Wedding Summary

Jessica Alba inspired hair

I still get emails from people regarding my wedding i.e.: how much was the wedding dinner, how much did I pay for flower décor, where did I get my dresses, my bridesmaids dresses, my shoes, my makeup artist, my hairstylist, my alcohol, my cake…etc.

A few asked about the subject of ang pau, which I blogged about and shared on Facebook. But after receiving not-so-nice comments from others for trying to help these brides (who went around sharing my FB link and didn’t even bother to clarify things to help me), I’ve decided not to help out that way anymore. Anyway, here’s what happened on my actual wedding day:

Christy getting my dress ready for me...

Got up at 5am to shower. Jamie arrived at 6.30am to do my hair and makeup. Christy and Jeen came over by 7am to get ready for the jip san leong games. The photographer and videographer came pretty early to set up as well. I wanted to wear my hair down, but Jamie wanted to do a Jessica Alba inspired hairdo as it would look nicer with the veil on. Everyone liked the end result, including me. I had on minimal makeup because it was the morning ceremony.

My maid of honours

Wei Jien took longer to arrive – I suspect it was his tactic to stall time because we had to leave my house by 10.30am. Chis! According to the fortune teller, if we leave my family home after 11am, it won’t be good for the marriage and the family.

Final touch-up!

All set!

Now you know how it feels to have boobs...

Lol!

Awww...so pretty! :P

Check out my crotch!

LMAO!

Hickey

RM1,000 allowance, remember! :P

I should have instructed for some pain to be induced upon the guys, as they were teasing us girls about how ‘painless’ the whole process was. WTF. My girls wanted to wax them and torture them with vinegar shots, but I (stupidly) felt bad so I told them to be nicer. If I knew they were going to be so cocky, I would have told the girls to torture them more!

WTF why my flower bouquet so ugly?! Because it's from La Sposa...

The red umbrella...

Anyway.

Forgot to take buckle for the sarong... -_-

After the tea ceremony at my place, we went over to his house and changed into my red kebaya. Hanim had to help me pin the kebaya top since she was better at this. And I forgot to bring my sarong buckle FML. While figuring out how to tie the damn sarong his mother came in to see why I took so long.

She had no spare buckle so I pinned my sarong with Wei Jien’s nephew’s nappy pin. Who cares…no one could see. Lol! By the way, I bought the kebaya and sarong from a shop in Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman. I didn’t think it was necessary to spend a fortune on making one just for my wedding. The whole outfit cost me RM180. :)

My girls...so pretty in red!

And Christy...who likes to grab my boobs. :P

For more pictures of the Morning Ceremony, click on the Picasa folder below:

Wedding Tea Ceremony (Part 1)

 

Stage backdrop with our wedding monogram

Once the tea ceremony was done, we packed our things and went to the hotel to rest and get ready for the dinner. I didn’t prepare my vows yet so I sat in my walk-in wardrobe to finish it while Wei Jien went downstairs to see how the ballroom set-up was coming along. By 4.30pm, my emcee arrived and I went down for the dry run. Went up to the bridal suite at 5pm to do my hair and makeup and fell asleep while at it.

The guys had pizza for dinner but I chose to skip it because my dresses were small. I ate carrot sticks and 3 pieces of chocolate for energy. Silly me asked the seamstress to “make it as tight as possible” so it was impossible to eat in those dresses. At least they looked nice and that’s most important to me. I think the tightest gown was the short cocktail dress – it was the hardest to breathe in.

Kheng Leong

Hanim & Shum

I had four gown changes and three walk-ins with smoke machine and all the works. I didn’t get to eat but was told by my guests and family members that the food was quite good by hotel standards. For those guests who found the food disappointing, you had your chance to tell me/my wedding planning team that night, but you didn’t. So forever hold your peace.

VIP Table

I’m glad I got a new (and more efficient) liaison manager from Grand Dorsett – Yew Kok Pin. He was very detailed about things and did his best in accommodating my wishes. I had a specific idea of how I wanted the floral arrangement to be and showed him some examples. He not only got the florist to do a similar version; he even upgraded the centerpiece for my VIP table! I only found out when I entered the ballroom and thought it was beautiful. Thank you, Kok Pin! If you’re having your wedding/event in Grand Dorsett Subang, you’re in good hands*.

