Peiying and I went to check out Mandai Orchid Garden and Beach Culture personally, but our research yielded other places in Singapore where one can hold outdoor weddings or solemnisations too.
For those who want beach weddings, Rasa Sentosa offers that option. It’s perhaps one of the pricier venues, but they throw in a free night’s stay and the menu looks really good. If you are planning for a small party, you might be out of luck with Rasa because they require a minimum of 80 pax (at least for this year). Nonetheless, Rasa Sentosa, being part of the Shangri-la group of hotels probably shouldn’t disappoint in terms of service and ambience.
For gardens and park settings, one can consider the Botanic Gardens, Bottle Tree Park or Sentosa itself. The Botanic Gardens grounds are generally free of charge, but you’ll have to check with them about that. I think certain areas are not. I didn’t go to Bottle Tree Park, but the imported Bottle Trees from Australia looks interesting. For those living in the North, this might be a good option, since the park is at Yishun. As for Sentosa, there are many venues on Sentosa to choose from, although I think the price might not come cheap.
If you want something more unique, consider either the Bird Park or the Zoo! The Bird Park has the world’s highest man-made waterfall (which looks pretty good in the pictures) and you can set a pair of lovebirds free after the solemnisation. I think it’s a pretty romantic idea.
Zoo Wedding setup
Of course, don’t expect the two places to come cheap though. For such setups, expect them to make you pay a premium for it.
The Singapore Art Museum (former SJI) technically isn’t an outdoor venue, but you usually have your reception in their courtyard, which is a pretty nice place. I quite like the colonial architecture of the place. The plus point is that it’s located in town, so it’s convenient for everyone. You can choose to either do the solemnisation in the Glass Hall or the auditorium upstairs (which was the chapel in the old days, so the inside reminds one of a church setting) before proceeding to the courtyard for the reception in the open-air courtyard.
As with all outdoor venues, make sure they have some wet-weather plans in place. Singapore’s weather can be unpredictable at times. And of course, don’t be afraid to negotiate for a better deal! If you can’t get a deal you want, there’s probably someplace else that will fit your budget. The fun in it all is to hunt for the place that suits you best in terms of everything! Of course, it can be pretty tiring to run to all these places. It might sometimes be easier to pay more for a wedding planner and have them do everything for you.