Month: July 2017

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. 🙂

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!