Singapore

Wedding Venues in Singapore 2018/2019

August 26, 2018

* Lengthy post ahead

Finally getting down to share about the hotels the Husband and I viewed for our upcoming Chinese wedding banquet!

Earlier this year (sometime in late-January / early-February, right before Chinese New Year), the Husband and I started to source for potential places where we could host our Chinese wedding banquet. We had previously held our ROM at Tong Le Private Dining and back then, it was an intimate ceremony with just our immediate families. This time around, we were looking at a slightly bigger scale wedding banquet for families, relatives and friends.

My mother in law (MIL) had already gone to visit some master to calculate the auspicious date for us to hold our banquet. We were given two dates to choose from; it was either a Friday or a Sunday. Based on the person calculation, Friday is 大吉, whereas Sunday is 吉.

It was easy for us to pick Friday over Sunday. Aside from being 大吉, we figured it would be a better choice to choose Friday since not everyone had work or school on Saturday, but most would have to work or go to school on Monday. Also, we originally thought that perhaps the price per table would be lower if we chose Friday. However, we later found out that for most hotels, Friday is considered as a weekend and in some cases, Sunday may turn out to be more affordable to host banquet as compared to Friday.

At that point in time, even though we prefer Friday over Sunday, we decided to keep an open mind with either date as we didn’t want to restrict ourselves to just one date. The truth is, it also depends on the hotel’s availability for both dates so we didn’t want to insist on hosting our banquet on Friday in case the hotel we prefer is not available on Friday, then at least we could still consider to host it on Sunday. I guess the bottom line is we want to give ourselves more flexibility when it comes to the date.

Unlike our solemnisation where we specifically chose it to fall on our dating anniversary, we weren’t that particular with the date of the wedding banquet.

Still, we agreed that our top preference would be Friday dinner, followed by Sunday lunch and Sunday dinner. Once we decided on that, the Husband began to send out emails to various hotels to fix for an appointment for viewing. In the email, it’s crucial to include the date(s) of the wedding and the number of guests we are expecting to have. For our case, we were looking at somewhere between 200 – 250 guests.

I’m thankful that the Husband took up that responsibility in liaising with the various hotels while all I had to do was to turn up for the appointment. Within the period from end-January to early-February, we visited a total of 16 hotels. I’m not sure how many venues do couples visit before they come to a decision, but I thought it seems a little overwhelming to visit so many places in such a short span of time?

Looking back at it now, I’m glad we did that. This was a once in a lifetime experience, and I’m happy that we did that together – Going to hotels after hotels and discuss what we like/dislike about the venue. The highest number of sites we visited on a day was five hotels.

Wedding Venues in Singapore 2018/2019 | joanne-khoo.com

23 January 2018 – The day we visited the first venue.

Novotel Singapore on Stevens

Located about 3 minutes from Orchard Road, Novotel Singapore on Stevens was a relatively new hotel.

Our meeting with the wedding coordinator was a short one that took around 30 – 45 minutes? However, within that short amount of time, she brought us to the ballroom, the Bridal Suite and the Superior Room (meant for the wedding helpers). She was one of the few that actually showed us the Bridal Suite. Most hotels or wedding coordinator we met with don’t seem to do that. There was one we asked, but he/she told us the room wasn’t available for viewing. Thereafter, we simply stopped asking because we realised it was not one of our main concern whether we like/dislike the room.

Wedding | Novotel Singapore on Stevens | joanne-khoo.com
Wedding | Novotel Singapore on Stevens - Milkyway (Foyer) | joanne-khoo.com
Wedding | Novotel Singapore on Stevens - Milkyway (Foyer) | joanne-khoo.com

Milkyway (Foyer)  / Reception. I really love the way it looks.

On the left is the entrance to the Polaris Ballroom and on the right are the Meeting Rooms that can be used to host the tea ceremony.

Wedding | Novotel Singapore on Stevens - Polaris Ballroom | joanne-khoo.com
Wedding | Novotel Singapore on Stevens - Polaris Ballroom | joanne-khoo.com
Wedding | Novotel Singapore on Stevens - Polaris Ballroom | joanne-khoo.com
Wedding | Novotel Singapore on Stevens - Polaris Ballroom | joanne-khoo.com

The ballroom is made up of Polaris I, Polaris II and Polaris III. On the day of our visit, the partition was up, so we didn’t get a full unblocked view of the three ballrooms. There were only two pillars located at the back, near the entrances. As such, guests would not be blocked by the pillars.

At the front of the ballroom were three screens and a stage that measures 18ft by 8ft by 2ft.

Wedding | Novotel Singapore on Stevens - Bridal Suite | joanne-khoo.com
Wedding | Novotel Singapore on Stevens - Bridal Suite | joanne-khoo.com
Wedding | Novotel Singapore on Stevens - Bridal Suite | joanne-khoo.com

Bridal Suite

Wedding | Novotel Singapore on Stevens - Superior Room (Helper's Room) | joanne-khoo.com
Wedding | Novotel Singapore on Stevens - Superior Room (Helper's Room) | joanne-khoo.com

Superior Room (Helper’s Room)

Novotel Singapore on Stevens - Restaurant | joanne-khoo.com
Novotel Singapore on Stevens - Restaurant | joanne-khoo.com
Novotel Singapore on Stevens - Restaurant | joanne-khoo.com

Aside from viewing the ballroom, the Bridal Suite and the Superior Room, we also took a quick look at the Restaurant, before heading back to the lobby to discuss the wedding package.

