The updated safe management measures for marriage solemnisations and receptions from 5 January 2022 are as follows:
|Venue||From 1 to 31 January 2022||From 1 February 2022 onwards|
|External Venue (e.g. Touch Centre Auditorium)||
|External Venue (excluding Registry of Marriages [ROM] building, places of residence, or places of worship)||
VDS: Vaccination-Differentiated Safe Management Measures
Note: Where VDS is required, it means that checks must be implemented to ensure that every attendee:
- is fully vaccinated, i.e. received the appropriate regimen of World Health Organization’s Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL) vaccines, including their respective duration post-vaccination for the vaccine to be fully effective, and had their vaccination records ingested in the Ministry of Health’s national IT systems; or
- has recovered from COVID-19; or
- is a child aged 12 years or below; or
- is certified as medically ineligible.
For the latest information on VDS, please refer to https://go.gov.sg/vdsmminfo.
- The above limits include the couple, but exclude the licensed Solemniser, interpreter (if any), and other vendors allowed to provide authorised services for the solemnisation (e.g. photographer), which should be kept to a minimum. However, the couple and all attendees (including the licensed Solemniser and vendors) have to abide by VDS entry requirements.
- If the total number of attendees is up to 1,000, with VDS requirement (or the venue’s safe capacity, whichever is lower), attendees must be split into multiple zones of no more than 100 attendees per zone (at TC Auditorium). Attendees must remain within his/her respective assigned zone and must not enter an unassigned zone. The zones must be completely separated by a solid physical partition or at least 2-metre physical spacing demarcated by barriers (e.g. cones or ropes).
- Attendees must maintain a 1-metre safe distance between groups except for a core wedding party*, which is allowed to comprise up to 20 attendees (including the couple and their 2 witnesses). There should be no intermingling or mixing between groups nor between the wedding party and these other groups.
*Besides the couple and their 2 witnesses, the core wedding party can comprise a group of close family and/or friends who are required or expected to interact with one another during the course of the solemnisation.
- The couple should appoint a safe management ambassador to assist in ensuring adherence to the measures.
- The elderly and vulnerable are encouraged to join in via video link to protect them from risk of infection.
- SafeEntry check-in via either the TraceTogether app or a working token is mandatory.
Couples can continue to conduct in-person solemnisations at the ROM building, places of residence, or external venues (e.g. hotels, places of worship, etc). Wedding receptions are allowed to continue at external venues, excluding the ROM building, places of residence, or places of worship. Tea ceremonies can only be conducted at external venues as part of the couple’s reception. Attendees should not intermingle before, during, or after the wedding event.
Listed below are the safe management measures at places of worship, where most solemnisations would be conducted:
- Attendees should be grouped as follows:
- Wedding party of up to 20 attendees, consisting of the couple, 2 witnesses, immediate family members, and/or close friends
- All other guests, who must be in fixed groups of 5 attendees
- For marriage solemnisations with more than 50 attendees:
- The total number of children aged 12 years and below must not make up more than 20% of the overall attendees. These children seated within the same groups of 5 attendees must be from the same household.
- If the wedding party for such solemnisations includes children aged 12 years old and below, these children must be from the same household and limited to a maximum of 5 children.
- If the wedding reception takes place in the same location and is right after the solemnisation, the entire event (solemnisation and reception) is subject to an overall cap of 250 attendees (with VDS requirement), subject to the safe capacity of the venue, whichever is lower.
- During the solemnisation, there should be no intermingling between the groups of 5 attendees or with the wedding party.
- The wedding party and each group of 5 attendees must maintain a 1-metre distance between each other at all times, including for photo-taking. Where guests are seated, these should be fixed.
- No food or beverages are allowed at the solemnisation.
- Live instrumental music (except wind instruments and singing) is only allowed for solemnisations, with necessary safe management measures in place. Couples who intend to record worship videos for their solemnisations can click here for more information.
- For solemnisations via video link where the couple and their 2 witnesses are at a place of residence, they must adhere to the prevailing guidelines for home visits, i.e. no more than 5 visitors are permitted to enter or remain at a place of residence on any single day.
- The couple must declare the identities and contact details of all attendees, including vendors, to the licensed Solemniser at least 1 day before the solemnisation. The list must also be available on-site on the day of the solemnisation. Click here to download a template.
