Holding an Outdoor Wedding
by Jean Angus, 1 June 2002
planning a wedding, few couples consider the Great Outdoors as a
possible venue for their big day. This is despite the fact that we
live on a sunny island with plenty to offer in terms of greenery
and nature. If you're game for an outdoor wedding, read on to see
The first thing to consider is your guest list. Will you have guests
with special needs? Unless most of your guests are outdoorsy people
who worship the sun, bear in mind that elderly people and children
will wilt if the heat is excessive, especially if you are planning
an afternoon event. You will need to provide shelter for them. Alternatively,
you can look for a place that offers a combination of indoors and
outdoors. Possibilities are Burkill Hall at the Botanic Gardens and
the Shangri-La Singapore's Garden Terrace.
For shelter, consider renting a marquee. Most hotels will set one
up for you for a fee but if you are planning a beach wedding, you
will need to find one yourself. There are different marquee styles
to choose from. A century tent has one or more peaks with windowed
sides. It can be air-conditioned and is suitable for a more formal
do. A frame tent, as its name suggests, is supported by a frame and
has no poles down the centre. Choose this if you plan to have an
al fresco wedding in a picturesque location so your guests can enjoy
the view while they feast. Of course, you can be absolutely gung-ho
and not have a marquee at all, but this is not advisable in Singapore's
Having Plan B in mind when planning an outdoor wedding is crucial.
If the weather does not hold up, what are you and your guests going
to do? Many hotels usually have a backup space for you to use in
case of emergencies, but if you are planning a wedding in a public
place, you will have to make your own alternative arrangements. After
all, no bride, groom or guest would want to be drenched in a downpour.
Where are some of the nicer outdoor wedding locations in Singapore?
Apart from the Botanic Gardens and Shangri-La's Garden Terrace, Fort
Canning and Alkaff Mansion offer plenty of lush greenery and beautiful
photo opportunities. For a beach wedding, consider Shangri-La's Rasa
Sentosa Resort or The Beaufort Singapore for their romantic sea views.
If you would like an outdoor wedding in the city, try The Four Seasons'
Windows East and West rooms for their roof-top balcony views of the
city, or the Conrad International for a casual poolside event.
So, why limit yourself to a traditional banquet in a hotel ballroom
or restaurant? Holding an al fresco wedding is a great way to celebrate
the most important day of your life. Not only will you exchange vows
amidst the beauty of Nature, your guests will probably remember your
wedding more than if it were a run-of-the-mill sit-down affair. Plan
your outdoor wedding today!