Read part 1 and part 2 here and here.
9. The day before the wedding
One day before the wedding, we had to go to the registry to verify our documents. It was fairly simple. Just wait for your queue number and show your documents. The form stated that people getting married in the office SHOULD wear formal clothes. We were not going to be too formal and asked the lady
Us – Is it okay if we are not in formal clothes?
Lady at counter – Repeats the statement on the form verbatim.
Hubs – Has anyone been turned away from the office without getting married because they were not formal enough?
Lady (speechless because nobody asks such questions lol) – No but please try to be in formal attire.
Us – Of course, we will try but trials can fail. Thank you :)
We saw other couples who got married and gosh, everyone was in super formal wedding clothes. I could bet that nobody would be getting married like us the next day ha ha.
I would definitely give brownie points to the office for decorating it nicely and trying to make it romantic, though some of the decorations were cheesy. They have rooms where the marriage ceremony is conducted, washrooms, cafe and a make up room for touch ups! They had arches with flowers and hearts too. The marriage office is adjoining the fort canning park and the garden outside is quite nice.
We sent a reminder to all our witness and people who were attending the wedding. Hubs went for a movie and I went home cooked, did some gardening and pending chores and put on a face pack.
10. Guest list
None of them knew each other except the couple.
- Witness 1
- Witness 2 – Married, so the spouse was added to the guest list and both of them were our friends.
- Spouse of witness 2
- Unexpected friend in town – It was pure coincidence when hubs’ friends was in town and wanted to meet up exactly on the day we were getting married. So, we invited the friend.
End of guest list *gasp*
11. Wedding Clothes
I wore a cotton dress from FabIndia. It was a great blend of Indian prints with a western style dress, exactly like us :)
This was the dress I wore – image from FabIndia website
Hubs wore a white shirt and trousers. And we both wore matching footwear :)
Yes, we wore Birkenstock for our wedding!
Birkenstock was our official sponsor for the wedding ha ha. I am kidding about that but they should, right?
12. The day of the wedding
I woke up at 11 AM without an alarm. We had coffee and lunch at home, got dressed and left home. We bought some Krispy Kreme donuts on the way. The lady at Krispy Kreme was kind and gave us free donuts because we told her we were getting married. We arrived early and waited for our friends at the train station. They came unsure about the dress code because we had insisted on an informal dress code. One of them had even laid out an ironed suit on their bed, just in case they needed it ha ha. We reached the registrar’s office a good 40 minutes early and thought we had plenty of time to relax but we were called in half an hour earlier because somebody didn’t turn up for their wedding.
13. The wedding
They have marriage rooms with screens outside which display the names. The room was neat and nicely decorated. The official ceremony was a mix of western wedding vows and legal ceremony. It really was about 5 minutes long. The official asked us if we had rings to exchange. We said no. The official gave us the marriage cert after we signed the form. The coolest part was when we had to leave the room. We turned to leave from the door we came in when the official pressed a remote control button, the curtains opened and there was a secret glass door on the opposite side like in James Bond ha ha and we all sneaked out from the other door.
We took some photos using our phones and exchanged rings outside the room. Well, we exchanged donuts as rings and promptly ate them. We had a donut for each of our guests :)
Our wedding rings – Krispy Kreme Doughnuts!
Promptly went for the bar. The bar was nice with a great view but people there were snobbish. Mainly rich banker type guys visit that bar. We were about to leave when the waiter told us to “be quieter” because we were noisy.
The view from the bar
The view from the bar
Then, we had dinner at an Italian restaurant which was fun and I think we were easily the most boisterous group they had so far. On top of that, we made so many politically incorrect statements *cough*
At around 11:30 PM, we left for home. We spoke to our families.
The Wedding was over. Next day, we went for our Saturday routine of cafe like always.
14. What we may have done differently
We may have –
- Invited some more of our family and close friends who were not in town
- Maybe spent a wee bit more?
I don’t have regrets about my wedding and I don’t like creating a big fuss about weddings. Weddings are for a day and it’s what follows that matters…