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October 2018

Everything You Need To Know About Registering Your Marriage

Congrats! You’ve popped the question and are now officially engaged to the love of your life! But wait, what’s next?

If you’re as lost as I was when I got engaged over three years ago, don’t worry, we’re here to guide you. Now that the surprise proposal and feelings of nervousness and happiness have settled down, it’s time to turn your attention to the more serious aspects of your upcoming marriage. Before you take the next step, read up on our guide to everything you need to know about registering your marriage!

1. Apply For The Notice of Marriage

Sarala and Kelvin’s Merry and Vibrant Wedding at Masons at Gillman Barracks by AndroidsinBoots

First things first, you need to apply for the notice of marriage, and you can do so online at the Registry of Marriages website or at the web kiosks located at ROM. However, do take note that you can only do so at least 21 days or up to three months before the date of solemnisation. Refer to ROM’s homepage if you are unsure on the earliest and latest date you are able to apply for the Notice of Marriage.

2. Things You Need to File a Notice of Marriage

Amelia and William’s Dreamy Destination Pre-Wedding Adventure in Indonesia by Fire, Wood, Earth

Before you proceed to file a Notice of Marriage, take note that you have these essential information and/or documents with you:

  • Date, time and full address of the venue (for solemnisations at a venue outside of ROM) of solemnisation
  • NRIC or Passport of the Groom, Bride, and 2 witnesses above 21 years of age
  • A print-out of the “Invitation to Solemnise a Marriage” form to be signed by a licensed solemniser (for solemnisations at a venue outside of ROM)
  • Credit card (for fee payment for notices filed online) or NETS / Cashcard (fee payment for notices filed at ROM’s e-Kiosks
  • At the end of filing, remember to print a copy of the payment receipt, Filing Instructions and “Invitation to Solemnise a Marriage” form if you are having your solemnisation at a venue outside of ROM. There is also a handy checklist provided by ROM to help you with your registering process.

    3. Verification of Documents and Statutory Declaration

    Lowee and Shawn’s Cosy and Dreamy Botanical Themed Solemnisation at Grub at Bishan Park by Smittenpixels Photography

    After you’ve filed a Notice of Marriage, you’ll be asked to go down to the Registry of Marriages, usually 1 to 14 working days before your solemnisation date, for the verification of documents and statutory declaration. Both the bride and groom will need to be present, and these are the documents they are required to bring along to the appointment:

  • Filing Instructions
  • NRIC or Passport of Bride and Groom
  • Signed “Invitation to Solemnise a Marriage” Form (for solemnisations at a venue outside of ROM)
  • Photocopy of NRIC or Passport of the 2 witnesses
  • 4. What You Need For a Solemnisation at ROM and at A Venue Outside ROM

    Rachel and Joshua’s Magical Fairylit Garden Wedding at Raffles House at Fort Canning Park by Synchronal Photography

    If you are having your solemnisation at the ROM building, only the bride and groom, and their two witnesses are required to be present. A solemniser on duty that day will be assigned to you, so you don’t need to invite one along. You, your groom, and two witnesses will need to bring along your original NRIC or Passport for the solemnisation ceremony. The ceremony will take approximately 10 minutes, and once you are pronounced man and wife, you are officially married!

    For solemnisations at a venue outside of ROM, you will need to invite a licensed solemniser of your own choice and get his or her consent to solemnise your marriage by signing the “Invitation to Solemnise a Marriage” Form before the date of solemnisation. On the day of your solemnisation, your solemniser will be required to be present alongside with you and your groom, and your two witnesses. In addition to the original NRIC or Passport of you, your groom, and two witnesses, you will need to present the documents collected from ROM during your verification of documents and statutory declaration appointment, and hand it over to your solemniser.

    After the solemnisation and signing on the marriage certificate, the Certificate of Marriage (white coloured copy) will be returned to ROM by your licensed solemniser, if your solemnisation ceremony is outside of ROM, while the newlyweds will be given a Copy of Certificate of Marriage (coloured copy).

    5. Look For a Solemnisation Venue

    Romantic Opulence on The Bay Wedding Styled Shoot at Monti at 1-Pavilion by The Beautiful Moment Photography

    For those of you who are planning on solemnising outside of the ROM building, it’s time to search for the perfect venue to exchange your vows at after you’ve got all the necessary paperwork done for your upcoming solemnisation. Whether you are searching for a cosy and intimate location or a unique space by the beach, waterfront or charmingly sequestered in plenty of greenery, you are bound to find your dream venue in our ultimate list of solemnisation venues in Singapore.

    6. Confirm a Licensed Solemniser For Your Solemnisation Outside of ROM

    Bernie and Aizat’s Sunset Vineyard at Hort Park Wedding by Leslie Photography

    For solemnisations outside of ROM, couples will have to find and book their own licensed solemniser to officiate their wedding. To spare you busy brides the task of surfing through numerous wedding forums in search for recommended solemnisers, we’ve done the footwork and put together a list of 32 solemnisers who are still officiating weddings, recommended by real brides-to-be, for couples who are getting married in 2018/19.

    It is recommended to book your solemniser three months before your solemnisation date but you may contact your preferred solemniser more than three months in advance to check on their availability and book their services, especially if they are very popular. However, do take note that some may not accept bookings too far in advance.

    For more selections of solemnisers, couples can also check out the full list of authorised solemnisers on the ROM website.

    7. What You Need to Know About Registering For a Destination Wedding

    Yi Teng and Zhenyan’s Romantic Elopement in New Zealand by Said and Meant Photography

    Planning a destination wedding and not sure whether you need to register your marriage in Singapore prior to your overseas wedding, or if you need to re-register when you get back home? Fret not, our guide to registry of marriage for destination weddings has everything you need to know about registering your marriage overseas and the registry of marriage procedures in popular countries in the region.

    8. A Step-by-Step Guide on Everything You Need to Know About Planning a Wedding

    Letty and Benjamin’s Incredible Myanmar Pre-Wedding and Stylish Wedding by Super Panda Presents

    After you’ve filed for a Notice of Marriage and settled all the paperwork necessary for your solemnisation, it’s time to plan your wedding! From picking an auspicious date for your big day to figuring out traditional Chinese wedding customs and setting a wedding budget, let our step-by-step wedding guide show you the way to a fuss and stress free wedding planning.

    For more information on registering your marriage, you can visit ROM’s FAQ page here.

    Registry of Marriages

    Address: 7, Canning Rise Singapore 179869
    Tel (info): 6338 9987
    Tel (main): 6338 7808
    Website: www.rom.com.sg
    Operating Hours: Mondays to Fridays: 8.30 am – 12.30 noon, 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm // Saturdays: 8.00 am – 12 noon // Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays

    Credits: Feature Image from Jillian and Daniel’s Gorgeous Bali Post-Wedding Shoot and Celebration by Maria Shiriaeva.