Malay Wedding: Steps and Requirements for Booking a Solemnisation Date

Holding a solemnisation ceremony is a common wedding practice irrespective of religion, race or culture. Be it a Chinese wedding, a Catholic or a Malay wedding, couples have register their solemnisation date, submit the requirements, and have it verified and approved.

Generally, marriage requirements for Muslim weddings in Singapore are summed up in three steps

– Booking of solemnisation date
– Verifying the documents
– Solemnisation

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Eligibility

– 18 years and above.

– Certificate for attending the Young Couple Programme provided either by the Persatuan Pemudi Islam Singapura (PPIS) or the Association of Muslim Professional. (This applies to parties that are under the age of 21.)

– Approval certificate from the Controller of Work Permits. This is a requirement for individuals who hold a work permit as well as ex-work permit holders. The Controller of Work Permits can be reached through the Ministry of Manpower (contact number 6438 5122).

– Letter from the company with the certificate of marriage attached to it. This applies to individuals with an S Pass. S pass holders are no longer required to get an approval to marry from the Ministry of Manpower. However, their employers should update the MOM by sending the said documents.

– Holders of other forms of Visa (e.g. EntrePass or employment pass) need not seek approval of the Ministry of Manpower.

– Individuals who have not acquired a work pass and are staying in the country on a tourist visa must check with the Immigrations and Checkpoint Authority for supplementary documents.

Book the Solemnisation Date

Bring the following documents when booking for a solemnisation date:

– NRICs for Singaporeans and passport for foreigners

– NRICs or passport of the bride’s guardian or wali and two Muslim male witnesses

– Date and time of solemnisation

– Minimum of $100 for Maskahwin/Mahar and Hataran

– The address of the solemnisation venue if it will be held outside ROMM

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How to Make a Reservation

– Applying online through the ROMM’s website. Credit card is the only mode of payment accepted for online registration.

– Applying in person. Visit the ROMM’s office on weekdays 8:30-4:30 pm and on Saturdays 8:30-11:30 a.m. The Internet kiosks at ROMM allows applicants to register online and pay through Cash Card and NETS.

Tip: Check the ROMM calendar prior the registration to see if the target date is available or already taken. Applicants will also be required to book the kind of service they’ll need from the solemniser.

Once booking is successful, applicants will receive:

– Filling instructions – This is a list of documents the parties are required to bring for verification purposes and statutory declaration at the ROMM, and later for solemnisation.

– Notice Number – This is necessary if parties request to change their solemnisation date, time and venue. It should be kept confidential to avoid unauthorised persons from making changes.

Verification of Documents

The following documents will be verified before the solemnisation date will be approved:
– The NRICs of the groom, the bride and her wali, or passport (for foreigners).

– Deed poll if the name registered in NRIC is different.

– Certificate of undertaking a marriage guidance course. (It is a 3-4 day compulsory marriage preparatory course held in mosques or other Islamic organisations to give couples an overview of the intricacies of a Muslim marriage.


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Additional requirements (for the bride and the groom):

– If divorced, bring certificate of divorce, the Decree Nisi and Decree Nisi Absolute and Certificate of Making Interim Judgment Final.

– If widowed, bring the death certificate of the deceased spouse.

– If adopted, bring adoption papers.

– Individuals who have only converted to Islam must bring either: conversion card authorized by the Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (MUIS) or certificate of conversion from overseas issued by the MUIS.

– If a foreigner, bring either of these two: a document from the country of origin stating the marital status of the person in question, or a letter of impediment from the registry of marriage or Islamic body based in the person’s native country.

– If a work permit holder, bring a letter of approval from the Work Pass Division, MOM

– If under the age of 21, bring either of the following: Appointment Letter of Guardianship issued by parents, court order under the Guardianship of Infants Ordinance, or a statutory declaration of the claim.

– If the couple are still undergoing the programme for young couples, they should provide a letter of undertaking from Association of Muslim Professionals stating that they’ll continue and finish the programme.

Important: Bridal couples should come to the ROMM with their parents or guardian and the bride’s wali. If parents/guardians are deceased, couples should bring death certificate. Couples are allowed to change the date, time, venue and kadi through the ROMM website. It should be done 150 days prior to the solemnisation date.

Solemnisation of Marriage

The following persons should be present during the actual wedding day:

– The bride and the groom

– The bride’s wali

– Two witnesses whose names and other personal info have been registered. The bride’s father is often one of the witnesses as he will also be the one who will give the bride away at the beginning of the ceremony. If the bride’s father is already deceased, the male next-of-kin will be the one who will assume the role.

– The solemniser


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Documents to Bring

– NRICs of the groom and the bride
– NRICs of bride’s wali and the two witnesses’ as well
– Maskahwin/Mahar

Note: In case the NRIC is lost, present an acknowledgement receipt for the replacement of NRIC. The receipt should have a photograph affix to it and it should be endorsed by ICA. The name and date of birth stated in the receipt should be the same from what is in the NRIC.

If the bride’s lawful wali is bedridden, or has lost contact with that person, or currently living abroad, the bride is required to come to ROMM with her mother or anyone who is her immediate relative for statutory declaration. These people should have the following documents for verification: NRIC or passport or rehabilitation visit card if the bride’s wali is in rehabilitative centre.

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Everyone that will be attending are required to wear a formal attire or Islamic wedding gowns. Casual attire is not allowed at the registry and the bride’s wali and witnesses cannot wear gold jewellery.

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