My previous post must have sounded quite… Angsty. Which is why this is a ‘petite girl’s’ blog, not a ‘petite woman’s’, because I figured a full grown mature woman would have overcome all angst / exhausted all her angsty energy (is there even such a word as angsty? Sounds like angsa punya sty LOL – nonsense ah Zakiah stop it eh.) I’m not sure if I’ll ever grow up and out of such angst; I think it’s either a youngest child resisting authority syndrome or a result of years of surpressing my protests to the judgemental perceptions expressed around and imposed upon me.
Anyway, that’s a pretty long preamble. The purpose of this post, actually, is to talk about my budget motto, which is to spend as little as possible on my wedding. If that can’t be achieved, the other alternative would be to stretch my dollars. Meaning, whatever I spend on would be something that can be used again or has a practical function, etc. One wedding expense that I find particularly wasteful are rented wedding outfits! Imagine, spending thousands of dollars on outfits that you only wear for a day! Not even that, a few hours! Which is why I have been toying with the ‘crazy’ idea (in apostrophes because I personally find it practical, not crazy; only others do) of tailoring my own outfits that are on the fancy side yet still simple enough to be reworn for functions like other people’s weddings that I would attend. (I still have so many younger cousins, so even if I can’t be bothered with the weddings of random acquaintances – I have very few whom I consider true friends – who nevertheless consider me important enough to be invited, I still have at least a handful of weddings to attend in the next 10 years.)
Now, how would that work? Keep it simple. Seriously, even if my wedding invitees are more glamorous than me, I don’t mind. I SERIOUSLY DON’T MIND. It makes me so much happier knowing that even if I pay, say, $500 for my outfit (material plus tailoring), at least I won’t be wearing it once. For a mere few hours. I would instead be able to enjoy it a few more times for the next 10 years (provided I don’t expand too much in size). Here’s a look at some outfits that may fit the bill:
I found this dress by googling ‘baju pengantin simple’ before I went to the Expo to survey wedding vendors (more of that in another post). I love the flared cut and its overall simplicity. Pair the top with regular pants and voila! you’ve got a Punjabi-looking suit. And you can wear the skirt like a high-waisted maxi skirt, paired with a chiffon blouse. The light grey colour also means it does not look too bride-sy to be worn again for a regular function.
Here’s another one from the same blog post:
Ignore the sleeves, observe the lace / embroidery that runs through the middle of the dress. I’ve always loved this type of cut for dresses; in fact I already have a dress tailored in a similar cut, a green dress made of a chiffon / organza material that has embroidery and sequins (see below). I bought the material in Arab Street for about a hundred plus dollars and sent it to my regular tailor in JB (can’t remember how much she charged me, but I doubt it was more than 100 RM); wore it for my eldest brother’s wedding way back in 2007.
Imagine this dress above with a fancier scarf, veil and head accessory, perhaps with an added sash just like the previous dress, worn with diamante strap heels, and it could very well be a bridal outfit.
Another dress that I already have which, with added embellishment and accessories, could turn me from the one who attends the wedding to the one that weds:
Pardon the colour quality; I took this photo with my iPhone 4. Anyway, I remember the time when I went to the tailor to collect this dress, I tried it on in front of my mother and said, “Ah baju macam ni boleh pakai buat kahwin!” in the loud hinting voice that I use to ‘test water’. My mom went, “Eeeehhhhkkk..” like literally dragging the sound in high pitch, and continued, “mana boleh pengantin plain gini?” And subsequent mention of my ‘crazy’ idea of tailoring my own wedding outfits would be met with “Kau ni pelik ah.” And so that’s how this blog got its name. I’m the pengantin pelik, if I get my way. 🙂
P/S: ‘Part’ bukan bahasa Melayu ya kakak-kakak, abang-abang dan adik-adik. Itu perkataan buat kasi cantik itu tajuk lah, ada paham? *geleng-geleng kepala macam aci*