Vexed over venue

Still unable to pin down a venue. As my tunang says, “Sekejap nak ni, sekejap nak tu.” I think he quickly wants to settle this soon! But its not easy la, there’s so many things to factor when you choose a location for combined weddings:

  • Cost – will it bankrupt you?
  • Accessibility – will the neneks terketar-ketar making their way to the venue? If a venue is ulu, the least they can do is provide punctual shuttle bus
  • Distance to home – is it equidistant to both your houses?
  • Facilities – is there a proper changing room that’s comfortable or do you need to change in the jamban? is there enough carpark lots around?
  • Space – after you place everything, is it cramped? will guests have to stand around grumpily waiting for empty tables?
  • Comfort – is there air-conditioning?
  • Restrictions – cannot cook, wash etc etc
  • Security – will they suddenly last-minute say you can’t use the venue? *coughCCcough*
  • Aesthetics – got pillar? got lines on the floor? got ugly hanging things?

And so on and so forth.

We still want to nikah at masjid, that’s for certain. Its the reception that’s a question mark. Now we’re also open to all in one packages with venue that could be affordable, considering we haven’t placed a deposit with Doulath* yet. But more often then not, I keep hearing horror stories about these providers. At least if you take separate and one screws up, your headache is not so great.

There’s seriously so few good choices out there that I went to look for alternative spaces eg. *SCAPE Ground Theatre (too ex!), Le Danz Ballroom (got bar!), Pavilion at Far East Square (too CBD – reminds me of work!), The Concrete Concept (too hipster!).

I guess right now, the plan is to settle for a CC but we don’t like being able to apply only so much nearer the date and no guarantees we will be successful too.

Oh well, hoping for the best!

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16 comments

  1. I could relate with every. single. word. We’ve hit so many walls with the venue and now we’re just left waiting for the CC to finally open. I haven’t seen some of the venues you’ve mentioned like The Concrete Concept. Where can I find more info? 🙂

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      1. We’re looking at Kampong Chai Chee, Bedok and Changi Simei but the CCs haven’t opened their booking dates yet so frustrating! My sister’s Friend’s Sister apparently was told her booking was cancelled because someone wanted to have an inter school Badminton contest. How terrifying is that?!

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    1. Ahh based on your CC choices, I know where you live now kekeke ;p

      Yah only here in Singapore, do we settle all major vendors and venue last hahaha. And then still have the possibility of it being taken away from us. The badminton thing really sucks, its like helloo.. you can have so many other venues, why ruin someone’s wedding prep? -_-

      Booking with CC’s is so risky, you are at the bottom of the priority list!

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  2. If you decide on CC, remember to book the earliest you can. Like literally the earliest haha at the opening hour on the earliest date. Come at 9am if it opens at 9am. Kena kiasu gila especially for some CC that are quite popular.

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    1. Its such a competitive process *cries*. And also application doesn’t mean it will be approved in case grassroots leaders suddenly want to have events there sighh.

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      1. Yeah I think it’s the same for all CC, PA has the right to prioritize their own events. We were afraid of that too especially for mine in August, skali got some National Day stuff haha. But I don’t think I’ve heard any cases of couples having to look for another venue last minute because their CC booking got overwritten. Usually they will let the couples know before they book. (: Hope that makes you feel better!

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    1. Haha yah I really liked it too.. but I think cost was the main consideration. But I’ll definitely revisit this idea.. maybe should pay more for ease of mind 😉

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      1. It might be a little pricier than your Community Centres but if you add up everything, the difference is not too bad… And you’re definitely right for ease of mind… just remember to go for the all in packages that are reputable and have good reviews! I switched mine to SGCC from royal palm because administration & comms with them was a huge disaster. All the best!

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    2. Yah now must do the maths and consider the options! You are right that all in one packages have lots of nightmare stories. Happy to hear that SGCC is good! And thanks for the heads up on Royal Palm..their package looks gd but I guess their service fails after getting your deposit!

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  3. Maybe you can consider Orange Ballroom at tanjong katong complex? My fiance is taking the all-in-one package together with the venue. Catering is by LAB bridal. All the best!

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    1. Orange Ballroom was one of the top choices too because its really near my place! I didn’t know the catering was LAB Bridal? I always thought it was their partner caterer – Nazreen catering!

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