Well done  rizalandsal.com! This is so refreshingly and casually written 🙂

What am I going on about? This person/s has written an FAQ on Malay weddings and has cleverly included three additional Q&As:

  • Why are Malay weddings always held at the void deck?
  • Why are Malay weddings so noisy?
  • Are Malay weddings really $50?

Click here to see the full FAQs but for convenience the answers for the last three questions are below.

I love it that it is written in a light-hearted manner and not casting any aspersions on anyone. It is also very educational. Hopefully we can take a lighter approach to things (you know what I mean).  For the record, I love the answer on “Why are Malay weddings so noisy”?

13. Why are Malay weddings always held at the void deck?

Back during the kampung days, where there were open spaces at the vicinity of one’s home, the wedding would be held right there. Malay families are large, which is why invitations may be extended up to 2000 people. We don’t stop definition of family at being blood related; close friends and in-laws are family to us too, and all the more they should come and celebrate the joyous occasion. Thus, a void deck would be the best amount of space to accommodate such a large group of people.

14. Why are Malay weddings so noisy?

It’s a party, you wouldn’t want to attend a gloomy party would you? Usually it’s the karaoke activities that reaches out our ears, maybe up to 500m away, and gets on our nerves (especially if someone is butchering Mariah Carey’s Without You). While Malays love to sing, not all of us are blessed with a wonderful voice, so yes, the noise may disturb others for a bit, but we’re at 7,257 people per sq km (I Googled that, really, here it is), some tolerance is required.

15. Are Malay weddings really $50?

Haha, no! Even if one didn’t have a wedding party, and just got solemnised at ROMM (Registry of Muslim Marriages), they would need more than $50. The maskahwin, which is a compulsory requirement to get married is already $100, so even if everything else, like fees to the kadi (solemniser), transportation to ROM, something nice to wear, was totally free, it’s definitely more than $50. Here, check this link out, for a definition of maskahwin and general information of marriage expenses.