In all honesty, my life has been pretty dull, because there are so many things to pay now that my wedding is left with 4 months or so. But even in the dullness, there have been little kernels of excitement… okay I’M GOING TO SHARE!
Most of my wedding vendors are more or less settled. I started to book and made downpayment to the vendors right after i got engaged on 20/11/2011. These are e list of bookings so far..
Catering/Decor/Wedding Favours/Invitation Cards/Photobooth – SMR Wedding Services
Entertainment – Panca Irama
Bridal – ISHQ by Nora Zee
Photography & Videography – D’Shootz Studio Photography
Pre-Wedding Outdoor Photoshoot – Esa Wedding
Wedding Cake + Macaron Tower – Bisousatoi
Booking of Kadi – Pasuni Maulan
Bedroom Decor – Mum
Bunga rampai & gubahan – Brother
My parents will be funding the bulk of my wedding cost hence I don’t want to be or appear too difficult. I let them choose whatever they want, however they want. I trust their taste and I know they will only give me the best. To be honest, I have not witness any Panca Irama’s performance but my parents really like them alot.. so as long as they are paying, I won’t say a thing. For SMR, many of the folks I know gave good reviews and rave about their efficient service and tasty food. The fact that we took the exclusive package for 1500 pax, it came with all of the above-mentioned, which is good so my parents can pay everything to one vendor. I have tried their food at three different wedding events, all i can say is, the buffet spread is awesome and I cannot stop eating!! I am actually very excited for the 10 types of drinks! 😀
I can’t thank my parents enough for footing the bill because it really saves me alot of money. Raul, being the thrifty person, knew how we should plan and manage our budget. I am proud to say that he has a vision on how he wants the wedding to be like. I am more to the “bochup, janji i dapat kahwin ngan u” kind. We both knew that we just want a wedding party event to celebrate our union and if something is out of budget, he will do the decision and we will drop it. Just like me, he is also very lucky because his parents funded the bulkier part. They took Iza Wedding (which is also my favourite wedding vendor) that came with the whole package of catering, decor, invitation cards etc. He has to only concentrate on Mas Kahwin (settled), Duit Hantaran (settled), Hadra and e rest of the nitty gritty stuff. From the very beginning, Raul wanted us to spend the bulk of the wedding funds towards our honeymoon and hantaran. He wanted us to be at the place we want to be the most. I want us to be in PARIS, but my thrifty Raul decided on R&R instead. Basically, he doesn’t want the honeymoon to include SHOPPING in the itineary, period!
Our plan initially was just to go Maldives and another honeymoon destination for two weeks. But because
(1) both of us are still schooling and it is school term, Raul feels that he could not afford to miss two weeks of school and,
(2) we can’t find a perfect flight timing that doesn’t have transit for more than 16 hours,
so we have decided to go for honeymoon on two separate months.
Because I have been doing more research on honeymoon than my actual work in office, I manage to psycho Raul to go Abu Dhabi. And voila! there you have it, I’ve booked the flight and hotel for our first honeymoon trip!! Now we are still planning for the perfect date to go Maldives. We already know which resort to stay and all but because of the expensive air fares, we will wait for the fares’ prices to drop in perhaps Jan/Feb 2014 and we will book it all together. Yay we just can’t wait for Abu Dhabi and Dubai!
There are still a couple of bookings which i’ve not yet covered.
To me henna is the least of my worry. Perhaps, I will just do the basic old-school traditional henna because sesungguhnye i geli dgn inai. But I will re-consider as my manager just gave me an idea. On his wedding night, his wife asked him to find his name hidden in her intricate henna design! I just can’t imagine my hand full of complicated designs n lines. Its just me.. GELI lah.
(2) Bridal Car
We still have not decide on what type of car we want, so again KIV. Not important to me now since the Pink Volkswagen beetle is way out of my budget. I will just settle for any car as long as both Raul & I can reach both places safely.
(3) Marriage course
We have decided to go for the course perhaps in February or March 2014 together with my brother and his fiancee.
My three bridesmaids have received their outfits since Hari Raya. They were each given three outfits – basically 2 traditional ones for nikah and sanding, and 1 bridesmaids tee to wear on malam berinai (Friday night). I wanted to give them the 4th outfit for kenduri on Thursday night but my thoughtful gfs insist that I should stop spending more money on them because its unnecessary. So will just give them a common colour that we all have n we will wear it that night. Actually both Raul and I didn’t know that 18 April 2014 is a public holiday. Our wedding date 20.04.2014 was set even before we got engaged. There’s just something about us and dates. But alhamdulillah, Friday 18th April 2014, will be a public holiday so my bridesmaids can save their leave! For now, i just need to doa and doa that everything goes according to plan.
Thank you for hanging in there and reading this lengthy post. HAHA!