Can I Ask A Favour Of You? 



When I first saw updates about the PLATINUM Luxe Wedding 2016, I wasn’t so interested to attend knowing that both Z and I have more or less secured our vendors. And I know it’s also not Z’s cup of tea to attend a luxury wedding showcase (I was right). However, we went in the end as I wanted to meet the vendor who will be working on the wedding favors for my side of the reception – TWC Inspirations.

So I booked TWC based on my mom’s advice. She fell in love with their favors – especially the tinned chocolates. She wanted them and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Trust me, I tried to convince her to give honey in a jar as wedding favors (even backing up with the fact that honey is a Sunnah food) and she gave a flat no. Well, secretly, I wanted TWC as well which was why I decided to make a deposit recently with them. However, had no opportunity to meet them. It was such a great risk on my part to be doing so since it was 50% deposit, and quite a large sum of money it was!

It was TWC themselves who recommended for us to meet during the event and I thought this was a good time for us to meet them. Now, allow me to sidetrack a bit – Z and I have always made it a point to have a physical meeting with the vendors we are engaging. Well, it’s more of Z and less of me. I’m really the super kanchiong one who will readily dispose of my money for deposit without a prior meeting or discussion with the vendor because (a) I really want them and (b) it is out of pure convenience. I mean, isn’t iBanking the most delightful thing to happen in the history of banking and technology? As for Z, he prefers the need to establish a client-vendor relationship the traditional way as it is more personal, regardless of the service rendered. (Shame on me really – I’m always the one who places the importance on the added personal touch and here he is reminding me to do the same when I don’t. May Allah bless him! Ameen!) And Z’s right of course, by establishing such connection through a meeting, we get to clarify our doubts and know a little bit more about the vendor.

So yes – after the meeting, we got a sample of the Tin box which I booked and can I just say how beautiful it is? I’m so excited to see how ours will turn out to be! *dreamy eyes* My mom certainly has such exquisite taste and Tak rugi dengar cakap Mak! I love how TWC places importance on customization without compromising on their quality. Even their bunga rampai holders have an added touch of grandeur with silk ribbons and what not. Let me share some photos with you girls, just in case some of you are looking for ideas on what to give out as favors.


Brownies in a customized box. This happened to be from a dear friend’s wedding. My family loves the brownies! It was also this favour that reaffirmed my mom’s interest in TWC.

Candy coated chocolates – how cute!


Bunga rampai cones – so elegant!

Very exclusive wedding invites – with matching envelope linings and all!


They even have laced eggs for bunga telur!

And this was the picture that got my mom (and me) interested. Hehe.

Of course I’ve been told I can DIY certain things but time is of the essence for me. I am greatly lacking in patience when it comes to this sort of thing though ambition I have. Being an educator, I really don’t have much time and I’m also lazy, I admit. Anyways, you know what’s even more awesome? TWC’s package includes delivery (they can even make multiple deliveries based on the needs and requirements of your family and event) so you don’t have to fork out extra money nor manpower for that. I don’t know about you girls, but that solves many things for my family and I!

Also, apart from favors, we even managed to secure our official wedding videographer during the showcase. No prizes for guessing who but more on that in another entry. As for now, I need to get back to my markings. I do however have a strong and burning urge to blog on a topic I’ve been thinking about lately and that is  “How to treat people who are helping you (i.e. Friends, families, bridesmaids and groomsmen) rightfully”. Actually it’s a topic that’s pretty universal and doesn’t only relate to weddings but, ah well.

Gotta go for now!

Love,

 

 

The Sakura Daydream

So, a few hours ago, I rushed to Starbucks at Civic Centre and Woodlands MRT begin a little bird told me that Starbucks just released their Sakura Daydream tumbler and mugs collection. Let me show you girls!



Aren’t they pretty? The ones that my friend and I wanted were no longer in stock but I managed to grab some cute ones for ourselves. So ladies, if you have a thing for cute things, grab these stuff before they go out of stock! 😍

Love
klumsyride

Because I Tehtarik Dengan You

I love teh tarik. Especially if it’s from the teh sarbat stall near Bussorah Street. If Z and I happen to be around the area and have nothing to do, or we are waiting for the next prayer time, we would pay a visit to the stall to have our fix of bubbly, sweet and milky teh Tarik (and a glass of warm water to eradicate any guilt from our hearts). In fact, it even used to be a weekly thing for a few years when I was still single, in the pre-Z era. I just love having deep and meaningful conversations over a glass of teh Tarik. I am really quite pakcik in that sense.

