Fab Fridays (Real Loves)

My Creative Pre Wedding Shots

Real Loves

Fall Fabulous

Fab Fridays (Real Love)

A Fairytale Never Ending

Creative Tuesdays

DIY 3D Geometric Boxes

Stunning Frocks

Whimsical Bride by Sareh Nouri

Vintage Ideas:

Mismatched Decor Fabulous

Fancy Treat

Ruffles and Cake Inspirations

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Little Birdie Corner - Tips for Brides-to-be

Once a month in our Songket Online we will feature a 2 page-section especially for brides to be and more tips on wedding planning. 

For month March our mag featured tips about Wedding Registry for Mix Marriages (the Non-Malaysian, & Foreigners with the locals) for both Muslim & Non Muslim Marriages.

Marriage Registry (For Muslim Mix Marriages)

1)    Conversion- if converted overseas (make sure you have the certs with you) – if you haven’t, convert at the Islamic centre located at (Jabatan Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan Kompleks Pusat Islam, Jalan Perdana, 50676 Kuala Lumpur)

*Be sure to bring 2 witnesses and your passport.

2)    Get a marital status certificate from your country of origin ( Australians, get it from registry birth, death and marriages or letter from employer stating marital status.

3)    Make an appointment with the embassy of your country and apply for the Status of No Impediment letter, bring along the marital certification to speed things.

4)    Then head to Malaysian Immigration with the No Impediment letter, Passport, 2 copies of bride and groom photos to get the immigrations approval in getting married in Malaysia (don’t forget to fill in the form.)

5)    For foreigners, Marriage courses aren’t a requirement, however, for Malaysian muslim is a must, if you want your spouse to come along with you and learn about Muslim Marriages go to ABIM ( they arrange English marriage courses) Islamic Outreach ABIM (http://islamic-outreach.org/v1/)

6).. **to read more pls go to our Songket Affairs Online

Marriage Registry (For Non-Muslim Mix Marriages)
For those Malaysians marrying foreigners, registering a marriage is slightly complicated than the normal registering practices. However, dont worry because it can still be easily done at Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara (JPN) or by private civil marriage registrars.

The following guide of Marriage Registration Procedures at JPN For Malaysians Marrying Foreigners

1)   To apply for A Declaration of the foreign partners marital status (single, divorced, widow/widower) has to be made and attested at a notary public.

Ensure at least two original copies are attested for submission to the relevant authorities.

2)    Apply for a Single Status Letter (SSL) from the relevant High Commission or Embassy in Malaysia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia (Wisma Putra) with the attested declaration.

If the letter is not in English, a translated version will be required for submission to JPN. If the foreign partner is from China (Taiwan), Indonesia, India (Sri Lanka), Phillipines, Myanmar, Vietnam or Thailand, an additional approval letter from the Marriage/Divorce Division of JPN is required before the relevant documents can be submitted for the registration of marriage.
The documents required as follows (to continue read more pls go to our Songket Affairs Online
**For more tips,stay tuned for more of our wedding planning tips & guide --soon

Friday, March 25, 2011

Fab fridays: Flowers & decor

Wedding is the auspicious ceremony to rejoice & celebrate the marriage or the union of a couple in the bonds of holy matrimony. A get - together where all those known to the happy couple, friends and relatives gather to share the joy as the bride and the groom vow to spend the rest of their lives together. An auspicious day as this, sure calls for a lot of attention. Every wedding planner  puts in maximum effort to make his event the most outstanding and the talk of the town. Every little detail is pre-planned and taken care of. Decorations are an integral part of the entire wedding arrangements.

Renowned decorators are appointed to set the mood of the occasion with their creative and aesthetic designs and settings. Flowers are one of the most important elements in a wedding. They find an important place in the bride’s bouquet, the groom’s coat and also in the bridesmaid’s flowers. In addition to serving these traditional purposes, flowers have been an indispensable element of decorations too.

Flowers are the pinnacle of beauty. They have the innate ability to express emotions. They are used to set the mood and tone in different occasions. Nothing can replace this vibrant medium to exhibit your happiness and joy. With styles that best express your personal taste, flowers are key factors that assist you in creating the perfect look for that special day.

