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Preparing for Marriage

The Ministry – through its network of partners – organises, supports and provides marriage education programmes to couples of various needs.


Overview of Marriage Preparation Programmes

Preparing for a wedding is merely the beginning of preparing for a marriage. As much as wedding preparations take time and effort, so does marriage. A good marriage needs a good foundation and it takes commitment, effort and skills. 

Marriage preparation programmes will help you understand issues relating to marriage and learn skills that help prepare for life together as husband and wife. 

Tips on selecting Marriage Preparation Programmes for you and your partner:

  • Shop Around. There are differences in the programmes offered. Do consider details such as duration of the programme, location, class size and cost.
  • Decide Together. Decide with your partner which programme is suitable and when would be a good time to attend.
  • Register directly with the service provider.

Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Programme (PREP)

Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Programme (PREP)
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PREP is an evidence-based marriage and relationship education programme offered by the Ministry. It is designed based on over 30 years of research in US that aims to help soon-to-wed and newly-wed couples to;

  • Improve communication and problem-solving skills
  • Attain higher relationship satisfaction; and
  • Develop better conflict resolution skills

Research has shown that couples who attended PREP have higher levels of positive communication and interaction and greater confidence in the future of their marriages.

‘Introduction to PREP’ Talk

The Ministry provides a 2-hour 'Introduction to PREP' talk for couples getting married at the Registry of Marriages (ROM). The talk shares skills on how couples can communicate better, manage expectations and build strong marriages. The 2-hour talk is free of charge and offered daily at ROM from Mondays to Fridays, from 12.15pm to 2.15pm. The talk is conducted in English and Mandarin (on Tuesdays only), with materials available in both languages.

Interested couples may sign up for the talk during the process of e-filing for their marriage. Couples will be assigned a class on the same day as their verification of documents and statutory declaration date.

PREP 12-hour Workshop

Couples can also sign up for the PREP 12-hour workshop. The workshop, conducted over 2 days (weekends), provides deeper coverage on a range of topics such as communication, conflict resolution and problem-solving. Couples also have opportunities during the workshop to reflect on their relationship and learn skills to enrich their marriage. Click here for more information on this evidence-based marriage programme.

The Ministry provides couples a S$140 rebate* upon completion of the PREP 12-hour workshop.  The PREP 12-hour workshop is offered by the following agencies:


  • Couples' Corner - A Service by Care Corner Counselling Centre
    Contact No : 6353 1180
    Email Address : ccc@carecorner.org.sg
  • Course Fee (before rebate): $420 per couple


  • Society of Sheng Hong Welfare Services
    Contact No : 6289 5022
    Email Address : prep@shenghong.org.sg
  • Course Fee (before rebate): $350 per couple

  • TOUCH Family Services Ltd
    Contact No : 6709 8400
    Email Address : familylife@touch.org.sg
  • Course Fee (before rebate): $420 per couple

  

*Rebate is applicable to all soon-to-wed and newly-wed couple(s) attending marriage preparation programme for the first time. Either one of the spouses must be a Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident.



Marriage Preparation Programmes in the Community

The Ministry also supports Marriage Preparation Programmes which are conducted by approved Voluntary Welfare Organisations. Sign up for a Marriage Preparation Programme today and enjoy a S$70 rebate* from the Ministry. View the list of MSF approved organisations here.

Sign up today to prepare for and build your Marriage of a Lifetime.

 *Rebate is applicable to all soon-to-wed and newly-wed couple(s) attending marriage preparation programme for the first time. Either one of the spouses must be a Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident.



Marriage Programmes for Singapore Citizen-Foreigner couples

Singapore Citizen (SC)-foreigner couples are encouraged to attend marriage programmes for SC-foreigner couples to start their marriage on a strong foundation. Some couples whose Long-Term Visit Pass (LTVP) applications are approved may be required to attend these programmes in order to complete formalities for LTVP. Couples are advised to attend the programmes early.

Benefits of programmes:
  • Help SC-foreigner couples address cross-cultural issues
  • Help the foreign spouses better adjust and integrate into society
  • Link couples to available community resources

 

Marriage Preparation Programme 

The Marriage Preparation Programme (MPP) for SC-Foreigner couples is attended before marriage and covers roles and expectations of the couple, communication, managing conflicts and in-law relationships within a cross-cultural context.

Civil marriages: The 2.5-hour MPP is held at the Registry of Marriages (ROM) on the day of document verification.

Note: Couples who marry overseas can attend a combined 8-hour Marriage Preparation and Support Programme (MPSP). 

Muslim marriages: The 2-day enhanced Cinta Abadi programme, "Cinta Abadi... Across Great Distances... Marriage of a Lifetime", is conducted by APKIM Resources.

