bridal

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

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Choosing a wedding outfit

Next week is outfit selection!

Does anyone have a dress guide for Malay weddings? Hahaha..all those dress right for your body type articles are only applicable for Western gowns.

Also is there any unspoken rules, like wear only white/cream/pastel type of outfits for nikah? Did anyone choose a bold color for nikah? The lighter colored dresses are “high-fat” and I am concerned because my weight gain has been quite rapid (metabolism very slow after you hit your 30s).

I would really like to choose a dress from Nurita Harith but I’m sure my fat rolls will appear in the strategic spots.  -_-

I’m definitely taking a bold color for the 2nd outfit, but has anyone taken darker hue colors for nikah?

Any tips for outfit selection would be really helpful!

 

Choosing a Bridal

One of the first things a BTB obsesses about, since we’re all particular about how we look on the big day.

My decision-making process:

  • Make-up looks natural – have seen so many brides with super red wayang cheeks and looking older than they actually are. I don’t wear make-up except on special occasions so the minimalistic look is for me
  • Eyebrows that don’t look over plucked
  • No need for boomz sanggul-lintang. Less is the new more.
  • Gowns with a streamlined cutting, classy and timeless details

Looked through the popular bridals and emailed the short-listed ones concurrently after looking through all their portfolios.

Chose Ishq in the end for the reasons above.

I think NZ’s shading and contouring skills are great so I will fork out the extra $$ to engage her.

ishq

credits: Ishq’s Instagram

Another crucial factor was the tie-ups with Malaysian designers. I am a huge fan of Nurita Harith. Check out her latest bridal collection!

Credits: Nurita Harith

Made the appointment with Lina, NZ’s adik who herself was a recent pengantin. She was really nice and explained all their terms. Take note that there’s a few additional costings involved on top of the base package, but this is clearly laid out already so you know what you’re paying for. One tip is to just opt for the 2 outfit package first if your itinerary is still very hazy at the moment, as you can always upgrade your package but not the reverse. The deposit is the same amount anyway.

Hoping not to hit above $3K but since I will most likely go for their designer collection and engaging NZ, it will definitely bust that limit!

I am also toying with the idea of customising at least one outfit, especially for the nikah one so I can keep it for sentimental reasons. I still have a few more months to decide if I want to go this route, since they need 8 months lead time minimally.  I am gravitating rowards Nurita obviously, but there’s also the other choices – Mimpikita, Innaired, Rico Rinaldi, Khairi Sufi , Syomir Izwa etc.

I’ve read the stories that have been circulating in the blogosphere about NZ, but I shall keep an open mind since I’ve not experienced anything personally yet. InsyaAllah, all will be okay.

Useful link: Tips on choosing a bridal boutique