Aside from the Registry of Marriages or at hotels, there are a lot of venues in Singapore where couples can solemnise their marriage. Whether it’s going to be a modern or traditional ceremony, intimate or extravagant, during daytime or in the evening, there’s a perfect place where couples can celebrate their union – and it might just be around the corner.
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The Black Box, National Library Building. A seemingly unusual but also a fitting place to solemnise one’s wedding, the Black Box theatre will have the solemnisation performed on-stage, with the couple as lead “performers” and the guests as their audience. After the ceremony, the party can have the reception at the Pod, which has a more regal setting that can turn from mellow to party mode in the span of a song.
The Arts House. The Arts House offers a number of rooms that are excellent for creating a light, solemn atmosphere. The rooms used for solemnisation ceremonies have a wooden structure with pre-modern designs, with high ceilings and large windows. The couple and their guests are seated close, which adds an intimacy to the ceremony. Reception can be at the Thai restaurant 1827, but the party can also go to the nearby River Promenade.
Amara Sanctuary Resort, Sentosa. For a luxurious but relaxed ceremony, couples can choose to solemnise their union at the splendid grounds and romantic architectures of Amara Sanctuary Resort, with the ceremony performed amidst the splendid attractions of Sentosa. Amara’s unique Glass Pavilion has a chic, contemporary design that will surely appeal to modern couples, and its grand ballroom is equipped with state of the art light and sound system.
One Rochester. For couples who want a fairytale wedding with a nostalgic air, One Rochester may be the perfect choice. Their enchanting garden features lush foliage, water structures and ambient lighting. Couples may opt to hold the ceremony at the historical 1930’s colonial bungalow, at the trellised garden or at the beachfront under the sunset sky or a canopy of stars. One Rochester also offers the personalised service of an in-house wedding planner.
Asian Civilisations Museum. A lovely white wedding with an Asian design is guaranteed at the Asian Civilisations Museum. The place is designed with phalaenopsis orchids delicately wrapped in tulle, and sprigs of eucalyptus leaves with white bows, while the ceremonial altar is lined with Greek columns that perfectly match the gallery’s Palladian interiors. The reception can be held at the River Room, which has a more modern and elegant design.
National Museum of Singapore. As the country’s oldest museum, NMS offers a symbolic venue for couples to celebrate their personal and shared histories. At the NMS, couples may choose to hold their nuptial celebration either at the grand and classical Salon or the decorous Balcony, which has a perfect view of Stamford Road and the NMS grounds. The couple may also entertain their guests at the Terrace or at the garden area.
Jurong Bird Park. For a very unique ceremony, but one that’s easy to appreciate, couples can solemnise their marriage at the Eden-like Jurong Bird Park. Here the bride and groom can exchange their vows in front of a cascading waterfall as colorful birds hover above to take part in the celebration. Another unique feature of this venue is that the couple can arrive like royalties, riding either a splendidly-decorated elephant or a carriage drawn by majestic white horses.
Gardenasia. Another great venue for couples who enjoy the idyllic appeal of nature is Gardenasia, a perfect place for a casual and cozy ceremony. Gardenasia offers two gardens: the Chapel, which features stone structures with a primeval design, and the Frangipani, which features a rustic, open-air hut. The reception can be held under the sky and amidst a natural backdrop, or at the Bistro or Museum for a more formal and homely atmosphere.
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