Month: March 2017

Its Crunch Time

About 3 weeks left, and being the last minute person I am naturally lots of things haven’t been settled. Been so busy at work that I have not even finished inviting my colleagues uh ohhh.

Mas kahwin finally chosen – bargained for a ring at my fave place, Joo chiat complex hahaha. Need to buy one more item for the dulang, finalise song list and cake/bouquet design.

Final fitting soon and I have no corset or girdle. Looked around and they are all 2 piece now? And so freaking ex esp the Triumph brand!

Anyone got lobangs for cheap bodyshapers? ūüė°

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Kisah pasal kad

So I went to collect my wedding card over the weekend. Its very pretty, with hot-stamping and value for money for the price.

BUT the process was so painful.

All the horror stories you’ve heard about JB card vendors? Yup they’re true, because I’m one of those who kena. And people who’ve done it in JB also agreed with me on the bad service.¬†But I still took the risk¬†since I still had some time to go and this was supposedly a reputable vendor.

Timeline of Horror

Early Jan – went to change the quantity for the order and my design to a more fancy and bigger one. They promised 2 weeks for the first draft to be sent.

Mid Jan – no sound, no picture. Emailed the owner and whatsapped the person we were supposed to be liaising with. No response.

Early Feb – We couldn’t take it anymore and scolded¬†the boss in an email because being nice in such cases won’t get you anywhere.

Excerpt:  Kalau dah janji tu, tolong memenuhi perjanjian itu. Saya pon sekarang dah mula mempersoalkan integriti dan professionalisme syarikat J.

The boss didn’t reply obviously. But the liaison person soon msged my fiance that the outside cover was done. Seriously the outside cover design is a simple template, and anyone of us here can do it if we had the artwork file – just need to change to our initials. As if we don’t know that they finally started working on it and sent it to us as an interim measure to pacify us while they buy time to do what they should have done weeks ago!

So the entire week was spent liaising with them finally sending the first draft through WA, and then it was not perfect off course. They sent a really small image, and hard to read the words. Spelt the future MiL’s name wrongly, and typed ‘Alright at bus -stop..’, instead of ‘Alight’. Seriously I know English is not their first language, but if their job is doing map design and directions, this should be a no-brainer. -_-

To cut it short, we went back and forth before proceeding with the 4th draft. I had given them my own map design to use (because Street Directory map doesn’t go with the card design) and I pointed out to them it was upside down. They said they would rectify it before printing. But when we collected it, it wasn’t and still upside down. Luckily its not a 2 sided card, but a folded one with inlay that flips upwards, so its still not so bad. Anyways, no time to scold them and reprint again so just have to roll with it.

Knowing what I went through, would I still have gone to JB to do the cards? I’m in 2 minds, because the quality of the cards is really good with the textured paper and hotstamping. It’s much cheaper than¬†the simple 2 sided card quotes that I obtained locally. But their service standards.. *sigh*

So advice to those who wanna do cards in JB?

  1. Give firm deadlines and call up instead of just communicating electronically. Get them to commit to delivering by a fixed date.
  2. Prepare and send out simple save the date design that you can WA to all your friends and relatives, 3 months before the date (in case the cards are delivered late)
  3. Have loads of patience and tawakkal

On a more positive note, the white rose with bling bedsheet set I was eyeing the last time I went to the department store at Angsana was on sale, so I managed to grab it at a reasonable price. Bridal room preps are complete!

Procrastination sets in

As per blog title. The more it gets nearer to 16 April, the more lazy I feel. Wish I could skip this whole final last lap and just time travel to the big day.

This week has been rather productive though – took leave for outfit selection at NZ. Lina, NZ’s sister took charge of this, and I like interacting with her. The process was very structured which I like – no point having the freedom to dig through the entire collection and finding out you can’t fit that dress.

Step 1 – So what they did was to measure us, and then they helped to shortlist a rack of potential clothes from there. Because of the GTB’s stocky and broad body size, my choices became more limited because there were some male matching outfits he couldn’t possibly fit in >_< He¬†was just able to fit into their largest suit, but it was a risk we didn’t want to take. Hence both of his outfits will be traditional Malay. We are fine with this¬†since he was able to wear a suit already for our pre-wedding shots.

Step 2 – Tell your preferences. I stated don’t bother taking white out for nikah. So I was provided a few choices, and I chose a dark color which definitely will give the illusion of making one look slimmer. The second songket piece was tougher. It was a close fight between 2 colors, but the more royal looking one won, since the intention was to pop on the pelamin and create a more dramatic effect during the walk-in.

We took about 2 hrs to choose 2 outfits. Quite glad that the ones i picked were non-designer, so that I didn’t need to top up more $. Now we have 5 weeks to lose the kilos until the final fitting.

One observation that I made was that lots of baju nikahs now look like baju raya, with the modern clean lines and sleek cutting. Partly because baju raya is getting more glam, so a baju nikah can easily be bought off the shelf. Thus during outfit selection, it would be good to pick pieces that would be impractical for daily use (especially if we are renting), because we are paying to dress like royals for a day. :p

And last night, we met up with the entertainment folks. Kak L was so awesome to talk to, and gave great advice on my itinerary which I should be amending now (but lazy). I sat next to her while she played several songs which she thought would be good, considering my venue is a masjid.

Tomorrow I am finally picking up my invite cards from JB. This deserves a post all on its own – I shall see how it turns out. The positive outcome of the cards being delayed is that the ringgit fell even further this week, so the cost of the cards is even cheaper than if I had collected earlier.

Next task: Buy hantaran gifts