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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!

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Jemput!

So yesterday, we went in JB to settle our kad jemputan. I previously blogged about getting a package from Kad Kahwin Cun but we made a mistake that day. We were a bit tired that day and made a noob mistake by ordering 1000 cards for 1000 people. Obviously none of us realised the correct amount is 500 cards instead.

20160925_123757.jpgMy previously chosen design – I liked how the paper had a nice grainy texture

So we went back to their shop at Larkin to amend the package. We scaled down to 400 pax instead because we had decided on a leaner guest list. Obviously with the drastic reduction of cards needed, the amount needed to pay them was much lesser than what I had been prepared to pay the first time. So I took the opportunity to upgrade my card to a larger size, with hotstamping and inlay. Something like what zzanny shared in her blog. With the very good exchange rate, it all worked out to 55 cents/piece.

We would have been out there earlier if not for another noob mistake – we didn’t prepare the directions for how to get to the majlis venue. So there we were in the shop feeling hot (banyak shops there don’t turn on their air-con) and googling away for public transport directions. Anyway we settled the information required, and the designer will get in touch in another 2 weeks, so hopefully that first draft now is not something that needs major changes.

Anyway they also do berkat – a jar of honey with tags and ribbon can be as cheap as 80 cents per piece. I am seriously considering this.. but I’ve no car, so can be leceh to bring across customs.

But am definitely going to make more trips to JB. The train is a much better way to travel to avoid the jams, and its so much easier to get around there now with Grab/Uber. With the frequent promo codes they have there, the rides are sometimes free!

To-do list, 97 days out.

  1. Coordinate with  caterer, decor and draw floor plan with set-up
  2. Settle invite card design
  3. Buy berkat
  4. Place order for wedding cake
  5. Source for cheap videographer
  6. Settle wallpaper, mattress and bridal bedsheet
  7. Book wedding transport
  8. Decide on mini-moon venue
  9. Wedding bouquet theme

Wedding expo this week! Don’t mind popping down to see if there’s any value for money videography packages!

Taming your guest list

Trying to decide who to put on my invite list is like rocket science.

(I’m not even going to touch the parents’ guest list as BTBs clearly have no say in that. We can only try to remind them not to invite so many members)

For our own guest list, we can at least control and be more selective in who we want to approach. But I’m very soft-hearted in this aspect, which leads to more people being added on the list.

The should-I-should-I-not-invite categories of people:

  • Ex-schoolmates previously in your clique but have drifted apart (understandable since you know…adult responsibilities). Barely talk these days but once upon a time, you were so close and hung out together so much when all we had to worry was passing exams. They know who your first crush is when even your mother doesn’t
  • The ex-colleagues that were your source of support. Similar to the first category, they were the people you leaned on when the bosses were being mean, the workload got too much and clients were a pain. But when they/you left the job, this relationship is no longer based on the above. You meet them occasionally just to catch up, but things aren’t just the way it used to be.
  • Ex-bosses that actually made you grow when you were working. Now communication is just limited to social media comments, but they had such an impact in your career
  • People you are not really close to but got invited to their wedding for some reason. And you attended out of politeness. So now must invite back out of courtesy?
  • Ex-boyfriends that you are still on good terms with
  • Colleagues who you are kinda obligated to invite since you have worked at your place a long time and have formed some sort of bond (although they don’t belong to the support you type), and it would be awkward if you didn’t invite them

And it goes on.. I wish I can be ruthless and leave these people out, but there’s so much psychological factors to consider. Its complex when feelings of past bonds come into play, whether current relationships would be affected, not hurting people’s feelings..

How do BTBs decide who makes the final invite list, for the not so clear-cut cases?

Catering per head now very expensive leh.. =p

 

Kad jemputan

In JB for the next few days with my family as my photo shoot is coming up and we decided to have a JBcaytion. Dropped by Angsana mall to look see look see and it turned out there was a wedding fair here. Seriously their bridal and decor are sooo gorgeous.

Got drawn in to Kad Kahwin Cun’s booth since it was so near the entrance. They had an ongoing promo and I decided to go for their hotstamping promo for a 4 x 8 card with inlay. The inlay will have a simple doa in front, my side’s details on the left, his side’s detail on the right and a map at the back. My sis has offered to do an illustrated map for the design. What I like about the card we picked is that it has a nice textured grainy feel to it instead of the usual smooth type.

This amounted to 0.25 cents for my required quantity. They also offered free guestbook (not nice) or 20 photobooth props (we not having one) or 1 bunting (tacky) or 300 thank you stickers. We thought this was the most practical and topped up 50 ringgit for our quantity.

#windowofopportunity

This was perfect for my budgeting as my strategy had always been minimal spending on things that will end up in the bin – cards, stickers, signages etc

Design liaising will be via email once more deets are confirmed, and collection is at their place in Larkin. Glad to have another thing off my hands.

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