While we’re geographically limited by the size of our wee island, there are some scenic pockets of charm to be found around Singapore, which make for a lovely wedding backdrop. Usually best suited to smaller wedding parties, these outdoor venues offer a breath of fresh air from the staidness of fancy function rooms with carpets that look like they belong in the ‘70s – and not in a good way.
It’s advisable to secure your venue of choice as quickly as you can after you’ve set your wedding date, preferably at least six months to a year in advance, as popular venues get booked out quickly. Start shopping for your dream wedding with our round-up of lush outdoor venues.
Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa
Tucked away on Sentosa Island, Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa scores instant points for whisking you away from the city. A little bit colonial and a lot contemporary, the resort boasts a tropical landscape ideal for couples who enjoy a more tranquil ambience, while letting the resort’s in-house wedding team take the reins. The Glass Pavilion, furnished with chic furniture and imbued with added charm from an antique wedding bell from Sentosa Island, makes for a picture-perfect venue on the resort’s lush, landscaped grounds.
Facilities and services: Logistics from wedding themes to flower decorations, menu planning, and invitations.
Wedding packages: The Solemnisation marriage package (starting from S$888 per table on weekdays for Chinese menus) includes exclusive use of the Glass Pavilion for up to three hours, free flow soft drinks, reception table with fresh floral arrangement, guest book, an official table for up to five persons with fresh floral centerpieces, a ring pillow for wedding bands, specially designed wedding invitation cards based on the couple’s guaranteed attendance, a special memento for all invited guests, and complimentary use of the sound system.
Other vendors: External decorators are permitted, subject to approval by the hotel’s management in accordance with local fire department regulations.
Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa, 1 Larkhill Road, Sentosa island, Tel: 6825 3888
With the promise of a spacious expanse and lots of room to design the wedding of your dreams, HortPark is the ideal venue for couples going more hands-on with the wedding planning. There are three outdoor event venues available: the Balinese Garden is most ideal for a more private set-up, while the larger areas of the HortLawn and Event Lawn are suited for bigger parties. Do note that venues at HortPark are not available for bookings on Mondays and public holidays.
Capacity: Balinese Garden – 50 guests; Event Lawn – 900 guests; HortLawn – 600 guests
Facilities and Services: HortPark essentially provides just the venue, so aside from providing a list of appointed caterering and logistics that you're required to use, it's up to you to work those organisational skills.
Other vendors: Couples may engage their own decorators, but HortPark’s logistics contractor must be engaged for the placement of any furniture or structures. For catering, there is a list of appointed caterers provided by HortPark.
HortPark, 33 Hyderabad Road, Tel: 6376 3909
Colonial black-and-white bungalows and trickling water fountains frame the chic enclave that is One Rochester. Located at Rochester Park, this popular dining destination boasts eight outdoor trellised areas that can be utilised for weddings and events. (For an idea of scale, the smallest wedding they’ve hosted was a party of seven, and the largest, for 250 guests.) One Rochester also offers services that cover aspects such as flowers, wedding favours, and entertainment, so if you’re taking care of your own wedding planning, rest assured that some of the load will be taken off your shoulders.
Capacity: Outdoor area – 144 guests (seated); entire One Rochester compound – 196 guests (seated), 250 guests (standing)
Facilities and Services: One Rochester's wedding team can help with an in-house florist, food, beverage, invitation cards, wedding favours, and entertainment.
Other vendors: Requests to work with external food and beverage vendors are assessed on an individual case basis, but couples may bring in their own decorations.
One Rochester, 1 Rochester Park, Tel: 6773 0070
Ensconced in the local gem that is the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Villa Halia boasts a romantic charm that feels suitably removed from the buzzing crowds. Couples with a discerning taste can expect the same modern European dining experience that’s offered over at Halia restaurant. In addition to the outdoor Courtyard, there are indoor areas of the Drawing Room and Gallery Room, thus providing the option of creating different settings for groups of guests to mingle.
Facilities and services: Besides the space, set-up, and menu, Villa Halia can also assist couples by recommending a team of wedding cake experts, award-winning wedding photographers, and experienced make-up artists.
Other vendors: Couples may wish to engage their own decorators, or choose from Villa Halia’s list of partners.
Villa Halia, 1 Cluny Road, Ginger Gardens, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Tel: 6287 0711