She told us that the two wedding dates we were looking for were unfortunately on the waitlist. If we do decide to host our wedding with them, they will give the other couple seven days to determine if they would like to book. If they decided to go ahead with their booking, she would then have to turn away our booking.

Some thoughts after viewing the venue:

  • Ballroom runway from the entrance to the stage is too short. (If we chose to enter by Polaris II and do a straight march-in.) We counted, and it only took 19 steps from the door to reach the stage. My concern is it won’t give the photographer enough room/space to take photos of us walking down the aisle.
  • The ballroom is located next to the meeting rooms, separated by the Milkyway Foyer. If someone booked the meeting room on the day of our wedding, we would have to share the same reception area.
  • Bridal Suite is unbelievably small (in my opinion). The Husband didn’t seem to mind. Back when my sister held her wedding at the Traders Hotel (the current Hotel Jen Tanglin), her Bridal Suite was huge!
  • Location of the hotel is not the most convenient. The nearest MRT station is Steven (Downtown Line). And from there, guest will have to take a bus (two bus stops) to get to the hotel. Four buses go to the hotel. With our guests in mind, especially for those who don’t drive, we think that having a venue that is easily accessible via public transport is important.

There are, however, certain things I like about the hotel. Such as:

  • It’s a new hotel. The hotel was only 3-months old back when we visited in January 2018. For those who didn’t want to host their wedding at the same place as their friends/relative, choosing to host at a new hotel could be the way to go.
  • I love the look and size of the Milkyway Foyer/reception area.
  • No blocking pillars in the ballroom. There are only two pillars in the ballroom, and both are located at the back (near to the entrance).
  • Additional perks: Free flow of beer (instead of 2 barrels), 2-night stay at the Bridal Suite (instead of 1 night) and 1-night stay with complimentary breakfast for two for the helper’s room (instead of checking in at 14:00 and checking out on the same day at 20:00).

Price SGD1,088++ per table for Lunch and Monday to Friday Dinner, SGD1,388++ for Saturday, Sunday, Eve and Public Holiday Dinner.

(Price stated above is for September 2018 – May 2019 wedding.)

Payment Terms The first deposit is SGD5,000, followed by a payment of 50% payable 1-month prior to the event’s date. The balance 50% to be paid upon check-out.

The Minimum Number of Tables is 25 whereby the ideal size is between 25 to 28 tables. If we happened to have less than 25 tables (i.e. 20 or 22), the wedding coordinator can help us to seek approval from the management.

Address: Orchard District, 28 Stevens Road, #01-01, Singapore 257878
Contact: +65 6491 6105 or email h9543-sc3@accor.com
Website: https://goo.gl/Bs5Zvd
Chinese Wedding Package: view


24 January 2018

Visited three hotels that day – Goodwood Park Hotel Singapore, Sofitel Singapore City Centre and Mandarin Oriental.

Goodwood Park Hotel Singapore

Located near to Far East Plaza, the location is considered fairly accessible since it is within the vicinity of Orchard.

We were shown two of the ballrooms – the Windsor Ballroom and Tudor Ballroom.

Wedding | Goodwood Park Hotel Singapore - Windsor Ballroom | joanne-khoo.com
Wedding | Goodwood Park Hotel Singapore - Windsor Ballroom | joanne-khoo.com
Wedding | Goodwood Park Hotel Singapore - Windsor Ballroom | joanne-khoo.com
Wedding | Goodwood Park Hotel Singapore - Windsor Ballroom | joanne-khoo.com

Located on the second level of the hotel, Windsor Ballroom is the bigger ballroom between the two. That was also the first ballroom we went. While we were walking towards Windsor Ballroom, we actually past by a guest wearing the hotel robe walking into the corridor near to the ballroom. Upon checking with the wedding coordinator, we learnt that they have rooms on that level and I believe there’s also where the Bridal Suite was located. Our concern is it would be fairly awkward when guests are mingling outside the ballroom, and there is hotel guest walking by in their hotel robe.

The ballroom is octagonal-shaped with mirrored wall panels and a high coffered ceiling. The moment I stepped inside, I was overwhelmed by the amount of space. I thought the ballroom might look too big for 25 tables; which was roughly the number of tables we intend to go for our wedding. Apparently, the ballroom can fit up to a maximum of 38 tables.

While the mirror panels do help to reflect light and give the illusion of more space and guests, I feel that it also makes the place look cluttered.

After viewing the Windsor Ballroom, we then proceed to view the Tudor Ballroom located on level 1.