- With respect to the wearing of face masks or face shields, please refer to this table:
Individual Involved Mask-Wearing Requirements Licensed Solemniser
- Should wear either a face mask or face shield when conducting the address if on stage and at least 1-metre from all others.
- Must wear a face mask during all other times (i.e. while waiting before the start of the ceremony, during verification of couple’s and witnesses’ identification documents, signing of marriage certificate, etc).
- Face mask may be removed briefly for photo-taking, but must be worn immediately after photos are taken.
- May choose to wear either face mask or face shield during the solemnisation.
- May remove face mask or face shield for key moments of the solemnisation (i.e. exchanging of vows and rings, kiss between the couple, during march ins/outs, etc). However, the bride and groom must maintain a 2-metre distance from the rest of the attendees of the solemnisation whenever their face masks or face shields have been removed.
- Face mask or face shield may be removed briefly for photo-taking, but must be worn immediately after photos are taken
- As a special provision, the bride and groom may be unmasked throughout the marriage solemnisation (excluding those at the ROM building) while maintaining a 2-metre distance from the rest of the attendees, if they undergo an antigen rapid test (ART) minimally supervised by the venue operator (either in-person or virtually).
(including both witnesses)
- Must wear a face mask at all times.
- Face mask may be removed briefly for photo-taking, but must be worn immediately after photos are taken.
- For marriage solemnisations at external venues (i.e. venues excluding ROM building and places of residence), up to 10 individuals are allowed to unmask when engaged in public speaking, while maintaining a distance of at least 2 metres from the audience, and at least 1 metre from each other, unless the individuals are members of the wedding party.
- As a special provision, up to 10 individuals from the wedding party are allowed to unmask when singing during marriage solemnisations at external venues (i.e. venues excluding ROM building and places of residence), if they undergo an ART minimally supervised by the venue operator (either in-person or virtually). The unmasked individuals are required to maintain a distance of at least 2 metres from the audience.
While some guidelines have been relaxed, we seek your continued support and understanding to adhere to the measures in ensuring that solemnisations are conducted safely. If the couple does not adhere to the measures above, the licensed Solemniser will refuse to conduct the solemnisation, as per ROM’s instruction.
For further queries, please contact Rev Simon Tan at email@example.com.
Journey Through Your Wedding Schedule
1) Sign up for our Marriage Preparation Course
Our commitment to see that you enjoy the best of your marriage starts at the very beginning. With expert assistance from TOUCH Community Services (TCS), we run a pre-nuptial Marriage Preparation Course for couples planning to tie the knot. This course has helped many of our couples find greater meaning to their wedding union.
Marriage Preparation Course Part 1 will resume through online weekend classes by end-May 2020. There are 4 sessions for Part 1, and each session is 3 hours long. Each class is limited to 10 couples, on a first-come, first-served basis. Rebate by the Ministry of Social and Family Development is not applicable for these classes.
Signing up is easy.
a) Download the Marriage Preparation Course application form
b) Email the completed form to Vanessa Ong at firstname.lastname@example.org
c) Meet Rev Simon Tan for briefing of Wedding Policy
"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united
2) Reviewing your application and course preparations
Upon receiving your application, our Wedding Services staff will notify you to arrange for a Wedding Policy briefing and to take the Taylor-Johnson Temperamental Analysis (TJTA).
"Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.
3) Finalising your wedding date and venue
Upon completion of your Marriage Preparation Course, your Team Pastor or Marrying Pastor will finalise the wedding date, together with your spouse-to-be and you. By this time, both of you can begin to look for possible venues to host your wedding.
Being a FCBC member, priority is extended to host your big day at Touch Centre (location map). However, as demand at this facility is high, you are highly encouraged to call in regarding its availability for your chosen date as soon as your course completes. Please direct your enquiries to 6424 9400 or email@example.com.
Alternatively, you may also choose to host your wedding at Gateway Theatre’s Sky Garden. Details on Gateway Theatre’s exclusive rates for FCBC members can be found here. For more enquiries, contact 6819 0781 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For more information regarding wedding preparations at FCBC, please contact our Wedding Services staff, Vanessa Ong, at email@example.com
- You may also visit the ROM website for more information
To find out more about getting married at FCBC, please contact Rev Simon Tan at firstname.lastname@example.org.