For everyone, there will come a day when a new chapter of life to begin. This will be the day when two individuals will reunite for an everlasting life together. Here is what happens after the proposal and I spent several weeks, made many phone calls and I find that it is very troublesome. Hence, here comes this blogpost where I would like to document my experience in handling and preparing my ROM (Registration of Marriage).
Me and my fiance had our ROM in Buddhist Maha Vihara Temple in KL on 30th December 2012. And here's how the whole process go about:-
Disclaimer: This guide was prepared in 2012/2013 (and valid as of date), and only applicable if both the couple are Malaysian with valid IC, above 21 years old of age. I hold no responsibility if there is any changes in the registration of marriage process or any fees incurred.
Step 1: Obtain Form JPN.KC02 from JPN (Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara. website here).
Although it is stated that the forms can be downloaded for use, I called the JPN and was informed that usage of original form is preferred. Hence, you can visit the nearest JPN branch available (see here) to obtain the form. Or, the form can be obtained from temple itself (please call to check). I got mine from JPN Puchong Utama.
Step 2: Oath
Finding a Commissioner of Oath is
*Note: Put the city which you lived in as keyword, current year, select "private" for and choose your state.
For mine, I found a very friendly officer, Mr. Chelappah a/l Ramasamy in Kompleks Puchong Perdana (1st floor). [Fees for oath: RM10.00]
**Note: If you intend to have your ROM in JPN itself, you do NOT need to get the Oath. Please refer to the JPN officer when you get the form.
Step 3: Submit Form JPN.KC02.
Now that the oath is done, all you need to do is submit the form (complete with oath + 1 copy of passport sized photo sticked onto it) to the JPN branch. [Fee for JPN stamp of approval: RM20].
Step 4: Go to the Chosen ROM Venue for Application and Booking of ROM Session.
As I have mention, I have chosen the Buddhist Maha Vihara Temple. So, after getting my approval from JPN, I immediately head there to book the specific date. *Note: please choose your desired date first.
Documents to bring:-
1. Photocopy of IC each (for the couple).
2. Photocopy of IC for each witness (one for guy, one for girl) *Must be above 21 years old.
[Fee for ROM at Maha Vihara: RM99]
OK done for now. Wait until 4 days before the wedding and the temple will call you to double confirm your ROM date and time.
* after 1 month*
Step 5: ROM Day
The day has finally come. My ROM is at 2pm onwards (first come first served basis).
REMEMBER to bring:
1. ORIGINAL IC (for couple and witnesses)
2. Some flowers, jossticks, candles, and fruits for the blessing ceremony in the temple.
3. Wedding rings.
4. Camera or photographer ^.^
*Note: Dress code: proper and neat. No jeans or slippers are allowed. Since this is, after all a temple, please dress respectfully.
Head on to the office to get your queue number. On my day, there was 5 couples and thank God that I am the first ^^.
After that, we head to the main shrine for blessing ceremony. The monk will give some advice on what marriage is all about, and I still remember he told us about, COOPERATION, RESPECT, COMMUNICATION, and er... (lol 2 more I have forgotten, I better ask my fiance later)
Our friends and family also participated in the blessing ceremony.
That is all for the ROM process!
Special thanks to:-
Venue: Buddhist Maha Vihara, Jalan Berhala, Brickfields (website here).
Very helpful officers, staff, and monks. I love the shrine, and it is indeed a memorable moment for me to be in the temple.
Photographer: Sky Arts Production (TianChad - email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Despite informing me that this is the 1st time for him photoshooting ROM, he did a great job in capturing our special moments. I love the spontaneity of some of his photographs and also the radiant colours! [ROM photography fee for 2 hours starting RM600 onwards] *Selangor and KL rate
P/s This guy is my good buddy, drop me a note if you want to engage him and I can help you ask him for some discount =) *i will try my best*
I hope this blog post is helpful to others who are planning to tie a knot soon.
Happy Getting Married *pops confetti*