The preparation wasn't that tough but it was time consuming; the problems were more to getting the right things or getting things right rather than having to many things to do. All was needed was quick decision making and getting the right people do the work. And more important, to have the bucks ever ready! Therefore, the only cooperation I needed first was from my other half. Then, from my family including my dear mother and sisters, niece and nephew, who were up front, cleaning, tidying up, cooking, etc a week before the event.
I was out of the house most of the days up to the reception day, doing all the shoppings. I did the small house decorations gradually at nights, usually when people were asleep and I hit the pillow usually after midnites, sometimes as late as 4 am.
I left the major ones like food catering, canopy works, wedding cake, guest doorgift, dowry basket decorations, entertainment and emceeing to the experts. No special dais (pelamin) and the bridal room (bilk pengantin) was a DIY. In fact, the main reception table (meja makan beradab/beradat?) was pretty enough to hold a low profile 'bersanding' event, surrounded by both extended families enjoying the 'feast'. I ordered a new curtain sets for the living and dining rooms in February and those stayed on the bay windows till the reception day.