Oia, Santorini, Greece

Santorini is actually what remains after an enormous volcanic eruption. This island slopes downward to the Aegean Sea. Several towns are perched along the cliff.

Oia is a scenic and popular village on the northern edge of the caldera (a large volcanic crater) that forms the island of Santorini within the Cyclades (an island group in the Aegean Sea). The town has clusters of white washed buildings, blue domed churches, bell towers, charming shops/ hotels, traditional Cycladic and cave houses that are carved into the rock on the cliff. It is set in a location with breathtaking views of the sunset over the white houses and the caldera.
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Holiday Inn Glemarie in Shah Alam

Packages 2014: from RM1388++ | Capacity: 350 pax | The spacious Grand Glenmarie Ballroom looks elegant and stunning with the lighting and decorations during the wedding reception. No pillars hence there is a good view of the stage. The ballroom has an LED screen right in the middle of the stage where it can be switched on to slide down or up as required. It is big and clear, additional projector screen is not necessary. There is plenty of space at the ballroom foyer during pre-dinner cocktail for guest to mingle around. The parking is free and there are lots of space.

The wedding food is the standard hotel wedding fare. Excellent and professional service particularly from young wedding planner Natalie Pereira and Banquet Manager Mhd Nor. Some Waistaffs require more training.

holiday inn glenmarie wedding
Cenderawasih Ballroom - Holiday Inn Glenmarie Shah Alam
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Oversea Restaurant Imbi

oversea restaurant imbi wedding

This restaurant is loved by all for its delicious food particularly the barbecue pork (char siew). The Oversea Imbi is a famous restaurant for treating guests from other countries/ states, located at a very busy spot at Jalan Imbi, KL, hence parking could be a problem. Here you can still see the self appointed "parking attendants" collecting money from car owners.

While it is a popular Oversea restaurant outlet, nothing much has been mentioned about its wedding services. There are some pillars in the banquet hall.
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de Pré-mariage Photoshoot à Paris

I've been told Paris is the most romantic city in the world. Then again I remember my ex-boss telling me he found nothing "romantic" about Paris... it is simply a bustling city full of people. This city is definitely a popular location for pre-wedding photoshoot: Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, Pont des Arts, Notre Dame Cathedral, Palais Garnier (Opera House), etc. I have not been to Paris but would love to experience it for myself one day if love is really flying all over the air of Paris and visit beautiful places like these:
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Palace of the Golden Horses | Mines Resort City, Seri Kembangan

grand pillars

Packages 2018: Chinese- from RM1588nett. Indian/ Malay: from RM1388 nett | Capacity: 1200 pax | With its distinctive Moorish-Malaysian architecture resembling mythical and magical lands, with ceiling art and statues of horses, Palace of the Golden Horse provides couples with a unique setting for their weddings. The Grand Salon Lounge with a sculpture of horses as centerpiece is stunning, very grand and a popular wedding venue. As it is not a ballroom/ function room with privacy, other patrons can walk freely in and out if not properly managed.

Staff is helpful, friendly manager Franco did a good job on the wedding event arrangement. The huge 1200 seater Royal Ballroom can be divided into 3 sections for smaller wedding up to 450 pax. The ballroom looks lovely after decorations. Tasty Indian wedding dishes. Exquisite landscaped gardens, set against an immense 150-acre lake, form the backdrop for the grandiose garden ceremony at this luxury hotel.
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Kitt Bridal Makeup | Seremban and KL

2 sessions from RM688 | Providing bridal makeup and styling services in Seremban and Klang Valley, Kitt Bridal's Amy makes sure that the bride is as beautiful and stress-free as possible. She is able to create the luxurious, assorted complicated patterns or simple hair style. The makeup color choice is natural and soothing.

Complimentary consultation is available for prospective brides. Amy also does make up and hair for the Mother of the Bride or Groom, Bridesmaids, Flower Girls, Ceremonies, Engagement Photos, Proms,  parties, events, etc.
Talented Makeup Artist in Seremban, Amy - Kitt Bridal
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Restaurant Oversea Subang Parade

Wedding Packages 2018:from RM798nett | Capacity: 800 pax | Oversea is a well established brand in Malaysia F&B scene for Chinese cuisine. The Subang Parade outlet particularly is famous for wedding banquets. They have the experience and basic amenities in organizing medium sized wedding receptions. This is a good option if you are looking for quality food at an attractive price and good parking access/ availability at the shopping mall. Their staffs are friendly and efficient. However some part-timers have not been trained very well. The design of the banquet hall is of long rectangular shape, the guests at the back may not be able to view what is happening in front at the stage clearly.

