I remember being asked ten years ago what I wanted to be when I grow up. Of course you’d expect something like “I want to be an astronaut when I grow up.” My reply?
To be a bride married on a cruise.
I’m talking ceremony at sunset, in the middle of the sea, with possibly the whole of Singapore on the cruise witnessing my ceremony. 12 and only at the start of puberty – I kid you not, this young and naive adolescent had her big wedding already planned in her head, complete with a cotton candy stand and jaw dropping princess gown – A girl can dream.
Although the idea is bizarre, realistic standards have to be met. Wedding venues can be hard to scout, especially when a thousand and one other couples had it there first. This article is for the couples seeking for unique places to hold their big day, because a five-star hotel is so overrated.
1. S A B I O B Y T H E S E A
Urban chic meets elegance. Gather your guests at this astonishing place and allow them to enjoy Spanish tapas whilst overlooking the marina front of Quayside Isle. Intimate and romantic.
31 Ocean way, #01-02 Quayside Isle @ Sentosa Cove, Singapore 098373
Tel: 65 6690 7568
2. M I N J I A N G A T O N E N O R T H
Classic oriental, this place is culturally traditional with a touch of modernity. There’s something about the whole outdoor set up that makes it feel like a blast from the past. They are also known for their original culinary creations. Your mama papa will surely approve.
5 Rochester Park, Singapore 139216
Tel: 65 6774 0122
3. A L K A F F M A N S I O N
You don’t have to rent someone else’s home for the ultimate royalty wedding. This distinctive wedding location is complete with European-styled fountains, immaculate lawn, and romantic gazebo. It gives you a break from the formulaic feels of affairs in hotels, community centers, and dare I say, void decks. Forget adapting, the theme for your wedding is endless with this one.
10 Telok Blangah Green, Singapore 109178
Tel: 65 6510 1010
4. T H E S O N G O F I N D I A
Nothing short of grandeur and sophistication – Black and white stylish interiors and lush green surroundings. Get ready to travel through India with this one Michelin Star restaurant and their haute cuisines.
33 Scotts Road, Singapore 228226
Tel: 65 6836 0055
5. T H E M A R M A L A D E P A N T R Y A T T H E S T A B L E S
If you’ve always dreamed about having a barn wedding but wondering where in this tropical city you can have one, then this is the place for you. Texans can have their barn weddings and this is Singapore’s version of one – rustic romance excluding the animals.
8 Sinaran Drive #01-02/04 Oasia Hotel, Singapore 307470
Tel: 65 6664 0348
6. M U S E O
Always wanted a wedding near the water that doesn’t involve sand or salty water? This place offers a two-storey high event space and is perfect for art lovers who would appreciate a mix of gourmet food and fine art. It is sleek, spacious, and has a dreamy marina especially at sunset. Love is in the air with this one.
7. T A M A R I N D H I L L
Completely devoid of overtly dramatic interior and decorations, this is for the minimalists. Nestled atop the forested Labrador Nature Reserve, it is coupled with peace and serenity. You can save on decorations as this place puts emphasis on certain elements to show you that less is definitely more.
30 Labrador Villa, Singapore 119189
Tel: 65 6278 6364
8. C H I J M E S H A L L
This is no Notre-Dame, only CHIJMES’ Gothic-style chapel. Built in 1904, the historical building has arched ceilings and stained glass windows that provides a beautiful setting for your perfect day.
30 Victoria Street, Singapore 187996
Tel: 65 6337 7810
9. B L U E B A L I O N C L U N Y
Tropical and resort inspired, this is for the seriously unconventional couples who want to up their garden wedding A-game. It is tucked away in tropical jungle of Little Bali and overlooking the Singapore Botanic Garden. As the name suggests, the building is inspired by the villas in Bali whilst incorporating the key architectural values of the Balinese culture. It gives you and your guests a break from the bustling city and an escape to another dimension.
1D Cluny Road, Singapore 259600
Tel: 65 6733 0185
10. M A S O N S A T G I L L M A N B A R R A C K S
Move aside places-which-shall-not-be-named, Masons is the new vintage colonial elegance. With its black and white European style decor, roomy main dining area with checkerboard floors, your whimsical garden wedding will surely have its own edge.
8 Lock Road, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 108936
Tel: 65 6694 2216
11. W H I T E R A B B I T
Another alternative to a traditional chapel wedding. This lovely place is a restored 1930s Ebenezer chapel which is suitable both indoors and outdoors. Also, guests get to boogie the night away on the dance floor with its glittery disco ball.
39C Harding Road, Singapore 249541
Tel: 65 66473 9965
12. T H E C H A P E L @ I M A G I N A R I U M
This newly launched venue is described as the best kept secret of the east. It overlooks the skyline of eastern Singapore and offers not only a chapel, but an alfresco dining area. The place also offers a bridal room, so you do not have to worry about changing room. Cosy, panoramic, and minimalist. Not so much of a secret now, eh?