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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Wife’s Bites: 4 weeks of marriage

First post as a wife! Alhamdulillah H and I have been married for almost a month now. I have been thinking about what to write in my first #WifesBites post. Should I talk about the wedding, the honeymoon, vendor reviews, married life? Well since I’m good at talking about my feelings, I shall write about my feelings from the nikah day till now.

The Nikah
As everyone knows, I’ve been really chillax all the way. So I kinda mentally prepared myself to get super emotional on the nikah day itself, or maybe even go into panic mode, just in case, you know, my emotions only decide to come out from the darkness at the last minute. Continue reading “Wife’s Bites: 4 weeks of marriage”

Wedding Bites: Who to invite???

I’m kind of having a dilemma over who to invite to my wedding. My invitation card has been designed and printed since last month, and now that we are less than 2 months away, I have started giving out invites to my friends, and my parents have also started distributing their share of invites.

I have already wrote down my guest list a few months back, but now that it’s time to seriously give out the cards, I’m starting to reconsider inviting certain people.

Close friends will be invited of course. But what about those who are not close, but I attended their wedding? It would be nice to reciprocate the gesture and invite them back to my wedding, but their wedding was 2 years ago, and we barely keep in contact and haven’t even spoken or text a word to each other since?

And then there are also some acquaintances who I don’t even keep in contact at all, but I keep bumping into them at the weddings of all our mutual friends for the past 2 years or so, and we always tegur, but it’s just a hi-bye kind of friendship?

What about when there are 4 girls in a clique and you want to invite only 2 or 3 of them because you only keep in contact with those few but not all? Should I really invite all of them?

And then there are also friends who you just don’t meet up or text much anymore, but you often comment and interact on each others’ social media actively.

I have a total of only 250 cards and I saved 60 for my friends, while my parents get the rest. To be honest, it feels pretty tight especially since my extended family is considered pretty huge. But because I don’t have that many friends to begin with, my parents have to filter out more friends and relatives than me.

In Malay culture, hundreds and thousands of people are usually invited to a wedding because it is a norm to invite the whole “kampong” as one community, or one big family. Inviting certain people means that you are including them in your community. So when certain people are not invited, it sends a message that they are “not a part of us”, and therefore it could be deemed “insulting” and “offensive”. Of course, this mindset is more dominant in our parents’ generation, but some youngsters in our generation could get a little offended too when they are not invited to the wedding of their secondary school friend who they used to be BFFs with, but they haven’t kept in contact for a few years.

Sigh. Decisions, decisions.

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: BridesMinahs + GroomsMats #1

First of all, thank you again to everyone who have commented on my post about whether to have bridesmaids or not. Your input have definitely influenced our decision.o-BRIDESMAIDS-GROOMSMEN-facebook.jpg

So yes, we are going to have a team of bridesMinahs and groomsMats! I choose those terms just for our own amusement because H and I used to make fun of each other about being such a mat and minah back in JC. Continue reading “Wedding Bites: BridesMinahs + GroomsMats #1”