Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Actual Day Solemnisation - What and How

To Do
CHECK
(1) Be punctual, and arrive at the marriage venue at least 15 minutes before appointed time.

Solemnisation starts punctually as scheduled. If for any reason your solemnisation is delayed beyond 30 minutes without notice, your Solemniser may leave the marriage venue. Under such circumstances, you will need to e-Change a new solemnisation date. A fee is payable. If your new solemnisation date is after expiration of 3 months of notice filed, you will need to submit a new application, ie e-File a new notice of marriage

(2) Two witness must be present
Solemnisation duration averages five minutes. If your solemnisation is carried out at a religious venue, the ceremony may be longer, with religious rituals included

(3)You and your family accord your Solemniser the same courtesy as you would your specially invited guests

(4)You reimburse your Solemniser for transport costs incurred to officiate at your wedding. The reimbursement guideline is $28 to $48.

To Bring
CHECK
(1)Both your NRICs (Identity Cards) / Passports
(2)Two witnesses above 21 years of age and their NRICs (Identity Cards) / (3)Passports
(4)Appointment letter
(5)Rings for exchange

The soleminsation ceremony (ROM)
(1)Your solemniser will seek to confirm that you are about to enter into a marriage of your own free will
(2)You will take the solemn and binding marriage vows, and sign the marriage document
(3)Your witnesses will also be requested to sign the marriage document
(4) You will receive your marriage certificate

The Marriage Certificate
VERY IMPORTANT CHECK
Immediately, check your marriage certificate to ensure spelling of names and NRIC (Identity Card) / Passport numbers of all four persons are accurate before leaving the marriage venue.

Seek rectification the next working day if you are outside the ROM.

Contingencies
JUST IN CASE...SUPER TOUCH WOOD. Pui pui pui.

We have forgotten to bring the marriage documents to the wedding venue.
Plan A
If solemnisation can be delayed, inform your solemniser and send a friend or family member to collect from home.
Plan B
If solemnisation must proceed on time as planned:
a. Keep cool, inform your solemniser, send a friend or family member to collect from home.
Meanwhile;
b. Proceed with solemnisation and exchange of rings
c. Allow the rest of the programme to continue
d. When the marriage documents arrive, hand it over to your solemniser and secure signatures of parties

My solemniser gives short notice for inability to solemnise my marriage

1. Ask if he has arranged for an alternative solemniser and if so, the details such as name, contact no, arrival time, etc.
2. If he has NOT arranged for an alternative solemniser due to circumstances, ask for the name and contact of his buddy solemniser OR choose Option A or B

Option A
Keep cool and calm
a. Go to: www.rom.gov.sg , 'List of solemnisers' and invite a solemniser, preferably from your constituency near your solemnisation venue
b. Rally family members and friends to entertain your guests while waiting for the arrival of your alternative solemniser
c. Proceed with solemnisation upon arrival of the alternative solemniser

Option B
a. Rally your parents to preside over the celebrations (note the ceremony is not legal in nature)
b. Proceed with reciting a 'Declaration of Love and Commitment' http://www.rom.gov.sg/rom/reg_info/pdf/declaration_of_love_n_commitment.doc and exchanging of rings
c. Allow the rest of the programme to continue
Both of you, your 2 witnesses go to ROM the next working day. Bring along all NRICs/Passports and the marriage documents. ROM will prepare a new set of marriage certificates (complimentary) and will solemnise your marriage immediately.

My solemniser has not called, cannot be reached and solemnisation is due

Your solemniser may have encountered an emergency or unforeseen happening that prevented him from contacting you.

a. Rally your parents to preside over the celebrations (note the ceremony is not legal in nature)
b. Proceed with reciting a 'Declaration of Love and Commitment' http://www.rom.gov.sg/rom/reg_info/pdf/declaration_of_love_n_commitment.doc and exchanging of rings
c. Allow the rest of the programme to continue
d. Both of you, your 2 witnesses go to ROM the next working day. Bring along all NRICs/Passports and the marriage documents.

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