Photos: Jean Danker/Instagram
Update (July 20): Jean confirmed with Toggle today that she will be tying the knot with Glenn on December 16. When asked about the venue, the bride-to-be stated that they hope to secure it tomorrow (July 21).
Over five years after Class 95FM DJ Jean Danker’s beau, fellow radio presenter Glenn Ong, first popped the question at her parents’ house in 2011, the couple is finally set to tie the knot at the end of the year. Glenn broke the news on his radio show this morning (Jul 19) by referring to Jean as his “wife-to-be”.
When we spoke to Jean in December 2014, she shared that she and her long-time fiance “maybe plan to get married” in 2015. However, the year came and went (she said work got in the way and they “forgot about it”), and now they’re looking at a mid-December date that’s “definitely before Christmas”.
In a phone interview with Jean, the 37-year-old told Toggle that “it felt like the right time” to say “I do” to Glenn, 45. “I think it would be sad if we never got married,” she said. “I had my reservations prior to this because I didn’t feel like I was ready to get married, but now the question is, why not? A lot of it is a feeling.”
The couple, who have been together for seven years, originally planned to tie the knot in 2012, but put things on hold due to the overwhelming pressure and attention, as well as the fact that Jean’s mother passed away not long after Glenn’s proposal.
“I wasn’t in the right frame of mind - how do you plan for what’s supposed to be the happiest day of your life, when you’re at your saddest? It was just too soon and I couldn’t,” she said. “The grief will always be there, but I’ve had time (to get better), and I know that my mum would want me to be happy, and to do things that would make me happy.”
So now that the big day is finally happening, how does the bride-to-be feel about it? “Very calm,” she said. “It feels very natural and without any pressure whatsoever, unlike a few years ago, and I’m glad I waited for me to come into this space where I’m ready and more prepared.”
Read on to find out more details about Jean and Glenn’s upcoming nuptials:
Toggle: Glenn first proposed to you five years ago - did he do it again recently?
Jean: No! I didn’t want him to propose again, that would be strange. (laughs) He’s always been ready (to get married) at any time. I was the one who who went “you know, baby, I think we should do it” (about two to three weeks ago) and he was like “finally”!
Have you decided on the date and location?
At the moment, we’re looking at the weekend of mid-December, but we can’t confirm yet because we’re waiting for the venue to get back to us, but definitely before Christmas. (For locations), we’re looking at a few options, such as Sentosa.
How’s the planning coming along?
We’re in the midst of talking to a wedding planner. I’m not a bridezilla - I just want everything to be presented to us and I go, “Okay, I like this.” Honestly, Glenn is more hands on than I am and is taking a more proactive role when it comes to the planning, while I’m just like “I’m going to find a gown and come in and take pretty pics!”
What kind of gown do you hope to wear on your big day?
Something that is relatively simple, stunning and reflective of my personality. I don’t think I’m too princessy and I don’t like fuss, so nothing too elaborate, no ball gowns and no trains because they bother me - everyone will be stepping on it and I’ll end up cutting it off halfway!
How many people do you plan to invite to your wedding?
My biggest concern is that it should be intimate and cosy even if it’s big in size. I hope to keep it to 20 tables, at most 25, depending on what the venue can fit.
What’s something about Glenn that made you decide that he is The One?
Obviously, in every relationship you go through ups and downs, but we’ve been been through them together, so I know he’s absolutely rock solid when it comes to this relationship. There’s something about this guy still believing in love even after two divorces [Ed’s note: Glenn was previously married to DJs Kate Reyes and Jamie Yeo], and still giving it his 100 percent. It’s so cliche but honestly, it’s not easy to come by, but I think I found it in him.
Speaking of Glenn’s divorces, have they ever bothered you as his current partner?
Not at all! I’m very open and I’m always joking about them, for example, I asked if he’s going to invite the same people he did for his last weddings. (laughs) You chalk that up as life experience, and if nothing else, he has learned from them about what to do and what not to do (in a marriage).
Did you ever consider eloping or just quietly registering your marriage?
I wanted to do that! But I guess when it comes to Asian weddings, you have to do something with your family. My dream was to have a really, really small destination wedding, such as with 50 people in Bali, but when we sat down to think about it, it’s not practical because you don’t want to inconvenience the people you really want to see.
Any plans for kids?
Gosh, it’s taken so long to finally get married, I think it might take a while for that step to even happen, but never say never. We’re not planning (for kids) but I’m definitely not looking that far ahead yet, I just want to get married first and see how that feels.
Will you take it easier at work after you get married?
Not at all. Nothing changes (at work) - it’ll be full-on hardcore and intense, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I didn’t get married in order to slow down, I’m definitely going to do the same things and more.