To be improved are the equipment such as the projector screens, and time management. Dishes served should be paced out at the right intervals to ensure comfortable dining of the guests.

http://creativedecor-my.blogspot.my/2015/11/balloon-decoration-guest-tables.html | Nov 2015 | Wedding Receptionbright ceiling lights

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Bohemian Secrets by Payne @bohosecrets

Boho Secrets is a KL-based, pinterest-inspired no frills florist specializing in weddings. They describe their works as bohemian. Boho styles are free-spirited, gypsy-inspired, flowy, they harmonize with nature, look vintage, kind of rustic, can have an array of mismatched or bright colors and bold textures.

They do Fresh Floral Crowns + Floral Arrangements + Bouquet Deliveries + Weddings + Event Decorations + Workshops + Collaborations, almost everything about flowers. 

Photos by Fabulous Moments | Oct 2017
grey brides maids
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Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar

Packages 2016:  RM2000 nett | Capacity: 1320 pax  | With huge extensive crystal chandeliers, modern zebra print carpet and setting, and a capacity of 1300 pax for banqueting the Pullman Bangsar Grand Ballroom is an excellent venue for a big grand wedding reception. Pullman KL Bangsar is a lovely and modern hotel that provides good service. The hotel however it is not centrally located but is great for those who want to be out from the hustle and bustle of the city. No problem getting taxis from the hotel.

The Pullman brand does not disappoint, this is true for both the Pullman KL City and KL Bangsar, in terms of meeting their clients wedding preparation needs. Ms Samme Pan, the Event Manager and her banquet team are excellent in helping the couple and family plan and coordinate the hotel logistics for the wedding. Great food served during wedding reception. Courteous hotel staff.

http://vincentcheng.net/actual-day-wedding/wedding-pullman-bangsar | Jan 2017
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The grand Pullman Ballroom

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Macalister Mansion Penang

Package (2013): RM120++ per pax | The name Macalister Mansion honours Colonel Norman Macalister, one of the first British Governors of Penang (then known as Prince of Wales Island) from 1808 – 1810. Colonel Norman Macalister also gave his name to Macalister Road, where the boutique hotel is situated. Within Macalister Mansion, there are different spaces which are branded as distinct rooms found in an actual mansion – Dining Room, The Den, Living Room, The Cellar, The Lawn and Eight Rooms.

The Lawn offers the perfect space to have an outdoor wedding by the pool. The dining room looks perfect in white with quirky interiors and great lighting. This classy venue is most suitable for holding a small, elegant and dreamy reception. The person in-charge of wedding event planning is polite and friendly. However the bad follow up and lack of transparency may send some potential customers away. 

Macalister Mansion is designed around the idea of an old English mansion where guests can enjoy that traditional warm ‘home’ hospitality but with all the conveniences of modern technology. You can book their eight tastefully designed rooms for guests who require overnight stay. Encompassing all day dining and casual space to hang out, Living Room offers a delectable selection of local cuisine and international flavours.

http://www.sunnysanphotography.com/new-blog/2016/2/23/caleb-kristine-macalister-mansion-penang | Feb 2016

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Levitation Wedding Photography

Conceptual photography is unique and fun. Imagine yourself defying gravity and floating freely in the air. To create levitation photos for weddings, have the couple stand or lie down on a support object such as a stool,
  • Use a software (such as Snapheal) to erase the stool and you will create the impression that your model is floating in the air. 
  • The second method is to take two photos which are framed identically; one with the model and the second one without it. Post processing can be done in Adobe Photoshop with layer masks. [Instructions here]
To create a more dramatic scene, capture the image in an open field with debris flying around, like the bride is going to be pulled by a storm, and the partner tries to rescue her.

Photos by Luke Sharratt:
big wind
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Dorsett Putrajaya

Package 2016: from RM1688 nett (Chinese) | Capacity: 300 pax | Dorsett Putrajaya is located in Malaysia’s federal administrative capital of Putrajaya, 34km from KLCC and 30km from KL International Airport. With a scenic lake view as its backdrop, this hotel is the perfect location for a romantic outdoor wedding (small) and photography.

The Ballroom is dividable into two and four separate rooms or can be combined as one large event space. Make a distinct statement on your special day and exchange your vows amid the splendour of the stunning rooftop pool and impress your guests with a memorable dining experience under the star-lit skies. Private poolside events can be organised (subject to weather conditions).