*The same cannot be said with the other liaison managers because the ones I dealt with before Kok Pin took over were very slow and inefficient. I almost wanted to strangle one of them. 

Thank you Jamie! :)

Jamie the makeup artist was such a darling. She stayed back until 11pm that night and custom-designed my hair pieces according to my gowns. And I only sent her pictures of my gowns 3-4 days before the wedding. I think she did a good job with my make-up – she made my eyes bigger and even matched the theme while at it. I’m so glad I stalked found her.

Chai Wei from Mori Pin gave me a beautiful set of jewellery as a wedding gift together with the neckpiece I wore during my ROM. I wore it with my main wedding gown and blue mermaid gown, and it sparkled like real diamonds. They were imported from Korea and the workmanship was good. If you’re looking for good jewelry, go check out Mori Pin in Bangsar Shopping Centre and Bangsar Village II.

My tiara was a gift from Christy, who bought it for me when she was in Bangkok. It’s beautiful and I love it. Thanks girl! It was Jeen’s birthday that day and she was at my place at 7am doing her maid of honour duties with Christy. And they were both there to help me squeeze into my wedding gowns that night. And my gowns were laced up, not zipper style. Poor them!

All in a day's work!

Nigel Sia did a good job with our videos – Love Story, ROM & Actual Day. You can view them below or on my blog sidebar. Every important detail was captured and he was very creative with the whole process. Even the songs he chose were perfect. Michael Yip came to help with the photography, because rif happens to be quite vain. Thanks Mike, for making time for our big day!

Wei Jien + Sue Lynn // This Way Darling (2011) from Nigel Sia on Vimeo.

Wei Jien + Sue Lynn // ROM Highlights (2011) from Nigel Sia on Vimeo.

Wei Jien + Sue Lynn // Wedding Highlights (2011) from Nigel Sia on Vimeo.

Mega tight

Heart-shape neckline

Blue mermaid gown

My gowns were courtesy Venetian Bridal House and they were altered and custom-tweaked to what I wanted. The main white gown had a deep heart-shape neckline with an elaborate train. It was initially a plain gown but I wanted the bodice to be beaded with pearls and sequins for extra bling and it took them one month to do it for me. Tqtqtq!

Photo by Mike Yip

The final gown was a see-through nude gown and yes, that’s my skin you’re seeing. I was initially hesitant to put it on, but my wedding planner and mother insisted it was THE finale gown. Venetian was such a life saver after my horrible experience at La Sposa, who messed up my gowns and rif’s suits. By the way, my mum’s evening gown was also from Venetian.

Our wedding cake was gorgeous and tasted good too. It was a dark chocolate cake with royal icing and fresh flowers on top, and the cake was incredibly moist and chocolate-y. Everyone loved it. Thank you Charles, Nigel & Allan, for this wedding gift!

The heavenly duo and Charles

Hanim, Kinga & May. Kinga flew all the way from UK for my wedding. *hugs*

All in, our wedding was fabulous. Sure there were minor glitches here and there, but on a whole, things went smoothly. Dinner started and ended on time and the guests were happy. And I had my friends close-by and everyone pitched in to make the wedding a success. Thank you everyone!

For more Wedding Dinner pictures, click on the Picasa link below:

Wedding Dinner Pictures

 

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*And to address the rumours that our wedding was more than RM600,000, thank you for the compliment but our big day was no where as elaborate as the PM’s daughter’s engagement. ;)

Wedding Vendors:

  • Gowns: Venetian Bridal House & La Sposa
  • Red Kebaya: Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman
  • Hair & Makeup: Jamie Liew (j[email protected] / 016 225 5826)
  • Accessories: Mori Pin
  • Videographer: Nigel Sia
  • Photographer: Andy Kho & Mike Yip
  • Wedding planner: ADAMAS Weddings
  • Events planner: Imagine If Sdn Bhd
  • DJ & DJ Console: DJ Smurf & Imagine If Sdn Bhd
  • Wine: Tong Woh Enterprise
  • Cake: Just Heavenly
  • Hotel: Grand Dorsett Subang (Yew Kok Pin - [email protected]
  • Wedding Car Plate: Just Married Car Plate
  • “Chi Mui” and “Heng Tai” Badge: Just Married Car Plate
  • Flower bouquet: La Sposa Bridal Gallery (comes with the package)
  • Hotel Flower Arrangement: Grand Dorsett Subang

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Comments

  1. 1K? Die! Better not let my fiancee see this. Hahaha! *hugs*

    A very informative and comprehensive write up!

