Wedding

Due to the recent increase in COVID-19 community cases, the Government will be tightening the safe management measures for solemnisations. The following guidelines for places of worship (i.e. Touch Centre) will be implemented from 8 May 2021:

1. Restrictions on Attendees

  • Maximum of 250 persons or the venue’s safe capacity*, whichever is lower. This includes the couple and their 2 witnesses, but excludes the Solemniser, interpreter (if any), and other vendors allowed to provide services for the solemnisation (e.g. photographer), which should be kept to a minimum.

    *Touch Centre Auditorium’s maximum safe capacity is 200 persons (i.e. 4 zones of 50 persons each).
     

  • For solemnisations with more than 50 persons in attendance, pre-event testing (PET) is required. The PET must be done no more than 24 hours before the end of the event. For example, if the solemnisation is held on 8 May, from 10am to 12pm, the earliest that the PET can be done is 7 May, 12pm.

    The table below summarises the scenarios where PET is required:

    Event Number of Attendees PET Requirement
    Marriage Solemnisation
    (no food allowed)
    Up to 50 persons No PET Requirement
    51-250 persons PET only required for the couple (if unvaccinated*)

    *To be exempted from PET, the couple needs to complete the full vaccination regimen and have had sufficient time to develop protection (i.e. 2 weeks after the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccination).
     

  • If the total number of attendees is between 51 to 250 persons, attendees must be split into multiple zones with no more than 50 persons per zone. The zones should be completely separated from one another by a solid physical partition, or at least 3-metre physical spacing demarcated by barriers (e.g. cones or ropes).
     
  • Within the zones, the attendees should be segregated as follows:
    • Wedding party of up to 20 persons, consisting of the couple, their 2 witnesses, immediate family members, and/or close friends
    • All other guests, who must be in fixed groups of 5 persons within their zone
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      Guests must remain within their zones and cannot cross from one zone to another, except for the couple who may do so briefly (e.g. to take photos). There should be no intermingling between the groups of 5 persons, or with the wedding party. The wedding party and each group of 5 persons must maintain a 1-metre distance between each other at all times, including during photo-taking. Additionally, the seating arrangement for the guests should be fixed.
       
  • No food or beverages are allowed at the solemnisation.
     
  • Live instrumental music (except wind instruments) is allowed at solemnisations in indoor venues, with the necessary safe management measures in place. This excludes singing.

2. Guidelines on how PET should be administered (e.g. how couples can arrange the PET, who will check, how to gain entry, etc) will be released by the Ministry of Health in due course on their website at https://go.gov.sg/pet.

3. The couple must declare the identity of all attendees, including vendors, as well as their contact details to the Solemniser at least 1 day before the solemnisation. This list should be sorted by zone. On the day of the solemnisation, the couple must ensure that the list is available on-site.

4. Safe management measures with regards to the wearing of face masks or shields can be found in the table below:

Individual Involved Mask-Wearing Requirements
Solemniser
  • Wear either a face mask or shield when conducting the Solemniser’s address on stage, with at least 1-metre distance from others.
  • Wear a face mask during all other times (e.g. while waiting for the start of the ceremony, during the verification of the couple’s and witnesses’ identification documents, signing of marriage certificates, etc).
  • Only exception is during photo-taking – mask may be removed momentarily for the photo, but must be worn immediately after.
Couple
  • Wear either face masks or shields during the solemnisation.
  • May remove face masks or shields during key moments of the ceremony (e.g. when exchanging marriage vows, when exchanging rings, when the groom kisses the bride, and during the march in/out), as long as they maintain a 2-metre distance from others. However, face masks or shields must be worn immediately after these moments.
  • May remove face masks or shields during photo-taking, but must be worn immediately after.
Other Guests
(including witnesses)
  • Wear a face mask at all times.
  • Only exception is during photo-taking – mask may be removed momentarily for the photo, but must be worn immediately after.

5. Other Guidelines

  • 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.

6. Attendance Control and Contact Tracing

  • Venue owner/organiser must take the temperature of all attendees and turn away those who are unwell.
  • SafeEntry check-in via either the TraceTogether mobile app or a working token is mandatory. The venue owner/organiser should have a unique QR code for the event space.

7. Helpful Links

For further queries, please contact Rev Simon Tan at simon.tan@fcbc.org.sg.

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 weddings@fcbc.org.sg

c) Meet Rev Simon Tan for briefing of Wedding Policy

"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united
to his wife, and they will become one flesh."

Genesis 2:24

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.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."

Ecclesiastes 4:12

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 weddings@fcbc.org.sg.

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 sales@gateway.sg.

 FCBC Wedding Policy

 FCBC Wedding Flow Chart

 Marriage Preparation Course Application Form

Questions
  • For more information regarding wedding preparations at FCBC, please contact our Wedding Services staff, Vanessa Ong, at weddings@fcbc.org.sg
  • 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 simon.tan@fcbc.org.sg.

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