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Latest COVID-19 Guidelines (Phase III): What Wedding Couples Should Look Out For

Latest COVID-19 Guidelines (Phase III): What Wedding Couples Should Look Out For

Feb 3, 2021

With circuit breaker over, many couples are looking for suitable wedding venues and solemnization/ reception packages to celebrate their big day. Hear our experienced wedding planners answer top burning questions that couples have and what they should look out for when holding their solemnization in 2021 at a venue outside of the Registry of Marriage (ROM).

1. How many people can I invite to my solemnization?
2. Where can I hold my solemnization outside of ROM?
3. Can I remove my masks during the exchange of vows, to kiss and for photo-taking?
4. Can I engage vendors for my solemnization and are they part of the guest limit?
5. Can food be served at the ceremony?
6. Can I book a hotel room for a wedding suite?
7. Can I perform other cultural rites such as the tea ceremony during reception?
8. Do I need to conduct SafeEntry or temperature checks for my guests at the solemnization venue?
9. What are the safe management measures to follow?

1. How many people can I invite to my solemnization?

Its indeed a stressful task trying to trim the guest list and choosing who will be there on the big day. Here are some current government guidelines to aid you in your planning!

Solemnization
For solemnizations taking place at a residential venue, you may invite up to 10 persons (wedding couple included) or 8 additional visitors to any residents staying at the venue where the solemnization is held. This number excludes the solemnizer and vendors.

Looking to host your solemnization at external venues such as a hotel or church? You may invite up to 100 attendees, or the safe capacity of the venue – whichever is lower.


Perched atop the Iconic Glass Tower, the NOVA Room is dressed in floor-to-ceiling glass windows that offer panoramic views of the marina. This intimate and enchanting venue can accommodate up to 25 guests!

Reception
For receptions that are taking place in the same location right after the solemnization, both the solemnization and reception can host up to 100 guests, or lower based on the venue’s safe capacity.


The Constellation Ballrooms with a vast foyer that opens up to the marina presents the perfect choice for your reception. Richly decorated and conveniently located on the lobby level, the Constellation Ballrooms can hold up to 360 persons combined.

 

 

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2. Where can I hold my solemnization outside of ROM?

Outside of the ROM, you may hold your solemnization at venues permitted for use by third parties, subject to a limit of 100 persons or the safe capacity of the venue, whichever is lower. Drop an email or enquiry to your preferred venues to see if they are available!

Here at ONE°15 Marina, we specialize in beautiful, waterfront venues that are increasingly popular amongst couples looking to hold solemnizations at a unique venue. Check out our iconic NOVA Room, classy Bar Nebula and alfresco Rooftop Terrace. For an unforgettable experience of a lifetime for you and your guests, charter a yacht and say “I do” on the waters. Solemnizations can also take place on yachts with a maximum of 55 persons (subjected to the venue capacity of the yacht).

3. Can I remove my masks during the exchange of vows, to kiss and for photo-taking?

The answer is yes!

However, it is compulsory and essential that the wedding couple have their face masks/ shields worn at all times to minimize the risk of community transmission. Masks may be removed momentarily during:

  • Exchanging of vows and ring, kissing
  • Photo-taking *masks/ face shields must be put on immediately after photo-taking
  • During march-ins/ outs
  • Dining

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Another important thing to note, the wedding couple must also maintain a 2-metre distance from the rest of the guests whenever masks and face shields have been removed. All other guests must have their masks on throughout the solemnization/ reception.

4. Can I engage vendors for my solemnization and are they part of the guest limit?

Check that the vendor you wish to engage has obtained the necessary clearance to operate and they are compliant with prevailing national guidelines. Vendors include photographers, videographers and make-up artists.

Good news! Vendors do not count towards your guest list, so you can rest assured to only include the wedding couple and your guests. That said, it is still important that we keep the vendors to a minimum to reduce physical contact among guests and to practice safe distancing.

This exclusion also applies for the Licensed Solemnizer and the interpreter (if any).

5. Can food be served at the ceremony?

Food and beverages are currently not allowed to be served during and after solemnization ceremonies. Guests are also not allowed to dine at the Club’s restaurants afterwards. If you wish to have a meal with your loved ones after the solemnization ceremony, choose a venue with F&B outlets in its establishment or in the vicinity.

On the other hand, food and beverages are allowed to be served during reception. Guests are to be served seated at their tables, where food lines are strictly not allowed. This is to ensure that there are no intermingling and overcrowding amongst different groups of guests.

