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Email Enquiry: Is there a Need for Wedding Engagement?

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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Registry of Marriage

I have finding it really challenging to blog about my wedding these few days, especially it is the last few days before the wedding.

We managed to settle most of what we needed to and the mindset to survive this week is to move along with the flow.

On Tuesday night, I met up with my good friends and we went for a movie – “Battle of Wits” by Andy Lau and we had a terrific dinner and we talked about good old times and how fast time flies. They bought me wedding presents and gave me Ang Pow – Red Packet despite not being able to attend my wedding. It was really of them.

Our ROM experience: (you can click on the image to read the item description)

Yesterday, on 6/12 (Wednesday), we went to Registry of Marriage (ROM) to collect our wedding certificates.
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ROM Photos in Malaysia & Singapore

If you want to have a feel how the Registry of Marriage (in Malaysia) is like, you can go to this site.

The idea is around the same in Singapore.

I saw these photos on another blogger’s website

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