Wedding | Goodwood Park Hotel Singapore - Tudor Ballroom | joanne-khoo.com
Wedding | Goodwood Park Hotel Singapore - Tudor Ballroom | joanne-khoo.com

Personally, I think that the Tudor Ballroom is great for an intimate wedding of 15 or 18 tables. (The maximum number of tables for Tudor Ballroom is 22 tables.) I love that the two corridors at the side are lined with windows, and it would look perfect for a wedding lunch. However, the Husband didn’t fancy the size nor the stage.

The coordinator did mention that we either like or don’t like Tudor Ballroom. There is hardly any in-between.

After having a look at both the ballrooms, we were then brought to the Bridal Consultation Room to discuss the wedding packages. Over there, we also got to view the colours of the tablecloths, invitation cards, wedding favours, etc.

Wedding | Goodwood Park Hotel Singapore - Bridal Consultation Room | joanne-khoo.com
Wedding | Goodwood Park Hotel Singapore - Bridal Consultation Room | joanne-khoo.com
Wedding | Goodwood Park Hotel Singapore - Bridal Consultation Room | joanne-khoo.com

Price Price at SGD1,288++ per table for Lunch and Monday to Thursday Dinner, SGD1,518++ for Friday and Sunday Dinner, and SGD1,568++ for Saturday, Eve and Public Holiday.

(Price stated is for October 2017 – September 2018 wedding.)

Payment Terms Goodwood Park Hotel Singapore is probably one of the hotels that demand the highest amount on deposit. The first deposit is 25% upon the signing of confirmation letter and the second deposit is 50%, required 2-month before the event’s date. A pre-authorisation form of the balance full payment is required upon check-in via credit card.

I did a quick calculation and the amount easily comes up to SGD11,000 for the first deposit (based on 25 tables).

The Minimum Number of Tables for Windsor Ballroom is 25 tables and 38 tables maximum, whereas for Tudor Ballroom the minimum is 18 tables and 22 tables maximum (without dance floor and buffet lines).

Overall, I don’t find myself leaning to Goodwood Park Hotel Singapore. The only thing I love is probably the exterior look of the building. It’s after all an iconic heritage hotel in Singapore. But aside from that, there is nothing in particular that stood out to me.

They are very well known for their food (from the award-winning Min Jiang Restaurant), so I guess that is great for those that place a high emphasis on food. Also, I learnt that they have one of the biggest room along Orchard Road so imagine how impressive the Bridal Suite can be.

Address: 22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221
Contact: +65 6737 7411 or email enquiries@goodwoodparkhotel.com
Website: https://goo.gl/kbGg5z
Wedding Package 2017 – 2018: view
Wedding Package 2018 – 2019: view

Sofitel Singapore City Centre

The second hotel we viewed that afternoon was Sofitel Singapore City Centre. We went there right after visiting Goodwood Park Hotel Singapore and was approximately half an hour late for our appointment.

Met up with the manager, Michelle and she gave us a tour of the Wallich Ballroom on level 5. Their check-in counter and ballroom are located at level 5, while rooms are from level 6 and up.

Wedding | Sofitel Singapore City Centre - Wallich Ballroom Wedding Reception | joanne-khoo.com
Wedding | Sofitel Singapore City Centre - Wallich Ballroom Wedding Reception | joanne-khoo.com

Starting with the reception area. I like how the reception area is enclosed and away from the hotel’s lobby; giving the couple the option of a more private setting. It has doors on both sides and you can choose to either open up one or two doors.

Outside those doors are two lifts that link directly to the MRT Station and carpark (level 2). Very convenient for those driving or wanting to take the MRT home after the banquet.

The entire area is pretty spacious which is certainly a plus point for those wanting to set up photo booths or tables for wedding albums, decor, etc.

Wedding | Sofitel Singapore City Centre - Wedding Reception | joanne-khoo.com
Sofitel Singapore City Centre | joanne-khoo.com

Aside from the enclosed area, there is also another area outside where guest can sit and mingle. The doors you see there house their meeting rooms. If no one booked the meeting rooms, there will literally be no one walking pass this area. So in a way, there is even more privacy for the couple and their guests.

Sofitel Singapore City Centre - Meeting Room | joanne-khoo.com

The hotel is also able to provide a room (one of their smaller meeting rooms) for us if we wanted to do our tea ceremony before the banquet.

Wedding | Sofitel Singapore City Centre - Wallich Ballroom | joanne-khoo.com
Wedding | Sofitel Singapore City Centre - Wallich Ballroom | joanne-khoo.com
Wedding | Sofitel Singapore City Centre - Wallich Ballroom | joanne-khoo.com
Wedding | Sofitel Singapore City Centre - Wallich Ballroom | joanne-khoo.com

Moving on to the ballroom. The ballroom is of a square shape; but unfortunately, the partition was up when we were there.

There are two projectors situated at the front (next to the stage), and one humongous projector at the left side of the ballroom. The Husband was pretty much sold upon seeing the gigantic projector, whereas I really like the idea of having a Private Bridal Changing Room right next to the ballroom. The room can be easily entered via a door on the right side of the ballroom and is meant for the bride to change and freshen up for the second march-in. There is basically no need to rush up to the Bridal Suite to get change and come down again for the second march-in.

