The few days before the wedding were so jam packed with activities that there were still major errands left pending, namely my hair and nails.
I warned Kak Lina from Ishq about my beast hair and asked whether 2 hours would be enough to handle it. Seeing as to how we weren’t certain if Kak Nora could make it on my day, I think she didn’t want to take the risk so she asked if I could straighten it the day before. So I went to my regular hairdresser who was so happy to see me getting married. Although that didn’t stop her from grumbling at having to wash and straighten my hair though.
We also had to pick up our outfits and money boxes which we rented. We had also prepared photo frames ($2 from Daiso) with pictures from our pre wedding photoshoot to be placed on each table but because Kak Sham didn’t see it until the day before, she made a request for us to have it painted a different Colour as the white was too stark.
At a loss as to what to do, I turned to my Brother for help. He listened quietly and then said “don’t worry Nad, I’ll take care of it.”
Two hours later, he messaged me a photo of the finished product.
So beautiful and so quick! I’m not one to bother people with my problems but I was so grateful that he managed to solve my problems for me.
Meanwhile, over at our venue, the vendors were already starting to setup. Town Council was also being a giant dick by not allowing us to switch on electricity, not switching the fans on because they said fans weren’t allowed to be switched on during non-event days (we had paid for two days – the wedding day and the day prior so this rule really doesn’t make sense to me). Ridzwan was busy getting his stitches removed so it was up to me to supervise and yell at Town Council over the phone. Unseemly of a new bride to be, but sometimes you just have to get things done.
We also dropped in occasionally to spy on our vendors. Here are some sneak pics of the initial parts of the decor:
See those wooden panels at the back? We never knew that Mariah and Sham’s wooden panels were made on-site and customised for each venue.
Even got saw on-site seh.
We were mostly shooed away by Mariah and Sham for hanging around the venue: “Korang jangan kat sini ah! Kita belom habis tau!”
So we ran away and hid behind some bushes but still got caught by Kak Sham anyway.
I went home for abit, completely exhausted but couldn’t nap because you can’t rest till AFTER the wedding.
Couple of hours later, we made our way to the venue again to have our Malam Rewang. What’s on the menu? Tulang and a deceptively mild looking spaghetti goreng – that is until you ate it and realised that kiwak, pedas per.
So what was on the to-do list? Tying our bottles…
Putting together our bunga rampai in their holders – these beautiful holders were brought from JB for about 0.30 SGD per piece.
And not forgetting our evening berkat – the books! How lovely is that? Ridzwan and I also prepared bookmarks to be given away for our evening berkat.
Here’s a picture of the bookmark in its entirety
And how it looked at the end. How lovely is that?!
As part of our storybook theme, we also had to transport some hardcover books for our decor. These would be put up on each table as part of the table setting. We were told to find 60 hardcover books so we appealed to all our friends and family and managed to dig up about 57 books in total – ranging from cookbooks to encyclopedias.
In our quest to find these hardcover books, we also turned to Carousell to find hardcover books being sold cheaply. Here’s a picture of some of the books we managed to get –
A condemned library book from JLn Teck Whye Sec, printed in 1965. What a valuable find!
This is a random picture of my Brother transporting the exhausted bride to go get the hardcover books from her house.
One thing I loved about our malam rewang is how everyone got together to help. It was really the spirit of gotong-royong at its best.
We finished really late that night, about 1.30 – 2 and I remember thinking to myself that I was beyond exhausted. How was I going to even wake up at 6 am for makeup and get through an entire exhausting day of my own wedding?
There were still many things to be wrapped up at that point for example, making sure the DJ got the Programme and thumbdrive and ensuring the proper people got the seating charts etc.
But at that point, I was so exhausted I couldn’t even move already. It was really time to just let go and let God.