Let’s be honest. Flowers, eating your face with many different expensive cake samples, stunning settings, and long-lost relatives are all part of the wedding planning process.
However, if you become too engrossed in the festivities, you may overlook the most fundamental, more routine stages of getting married and making it legal. Here’s a breakdown of how to get married in Singapore and the procedures you’ll need to complete before saying “I do.”
We hate to break it to you, but make sure you’re ready to take the next step before proceeding. You’re entering into a formal contract and a lifelong commitment, so make sure you’re serious about making this person your life partner and that you’re ready for it.
You’re probably unsure where to begin once you’ve decided to take the plunge. After all, it’s something you’ve done numerous times. When all you want is an Instagram-friendly big day, the steps can be tedious and intimidating.
After the engagement ring, the first step to having a permanent plus one is to make sure you’ve completed all of the legal criteria before the big day. Make a checklist to ensure you haven’t forgotten anything. Getting married somewhere may not appear tough at first, but once you’ve gone through the bureaucratic hoops, you’ll realize it’s not.
Here’s how to get married in Singapore, step by step:
- Solemnise and Register
Registering and solemnizing your marriage with the Registry of Marriages is the first step in getting married in Singapore (ROM). You’ll need identification as well as evidence of citizenship. You must register a marriage notice with the ROM online. Also, be prepared to pay the fees and offer a date for your solemnization, which can be modified later. However, once the form has been submitted, any additional information, such as witnesses or your prospective spouse’s name, cannot be changed.
- Schedule an appointment with ROM
You will complete your marriage declaration and verify your paperwork here. After receiving your notice, you must wait at least 21 days to legally marry. It’s also worth mentioning that you can only register your marriage notification with the ROM online. You can have your marriage solemnized by a licensed solemniser after your appointment; at least two witnesses are required.
The wedding solemnization expenses are set costs that must be paid in order to be lawfully married. Most couples, on the other hand, desire to plan a wedding ceremony to commemorate their special day with family and friends. There are wedding ceremonies to suit any budget, so figure out what works best for you.
- Make a plan!
The third stage, on the other hand, is the most enticing. The wedding ceremony, reception, and honeymoon are all things that need to be planned. It’s the most enjoyable aspect, but it’s also the most time-consuming and stressful for many couples. Decide on the site of your wedding first. Is it going to be in your own country? Is it the same as yours? Perhaps you’ve always wanted to visit somewhere exotic or unique. You’ll need to start looking at wedding venues once you’ve sorted it out.
- Make a reservation for it
The majority of experts advise booking your ceremony and reception venues at least three months in advance. However, according to Bridal Magazine, famous wedding destinations can be booked one to two years in advance, and you may need to prepare that far ahead of time, especially if you plan to marry during ‘wedding season.’
- Perform Odds and Ends!
It’s all part of the pleasure to design the cake, send out invites, and pick out the suit and gown for the big day. Wedding invitations should be sent out three months ahead of time, especially if you expect a large number of out-of-town guests or if your guests will need to travel.
- Gifts should be registered.
You’ve already registered with ROM and for the venue; now it’s time to register for gifts! Experts advise couples to register early because the days of registering at a single location are long gone; couples now spend more time describing their wants and desires.
It’s vital to remember that your marriage must be solemnized within three months of making your declaration to the ROM, or it would be null and void. For many couples, the solemnization will take place at the government office, as it is considered a more bureaucratic process, and then a separate ceremony and reception will be planned.
Isn’t it easier when you have seven stages spelled out in front of you? Planning a wedding can make you want to rip your hair out at times, but keep in mind that it is supposed to be enjoyable; don’t overwork yourself and ask your partner for assistance. Take pleasure in the process; after all, it is the beginning of a lovely life with your soon-to-be spouse.
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