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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.

masjid ar-raudhah

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!

 

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!