Wedding Vendors Rants & Raves

•August 18, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Planning a wedding was never an easy job. Without the help from our two fabulous wedding planners, we really didn’t know where to start! They’ve done a great job to make our dream wedding came true. They helped us to look for vendors, sent us a list to choose from and here’s my reviews on them.

Hana Cihankova – Makeup Artist – 10/10
My wedding planner found Hana for my makeup. I saw her portfolio and her work for media and shows, I was pretty sure she would do a great job (she’s an ex MAC MUA, that’s a bonus because I love MAC. Heh). I had a hair and makeup trial with her prior to our wedding day. I told her I wanted something simple and yet elegant. I was pleased and so in love with the style and looks. The result was beyond my expectation and she’s really fun to work with.

Ladislav Skalka – Wedding Photographer – 10/10
We were sent a list of photographers who were available on 31 July. It wasn’t hard at all to pick Ladislav because I love his style. We met him in Brno in May to discuss about our expectation. We initially wanted him to take photos for the ceremony only but later we decided we would book him for the entire day. Ladislav is very professional and easy to work. He spent 12 hours taking our photos from 11:30am when we were getting ready for the ceremony until midnight. We could see he was tired (we agreed on taking more photos in the hotel after the reception but our guests kept us busy and he had to wait for us) but he didn’t fail keeping his promise and he waited till we were free.

R-Boom – Band – 8.5/10
It was me who picked the band after going through a few of them on the list our wedding planner sent us. R-Boom is a great band, great music, beautiful voices. So, why the 8.5 rating? Later that evening, M told me they kept asking for some wines. I still don’t understand why they asked for wine. We were told that doesn’t happen at weddings as you don’t normally feed the vendors, let alone offering them wine.

Comsa Brno Palace Hotel – Reception/After Dinner Party/Hotel – 8.5/10
I fell in love with the modern contemporary design in the hotel. Our initial plan was to have the ceremony and reception under one roof in the castle and to stay at Comsa the night before and after the wedding. We later changed our mind to have the reception elsewhere. Comsa offered us some interesting menu for the reception and after dinner party. We’ve been to the hotel restaurant for lunch a few times when we’re in Brno and were happy with the food. There’s no doubt Comsa offers one of the best food but their services could be better. We weren’t that pleased with the initial terms of contract and what they offered us. We had this feeling whoever prepared the offers didn’t bother to check the information for accuracy. That was very unprofessional in my opinion. Overall, Comsa Hotel is OK but like I said earlier, there’s plenty of room for improvement.

We’re Married!

•August 16, 2010 • 3 Comments

After 3 1/2 years together, months of planning, lots of discussions and arguments, M and I have finally tied the knot on 31 July 2010. A special day surrounded by our loved ones, full of tears of joy, laughter and fun. It was one of the happiest days in our lives.

We had a destination wedding. The ceremony was held in a chapel of Slavkov Castle and followed by the reception and after dinner party at Comsa Brno Palace Hotel where we stayed which is around 15mins drive from the castle.

The ceremony started at 3pm, a simple religion ceremony which was beautiful and touching (I will tell you more later). It was in Czech language but our vows were in English. Our pastor speaks English fluently and he printed everything in English so that our non-Czech/Slovak speaking guests (including my family!) could understand the ceremony.

In the end of the ceremony, everyone came to congratulate us. I saw tears in my dad’s eyes. I’ve never seen him cried before. I already started crying and shedding tears after the pastor announced we’re now ‘husband and wife’. An old friend came, hugging me tight and started crying. From that moment onwards, I just couldn’t be bothered my makeup would be ruined. 🙂

Our reception didn’t start until 7:15pm. We had 5 courses. I’ve to say, we’re really pleased with the quality of the food. It was tasty and made our guests happy. I’m not a goat cheese person but I really enjoyed the salad course. The lamb shank was our wedding planner’s idea and we’re so glad we went for it. Panna Cotta is our favourite dessert, it’s something we had to include in the courses 😀

We cut the cake after the dinner, followed by our first dance. The after dinner party continued until 3am.

We’ve been married for more than 2 weeks now. Nothing has changed, not even my last name because we’ve agreed on keeping it. The only differences for me before and after the wedding are – now I’ve to wear 2 rings on my ring finger and I’ve to remember to refer him as my husband instead of my boyfriend.

Still Here

•June 23, 2010 • Leave a Comment

There’s no scheduled meetings or conference calls on my calendar today. What a surprise! Work’s keeping me busy, what’s new? It’s just 5 weeks to go!! I still feel like there are million of things to do – even though we’ve the wedding planners to help us organising everything.