Overall, we really like Sofitel Singapore City Centre.

  • New hotel – opened in October 2017.
  • The location of the hotel is excellent, with the nearest lift going directly down to Tanjong Pagar MRT Station (East-West Line).
  • The ballroom/reception area offers a level of privacy/intimacy, away from the hotel’s staying guests.

However, Sofitel Singapore City Centre is one of the most expensive hotels that we viewed, with the lowest price at SGD1,688++ per table for an 8-course Chinese dinner. They have three packages available, with The Splendeur Wedding being the more affordable option out of the three. Price appears to be the same across all days. However, the perks vary depending on the package you sign and the number of tables.

Price
The Splendeur Wedding – SGD1,688++ per table.
The Grandeur Wedding – SGD1,788++ per table.
The Indulgence Wedding – SGD1,988++ per table.

Above price is for an 8-course Chinese Dinner set. Other options includea 7-course Chinese Lunch set, 4-course Western Lunch and Dinner set. Price varies.

(Price stated above is for wedding held by 31 December 2019.)

Address: 9 Wallich Street, Singapore 078885
Contact: +65 6428 5047 or email michelle.soon@sofitel.com
Website: https://goo.gl/LJyKdZ

Mandarin Oriental

The third hotel we viewed that day was Mandarin Oriental, located next to Marina Square. The manager that attended to us was Jeline. After meeting up with her in the lobby, she brought us to view the two ballrooms located on level 1.

Wedding | Mandarin Oriental - Atrium Suites | joanne-khoo.com
Wedding | Mandarin Oriental - Atrium Suites | joanne-khoo.com

We first went to view the Atrium Suites, followed by taking a peek at the Oriental Ballroom. Unfortunately, the Oriental Ballroom was occupied for an event on the day we visited, hence we could only open the door and had a quick peek. However, we did roughly have an idea of how the ballroom looks like. You can view the floorplan here.

After viewing the ballroom, we then followed Jeline up to the Bridal Salon to discuss on the wedding package. She was very patient to go through with us how the pricing works (e.g. if we have guests that require halal or vegetarian food), as well as going through with us the perks.

Here are some of the things that stood out to me after our viewing and discussion:

  • Noisy and dim reception area. Due to the close proximity to the lobby, the foyer/reception area outside the ballroom can get a little loud and busy. We also realised the area around the reception area was quite dim/poorly lit.
  • Higher price for Premium Dates. Apparently, some dates are considered premium and will cost more if you choose to host your event on those dates.
  • With a booking of 35 tables and above, enjoy one Delightful Treats for your guests during the pre-dinner reception. Choose from Macaron Garden, Strawberry Fondue, Candy Bar, Salsa Bar, Hors d’oeuvres for your cocktail reception. Even though this does not apply to us (since we only have 25 tables maximum), I thought that was nice since most hotel only provide canapés for pre-dinner reception.
  • 9-course Chinese cuisine. Most places offer 8-course.
  • Additional perks: Free flow of house pour beer and one complimentary bottle of house wine per confirmed table (instead of 1 barrels of house pour beer or 1 bottle of house wine per confirmed table), waiver of the corkage fee, complimentary 10 trays of canapés, additional night stay in Bridal Suite, parking passes for up to 30% (instead of 20%) of final attendance + three VIP valet parking.

Price SGD1,288++ per table for Monday to Thursday Dinner, SGD1,538++ for Friday, SGD1,568++ for Sunday and Eve of Public Holiday, SGD1,648++ for Saturday and Public Holiday, and SGD1,698++ for Premium Dates.

(Price stated is for 2018 wedding.)

The Minimum Number of Tables is 15 tables for the Atrium Suites, 30 tables for Monday to Thursday Dinner and 35 tables for Friday to Sunday, including Eve and Public Holidays at the Oriental Ballroom. Jeline was able to lower the minimum table count to 30 tables for us for Friday Dinner. However, it was still too much for us as we were looking at a maximum of 25 tables.

Overall, Mandarin Oriental wasn’t at the top of our list, though I knew it’s a very popular choice among couples for a wedding.

Address: 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Singapore 039797
Contact: +65 6885 3488 or email mosin-weddings@mohg.com
Website: https://goo.gl/3N7PAx
Chinese Set Dinner Package 2018: view
Chinese Set Dinner Package 2019: view


25 January 2018

The Westin

The fifth hotel we visited was The Westin. The Husband and I had been to The Westin in the past for their dinner buffet, but we have never once stepped foot into their ballroom.

The ballroom was located on level 3 and the level also houses Meeting Room 1 to 5. The foyer/reception area was massive.

Wedding | The Westin Singapore - Ballroom | joanne-khoo.com
Wedding | The Westin Singapore - Ballroom | joanne-khoo.com
Wedding | The Westin Singapore - Ballroom | joanne-khoo.com
Wedding | The Westin Singapore - Ballroom | joanne-khoo.com

Upon stepping into the ballroom, my first thought was that it didn’t look as new as I was hoping for. In comparison to their beautiful hotel lobby on level 32, the ballroom appears lacklustre.