As a part of decorations, flowers are used in centerpieces. Aesthetically arranged blossoms in a centerpiece have the ability to dominate and grab all the attention. These natural beauties are a very simple yet elegant form of decorations. They are used as welcome and also as thank you gifts for the guests. They are also being used to decorate each dining table. The table d├ęcor is also a very important aspect that determines the final beauty of the setting. The containers that hold the flowers, the candles that surround them are also 
gaining importance in the wedding floral arrangements.

In contrast to the traditional trend of keeping the entire decoration matching, Individuality has crept in and dominated the latest decorations. Contrast colored blooms is arranged in combinations to serve a change and variety in the decorations. Bold and powerful arrangements have taken over the old romantic arrangements in most weddings.
Laces, ribbons, pearls, etc are additional accessories that are used to add effect to these flower decorations. Imaginatively arranged flowers along with these accessories have the ability to make a stupendous striking statement.

Irrespective of the budget, floral decorations have the potential to make a big design statement. Flowers of all varieties are being used to enhance the special day in many non – traditional ways too. They are also used as floating arrangements in ponds or pools.

The decorations at your nuptials can be considered one of the most remarkable things you plan. Your guests will gauge your wedding ceremony by what their eyes behold. 

Below are more examples how flowers can turn the whole wedding function into a magical place.

One prominent thing to consider when you’re choosing flowers for your wedding is whether or not the flowers you hope to have are in season. If you plan your arrangements in advance, you can avoid problems like flowers being out of season or not being able to make the arrangements you would like. There are many factors to consider including what flowers are in season, allergies of the bride or groom, the color scheme of the las vegas wedding, and the budget available for floral services. Every bride has her own favorite flower, but putting together beautiful bouquets, corsages, and centerpieces is more puzzling than just selecting one particular flower.

Moreover we also come up with some ideas of flowers arrangement ideas captured from Martha Stewart Weddings with color scheme ideas. For now we feature the pastel colors.

Pink Centerpieces

Hundreds of roses in cream, pink, and coral are arranged in floral-foam cones to form topiaries and set in silver vessels; handcrafted silk flowers are placed among the arrangements at Jessica and Cody's wedding at Tiffany's. The tables shone in pale-pink linens topped with golden runners. Table design by florist Matthew Robbins 

Pink Bridal Bouquet

Bride's bouquet consists of lush pink peonies, 'Candy Bianca,' 'Champagne,' and 'Majolica' roses, white sweet peas, and variegated ranunculus. The stems are wrapped with blush silk and organza ribbons to correspond with her color palette of pink and white

Pink Cupcakes

Miniature vanilla cupcakes sit on a pink Depression-glass pedestal that had belonged to bride Melody's great-grandmother. The smaller sweets are ideal for younger guests

Bridesmaid Bouquets

Just a few lush Coral Charm peonies and hosta leaves create lovely bridesmaid bouquets that packed a lot of pink punch in this formal wedding in Chicago.

Pink Favor Packaging

These favors -- vanilla and chocolate sandwich cookies -- are packed in cellophane and wrapped with a band of Japanese-patterned paper in shades of pink. Each has a sweet sentiment about marriage tucked inside. Alternatively we can replace cookies with macaroons or candies :)

Floral Sendoff
In keeping with the theme of this Belmont, California wedding, which was vintage glamour, newlyweds Melissa and Sam step into a rented 1950s Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud after their reception. Gold ribbon draped across the hood and tied to the hood ornament suspends a wreath of garden roses and their tiny buds in shades of pink, peach, and cream. The bride and groom were surprised to discover that the car's leather interior was aqua blue, a color prominent throughout their wedding

Pink and White Ice Cream Treats

Mini ice creams in the form of strawberries and pears are served during Chloe and Matt's reception

Peony Centerpiece

Festive votive candles and porcelain Asian bowls, each holding a single peony, decorate the room where this cocktail hour for Liezel and Christopher was held

