Wedding Diaries

Getting married: The hantaran decoration

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Our hantaran during the akad nikah, consisted of only three trays in total — two from him (ring and wang hantaran) and one from me (ring).

Why so few, you ask?

We didn’t quite fancy the idea of a hantaran, because it required spending so much — mostly on things we didn’t need… for the sole reason of pleasing the elders. I think it’s fortunate that we adopted the Perak customs, which considers the trays exchanged during the engagement ceremony enough that we didn’t need any additional exchanging during the akad nikah, except for the rings and the wang hantaran.

For the decoration of my hantaran, I commissioned my cousin, Zalikha (or fondly referred as Ika) since she did an amazing job decorating hers for her engagement ceremony. The night before the akad nikah, Ika and a few more relatives worked on the hantaran with whatever we could find inside the house.

So for the tray, we made use of my mum’s bohemian crystal cake tray. Ika used a thick sponge as a pedestal and surrounded it with the flowers I’d bought — million stars and chrysanthemums. On top of the sponge, she used smaller crystal tray to hold the ring case.

It turned out into a beautiful minimalist decoration, which I appreciate:


Zalikha currently accepts orders.  If  you want to see more of her work and interested to have her decorate your trays, get in touch and I’ll share her contact details.

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    May 2, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    I have been reading a few of your entries today (particularly on your wedding day) and came to the conclusion that you are one humble lady. I feel that you appreciate simple little classy things yet you know that their worth is much more than the price tag (or cost) (e.g. your story on your wedding ring, hantaran and pelamin for nikah). 🙂

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      May 2, 2014 at 7:09 PM

      Hmm. Not sure if I’m humble hahaha. I think it’s more to do with the need to make the best out of the limited resources I have and being practical. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment Nadia, appreciate it 🙂

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    May 8, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Salam Mia. Can I have Zalikha contact or maybe her insta or FB for the hantaran deco. Appreciate your help. Thank you.

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      May 8, 2014 at 1:17 PM

      Sent you an email.

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    June 5, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Hi Mia,
    Can I have Zalikha contact number or email? Thanks

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      June 16, 2014 at 12:02 PM


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    August 21, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    hey mind sharing zalikha’s contact num, was stalking your blog hehe

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    August 24, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Hi Mia, I would like to have Zalikha’s contact details. Thank you!

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    September 26, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Salam mia,

    Can I have zalikha’s contact details or email. Thanks in advance mia


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    November 15, 2015 at 12:26 AM


    I random Google on hantaran…
    Can I get the contact if of your cousin please.

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