Personally, I’m not a fan of the flower panels they used at both ends of the ballroom. March-in had to be done via L-shape.

Price SGD1,488++ per table for Monday to Thursday 8-course Chinese Set Dinner, SGD1,588++ for Friday, Sunday and Public Holiday, and SGD1,688++ for Saturday and Eve of Public Holiday.

(Price stated is for 2018 wedding.)

The Minimum Number of Tables is 20 tables for Dinner on Monday to Thursday and 25 tables for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Eve and Public Holiday. With 25 tables and above, the couple can choose to enjoy 2 additional “experience” for their wedding.

  • One complimentary bottle of house wine per guaranteed table or one 30 litre barrel of beer.
  • Butler-passed canapés & SuperFoodsRX Elixir served during cocktail reception (an hour).
  • One-night stay in a Deluxe Room for wedding helpers. Applicable for up to 3 persons for an overnight stay.
  • Thank you lunch for your wedding helpers/family/friends for a maximum of 8 guests.
  • A two-hour Heavenly Moments Ritual for two at the Heavenly Spa by Westin.
  • One-night wedding anniversary stay in a Deluxe Room, inclusive of buffet dinner for two at The Westin’s Seasonal Taste restaurant.

Overall, I’m not really impressed by the hotel and the wedding package. While I prefer to have some privacy for my guests during the pre-dinner reception, the Husband pointed out a good point – He mentioned that the place might appear too quiet/empty since the (entire) level is allocated for the wedding. It gets better when more guests arrive, but imagine if you’re one of the first few that arrive.

Address: 12 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 2, Singapore 018961
Contact: +65 6922 6888 or email westin.singapore@westin.com
Website: https://goo.gl/HsxT3X
Wedding Dinner Package 2018: view
Wedding Dinner Package 2019: view


30 January 2018

The day we visited St Regis Singapore and Carlton Hotel Singapore.

St Regis Singapore

There is a total of 6 event rooms available at St Regis Singapore; out of which 5 rooms are located on level 1 while the bigger John Jacob Ballroom is on level 1U.

Wedding | St Regis Singapore - Wedding Reception | joanne-khoo.com

Foyer meant for the set up of the reception table.

Wedding | St Regis Singapore - Wedding Reception | joanne-khoo.com

I love how grand and morden the entire place look. The staircase and massive chandelier were beautiful!

Wedding | St Regis Singapore - Wedding Reception | joanne-khoo.com

Opposite to the foyer is two doors that open to a pre-event area that will be used for cocktail reception.

Wedding | St Regis Singapore - Wedding Reception | joanne-khoo.com

Door leading to the ballroom.

Wedding | St Regis Singapore - Ballroom | joanne-khoo.com
Wedding | St Regis Singapore - Ballroom | joanne-khoo.com
Wedding | St Regis Singapore - Ballroom | joanne-khoo.com

High ceiling and pillar-less.

What I love about their wedding package is that all their food are individually plated for every guest. So far, they were the only hotel we know of that serve wedding cake for all guests. However, the downside for that is that the wedding cake is considered as part of the 8-course meal. So guests will get dessert as their 7th course and wedding cake as the 8th course.

One of the signature services provide by St Regis is that they will assign a personal butler for the couple on the wedding day.

Price SGD1,588++ per table for Monday to Friday “Captivating Love” dinner package. It includes a one-night stay in Caroline Astor Suite. However, we were told that our preferred date was unavailable and the same goes for the Sunday’s lunch. As such, our only option was to go for the Sunday dinner. Priced at SGD1,888++ per table for Sunday and Public Holiday “Cherished Romance” dinner package. It includes a two-night stay in Caroline Astor Suite.

Payment Terms The first deposit is SGD8,000, followed by a payment of 80%, payable 1-month prior to the event’s date. The balance to be paid upon check-out.

The Minimum Number of Tables is 30 tables for “Captivating Love” dinner package, 35 tables for “Cherished Romance” dinner package and 38 tables for “Ardour & Devotion” dinner package

Since the minimum table count is 35 tables for Sunday dinner, I did a quick calculation and the entire banquet will cost us SGD70,000! Aside from the fact that we don’t intend to host 350 guests, SGD70,000 was too high an amount to pay for a wedding banquet. Even if the Husband is willing to pay that amount, there’s no way I’m willing to pay that much. As such, St Regis Singapore is out of the picture for us.

Address: 29 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247911
Contact: +65 6506 6775 or email wedding.singapore@stregis.com
Website: https://goo.gl/G8eccd

Calton Hotel Singapore

Right after we left St Regis Singapore, we went to visit the Calton Hotel Singapore. Located fairly near to City Hall MRT Station, the location is great.

There are two ballrooms available and both are located right next to the other on the second floor.

Wedding | Calton Hotel Singapore - Empress Ballroom | joanne-khoo.com Wedding | Calton Hotel Singapore - Empress Ballroom | joanne-khoo.com Wedding | Calton Hotel Singapore - Empress Ballroom | joanne-khoo.com

Empress Ballroom 1, 2 and 3 combined to form the first ballroom. It comes with a rather low ceiling with pillars and minimal design for the ballroom.

