Preparing for wedding can be more stressful than preparing yourself for exams..no?? :)
Every bride-to-be's find difficulties or at least some diffulties in any ways when it comes to approaching/ dealing with vendors..
...vendors did not reply your calls
...vendors replying emails/responded late
...vendors acted snobbish
...vendors looked down on you
...paid the vendors and they turned you down
...promised to follow what you want instead they make what they want
so on and so forth..
I got an email from a blogger friend (you know who you are! :))that encountered the same problem that I faced (of cos with the same vendor). She got stressed out soo she emailed to ask my experiences with the vendor and asked/ needed a little opinion from me.
Her email gave me the urge to pen down my experience with Mr Nas.
Yesss...that famous Nas Great Idea. Who doesn't know him, right?? His overtly grand deco for weddings always came up as a front cover of Ratu Sehari, and they covered a lot of rich and famous weddingsss......his touch never failed to mesmerize us all.
Once..I wanted him BADLY to be part of my wedding team. Considering my might-be-small budget for him, I tried my luck. My first email to him was back in January 2010. I waited patiently for his reply, but to no avail. Then I sent him another few emails hoping for his response. I was very determine to have him as my decorator hence tebalkan muka dgn email countless times.
Finally....oh finally..he replied me!!! Said that he can work within my budget, asked to meet up, bla..bla..bla. Since then, he replied every single email lightning quick.... Alhamdulillah, we've been exchanging e-mails quite often , therefore I got the chance to get to know him as a person :) cheeeewah... It's true what Sabby had mentioned before, he is a very nice, humble and down to earth guy.
Soo, finally we chose a date to meet up @Taman Rimba, where the reception was to be held. Mind you it was not easy to pick a date to meet up considering my frequent night shifts and his busy schedule. The meet up venue was picked by him as it would be easy for him to study the place and planned for the deco...
On the day, I drove back to KL by myself cos husband (then fiancee) was oncall. It wasn't easy for me. Penat kerja, and penat nak drive, and penat traveling (it was an hour journey). Having the thought of seeing Mr Nas in real life, and having the motivation to get my dream wedding, I pushed myself. I had Saleha to accompany me since we gonna meet up at night, plus she stays nearby.
I last texted him a day before the meeting date. I purposely did not remind him on the day itself cos I don't see the purpose of doing so...I assumed that he has his at-least-a-BlackBerry to keep his appoinments with clients or his PA or whatever la to keep him reminded. About an hour waited, he and co was nowhere to be seen...
I decided to call him to know his whereabout cos I don't want to be wasting my time anymore. He picked up the call..
My heart shattered to pieces when he casually answered that he forget about the date!!!!...I felt like crying and cursing him!..but I stayed strong..and kept the tears in check still within the lacrimal glands....Dramatic much??hehe..
Brokenhearted..me and Saleha went to Tutti Frutti, TTDI to cool me down. Basically, she had to bare with my whining at how frustrated I was. Mr Nas did send me a message to apologize, but my husband won't let me reply.. Husband is a very stern man..he didn't see any reason why I should give Nas a second chance when there are other vendors who were more interested to do business with us.. FULL STOP.
Months went by..to be exact 3 months...
I was attending a friend's wedding in Putrajaya when I suddenly received his text,
"Assalamualaikum, apa khabar?"
"Jadi tak??I think it's rather late already. My reception is just a month away. Sorry to say this..You didn't turn up the other day, got me very upset..cos I believe you are very professional Mr Nas..soo, I assumed you are not interested.."
That was part of the messages that I still kept in my phone. The rest as they say was history. Hehe. We went on texting and finally he called me up to say sorry.
Frankly... I could sense that he was being honest and felt guilty of the things that happened. He continuously asked for my apology. He explained to me why mishaps had occured etc2. He also asked about my preparation, who did I hire, and was there anything that he could do to help...too baaaad, everything had been settle. Of cos la kan...I only had one more month to go, kalau tak confirm vendor lagi buat cari nahas je.
Before he hung up the phone, he said sorry again, and to repent for his past wrong-doing, he wanted to sponsor me a flower arrangement for my reception!!!!!!
Can you imagine how fluttered I was when I hear thattttttt????!!!!!
But I control ayu ok..."Serious ke ni?"
"Iye. Betul. I ikhlas. Dengan niat, bila I bantu you, business I akan lebih maju"
Ok..nak maju apa lagi?? Memang dah maju gila2 dah..OK, itu dalam hati je ;p
I went back joyfully, and husband was the first person to know. He could not believe it himself..He just reminded me not to be overexcited, cos he did not want to see me being hurt again...echecheche...mcm putus cinta!haha...
Soo..yeah..FINALLY..he kept to his words. A day before the reception, we saw a truck load lorry entered our reception site, and me, knowingly that it was Nas Great Idea's team. He sent about 5-6 people (I can't recall) to set up the main entrance deco...
MashaAllah...it did really help liven up the place.
Eventhough, it might not be the grand deco that NGI has done to other clients, nor did they use fresh flowers, nevertheless, everybody loves the high flower arch...
All I can say is ALHAMDULILLAH!!!!...it's all rezeki. Rezeki for being patience..rezeki for me for staying positive...rezeki for me for not to think bad about him...rezeki for me not to be too judgemental....rezeki for me not to tell the bad things about him to everybody...
After I came back from my honeymoon, me and husband wanted to meet him, to give a token of appreciation. Unfortunately, he was away in Jakarta. Last I heard from him was during Raya when I received Raya greetings from him.
Girls..there are always a glimmer of white in the darkest of dark. Things happen for a reason. Even if you can't see the good side of it now, maybe it's awaiting for us next time around...God works in mysterious ways.
Just enjoy preparing for your wedding...apa jua masalah yang di hadapi, atau bakal dihadapi, anggapla ia sebagai dugaan untuk menguji kesabaran.. :)
PROSPERITY THROUGH ADVERSITY