One fine day, i read Zaila's entry on the above mentioned topic. Hmmp, and i gave it a quick thought. Sangat betul what she wrote. so here's my two cents on the topic lak. (most of them are from my own experience)
i understand budget is like the biggest concern in our wedding checklist kan? ohh..i begitu juge.. boleh pening kepala fikir pasal budget. i ada buat excel file untuk trace how much money spent, which vendor i booked, deposit paid and the balance needs to pay for their service, and when.
if you read my previous2 post, i did mentioned that we both had started buying our hantaran items one by one since early of this year lagi, reasons why? budgetting and we dont want last minute chaos. Hantaran pula - benda yang memang nak and tengok pada budget juga. We go for mana yang mampu milik je. Yang penting benda tu is something that we both want to be displayed on the dulang (mutual agreement is important here) .
Jangan terlalu fikir budget sampai hentam je beli apa2, sebab nanti in the end lepas kahwin, u end up tak pakai langsung barang tu sebab u dont like them. Maybe boleh plan dulu, what you REALLY want, and survey2 the price. Then check your budget. if out of your budget, find backup.
Real case scenario:
What you really want : Designer Handbag
Price : RM1*** ++
Tengok budget - RM5** ++
Okay, let go dulu (it's okay, you can always save duit lepas kahwin and buy the designer's handbag) find alternative - go for cheaper but well known brand. and of course cantik, and u like. settle. Yang penting, tak burst budget. Hantaran hanyalah syarat.
Tapi lagi bagus kalau you can buy the things that you really want. But again BUDGET is the most important thing to be considered.
i learned from my mistakes thus sharing it with you guys, other Bride to be because i dont want u guys to be like me. Do a lot of surveysss and dont/never ever exceed your budget (applicable to bride to be with shoestring budget) . you can always pass Vendor X due to budget wise because if you get really friendly with Mr Google, you will realize that banyyyak lagi vendor yang boleh substitue vendor X but with cheaperrr price.
Yang penting, stick to your budget. Dont be like me. I always have this in mind " Lebih sikit pun takpe, lebih sikit pun takpe " End up? Lebih baaaaaaanyak okay. Hehe.
Read reviews, rating or whatever about the vendors. Ask those who had hired them for their event. Check their PR skills, if they have boutique regardless a home based one pun takpe, kasi terjah, because there u can survey and observe more. Dalam website (normally what the photos they put up macam limited) and yang penting tell them your budget, what you really want and ask them in details (bring book to write down whatever they told you so you can question them back in case if any conflicts arise)
Remember : STICK TO BUDGET, SURVEY and DETAILS
Once u paid them depo, u will get the agreement kan? Keep the copy of the agreement. In case if anything happen, you can bring them to the Tribunal. Kalau yang jenis bayar pakai bank2 tu, yang online2 tu, print screen their website, keep in your document file. And keep the transaction receipt. Keep all the emails and SMS between you and the vendor. Ni semua penting sangaaaaaaat. This is to ensure that you have the proofs of what had been communicated earlier between you and the vendors.
To be continue.....