The second/bigger ballroom is a combination of Empress Ballroom 4 and 5. Both ballroom 4 and 5 are of the same size, with the only difference in the height of the ceiling. The difference in height is easily noticeable once you look across both ballrooms. Unfortunately, I have no picture of the second ballroom as there was an event ongoing when we were there.

Food served for the wedding banquet is from the award-winning Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant.

Price
SGD998++ per table for “Blissful Beginnings” lunch package,
SGD1,098++ per table for the “Eternal Love” lunch or dinner package,
SGD1,198++ per table for the “Whimsical Romance” lunch or dinner package, and
SGD1,398++ per table for the “Joyous Union” lunch or dinner package.

(Price stated is for 2018 wedding.)

Additional surcharge of SGD50++ applies for booking on auspicious dates determined by the hotel.

Payment Terms First deposit is SGD8,000 for Empress Ballroom and balance to be paid upon check-out.

The Minimum Number of Tables is 20 tables (maximum 28 tables) for Empress Ballroom 1 – 3, and 26 tables (maximum 32 tables) for Empress Ballroom 4 – 5.

While the price is relatively on the lower end among the hotels we visited, the perks that were offered wasn’t that impressive. For the Empress Ballroom Dinner Package, the perks offered were:

  • Complimentary one-night stay at the Bridal Suite with welcome amenities & buffet breakfast for two persons at Cafe Mosaic.
  • One complimentary 30-litre barrel of beer.
  • One complimentary bottle of house wine per guaranteed table.
  • One-night stay in a Deluxe Room for wedding helpers. Applicable for Joyous Union Menu.
  • Additional one complimentary 30-litre barrel of beer. Applicable for Joyous Union Menu.

Bottomline, I’m not a fan of the ballroom, reception area and the wedding package.

Address: 76 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189558
Contact: +65 6311 8181 or email banquet@carltonhotel.sg
Website: https://goo.gl/FHeqtk
Wedding Package 2018: view
Wedding Package 2019: view


31 January 2018

Sheraton Towers Singapore

Visited Sheraton Towers Singapore on a Wednesday afternoon. The hotel is located relatively near to Newton MRT Station, and 10-minutes walk to Orchard Road.

There are 2 venues available – The Topaz + Opal + Amber Room can accommodate up to 12 tables, while the Grand Ballroom can accommodate up to 42 tables. In our case, the Topaz Room is out of the picture since it can only take up 12 tables. As such, we requested to only view the Grand Ballroom.

Wedding | Sheraton Towers Singapore - Ballroom | joanne-khoo.com
Wedding | Sheraton Towers Singapore - Ballroom | joanne-khoo.com
Wedding | Sheraton Towers Singapore - Ballroom | joanne-khoo.com

The L-shape ballroom is situated on the second floor, with a stage in the middle of the ballroom and no pillar. A shorter march-in can be done if the couple chose to enter from the centre door, else a longer L-shape march-in is also possible. However, if we were to do an L-shape march-in, guests seated in Ballroom 4 will not be able to see us, and they can only view it via the projector the hotel set up.

The ballroom also comes with an odd ceiling height whereby half of it (Ballroom 1 and 2) has a tall ceiling and the other half (Ballroom 3 and 4) comes with a lower ceiling.

Food wise, it is an 8-course lunch/dinner from award-winning Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant. By then, we were no longer impressed when the hotels mentioned that their food comes from an award-winning restaurant.

Price
SGD1,238++ per table for “Splendour” Wedding Lunch Package (valid for all days including Eve and Public Holiday),
SGD1,238++ per table for “Divine” Wedding Dinner Package (valid for Monday to Friday), and
SGD1,488++ per table for “Lavish” Wedding Dinner Package (valid for Saturday, Sunday, Eve and Public Holiday).

(Price stated is for 2018 / 2019 wedding.)

At the time when we visited, both the dates we were looking at were on the waitlist. We were told that if we could confirm our booking in the following week, before 10th February 2018, they will honour the wedding show perks which were:

  • SGD50 off per table for wedding lunch,
  • SGD50 off per table for weekday dinner,
  • SGD100 off per table for Saturday, Sunday, Eve and Public Holiday,
  • Free-flow of Carlsberg draught beer,
  • Complimentary canapés,
  • Additional one-night stay at the Bridal Suite (applicable for dinner package).

Payment Terms First deposit is SGD5,000 and the balance to be paid upon check-out.

The Minimum Number of Tables is 22 tables for “Splendour” Wedding Lunch Package, 22 tables for “Divine” Wedding Dinner Package and 30 tables for “Lavish” Wedding Dinner Package.

Address: 39 Scotts Road, Singapore 228230
Contact: +65 6737 6888
Website: https://goo.gl/UtFQse
“Splendour” Wedding Lunch Package: view
“Divine” Wedding Dinner Package: view


1 February 2018

Another full day of venue scouting.

Four Points by Sheraton Singapore, Riverview

The 9th venue we viewed was Four Points by Sheraton Singapore, Riverview. Visited the Jubilee Ballroom at level 4.

