Rohajirah Rohmadon, 28, and Muhammad Noor Aliff Ghani, 30, threw a grand Malay wedding celebration for over 2000 guests at Eunos Community Club.
I got to know Jirah in Temasek Polytechnic when we joined the same interest group. Our friendship blossomed into a relationship, and it’s been 10 years since.
We got married as we knew that the journey ahead of us would be incomplete without each other.
I had been meaning to surprise Jirah with a proposal for quite some time, and found the right time to do so during her birthday dinner. Jirah adds: “I was so excited that I put the ring on myself!”
After informing our families of the proposal, my parents officially asked for Jirah’s hand in marriage, in accordance with traditional Malay customs. It was simple occasion involving only both our parents; which was how we preferred it.
Our solemnisation and wedding reception took place on the same day. As we both come from large families, we thought this was the best arrangement so our families could get to know each other better, while celebrating this joyous occasion together.
We also had a family dinner the night before the wedding. Prior to that, Jirah had her “malam berinai” (night of henna).
“We had not seen each other for a week prior to our wedding, so we were really excited to see each other on the day.”
Jirah had two bridal bouquets, one of which was this posy of burgundy and blush calla lilies, peonies and astilbes.
The couple’s modest solemnisation outfits were tailored made by Malaysia-based Singaporean designer Raffiey Nasir.
The solemnisation ceremony, also known as “akad nikah”, was particularly memorable for us. Jirah adds: “Aliff was moved to tears as he read his vows, which tugged at the heartstrings of everyone who was present.
Earlier on, I had joked that he would probably get anxious and stammer through his vows, but it turned out to be a truly beautiful and emotional moment that we’ll cherish forever.”
The couple gifted yellow glutinous rice, traditionally symbolising gratitude and appreciation, to their guests.
The second bridal bouquet was a stunning pageant bouquet of white phalaenopsis and gold Italian ruscus.
“We had a wedding theme of navy, blush and gold – we’re obsessed with these colours.”
The kompang (drum band) usually sings verses from the Quran, seeking blessings for the couple.
We had decided on our wedding decor vendor based on their portfolio, and placed our trust entirely in them to produce a customised design that suited our taste, the space we had, and the number of guests we were expecting.
Their traditional outfits had a modern gold and black twist. “We were exceptionally pleased with the overall look.”
Jirah says: “As our wedding day fell on Aliff’s birthday, his parents prepared a small surprise to celebrate it. Immediately after the cake-cutting ceremony, our parents presented a birthday cake to him as our guests, accompanied by a live orchestra, burst into a birthday song. Aliff was really touched by how everyone had played their part to make it happen.
Wedding planning tips!
Plan early and choose your vendors carefully! We shortlisted our vendors two years before our intended wedding date, and that gave us ample time to consider the options available.
We also maintained a consolidated record of our expenses against our budget, and the terms of our vendors’ contracts.
Lastly, be sure to set aside contingency funds for the occasion, and try to uncover hidden costs early.
Eunos Community Club (6448-6971)
Solemnisation outfits: Raffiey Nasir (www.raffieynasir.com); traditional outfits and evening gown: The Wedding Brocade (email@example.com)
Hair & Makeup
Katt Ibrahim from The Wedding Brocade (firstname.lastname@example.org)
REDTAPE Projects (www.redtapeprojects.net)
Comel Molek Wedding Decor & Catering (9101-4425)
Spatula Bakery (www.spatula.sg)
Latifah Rohaizad Catering Services
Special thanks to
Live Malay traditional orchestra by Sri Mahligai, Kompang entourage by Akrab Kompang Services, bridal bouquet by Cherriesmitten, and wedding invites by The Card Maison.
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