Weddings aren't known as The Big Day for nothing. Everything needs to be damn near perfect: the dress; the invitations; the cake; and most importantly, the venue. To help you get started with those dream nuptials, we've curated a selection of the best non cookie-cutter wedding venues in Singapore — from breezy beachfront resorts to historic colonial bungalows, elegant chapels, and opulent hotel ballrooms.
Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa
Always dreamt saying ‘I do’ surrounded by lush foliage and scenic views of the South China Sea? We’re happy to say that your wedding fantasy can come to life at Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa. The perfect blend of French luxury and contemporary flair, this five-star destination offers an array of magical settings for your nuptials: whether it's the private cliff-top lawn at Spice Island Point, opulent ballrooms, ilLido at the Cliff (complete with a lavish banquet spread of your choice) or better yet, one of Sofitel Singapore Sentosa's four private villas that are perfect for hen's nights, cocktail soirées, and intimate ceremonies. Indeed, this is picture-perfect luxury at its finest.
UNA at One Rochester
Spanish restaurant UNA is a lush haven for city dwellers seeking to revel in their newfound nuptials away from the busy city. Situated in a colonial bungalow in the One Rochester enclave, the restaurant serves up sizzling Spanish flavours, including tapas and paellas. The stunning space is also furnished with two dining concepts: an alfresco garden space with glass trellises and cosy gazebos, and a swanky tapas bar upstairs.
One Rochester, 1 Rochester Park, Singapore 139212, p. 6773 0070.
The White Rabbit
Step into this 1940s-restored-chapel-turned-restaurant and you’ll see why it's a hot fave among brides-to-be. The main dining area is eclectic and otherworldly, with its long, rustic tables and stained glass windows. Meanwhile, the alfresco area, with its lush greenery and garden furniture, is très Alice-in-Wonderlandesque. Packages here are for intimate solemnisations or smaller affairs.
Gardens by the Bay
Walk down the aisle under the canopy of Supertrees at Gardens by the Bay’s Silver Leaf, complete with iconic views of the Marina Bay skyline and the Flower Dome. For an indoor affair, chauffeur your guests in VIP garden cruisers over to bayside Waterview Room and Flower Field Hall (the hall's LED light fixtures are especially stunning!), located in the Flower Dome.
Faber Peak Singapore
Formerly known as The Jewel Box, Faber Peak Singapore lets your vows soar into eternity atop Mount Faber with three wedding venues and unbeatable views to leave your guests in awe. For a lavish wedding banquet, The Ballroom has floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking the Sentosa-Harbourfront precinct. Spuds & Aprons allows you to relax with indoor and alfresco options while the Private Dining Room is deliciously exclusive with a panoramic sea view.
Who doesn't love a good date night at Dempsey? Reminisce yours at HOUSE – a homely restaurant that's tucked away within the lush surroundings of Dempsey Hill. Its three different and configurable function rooms are perfect for an intimate ceremony of up to 250 guests. Decked in a unique contrast of vintage furniture and industrial design, the restaurant's offerings of cool cocktails and great food will make it nothing short of a hearty wedding bash.
HOUSE, 8D Dempsey Road, Singapore 249672, p. 6475 7787.
When we think of the words "holy matrimony", chapel weddings at CHIJMES Hall come to mind. It is, after all, a beautifully restored early 19th century Gothic chapel (and a national monument!). The high ceilings and intricately-stained glass windows will have your guests feeling both awe-struck, and as if they're part of history. Bonus: it’s located right in the heart of the city.
Hotel Fort Canning
Celebrate your coupling at Hotel Fort Canning’s getaway within the city. Choose from an intimate poolside gathering at the Jasmine Ballroom or a larger venue, the Lavender ballroom. Both offer stunning floor-to-ceiling windows, or go for the whole she-bang at the 460-seater Legends Ballroom. Top it off with a stroll to the lobbyside centuries-old artefacts exhibit.
Burkill Hall is a two-storey restored colonial bungalow that sits inside the National Orchid Garden at the Botanic Gardens. Does it get more idyllic than this for flower lovers? The garden is a picturesque spot for solemnisation (think of the selfies!), while the colonial setting spells romance under the stars.
Burkill Hall, Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Court,Singapore 259569, p. 6471 7138.
If you're looking for the all the glamour of a city wedding coupled with an intimate dinner, look no further, as 1-Altitude is the quintessential rooftop wedding venue in Singapore. Perched on level 62, the bar boasts a chic and cosmopolitan vibe and fabulous dining options. Just imagine saying your vows while surrounded by the glistening city scape (you'd save on fairy lights!).
Hands up if you've taken a photo in front of that signature rustic blue wall (guilty...)! If you’re not a fan of traditional white weddings, Wheeler’s Yard's spacious (can we emphasise the word "spacious" again?) industrial warehouse setting and unique bicycle covered walls are painfully hipster yet oh-so-cool. We picture charming DIY crafts and photo booths for an utterly Instagram-worthy party.
Hands up if you've sighed dreamily while gazing at the Fullerton Hotel. Majestic in its old world charm and Palladian facade, The Ballroom located at the ground floor can accommodate up to a whopping 480 guests for a truly lavish banquet. The Straits Room on the fourth level screams exclusivity with its crystal chandeliers and unique coffered ceiling - a magnificent 1928 remnant when the hotel was restored.
Fullerton Hotel, 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178, p. 6733 8388.
Make an eco-friendly statement at Singapore’s outdoor gem, Gardenasia. This rustic garden setting boasts five venues that can accommodate parties of all sizes, with a series of cool, earthy perks that come with each. These include green gifts for guests, organic wedding menus, blood-free diamonds and wedding cakes sourced from on-site ingredients. Tip: Gardenasia’s wedding planners can throw in a complimentary bus to chauffeur your guests to and from Kranji. Score!
Universal Studios' Bountiful Bliss
Ever dreamed of a wedding that befits the Hollywood elite? Universal Studios’ Bountiful Bliss packages offer red carpets, velvet ropes, bespoke welcome clapboards - the lot. Aside from a selection of packages to choose from, getting married at Universal Studios gives guests all access passes to the attractions.
Universal Studios, Resorts World Sentosa, p. 65 6577 6868, e. email@example.com.
If you’re a fan of Downton Abbey, a timeless English countryside wedding is no doubt right up your street. Nail all this, but ditch the stuffy vibe with a laid-back wedding reception at Rider’s Café. Located in a quiet spot at Bukit Timah, the large white-washed windows and doors create a cool, airy atmosphere for dreamy wedding snaps.
Rider's Cafe, 51 Fairways Drive, Singapore 286965, p. 6466 9819.
Tanjong Beach Club
Seaside weddings are the stuff of summer dreams, and the chill vibes of this club makes us think of billowing wedding arches and gorgeous sunsets. Lauded by Conde Nast as World’s Best Beach Bar, Tanjong Beach Club offers a variety of spaces for rent including the restaurant, cabana, bar, terrace and pool areas. Great ocean views and coastal cuisine? Yes, please.
Fly head over heels within the sanctuary of a Singapore Flyer capsule! Exchange rings with two dozen of your closest family and friends at 165 meters above ground, as you spin into wedded bliss (shall we ditch the puns now?). Solemnisation packages include flights, catering, event planners and Champagne, with the option of hosting a larger celebration on the ground below.
Singapore Flyer, 30 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039803, p. 6734 8829.
Adventurous animal lovers looking to throw an unforgettable wedding can easily fulfill their wish at Singapore Zoo's Forest Lodge. Nestled in the heart of the rainforest, the resort-like ballroom and surrounding majestic wildlife forms the perfect backdrop for safari-style vows.
ONE° 15 Marina Club
Unabashedly luxe, this sailing club is hidden away in the exclusive enclave of Sentosa Cove. The boater’s bar, a floating platform surrounded by mariners, is great for an unconventional and small celebration. Meanwhile, the constellation ballroom is great for large wedding banquets. Want to party on the seas? Grab your wedding party, some good ol’ bubbly and charter a yacht to toast to your nuptials.