So, I thought it’d be nice to have a teh Tarik live station at our wedding. We attended a wedding at Warung in the East last year and they had teh Tarik but I forgot to take a card. Hahaha. So, I’m just wondering if any of you know of any teh Tarik contacts?

Heheheh now I’m craving for teh Tarik.

Love
klumsyride

Almost Complete (Confessions of a Kiasu Bride)

It feels like ages since I do up a proper blog post that is wedding related. I’ve been so caught up with work lately, all I wanna do when I reach home is to lepak. I used to be able to hang out after work at Bugis but all that energy is almost totally consumed at work now. Or I guess I’m not as energetic as I used to be. 😫

So let’s see, with respect to the wedding, Alhamdulillah, I’ve booked and paid my deposits with most of my major vendors. 

Caterer: P.uteri W.eddings Catering (PWC)

This is my parents’ vendor of choice. My mom, in particular. PWC is a bit on the pricey end of the spectrum for me but I decided to let my parents pick the caterer since most of the guests will be theirs anyways and I know they just want to have a proper function, what with me being the first child to get married and all. So I’ve attended weddings by P.uteri and thought that their spread was pretty good. I love that they have so many desserts! We also booked during the promotion – which means we got a free live station on top of the roti kirai and mee Soto ones. I’m thinking of getting the Vietnamese rolls station but we still have a lot of time to decide. Anyways, liaising with PWC was quite a breeze. They were open to coming over to our place for the meeting and transaction process and was very professional. 

Decor: A.ngg.un Dec.or (AD)

Now, I’ve always dreamed of a dreamy wedding with fresh flowers and drapes aplenty. Which girl doesn’t? My shortlisted  choices were RH, J.entayu, C.omelM.olek and AD and after looking through hundreds of pictures on IG and FB, and attending a few weddings by the different vendors, I finally decided on AD simply because of the drapes and fresh flowers. Kak N and Abang S were very friendly and they have so many ideas to share! Right now, I’m just wondering if I should get the open concept dais…

Photographer: NA.Fimages

Z and I placed great importance on the photographer. In fact, it was the first thing we booked together. Initially we thought of saving and get one of those lower range photographers but after comparing all the photos, we realized how essential a good wedding photographer is. I’ve always liked photos captured by Dyn from N.af – always so dreamy and different from the conventional, cut and paste wedding shots. I managed to convince Z and he fell in love with the photos captured by Dyn as well. We booked the package with post wedding after doing up the calculations and comparing with other companies. Theirs was really value for money! In fact, we even managed to convince our friends to book them for their wedding hehe.😬

Bridal: Nawwar.ah Bridal

I’ve always liked PS  but I knew my hips don’t lie and they won’t be able to fit into their Size 10 outfits. It was really frustrating that they had this size limit because UK12 is not even Plus Size! I was disappointed to say the least and even meddled with the thought of booking with FuzanaMokhtaza since I really love her designs (she quoted us really good prices!). Fate has it that one day I saw this promotion by NB- bookings made within 2015 will get customized outfits at no additional costs (not for keeps) since they are starting out and need to expand their collection. I’ve been following them for quite a while and really like their works and makeup, so apa lagi, I emailed them and asked for quotations. It was within our budget (did we have any at that point of time? Hahaha) so we decided to go ahead and book NB for our wedding. So excited!!!!

Miscellaneous 

  • Bridal Bouquet: Cher.riesmit.ten (booked them during their recent promotion because I am very greedy and want two bouquets for the wedding to match my different outfits HAHAHAHA)
  • Photo booth: P.ixclique (I wanted photostrips but not many offer them or are way too expensive for me. I chanced upon P.ixclique one day and I was intrigued by their Photobooth (it’s a real booth, guys!!!) so decided to book them since they are rather affordable too.)
  • Gubahan: E.yeSpyL.ove (We won’t be having that many dulangs but I also wanted my dulangs to match the theme of my decor. Bridezilla alert – I told Z I wanted the dulangs from the same vendor and said that I’ll take charge of the Dulang booking hahaha. I mean, the Dulang will be at my side for nikah, so it only makes sense that both the dulangs complement my theme, kan? Hahaha menyampah. Anyways, a dear friend of mine has been making wedding gift trays and I actually like how meticulous she is with them. It is of course without a doubt that I had to show her my support and book her for my wedding (but was greeted with a pleasant surprise, Alhamdulillah. Thank you, E.yespyl.ove!!!). So excited for this as well!

