Eurasian Weddings

Category: Social Practices, Rituals and Festive Events

Many Singapore Eurasians are Catholics, and the wedding rites for Eurasian couples are performed by the church. Eurasian weddings are usually held on Saturday to fit the schedule of the Catholic church. “Banns” (wedding announcements) are traditionally read at Sunday Mass, three weeks before the wedding, and wedding preparations start about six months in advance at the bride’s house where the reception will be held.

Stamp featuring traditional Eurasian wedding costumesStamp featuring traditional Eurasian wedding costumes. Source:

Until about the 1950s, Eurasian wedding receptions were always held at the bride’s family home. Since then, community halls have become increasingly popular as venues for larger weddings.

Preparation for the wedding reception includes making foods like curry puffs, sausage rolls, cream puffs, sambal (spicy paste), ham sandwiches and sugee cakes (made of mix of semolina, flour and ground almonds). In the past, wedding cakes were usually ordered from bakeries like Cona’s, G H Café or Victoria Confectionery, which were famous for their sugee wedding cakes.

During the reception, the jinkli nona, a Portuguese Eurasian folksong, is played for everyone to dance to. There will be speeches and toasts, and similar to European weddings, it is common for the newlyweds’ car to be decorated with “Just Married” signs and have cans and bottles tied to the bumper.

In the past, the most popular photography studios for Eurasian newlyweds used to be Delux or Raffles Photography. Today, just like other communities in Singapore, Eurasians go to different photography studios to have their wedding photographs taken. 

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