Review – Braders Kompang

As the months go by and the henna on my fingernails fade, I’ve become seriously lazy to continue updating this blog. The semangat kahwin planning has long faded away. But I shall press on, for the sake of preserving memories and benefiting BTBs who are still sourcing.

So as I mentioned in my previous post, I was in two minds about kompang. It is so cost-ineffective but whenever I got to weddings, my heart skips a beat everytime I hear the beats signalling the arrival of the couple. Hence I still went around asking for quotes – it seems that the market price is now $600+ onwards for one-way,

One of those that replied was Braders Kompang, a relatively new group but it seems they are up and coming. They followed up with me when I was undecided and said they could work around my budget alhamdulilah. We settled on a price, and I did the bank transfer for the deposit in December.

Now this is where I got annoyed since I had to chase after them for the e-invoice with no response. Finally I got it in February, with the excuse being laptop malfunction. Ok so nearer our wedding date, we texted the Braders I/C to meet him at the venue since the kompang group can’t play inside the mosque, and we need to determine the best route. We didn’t get a reply either, so¬†we called the 2nd contact person listed on the e-invoice to confirm that they would actually turn up on the day itself. =X

Well, they came early and despite all the hiccups with the earlier arrangements, things went well on the day and I must say their silat and qasidah was really well performed. We managed to work around the restrictions, and did the silat + kompang outside the entrance of the mosque.

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Well, I’d still recommend them, if you don’t mind the delay in replies (my husband’s sis decided to get them, and she’s also facing the same issue). They are good despite not being that established yet, and I can see that they have been getting lots of bookings. I’m also grateful that they were willing to accommodate to my budget – so thank you Braders Kompang. ūüôā

Masjid Ar-Raudhah

Finding a wedding venue that meets your criteria is seriously hard in Singapore. But I’m really glad that I decided to hold it at Dewan Yam at Masjid Ar-Raudhah. Both of us were keen on holding a function at a mosque, since its a blessed place.

However only a few mosques offer spaces for large crowds. And out of these we shortlisted Ar-Raudhah. Masjid Mawaddah and An-Nadhah doesn’t have air-con for guests. Masjid Mujahidin’s function hall has a pillar right smack in front of the stage and no washing area.

Location

We picked Ar-Raudhah despite Bukit Batok being far for both of us as it met most of our criteria. However its relatively accessible as there’s a bus from Bukit Batok MRT 3 stops away. There’s also a large multi-storey carpark nearby for guests who are driving. Once you reach the main entrance of the mosque, the hall entrance is literally right in front. In case non Muslim guests don’t follow the modest dress code, they won’t have to walk around the mosque showing their aurat lol.

Price 

The cost of rental is listed here. We paid $2000 inclusive of set-up, which is comparable to a CC price. Don’t mind paying this amount as hopefully it would be channeled into funds for the masjid’s dakwah.

Space 

One of the largest masjid in Singapore I believe. The hall was large enough for 20 tables and everyone was comfortable because they were able to find seats easily. Reason being, there’s another space just outside for the reception line, which is a huge space saver.

Customer Service

The main ops guy is friendly enough and responsive. But they are quite strict so they will feedback to you immediately if there’s any issues which they feel is disruptive. The ops assistant however, is another issue.. don’t want to elaborate further here.

Aesthetics

The hall has no pillars blocking. However it has a blue carpet, which is something to consider when deciding the overall decor. Outside of the hall, there’s plenty of spaces that are good for wedding shots because the mosque has 4 storeys and the architecture is nice. There’s always a corner that makes for interesting photo angles.

Facilities

The overall facilities were good. Toilets was always well-maintained unlike some nasty toilets in CCs. Temperature in the hall was just right. And off course, plenty of prayer areas.

The only issue I had is the changing room, which is that room on the left hand of the photo. It was a small space and pretty dim, although its adequate enough for storage and changing. It’s not connected to any toilet, so I had to run across the hall to the door so that I could go take wudhu for zohor. So unglam as I was running with a bare face and hoping that I wouldn’t bump into guests hahaha.

