Wedding Diaries

Getting married: Reception invitation cards

Cahayakad

When it came to the invitation cards for the reception, I knew who I wanted to hire. The first wedding invitation cards that managed to capture my attention both came from one person and that person, runs CahayaKad.

I’ve been a fan of CahayaKad, a Kuching-based wedding cards and favors company, for years now. The designs they offer are modern and personalized. A breath of fresh air compared to the cards I’ve seen.

[heading h=”h2″ font=””]Approaching CahayaKad[/heading]

Months before my event, I contacted CahayaKad. After getting the quote from Lat, the designer, I learned that the cards don’t come cheap. I printed the price list and images of the samples and shared them with parents, in hopes of convincing them.

My mum was, in the beginning, hesitant to spend so much on invitation cards. She wasn’t convinced and told me to look elsewhere. When I did go elsewhere and found something a lot more affordable, she ended up not being impressed -_-‘

So I contacted Lat again, exactly two months before the reception date. He asked what I had in mind for the design, what kind of material I’d like and suggested that I get the samples of his latest projects. But because I was pressed for time, I told him that I shall hire him right away, without looking at the samples.

Lat sent the samples anyway. He stressed that I needed to see and touch them myself, I suppose to get a feel of the cards. He also emailed me a timeline for my order. Super organized!

[heading h=”h2″ font=””]My personalized invitation cards[/heading]

The next day, the Pos Laju dude handed me a box full of CahayaKad samples. The cards and envelopes were really pretty! When my parents were in the living room, I brought the box down and shared its content. We were checking the cards out — the different designs, layouts and materials — for hours. Mama was finally impressed and gave her green light.

Cahayakad Schedule

That night, I told Lat it’s confirmed, that we’re going to do it. He then listed out all the things he needed to proceed with the draft:

  • Type of card, quantity and material
  • Texts for the card
  • Theme
  • Location map
  • Quotes
  • Couple’s nicknames
  • Samples or images from the net

The next day, I provided him with all the details.

Within five days, he emailed me the drafts he had prepared. The card was basically done, but for about a week we were emailing each other back-to-back, sometimes several times a day. Mostly it’s me requesting to change the colors, the background or the borders. This one time, I felt so bad for being so fickle, that I called him to apologize. But he was calm and listened to my every request.

After a week and a half of confirming the layout and design and making the payment, the invitation cards were shipped. Here at home, we were excited!

[heading h=”h2″ font=””]The outcome[/heading]

Cahayakad

My reception invitation card is from CahayaKad’s Love Series and it’s made of Artizen Linen. Each came with a complementing envelope and a silver matte sticker. Love it!

My mum was really happy with the outcome and considered the money well spent. “Puas hati,” she said.

Here’s what’s inside:

Cahayakad

Cahayakad

[heading h=”h2″ font=””]Final thoughts[/heading]

I would highly recommend CahayaKad if you’re looking for modern wedding invitation cards:

First, the designs! Lat is not your ordinary wedding invites vendor, he’s a tasteful designer. He makes things from scratch and is very good at it. The cards are pretty and well made — even the map is in a different class. Don’t believe me? Just get his samples. See and feel, you will be awed.

Second, communicating with him was a breeze. I’ve never met this guy — all the time we were only emailing or calling each other. But throughout, he made sure I knew what I was getting into (like making sure that I see the samples and not allowing me to make hasty decisions) and was always there to address my concerns. Considering how many times I requested to change the color of the fonts, I conclude that he’s very patient, too.

Third, CahayaKad is organized. And fast. Before I made an order, I was given a timeline. When he says he will send me, for example, the samples or drafts within a period of time, he would often deliver them sooner. I don’t recommend doing things last minute like I did, but it amazes me that the whole process (from the day I received the samples to the delivery of my cards) took us only three weeks.

So thanks, Lat. We’re happy customers.

Update: Parents received mail recently. It was a wedding invitation card too similar to mine for us to not notice, from the concept and details. I had to contact CahayaKad to ask what was happening because it was clearly their work. Turns out the bride had specifically asked CahayaKad to create a card similar to mine and they obliged, which I thought was uncool, since the cards created by the company are meant to be custom designs and personalized to each bride and groom. They’re not cheap! Just unfortunate that we found out that way. Very uncool. CahayaKad apologized for the incident, but we’re not very happy customers anymore.

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Zeal
    February 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    i am sarawakian and never came to my attention that kuching has this excellent service/talent designing wedding card! we sarawakian would usually hunt for wedding prep things (including wedding cards of course) in KL. Thought it would be much cheaper over there hehe. thanks for the info!

    • Reply
      miasuraya
      February 13, 2014 at 10:58 PM

      No worries. Glad to be of help!

  • Reply
    Sue Ann
    February 13, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Yes the cards were very nicely done, I’m still keeping it because it’s so pretty! 🙂

    • Reply
      miasuraya
      February 13, 2014 at 10:57 PM

      Thanks Sue Ann 🙂

  • Reply
    Ayyman Rahim
    February 15, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Sooooo nice! Btw congratulations on your wedding! =)

    http://ayymanrahim.blogspot.com/

    • Reply
      miasuraya
      February 17, 2014 at 5:47 PM

      Thanks Ayyman!

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