A wedding ceremony is a great celebration, but it can often be rather expensive. More often than not, our parents end up footing the bill. Once is fine. Twice for two kids? Well, anyone would be at the end of their rope.
Celebrity chef and restaurateur Chef Wan (real name Datuk Redzuawan Ismail), recently announced that he will not be sponsoring his children’s weddings when they re-marry.
The renown chef took to Instagram on 5th April to express his thoughts. He revealed that his daughter, actress and TV host Serina Redzuawan, had requested to have a simple wedding reception at his home in Cyberjaya after Hari Raya Aidilfitri. The single mother of two had only just informed her father last month that she was seeing someone new.
“I said to her, “Insyallah, be patient,” but in my heart, I was thinking… Just get married in a mosque, invite whoever you want and make it official!” the chef stated. He explained that as he was living alone, and his ailing mother needed her privacy, it seemed better for Serina to have her solemnisation at the mosque. He added that with his restaurant business, he would be too busy to handle her second wedding.
“Let your guests congregate at the mosque and eat at De.Wan 1958 after that,” he wrote. Chef Wan noted that the ongoing pandemic disallowed large gatherings so a smaller party would be better. “Remember to ask your future bridegroom to pay for the (wedding reception) bill as I’m not going to do so anymore just like how I paid for everything during your first marriage,” the irate chef said. “If he’s so eager to get married, let him take responsibility for it,” he tacked on.
After enduring footing the bill for his children’s weddings; once for Serina and twice for Muhammad Zainudin Redzuawan (Chef Riz), the father was clearly tired. He mentioned it would be better to spend the money on charity work than for such a lavish cause.
“If this is the first wedding, it’s okay but this is the second time,” he said. “If my son wants to get married tomorrow, it’ll be his third time. I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about my money depleting!”
Serina’s previous wedding was held for three days and documented in a one-episode special, “One Night: A Malaysian Wedding – Chef Wan”.
What do you guys think? Do you agree with Chef Wan that enough is enough?