There are many people searching for a checklist for weddings or a wedding guide. But if you're living in Singapore, you will realize that most of the wedding articles you've Googled may not really apply to the multi-racial and ethnic wedding contexts in Singapore.
If you're local and you're planning for your wedding in Singapore, we hope this page – while it's not a definitive checklist – can provide you with pointers, useful information and resources.
For starters, most bride-to-bes are concerned about how they are going to look on their big day. What wedding gown should they wear to accentuate their beauty and charm?
Unlike wedding gown designers who focus on designing that one perfect gown, bridal boutiques in Singapore provide services from taking care of the bride's gown, accessories, shoes, headpiece and veil, to bridesmaids' dresses, other bridal accessories, to the groom's tuxedo, shoes, shirt, accessories, groomsmen's attire to pre-wedding and actual day photography and videography. Professionals at the bridal boutiques are there to support and help couples realize that dream wedding with their needs, wants, and budget.
Just remember to check with them if they will be providing a hairstylist, and makeup artist on the actual day, or do you have to engage additional services? Will they be providing you with the wedding bouquet, bridesmaids' bouquets, corsages, petals for the flower girl and so on?
Wedding or Honeymoon Photography and Videography
Most bridal boutiques also provide pre-wedding, actual day wedding or honeymoon photography and videography. But it's good to take note that there are professional wedding photographers and videographers who specialize only in photography and videography in Singapore as well.
Whether you are preparing for a Chinese, Malay, Indian, Eurasian or cross-ethnicity wedding, you have to take care of your ROM solemnization. Where is it going to be held? Will it be at the Registry of Marriages or Registry of Muslim Marriages? For a list of questions that you may have for the Solemnization process, you can have a look at the Registry of Marriages information here.
Maybe you are considering other venues, such as your home, places of worship, or hotels – just remember that you would have to invite a Licensed Solemnizer!
This may sound silly, but please remember your wedding rings.
Meanwhile, if you are sourcing for ROM Solemnization venue ideas, let us share some with you here. How about romantic indoor venues such as:
You can also shortlist the more unconventional venues, from the likes of museums, parks and gardens, to yachts!
It's good to keep in mind the number of guests you are inviting for the solemnization ceremony so that you'll know instantly if the venue's seating capacity works out for you. And not forgetting a good gauge for your budget as well. If you have no idea who you're inviting yet, time to prepare your guest list!
The Wedding Reception
Have you booked a venue for your wedding reception? Do note that most venues are often booked more than 6 months, up to a year, in advance for wedding banquets. You can refer to the venues at mentioned under ROM Solemnization & Wedding Venues above, or search for your ideal hotel in Singapore here, and give them a call. Wherever you would like to have your wedding reception at, it's wise to plan and book your wedding reception venue at least one year in advance.
If you're not having your reception at a venue that takes care of the food, you have to start searching for caterers. Once again, have your guest list ready so you have an idea how many people you are looking to feed, and if you have guests with special dietary requests – halal, vegetarian, or allergic to seafood etc. And it's always good to have more food than to run out of food at your wedding reception. But do moderate because you don't want to waste food unnecessarily!
Talking about serving food, will it be a lunch or dinner reception? Is it a cocktail party or seat-down event? Who's going to take care of the table numbers, seating cards, place cards, and table numbers? Do you have a wedding planner who will take care of everything, or who's your on-site coordinator? Will you need bartenders? Additional servers?
If you're going to be at the venue earlier to make sure everything is okay, is there an official and safe room for the bride and groom to leave their personal belongings, and get changed? Now, who's going to drive you to the reception? It is going to be your car or are you going to rent one?
What Else For The Big Day?
Wedding Invitation Cards
Sometimes the venue, or the bridal boutique, would offer you wedding invitation card designs to choose from as part of their package, but it is possible that you may want to, or have to print your own.
Chances are you have to hand deliver some invites to your close relatives and friends, but you will also have to factor in postage costs for those going out to your guests via snail mail.
Similar to wedding invitation cards, most of the times venues who are so used to hosting weddings, and bridal boutiques may offer you an array of wedding gifts to choose from. Usually the gifts are quite similar, or you can call it mass market, so if you are looking to give away customized wedding gifts to your guests, you may have to consider your budget and source for external gift suppliers.
It's really easy to look up for a list of wedding songs on the Internet, but nothing's really better than just choosing songs that bear significance to the both of you, without overwhelming your guests with too much mushiness that they get so turned off at your wedding instead of feeling happy for you. Check out the the Top Ten Songs You Should Keep Off Your Wedding Playlist and maybe you'll get a better idea why.
That said, you can always choose a genre for your wedding playlist, from pop, rock, jazz, to all time classics. Alternatively, select your favorite songs from artistes, whether it's Adele, Bon Jovi, Bruno Mars, Frank Sinatra, Jason Mraz, James Morrison, Jim Brickman, Michael Bublé, Norah Jones, Olivia Ong, Rob Thomas or Train.
Just a short list of songs from a few of the artistes above:
Just the Way You Are
Love of A Lifetime
Can't Take My Eyes Off You
Fly Me To The Moon
You Are The Love Of My Life
Angels Brought Me Here
Hey, Soul Sister
Ever the Same
Now you've gotta decide if you're going to use a CD Playback for your list of wedding songs, or are you considering live musicians or engaging a band? Consider your budget, and start looking for the musicians or band way in advance! Are they going to have to come in earlier for a technical rehearsal with you? Or do you just want them to be in just before your guests arrive?
This is slightly off the topic, but will you have an emcee to host your wedding and introduce the musicians or band? Are you going to engage performers? You've got to factor in if the venue is going to provide you with lighting and sound equipment and support.
All About Aesthetics And Decorations
What's your plan for sprucing up the venue? Start thinking about an overarching theme for your actual day wedding, and decide on the look and feel on how you want your wedding to be. This makes decisions for how both of your attire, wedding card design, wedding gifts, place cards, table numbers, flowers, table dressing, table runners, centerpieces and every single minute detail can all tie together and exude both your personalities – after all, it's your wedding.
Then you've to think about the ordering the flowers you need, from ceremony flowers, to bride's bouquet, bridesmaids' bouquets, corsages, reception flowers, petals for the flower girl, centerpieces, to whatever miscellaneous flowers you may need.
Customs and Traditions
Have you a clue about what your husband's or wife's race and ethnic traditions and customs are? Okay, it's time to go find out. Whether it's Chinese, Malay, Indian, Church, Temple or other customaries, it's good to find out, know, and prepare way before hand.
For instance, the Chinese have dialects such as Hokkien, Teochew, Cantonese, Hakka and more. Even though there may be similarities in the traditions and customs, there are tiny details that each dialect may have different significance and emphasis on.
You can read on the general information about Chinese Weddings at the following links:
So what else really do you need to get ready for your big day? How about taking care of your health, making sure you are well rested as much as you can, even though preparing for your wedding can be a really exhausting affair? Get the necessary sleep and vitamins you need so that you don't wear yourself out.
Then of course, you need to keep yourself in shape as well, so that you fit perfectly in your wedding gown or tuxedo. Picture yourself walking down the aisle with your partner, glowing with radiance, and looking absolutely fabulous and in shape.
For the ladies, you may want to get your manicure and pedicure done for your big day, complete with facials and other spa treatments!
More Resources to help you plan for your big day
Still looking around for more information? You may want to visit popular wedding forums and websites: