So you’re planning your wedding—congratulations! Or perhaps you’re just imagining your dream ceremony. Either way, there are plenty of venues in Singapore that stray off the beaten track of convention. Whether you’d rather have an orangutan as a groomsman or a mermaid as maid-of-honour, this list will have you surprising your friends and delighting your family with the perfect, peculiar place to say, “I do”.
If you’ve always envisioned an outdoor wedding for yourself and your partner, there’s no better place to hold it than at the wild ‘n’ woolly Singapore Zoo. With a striking view out over Seletar Reservoir, the Zoo (and its sister venues, the River and Night Safaris, which also host weddings) is a centrepiece in many of our childhoods. Any wedding spent here is sure to conjure the magic of those idyllic halcyon days spent gazing in wonder at the animal kingdom. The Zoo’s wedding package will have you enter your ceremony in a horse-drawn carriage, before everyone is whisked away by tram to the Forest Lodge for the reception. They’ll cater the whole event for you, and send each guest packing at the end of the day with their very own little stuffed animal.
Haw Par Villa
After its grand reopening in 2019, there were few who anticipated that Har Paw Villa would come back with a completely new look and function—that of a strikingly memorable wedding spot. A historical Chinese theme park decked out with more than 1,000 statues and dioramas, Har Paw Villa is most famous for its bold depiction of the 10 Courts of Hell. The symbolism here certainly isn’t for every couple, but its quirk as a venue can’t be denied. Besides, it’s not in the Courts that you’ll be wed—rather, there’s a separate events hall for that purpose, and it’s simply stunning. With air-conditioning and fairy lights, it’s the ideal place to feast, toast, and promise to love one another, for as long as you both shall live.
Make your solemnisation ceremony extra special aboard Asia’s only tall sailing ship. Set sail and rediscover the Golden Age of Romance with the Royal Albatross, a traditionally rigged luxury vessel that’s one of 150 left in the world. Capture unforgettable moments made even more picturesque by the horizon behind you, stroll the breezy decks during the reception, and try to kick up your heels on a dancefloor that rolls gently with the wives. As the sun goes down, the glittering city skyline can be viewed from an unparalleled vantage point out on the ocean. And with the Tie The Knot Exclusive Charter, the ship’s most elegant package, you’ll be served a six-course menu, two-tier customised wedding cake, and complimentary extra features galore, including use of the Albatross for a pre-wedding shoot, a honeymoon stay at a five-star Sentosa hotel, and a dinner cruise for two upon the occasion of your first wedding anniversary.
You don’t need a wedding afterparty if you bring the afterparty to your wedding. Rent out Zouk’s venue for a full night and dress it up how you like—as Singapore’s largest nightclub, the hulking two-story location is outfitted with a neo-futuristic interior complete with dramatic lighting, a state-of-the-art sound system and a sprawling multi-level dance floor. With a choice between in-house or external catering and an array of alcohol options provided by the nightlife mainstay, its easy to conceive a no holds barred, club-themed wedding which will see your guests dancing away till the early hours of dawn.
The Alkaff Mansion
Known for hosting high society parties in the 1930s, The Alkaff Mansion is a gorgeous colonial bungalow perched on a hill within Telok Blangah Hill Park. You’ll find the space to be impossibly romantic and dream-like with its Tudor-style architecture. Adorned with a stunning outdoor gazebo for your solemnisation, European-styled fountains, balustrade stairways and lush canopies expansive porches, its the perfect venue for a garden wedding straight out of a fairytale. With a sizeable capacity spanning three-stories, a full service bar, bridal room, AV equipment and more, there is no shortage of facilities to ensure your special day runs smoothly. As for food and drink, treat your guests to a curated menu that features robust, Basque-influenced Spanish flavours.