Guest Book Table

Paperweights decoupaged with pink roses anchor a parchment-color paper scroll for family and friends to sign at Melissa and Sam's wedding. A vintage ribbon fastened it closed. Above it, snowberries and pink and white garden roses were arranged in an antique blue-enamel loving cup

Pictures courtesy Flora Etc floraetc.blogspot.com & Martha Stewart Weddings
Read more at Marthastewartweddings.com: Real Weddings by Color -- Martha Stewart Weddings 

Friday, March 18, 2011

Fab fridays: Questions to consider before you choose your Wedding Venue

When brides & grooms start looking for wedding venues, too often they fall in love with the beauty of the place and sign a contract before they've considered the more practical things. It makes sense -- who wants to look back and say only, "Well, it was practical"?

But unless the place is so magical that you're willing to plan your whole event around it, your shouldn't choose between wedding venues until you've decided approximately how many guests you're inviting and the size of your budget. You'll also need to decide if you want to have your ceremony and reception in the same place, or if you want an all-in-one wedding venue.

Once you know these things, and you have a few wedding venues in mind that fit that budget and size, then it's time to start asking questions!The following are they qs you should consider before you decide on the your wedding venue:
  • Location of the wedding venue. How far is it from your home? Do you consider the back & forth you will partake when preparation & planning for the reception? Our SA fe-b says "We chose a nearby venue to home cos there will be times our commitee need to go back home & forth few times to get the reception things (decor, doorgifts, etc)". What about the distance of the venue? is the venue in the city centre in the middle of traffic or are they in the suburbs that may take longer to get to?  
  • Does the wedding venue allow booking in advance to avoid disappointment?  Nothing's worse than missing out on the perfect venue because you left the booking too late. Ensure you do your research in plenty of time, shortlist a couple of possible wedding venues and then book your favorite. Don't be forced into having to accept second best - you'll regret it forever.  
  • Make sure the wedding venue is a suitable size for all the guests you want to invite. Visit the venue in advance, meet the team and ask the management for advice. Have a good look around. If lots of children will be celebrating with you, does the venue have space for them to run around and let off steam in safety? And will the staff be sympathetic to energetic youngsters? As with all aspects of wedding planning, attention to detail avoids disappointment on your big day.  
  • Is there friendly, co-operative staff who are passionate and focused on your needs will ensure that your wedding reception runs smoothly. Who will be supervising and troubleshooting before the day of your wedding? Is there a wedding venue coordinator?Who will be supervising and troubleshooting on the day of your wedding? Can you meet them now? Do you have a wedding coordinator or someone in charge that make sure they will cater for your special requirements; are kids welcome; provide tables & chairs, PA system, food etc etc 
  • If the wedding venue is hotel; do they offer other perks included in the wedding package? Do they provide honeymoon suite for the newylweds, discounted rooms for your guests, carpark validation and can they provide a free airport transfer if you are flying off on honeymoon. 
  • If you have a large number of guests, do ensure there's plenty of onsite car parking. From an eccentric uncle's vintage car to your Rolls-Royce or Mercedes, make sure your short listed wedding venues offer enough onsite parking for wedding cars and guests' vehicles.  Are there extra fees for parking? Do they have valet parking? If the venue is hotel/restaurant; are guests entitled to flat rate or validate their carpark ticket? One guest did mentioned of having to pay extra RM20++ for parking when attending a wedding in city. Make sure you don't make your guests feel unwelcomed by having to pay additional parking fees. 
  • Security of the Venue. Does the venue ensures security of the guests and the commitees when handling expensive items such as VIP doorgifts, jewellery wore by Bride & MOB, doorgifts, money & gifts from guests etc. Or do they provide keys to safe keeping rooms, store etc?Is the venue children-safe environment?  
  • What's the decor like? Does it fit your style and wedding colors? Do they have proper table cloths, napkins & chairs according your wedding theme? Will you have to spend a lot of money on flowers and decorations to make it beautiful? If you need dais/stage & main table for VIP guests, does the venue provide them? If they dont, do they allow renting them and space for them? 
  • Is there spaces/stages in the wedding venue for dais/pelamin, wedding band and/or other entertainment such as ghazal, traditonal dancers or performances? Or spaces for main table / traditional ceremony?  
  • If you have any other outside decors besides provided by the venue, what time is the venue open for decor? Are they any charges incurred to use (decor, rehersal) the venue before the reception? A bride did mentioned to us, for some community halls: they charge RM80 p/hour for using the venue prior reception for decor & rehersal. Better make sure you know your rights before you sign the contract! 
