10.01.10 was the auspicious date for the home wedding reception of Eidia and Dzamir, the son of my good friend Fawzi. My help was solicited in planning the wedding and it turned out to be my creative and organisational pleasure!

Home weddings are usually more cosy and friendly than those held in hotels and community halls especially when they are well-attended by family and close friends. And so it was last Sunday for the pengantin and their  family!

The guests get to interact with the hosts and with one another at a more  congenial level. People are in a less  formal mode and are encouraged to stroll around unintimidated by a stiff hotel setting. Even if there are VIP guests they tend to take the cue from the ambience created and gladly loosen up to show their more personable side.

On my side I enjoyed coordinating the colour scheme which included the baju pengantin, bunga telur, table setting  and selecting the lauk pauk, drinks and desert etc etc etc. As with my own childrens’ weddings, no stone was left unturned, no detail forgotten, no triviality spared.

After all a wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime affair for most people and it should be an occasion to remember!


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  1. 1 NanaDJ
    January 15, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    You did such a good job as a loving friend. I am sure your efforts are very much appreciated.

  2. 2 ninitalk
    January 16, 2010 at 9:03 am

    Yes NanaDJ – the pengantin were so grateful Aunty Halimah was there to guide them and the old aunty imposed her ideas on the young couple. Fawzi was so pleased and happy and for that I am grateful. What are friends for ya!

  3. January 16, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Home wedding – that’s the way forward. Sweet memories of our own home wedding almost 15 years ago rush back. But no one advised us that we should not took time off after the bersanding to send off a dear “uncle” to the Pengkalan Chepa airport. A lot of relatives and friends missed the opportunity to convey directly to us their good wishes because of our misguided disappearing act.

  4. 4 dannalli
    January 16, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Nini …

    That must be Fawzi EL ??
    As TS Arshad was there I guess the answer is yes.
    Inter mingled with her at Language Centre of ITM in early 70s.

    Am still charmed by the beauty of TS Arshad’s wife. My last close encounter with her was in mid 80s during the opening of her Azalea’s Batik at Sg Pencala. With nemerous hiways criss-crossing, what has become of that centre.

    And ofcourse, also charmed by your sweet ‘biras’. When sandwiched by the 2 beauties, and yours still shine, it shows that you are equally beautiful or you have outshined them.

  5. 5 ninitalk
    January 16, 2010 at 11:55 am

    GUiKP – ha ha! Weddings are full of beautiful moments but there are lots of slip-ups too. When you look back you wish everything had been perfect but it’s the imperfections that make you chuckle now! Yes – more and more people are having weddings at home in the old-world style of a leisurely open house.

    dannalli – was that a compliment sandwiched between two other compliments! Thank you and I’ll answer for the two Puan Sris too! They’ll be thrilled to know they are still admired!

    I can also answer that Azalea is still in operation in Sg Penchala, albeit in a less publicised way. Also, the old batik designers who were excellent have been replaced by the newer, younger ones whose taste in colour and design tends to be garish.Thus Azalea batik has lost it’s pioneering impetus!

    Yes that’s your old ITM colleague Fawzi who is still recuperating from a stroke. And isn’t TS Arshad a magnificent octogenarian?

  6. 6 mekyam
    January 16, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    congratters, wedding planner extraordinaire! 😀

    wedding couple & everything looked lovely. elegant, yet fresh and uncomplicated.

  7. 7 dannalli
    January 16, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Nini …

    On your last note … Indeed he is.

    Fawzi was not a colleaque. I was an Accounting student there. Should have joined her Francais class [she was a bomb too], but I guess Frau Khor (Marianne) beat her, so I signed up for Deutsch class instead. Managed to be with her for 2 semesters until taken over by Herr Zaif and later by one German speaking Swiss, Herr Metzler. Those names must still be familiar to Fawzi.

    About few months back, I met Noor Azam ( ex TV3 & UMBC Chairman )while having lunch somewhere near to my place. He just had quite a major operation at S’pore and recuperating. He is still staying at Sg Penchala and forewarn me that I might lose my way over there due to the development.

  8. 8 ninitalk
    January 16, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Gee thanks mekyam!

    In a way it was effortless because there was a colour theme which had to be exercised with some care. It can be overpowering if not toned down with neutral shades of off-white or cream. I had a small conmmittee with whom I just bulldozed my ideas based on the experience of organising 3 rather big family weddings.

    All in all it was great fun!

  9. 9 ninitalk
    January 16, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    dannalli – might you be thinking of the late Fauziah (Suleiman) who was a French lecturer? The groom’s mother is Fawziah and she was in ITM as a Counselling expert during Arshad’s time. She left to join Petronas.

  10. 10 dannalli
    January 17, 2010 at 12:40 am

    Nini …

    My mistake. The French lecturer was the other Fauziah and this was Fawziah Ely. I remember one of my classmates, who is now a CPA turned businessman went to see Fawzi as he was deeply in love with another classmate and I guess it distract him from his studies. After one counselling, it put things on right track. He is now happily married, but to another girl whom he met while undergoing his articleship.

  11. 11 Kolla
    February 1, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Assalamu’alaikum wrt wbt Auntie, trust you’re well: wedding looks stunning! May Allah swt bless you for your loyalty and care for your friends, wslm

  12. 12 ninitalk
    February 2, 2010 at 5:23 am

    Salams Kolla and thank you for the compliment! Actually I love fussing around and imposing my ideas on others ha ha! And to help out an old friend – why not kan!

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