Alhamdulillah, I am now lawfully married to the man I have been dating for the past 7.5 years. My main purpose of writing this post is to share my bitter experience of what was almost a nightmare.
It’s true, every couple will go through a lot of cubaan and dugaan and whatnot, but my bitter experience, thanks to a a certain ‘S’ from Decor De Kraton, was what could have been your worst nightmare. Here’s a brief explanation of what had happened.
This person is also using a normal fb profile for his business instead of a Page. Otherwise, i would have already wrote a review of his poor service.
‘S’ had arranged to come after 10pm to put up the curtains, so as to pace out his productivity and at the same time, not affect the activities that will happen at the MPH on Friday.
At 9.50pm, ‘S’ gave me a called and asked me to make a request to EMSU For the electricity at MPH to be switched on so that he could do his work well. After a few phone calls (the second one after midnight as my booking for the court was for Saturday & Sunday), my request was denied as TC had the power supply box locked and it could only be opened when the cleaner starts his shift at 6am. I apologised to ‘S’ for not being able to help him in the said situation. My fiance and I also went to the MPH to meet him and to tie up the loose ends of the discussions that we have had previously. After confirming up to the littlest details, fiance and I left.
Saturday Late Morning:
He said that he will complete the set-up, together with the fresh flower arrangement by 6pm. I also informed him that my parents will be holding a small-scale kenduri at the stage. At 9am Saturday morning, i received a text from ‘S’ asking to make the third and last payment as he need to pay off his vendors who are coming at 11am. As i was still in bed, I told him I will come to the venue at 10.30am. When I came down to the area, I texted him but he said he had already left. So I told him that I will pay him when he come again in the evening. ‘S’ tried harder and told me to do transfer it to him instead but I turned him down as I had already cashed out the money for my vendors and prepared them in envelopes so that it will be easy for me to make the necessary payments. Suddenly, at 12.06pm, I received ‘I’m here btw’ from ‘S’. So I passed him the money, but he told me that he will pass the receipt to me later. Which was such a huge mistake on my part! What I should have done was to wait for him to complete the setup and make payments at the end as promised. I duly regret this action of mine, which probably encouraged him to MIA after this… I also managed to have a short conversation with ‘S’ and asked what time he is planning to come back to complete the set-up as at that point of time, the pelamin was not even halfway done, the tables were laid but the skirting were not as discussed. Neither was the buffet line, which we had talked about the night before. He said he was gonna go out for a while and be back about 3 or 4pm, but his staffs will be there earlier, at about 3pm. He also told me due to the lack of lighting over the past few nights, he is expecting to finish by 7pm, which was totally fine by me, as my kenduri will only start after maghrib.
Saturday Evening/Sunday Morning:
As I was busy running errands the evening, I only managed to come back to the venue for my kenduri and to my utmost horror, nothing was done throughout the entire afternoon. At 8pm, the tiffany chairs vendor came and my relatives helped out to arrange the chairs and the chair pads. One of my relative asked the vendor why was he late, but vendor claimed that he was on time as ‘S’ had arranged for him to come at 8pm. I texted ‘S’ asking for his whereabouts as he claimed that he will be at the venue at 4pm, and i needed him to do up the car decor as my fiance will be bringing the car back to AMK. He told me he was otw, but he suddenly changed plans and arranged to meet fiance at AMK to put up the simple decor. Throughout the night, I have asked my brothers to stay up at the venue to safeguard the place and also to update me of the set-up. The entire night, was hell for me. I’ve always managed to peacefully sleep during bedtime, and on the eve of such an important date, when I desperately needed my beauty sleep, my heart was not at ease, like I was constantly worrying, and at 3++am, I received an update from my brother saying that ‘S’ had already left. ‘S’ texted me saying that he is making his way to his warehouse and will be back by 7am with more items such as the white oak tree for my pelamin, the grey mat for the aisle and tiffany chairs for my meja pengantin. And that was pretty much the last I heard from him. By the time I woke up and showered that fateful Sunday morning, i had to rush to get ready before the Make Up Artist come and had no time to make my way to the area to check on the situation.
Just to make a list of pretty much the things that were missing/undone:
1. Hanging lights at the entrance
2. Entrance curtain hung but not decorated nor (neatly) tied to the pillars
3. Unfinished carpet aisle, which was eventually taped to the ground by my brother (carpet only covers the distance of 10-15 metres)
4. Missing potted plants along the aisle
5. Buffet line not arranged as discussed
6. Skirting for Guest tables not decorated as discussed
7. Bantal and Carpet Nikah missing (imagine my relatives had to scramble and come up with layers of carpet to make do for the Bantal, minutes before kadi arrived, they even used tikar as alas! Can you imagine?!)
8. Cake table missing (again, my dearest aunties had to improvise and come up with a substitute when the cake vendor arrived. And I was at home, changing when they were scrambling to get it done, even used kain songket yang belum jahit as table skirting)
9. Pelamin Decor was only at 60% completion. White oak tree, clock on backdrop, table with small vase and flowers, potted plants were all missing
10. Cutlery set for meja pengantin was also missing (we had to eat on normal cutlery sets, which were fine but still unprofessional to say the least)
All in all, we were played by this decor but Alhamdulillah the majlis still went well and all the other vendors were awesome, which makes up for the bare pelamin. Would also like to thank my dearest relatives, especially my beloved aunts going beyond their limits and capabilities for helping me make up for the loss and missing items. I just hope this encounter does not happen to the rest of the community. Therefore, please warn the other BTBs if you have heard of this company (according to ‘S’, his company was previously named ‘CR WEDDINGS’). I wish all of you the best of luck in preparing for your big day.
Sorry for the long post, but i feel like this should be out in my blog because this is what I experienced. More than willing to attend to any questions!