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Expat Living (Singapore) - - Parting Shot - BY DOLORES PI­COT

Hav­ing been in a re­la­tion­ship for al­most eight years, we felt we had reached the ideal mo­ment to tie the knot, but due to time con­straints and the long dis­tance that sep­a­rates us from our fam­ily and friends back home, not to men­tion the lack of time to or­gan­ise a wed­ding, and the in­abil­ity to agree on where to ac­tu­ally hold the wed­ding, we de­cided to elope – right here in Sin­ga­pore.

We were think­ing it would be an easy and pain­less process but, well, it hasn’t been at all. First, you need to reg­is­ter on the Reg­istry of Mar­riages (ROM) web­site. For that you’ll need your credit card, your pass­ports and the pass­ports of your wit­nesses. Yes: you need two wit­nesses! This was a prob­lem as we didn’t want to tell any­one about the wed­ding; in the end, we asked two friends of ours who were also get­ting mar­ried later in the year and they agreed to step in.

Sec­ond, you need to choose a date – you can ei­ther re­quest a solem­ni­sa­tion in a place of your lik­ing (which makes it eas­ier to get the date you ac­tu­ally want) or you can get mar­ried at the ROM – but make sure you book well in ad­vance, as it seems like ev­ery­one is get­ting mar­ried in Sin­ga­pore these days!

Now that we had our date set, it was time to fo­cus on the dress. (Even though you’re elop­ing, it’s still your wed­ding day, so you want to look like a bride.) Find­ing the right dress in a store in Sin­ga­pore is close to im­pos­si­ble. Let’s just say that wed­ding dress fash­ion is waaaaaay more ex­trav­a­gant here than what I’ve seen at home. In the end, I gave up, and af­ter spend­ing a lot of time brows­ing on on­line store ASOS, I bought a dress that I re­ally liked.

So, I thought I was all set­tled. Then some­one rec­om­mended an­other web­site, Lu­lus, and I started brows­ing their dresses and found one I loved. To my great dis­ap­point­ment, though, the dress wasn’t avail­able in my size, so I kept check­ing the page on a reg­u­lar ba­sis un­til it be­came avail­able; then I bought it. And now I’m wait­ing to see if it will make it on time for the wed­ding – talk about stress! As for the hus­band-to-be, I’m afraid he will show up in swim­ming shorts and Hava­ianas, or go and buy a suit on the morn­ing of the wed­ding.

I still haven’t de­cided on hair – or makeup or shoes – and ev­ery time I try to find in­for­ma­tion on the var­i­ous “Sin­ga­pore bride” fo­rums, I feel like I need a Singlish dic­tio­nary to un­der­stand all the slang. (Maybe I should cre­ate an “Ex­pats elop­ing in Sin­ga­pore” fo­rum.) As for the flow­ers, the florist at the wet mar­ket wants $60 for a sim­ple bou­quet, so I watched a Youtube tu­to­rial and will do it my­self for $20.

There are only two things that we know for cer­tain about our big day; well, three ac­tu­ally – first, that we are spend­ing our wed­ding night at Raf­fles Ho­tel; sec­ond, that we are go­ing to Fiji for our hon­ey­moon; and third, that we love each other.

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