Author: flaneur

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Review: Budget Transport

This was one of the last few things I booked – wedding van! Combined wedding means no need to spend money on wedding car hehe. I nearly settled on Grab Shuttle but my berkat vendor Whipped Love did a shoutout for this provider. I made some enquriries and he was charging $55 for a 13 seater van (one-way) which was pretty affordable.

The van was spacious and was able to fit my make-up assistant, family and photographer. The morning driver was pleasant and came promptly. Alhamdulilah the literal road to nikah was smooth.

However I had to wait quite long for the van on the return trip as the evening driver mistakenly went to my place instead of the wedding venue where we were waiting.  Still he arrived eventually, and he was nice too. Despite the miscommunication on their end, I would recommend this for anyone looking for cheap transport. Payment was smooth too –  everything was done via bank transfer to the boss, Hardy. You can find him on Carousell under @budgettransport

With Raya season looming, I am tempted to take him again for a JB shopping trip, which he does offer as well!

Review: 4S Catering

Previously I blogged about how I was keen to engage Doulath because I thought they were value for money. Well as all BTBs know, plans flip a lot along the way macam roti prata. So in the end we engaged 4S Catering.

Who?

Its one of those old-timer companies who depend on word of mouth. And the towkay is.. my hubby’s uncle! Engaging a family member has its pros and cons – you can be assured that they won’t shortchange you, but any issues and it will get pretty awkward. Luckily there was minimal issues.

The menu was as follows:

Nasi jagung, daging kicap, ayam masak merah, dalca sayur, paceri nanas, sambal goreng paru, sweet & sour fish, rojak petis, mee hoon goreng, soto, lontong, pulut hitam, pisang goreng, malay kueh and fruits.

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Stole these photos from my guests. Hehe even the food signages were the old-school print on MS Word type.

Alhamdulilah, there were really good reviews especially on how refreshing and light it was to eat nasi jagung instead of briyani. Soto Rohanah was made by my hubby’s auntie, and was very popular too. I think when something is made with love, your tastebuds can tell. So must be teliti when cooking for our hubbies.

Initially I was worried that desserts were not enough as I didn’t engage those candy/ice-cream/churros/waffles providers. But the kueh was sufficient. I am forever grateful to Cik Su for being so generous, and also ensuring that his kendarat service was professional.

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Honestly though, what I love from 4S Catering is the teh tarik! Its just so full bodied and not sweet. I think they use tea leaves instead of the usual Lipton bag!

I think the good reviews for the catering really made me and my mum happy, because our priority was to ensure people were happily fed. I didn’t manage to eat at the majlis but I had their nasi bungkus for many days and it didn’t feel jelak at all.

If any BTB is still looking for a caterer and wants to try their cooking, ask your other halves to go to Masjid Jamek at Queenstown where Cik Su will cook a spread before Friday prayers. You simply can’t go wrong with years of experience. 🙂

A ++++ !

Review: Wedding Cakes by Salwah Omar

I left the cake ordering to the last minute, as I also wasn’t sure if I wanted one – but I admit it added to the decor, especially if you coordinate the colors. Kak Salwah was my choice after I asked for help in one of my posts. I really liked her past works, and she was within my budget too.

In general, the budget conscious brides can try home bakers, as their costs tend to be lower as they won’t have to pass their overhead expenses to you.  Fondant is more expensive and not as tasty as cream, but I feel that the finished look gives a more elegant look. So I ordered a two-tier cake fondant cake from her, and requested for a lilac number to match the decor.

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I’m happy with how it turned out – and I think two tier is just nice as we were able to give out the cake to relatives present. The flavours we chose were chocolate salted caramel and raspberry ivoire. So delicious and the sweetness level was just right.

Tip: Don’t wait too long to give out the cake. After cake-cutting, just inform your orang kuat to start giving them out already. Have tapao containers ready under the table so you can distribute everything.

Kak Salwah does baking classes too. I’m keen to sign up for one of them!

Review: RS Wedding Gallery

No regrets engaging RS Wedding at all!

The following reasons are why those who haven’t found decor vendors should engage them:

They are value for money – I took their Tiara Package at $2980 (their prices are on their website). I knew from the start that I wasn’t going to pay a substantial amount for decor just to have it dismantled a few hours later. I truly think they are budget-friendly, as the market price is now $5k? Plus my venue was at the mosque function hall, which meant that most other vendors would have additional charges.

Kak R who runs the company is a visionary. She’s truly creative and does this out of passion.  If you look through her portfolio, she’s conceptualised things like Japanese themes from scratch. Plus her swing pelamin is really genius. I was really temped to adapt that as a photo booth backdrop.

She’s flexible and listens to what you want. I knew I didn’t want any tacky concepts, and just wanted a simple timeless look that wouldn’t end up looking old fashioned years later. So i just showed samples of how I would like my drapes (no overly-scalloped curtains!!) and my color palette (white and lilac), together with fairy lights.  The tables were draped with pink or champagne table runners.

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The pelamin was done exactly how I wanted it, and the wedding arch with box decorations was a nice touch. The whole look worked, even without topping up for real flowers and Tiffany chairs. More photos of my decor are up at their website here.

