There’s no hope for us, really.
All we want to do is look GREAT on our big day. Or at least just BETTER than our usual round, insecure selves. And just when you think you’d finally chosen the right bridal company that can make that happen, be prepared to:
Fork out more money to customise outfits that will truly fit you.
Or, face rejection when you look at rows and rows of gorgeous pieces, but be told, “Oh not that one, doesn’t come in YOUR size. If the groom… he will fit just fine.”
Then once the decision is made to settle for the limited pieces available in your SIZE, you realise that the range is dull compared to the regular-sized section. Why? Because “we don’t want our customers to look larger than they already are, so we make sure our outfits are darker and not too vibrant.” If I wanted a slap on my face, I would’ve asked for it. Thank you.
There are definitely good, sympathetic bridal companies out there. But just not this one. #Loseweight or you’ll #loseout.
Recently, I attended a cousin’s wedding (not Hafiz, but his brother Faiz. They both had their sanding on the same day huhu. Macam best je) and met his bride for the first time during their nikah ceremony. And I actually gasped at how pretty she was! Her makeup was flawless and I loved her eyebrows!! I have this thing with eyebrows, for me if the MUA can shade them in really well it means her skills are top notch. My view lah okayyy. Yeah, so this Zakiah also had this hijab style on that was still quite uncommon in the nikah scene, because usually the hijab styles would involve just a sarung kepala thing that wraps so tightly around the face, making the face look super tembam and “out there”, then with a veil over the head ( i shall not post any pictures but you get what i mean). Hers was modern and up-to-date, what I would call “the messy hijab” style. If you’ve read my blog post here, then you’d know how particular I am about hijab styling.
So bila I balik, I buat research lah sikit (padahal boleh tanya Zakiah eh, tapi malu), and low and behold, found out that it was the work of The Wedding Brocade lah sey! Patutlah chaaaantik bangat!
(Source: The Wedding Brocade)
I love how the inner shawl flows around her face, very graceful and slimming! At first, I didn’t care too much about this vendor, because I saw that all of their customers fit the profile of being “kurus and tak pakai tudung” so their hijab collection might not be wide enough. And I know of a BTB who has enquired with them before and found out that their outfits range up to UK 12 only. So I tak favourite sekali companies who don’t really care for the big, bold and beautiful ladies. But when I saw Zakiah in her nikah outfit, my faith in them went pretty high ok!! I’m so gonna tell Kak Nur from Weddingku to fix my hijab like this because I love it THAT MUCH.
So when I went for Faiz and Zakiah’s reception that weekend, apa lagi their sanding outfits were also super nice lah!
I have to admit that The Wedding Brocade’s strongest point is their collections. Their outfits are unique and bold. Very flattering, especially on the tall and slim girls like Zakiah. More of her outfits below:
(Source: The Wedding Brocade)
Orang buat train kat belakang, diorang punya train kat tepi shoulder. UNIQUE OR WHAT. This seems to be their niche design, since I’ve seen them in a few colours yang sungguh menawan. MOAR DESIGNNNSSS BELOW:
(Source: The Wedding Brocade)
I swear, seeing all these pictures sungguh mencabar my iman to (
be crazy like Farhana) and switch my bridal vendor, joining past Hipster Bride and future BTB Love In November in the #teamweddingbrocade. But even if H and my mom doesn’t kill me first, nak tukar pun dah tak boleh because word came out that they are FULLY BOOKED for 2014. I take this as a sign k that I have to be syukur with what I have. Also, at the back of my mind, I see Kak Nur’s disappointed face and H looking disapprovingly at me so takpa lah ehhh.
Saloma-style is back! Smoky eyes and thick eyeliner, with either red lips or go totally nude! Tengok lah ni minah-minah cun semua:
Makeup and photography provided by none other than retro-lovin Aeqmal Huat Photography (and here) who also covered Norseha Sani’s wedding recently. I love how they can bring back to the glory of zaman 60-han yet make it look current and not dated. Siapa-siapa yang suka this old world glamour look can really consider their work and makeup service (yes they do provide that!).
