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It’s come the day to finally for you to be wedded to your other half before your dearly beloved! Surely a ceremony is in order – one that timestamps the beginning of your lives together. THAT, dear readers, is called a solemnization!
What is a Solemnization and its Meaning?
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Strictly speaking, a solemnization is the act of your official wedding ceremony to affect a marriage. In Singapore, the solemnization typically kickstarts the wedding day. This differs between various rites and religions but one thing remains constant: the need for a solemnizer.
Fortunately, our Registry of Marriage (ROM) has plenty of officiants who are more than willing to volunteer their time. But before listing them, let’s dig a little into the things you need to know.
What is the Solemnization Process?
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First, you’ll have to produce your marriage licence for the solemnizer to proceed. After verifying your documents and identities, they will confirm that your union is formed willingly. At this juncture, it is customary to exchange rings.
To formalise the marriage, the groom, bride, 2 witnesses and solemnizer will sign on the marriage certificates. At the end of the ceremony, the solemnizer will pronounce the couple “man and wife.” Then, in an ideal world, church bells will toll, choirs will sing, and relatives will cry tears of joy!
What Qualifies Someone as a Witness?
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Preferably someone you know that is above 21 years of age!
What is the Dress Code for a Solemnization Ceremony?
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This depends on where you decide to conduct the ceremony. If you are heading down to ROM, please dress appropriately. As it is a SOLEMNization, it prerequisites appropriate attire! Gents, please wear shirt and pants. Ladies, come in formal womenswear and in appropriate footwear.
ROM makes a point of saying that they can decline to solemnize your marriage if the dress code is not adhered to. So please don’t let a simple thing ruin your big day! This applies for a solemnization that is conducted both at ROM and at another venue.
These officiants take their responsibilities seriously and so should you! The theme of your wedding can be different, but it shouldn’t defile the sanctity of marriage. Keep it fun but keep it respectable!
Who should attend the Solemnization?
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It goes without saying that the bride and the groom should be in attendance. Accompanying them should be two witnesses and a licensed solemnizer. We strongly recommend that your family and friends also be present to share in this special moment.
What should we bring for the Solemnization?
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If your solemnization is at the ROM, please bring along your original NRICs for citizens and Passports for foreigners. Your witnesses are also required to bring those along. Optionally, you can bring your wedding rings for exchange.
If your solemnization venue is not at the ROM, remember to bring your marriage certificates and marriage licence. Without this, your solemnizer cannot proceed. The ROM strongly advises you review the instructions in your Summary of Notice of Marriage.
How Much Ang Pow to Give Solemnizer?
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Solemnizers do not charge for their services but it’s always nice to show appreciation. This varies from couple to couple but it is courteous to give them an Ang Bao. This shows appreciation for their time and effort to officiate your wedding.
Now for the question on all our minds; “How much to give?”
That is entirely up to you. However, we do have 2 guidelines. First, give from your heart. Someone who does important work for free deserves to feel good occasionally right? Second, if you are unsure of the amount, don’t be afraid to ask how much he/she usually receives. In most cases, it is a common practice to give $100-$200 of Ang Pow to the Solemnizer.
Should My Solemniser Stay For The Wedding Banquet?
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Solemnisers normally don’t stay and it’s not customary for you to invite them to stay. That doesn’t stop you from extending the invite to them though! There are solemnizers that would love to stay so double check with them if they wish or expect to join in.
Considerations When Choosing your Solemnizer
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