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How to book a Justice of the Peace for your wedding in Singapore

A good (or not-so-good) officiant can make all the difference to your ceremony. Here, a quick guide to securing a Justice of the Peace for your wedding.
 

jaynevern5.jpgImage: Jayne & Vernon's wedding at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

Do your research
If you’re holding the ceremony at the Registry of Marriages building, you won’t need to book a Justice of the Peace (JP), as one will be provided during that day. But if you’re holding it at a venue of your choice, you’ll need to find one on your own.

You can choose from the list provided by the Registry of Marriages website, or do a quick search on popular JPs in Singapore (you will be able to find many articles and forums with a list).

Find one who will be able to fulfil your requirements. You can also ask friends and relatives who have tied the knot recently if they have any good JPs to recommend.

We'd recommend you to secure your JP at least 6 to 9 months before your actual day as they can get booked up pretty fast. 

See also: 12 MONTHS TO GO! YOUR ESSENTIAL WEDDING PLANNING CHECKLIST

Arrange a meeting
Once you’ve confirmed your officiant or JP, arrange to meet him or her, so he or she can sign the Solemniser Consent Form (which can be downloaded at www.rom.gov.sg).

You should also use this opportunity to get his or her buddy’s contact (it’s important in case he or she is late or is a no-show on the day of), familiarize yourself with him or her and vice versa.

This is also a good time to find out more about the things you need, in case you don’t get to meet him or her again.

Plan B
If, in the event, your JP is unable to make it, contact his or her buddy, or try and find a solemniser from ROM’s list, and see if one of them is able to make it at the last minute.

If not, just make your way to the ROM with your marriage documents and two witnesses the next working day, and they will help with the proceedings.

See also: 2018'S ANGPOW RATES FOR HOTEL AND BANQUET WEDDINGS!

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