Singaporebrides | Fine Dining

January 2015

A Grand Wedding in the Majestic CHIJMES Hall

At the heart of Singapore, CHIJMES is an exquisitely restored historical monument, whose Gothic styled arches, high ceilings, and beautiful stained glass windows offer discerning couples the perfect venue to commemorate their grand occasion.

Gazetted as a national monument, CHIJMES is a 19th century chapel rich with culture and heritage. CHIJMES’s rich history began in the 1800s, when it was built as a Catholic convent, orphanage, and primary school known as the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus. In 1890, plans for the Gothic Chapel and Gothic linked archways were set in motion, and the elaborate design of fine architectural details, wall frescoes, and stained glass windows in the Gothic style was completed in 1904. Today, the carefully restored chapel preserves much of the architectural integrity of the building, with the Gothic Chapel repurposed as CHIJMES Hall, a stunning venue for grand occasions. In the heart of Singapore’s city, CHIJMES Hall’s striking Gothic styled architecture features intricately detailed columns and arches with flower and bird motifs, detailed stained glass windows, a cross-vaulted ceiling, and multi-coloured terrazzo tiled floors that create a beautiful and majestic venue. Flanked by flying buttresses, a five-storey spire marks the imposing entrance to the chapel.

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Rich in heritage and exquisite in design, CHIJMES Hall is an unparalleled venue in Singapore, and managed with Watabe Wedding’s expertise and experience, is the ideal wedding venue for a sublime celebration. A leading bridal company that operates chapels across Taiwan, Hawaii, Japan, and other popular wedding destinations, Watabe Wedding has helped over 430,000 couples tie the knot in beautiful, fuss-free ceremonies. In CHIJMES Hall, the bridal company found the historical monument to be the perfect venue for a couple writing their own history. Because the iconic building is gazetted as a national monument, couples getting married in CHIJMES Hall have a venue that will be preserved in life as well as in memories, and can even serve to celebrate their children’s and grandchildren’s own unions in a lasting legacy of beauty and joy.

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Watabe Wedding complemented the exquisite hall with all the facilities and services necessary to hold charming and elegant celebrations. CHIJMES Hall features a specially appointed bridal make-up room for brides to get ready in comfort and privacy at their convenience. Equipped with full air-conditioning, magnificent chandeliers, a large screen with integrated audio-visual system, and WiFi, CHIJMES Hall is perfectly set up to host up to 300 guests. Seating is arranged with your choice of elegant long tables or traditional round tables flanking a grand, wide aisle, offering guests a good view of the couple walking towards their future happiness. With the hall’s regally high arched ceilings and tall columns, a bride can wear a long cathedral train befitting the grandeur of the special occasion as she walks down the dazzling hall toward her awaiting groom.

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The professional wedding planning team at Watabe Wedding takes care of all of your wedding needs. The Watabe Wedding experience includes catering for fine Chinese delicacies from the renowned kitchens of TungLok or sit-down Western courses to wine and dine your guests, lovely fresh floral decorations for the stage, aisle, and tables, a champagne glass fountain, and other details for a beautiful wedding. Your wedding experience is completed with the Watabe omotenashi, the heart of Japanese hospitality, assuring you and your guests a celebration to remember.

CHIJMES Hall is located at 30 Victoria Street, #01-28, CHIJMES, Singapore 187996. Watabe Wedding can be contacted at +65 6336 5320 and chijmes@watabe-wedding.com.sg.


Credits: Photos courtesy of Watabe Wedding.