In Singapore, most Malay weddings take place in community clubs, multi-purpose halls, or at the convenience of the void decks of HDB flats. Garden and sea side weddings may be a dream to many, but it seems to be out of the question. One of the main concerns would be the weather, and the first thought that comes to mind would be, “What if it rains?”
Ah, but what if it doesn’t?
Following Malaysian singer Yuna’s wedding in January 2018, a rustic outdoor Malay wedding seems possible after all. The Akad Nikah (solemnisation) was hosted in the open amongst fresh foliage and bright blooms with the presence of loved ones and close friends. Afterwards, the couple’s Majlis Persandingan (wedding reception) was held indoors where the couple and guests can enjoy their meals in comfort.
While this little red dot may not have the perks of Malaysia’s mountains and forests, there are still several beautiful places that you may consider. If you’re looking to host a similar wedding concept to Yuna’s, here are our top five outdoor wedding locations in Singapore:
Burkill Hall, Singapore Botanical Gardens
Surrounded by acres on acres of greenery, Burkhill Hall presents itself as a charismatic venue for a pair to tie the knot. Although the two-storey colonial bungalow only has capacity for a small guestlist of 180 people, it does not shy away from boasting other areas of Singapore Botanic Gardens – which may come in handy when planning for photoshoots with the bridesmaids and groomsmen. Furthermore, the location gives everyone the freedom to roam and explore, perhaps helping free up the space for new guests as they arrive to the wedding. With regards to catering and décor, the newlyweds are allowed to bring in their own specialists but do note that the location have strict guidelines to adhere to.
Pondok Gurame Indonesian Restaurant
Is your ideal wedding by the beach instead? The Indonesian restaurant in Changi Civil Service Club offers a location so desirable, it’ll be difficult even for Ariel (of Little Mermaid) to resist! The outdoor space includes hut-like structures where the pelamin (bridal dais) sits, as well as a veranda – an open-aired porch where guests can dine. In addition, Gurame has an indoor area, in case of bad weather. Best of all, the décor and food will be taken care of by their in-house management. Gurame offers a 3-tiered wedding package to suit the needs of different couples, with food price ranging from $20/guest to $50/guest depending on the size of the couple’s guestlist.
Gardens By The Bay
Gardens By The Bay can probably be dubbed as the urbanised version of Singapore Botanic Gardens – perfect for a modern-minded couple. Fun fact: weddings can be held within the iconic Supertree Grove. The area, accompanied by an amazing skyline, spans 600 square meters and will be able to host a capacity of 320-seated guests. If you’re looking for an air-conditioned section of the garden and your guestlist seems like an eternal scroll, Flower Field Hall is just the place for you. It simulates an outdoor wedding in an indoor environment just as well, ensuring a huge crowd of 700-seated guests are cosy and comfortable away from the Singapore heat.
Sky Garden, iFly Singapore
Imagine having your Akad Nikah on a rooftop garden, overlooking the ships sitting on the surface of the sea. At the Sky Garden, guests will dine semi-alfresco style where they can enjoy both the bright skies and gorgeous backdrop, as well as the cool air-conditioning as they head indoors. Despite its small seated capacity of about 100 people, the location promises comfort with a view. As the event draws to a close, you can enjoy the rest of the evening watching the beautiful sunset with your life partner. In addition, if timing is synchronised well, you and your guests may be treated to a mesmerising display of fireworks. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?
HortPark is undoubtedly one of the hidden gems in Singapore. Here, there are two different sections – Hort Lawn and Event Lawn – designated for weddings to accommodate huge guestlists of 350 to 500 guests in a round-table seating. Multiple power sockets are situated under tree-like shelters around the lawns, and restrooms as well as other amenities are only a stone’s throw away. To ensure that the event sails smoothly, the park authority encourages couples to engage a caterer from their list of appointed caterers. As for décor, although couples to are free to engage their own decorators, do note that HortPark only allows its own logistics contractor to set up big structures such as the pelamin and tents.
Despite the minimalistic aesthetics of outdoor weddings, it can be easy to overspend on multiple facets of the event, such as elaborate decorations and handmade door gifts. When it comes to the nitty gritty, have a checklist with a reasonable budget for each category. You may also want to check out our list of affordable door gifts as well as nifty décor tips to help stay within budget.
As you plan for one of the most, if not the most, eventful day of your life, it’ll be highly advisable to include a wet-weather plan for major logistic components, such as catering and decoration, to avoid dampening the mood of the joyous occasion. It takes extra effort to curate a back-up plan, but if nature calls, it will certainly be worth it!
Which of these places would you consider hosting your event at? Let us know in the comment section down below!