Apparently they have named my theme ‘eventide’ which according to Wiki, is an old term for evening. Sounds quite romantic! By they way, there were no wall or ceiling drapes because the mosque didn’t allow any stapling or taping, not because the vendor was lazy lol. If not, the place would have looked even nicer.

Service was good – she was the one who was chasing me for confirmation, while I was the one who kept sitting on the decisions. Set-up was very prompt, they came at 3pm and were done pretty fast. Tear-down was also fast. Small things like providing an easel at the last minute, was also helpful to me as I really thought I was going to have to rent one from Carousell.

In short, while it’s not jaw-dropping beautiful, I think their decor worked out really well for the price I paid. Thumbs up to RS Wedding Gallery!

 

 

 

 

Review: Whipped Love

After my nightmare experience with a JB vendor for my cards, there was no way I was going to outsource my favours there despite the cheaper price. So I went searching for a local vendor and put my faith in Whipped Love, which mostly has food items. I didn’t want to gift physical items because I received common feedback that these usually ended up as dust-collectors.

So I chose mini-cookies in a cylinder for my favours. Chocolate cookies are universal – men and women, young and old will eat them. The cookies were really tasty – I thought they were Chipsmore, but it wasn’t! I’m not sure where Zu from Whipped Love gets her supply from, but i like how crispy and not sweet these were.

For the packaging, I went with twine and black tags for the design. These turned out okay, although there was a small issue. I had requested for my hash tag to be added on the tag, but this couldn’t be seen when printed as it was too small and the font color blended into the black. I can deal with this though – I don’t really think it made an impact on the amount of people using the hashtag.

The final product seen below – was generally happy with it! Another vendor I would recommend. Her pricing is all on her site – you don’t need to email for quotes.

(Credits to Whipped Love)

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However, one lesson learnt was that I should have not ordered the exact quantity, because of the guest attrition rate. I have quite a few favours leftover. If anyone knows of somewhere I can donate these cookies too (like a children’s home), please let me know!

Review: D’ Perfection Gifts

I have a serious case of wedding planning withdrawal. For the past 1 year, I’ve been heading to the library near my workplace to borrow the latest issues of Pengantin magazine. I clearly do not have that need anymore.. but when I saw the April issue, I couldn’t help but borrow it.

It’s always been a useful source of information to keep up with the latest trends. I especially like how they give inspiration for gubahans. I do not have such talent so I can only gawk at their works. That’s why I decided to outsource this to Kak Ain from D’ Perfection. As mentioned before, I placed an order for trays, sireh dara and bunga rampais.

It was so worth it to go all the way and back from Woodlands where she’s based. Another A+ vendor I would recommend. She does this full-time so you can be sure she will do her best for you.

Here’s one of my trays for the other half:

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Husband likes to invest in precious metals, so I bought him silver bars and a collectible coin. Impressed with how she laid everything out using the case! Also she kindly upgraded my satin base to a songket one.. there was enough teal cloth, as I was only doing 3 dulangs.

Her sireh dara is nice too! As I requested for all the items to be delivered at the majlis venue the day before, she made suggestions to arrange the leaves in a senget way to avoid the shape from going haywire if it became lembik.

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I am a big fan of her tanjak bunga rampais – I requested for 20 pieces to be done in electric blue songket. Wished I kept one for myself!

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Clearly, I would recommend her works as well – her rates are reasonable and she is definitely creative. No regrets outsourcing this!

Review: ND Henna

Will be kicking off my vendor reviews starting from the pre-wedding preps – henna!

At first I was a bit hesitant in applying henna, because my ustaz had pointed out that it has Hindu origins, but over time the intricate designs found its way into Malay weddings. Not sure how this happened, as during our mums’ time, only capping was done. I decided to go for it, only because its evolved such that its become a cultural thing with no religious significance. However I chose to have a floral design, and avoid those that looks like symbols in Hindu temples.

So I sourced around and engaged ND Henna. Nadya’s been doing it for a couple of years, and is working in the arts education field, so she’s naturally creatively inclined. Her portfolio is pretty awesome too. I chose her Violet Package which consists of minimal design on hands and feet, inclusive of capping.

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This picture doesn’t really do the stain colors justice, as it was much darker than what it looked like on the photo, having gone through the full 48 hours. The colors on my palm were even richer and that’s where the stain will be the darkest for everyone. I was unable to keep the henna powder on that long unfortunately, as my session was in the morning and I had to remove the powder to take wudhu. We are supposed to have minimal contact with water, but obviously that wasn’t practical. Nadya provided an aftercare set, which included her own mixture of oil and balm to keep it moisturised.

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(Yep my stains have faded due to loads of water exposure in Krabi)

Would I recommend Nadya? Absolutely.

Applying henna is already very torturous as we can’t move for hours. But she was easy to talk to, and when there were moments of silence, it was comfortable not awkward. I was amazed at how she fit all her tools in her backpack – stool, henna cones, camera etc.

She’s very responsive to emails and enquiries too, and proactive in follow-ups. I like her customised floral design for me, and she understood my sister’s requirement for her design too (esp my henna party only had 1 person hahaha).

For those, who can’t sit still and wants a guaranteed red stain, she also provides those instant henna which all those Malaysian artists are applying.

Nadya, if you’re reading this – you’re totally on my A-list of wedding vendors, and I hope this review helps in getting you more business. 🙂