in them. Which turned out really nice, actually. Overall, I’m quite satisfied with their service, but the DJ needs to speak up more.

 

Doorgift: Oleholehsrikandi

9/10

We ordered about 480 pieces of mini sejadah from Oleholehsrikandi (on carousell). Price was affordable, there were so many different designs and colours too. Probably 10. She also prints and paste the “thank you” stickers on each packed sejadah. Although her designs were quite limited, I got my friend to do a customised design for me, and the seller just printed them for me. Very fuss free, not much to say about this seller. I love it.

 

Kompang: Brader’s Kompang

8/10

Overall, decent kompang and qasidah performances. Considering they are still a new group, I would say it is pretty good if you are not that cerewet. Price is more to the cheaper side too, so it was worth it.

 

I know almost all my reviews here are like “good enough if you are not cerewet” hahaha. Cos I memang malas nak put up my cerewet self when it comes to wedding. Comment here if you want to find out more about any of the vendors listed above. I will be happy to provide a more detailed description of each of them. 🙂

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Wedding Bites: Updates

I have been trying to write my Marriage Bites entry series once a month and when I was writing the previous one, I realised that it might be the second or third last entry before the wedding! Time flies~

Anyway, since I am free now, thought I would write some updates cos ever since we started counting down from the 100 days mark, wedding preparation has been going all out hardcore full steam. Continue reading “Wedding Bites: Updates”

Wedding Bites: Pre-marriage Course

IMG_20161016_221132.jpgLast weekend, H and I attended a course by AoM (you know which one I’m talking about). To be honest, I admit I didn’t research much about which organiser is good and which is not. I chose AoM simply because I heard a lot of good reviews about it that I didn’t bother researching about the rest, because the syllabus is standardised anyway right? Wrong. The whole course was conducted by only one trainer, who is not an asatizah. Let’s call her N. We were seated in groups of 3 couples per table, and each of us are given a folder and a few notebooks with the whole syllabus in them. Lunch and 2 tea breaks for both days were provided. Throughout the whole course, we were given some activities to aid in the lesson as well as case studies to discuss among our group members and come up with solutions. I will try to elaborate as detailed as possible here, since pre-marriage course is not something that a lot of BTBs blog about thoroughly. So this is going to be a super long entry.

Continue reading “Wedding Bites: Pre-marriage Course”

Wedding Bites: Decor & Catering

Last Thursday, my parents and I went to meet our wedding planner Kak Lynn to discuss about menu and decor/pelamin.

We started with menu first, and it pretty much went quite quickly cos my mum and I had already discussed about it beforehand. I am just happy that we are taking black pepper prawns because I am planning to eat my nasi minyak on the bridal table using my hands and kopek all the prawns!! Continue reading “Wedding Bites: Decor & Catering”

Wedding Bites: Kompang

I can’t remember if I mentioned it somewhere, but we took an (almost) all-in-one wedding package which covers almost everything we need, especially for H’s side. Kompang was one of the few things that was not covered.

H and I had been debating about whether we should have kompang at our wedding. To me, a kompang package is not cost effective at all. Continue reading “Wedding Bites: Kompang”