Saying 'I do' after 10 years

Saying 'I do' after 10 years

This Friday, bridal boutique owner Renee Leung and Mr John Leung, a vice-president of sales at an Internet software firm, will say: "We do."

The affair is a grand one with some 300 guests at Capella Singapore. The bride has four, and the groom three, outfits for the Great Gatsby-themed celebration. They will say their self-penned vows and exchange rings and rev into the ballroom for dinner on his Harley-Davidson.

One of the highlights is a song-anddance performed by their daughter Calista and her friends. Yes, their daughter.

The eight-year-old girl, who was born two years after they got married 10 years ago, says: "It's going to be very exciting because it's like I'm going back in time to see my parents get married."

Rather than wait for their 25th or 50th wedding anniversaries - the traditional big silver and gold milestones - Mr and Mrs Leung and some other couples SundayLife! talked to are opting to mark their 10th year together, complete with vow renewals.

Says Mr Leung, 45: "You tend to take for granted what you promised each other 10 years ago. Saying the vows again reaffirms and reminds you of the significance of your promises to each other."

Mrs Leung, 39, adds: "My husband and I do fight. But saying the vows we made on our wedding day reminds us of how happy we can be. Besides, we love a good party."

The couple, who also have a younger daughter, Nicolette, four, live in an apartment in Indus Road.

Their wedding was just as grand. It was in English style, for her Manchester-born husband, and guests attended in formal gowns, suits and hats. Will they mark 25 years in a big way too?

Mrs Leung says: "Yes, we love seeing people happy and enjoy the wow factor."

Given the high divorce rates here in recent years, married couples say that lasting a decade is an achievement.

The Statistics On Marriages And Divorces showed that the number of divorces and annulments fell by 4.8 per cent to 7,241 last year, the first drop in seven years.

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