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Hot Henna: Syra Skins

Two weeks ago, I made a deposit for my bridal henna–Saheli Bridal House! I only had two vendors in mind: Syra Skins and Saheli, and to be honest, I can’t tell the difference between the two if you were to put an example of each design next to one another.

Perhaps the former has a more youthful vibe? Haha, clearly I’m no professional. But that’s what I felt anyway. Truthfully, I don’t like getting henna–something about the smell makes me nauseous (don’t I sound like a child?). And so, initially I was not going to have it incorporated in my wedding. Only¬†when I mentioned it to my mum, did she then shout in horror. Okay, that’s an exaggeration. Hah, she merely voiced out her opinion that it would be nice to have henna done. And to make a night out of it by inviting my female cousins, friends and aunts. Since I was not completely adverse to the idea (and neither was TF), I sourced out for vendors. I’ve heard of Saheli before (especially when my siblings got married etc.) and SyraSkins I chanced upon them when doing some Googling. Hmmm, doesn’t that look like “ogling”? But back to the point, I wasn’t too hard up about the henna so I decided to simply decide between these two.

The prices are similar so that was not a deciding factor. I believe Syra Skins has a clear cut pricing system as follows:

Syra Skins: Silver Package

Syra Skins: Gold Package

Syra Skins: Diamond Package

Silver (Wrist)

My favourite design is the simple flower in the center of the palm. It’s from the silver package so it should only cost $120.

Gold (Wrist)

A more intricate henna design such as this will cost $160. You can see the difference as the details are finer and it definitely takes more time to do.

Diamond (Wrist)

Look at this! Amazing isn’t it? Reminds me of Indian weddings with all its intricacies and colors.

For any of these designs, you can choose to add crystals for an additional cost of $40. I notice this is becoming a popular trend among young brides; and by young I mean younger than 30. Haha, that way I can fall into the category. I may want to have crystals done but if I think its too troublesome I may do away with it. I tend to gesture and am quite rough as a person so I know the crystals won’t last the day. Saheli does offer the same service too (but I’ll cover that in a separate post):

Crystals

But Syra Skins is amazing and popular so you’ll need to book early to ensure they have an opening. And now, a song to reminisce the old days (and to end the post)

Everytime I think of henna, I remember this movie years ago when I was still in primary school… I’ll definitely have to play it on my Mehndi Night… That’s all folks!

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Ten Months To Go

I cannot believe I’m left with only 10 months to my wedding! Exactly 10 more months to go! I’m not feeling too stressed out (yet). Perhaps it will set in only at the 6-month mark? Oh well, I will let Sept me worry about that. For now, I’m going to enjoy my engaged life and the planning process.

I’m looking forward to a date night tomorrow with TF. It will be our 5-month anniversary since he proposed to me on Jan 1, 2012 and also 4 years and 9 months since we first became an “official” couple. I guess we will have more anniversaries as we grow older. But does that mean those deemed “less important” are forgotten? TF and I don’t really celebrate anniversaries (or birthdays, to come to that) since we started planning for the future a year ago. HeWe decided it was more important to save for ¬†future rather than to spend on gifts and expensive restaurant dinners. Trust me, I was not too pleased with this decision initially but I’ve grown to understand (what with the wedding, honeymoon and housing budgets) the need to save. When we first talked about it, my reaction was “What?! No presents?!” Haha. But now, it’s more like “Haiz, no presents.” Not to say, we simply ignore the dates as we do go out and have dinners together to celebrate; but it is no longer celebrated in the lavish way we used to do in the courting stage. As a result, I look forward to those times when we get a change to enjoy a good meal together. I guess it makes things more special in a way (or at least, that’s how I have tochoose to look at it.

Anyway, I thought I’d summarize myour wedding plans and things Iwe have done since we first visited our wedding venue exactly 2 months ago:

I think the major vendors have been booked, so for that I’m thankful. The other pending items still to be done are:

  • Wedding favours
  • Invitation cards
  • Dessert table
  • Decor: To be discussed in greater detail
  • Pre-wedding videography
  • Solemnization outfit
  • Programs
  • Henna
  • Wedding shoes
  • Wedding course
  • Kompang (a music performance that accompanies the arrival of the groom)

The to-do list is still quite long and that is excluding the honeymoon preparations that I’ve not started (but I’m so eager to do so). Most of them are items I’llwe’ll handle in the coming months. I’ll leave the smaller things such as programs, wedding shoes and the course to the end of the year since there seem to be several things to do at this stage still. Looking at the list can be quite daunting and I’m starting to feel a little more stressed than when I first started this entry. Time for me to take a break and relax. I don’t like being overwhelmed!

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Fiance, Fiancee & Finances

I’ve started several blogs over the years, but this blog is something I will hold close to my heart — a wedding blog.

On 01.01.12, my boyfriend of 4 years proposed.

It was completely surreal and till now, I get light-headed just thinking about it. We had a simple engagement ceremony on Jan 28, 2012 to make it official between our families.

So now, I’m up to my ears with wedding plans. And thus, I figured I’d start writing on all the decisions I (and my fiance) have made and will be making during this process. I should make a note that the fiance has left most decisions and planning to me. However, he is still very much involved in the decision-making process (I think he secretly fears I’ll get carried away and blow the budget).

Our wedding date has yet to be confirmed but we’re hoping for April 2013! So that’s a little more than a year from now.

The first thing we did after the engagement was to draw up a wedding budget. With the budget, we could settle on a wedding date (or at least a time frame). Past brides/grooms will know how daunting it is to budget for a wedding. You spend a lot of time with the calculator and making lists (in my case, an Excel sheet that I had drawn up). Unfortunately, this process cannot be skipped. I started the budget by making a list of the different components of a wedding (Note: My wedding will follow that of Malay traditions and customs):

(1) Duit hantaran

(2) Wedding bands: $4000

(3) Bridal/Makeup: $3000

(4) Photography: $2000

(5) Videography: $2000

(6) Decor: $4000

(7) Caterer

(8) DJ/Entertainment: $500

(9) Studio/outdoor photography: $2000

(10) Marriage course: $300

(11) Henna: $300

(12) Hantaran gifts: NIL (We decided not to have hantaran gifts to save money)

(13) Invitation cards: $500 (about $1 per card)

For items (4)-(7), I emailed a few vendors asking for quotations, and rounded up the figures. Thereafter, I realized that I could not really budget for a caterer since we were not certain of the wedding venue. For the time being, I estimated $10,000 for the caterer (but this will change when the time passes).

Now, there were a lot of arguments as the budget came up to about $19,000. I think we both hyperventilated after coming to that amount–and the budget did not take into account miscellaneous things that would eventually arise. So, Item (14) Miscellaneous: $2000 was added to the list.

And that became our first wedding budget–from single & fabulous to engaged & broke (& happy, of course).

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