Wedding | Four Points by Sheraton Singapore, Riverview - Ballroom | joanne-khoo.com
Wedding | Four Points by Sheraton Singapore, Riverview - Ballroom | joanne-khoo.com
Wedding | Four Points by Sheraton Singapore, Riverview - Ballroom | joanne-khoo.com

Personally, I thought the design of the ballroom looks kind of dated. And I’m also not a fan of the purple and blue lightings.

Wedding | Four Points by Sheraton Singapore, Riverview - Wedding Reception | joanne-khoo.com

The reception area is located in a separate area, near to the ballroom. The place is relatively huge, and we were told that they could help us to set up tables should we required to do our tea ceremony.

For food-wise, we can either choose either a Traditional Chinese Banquet or a Fusion Chinese Banquet.

Price
For Traditional Chinese Banquet (8-course), the price starts from SGD888++ per table for weekday lunch, SGD988++ for weekend lunch, SGD1,038++ for weekday dinner and SGD1,138++ for weekend dinner.
For Fusion Chinese Banquet (8-course), the price is SGD938++ per table for weekday lunch, SGD1,038++ for weekend lunch, SGD1,088++ for weekday dinner and SGD1,188++ for weekend dinner.

(Weekday refers to Monday to Thursday and weekend refers to Friday to Sunday including Eve and Public Holiday.)
(Price stated above is for 2018 wedding.)

Wedding show perks: SGD50 off per table.

Payment Terms First deposit is SGD5,000, followed by a payment of 50%, payable 1-month before the event’s date. The balance to be paid upon check-out.

Address: 382 Havelock Road, Singapore 169629
Contact: +65 6732 9922
Website: https://goo.gl/5V5e7o

Four Seasons Hotel Singapore

Visited the ballrooms located on the second level. There were two ballrooms situated side by side, Crescent Ballroom and Four Seasons Ballroom. Crescent Ballroom can accommodate up to 12 tables, while the Four Seasons Ballroom can accommodate up to 32 tables. Both ballrooms come with a private reception area.

Wedding | Four Seasons Hotel Singapore - Wedding Reception | joanne-khoo.com

The door opens up to the private reception area.

Wedding | Four Seasons Hotel Singapore - Wedding Reception | joanne-khoo.com

Ample space at the reception area should we require to hold our tea ceremony.

Wedding | Four Seasons Hotel Singapore - Four Seasons Ballroom | joanne-khoo.com
Wedding | Four Seasons Hotel Singapore - Four Seasons Ballroom | joanne-khoo.com
Wedding | Four Seasons Hotel Singapore - Four Seasons Ballroom | joanne-khoo.com

Four doors lead to the Four Seasons Ballroom. Instead of a straight march-in, the march-in will be in a slight curve shape as we enter from Door 3.

The left side of the ballroom comes with windows while the other end has mirrors. I imagine it would be perfect for a wedding luncheon with natural light shining into the room!

Price The price for Monday to Thursday Dinner starts from SGD1,308++ per table, SGD1,488++ for Friday and Sunday Dinner, and SGD1,538++ for Saturday, Eve and Public Holiday Dinner. There is also a Crystal Wedding Package available at SGD1,988++ per table.

(Price stated is for 2018 wedding.)
(During peak wedding season from 1 September to 31 December 2018, tables are subjected to an SGD30 surcharge.)

Payment Terms First deposit is SGD8,000, followed by a payment of 50%, payable 1-month before the event’s date. The balance amount is due 1-week before via credit authorisation.

The Minimum Number of Tables for Crescent Ballroom is 12 tables and 15 tables maximum, whereas for Four Seasons Ballroom the minimum is 25 tables and 32 tables maximum.

Address: 190 Orchard Boulevard, Singapore 248646
Contact: +65 6734 1110
Website: https://goo.gl/FhvKi5
Wedding Lunch Package: view
Wedding Dinner Package: view
Crystal Wedding Package: view

Conrad Centennial Singapore

Wedding | Conrad Centennial Singapore - Hotel Lobby | joanne-khoo.com

Hotel Lobby. Ballroom is situated on the second floor.

Wedding | Conrad Centennial Singapore - Wedding Reception | joanne-khoo.com
Wedding | Conrad Centennial Singapore - Wedding Reception | joanne-khoo.com

Ample space for wedding reception.

Wedding | Conrad Centennial Singapore - Ballroom | joanne-khoo.com

Sadly, I only have one picture of the ballroom as there was an event going on at the other end of the hall. It is a T-shape ballroom with two projectors at the side of the stage. No window in the ballroom but there are mirrors on the side.

The tables in the picture are 6-feet wide and can seat 12 pax. 7-feet tables are also available and can accommodate up to 15 pax.

Food is from the highly acclaimed Golden Peony Restaurant which serves Cantonese cuisine. Golden Peony is listed in Singapore Michelin Guide 2017 and is awarded one star in Wine&Dine Singapore’s Top Restaurants Guide for 2017/2018.

