So you’re getting hitched and you’re wondering what’s the most cost effective way to get married. Here’s a piece of advice I wish I took: elope.
Of course “eloping” in Singapore is a little less elegant and a little more complicated than driving to Las Vegas for a midnight rendezvous, if you want your marriage to be locally certified. To do so:
- Decide on a date to elope
- File for your marriage, meaning let the ROM know when you want to elope. The earliest date you can file is three months before your actual date, meaning if you decided to elope on 1 April, the date will only be available for filing from 1 January onward.
- A week before your actual date, you need to go down to the ROM to sign some papers plus take some oaths.
- On the actual date, arrive on time, bring along two witnesses (you can grab anyone off the street and pay him a token sum), take your vows and then be pronounced man and wife.
Paperwork costs $26, which is dirty cheap!
If you’re still going for a traditional elopement, all you need to do is to register your marriage overseas, and you can come back to Singapore as a married couple. There is no need to re-register your marriage! Although the process to be registered overseas can be quite complicated and may require more documentation.
So there you have it. The best and only way to get married.