All I want is just a single panel, accompanied by two white trees.
Less than a month and I haven’t gotten the reception pelamin settled. I know, I know, I should have gotten this sorted earlier.
Firstly, the hall that I’d booked for the wedding earlier this year comes with a package — the banquet hall comes with the catering, audio system and decoration. Having everything under one hall makes our lives a little simpler. Except that I’d prefer having another vendor handle the decoration.
I can’t simply get someone to decorate the hall, though.
The hall management tells me that I’ll need to pay a surcharge if I were to call and outside vendor to handle the decoration. The RM1500 fee was still a manageable sum, I thought.
So I approached a couple of decorators (including those that you guys have recommended). As soon as I told them where and when we’re going to hold the reception, they would either decline or be demotivated.
Here’s how it works. The hall I booked often lets two banquets run in a day — one in the afternoon and later, one in the evening. If your event is held in the afternoon, the external decorators can come in the night before the event and build the pelamin for you up to the wee hours (which I learned, is the norm). If your event is held at night, however, the decorators can only come in once the afternoon banquet has wrapped up. Which leaves them with only three hours to get everything done, before your guests arrive.
Because my reception will be held at night, the decorators think that they wouldn’t have enough time to build the pelamin and get everything done.
Some have said that they can come to the hall and build the pelamin on the night before, but the pelamin would be hidden behind the curtains throughout the day and only unleashed in the evening. It’d be a little complicated though.
Others have told me that they could decorate the pelamin with fresh flowers and props within a few hours after the afternoon event ends, only they would still charge me as much as a three-panel hall pelamin.
My mum tells me that I should just leverage on the existing hall decorator and says that the extra money is better spent traveling.
At this point, I figured that’s the better solution, too. Only I’d need to sit down with the decorator and clearly tell him what I want and what I don’t want and provide pictures for him to refer to. Probably book flowers, too, just in case we’d need more.
I was being melodramatic with Asna this morning:
“Asna, I’m sad. My pelamin is not going to be very nice.”
She was still on the computer, tilted her head toward me and said:
“But it’s cheap.”
I was annoyed.
“Which is more important? To have something beautiful or to have it cheap?”
This time, she stopped playing the computer and turned around, her whole body facing me. She looked at me in the eyes and firmly said:
“What’s more important, is money.”