It’s the tentage issue. As mentioned before here, my dad wants the lawn area of Gurame to be covered by tentage in case it rains or gets too hot. Personally, I don’t think it’s necessary as there’s more than enough covered areas like the indoor restaurant, the two cabanas and also the verandah. But if it gives him the peace of mind then why not lah kan. Plus he’s paying for it hahahaa.
And because Gurame is practically adjacent to the Changi Coast, I berangan lah wishing my tentage area will look like this:
Or if I were to incorporate my soft spot for fairy lights as mentioned here, then it would look like this:
Sighh. Kalau anak datuk takpa, dah dapat tent dah bagus.
So actually I ni longwinded sikit, the problem for me is the difficulty in getting a vendor to do up my tent!!! I don’t know whether it’s just me, or whether they donch like the venue, but I swear I’ve contacted sooooo many companies, like Lian Yick, Hiap Yick, Hup Chung, Hup Seng, etc etc. All of them either don’t reply to my emails, and when I call them up, they tell me they need a few days to craft up a quotation and then, they don’t call back. Am I doing something wrong here?? Help you gaiseeeee. Anyone with contacts of reliable vendors?
I spy with my little eye… a gorgeous wedding at Gurame Restaurant!!!
Okay, I solemnly admit to stalking the web for any weddings held there to have an idea of how mine will look like. And also to source for ideas, what might look nice, what wouldn’t. That sort of nitty gritty thing. One of the many important info I found out is that according to Halil, a resident photographer at TheProjectPixel, the kind of dais with tiang-tiang and kain melayang are a no-go as he had witnessed an entire dias tipping over because of the strong sea wind (gasp. gulp. choke). Point taken,brooo. Plus, my dad has been pushing me to put up a tent in the middle of the lawn area in case it rains (Nov = monsoon season?) so I’ve been looking around to see whether it’s necessary. And so, this lovely wedding reception caught my attention.
I love the backdrop of the sea, taken at the boardwalk area. Truly unique, seldom to see this in a Malay wedding!
Aaaannnnd FAIRYLIGHTS!!! Arrrghhh, I swear I’m obsessed ngan lampu kecik2 ni. But naiseeee, how??
And the tent looks like a lovely addition to the reception. (better be safe than sorry, nanti hujan susah pulak makcik-makcik)
Sigh, okay back to berangan mode.
A place we don’t hear of much often (perhaps because of its ulu-ness), but GardenAsia was actually one of the outdoor venues I was contemplating for my reception before I decided on Gurame here.
GardenAsia offers a few a gardens that can be used for wedding solemnizations and receptions, according to how many pax you are catering for. The one most suited for Malay wedding is BlueSky, which fit 500pax at a time.
The good thing about this place is that you get an outdoor wedding, without having to worry about the hassle of setting up your own tents as they have their own permanent tent fixtures. Which is really convenient because tents are really expensive (i’ve enquired with a few companies, the price range is around $4-8k for a simple one, wahhhhh can die like that). And their venue costs come with a package that includes decorations and table/chairs (they don’t allow external decor companies). THankfully, they allow external catering companies, so you can bring in your favourite cater, Cik Aniz, Cik Kassim Baba semua pun boleh lah. The down side is that the place is at the deepest furthest end of Kranji, but fear not, they have a regular shuttle service to the nearest MRT station.
For more information, click here for their website.
GardenAsia was reaaally tempting. And price wise, not too bad considering you get tentage too. BUT I had to consider my relatives living in the East and also H’s family who lives in Tampines. Plus, those kaum keluarga yang drive will confirm menyumpah pasal tampat dia ulu sangat. But for BTBs who live in the North/West side, this is a hidden gem that can be considered! Lawa nohhhh 😉