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Vendor Performance Review

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Well that’s us. Happily married : )
The event on 20th August went exceptionally well. Alhamdulillah.
We would like to take this opportunity to extend our gratitude to our vendors for their efforts.

To summarize how¬†our vendors fared¬†throughout the entire time we had to liaise with them,¬†I’ve come up with a satisfaction rating¬†where¬†criteria are solely¬†based on vendor’s service, responsiveness, knowledge and their¬†performance. The number of stars awarded represent the followings:

(*) ¬†vendor who failed to meet client’s satisfaction
(**)  vendor who needs improvement
(***) ¬†vendor who met client’s¬†requirement
(****) ¬†vendor who met and exceeds client’s¬†expectation

Here’s a summary …

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Read on to know the sassy story behind the rating.¬†It’s pretty lengthy, so here we go…

 

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The vendor who caught us off guard with their exceptional workmanship! We received tons of compliments from our guests for the dias and catered food. In all honesty, we were quite skeptical that they could pull off what we envision because working with them was not all rainbows and butterflies so to speak. But kudos to Ella, Azli and team for their outstanding performance. (4/4 stars)

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The stench of henna has had me traumatized from young and followed me through adulthood. I¬†dread the thought of having¬†henna and was even contemplating for¬†alternative to substitute it. Eventually,¬†I succumbed to mum’s poodle looking¬†eyes to have it for the wedding.

The young founder of Esheenafix, Eka pretty much got me distracted from the “stench” as she chats the night away. We covered a whole load of topic; from her wedding, to my wedding and everyone else’s. Haha!¬†When Eka starts to ink me up I was pleasantly surprised that the paste was rather odorless.¬†She later on¬†explained that there isn’t much “stench” resonating through my nasal simply because¬†the paste consists¬†of all natural ingredients.

What impressed me the most about Eka, is her after-care service. She went the extra mile to ask her client how the henna has stained. She constantly gave the assurance that the stained will turned darker as the night progresses. True to her words, it did and I was one happy camper! (4/4 stars)

Bliss Photo & Cinema

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Truly it was an honor to have Syarfique as our official photographer. Punctual and professional. Always, on point with his directions and making everything look so effortless and natural! (4/4 stars)

Fleurs By Spoleczny

Screenshot_20160905-153142.pngAnd what do you know.. This B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L¬†wedding bouquet was crafted by Syarfique’s dearest wife, Yati. Oh my god! This lady is sooo accommodating to my needs! Despite having to change the color palette¬†at the eleventh hour, still she was able to execute to my request. No fuss. No complain.¬†It was such a pleasure to work with this dynamic duo! (4/4 stars)

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Another power couple that’s worth mentioning¬†would be Umi and Fad! Both of them are equally compatible. Can you believe it, if we told you that Fad lost all his camera gears¬†10 minutes upon his arrival to the hotel? All is good when¬†we found out that the janitor mistakenly thought it was¬†trash since mister¬†smarty pants left it at the hallway. Fad O’ Fad!

Despite the circumstances, they managed to produce this summary clip a day after the event!¬†Fad’s incident¬†made the whole ceremony¬†much more memorable for us. After a day of changing outfits and running around, we had a good laugh reminiscing how everything went. (4/4 stars)

Petisolek

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We would be walking down the aisle naked if not for pretty dresses and suits from Petisolek! The second outfit was indeed a jaw dropper and a show stopper. Long train accompanied by embellished embroidery Р a mix of modern meets traditional. The decision to swap for Primadona collection at the last legged was totally worth it!

Credits goes to Qee as well for her magical delicate fingers that made¬†me look ever so demure. Instructing me ever step of the way; what to do and where to seat. Most importantly making sure that I¬†don’t fall flat on my face with my 6 inch stilettos! – which I almost did. (4/4 stars)

Ola Lola

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Arfah from Olalola is another easy vendor to work with. She managed to give her very own twist of the look that I was looking for. All I did was to provide her with the color scheme of my choice and BAM! She nailed it in an instant! And it looked soooo good on camera! (4/4 stars)

TLCTheSixOfUs

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Since we have international guests attending to our wedding, we were a bit concerned if the food catered would be too spicy for their taste buds. But we figured that ice cream would suffice to complement those spicy kick flavors and definitely act as palate cleanser. Besides, who doesn’t like ice cream anyway right?

