When we started scouring the island for the loveliest, most exciting and even iconic venues to host your nuptials in Singapore, we found it oh-so-tough to narrow them down to 20. So we decided to ask expert Leana Doray, the lady behind beautiful, handy blog TheWeddingScoop.com to step in and take over. Over to you, Leana…
There are so many wonderful places to have a wedding in Singapore – but it’s easier if you know where to look. So here’s our list of top picks, with some extra suggestions on the side. Whether it’s an intimate ceremony you’re looking for or a lavish celebration, we have something to suit every couple! It’s a shame we couldn’t include some of the National Heritage Board’s museums, as they are no longer available for public hire, but we have some fantastic suggestions here to make up for it.
For couples who get a thrill from heights
1. Way up high on the 55 level of ION shopping mall is Salt grill and Sky bar, a 6000 square foot space helmed by celebrity chef Luke Mangan. In the main dining area, which has floor to ceiling windows, guests can enjoy views of southern Singapore while being served contemporary Australian cuisine.
Capacity: Sit down capacity of 100 guests and standing capacity for 200 guests.
Cost: Exclusive booking of the restaurant from $10 000 for lunch and $25 000 for dinner.
An alternative sky-high option for couples is 1-Altitude, in the heart of the Central Business District.
For couples who love nature
2. Burkill Hall is situated in the lush surrounds of Singapore Botanic Gardens. Overlooking the National Orchid Garden and set in a restored colonial bungalow, Burkill Hall is the perfect spot if you’re looking to tie the knot away from the city’s hustle and bustle.
Capacity: 180 guests.
Cost: $561.75 per hour with a minimum of a 4 hour booking or $6291.60 for a full day.
Other venue suggestions include Halia and Food for Thought, which are located in the beautiful Singapore Botanic Gardens.
For couples with over 300 guests
3. An indoor venue with a difference, the Flower Field Hall is within the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay. Your guests can dine in comfort while being enchanted by the Flower Field display, which reflects different seasons, festivals and themes at different times of year. On the other side of the hall, your guests will enjoy a spectacular view of the Marina Bay skyline.
Capacity: Up to 700 guests for a sit down dinner.
4. Known for its impeccable service, the Four Seasons is located just off tree-lined Orchard Boulevard and provides couples with a quieter and more intimate ambience than other hotels on the Orchard strip. The Four Seasons Ballroom is an elegant venue and the larger of the hotel’s two ballrooms. Also of note are their pre-dinner cocktail options, which allow you to select either the Peking duck station, martini ice bar or strawberries on ice.
Capacity: 320 guests in the Four Seasons Ballroom.
Other elegant venues for over 300 guests include Regent Singapore, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, The St. Regis Singapore and The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore.
For couples with under 20 guests
5. The floating pods at The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore are a set of recently launched event spaces built on the waters of Marina Bay. The pods are suitable for solemnisation ceremonies for 20 to 40 persons per pod. Each pod comes with a balcony and open-air rooftop, complete with idyllic views of Marina Bay and Singapore’s skyline.
Capacity: 40 guests per pod.
Cost: From S$88++ per person for lunch and S$98++ per person for dinner with a minimum of 20 guests.
6. Naumi Hotel is located in the heart of the CBD just opposite Raffles Hotel. This boutique hotel has a rooftop infinity pool which creates a great backdrop for an intimate solemnisation that can be followed by a reception at the Bar and Lounge. Naumi is undergoing a facelift but will reopen in August 2013.
Bar and Lounge Capacity: 32 seated, 70 standing, Rooftop
Infinity Pool Capacity: 18 seated 45 standing.
Other locations for small poolside solemnizations include Park Hotel Clarke Quay or Village Hotel Changi
For couples who love a bit of glamour
7. Tamarind Hill sits in a beautiful stand-alone colonial bungalow surrounded by the lush greenery of Labrador Nature Reserve. Tamarind Hill specialises in Thai cuisine, providing a unique culinary option for weddings. It has over 12,000 square feet of space and couples may hold their celebrations indoors, outdoors or a combination of both. Its high ceilings and beautiful colonial-style long bar get the thumbs up from us!
Capacity: 200 guests (indoor and outdoor).
Cost: From $12 000 for lunch and $23 000 for dinner.
8. CHIJMES, originally the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus (CHIJ), was a girls’ school established in 1854. The school’s chapel was built in 1904 and boasts vaulted high ceilings and stained glass windows. CHIJMES is a stunning venue for couples with the added benefit of accessibility, being located in the heart of the city.
Capacity: 100 – 300 guests.
Cost: From S$988-S$1,178++/table (Weekday) S$1,088-S$1,488++/table (Weekend).
Other glam venue options are W Singapore – Sentosa Cove, ilLido, Suburbia, Proccaci, Forlino and Boathouse.
For couples who want to get married in flip flops
9. Tanjong Beach Club is a sophisticated venue on one of Sentosa’s loveliest stretches of sand, and has a great laidback vibe. This venue has a variety of indoor and outdoor event spaces including its restaurant, bar, cabana, terrace and pool areas. Each space can be made exclusive for your wedding both on weekdays and weekends but booking the entire 30,000 square foot venue is restricted to weekdays only.