I’ve been shopping for shoes and found nothing I like here. The Jimmy Choo I wanted aren’t available in my size – I’m a EU38 and it’s quite an average size here. Christian Louboutin’s ones I like are too high. I decided not to splurge on a pair of shoes that will probably kill my feet on my wedding day. So, I bought a pair of Badgley Mischka instead. The heels are just below 3″.

We’ve finalised the courses for the reception and the after dinner party which will be held here. I’ve so much to talk about this place but will only do that after the wedding. I love and hate it at the same time. I don’t want to have a high expectation since I’ve been living here for more than 4 years now and I know how customer services is in the Czech Republic. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t hate this country, I just dislike how things are here – even if you’re going to spend hell lots of money, you can’t always expect good services. Yes, I can go elsewhere but the other hotels are the same – this one is just a better one. I guess there will be more and better options here in Prague but M’s family and friends are travelling from SK, that’s why we’re having the wedding in the Moravia.

My parents and sister are flying here in a month! My lovely sister asked what she should get us for our wedding. I told her to bring heaps of Cherry Ripe, Kraft Peanut Butter and CHEEZALS. I’m craving for Cherry Ripes.


•May 26, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Work’s keeping me busy, so is the wedding preparation. It’s funny how I wanted the wedding to be a simple one – nothing fancy, and only invite family and close friends to the reception. After we met our wedding planners, the next thing I know, they’re planning for the wedding of my dream.

Luckily we’ve the wedding planners, I can’t imagine how it will be without them. There’s no way M and I are able to do this on our own.

We’ve booked both the garden and ballroom at the chateaux which is almost 2hrs drive from Prague. We visited the place and fall in love with it. We’re going there again on Friday with our wedding planners for food tasting and other arrangements.

We went to a several bridal studio and didn’t find anything I like, some of them are over 1000€ and ugly. I guess the Italian and French designer dresses aren’t my style at all. My smart wedding planner #1 recommended a Polish designer. I went through her designs and I like a few of her dresses. We found a boutique that carries her dresses to see the materials and the quality of the dress. My plan to lose a few pounds after coming back from home in February didn’t really work out. I hope I can at least lose a kg in the next 2 months. Heh.

We’ve also ordered my custom made bridal dress and our wedding bands by a local jewellery designer (I love his work!). We’ve picked our band and photographer for the day. There are still plenty of things to do.

We’re both very excited and looking forward to the big day. I can’t believe in a bit more than 2 months time, I’ll be someone’s wife. *lol*

A Bit Too Personal…

•April 27, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Three names I go by:
1. A
2. Mandy
3. Kit

Three jobs I have had:
1. Systems administrator (my first job out of uni)
2. Research assistant
3. IT Consultant

Three places I have lived:
1. Helsinki
2. Toowoomba
3. Prague

Three favorite drinks:
1. Ribena
2. French red wine
3.  Hoegaarden

Three TV shows I watch:
1. Lost
2. Desperate Housewives
3. Myth Busters

Three places I have been:
1. Hong Kong
2. Stockholm
3. Oslo

Three places I would like to visit:
1. Greece
2. Japan
3. Taiwan

Three people who text me regularly:
1. My mom (when she doesn’t see me on MSN, she’ll assume I’m not ok)
2. My sister
3. R, my best friend

Three favorite old TV shows:
1.  Blossom
2. Brotherly Love (you bet, I had a crush on Joey Lawrence *lol*)
3. Full House (remember how cute the Olsen sisters were?)

Three favorite dishes:
1. Pasta
2. Schnitzel
3. My homemade cheesecake (does that count?)

Three makeup/beauty products I cannot live without:
1. Brow shader
2. Mascara
3. Lipbalm

Three things I’m looking forward to:
1. Right now, to be home with Sandy
2. Our wedding in summer 😉
3. Getting my bonus (heh)

The Ash

•April 19, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Most of the airports in Europe still remain closed due to the volcanic ash. I do not expect my shipment from Trans Design to arrive this week. M is scheduled to fly from D.C but I’m quite sure he’ll have to book a later flight. If you’re within Europe, there are still other options like trains and buses that will bring you home. But from the US to Europe? I don’t think so. I’m really hoping the situation will get better sooner and it’s safe for the airplanes to fly so that people can finally return to their homes.


One Sunny Afternoon

•April 18, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Today I decided to take new pictures for the Blythe dresses made before. I took down the listings last year because I had no time to go to the post office because for the entire summer until early autumn I was busy with work, business travelling, etc. Now I have them listed on my Etsy store again –

My Etsy was quite last year because I was mainly working on orders for Gina Garan’s shop and custom orders. I’m hoping I’ll be able to sew more for my own store and come up with new designs.

These are the ones that are available at the moment…

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