  2. fiseel says:

    U made the right choice of listening to ur mom & the planner on the “nude” gown. In fact I like it most compare to the rest!! You really stand out well in that gown!!!!

    Time flies, seems like yesterday that I read ur blog about rif’s surprise proposal to you :)

    P/S: Yah… the hand bouquet really not that flattering ya

    • Bangsar Babe says:

      Thanks! Am glad you liked the nude gown. Ya lor…that was one helluva ugly bouquet. That’s why I didn’t carry it during my walk-in. Hahaha

  3. The ‘Jessica Alba inspired hair’ is very nice and It suits you. I like it very much. Furthermore….you looks very elegant in that kebaya. Manis dan ayu… ;-)

  4. Do you mind to share jamie liew’s contact no? As i am looking for a make up artist as well.

  5. I really love your 1st wedding dress; it looks simple yet it is so elegant. Oh, man, those games that rif and his best men had to play before they could meet the blushing bride Sue Lynn really brought a smile to my face. I was just wondering, is it a norm in the Chinese culture?

    Your final dress must have had set some eyes raised in surprise. =D

    • Bangsar Babe says:

      Thanks Ciana! Yes, it’s a Chinese custom. :)

      Lol…I don’t know if my guest noticed that was my skin. ;)

  6. Wow, 4 gowns! That’s a lot man!

  7. I like the Rm1k allowance. I should have stipulated that amount though i should have thought of an annual increment to take into consideration our crazy rising cost of living. hehehe.

    btw, certain pics not showing up:-( it has a black box.

  8. Hi,

    Congrats on your marriage, love your blog and your wedding kebaya :) I noticed that you had a Dai Kum Jie during your tea ceremony, was she your relative or a hired professional? Would it be possible to please share her contact details?

    Thanks very much :)

    • Bangsar Babe says:

      We hired her. But to be honest, I found her annoying. She was always in the way of my photographers and videographers. Good for parents, but annoying if you’re vain and want perfect pictures.

  9. thanks for the sharing of vendors’ list…the nude finale looks very stunning… wow, really love love it… so in love with the design…

  10. Michelle Lim says:

    Hi,

    Im impressed with your wedding arrangements, i know im a total stranger to you but would you mind sharing some planning details with me? i am gonna be planning my wedding soon. expected date next year. exact date tbc. wish you would be able to help me. =)

    Thanks!

    Michelle Lim.

  11. Lim En Ru says:

    Hello ! Congratulations on your wedding ! May I know which part of Jalan TAR did you get the kebaya from? TQ !

  12. Hi,

    How much does your wedding cost? Rough estimation?

    • Bangsar Babe says:

      About RM200K for everything. But that was in 2011 so you’re probably looking at a higher cost if you were to have a big one.

  13. Hi Sue Lynn, Happy New Year to you! It’s been a while yeah. If you still remember me.lol. Hope you and Rif are both doing well.

    I’m about to choose La Sposa bridal shop for my pre-wedding photoshoot. Just wanted to ask you how was their photos and gowns? How come they mess up your gowns?

    • Bangsar Babe says:

      Hi Shereen,

      Congrats on getting engaged! La Sposa “lost” my gown when they failed to get it back from rental by another customer. They did little to compensate me, and I had to push my pre-wedding shoot to much later. I got married during peak season (year end), so they really messed up.

      Hubby’s outfits were not altered and my gowns were altered so simply, you could see uneven stitching on the cheongsam. I refused to wear the cheongsam on the actual day dinner because it was that bad.

      As for pre-wedding photoshoot, I found the photographers very uncreative with their pictures. I had to direct one of the shoots myself because I didn’t like the styling they did. Everyone had the same pose and same background. Good thing I asked for a different outdoor venue so I had at least one series of photos that were uniquely mine.

      But that’s just my opinion of La Sposa. My friend who used the same bridal studio found it ok…

  14. Hi Shereen,
    May I asked who did your backdrop on the stange as well as the other black backdrop? Was it provided by the hotel or was it from a diffrent vendor?

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