As a wedding coordinator in Rosette Designs & Co, I (that’s Winston) have to know the venue well and take note of every nook and cranny. While Hellen looks at the aesthetic and identify the areas to design and decorate, I often look at the logistics aspect of the wedding, namely fundamental issues like table setting plan, seating, program flow, electrical points for the equipment… blah blah blah…
Burkhill Hall is a fantastic venue for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it is an old-school colonial 2-storey bungalow. With the constant urbanization of our island-state, it gets harder to find venues that screams “vintage”. The condition of the bungalow is impeccable, with regular maintenance work done by the good folks from National Parks.
Another wonderful aspect of this venue is the vast greenery you can find around it. As Burkhill Hall is in the midst of the National Orchid Garden, you can really appreciate the different orchids and flowers planted throughout the place. As mentioned in the description in the Singapore Botanic Garden website: “Since 1859, orchids have been closely associated with the Singapore Botanic Gardens. The products of the Gardens’ orchid breeding programme, which began in 1928, deserve a place where they can be displayed in their full splendour. The very design of these orchids is, one could say, ‘hand-crafted’ by the Gardens’ horticultural staff, dedicated to bringing out the finest in any hybrid cross. Over 1000 species and 2,000 hybrids are now found in the Gardens’ collection, with about 600 species and hybrids on display. Every year, more vibrant and enduring hybrids are added on. So that all may admire and enjoy their diversity, richness and beauty, the National Orchid Garden now offers a permanent showcase, the largest display of tropical orchids in the world.”
The above pic shows the main gate on the first floor. For the wedding couple, this is the march-in point where the bride and her father (or sometimes the couple) emerge. The size of the gate is grand and not overly-big.
The above 2 pics shows the second floor of the colonial bungalow. It can hold 10 or more tables (of 10) comfortably, but more of that may be a slight issue. For smaller-scale weddings or a more intimate wedding, this is suitable for round and long table dining. The lack of in-house audio and visual equipment by the venue operator makes it necessary for the couple to engage an AV vendor for the task.
My most favorite part of Burkhill Hall is the front garden used for Holy Matrimony and Solemnization. The 2 pics above shows the before and after when you add in the tables and chairs. Additional decoration such as wedding archs can enhance the ambiance of the venue greatly.
All in all, Burkhill Hall is a venue Rosette Designs & Co like working at, and if you are interested or considering or have confirmed this venue for your wedding, do contact us and let us design your dream wedding! Below are 2 more pics on weddings we did there, you can find more of our work on our official Rosette Website or Facebook Page.