10. As the only beachfront resort in Singapore, Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa offers couples the delightful opportunity to have a wedding facing the South China Sea. Say your vows in a beautiful sunset solemnisation and cool off afterwards in one of the Resort’s ballrooms at your dinner reception.
An alternative venue for beach aficionados is 1-TwentySix.
For couples who hate planning
11. One Rochester offers couples the choice between holding their wedding in a lush garden setting or in a historical 1930s colonial bungalow at Rochester Park, for an intimate house party feel. They have a dedicated team of wedding and event planners who will work with couples to help orchestrate their special day from conceptualisation all the way through to the packing-up after the event.
Banquet seating capacity: 168 guests for the entire house and garden.
For couples who love the sea
12. If you’re a couple with steady sea legs, consider chartering a yacht and setting sail for your solemnisation or wedding. White Label Weddings is an events management company that has a selection of different sized yachts as well as a variety of wedding themes for couples keen to wed on water. Their wedding packages include yacht rental, catering, décor and photography so planning should hopefully be a (sea) breeze!
Seasickness not an option for you and your guests? Consider a wedding at ONE° 15 Marina Club instead.
For history enthusiasts
13. Once home to the General Post Office, The Singapore Club and the Chamber of Commerce, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore is located by the Singapore Riverand is a historic building in which to hold your wedding. Venue options in this hotel include the pillar-less Ballroom, the more intimate Straits Room, Jade Restaurant, which serves Chinese cuisine and the al fresco terrace, East Garden.
History buffs looking to get married may also like Raffles Hotel Singapore, the Old Parliament House or CommandHouse at Changi Cove.
For couples who love architecture
15. Designed by award-winning architectural firm WOHA, Parkroyal on Pickering is sure to delight design enthusiasts with its unique facade. Its ballrooms have glass walls that allow in plenty of natural light, plus the hotel’s commitment to eco-friendliness ensures that its menus are also free from shark’s fin and other endangered produce. Also unique to this hotel is its “Organic Delight” menu option, which features organic and sustainably-sourced produce.
Capacity: 200 – 280 guests in the William and Pickering ballrooms.
Cost for non-organic menus: From $888 per table for lunch, $1088 for dinner (weekday), $1288 for dinner (weekend).
For couples on a budget…
16. Hort Park has an indoor, air-conditioned multi-purpose hall that couples can book from National Parks. The hall opens out into the very pretty HortLawn, which you can also book at an extra cost. Couples are free to hire their own caterers and other vendors for their reception, allowing them to work comfortably within their budget.
Capacity for multi-purpose hall: 200 guests.
Cost: From $725 for a 4 hour booking (Tuesdays – Thursdays), from $900 for a 4 hour booking (Fridays- Sundays).
A lovely alternative park venue to consider is Fort Canning Park.
17. Situated 106 metres above sea level, The Jewel Box at Mount Faber sweeps you away from urban Singapore and provides guests with hilltop views of the harbour, Sentosa Island and Singapore’s cityscape. The Jewel Box provides pocket-friendly options for couples, with weekday lunchtime or high tea receptions at one of The Jewel Box’s indoor or outdoor venues for $68.00 ++ per person.
Capacity: From 30 – 200 guests depending on the event space.
Another venue to consider is The British Club, which also has affordable lunch and high tea packages.
For couples with a limitless budget
18. Wow your guests with the iconic architecture of Marina Bay Sands (MBS) and Singapore’s stunning city skyline with a solemnisation and standing cocktail event 57 stories above the ground at the Sands SkyPark. There is a choice of 3 event areas at the Sands SkyPark, including the Observation Deck for an eye-popping $65,000 and the more modest North and South Gardens at $20,000 each.
Capacity: 500 persons at Observation Deck, 250 persons at North Garden and 200 persons at South Garden for standing cocktails only.
Cost: Space rental charges quoted above and $200.00 ++ per person for cocktail reception with a minimum of 50 persons.
For a less pricey option, you can also hold your solemnisation at MBS’ Garden Bay Bridge or Garden Walk.
19. The closest thing you can get to an underwater wedding in Singapore is a celebration at the Ocean Gallery at the S.E.A Aquarium. This unique venue allows you and your guests to dine in the world’s largest oceanarium with a panoramic underwater view of 50,000 marine fish.
Cost: $2288 ++ /table with a minimum of 20 tables.
If this option is too bank-breaking, then you could also try holding your wedding surrounded by creatures of the air and land at the Jurong Bird Park or Singapore Zoo.
Finally, for couples who just want to get away from it all
20. Capella Singapore on Sentosa Island gives you the joy of being away from the city without the hassle of travel. The hotel weaves old and new, as modern buildings intermingle with colonial ones against the beautiful backdrop of a verdant rainforest and the South China Sea. The Bliss Suite is a haven where brides can get ready for their big entrance, with a daybed, walk-in wardrobe and full-length three-way mirrors around a circular dressing platform. Plus, create your own wedding miracle with a floating platform over the pool to create the illusion of the bride and groom walking on water.
For an alternative venue with a beautiful poolside locale, try the Mandarin Oriental.
Leana Doray writes The Wedding Scoop, a Singaporean web-portal founded in 2013. It aims to provide its community with the most beautiful weddings and useful wedding-related information to help couples in planning their big day. The Wedding Scoop works hard to inspire and empower couples to make informed decisions with ease.
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