  • Is there any limitations in putting your own decor? Are candles or other open flames allowed? Do the venues allow other props to be brought in the venue? Is the venue carpeted or needs to be carpeted (some halls require tenants to rent carpets to cover the floors) 
  • Do they have an in-house caterer, and do you like that food? (While an in-house caterer can be easier and cheaper, sometimes the food is not as beautiful as the room. So make sure you do foodtasting 2 weeks prior the wedding!) Do they have a limitation on which outside caterers you can use? Do the caterers provide other types of food for guests who are vegetarian & muslims? Do they give food value courses in their package (eg Starter, main, coffee & desserts) 
  • If you using outside caterer, does the wedding venue provide preparation kitchen room? If outdoor wedding, do you have to provide them space/ tent for their food preparation? Is there a supervisor during the food preparation?
  • Do they have adequate dressing room for the wedding couple, bathroom facilities, praying place, smoking balcony, Waiting room for VIP guests, access to walkway aisles, etc
  • Is the wedding venue wheelchair accessible or ramp available for older guests?  Do they have elevators service? If not, are there many stairs to climb? How close is the parking to the ceremony and reception rooms? 
  • What's the cancellation policy? Is there a return policy for fees paid if cancelled at the near wedding? Is there a payment schedule? What kind of deposits are required? Are there any hidden costs? (Before you sign the contract, read it carefully.) What are the charges if there is any breaks or damages to the wedding venue property & items? Make sure you make aware the charges to your wedding planner or person in charge. 
  • After reception: Is there any specific time to vacate the venue? What are the overtime charges? Is there any specific time to clear-up the venue? A lil birdie told us some community halls insisted the halls be cleared by the next morning if there is a wedding reception on the same hall the next day. Be sure you know your responsibilities & avoid the unneccesary costs. 
  • Does the wedding venue already own a sound system with adequate speakers (PA system) or will that need to be rented? Or if you using a Livefeed for the wedding, does the venue provide plasma or flat screens? 
  • Where will you take photographs? Will there be a nice background to take pics? Is there a park nearby, or do the coordinators have recommended spots on the grounds? 
  • Is there a space for the videographer (if using one) to put their AV equipment? Be sure provide them a space that doesnt block the guests view.  
  • Is the wedding venue convenient to public transportation, especially in big cities? How long will it take your guests to get there? Have you consider the traffic to the venue?
  • Is there a seating arrangement in the wedding venue? Does the wedding venue provide a commitee that handles such coordinating & arrangement?  If there is, are the guests made aware of the seating arrangement? 
  • For other non-muslims wedding: Do they have a liquor license? Will they allow you to bring your own liquor? (This is usually cheaper, even with the customary corkage fee.)
    If its an Outdoor location, do they have any backup plans for rain or other inclement weather? If not, is there a place that you can put up a tent/canopy?
When Looking at Separate Wedding Reception Venues and Ceremony Locations
  • How far is it from one location to the other? Is there an appropriate break in between the two ceremonies when guest can freshen up and take their time going to the other venue? Do you provide directions & maps to the other venue? Or is there a bus/transportation that can bring your guests to the other location?
  • Do the two places have the same level of formality and a coordinating style? Does the decor & coordination takes alot of time? Or can they be decor 1 day or the night before the wedding? 
  • Are guests aware of the formality & coordinating style of the 2 venues? Are they informed of the function attires? Some receptions are casual affair while functions in hotels/posh restaurants guests to wear in formal tuxes & dresses. Make sure your guests are told of the function attire to avoid humilation and uncomfortableness.
  • Do they both accommodate about the same number of guests? Or are they 2 different group of guests? Is there seating arrangement? If there is, are the guests made aware of the seating arrangement?
  • Does the wedding reception venue have any experience with weddings from your ceremony location? Make sure your wedding venue staff are familar with your wedding programme or else there will be chaos & unprofessional services take place!
When Looking for Wedding Venues for Both Ceremony and Reception
  • Do they own enough chairs for the ceremony, or will they need to be rented? Or is there a floor or seating arrangement? Is there a wedding coordinator that can handle impromptu changes of more crowd than expected, back-up chairs or spaces or table settings?
  • Does the wedding venue have an entirely separate area for the ceremony? {It is not uncommon that while the guests are at the cocktail hour, the caterers will transform the ceremony room into the dining room.)
  • If not, how long does it typically take for the staff to change over the room?

