The Tandang Dress
The theme for my bertandang reception is traditional as per requested by my FIL. So in order to stick with the theme, H and I decided that we'll be wearing songket.
And the scout for (cheap) songket begins. One of H's cousin, who got married about 4 years ago suggested the one place that she knew that sell cheap songket from India and Pakistan is City One Plaza which situated next to Semua House at Jalan TAR. So we went there and it's indeed cheap! We got a pair of kain songket material for only RM250! And it includes the material for sampin, bengkung, tanjak for man and a small selendang for woman. And of course the 4m kain each for bride and groom.
My tandang dress was designed and made by Ezuwan Ismail, the young designer known lately for the controversial dress that Raja Farah wore. Hehehe. When we met with him early May, we approached him with the idea that it gonna be a poolside English theme reception and had him sketched 3 designs that I loved so much. Later we knew that FIL had changed his mind to a traditional Malay wedding instead. So we approached him again and had him sketched few new designs. I know that although it's traditional, I didn't want to wear kebaya and would rather stick to baju kurung silhouette. I believe that a simple nice kebaya songket need to be paired with intricate cucuk sanggul, dokoh and other traditional accessories and will automatically stands out on its own. Since I am wearing hijab, I can't donned that all and took a slightly modern approach to it.
So there, a simple baju kurung with mermaid cut bottom (which really kills me masa nak panjat tangga naik pelamin and high table) and with blings blings adornments on the front.
It's pretty simple and straight forward. Just like me. Nak jugak tu. HAHA. The veil is gold-ish in colour with patched lace and minimal beading. I asked for waist length veil because I am such a clutz and awkward whenever I am nervous so the chance of me tripping on the veil (if it's long) while walking is high. So better be safe than sorry girls. Ini kira ala-ala extra precaution untuk diri sendiri la. Hehe. Besides it would incurred extra cost so if you are on budget constraint, cut while you can. Gituh!
I am thinking of renting out both of groom's and bride's attire for this one. Tapi harga belum finalized lagi but rest assured, it definitely cheaper than sewa dari bridal boutique or tempah (designer or not). The veil can be rented out separately, if you like.