Month: September 2017

Review: Ishq by NZ

Every BTB knows that Ishq is one of the most sought after bridals. I’m quite impressed at how business-savvy Kak N is – being the first to properly give brides the option of wearing Malaysian designer wear. This was actually one of the reasons I signed up and off course her make-up skills .

After signing up, suddenly all these comments about the bridal started surfacing and I was apprehensive but still had high expectations. I stuck with my decision, and while I was glad I did – in all honesty, I think if I went back in time, I might have tried a different bridal.

Firstly, this bridal is very popular which means there’s back to back appointments and you absolutely have to make it within your timeslot. If you can’t get off work, better fake an MC. And also because there’s many brides every week, the same dress gets recycled every often (my sanding baju was chosen like 1 mths before, and 2 mths after my wedding) so the exclusivity factor wasn’t really there. BUT the good thing is there’s customization from designers, so if you truly want your own look, go for this option (at a steep price off course).

Also not allowed to bongkar or try the outfits doing selection – double mehhh. Have to return the outfits on the same day of the wedding – triple mehhh. But I understand from my friend that there’s now a guy who will help bring the outfits back so that’s great for future BTBs.

All these rules aside, I really do think that the team is very professional in what they do. Lina does a great job coordinating sign-ups and appointments, and she’s really great to talk to and open in sharing  her experiences. The seamstress team was awesome to work with and knew their stuff, allaying all my insecurities.

Kak N’s makeup was on point – she chose more dramatic looks for me probably because of my choice of outfit colors. Everyone said they couldn’t recognize me and my friend actually went back out to check the signage to see if he was at the right wedding hahaha. I received nothing but compliments – so its really a testament to her skills. I got along with her okay – she didn’t stay with me throughout but came back to the venue for make-up reapplication (which I paid for) after zohor. But for some reason, I wasn’t totally at ease and well – I think chemistry is important between a bride and MUA.

So – would I recommend Ishq? Yes – if you want a bridal that knows their stuff and want Kak N’s makeup. But if you want more flexibility and not abide by many terms, then you may want to explore other options.

Review: Merah In Motion

I now get why new brides just don’t update their blogs anymore after the wedding. There’s added responsibilities, and much of the wedding preps excitement that shaped our lives… is now gone. It’s a new phase of life, and frankly some of the things we fussed about then seemed so trivial when we’ve stepped out from wedding mania to see the bigger picture.

With the passage of time, my interest in weddings have really plunged. I unfollowed so many vendors on social media, leaving only my own. I do look forward to their updates and see what they are up to. Those vendors I had such a good time with – a lingering attachment still stays.

One of them is Merah in Motion. Past readers would know that I contemplated hard before putting the budget down for them. But this is one of the best decisions I made considering how my photos turned out (but that’s a story for another review). There’s just something about video that photos cannot replicate – the sound and movement captured, especially things like the nikah and kompang.

It was a good experience from the start and Hidir was a very sincere guy who has a passion for creating good content. I loved how they were able to use their drone and captured shots from different angles so that the final product is multi-layered and so nuanced. My fave product is the wedding highlights which is now uploaded on their vimeo. I let my job hazard get the better for me and asked for 2 edits. Please be specific and help your videographer on this by identifying the exact time stamp you want to make changes instead of giving vague directions.

There was a minor hiccup when the final wedding video they gave didn’t edit out the previous couple’s names but they were quick to rectify and send over a new DVD. The final product of a thumdrive and DVD was really classy in the velvet box, making a good keepsake.

So yes, I thought it was money well-spent because I can look back and laugh at some of the funny moments of the wedding, and tear at how solemn the nikah was. Totally would recommend eating grass just to spend on videography.