We were scouting for restaurant for our wedding since December 2010. However, at that point of time, our date was mostly fully taken. At the end, we have to settle with Restaurant Pik Wah. The restaurant is well known for its good food, but its environment seems less impressive. But, since our focus is to have good food for our guests and wanting to stick to our chosen date, we paid a deposit of RM 1,000 on January 8, 2011 with the restaurant. Mother-in-law altered the menu and the price was adjusted to RM 768 per table (which was increased after the Chinese New Year to RM 998). And, mother-in-law made an initial booking of 38 tables.
Come the month of October, the restaurant manager, Mr Chew called us to test out the menu, which was free since we have more than 30 tables. The servings were quite big at the point of testing and we were quite satisfied with the quality of food. Some comments and alterations were given to Mr Chew (but the “best” thing is he did not write it down). We also choose the wedding card design at the point of time and ordered the extra cards needed. We arranged the liquor and beers ourselves since parents-in-law knew people who do this business.
Liaising of the card wordings were done by another person called Will Tan. But, I would say it was a total disappointment dealing with him, with the initial card wordings even had the wrong bride’s name. We needed to print out and circle the errors, rescanned it and emailed back to him. It was to and forth for three or four times before we were totally satisfied and agreed to go for printing. It took three working days for the cards to be printed out.
We also needed to go to the restaurant another time to test out the CDs and also discuss about the table arrangements, which at the end, came to about 45 tables. Table clothes colours were chosen as well.
The day finally arrived. We have also arranged with them that I would be coming early for the make up session in their designated room for changing and make up. We were also given priority parking. Upon arrival, I was initially shocked to see how they have transform the restaurant 360 degrees to something different. It then really had the atmosphere of a wedding dinner. One mistake they made was putting the “Bride and bridegroom”; instead of “Bridegroom and bride”. We also brought gifts for our guests, which the waiter and waitress helped us to place on each seat.
Due to the many tables, the entrance seems a less spacious, with the bride and bridegroom having less space to stand and seems to be blocking the walk way. At the end, the grand entrance was nicely arranged, despite the entrance and the main table being not too far apart. Also, their food presentation was also quite excellent. Mr Chew (free of charge) was also the emcee of the day, and he was a good speaker who managed to entertain most of the guests. The manager also ensured that I get back to my seat on time after I changed my gown. When it comes to cocktail on the stage, everything was arranged properly. Slides show arranged during the dinner was also presented as requested (but this was assisted by our friend). Most of our guests (except for two) were satisfied with the food. One setback could be the less professional waiter and waitress, but I guess most of them are part-timers for big events (to save cost for the restaurant).