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Restrictions

Off course, there’s restrictions. No kompang music is allowed. So we started the walk-in from the road, and the kompang followed us till the entrance of the mosque where we sat on chairs and watched the silat. Then when we walked in to the hall, the DJ played gamelan music with kompang sounds, after which we sat on the pelamin and listened to the nasyid.

Secondly, we are not allowed to tape things to the wall or affect the ceiling structure in any way, so if you are gunning for an elaborate decor ala SID or Jentayu, this wouldn’t work.

There is a washing area, but no live-cooking is allowed, so need to rent the nearby void-deck.

Conclusion

Ultimately I totally had no regrets choosing this venue as I believe there was barakah gained from everyone’s blessing in a mosque. I definitely recommend it as the positive outweighs the negatives. Hope this review was useful, and feel free to shoot me any questions if you’re considering this venue!

 

Review: Budget Transport

This was one of the last few things I booked – wedding van! Combined wedding means no need to spend money on wedding car hehe. I nearly settled on Grab Shuttle but my berkat vendor Whipped Love did a shoutout for this provider. I made some enquriries and he was charging $55 for a 13 seater van (one-way) which was pretty affordable.

The van was spacious and was able to fit my make-up assistant, family and photographer. The morning driver was pleasant and came promptly. Alhamdulilah the literal road to nikah was smooth.

However I had to wait quite long for the van on the return trip as the evening driver mistakenly went to my place instead of the wedding venue where we were waiting.  Still he arrived eventually, and he was nice too. Despite the miscommunication on their end, I would recommend this for anyone looking for cheap transport. Payment was smooth too Р everything was done via bank transfer to the boss, Hardy. You can find him on Carousell under @budgettransport

With Raya season looming, I am tempted to take him again for a JB shopping trip, which he does offer as well!

Review: 4S Catering

Previously I blogged about how I was keen to engage Doulath because I thought they were value for money. Well as all BTBs know, plans flip a lot along the way macam roti prata. So in the end we engaged 4S Catering.

Who?

Its one of those old-timer companies who depend on word of mouth. And the towkay is.. my hubby’s uncle! Engaging a family member has its pros and cons – you can be assured that they won’t shortchange you, but any issues and it will get pretty awkward. Luckily there was minimal issues.

The menu was as follows:

Nasi jagung, daging kicap, ayam masak merah, dalca sayur, paceri nanas, sambal goreng paru, sweet & sour fish, rojak petis, mee hoon goreng, soto, lontong, pulut hitam, pisang goreng, malay kueh and fruits.

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Stole these photos from my guests. Hehe even the food signages were the old-school print on MS Word type.

Alhamdulilah, there were really good reviews especially on how refreshing and light it was to eat nasi jagung instead of briyani. Soto Rohanah was made by my hubby’s auntie, and was very popular too. I think when something is made with love, your tastebuds can tell. So must be teliti when cooking for our hubbies.

Initially I was worried that desserts were not enough as I didn’t engage those candy/ice-cream/churros/waffles providers. But the kueh was sufficient. I am forever grateful to Cik Su for being so generous, and also ensuring that his kendarat service was professional.

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Honestly though, what I love from 4S Catering is the teh tarik! Its just so full bodied and not sweet. I think they use tea leaves instead of the usual Lipton bag!

I think the good reviews for the catering really made me and my mum happy, because our priority was to ensure people were happily fed. I didn’t manage to eat at the majlis but I had their nasi bungkus for many days and it didn’t feel jelak at all.

If any BTB is still looking for a caterer and wants to try their cooking, ask your other halves to go to Masjid Jamek at Queenstown where Cik Su will cook a spread before Friday prayers. You simply can’t go wrong with years of experience. ūüôā

A ++++ !

Review: Wedding Cakes by Salwah Omar

I left the cake ordering to the last minute, as I also wasn’t sure if I wanted one – but I admit it added to the decor, especially if you coordinate the colors. Kak Salwah was my choice after I asked for help in one of my posts. I really liked her past works, and she was within my budget too.

