I received an email enquiry from a reader:
“I have a Singaporean girlfriend who I want to marry and I am trying to ask her parents for their
blessing. I want to know if it is Singaporean culture to become engaged?”
“Hi, yes, you are right. In Singapore, there is a need for solemnisation to take place so that both of you are considered legally married in the eyes of Singapore’s law.
There are generally 2 arrangements local wedding couples do.
1. Solemnisation done about a year before the actual wedding day.
You can register at Singapore’s Registry of Marriage and book a date.
The solemnisation can be done at the Registry itself (like what my cousin did for her solemnisation) or you can book an external venue such as a restaurant or a function room of a hotel.
Some locals prefer a long time period between the two important dates so that they can get a local house unit using their names as married couples.
In addition, they can have ample time to renovate their house in time for their wedding day.
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