Fiza and team did a wonderful job decorating their booth. Working with Fiza and hubby was a breeze. They adviced us accordingly to the number of tubs that would be sufficient to serve the number of guests attending and informed us in advance how they strategized to serve 2000 guests. An extra stars awarded to them for serving the guests with a smile. (4/4 stars)

Permata

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Since the theme was to go for an all white wedding, I just had to¬†synchronize the bunga manggar to the decor¬†as well. Yes, I’m as OCD as¬†that! The only person who is kind enough to customize my¬†silly request was Yanti from¬†Permata. God bless her soul for entertaining this bridezilla. Haha! (3/4 stars)

Ribbons & Ties

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If you think of sireh dara who else would you turned to if not to Ribbons & Ties. It was hassle free liaising with Ila – Emailed. Paid. Collected. Returned. As easy as that. (3/4 stars)

Divanista

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At this time and age, it’s not easy to source for vendor who still crafts bunga pahar. I was¬†lucky enough to cross path with Kak¬†Su from Divanista who is willing to take in to my request and still charged it at a reasonable price.¬†(3/4 stars)

Estee

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The man was given a choice if he would like to keep it traditional with a 3 tiered cake or go for something modern like macaroon tower or tiers of cake jars. Obviously, my dearest boy decides to go for the former. But hey what do you know this yummy looking thing is sooooo delicious! Esteefa did a fantastic job! Just one bite and it knock us out with its flavor. (3/4 stars)

KCottageStudio

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The cake will not be complete without its topper, don’t you think so? So we decided to engage Kerine from KCottageStudio to add some subtle humor to our cake. She was prompt with her email and so was her deliverable. (3/4 stars)

A Love Knot

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A little something something for the guest to bring home – Cookies! Though the portion was tiny but the quality of the cookies were consistent and yummy. Happy belly. Happy me. So no complain to lodge over here. Hehe! (3/4 stars)

Akrab

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Akrab Entertainment –¬†Hakim, the gentleman in spectacle, don in blue traditional wear was¬†the guy we engaged to be the emcee for our event. Properly attired, good-natured and fluent in both English and Malay language. Plus, humorous too.

Akrab Kompang – You can never go wrong with this team to bring what they got! The whole ballroom was drown by their soulful voice.

Combining Akrab entertainment and kompang services together was truly a perfect match. What more could we asked for. Keep it up boys! (3/4 stars)

TheKad

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TheKad was not as accommodating as compared to the rest of the other vendor hence the reason they received¬†a slightly lower rating. She was rather calculative and inflexible at our requests. Perhaps she needs to learn to say no to her client if she can’t handle her¬†workload¬†so that she would be¬†much complying¬†to her future clients. Anyway, it was nice knowing you Nazira. (2/4 stars)

Overall, I’m very contented¬†to have this awesome bunch of dedicated vendors¬†to rely on for my big day. With all the news going around about vendors cheating on client’s money, we were very blessed¬†that our paths were cleared from such misfortune.

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Oh! Before the curtain call, we’ll like to give a special shoutout to our dashing-looking groomsmen and¬†bridesmaids for rendering their assistance on our big day.¬†Thank you for entertaining to our every request and¬†keeping us sane¬†throughout the entire ceremony. We can’t thank you enough but just know how grateful we are of your presence and that we love each and every single one of you!

-T H E ¬† E N D –

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Every story has an end
but in life every end is just a new beginning.

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Honeymoon

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Those were the clues that were handed to me to piece together and locate my honeymoon destination. Now, give it a try, solve it in chronological order, can you guess where?

With zero dollar at hand, I was living life on the edge, trusting my other half to plan EVERYTHING for the trip. The experience redefined our relationship to a whole new level as I got to appreciate my man in a different light.

he ensured my bucket list gets checked!

he ensured we experienced negative four weather together.

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most importantly, he ensured his wife is well-fed

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…and the animals too

The last picture was a giveaway for those who still has yet to figure out the location.
Yup, an all expense paid trip to Australia from my man! Thank you sweetheart!

So folks, that’s all we have for you. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about our journey as much as we enjoyed writing it. Wishing all of you the best of marital bliss and joy and may our paths crossed again : )

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Do-It-Yourself!

To commemorate one month of our marriage, here’s a post to complete the wedding series!

While the vendors have their role to play, I kept myself occupied with some DIY projects too. I’m a firm believer that having to incorporate personal touches adds character to the wedding and at the same time it is something that I can hold onto dearly as memories : )

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First up, the story behind this enormous banner!

Nazira from TheKad did a wonderful job on our wedding invite, so we asked her if she could do us a favor to blow up the cover invite ten times its original size as Vynella offers a welcome banner as part of its package. She voluntarily agreed, at no additional cost.