In general, the budget conscious brides can try home bakers, as their costs tend to be lower as they won’t have to pass their overhead expenses¬†to you. ¬†Fondant is more expensive and not as tasty as cream, but I feel that the finished look gives a more elegant look. So I ordered a two-tier cake fondant cake from her, and requested for a lilac number to match the decor.

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I’m happy with how it turned out – and I think two tier is just nice as we were able to give out the cake to relatives present. The flavours we chose were chocolate salted caramel and raspberry ivoire. So delicious and the sweetness level was just right.

Tip: Don’t wait too long to give out the cake. After cake-cutting, just inform your orang kuat to start giving them out already. Have tapao containers ready under the table so you can distribute everything.

Kak Salwah does baking classes too. I’m keen to sign up for one of them!

Review: RS Wedding Gallery

No regrets engaging RS Wedding at all!

The following reasons are why those who haven’t found decor vendors should engage them:

They are value for money¬†– I took their Tiara Package at $2980 (their prices are on their website). I knew from the start that I wasn’t going to pay a substantial amount for decor just to have it dismantled a few hours later. I truly think they are budget-friendly, as the market price is now $5k? Plus my venue was at the mosque¬†function hall, which meant that most other vendors would have additional charges.

Kak R who runs the company is a visionary. She’s truly creative and does this out of passion. ¬†If you look through her portfolio, she’s conceptualised things like Japanese themes from scratch. Plus her swing pelamin is really genius. I was really temped to adapt that as a photo booth backdrop.

She’s flexible and listens to what you want. I knew I didn’t want any tacky concepts, and just wanted a simple timeless look that wouldn’t end up looking old fashioned years later. So i just showed samples of how I would like my drapes (no overly-scalloped curtains!!) and my color palette (white and lilac), together with fairy lights. ¬†The tables were draped with pink or champagne table runners.

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The pelamin was done exactly how I wanted it, and the wedding arch with box decorations was a nice touch. The whole look worked, even without topping up for real flowers and Tiffany chairs. More photos of my decor are up at their website here.

Apparently they have named my theme ‘eventide’ which according to Wiki, is an old term for evening. Sounds quite romantic! By they way, there were no wall or ceiling drapes because the mosque didn’t allow any stapling or taping, not because the vendor was lazy lol. If not, the place would have looked even nicer.

Service was good – she was the one who was chasing me for confirmation, while I was the one who kept sitting on the decisions. Set-up was very prompt, they came at 3pm and were done pretty fast. Tear-down was also fast. Small things like providing an easel at the last minute, was also helpful to me as I really thought I was going to have to rent one from Carousell.

In short, while it’s not jaw-dropping beautiful, I think their decor worked out really well for the price I paid. Thumbs up to RS Wedding Gallery!

 

 

 

 

Review: Whipped Love

After my nightmare experience with a JB vendor for my cards, there was no way I was going to outsource my favours there despite the cheaper price. So I went searching for a local vendor and put my faith in Whipped Love, which mostly has food items. I didn’t want to gift physical items because I received common feedback that these usually ended up as dust-collectors.

So I chose¬†mini-cookies in a cylinder for my favours. Chocolate cookies are universal – men and women, young and old will eat them. The cookies were really tasty – I thought they were Chipsmore, but it wasn’t! I’m not sure where Zu from Whipped Love gets her supply from, but i like how crispy and not sweet these were.

For the packaging, I went with twine and black tags for the design. These turned out okay, although there was a small issue. I had requested for my hash tag to be added on the tag, but this couldn’t be seen when printed as it was too small and the font color blended into the black. I can deal with this though – I don’t really think it made an impact on the amount of people using the hashtag.

The final product seen below – was generally happy with it! Another vendor I would recommend. Her pricing is all on her site – you don’t need to email for quotes.

(Credits to Whipped Love)

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However, one lesson learnt was that I should have not ordered the exact quantity, because of the guest attrition rate. I have quite a few favours leftover.¬†If anyone knows of somewhere I can donate these cookies too (like a children’s home), please let me know!