    Hopefully, these questions will help you cover the basics while you're looking at wedding venues. In your search for a wedding venue, there will probably be even more questions that arise for you personally. For example, you may want the menu to reflect your heritage, or with a large wedding party, you may need ample parking if you have a large number of guests.

    Adapated & courtesy from Weddings About

    Wednesday, March 16, 2011

    Latest Issue

    Heloo good morning dear friends & fans...
    we'd like to present you our 2nd issue....
    March 2011 issue... 
    featured bride Alena Azman & Raphael Couzet

    check here to see more...

    Monday, March 14, 2011

    Our b2b twitter roundups

    Hello fellow readers,

    Hows your week so far? As promised we are giving you our brides-to-be updates for those of you still looking for your wedding vendors..

    You may get these updates via our twitter http://twitter.com/#!/songketaffairs 

    Maisarah says she picked Faris Fakri Photography team, consisting of WOW Photographers. I choose them because of their end product. There are lots of good photographers, but these guys have the best album, 100 pages leather bound & beautiful!" b2b out there who's ur choice?

    najla has chosen Luey Motion Lab () for the videographer
    is Still choosing which photographer to take and can give us the best package coz we need to use for 4 events (akad + 3 receptions). Its either danialhaikal photography (http://on.fb.me/f0wRfh) or Ministry of Moments. 

    maisarah her baju nikah is inspired by chanel...and her talented sister designed her reception attire 
    @ @ we cant wait to see the dresses

    @ how bout your reception pelamin we hear you planning a greek garden theme

    @ Her bridesmaids are wearing multi pastel coloured sarawakian fabric and a kedah kurung for the top.

    Saturday, March 12, 2011

    Coming to you soon

    Hi fellow readers,
    we are few days away to our Second Edition... 
    stay tuned with us!
    View our Teaser Page..@ Songket Affairs Online
    Coming soon to you

    Tuesday, March 8, 2011

    *Financial: Money Saving Tips for the Bride-to-be

    Here are some Money Saving Tips that we would like to share with you. Use a couple of tips to save a few bucks or use more and save RM1000++.

    The Most Important Money Saving Tips
    • You will save yourself an enormous amount of money if you get married during the off-season months & non school holidays (view 2011 public holidays Malaysia Public Holidays )
    • Getting married on any other day of the week other than Saturday. (Some reception halls give big discounts up to 40% for weekday nights events)
    • Buying your wedding favors, wedding accessories & wedding hantaran gifts during sale season (can save you more up to 70% - Eg Christmas sale is good time to buy perfume, jewellery, clothing gifts etc)
    • There is no official name for this disease but many brides get it.
      • 1st Symptom - around 3 months before your wedding, you'll begin to second-guess your decisions.
      • 2nd Symptom - You'll get scared and think about what you can do to make your wedding better or more unique.
      • 3rd Symptom - Then you'll ask friends, family, co-workers and anyone that will listen to you, about what they think of your new ideas.
      • 4th Symptom - and most dangerous…you make a few phone calls and start up-grading a few of your packages.
      • The Cure - stick to your original budget. As the wedding draws near, your emotions take over…ignore them. (try to not let them control you)
    • Vendors are well aware of the disease. That's why every contract allows for you to upgrade a package at any time but there are rarely loopholes for downgrading.
    The Wedding Attire Search
    • If finances don't allow you to purchase a designer wedding dress, consider renting. Look at it this way, if you're the type who wouldn't even consider wearing your mother's dress, why do you need one collecting dust in the closet.
    • Never mind buying an expensive silk gown. Stick to polyester blends. They're cheaper, don't wrinkle as much and are easier to clean.
    • The more beading and detail on the gown, the more expensive.
    • Most of the big bridal shops/designers have huge sales once a year, usually held at hotels or other big venues. (Keep your eyes open for these end years sales)
    • To take care of the traditions, look to family and friends for items you can use. (Something borrowed, something blue, jewellery, sangguls & accesories, flowers in attire advice)