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Leading up to the big day, she provided us an artwork with the wrong measurement and the design was not to our liking. We offered to pay to amend the mistakes, but she refused. It was pretty upsetting to be letdown in such a manner. If you wish to commit to do something, do it wholeheartedly.

I didn’t want to turn the whole episode ugly so I let her off. Went to my PC, googled for the exact design and what do you know, it’s available online for free! But I was still intimidated to design the banner as it was 4 by 24 feet long! My biggest fear was to have it looked pixelated. Oh the horror! But the outcome was not to shabby for a first timer right? Hehe!

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At a much smaller scale, designing tags for favors is something I’m much more comfortable with. Since we were giving away cookies, an intern came out with the ‘punny‘ tagline – “thank you for crumbing to our wedding.”  Haha! How apt!

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If you were an avid reader of my blog, you must have read about the helper’s kit post. Each kit was individually personalized with their name written on the sleeves of their bag. It warmth my heart to see my girls gleefully opening their kits.

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Have we mentioned that we also personalized our wedding invite to our close friends and colleagues too : )

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Aside from designing, crafting was part of the agenda of DIY-ing. Making bunga rampai cones and stuffing the flower doesn’t take much effort. So I reckon you bride-to-be get your hands dirty. It’s cost effective too!

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This next do-it-yourself is a killer. The money box segment. It painstakingly took me weeks to complete all four of it. But I was pleased that his parents and mine was happy with the end product.

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Another major project that I ambitiously took on was to decorate the wedding car! Blame pinterest for making everything looked so easy to accomplish. Haha! 

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Amidst the chaos of prepping for the wedding, we also set aside some time to come up with the concept of our pre-wedding photo shoot. So we bought curtains and fairy lights and the outcome…

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Looking back, the amount of time and effort spread across a lifespan of one and a half year of planning is undeniable worth it. So hang in there future brides and grooms; just take it all one day at a time and most importantly enjoy the journey : )

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The Final Stretch

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Time truly flies. One and a half year of planning and it boils down to this day.¬†Please continue to keep us in¬†your prayers and insya’allah everything will go smoothly tomorrow.

O N E  M O R E  D A Y  

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Helper’s Kit

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A¬†peek into the¬†bridesmaids’ and groomsmen’s kit:

  1. an adorable baby blue attire
  2. a kain samping for the gents
  3. an off-white shawl for the hijabsters
  4. scroll of the program itinerary
  5. wedding invite
  6. the attire guide and
  7. confetti popper for fun!

Truth to be told, the attire guide simply serve as a checklist/reminder for the¬†gentlemen that its a no-no to turn up with a capal or¬†a missing songkok.¬†Oh the sheer nightmare! ¬†*breathe*¬†… and with that we are down to less than

 T W E N T Y   M O R E   D A Y S

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Photoshoot

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Haha! Trust me we were soaking wet! Drench from head to toe!
Nevertheless, it was all smiles and a bucket full¬†of laughter throughout the entire shoot.¬†Even though the weather was not on our side but I wouldn’t want it any other way.

As clich√© as it seems but working with Syarfique was¬†truly a Bliss. Even though his instructions¬†doesn’t make any sense at all, but the pictures were on point and turned out¬†aaaaaaamazingg!

“Sixteen May Twenty Sixteen”¬†will definitely go down in history as one of my favorite day : )

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T H I R T Y   M O R E   D A Y S

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ROMM

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Early April we did our clearance check with Ustaz Khair. My heart was beating out of my rib cage waiting for him to call out our number. I’ve read too many blogs to prepare myself for the interview but no one spoke about how nerve wrecking it will be! It felt as though my dad was giving me away that very second!

The whole process went so smoothly and took less than 10 minutes. The procedures was straight forward and clear cut. It’s pretty idiot proof I would say.

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  1. Head to the electronic panel for queue number
  2. Wait for your number to flash (document verification)
  3. Proceed to the assigned counter
  4. Head back to your seat
  5. Wait for your number to flash again (interview)
  6. Wali head in first followed by bride and lastly groom
  7. Dismissal

Tips:

  • Bring NRIC (wali, groom and bride)
  • Remember few pointers you learnt from marriage prep course
  • Not necessary to don the hijab just be modest with your attire

… and that’s¬†about it folks. Oh! Have I mentioned? Tomorrow we are counting down to¬†double digits girls!¬†This is just crazy! My heart palpitating so much and my underarm are sweating like nobody’s business trying to absorb this news! I’m just taking it as these are good signs of happy couple about to get married in few months time. Haha!

Next up pre-wedding photoshoot! Physc!

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