On average, the total cost of getting married in Singapore ranges from $33,000 to approximately $76,000, depending on factors such as the number of guests and venue.
While in typical years, wedding prices tend to increase every year, the recent years have been an exception as a result of the pandemic. Reasons such as couples postponing weddings, or downsizing weddings out of safety concerns, as well as capacity restrictions, may have contributed to a fall in demand for wedding banquets – at four and five-star hotels in particular.
For couples who are looking to hold a more intimate wedding with fewer guests, it may make more financial sense for them to explore unique venues that are friendlier for your pocket.
For those who are in the midst of planning your wedding, here are 5 cost-friendly wedding venues worth considering.
#1 Little Island Brewing Co. (Rustic-Themed Wedding)
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The Little Island Brewing Co. provides a large outdoor space for a maximum capacity of 430-seated guests. The ambience differs greatly during the day and at night- the space can be transformed from a rustic wedding solemnisation in the day to a romantic dinner under the stars.
The alfresco and minimalist wedding venue offers both weekend lunch and dinner options, with a minimum of 30 guests required for booking. A lunch reception of 150 guests costs about $10,500 (or $70++ per guest), while a wedding dinner of the same scale costs about $12,000 (or $80++ per guest) except on Saturdays. It is slightly pricier at $15,000 (or $100++ per guest) for bookings on Saturday, likely due to higher demand
To avoid disappointment, you are encouraged to make a booking at least 3 months in advance.
Address: Little Island Brewing Co, 6 Changi Village Road, #01-01/02, Singapore 509907
Nearest MRT Station: Pasir Ris MRT Station
#2 The Arts House (Classic Colonial-Style Wedding)
Source: The Arts House
If you are looking for a venue that can accommodate around 100-200 guests, the chamber at The Arts House will be the perfect venue to hold a classic wedding. The Chamber is teeming with historical culture. From its furnishings to its colonial architectural layout, the sleek venue is the best backdrop for the solemnisation of your wedding vows.
The Arts House also offers different spaces for you to host your wedding. Here’s a list of their venue options and seating capacity:
|Wedding Space Available At The Arts House||Capacity|
|Seated (Theatre Format)||Standing (Cocktail Format)||Seated (Round Table Format)|
|Blue Room||80 guest||120 guests||60 guests|
|Living Room||70 guests||80 guests||50 guests|
|Gallery I||–||250 guests||90 guests|
|Gallery II||120 guests||130 guests||100 guests|
*Update: Chamber no longer caters to wedding banquet, only booking for solemnisation ceremony is accepted.
A 4-hour venue rental at the Chamber would cost you around SGD3,500 for a capacity of up to 200 guests. Rental add-ons also include a projector, baby grand piano and a mobile stage. Couples can choose to host their solemnisation ceremony at the Chamber, followed by a free-and-easy reception for the guests in separate rooms. You can choose from the list of 8 official caterers and bars for your wedding food and beverage options (Halal and non-Halal options included),.
Address: The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429
Nearest MRT Station: Bras Basah MRT Station
#3 Wheeler’s Estate (Country Themed Wedding)
Source: Wheeler’s Estate
If your wedding is not within the monsoon season (months of April, May and October), a garden-themed outdoor wedding, or wedding under the stars can be something for you to consider.
Wheeler’s Estate is a great choice for either option. It was formerly a British military airbase that is now converted to a cafe and garden space over 87,000 square feet. Wheeler’s Estate has 7 different event spaces available for you to choose from–– Bambi, Pavilion, Star Deck, Sky Deck, The Verandah, The Lawn and Courtyard.
To top it off, they provide table floral centrepieces and help with the set-up for you to achieve the wedding of your dreams. An intimate wedding lunch reception for 40 guests can cost around $10,000, inclusive of venue and food. You can choose from a variety of dining options such as plated set courses, buffet, butler canapes and a live rotisserie station. The chic-bohemian venue (The Lawn) can accommodate up to 800 guests.
Address: 2 Park Lane, Seletar Aerospace Park, Singapore 798386
Nearest MRT Station: Punggol MRT Station
#4 The Secret Patio (European Themed Wedding)
Source: The Secret Patio
If you appreciate the good old European-style décor of high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and stunning chandeliers, holding your wedding at The Secret Patio will be a dream come true. As the name suggests, the venue comes with a secret outdoor patio that immerses you in both the outdoor greenery and indoor comfort.
A cosy wedding reception for 50 guests, inclusive of 4-hour venue rental and 5-course set menu prepared in-house, costs about $7,000 (or $140 per guest). There are four themes of complimentary decorations you can choose from. Alternatively, you can opt for their list of partnering caterers including The Blue Ginger, CaterCo and Amici at an additional cost. More details are available on their website.
Address: 10A Duxton Hill, Singapore 089594
Nearest MRT Station: Chinatown MRT Station
#5 Indocafe The White House (Peranakan-Style Wedding)
Infuse your wedding with elements of cultural heritage, as Indocafe brings you a Peranakan-inspired epicurean experience. Built in the 19th century, this heritage landmark makes a delicate wedding with a touch of nostalgia.
You have the option to choose from their function room and bungalow unit, or outdoor space to hold your solemnisation ceremony.
|Available Spaces At IndoCafe||Capacity|
|The Colonial White House (Function Room)||70 guests (Seated)||60 guests (Buffet)|
|The Colonial White House & Indocafe (2 Bungalows)||118 guests (Seated)||108 guests (Buffet)|
A 3-course lunch package can cost you about $55 per guest, while a 4-course dinner package can cost about $108. If you prefer your guests to enjoy a more casual dining wedding reception, you can consider having it buffet style at similar prices.
Do note that a minimum spend of $6,000++ for a lunch event and $10,000++ for dinner is required for exclusive use of both bungalows.
Address: 35 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228227
Nearest MRT Station: Somerset MRT Station
#6 [Temporarily Closed] 1919 Waterboat House (Riverside Wedding)
There’s nothing more romantic than a wedding by the Singapore River on top of a Rooftop Bar. The 1919 Waterboat House is the best location for couples who prefer an intimate and relaxed ambience.
The 1919 Waterboat House can host up to 200 guests. It has 3 different spaces within:
Wedding packages start at about $135++ per guest, including event venue rental, a 4-course meal and 2 hours of free-flow drinks (soft drinks and housepour wines). This adds up to about $32,000 including taxes, as calculated by wedever.co, a wedding event venue booking site.
Address: 3 Fullerton Road, The Waterboathouse, #03-01, Singapore 049215
Nearest MRT Station: Raffles Place MRT station
Wisely Consider Other Factors Apart From Venue
For couples deciding on their wedding, it is important to discern the type of wedding you would want and enjoy, and not what others expect of you. While your wedding is a special occasion that will be the memory of your lifetime, you do not want to be emptying your bank accounts over this one-day event as there are other financial obligations and goals you will have as a married couple.
Importantly, know that the cost of your wedding is affected not just by the cost of your venue. Apart from the venue, the headcount, decorations, rings and wedding dresses and suit can also raise the price dramatically.
This article was first published on 30 June 2017 and was updated with new prices and venues. Additional reporting by Agnes Goh.
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