    • Go shopping for bridesmaids' dresses during sale season. There's nothing written in stone that says you have to buy your bridesmaids dresses at a wedding shop, and generally your prices will be a bit cheaper elsewhere.
    • Shop for those pretty little wedding shoes in the summer, (during summer season trend if you're in asean countries) when white shoes are on the shelves of every shoe and department store, or you'll have to buy them in a bridal shop and pay their prices. Shop in the afternoon, your feet swell during the day and they'll also be swollen on your wedding day. 
    • Men's Tuxedo rentals (also men songket etc) are pretty much all the same price no matter where you go. The thing to check on is the condition of the suits and accessories.
    Flower Power

    • Unless you plan on keeping your bouquet on display in your home, don't bother with a duplicate to toss. 
    • Instead of tossing your whole bouquet, just pick one flower to throw. We all know what condition the bride's bouquet is in after 30 women (or more) start clawing at it. 
    • Silk flowers save you a lot of money and they're already preserved. The Bride can have fresh flowers, but there really isn't any need for everyone else to go fresh. 
    • If you're using flowers in your Pelamin, aisle, centrepieces, decorations or large altar arrangements, go with silk.  You could re-use the decorations and larger arrangements at home, party accents or resell them later. 
    • Mixed them up with props (eg huge vases, candle sticks etc) to make the feel not stiff and blend them more with wedding theme colors accordingly.

    I Have No Idea How To Decorate!
    • For DIY; To decorate the head table and save money buy vases, line them up and place the bouquets in them on the table and place votives in between.
    • Before shopping for candles and candleholders anywhere else, be sure to check out a couple of wholesale retail stores first.
    • Get decor items at large retail wedding vendor stores (eg Nilai 3, Semua house, SSF) when to decorate your ceremony or reception locations.(Also check out their designs if you can duplicate them at home)
    • When decorating the church or reception venue use silk flowers.
    • Check with your florist or garden centre to see if you can rent plants, some places do.
    • Kill 2 birds with one stone and use your guest favours/bomboniere as your centrepieces. Buy a raised cake plate and display the favours on each table. Your MC can make an announcement explaining.

    How Can I Cut Corners on the Invitations?
    • To make your invitations more personal and less expensive, get wholesale wedding invite vendor (Jakarta often got cheap varieties but watch out for delivery/ transportation costs) 
    • To make your invitations more personal - you can also do them yourself. There are a number of paper stores and websites available where you can find original ideas and ways to make your own invitations. (but they can me more expensive if you have invites more than 500!)
    • Order your invitations over the Internet instead of a printing shop (it's a little cheaper). Mail order is another possibility. (make sure you read the delivery/transportation charges first)
    • Invite via wedding website (for long distance relatives or overseas guests). Some Wedding websites also publishes you wedding info and serve as RSVP tool. Good for your wedding marketing tool as well.
    I Don't Want to Spend a Fortune on Favours/Bomboniere

    • Please go to whole sellers retail first and check out their selection of party favours. (or ask through a friend - sometimes anyone might just know someone who sells cheaper things)
    • Some bomboniere stores decorate the gift for free and some don't, so make sure you ask.
    • Instead of buying a trinket that will be tossed into a drawer, make a donation to a charity. This is a new trend that many brides are choosing. Pick a cause that means something to you. Your MC can say something like: "Instead of favours, the couple has decided to make a donation in their name to the Lung Cancer Society. The bride's grandfather passed 3 years ago from this disease." Donations always get a round of applause…ever see anyone clap for a candy dish?
    • Get simpler favours that doesnt require additional decor work or practical things (cups, saucer, napkin, jam, etc)
    Wedding Cakes too expensive? No Problem!

