A wedding is a celebration of love and partnership of two people who vow to spend their lives together in marriage. Every bride and groom-to-be wish for the perfect, dreamlike wedding ceremony. However, preparing for a wedding can be really stressful with so much to think of. Even if you have a wedding planner, it’s easy to completely forget to enjoy the journey in the rush of everything. Aside from the mandatory preparation for solemnization, you’ll also need to hire some vendors for your wedding reception. So for that, let’s find out what to consider when choosing a Malay wedding package.

Price

The first thing to look when considering a wedding package is the price. There’s a proverb that says ‘cut your coat according to your cloth’. Or perhaps you’re more familiar with its Malay counterpart; ‘ukur baju di badan sendiri’. It means that you should only buy and spend on things that are within the allocated budget.

Spending beyond what you can afford is, after all, the surefire way to get broke in no time. Remember that a wedding is not the end, but only a beginning and marriage – it’s a life long adventure and a commitment at its finest.

Experience

Next, do a little bit of research to see if they have experience in wedding planning and management. Typically, the longer they’ve been in business, the better. Experienced vendors can jump in on your big day to resolve problems before you even know it.

However, some wedding vendors fail to maintain excellent services as they grow. Therefore, don’t jump into conclusions right away. There’re still other important things you need to check before reaching a decision.

Customer Feedback

Chances are some of your relatives and friends have already gotten married. So, don’t overlook word of mouth and ask for recommendations. Referrals are among the most effective ways to get the best vendors for your wedding.

Also, you might want to check out their recent customer feedback, either from social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram or any review blog posts. In fact, customers nowadays trust each other more than brands. If they’re consistently having good reviews on top of their years of experience, then it’s worth putting them on a shortlist.

Quality

Once you’ve shortlisted a few wedding packages based on their price, experience and feedback from the previous customers, it’s time to pay them a personal visit. This is particularly important when you’re looking for the right food caterer, bridal and make up for your big day. Of course, you can browse pictures and videos on the internet, but seeing is believing.

It’d be best if you let them know your expectations and negotiate face to face, and see their products for yourself. For example, when deciding for a wedding caterer, it’s best to request for a pre-event food tasting and invite your wedding planner along, if you’ve hired one.

Design

Another thing to consider when choosing a wedding package is the signature decór design. You can look through their online portfolio or catalogue to see some of the past work. It’s to get the idea of whether they can materialize your vision, especially the pelamin (wedding dais), bridal outfits, hantaran (gifts to your partner) and wedding favours. While things should be in good quality, they also need to match your style and personality.

On a side note, perhaps you can get clarified at the beginning whether the bridal boutiques are outsourcing some stuff from other vendors. This way, you’ll get a heads-up if you’ll be dealing with other parties as well.

Location

The vendor location is equally important to ensure a smooth wedding reception. You wouldn’t want any issues to occur at the last minute. You should select a vendor that is located nearby the wedding venue to avoid additional charges and delay due to logistics challenges.

Perhaps, you’ve heard some real wedding nightmare stories somewhere. Stories like the food are still not ready while the guests are already piling up, or the food has to be prepared too much ahead of time that it poisons the guests. You don’t want to experience these kinds of thing firsthand, do you?

Payment Terms

One tends to overlook the importance of evaluating the payment terms beforehand. Some vendors will allow you to pay any amount of deposit and settle the rest only after the reception is over. Other vendors might require the full payment before your wedding date.

Whether it’s by cash, credit or online banking, ensure that you’re not trusting a third party when making payments for the wedding packages. If possible, request to make payments directly to their authorized bank accounts. It’s best to keep all the transaction documents even after your wedding day just in case.

Customer Service

Last but not least, choose wedding vendors that value their potential customers. If they keep selling hard and pulling faces at you, avoid hiring them at all cost. Instead, go for those who are open for negotiation so that you can work within your own budget and style.

You’ll also need to review their terms of service thoroughly beforehand. For example, you might want to hire a tailor that can alter your wedding outfits closer to your wedding date. Of course, it’s a good idea to bring any undergarment you plan on wearing and your shoes for proper measuring in the first place.

When planning your own wedding, keep in mind that it’s your big day. It should be a once in a lifetime event. Therefore, you have the right to adapt the elements that you enjoy, put your own spin on it and stick to a realistic budget. It’s absolutely okay to be different from others and leave out certain traditions if you don’t feel the need. Take a deep breath and relax whenever you feel burnt out. After all, your wedding day is just the beginning to what everyone hopes will be a bright and beautiful future.

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