Short for Colonial Bar, this decidedly ulu venue will give your wedding portraits all kinds of authentic retro vibes – it was originally an old British army canteen in the 1950s. beyond its iconic wooden doors, you’ll find old school table and chairs as well as ceiling fans, as well as walls (actual wooden planks!) decorated with framed pictures.
Visit Cafe Colbar at 9A Whitchurch Rd, Singapore 138839, tel: 6779-4859
CHIN MEE CHIN CONFECTIONARY
This confectionary instantly transports one back to the 60s, though its beginnings can be traced back to 1925. With its marble tabletops, and retro mosiac tiles and metal cabinets house the various pastries on offer, it’s perfect for a laidback and fun shoot.
Don’t forget to give their renowned kaya toast and egg tarts a try (or incorporate them into your pictures)!
Visit Chin Mee Chin Confectionary at 204 East Coast Road, Singapore 428903.
The furniture here’s an eclectic mix of old barber chairs, old school coffee tables and metal tables. The walls are decked in framed pictures and posters, including those of the Beatles – how’s that for a step back in time.
Aside from the cafe, it’s known for its collection of vintage vehicles that are fabulous for photo ops as well. Its fleet, including Kombis (but of course) and other vintage rides, is available for hire for your wedding, too!
Visit Kombi Rocks at 66 Yio Chu Kang Road, tel: 6288-1206.
SUM YI TAI
It’s almost like you’ve stepped into Hong Kong in the 80s at this oriental-style establishment, which has three levels with various themes and is the perfect backdrop for decadent, glamorous gowns. On the first floor, you’ll be greeted by a majestic Chinese dragon sculpture as well as mural, as well as a wall of music CDs from the era.
The second storey’s draped in elegant hues and graceful Chinese paintings that’s also perfect for an intimate dinner reception. The rooftop bar offers views of the surrounding skyscrapers and city lights.
Sum Yi Tai is located at 25 Boon Tat Street, tel: 6221-3665. Visit www.sumyitai.com.
YET CON HAINANESE CHICKEN RICE
Yes we’re talking about a chicken rice stall for your wedding snaps. Having been around since the 1940s (it’s survived WWII!), this eatery dishes up succulent and flavourful chicken rice amidst a simple, old-fashioned setting that oozes plenty of old school charm. Think slim or short lace dresses and casual suits (or ditch the jacket for a shirt and pants combo) here.
Check out Yet Con Chicken Rice at 25 Purvis Street, Singapore 188602, tel: 6337-6819.