    • Buying a cake made with different flavoured tiers will save you money as you wouldn't necessarily require a dessert table. 
    • To get away with not paying a cake cutting fee at your venue, purchase their sweet table but serve your wedding cake for dessert. This means you'll have to do your cake cutting as soon as your wedding party does their entrance. The staff will take the cake away and have it cut and plated in time for dessert.
    • If you're having a dessert table, you really don't need to buy an elaborate wedding cake, try renting a decoy cake (with real one in the middle for you to cut during the cut-cake ceremony)
    • Buy a plain wedding cake and decorate it yourself with silk or fresh flowers.
    • Cupcakes, lil cakes & candies are among latest trend in replacing a wedding cake.

    What about my Hair & Makeup?
    • Try to hire one person or company that does both hair and makeup.
    • Only the bride needs a trial. (Make sure do both and normally cost RM60-100 per trial depending on the makeup artiste)
    • You can expect to pay anywhere from RM200-500 for both makeup and hair. (depends on the expertise and the accessories used) Know that the more women you have that need these services, the cheaper the cost per person.
    • If hair accessories are going to be put in anyone's hair, make sure you buy them yourself. If you leave this up to the hair stylist it'll cost more.
    • If you have sensitive skin, we suggest that you do not go for a facial the week before your wedding. You don't want to be all broke out for the big day.
    • Please get your nails done and make sure the groom's hands are also manicured. More than likely you'll be getting a picture that shows your hands and the wedding bands. People will be constantly asking to see your rings.
    • Lastly, try to find a makeup and hair vendor that will do a trial a few months before the wedding. It gives you time to work out any areas you are not happy with and makes the wedding day process much quicker
    Using a Caterer & choosing a Reception Venue
    • Hire a caterer that supplies everything you need, plates, glassware, table cloths, etc.
    • Make sure you're only charged for the services that you need. Some caterers have packages that include decorating and other items. If your venue is decorated already you won't need the extras. Extras should be deducted from the bill or replaced with something else you want.
    • Pick fruits and vegetables that are in season.
    • Stick to serving food that everyone is familiar with. Fancy food is expensive.
    • Buffets generally cost a good deal less and give your guests the opportunity to get up and mingle with the other guests, and they can pick exactly what they would like to eat.
    • Make sure to read your contract and check to see if the gratuity is included. This goes for all services.
    • Booking a venue that allows you to bring you own (liquor, decor etc)  is more work but saves you money.
    • Common sense tip - the more guests the more cash you're going to put out.
    • Holding your reception in a hotel has a lot of good points. They usually decorate, have professional services, i.e. can cater well to large groups, and most likely will include the honeymoon suite, with discounted rooms for out-of-town guests. However check pricing in package and make sure you get the best of the deals.
    • Food tasting night is a MUST. Usually do it prior 2 weeks to event & make sure the chef knows how you want your food like.
    • Make sure you have food prepared for Vegetarians guests or Halal food for muslim guests (if western reception)
    • Your reception is the biggest expense. It's also where you can save the most money if you shop around and plan well!
    Photographers charge too much!
    Photographers equipment and workflow costs alone are huge. Then there are batteries, flash cards, an assistant, wear and tear on their vehicle, insurance coverage, and the hours of work on and after the wedding that they factor into their pricing. On top of that you then pay for the creative talent of the photographer. You can save money on enlargements and albums but don't penny pinch when it comes to the photographer. After your wedding day, the only things you have left are your pictures and your video. These are the only 2 services that last a lifetime and can be passed down to the next generation.
    • Biggest tip - hire a photographer that gives you your digital high resolution files, that way you can make as many copies of pictures from your wedding day as you want without having to order them from your photographer.
    • If you choose a photographer that does not give you your files, always find out how long they keep your files for, and ask if you can obtain them when they are ready to discard them. Most photographers in general don't keep digital negatives past 3 years. Be prepared that some photographers still may charge a fee for providing your with the files. If its 3 years after your wedding, you can prepare for that fee and remember again that its the only memories of your wedding day.
    • >RM5,000.00 for a photographer is a great price but if they charge over RM1,000.00 for an 8 X 10 album, where's the savings? Don't just look at the photo packages or wedding day shoot costs, ask how much their enlargements and albums are.
    • If a package includes a couple's album and 2 parent albums, ask how much that same package would cost without any albums. Sometimes it's worth the savings to buy your own albums elsewhere and sometimes it's better to take the albums offered by your photographer.
    • Unless you're doing a formal shoot at the bride or groom's house, you don't need a photographer there. Your wedding party and family will have their cameras out anyway.
    • You don't need your photographer to stay until 1am. Once the bouquet and garter tosses have taken place, family portraits taken and there are no more major events to shoot. Your 1st & last dances look the same on film.
    I think I'll just forget about a Video
    Some couples think that having a video is a waste of money. How many times will we actually watch it? As necessary as still pictures are they can not capture the mood, movement and sounds of your wedding day like a movie can. One of the biggest misconceptions is that you have a great memory and you'll remember everything about your day. You won't, you can't, there are too many things going on and you're on cloud 9. Keep this in mind.
    • Go for packages with one camera coverage (if you have less than 2 places most likely to be on)
    • Pick a package with limited editing or none at all.
    • If you can't afford a professional video, ask a friend or 2 that own their own video cameras to shoot the day for you. Putting an unfamiliar camera in someone else's hands is useless. Professionals know what to shoot and how to shoot it. So, give your friend a list of events that you want footage of and how you want each shot, for the entire day. Example:
      • Pre-Ceremony: Close-up footage for 10-seconds of the different decorations.(altar arrangements, pew bows, wreath outside and unity candle)
      • The guys waiting. Ask the groom what he's thinking about.
      • The guests arriving (especially immediate family)
    Do I Have To Pay a Fortune for Transportation?