I know ni bukan Instagram nak main #throwback-throwback gini but I just realised my engagement album doesn’t really have a full view of my dress. So just in case any of you are wondering how it looks like (if you’re not wondering then ignore this post heh), here it is:
This was taken when I was having a fitting at the tailor, Lagenda Boutique at Angsana. Price-wise, I spent RM350 (without materials) on tailoring, but the quality I got was exquisite and worth well beyond the price.
Design-wise, I was attracted to the lace fitted top and flawy satiny skirts I see a lot in Malaysian boutiques:, something like this:
Credits to Annas Easkey for the picture,
Designer: Lynda Rahim.
Again, you get this kind of quality design and ideas #onlyinmalaysia. *SIGHHH*
Two down, a few more to go! This two choices were fairly easy for me so it didn’t take me long to decide on them.
I’ve always known that Weddingku Gallery has their niche in Muslimah brides, and their hijab styles are really nice and well, senonoh. Some of the companies I’ve seen so far (no mentioning names), kesian kawan-kawan I, bayar mahal-mahal, pakaikan hijab sampai tepi telinga semua nampak. So unflattering to the face shape! Not to mention mendedahkan orang tu punya aurat.
And Weddingku’s sanggul all look nice with hijab! I like.
And I really abhor those headstrong mak andams who insist on their own makeup style! But alhamdulillah, the mak andam I’m comfortable with , Kak Nur, who is a really nice lady, assured me that she will customise my actual day makeup to suit what I like.
As for videography, I’ve always known it’s one aspect I don’t want to splurge on. And coincidentally, the principal photographer at OnceUponImages, Raihan, happens to be an old friend! Please visit their site, it’s so fairytale-like and very apt with the company name!
Oh, and they’re having a promotion with their actual wedding day photography; sign up and get a free pre-wedding shoot! Such a great deal!
So I went to the Megaexpress wedding exhibition today with Mr. H (aka the Groom) and was like… “I nak tu! Yang tu pun! Tapi eh tak nak, nak tu lah! TUUUU!!”
Fyi, I am in the very beginning stage of this kahwin-kahwin journey, with nothing more than a fixed date and of course the future groom for the whole purpose itself 😉 So I’m still deciding on many things, most importantly the big FIVE; bridal, decor, photography, venue and caterer. Fatimah Mohsin? Versari? Chantique? Weddingku???
Any wrong move, you’ll maha regret for the rest of your life.
To make matters worst, the burning “kiasu”-ism innate in me and also every other Singaporean is screaming for the best in the market. Everything want to be better than the rest. Le sigh. On top of that, as we speak (or type for that matter), countless bridezillas are filling up slots of the more prestigious, sought-after vendors in the country. By the second! And it doesn’t help that my D-date is peak season okay! How can I not be stressed out? Why is it so hard to make a decision?
Simply put, we all want our perfect weddings but it is also important to live within our means. Some things I’m reminding myself as I type:
1. Plan your budget. How much you’re willing to (or can) spend. And STICK TO IT. Happily ever after lasts forever, and you’ll need moolahs to maintain that. With this said, it should narrow you down to a smaller group of choices.
2. Know yourself. What is your style, the theme that you want, your “swag” if you will. Bold? Contemporary? Whimsical? Vintage?
3. Match it with the companies that best bring out what you want in your wedding. What is best for others, doesn’t mean it’s best for you. This is the time where you have to stop oogling at other blogs/brides and their choices and make your own decisions on what’s best.
4. It’s not just about you. Consider the opinions of your other half, your parents and his. Their views matter. Trust me, your perfect wedding doesn’t involve you standing alone on the altar.
With all that being said, it’s time for me to take my own advice and make my decisions. Ciao!