Shared platters and dishes are also not allowed, but organizers may offer individually plated or packaged food.

Interested to find out more about the reception menus available at ONE°15 Marina? Check out our menus here.

6. Can I book a hotel room for our wedding suite?

Yes you can! Check that your solemnisation venue has its accommodation approved by the local authorities to reopen.

We are delighted that ONE°15 Marina is one of the first hotels in Singapore to reopen for leisure! The Club has implemented stringent safe management measures and in addition to SG Clean requirements, additional cleaning efforts and new services are introduced to ensure a safe and clean environment for our Members and guests.

ONE°15 Marina is also Singapore’s first and only hotel to have coated our hotel rooms, facilities and high-touch areas with sdpro — a high performance self-disinfecting coating that lasts up to 180 days with a single electrostatic spray application.

Another good news to share, you can also choose to utilize your Singaporediscovers Vouchers (SRV) for the wedding suites by booking on SRV-approved agents such as, GlobalTixTrip.com, Klook and Traveloka

Interested in booking a wedding suite? Let our wedding specialists know and they will be able to assist.

7. Can I perform other cultural rites such as the tea ceremony during reception?

Yes you can! Safe management measures apply the same for this such as no intermingling is allowed between the designated core group and other groups of guests.

For example, the tea ceremony can be held amongst the designated core group of 20 guests as part of the reception, with safe management measures practiced and adhered to. (see point 9)

8. Do I need to conduct SafeEntry or temperature checks for my guests at the solemnization venue?

Yes, it is mandatory to have your guests check in and out via SafeEntry and have their temperatures taken to be sure that they are well before they enter the ceremonial venue. The good news is that you can let the solemnization venue take care of this if they already have SafeEntry and temperature systems in place.

If not, you will need to conduct SafeEntry and temperature taking for your guests.

ONE°15 Marina has been certified SG Clean and is compliant with all government-mandated safe management measures. All guests and vendors will be required to check-in via SafeEntry and temperatures will be taken when they enter the Club. Hence, couples will not need to make any extra arrangement when holding your solemnization at ONE°15 Marina.

In addition, our wedding planner will help to ensure that the set up for your solemnization is compliant with safe distancing measures. Hand sanitizers will also be provided on-site so that it’s easy for everyone to ensure clean hands and good personal hygiene.

9. What are the safe management measures to follow?

We understand how overwhelming it can be to note all the safe management measures, so we have summarized and compiled them all in a list for you!

Safe Distancing

  • For solemnizations with more than 20 guests, guests must be split into a designated core group comprising up to 20 guests (including the bride and groom, and the 2 witnesses), and groups of up to 5 people for the remaining guests.
  • At least 1-metre safe distancing must be maintained at all times between groups, including the designated core group.
  • For solemnizations between 50 to 100 guests, they must be split into multiple zones of up to 5 guests per zone. All guests, including the ones in the designated core group must be assigned to one zone only and are not allowed to enter other zones. Guests are strictly not allowed to intermingle with other zones.
  • The wedding couple will be the only exception where they may enter an unassigned zone briefly for photo-taking.
  • In the event where the wedding couple removes their face masks/ shields (see point 3 above), they must maintain a 2-metre distance from the guests.
  • There must be fixed seating for all attendees. Pre-wedding receptions, freestanding activities (e.g photobooths) and interactions such as drinks receptions are not permitted. Guests are also to be served seated at their tables as queuing at the food lines are not allowed.

Mask Up and Keep Your Volume Down

  • Masks must be worn at all times for the wedding couple, guests and external vendors such as the event emcee, host or Solemnizer. Masks may only be removed briefly for photo-taking or during dining. Masks must be put on immediately after.
  • Event emcees and persons making speeches on stage must wear face masks/ shields when speaking on stage. They must also maintain at least 1m distance from all other guests.
  • No live singing, cheering, loud toasting or shouting are allowed during the reception.

Temperature Screening and SafeEntry

  • All guests must take their temperature, check in and out via SafeEntry before entering and leaving the premises. TraceTogether app must also be downloaded and activated during the ceremony.

We hope this article has been useful in answering all your burning questions!

References
Registry of Marriage
Ministry of Health COVID-19 Guidelines and Updates 

The current guidelines are for Phase 2 of the re-opening, with effect from 19 June 2020. The guidelines may change, depending on how the COVID-19 situation evolves.