    • Shop around, there are so many limousine companies out there. Prices do vary.
    • There is no rule anywhere that says, "You have to have a stretch limousine." The smaller the car the cheaper.
    • Get friends of friends to help you pick them up or carpool altogether to save cost.
    • Other than the car and uniformed chauffeur, you really don't need any other extras.
    • Some couples need more then one limo. If this is the case for you, compare the cost of 2 to 3 limos vs. the cost of 1 limo bus or Chartered Bus.
    Choosing Your Music Service
    • Common sense, the least amount of people providing a service, the cheaper.
      • Ceremony - An organist is cheaper than a string duo, which is cheaper than a trio
      • Reception - A DJ is cheaper than a band
    • The least amount of extras the cheaper. Lighting, smoke & bubble machines, other props, costumes, give-aways, fireworks, the list is endless, all cost money. It's up to you.
    • A really expensive package doesn't mean that your party will last longer or that your non-dancing guests will feel the need to shake their booty for the first time in their life. But a crappy DJ or band will ruin your reception.
    Do I really need a Wedding Coordinator or Planner?
    Let's face it, the ONLY service you need to get married is an officiant.
    • Most wedding coordinators can save you money because they know
      • about all the tips mentioned above plus more
      • what to say to and ask your vendors
      • They have connections in the industry.
    • You could hire a wedding consultant to help with the final stages of your wedding; creating a detailed wedding day itinerary, making up a checklist for items at the ceremony & reception locations, and confirming with your vendors. While she won't be in attendance at your wedding, she has planned the day smoothly on paper. As long as you follow the times closely (not exactly) and do the events in the same order as the itinerary states, you'll be fine.
    • You can appoint a friend or family member to be your honorary coordinator. Give her an itinerary, checklists (ceremony & reception items, photo and music list) and phone numbers for all your vendors. The honorary coordinator should be someone that's organized, the more obsessive-compulsive the better and not scared to open her mouth when something goes wrong.