Have you ever felt clueless about where to begin and who to hire for your wedding? Cause I do 2+ years ago, and I feel you. With this post here, I hope that it can help a sister/ brother out. Its going to be a long one, grab a snack!
Disclaimer: These reviews that I’m about to write are all solely based on what I experienced with each of them personally and it may differ from yours.
Vynella Weddings & Events
I would have scored them a 3, in all honesty, but all in all they do deserve a 4. Vynella covers my venue, decor, food, entertainment (DJ) and be the middle person to liaise with my favours/ berkat vendor (Ole Ole Manis – to be elaborated later). Invitation cards and wedding cake are in the all in one package as well, but I dealt with the vendors separately and not through Vynella.
Venue + Decor:
Begonia ballroom + its 3 adjacent rooms provided by Downtown East was exceptional! Decor by Vynella was also done to a T!
Communications with Ella was smooth and delivery was executed just as I suggested. Altho the all in one package wasnt all Vynella’s, the vendors she outsourced it all to were all realtively on par with Vynella’s standards.
Caterer wasn’t known to us throughout but it wasn’t something critical. We put our full trust on Ella since we’ve taste-tested their food during Quartz Begonia. Alhamdulillah, food was sufficient till the end of the event, tho we received a mixture of food quality reviews from our guests – mainly for the tenderness of the meats and mee soto.
We catered a small amount of vegetarian food for my mother’s Veg friends from Green Delights
. Ella was nice enough to provide us with buffet trays. However, in the early part of the event, there were some misunderstanding and there were no proper signages for vegetarian food. Guests started taking blindly cause the catered mains from Vynella wasnt up in full swing yet. In fact, signages and food labels for the Vegetarian food were all done and given to Ella the week prior to my event. But apparently these signages and food labels were nowhere to be found.
Direct discussion with them were only during Quartz Begonia. They’re based in Malaysia and were easy to talk to, they were open to new ideas and of course, willingly, accepted my MIL’s request. However, communications were all through Ella thereafter – which we felt could have been better if we were to liaise with them personally.
My MIL’s request of roasted cashews and almonds in a jar was filled up halfway (following the $3/berkat budget) but presented well with dolly paper, ribbons and tags. For the tags, I only received it 10 days before the event. Ella sent the artwork on the left with “ur berkat tag”.
One word, disappointed. Compromised but glad that she was able to accept and use my “bunga rampai tags” instead (right).
Nazira did our invitation cards as blogged here
. Dealing with her was a breeze, yes. But I find that she could be more approachable and would give her clients a proper heads up before sending the cards for printing. The cards received were of good postcard quality, but the envelopes were a let down. It was too sheer that if I didnt use another paper to paste the receiver’s name and address over, you could see the card details.
Esteefa is a gem! She gave me lots of suggestions and managed to change my perception of fondant. I wanted to be more adventurous by tweaking the cake flavours and filling a little, but never once did she ever say no, she gave constructive criticisms instead which made me realise the risk that I’m taking.
Overall, she executed my cake design beautifully and the flavour was top notch, just nice!
And the cake topper as seen above, was done by, Nina, the petite lady of Tweexislittlebooth! Dealing with her was a breeze too. She took my feedback positively and even went the extra mile to change the fonts as the first draft didn’t turn out as well. I shouldn’t be complaining for its quality with the price that I paid, but the thickness of the cake topper could have been thicker – I find it a little bit too flimsy. Could have scored a 3 but love how my package came customised with my name as big as the envelope, handwritten – plus point for effort on that!
Choo Choo Churros
This was a hot favourite! I heard there were never ending queues for their hot, fresh and sedap nak mampus churros!
It was so damn good that I ditched my plate of rice and ate almost 3/4 of churros that Efi handed over to us. Should have requested for a box for us to bring over to our outdoor photoshoot but its okay! Talking about it is making me crave for their churros. If you’re gonna engage CCChurros for your wedding, please invite me ok?
Fleurs by Spoleczny
Yati is another gem!!! Requested for my fav bloom to be incorporated to my bouquet – tho I know that it is not in its season, but did not really put my hopes up high. Submitted my moodboard and Yati requested for my outfits, and she will work out a palate based on my moodboards. Her work was magnificient, and she managed to get my fav bloom, anemone, too!!! Altho, its in a bright dark purple in colour, its still as beautiful!!!
MAJOR LOVE FOR THIS that I was finding hard to part with it for the other bouquet!
NISA AL HENNA
Nisa. She, was my saviour on my supposed henna night! She was recommended by a colleague of mine and accepted my plead to do my henna that very day and night – just that she’ll come at 10pm after she’s done with another client.
She was very meticulous and because of that I decided to go with the fully capped fingers. The stains were also brick red and not black, just the way I like it.
I would have given a pass for the good customer service, but all that were left with just words, but no action. Remember this post
? Yes, I forgave her, as ultimately, family’s a priority. She willingly insist to transfer me back my deposit and asked for my bank account as its a fault on her end. But to date, nothing has been reimbursed. No, I’m not so hard up for the $25, but I’m just upset that she did not fully mean her words.
Akrab Kompang Services
It could have been a 5, but they were 10mins late, in which we had to wait at Aranda Country Club’s lobby for them.
But nonetheless, as always, the performance by Akrab boys were exceptionally phenomenal! Everyone loved it!
Just so sayang that they dint sing my favourite Aduhai!!!!! Ok, probably so that the walk from the lobby to the ballroom, is equivalent to the aduhai song, but isssokaaayyyyy.
Best Man Services
This was decided on our last fitting appointment with Ishq. Initially, we thought we could make do without a pak andam, and its just Ishq’s strategy, but after much thought, we decided to just place $400 on the table. Abg Yan was with my husband throughout before the nikah – got my husband ready and touched him up – and was with us throughout the whole event.
He gave us pointers on what to expect, how to react, and made sure we are ok and comfortable. It was a decision, that we never regret taking!
This one another saviour!!! We were very honest with him about our previous photography vendor and he was very professional about it. Promised only 1 photographer, but he made sure another shot my husband while he was getting ready, so it was fair and the other photographer stayed till after our second entrance, score! He knows his stuff and never wasted any time! Taking our outdoor photoshoot as an example, he knows the way through Coney Island. Followed his route, found the spot, pose, and move on to the next!
We just left it to him and we were in awe! Photo quality in albums, frames and CDs live up to our expectations as well. THANK YOU SHAHDAN and FIR! Wonderpickher really does wonders! Should you want to view pictures, its up on their website, here!
Ishq by Nora Zee
Of course, I had to save the best for the last! My awesome duo MUA, Kak Nora, and Kak Siti was the bombbbb! I felt comfortable right from the start at 7:30 in the morning till the event ends at 5! Kak Nora stayed till we had our lunch and my face got to feel the wonders of her hand, twice. Thereafter, it was left in the good hands of Kak Siti who was equally as awesome till the end.
With so much unfortunate events/ “nasib kentang” moments even till the morning of my wedding, I was VERY worried if it will run smoothly. It literally showed on my face and even Kak Nora noticed it while she was doing my make-up. But I felt so thankful for these beautiful hearted individuals that never stop reminding me, “Dont worry about anything, let everyone else settle it for you. You just have to look pretty and have fun, thats all that matters!” Make-up was on point, outfits were exceptional, service was outstanding, choose Ishq!