golden ballroom
Satria Ballroom
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New York Vogue Bridal House | SS2 & Taiwan

pristine lake

This Taiwanese bridal shop targets Malaysian couples, mostly on bridal fairs, who wish to take advantage of the beautiful scenery and photo spots in Taiwan, different from what we have here. And they are located at non other than SS2- of course. The bridal package provides the usual gown/suit, makeup, photography, limited copies of photos, on top of that; accommodation (minsu/ homestay), meals, pickup service as the bridal shop in Taiwan is located in Pingtung, a small little town which is 1 hour+ drive away from Kaohsiung. Air Asia flights go to Kaohsiung directly or you can have a stop-over in Taipei, via Taoyuan Airport, stay one night then take the high speed rail from Taipei Main Station to Kaohsiung (Xin Zuoying Station) in 1hr 34min (360km).
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Traditional, Religious, Customary Ceremony and Others Inspiration Board

modern dai kum
Modern DaiKum (Master of Tea Ceremony) Cecilia is articulate and knowledgable
chinese wedding essentials
  Get your traditional Chinese Wedding essentials in packages, hassle-free
kwa, kua 褂 men suit
Buying your traditional wear can cost a fortune. Why not rent from CYL Events

Cheongsam (長衫) or qipao (旗袍)- tight fitting, short sleeve, one-piece dress with high collar
  A coronet with embroidered tassel veil is worn by bride in ancient Chinese wedding
kwa, kua 褂
Kwa (褂) - Two piece traditional wear with gold/ silver embroidery
Dai Kum - Wedding chaperone makes sure traditional proceedings are performed accordingly
gate crashing
  Door Games - The groomsmen have to go through challenges before they can fetch the bride
chinese ROM
  Procedure for ROM at Thean Hou Temple KL
cham cha
Tea is served to the elders as a symbolic gesture of gratitude in Chinese Wedding
ip man costume
  Chinese Wedding Theme - Red decor, traditional Chinese attire, live band, etc.
guo da li
Traditional Chinese Customary Wedding Ceremony
modern kebaya
  Kebaya - Sheer tunic with floral embroidery, opening on the front paired with a sarong
baju kahwin
Baju Kurung - Full length skirt and a long sleeve collarless blouse
Pelamin (Dais) - A platform with seats for the couple in Malay Wedding
bersanding blessing
Bersanding in Malay Wedding - Bride and groom seated together to get blessings
akad nikah
Akad Nikah (Ijab & Kabul/ Offer & Acceptance) - Islamic marriage solemnization
grooms men hantaran
Malay Wedding and Islamic marriage application procedures
Indian temple wedding
Saree - A garment with a drape wrapped around the waist and over the shoulder, baring midriff
Red dot on forehead
Hindu Wedding Process
mehndi for wedding
Mehndi - Designs are drawn on the hands and feet of the bride as decoration
Hindu wedding ceremonies take place under the mandap - temporary structure with pillars
indian hair pieces
Type of hair accessories for Indian Weddings
walk around the fire
Hindu Wedding's Seven Step Ritual - Vows are read as the couple walks around a fire
jpn rom
Marriage application procedure for non-Muslim at JPN
wedding band
Where to shop for engagement ring and wedding band
diamond cert
Insights to Buying Diamonds - Beyond 4Cs
catholic church wedding
Catholic Wedding Procedure
church wedding
Wedding at Agape Community Church Seremban
city harvest church wedding
EX8 Building Subang Jaya | City Harvest Church
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Armada Hotel PJ

Packages 2018: Chinese from RM1199+ | Malay/ Indian from RM1008+ | Capacity: 360 pax | Newly renovated ballroom and foyer looks nice. Ballroom looks very Grand especially the lighting. Location is good.

Negative reviews: Audio system not well co-ordinated. Need to improve on table arrangements.

May 2017
Went there for a wedding dinner. Food was just okay. Good location and ballroom for wedding though.
Jan 2017
Worst place ever to organise for wedding
1) most food were served cold
2) very slow service by untrained/temporary staffs (foreigners)
3) inadequate space   -chairs and tables were arranged so close to another table and there was barely room to move about and waiters bumped into chairs of guests
4) chopsticks given was of different length and worst of all was a dirty and used chopstick served to guests! Horrible!
5) toilet was dirty and the seal for drainage on the floor was lose and not fixed!
6) Parking was located quite far from hotel   -limited shutter service to pick up customers
7) bad PA system   -repeated songs were played 3-5 times in a row and some songs were faulty.

Nov 2016
Recently renovated. Decent place for wedding but kinda tired hotel.

armada hotel
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Two Words - "I do" by Lea Salonga

This song is about a bride who walks down the aisle, remembers her past and heads towards the future. She gives me the goosebumps hearing her profoundly expressively voice. She was the singing voice of two Disney Princesses; Jasmine in Aladdin, and Fa Mulan in Mulan.

Two words - Lea Salonga

Lyrics of TWO WORDS
In a while, in a word,
Every moment now returns.
For a while, seen or heard,
How each memory softly burns.
Facing you who brings me new tomorrows,
I thank God for yesterdays,
How they led me to this very hour,
How they led me to this place...