Marriage Support Programme

The Marriage Support Programme (MSP) is attended by couples after marriage. It covers managing finances and helps to enhance the couple's understanding of cross-cultural issues. It also introduces the foreign spouse to useful terms and phrases for daily living and community resources. The 8-hour programme is conducted up to 4 times a week at different locations.

To ensure that couples’ specific needs are met, the following groups can attend their respective MPP followed by the MPSP:

Groups Couples to attend

Civil minor marriages:

  • Where at least one party is below 18 years old; or
  • Where at least one party is aged 18 years and above but below 21 years old
  • Mandatory Marriage Preparation Programme (please click here for more information) for civil minor marriages; and
  • MPSP
           

Muslim marriages, where at least one party is below 21 years old or the groom is 21 to 24 years old

  • MPP conducted by INSPIRASI Hubs (click here for more information); and
  • MPSP
Muslim re-marriages where either one or both parties have been previously married
  • MPP conducted by PPIS Vista Sakinah at 6891 3090 (click here for more information); and
  • MPSP

Programme Schedules

Sign-up details

Programme  How to sign up
Marriage Preparation Programme at ROM Sign up when e-filing for marriage
Enhanced Cinta Abadi programme Call APKIM Resources at 6295 1011
Marriage Preparation Programme conducted by INSPIRASI Hubs Call PPIS INSPIRASI at 6561 1049 or INSPIRASI@AMP at 6416 3960
Marriage Preparation Programme conducted by PPIS Vista Sakinah Call 6891 3090
Marriage Support Programme and Marriage Preparation and Support Programme Call Care Corner - Family Journey Programme at 6443 6424 or Fei Yue - Project Family at 9750 8810 or 6769 0430

Couples who are required to attend the programmes for the Completion of Formalities for ICA, please ensure that you sign up for the right programmes. 

For any further queries, please click here to email MSF.

Note: Completion of these programmes does not guarantee approval of LTVP application.

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Marriage Preparation Programmes for Muslim couples

Marriage is a life-long journey. It is important to build a strong and long-lasting marriage from the start.

Marriage preparation programmes are designed to address the needs of different types of marriages. The different programmes provide an effective platform for couples to gain information and tips to strengthen their marriage.

Programme for Couples who are Minors - INSPIRASI Hubs

With effect from 1 October 2018, couples who are minors, where at least one of them is below 21 years old, marrying under the Administration of Muslim Law Act (AMLA) have to complete a marriage preparation programme before they file for an application for marriage. They will also be required to obtain consent from their parents or guardian.

The marriage preparation programme is offered by INSPIRASI Hubs. Through the programme, couples who are minors, would be able to make informed decisions about the marriage and be better prepared for the next stage of their journey.

For more information on the amendments, please click here.

Programme for Young Couples

If either you or your partner is below 21 years old, find out more about what makes a successful marriage in Marriage Preparation Programme for Young Couples by INSPIRASI Hubs

Grooms aged 21 to 24 years old are also encouraged to attend the programmes with their partners.

Cinta Abadi…Marriage of a Lifetime for First Marriages

If you are entering marriage for the first time, begin your journey with Cinta Abadi Marriage Preparation Programme

Cinta Abadi caters to Muslim first marriages with grooms aged 25 years old and above. For more information, please click here.    

Remarriage Preparation Programme

Is this a remarriage for you or your partner? Learn how to make this marriage work and pick up tips on step-parenting and helping the children adjust to a new family in the Remarriage Preparation Programme.


Mandatory Marriage Preparation Programmes for Minors

To help minor couples better prepare for marriage, they are required to attend a marriage preparation programme before they can be issued with a marriage licence. This is in addition to obtaining parental consent. 

Effective for couples marrying on and after 1 October 2016, the above requirement will apply where one or both of the marrying parties are Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents; and

  • Where at least one party is below 18 years old; or
  • Where at least one party is aged 18 years and above but below 21 years old

Note: Age is at the day of solemnisation.

Minor couples are also required to attend a marriage preparation programme conducted by a MSF-approved organisation.

For marriages where one party is below 18 years old, couples must also undergo social assessment by MSF to assess their suitability for marriage before they are issued with a Special Marriage Licence.

You may download the list of MSF-approved organisations that provide marriage preparation programmes for couples aged 18 to below 21 years old here.

For more information, please click here to email MSF.


Premarital Counselling

Premarital counselling – often a part of marriage preparation programmes – helps couples to prepare for marriage, work through issues, resolve differences and determine if they are ready for marriage.

Couples can visit these organisations for premarital counselling services:

  • Secular organisations such as voluntary welfare organisations and private counselling centres;
  • Religious organisations such as churches, mosques and temples; and
  • Private Counsellors / family therapists

Couples can view the list of MSF-approved providers of marriage education and support programmes from the hyperlink here.

 
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Last Reviewed On Tue, Jul 3, 2018