The Wedding

I’ve been dreaming of this day to come.
Alhamdulillah, Allah granted my du’a.

I’m happy to announce that I’m officially married to the love of my life, Mohd Zaid. If you’ve been wondering whether my husband is the same guy I dated back then – the answer is yes, that’s him. Masha’Allah tabarakallah.

There were so many reactions we received during the wedding but the most significant was:

“You two are finally married!”

Even until now I still can’t believe that I’m married to the man who I blogged about few years ago! We got engaged last year on August, a day after my birthday. We wanted to do it the right way so we decided to keep the information private. Only few of our close friends knew about it. Apart from that, we also agreed not to post anything about the engagement until the walimah. But that’s enough about us for now.

I’ve been asked a lot on Instagram about our budget and wedding preparation. Hence, in this post, I’ll share you the answers including some important tips for those who are on the road to get hitched. Hopefully, this post will help you a bit.

First thing you should do before anything else know your budget. Once you know your budget, it’s easier to choose your wedding dais, photographer and so forth. Not just you but it will make the rest of the job easy too. Knowing your budget will help you avoid paying excessive cost. The earlier you start the better. I started my wedding preparation on December last year. It was random and unplanned. I was actually hanging out with my friend when I saw Tabung Haji Hotel booth at a bridal fair in Kota Kinabalu so I went ahead and asked them about the rate. Surprisingly, that day they offered the venue at a very reasonable price. So without hesitation, I booked the hall for our wedding ceremony next year. What I like the most about Tabung Haji Hotel is their affordable package which includes catering, wedding cake, complimentary room for the newlywed, PA system, and many more. The services and food are the best, highly recommended too! Here is my first tip for you – make sure you have discussed with your partner about your wedding date prior to making any booking to avoid extra charges due to exchanging date.

From venue, I proceeded to door gifts. This was also unplanned as I was meeting a friend when I saw @acuteablecrafty booth in Imago. For our VIP guests, I booked 50 sets of Crystal Tasbih and customade Yasin, and 500 sets of Honey Jars. A sachet of our Kopi Aura Anggun was added to each of these honey jars. Meanwhile for the rest of our guests, I gave them a box of sweets. For the box and my wedding card, I chose Onie Hassaim Design from Bangi. Another thing to take note, try attending more bridal fair as the prices offered during the fair are usually cheaper than the normal prices. This will help you cut cost!

As for my dais, I chose @urweddingstory because I personally adore their work and I’ve seen the results myself during my sister’s wedding so it didn’t take long for me to decide my dais planner. I went to Ur Wedding Story booth in Suria Sabah after seeing their post on Instagram. From there I met @weds.byjjhp and since both of them offered a great deal of package, I instantly decided to hire Wedding by Jari-Jari Halus Photography as my official wedding photographer. For wedding videography, I hired I found out about them through a friend of mine. For your info, they did an amazing job with our wedding video teaser!

It took me some time to find the right wedding dress. Before I found Maharani Maroon from @embunklasikbridalboutique, I went to Ari Wedding Couture and personally didn’t like the way they treated us but their wedding dresses are of course beautiful. I guess things happen for a reason. At the end of the day, I’m madly in love with my reception dress! We rented this dress at a very reasonable rate and their service was the best. I would highly recommend Embun Klasik Bridal Boutique to those who want to rent a wedding dress instead. For solemnisation, I asked my friend @beadsandbride to customise the detailing of the dress I bought from a boutique in 1 Borneo and it turned out beautiful. Masha’Allah. Finally, for henna, I chose @aniehenna_artist. What I like the most about her is that I specifically asked if she could copy a complicated design made by one of Malaysia’s famous henna artist and amazingly the results looked almost similar! She’s very talented and I love my henna.

For dulang hantaran, initially we decided to have 7 items for the bride and 9 items for the groom. But we changed it to 5 and 7 items because we didn’t want to waste too much on it. We bought handbag, shoes, watches and a few other things. However, my husband found a good article which suggested that you buy something that is useful for you and your partner after marriage. Instead of giving wallet, purse, shoes and etcetera, give each other kitchen appliances such as microwave or iron for examples. This could benefit you a lot post wedding. Trust me!

Overall, it costs us approximately RM15,000 for wedding preparation excluding the venue cost. Frankly speaking, we were slightly over budget. However, attending the bridal fairs really helped cutting the extra cost or else I bet our budget could have exceeded more. See, thatʼs the perks of attending bridal fairs. Phew!

Finally, the last tip from me is always check the background of the person you are about to collaborate with especially the boutique from where you rented your dress. These days there are many scammers and I’ve heard some of my husband’s friends were one of the victims of these scammers. So be very careful! Other than that, I wish you all the best on preparing your big day. May Allah ease everything, dearies.

“May Allah bless you, and shower His blessings upon you and join you together in goodness.”
(Abu Daud, Ibn Majah & At-Tirmizi)