Every touch, every smile,
You have given me in care.
Keep in heart, always I'll,
Now be treasuring everywhere.
And if life should come to just one question,
Do I hold this moment true?
No trace of sadness,
Always with gladness...
'I DO...'


Now a song that speaks of now and ever,
Beckons me to someone new,
Unexpected, unexplored, unseen,
Filled with promise coming through.
In a while, in a word,
You and I forever change,
Love so clear, never blurred,
Has me feeling wondrous, strange,
And if life should come to just one question,
Do I face each moment true?
No trace of sadness, always with gladness,
'I DO...'

Never with sadness...
Always with gladness...

At Lea's wedding, she sang the song to her husband. He was tearing uncontrollably, tissue paper is not good enough he had to wipe away the tears with his handkerchief. Rob is a big man with a soft heart. He tried to stay composed, but was emotionally affected continuously - in a good way. Such a sweet moment. Here goes the video link:

with MIL
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Grand Imperial Royale Ballroom, Subang

led lighting

Packages 2017: from RM1688 | Capacity: 600 pax | The Royale Ballroom Subang by Grand Imperial Group is as its name suggests "Royale", grand design with up to date ballroom facilities (i.e ambient lightings, LED backdrop, private floor, etc). Strategic location adjacent to Sunway Pyramid, there is proper, covered parking for guests.

Feedback from wedding guests was that the food was very tasty - especially the iberico pork ribs. Professional banquet managers Danny Chin and Nicholas were really helpful, the communication was great.

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Pre-loved Lace Custom-made Long Sleeves Wedding Gown

If you are interested to purchase this pre-owned wedding dress, kindly email: wedresearch@gmail.com | Size: M | Price: RM700 | 
Tailor made. Only wore once. The middle part (sash) can be removed, or replaced with other belts, or sashes.

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Planning Traditional, Religious Ceremony and Registration of Marriage in Malaysia

Getting married can be as easy as filling out some forms, paying a small sum of money and signing some papers. However most people would prefer to hold religious/ traditional ceremonies to commemorate their matrimony. The celebration will be more memorable. It could be fun and tedious at the same time.

leann wedresearch ROM
Some guidelines for non-Muslim to register their marriage in Malaysia - what are steps, forms to fill, supporting documents to be submitted to the JPN. Subsequently after the publication of notice, your marriage can be solemnized. The registration of marriage (ROM) can be done in JPN or at an external location.
blessing scented water
The steps of a traditional Malay wedding include Merisik, Meminang, Bertunang, Akad Nikah, Bersanding... Besides the customary aspect, Muslim couples in Malaysia are required to follow the correct procedure set by the Jabatan Agama Islam to register their marriage.
indian wedding highlight
There are many things to prepare before a Hindu Wedding. book the venue and marriage officiant (priest), identify ceremony items: pooja thali, flowers, rice, fruits, etc, hire decorator for the kolam, mandap, venue, select photographer, videographer, makeup artist, get wedding garments, accessories...
catholic church malaysia wedding
Marriage is a permanent commitment, the place where a man and a woman seek and find deep union with each other in God. "In good times and in bad, in sickness and in health..." There are some general guidelines to be married in a Catholic Church.
idealscope diamond
A grading report by a reliable gemological lab attests to the diamond's authenticity. You can now go a step further than the 4 characteristics in diamond hunting; Cut, Clarity, Color and Carat. There are different tools for more in dept assessments and tips to get the best value out of your diamond engagement ring purchase.
diamond ring jewelers
You can shop for the engagement ring/ wedding band at the top jewelers in Malaysia which usually have their signature or most popular designs if you want to skip the trouble of spending too much time on comprehensive research.
chinese musical instruments band
The Oriental theme is all about the color RED and occasionally golden. The red satin flower ball (绣花球) can be a car or doorway decoration. Have a traditional Chinese music band perform at your wedding reception, the bridal team dressed in Ip Man style robe or the more stylish Shanghai Tang suits and cheongsam.
photo by edwin tan
Before the wedding is the "Guo Dai Lai" (Betrothal), wedding biscuits distribution and hair dressing ritual. On the wedding day, the groom picks the bride, tea is served to the elders and wedding reception is held. After the wedding, it is the new wife home visit.
tim suen fu lat
Door Games Ideas to get some inspirations for the gate crashing!
Dai Kam Jie (Bride's Chaperone) 大妗姐: traditional rules checked.
kua cheongsam
Here you can find a couple of boutiques to source your kua, cheongsam (qipao), suits, shoes, accessories, etc. You have the option to tailor-make, rent or buy from the ready-made collection. 
List of Modern/ Traditional Attire Boutiques
List of Decorators: for kolam, mandap, pelamin...
List of Entertainers: for traditional dancers, musicians...
List of Caterers: Indian Food | Fusion Food

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