My D-I-Y Pelamin

For the past one year I have come across many visitors arriving at this post of mine when they google ‘DIY pelamin’ or something, and while I am so impressed with the fact that my pelamin photo was featured among the first results on Google image, I feel regret for that post being too wordless and couldnt even describe a thing. But hey, I was busy preparing the wedding and writing a decent blog post during those days was almost, nearly impossible. So now, after reaching a year LOL, let me describe what’s that that I really did myself (and what’s not).

I guess it’s understood that what I meant by DIY pelamin is that, I didnt hire someone, like wedding planner, mak andam, package, or anyone to set it up. Everything was pretty much done by myself, or rather, my family and me. But the DIY was my idea afterall, and I had to do it on my own, in order to stop my mum renting from countless wedding packages she was looking around. I was so much opposing renting from wedding package because 1) I dont want to waste my parents’ money when I had none 2) most of them are either too ugly or too expensive 3) I believed I was born to be creative and I could set it up better on my own 4) I was being a horribly introvert bride-to-be and didnt fancy alot of people (especially strangers) at my house, so the idea of having wedding planner crews around me was rather unacceptable (okay, I am weird). 5) If you rent the pelamin package they only set it up 1-2 days before the wedding, and will take it out just the next day after the wedding ends, no? I started drafting the setting a few weeks ahead (slow and steady), got ready by 2 days before the wedding, and the pelamin remained untouched for the next one whole month at the living room corner! :P (it would have remained until today if it wasn’t my mum berleter asking us to unset and clear the area ASAP). So we literally got one month time to camwhore on the pelamin until we really got bored.

So my pelamin consists of:

1) The arch: probably I wasnt able to DIY if I didnt inherit this wedding arch from my aunt (she got married around 5 years ago, and the family bought the arch at RM500 I guess, so it can be said I inherited the DIY idea also ^_^)

2) Flowers: I chose brown and white flowers, some green leaves during a shopping with my mum at Pengkalan Kubur (my aunt dragged us here claiming the stuff were cheap, but later when I entered some craft shop in KB the price wasnt that different =.=) Cost around RM100. Oh yeah, I arranged the flowers by my own!

3) Satin fabric, two tones: golden and white.. around 15 meters each? Cant remember. But it was cheap: RM2/meter, and my mum is a loyal customer at this fabric shop in KB so the tokey gave discount some more. The beige satin piece was inherited from my aunty’s wedding ^_^ So I got two tones as the background, and white satin to wrap the arch, also the stage. Cost around RM30. The wrapping and hanging and twisting the fabric was done by me, as well.

4) The stage. Ask a neighbor’s favor who has the skill :) He made the stage out of plywood.

5,6) Some more flowers: this time bought at KB, with some laces, ribbons small flowers for hantaran, all around RM100.

7) Long rug: old one that is already at home.

8) Jati bench. This wasn’t me. It was my dad who insisted to buy this, RM500. I was only thinking to use whatever chair available at home. Nevermind.

9, 10) Alas kaki, golden shoes, small pillow, hand fan: all these accessories which I didnt need and didnt want, but the chronology like this: My grandma wanted us to wear Songket costumes -> need to rent them last minute although I had more than enough of wedding dresses already -> my mum dragged me to go and choose to rent one -> mum asked the package to give those accessories FOC. Sigh.

11) Spot light! This was my greatest idea among all.. I went to buy 2 sets of lights, small one to light up the background, and 2 powered ones were attached at the top in front of the pelamin, like this:

Coz this closed area next to the living room was a bit dark and couldnt get too much natural light because of the windows facing to the car porch. I cant remember how much.. but I guess less than RM50. There was someone who helped us attach the light up there.. I cant remember who, it’s either from people who came to set up the outdoor canopy, or the one who change mum’s new curtain. But those spotlights remain attached there until today.. probably can be useful for my sister’s future pelamin ^_^”

The awesome lighting effect of the spot light + the satisfaction of convincing everyone that I REALLY did the pelamin on my own = happily smiling bride.