16 November 2009

Possible Wedding Venues?

Yesterday, The Parents and I finally made some time to check out a few possible venues for the wedding reception and our criterias are simple:
  • Outdoor / garden setting
  • Within / near KL
  • Ample parking spaces
  • Easily identifiable for those not familiar with the area
  • Can fit approx 300 - 400 pax at a time
So, based on a few suggestions from friends and family, we hunt down these places:

1. Kelab Golf Titiwangsa
The place is nearest to our home, so it'll be convenient. However, the golf club building, halls and facilities are quite poorly maintained and old looking. We thought that there would be ample outdoor space - it being a golf club after all - but when we asked the management, the spaces available are only the parking lot and this tiny narrow 'field' next to the hall.  Maximum capacity for the hall is 200pax, and another 200pax if it were extended to outdoor space. In-house catering is available and all other wedding arrangements will be provided by the caterer as well.  We checked out the surrounding area and it looked rather... iffy and kinda dirty.

Verdict: 1/10

2. Kelab Golf Perkhidmatan Awam (KGPA)
My mum's friend's daughter just got married here 2 weeks ago, and after being involved in the preparation of that wedding, mum was quite keen on this place. In fact, our benchmark was done based on this place.

It is easily accessible from LDP (or is it NKVE?) Highway with that huge big-ass board that screams ala 'Hollywood'. The parking is definitely ample. The place is huge and clean and well-maintained. There's a nice sizeable area at the back of the club building, where the canopies are usually set-up (although I was expecting a somewhat bigger). You can comfortably sit 700pax at a time, and from the pictures I've seen on the web, it looks really nice at night.

But that's the thing. It looks nice at night, but with bare decorations and gloomy grey skies, it looked just okay. The area opens up to the golf course, so you can see a few people going back and forth with their buggies and golfclubs - which spoils the ideals of privacy. The 'dais' area is set up on the staircase landing, and there's a sizeable covered area at the bottom of the stairs for the main dining table and VVIPs.

Catering is in-house and from the few reviews I've heard, the food isn't that great. The club also have a list of wedding planners and other vendors you can use for the wedding reception but it is limited to whoever on the list only - which sucks, because it limits your choices and you tend to be more susceptible to higher prices since you are not in the power to bargain.

But overall it's alright. Maybe it's because I couldn't imagine what the place would look like during the day with a full blown-out decorations up and around so I am not entirely convinced.

Verdict: 7/10

3. Kampung Pengantin
We hunted down this place based on a wedding invitation that my mum received for next week. The area is somewhere between Sentul and Wangsa Maju, and embedded within a factory area. But to be honest, we never even made it to the place for a few reasons:

One: We got lost. So, if fellow KL-lites have difficulty finding the place, I can't imagine how others from other states would cope.
Two: It's within a factory area. How outdoor can this get?
Three: Potholes. Tons and tons of potholes, that we eventually gave up even before finding the place.

So yeah... I guess I can't really be a judge since I wasn't there to see it. But based on my initial experience and a benefit of a doubt, I'll waver a bit on my verdict.

Verdict: 3/10

4Bora Ombak
This place only came up more as an afterthought since it was on our way home, so we decided to drop by. My dad was taken aback that the place is only a corner lot next to Sports Planet, Ampang and was already very dismissive of it as a possible venue candidate. But I insisted that we checked it out.

Bora Ombak is a Bali-themed restaurant, famously known as the place for 'Poco-poco' dance. The concept is al-fresco dining, and they have a nice open area under the shades of a Frangipani. It's an enclosed space, so there is that sense of privacy verging on intimate. Despite appearing narrow and small from the outside, the place can actually fit approx 400pax at a time. The restaurant offers a few wedding packages starting from RM25/pax to RM75/pax but we are not limited to the services they provide, and we have a free reign of the space however we want. Yay!

The only problem we had with the place was that the ambiance is a bit...ermm... informal, but other than that, I love the place.

Verdict: 8/10

So... have I decided yet? No. I still feel like I should hold out for a place that I would totally fall in love with like... Ciao Restaurant. The setting is so beautiful! If only... if only... if only...

So... anybody got other suggestions?

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