One’s wedding day is, without a doubt, one of the most anticipated days in anyone’s lives. Anybody who has been married or about to be would know how much planning and preparation a memorable wedding requires. The more efficient the wedding planning is, the more memorable the actual day is bound to be. You would be wise to get the nitty-gritty out of the way as early as you are able. This way, there is less and less stress as the magical day draws nearer and nearer.
After the heady feeling from the engagement settles, it’s time to get down to business. The first thing to do is to organize the whole event, preferably on paper. Draw up your Wedding Checklist and Budget. There are tons of wedding checklist templates online that you can refer to for guidance. You will just need to personalize it as necessary. It could be good to refer to several samples when making your own, and then reviewing and updating your checklist every now and then, just to be sure that there is nothing you are missing. As for your wedding budget, it is estimated that the average cost of a wedding in Singapore is somewhere around the neighborhood of S$40,000. Of course, you can expect that every wedding will be unique and estimated costs usually don’t turn out as such. It is safe to assume, too, that weddings usually end up costing more than what was initially estimated.
Another significant expenditure is the bridal package. Typically, this includes the pre-nuptial photo shoot, hair and make-up for the bride, the bridal gown and groom’s formal suit, and other related incidentals. Select a Pre Wedding Videography Package from an ideally known Singapore wedding photographer that will offer wedding videography packages and wedding photography packages that fit well into your budget.
As soon as you have drafted your wedding checklist and outlined your budget, you have a clearer picture of possible wedding venues (solemnization and/or reception) and plausible date and time options. It is ideal that the venues, date, and time are decided on promptly as the next big step to take is to secure the venue (or venues) for the date and time of choice. Early reservations or down payments on the venues are imperative, especially in the peak months for weddings (like June and December). Once these details have been secured, it is great practice to put out your Announcements and/or distribute “Save the Date” place cards. These announcements or Save the Dates are important, especially among your bridal party (primary, secondary sponsors, bridesmaids, groomsmen, and other members of the entourage). By this time, you should have figured out your wedding themes or motifs and your Save the Dates or announcements may indicate such. This gives your guests ample time to plan and prepare for their own logistics (like wardrobe, gifts, transportation, childcare arrangements, etc.).
After you have figured out the broad strokes of your wedding day, one of the most important things you should accomplish next is to fully understand and successfully accomplish your application for the Notice of Marriage. The Registry of Marriages website is a very helpful basket of information. You can register your marriage there or at the web kiosks at the Registry of Marriages. Take note, however, that the Notice of Marriage application needs to be filed at least 21 days and not more than 3 months before the date of solemnization. And before actually doing so, make sure that you have prepared the following:
· National Registration Identity Card (NRIC) or Passport of the groom, bride, and of two witnesses (21 years of age and above).
· Solemnization date, time, and the full address of the wedding venue.
· Consent Form signed by a solemnizer
· Credit card
You may refer to the Registry of Marriages for more expanded details on your wedding requirements.
These are but preliminary, yet highly essential To-Do’s for any marrying couple in Singapore. Getting ahead of your wedding preparations is truly rewarding so that the only thing you and your better-half-to-be need to worry about is how to look gorgeous and how to flash your most winning smiles for your wedding cinematography video (and yes, photos) that will last a lifetime.