So yup, those are the vendors I have booked so far and I’m left with the following:

  1. Henna (booked and placed a deposit with Adornedsg!)
  2. Traditional live band
  3. Wedding cake 
  4. Sireh junjung and bunga pahar
  5. Bunga rampai
  6. Berkat ( booked and placed a deposit with TWC for the custom chocolates in golden tin)
  7. Wedding cards (going to DIY for myself and Z!)
  8. Venue
  9. Videographer – do we need this???
  10. Fabric bouquet (again, because I am greedy)

We also need to decide on what exactly we need to exchange to be placed on the wedding trays. So far, I’ve bought beautiful prayer mats and Al-Quran from Makkah for us but we can’t seem to agree on the other items for now. 😂

So yes, as you can see, I am pretty Kiasu when it comes to wedding planning. I’m not sure if it’s good that I’ve got mostly everything confirmed at such an early stage but I hope it will save me from all the panic later on. I am however quite Mata rambang and after making my deposits, I start to go cray cray for other vendors. Ah, we will never be thankful, will we? 

Here’s hoping that everything will go well, inshaAllah!!

Help! DIY Wedding Cards?

Salam everyone! Just a quick entry because I need help! Where can I print A6/DL sized wedding invitations (which I have designed myself) in Singapore at a reasonable price and good quality? I don’t want to make a trip to JB! 😦 Also, if you know where to get hot stamping or foil printing services, that’ll be great as well!
Thank you in advance, lovelies! 🙂

The Haramain: A Spiritual Journey in the Two Holy Lands

Assalamualaikum wrt wb! I hope everyone is doing well. I’m getting excited reading all the 2016 BTBs posting their excitement. It’s your year, girls! All the best! Hehe. Next year will be the 2017 BTBs’ turn, inshaAllah!

Also, do pardon me for my pretty long absence – I’ve been away for a spiritual journey with my family to Madinah and Makkah in December. It’s been a really eye-opening trip and it has been nothing but full of blessings and magic. Now, of course I don’t mean magic in the haram kind of way but in the mysterious, this-feels-so-surreal kind of way. It’s true what they say that you should be careful what you pray for, or what you say for that matter, when you’re at either of the Holy Lands. I have so many stories to share from my trip but time does not permit at the moment. I fell ill towards the end of the trip and have yet to recover but inshaAllah the air zamzam that I’ve been spamming will help!

Let me just share some photos with you girls for now ya?

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Masjid Nabawi, somewhere outside Raudhah

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The huge golden umbrellas you certainly cannot miss.

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Entrance to the Women’s Section of Masjid Nabawi

M&S Bridal Staycation

Salam ladies! Wow, I haven’t been on WordPress for soooo long! So many things have happened but they are not related to the wedding at all. Wedding preparations have been pretty stagnant – undoubtedly so. At the moment, we are a couple of days shy from the two years mark and it’s pretty exciting! Z has also been more involved in his vendor search. It’s nice to see him being more involved with the wedding. Hehe.

Anyway, two of my girlfriends are getting married soon so the girls and I planned a surprise staycation for them.  We booked a room at Marina Mandarin and we were greeted with one of the best views in Singapore.

Here’s our view from the highest floor of Marina Mandarin, with some Fluff Bandung cupcakes to boot!

 

The bed was pretty comfy too!

 

I have started drinking coffee (and relying on it!!!) since I started going out with Z, so this was indeed nice to have!

 

We decorated the room just for M & S!

 

My favourite girls, missing a few others who came later / could not make it.

These girls are indeed very special to me. We met in NUS and most of us went for the orientation camp organized by NUS Muslim Society and PBMUKS when we were 19 (that was in 2019!!!). We grew close and we call each other the “Fillah Girls” because we aim to grow closer to each other and be better individuals for the sake of Allah. It’s really surreal to see us grow up and entering the next phase in life. I’m really happy for M & S, mashaAllah. They really deserve all the happiness in the world!

Really glad that the bridal party was a success! We definitely had fun stuffing ourselves with food and talking and eating and laughing and all that jazz. It’s hard to meet often now that we are working, so when you put 9 of us  girls (missing 1 of us who was working) in a room together, it can get really kecoh!!

Can’t wait for the wedding in December and January! Hehe. Also, Z and I attended a wedding of a dear friend whom I met in JC and did a few school attachment with together on Saturday. Congrats Nadya & Aman! Really happy for you! Also, I fell heads over heels with the decor!

 

Look at that pelamin! No prizes for guessing who’s the Decor Vendor!

When I told Z that I got the same vendor for decor, I think the simple guy in him was shocked beyond words. Hehe. Can’t wait to see how mine will materialize when it’s finally our time! InshaAllah all will go well!

Now, it’s time for me to relax a little bit more than usual because it’s the holidays, guys! Hehe.

Here’s to more wedding weekends before I fly off! Till then!

Love, A