Price SGD1,488++ per table for Whimsical Weekdays and SGD1,688++ per table for Blissful Weekends.

(Price stated is for 2018 wedding.)

Payment Terms First deposit is SGD6,000 and the balance to be paid upon check-out.

The Minimum Number of Tables is 20 tables for Whimsical Weekdays and 30 tables for Blissful Weekends while the maximum number is 34 tables.

Overall, we really like Conrad Centennial Singapore. I thought the hotel looks grand, with ample space in the foyer for the pre-dinner reception. Plus, I love that we could do a straight march-in. The perks offered were also relatively good. I heard that the hotel was undergoing some renovation in the room and it would be completed by the time of our event.

Address: 2 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038982
Contact: +65 6334 8888
Website: https://goo.gl/6ma8fS

M Hotel Singapore

The fourth hotel we visited that day was M Hotel Singapore, a business hotel located in Singapore’s financial district and within walking distance of Tanjong Pagar MRT station.

Wedding | M Hotel Singapore - Anson Ballroom | joanne-khoo.com

The first venue we viewed was the Anson Ballroom located on level 2. The ballroom comes in a peculiar shape, which isn’t what we want for a wedding banquet.

Wedding | M Hotel Singapore - Wedding Reception | joanne-khoo.com

We then went up to the Banquet Suite situated at level 10. It has a reasonably huge area for cocktail reception.

Wedding | M Hotel Singapore - Banquet Suite | joanne-khoo.com

The Grand Ballroom was much better than the Anson Ballroom in my opinion, but I didn’t like that the march-in is in a weird C shape. The ballroom is capable of hosting up to 32 tables.

Food wise, it’s from their in-house chef and there is no specified cuisine.

Wedding | M Hotel Singapore - Bridal Suite | joanne-khoo.com
Wedding | M Hotel Singapore - Bridal Suite | joanne-khoo.com
Wedding | M Hotel Singapore - Bridal Suite | joanne-khoo.com

After the viewing of the ballrooms, we then followed the wedding coordinator up to level 29 where the Bridal Suite is. The Bridal Suite is equipped with in-room Jacuzzi.

Price
For Anson Room, price starts from SGD798++ per table for a 6-course Chinese lunch, SGD888++ for a 7-course weekday dinner and SGD998++ for a 7-course weekend dinner.

For the Grand Ballroom Banquet Suite, price starts from SGD888++ per table for a 6-course Chinese lunch, SGD988++ for a 7-course weekday dinner and SGD1,268++ for an 8-course weekend dinner.

(Weekend refers to Friday to Sunday.)

Cash rebates are applicable for every confirmed table; hence the final price per table will be lower than what was stated.

Payment Terms First deposit is SGD5,000, followed by a payment of 50%, required 6-months before the event’s date. The balance amount to be paid upon the day of check-in.

I thought the payment terms were not that pocket-friendly, especially when compared to other hotels with a similar price point.

The Minimum Number of Tables is 15 tables and maximum 32 tables for Anson Room. For Grand Ballroom Banquet Suite, the minimum is 20 tables (25 tables for weekend dinner), and the maximum is likewise 32 tables.

Address: 81 Anson Road, Singapore 079908
Contact: +65 6224 1133 or email enquiry.mhs@millenniumhotels.com
Website: https://goo.gl/qVTwyq

Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore

The last venue we visited that day was Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore. I didn’t take any pictures as the Gallery Ballroom is the same as the one where my sister held her wedding banquet. It’s a L-shape march-in with two pillars in the room.

The coordinator we met with thrown in additional perks for us without us asking. It includes:

  • 10% off per table price (before tax)
  • Free flow of draught beer
  • Free flow of house wine
  • Increase of complimentary parking coupons
  • An additional night stay in the Suite

Price SGD898++ per table for Lunch, SGD908++ for Monday to Thursday Dinner and SGD1,138++ for Dinner on Friday to Sunday. A surcharge of SGD50 nett per table is applicable for weddings held on Eve and Public Holiday.

(Price stated is for 2018 wedding.)

The Minimum Number of Tables is 22 tables and 30 tables maximum for the Gallery Ballroom. There are also two other venues – the Temasek Ballroom and Malacca & Penang Ballroom that require a lower table counts of 15 tables.

While the price is very competitive and the perks are great, I don’t really fancy the pre-dinner reception area (held inside Rumpoles Bar) and the L-shape march-in. Plus there is only one door leading into the ballroom, and not to forget there are two pillars in the ballroom.

Address: 1A Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249716
Contact: +65 6831 4315 or email events.hjts@hoteljen.com
Website: https://goo.gl/VVFHJE
2018 / 2019 Wedding Package: view


3 February 2018

Completed our last three venues viewing on that day. We visited Swissotel / Fairmont, followed by Pan Pacific Singapore and Andaz.

Swissotel The Stamford / Fairmont Singapore

Back when we were looking for a place to host our ROM, we did enquire and came for viewing at Swissotel. As such, I supposed this can be counted as our second visit.

Upon meeting up with the coordinator, Debbie, we had a quick go through of the Atrium Ballroom. Unfortunately, we couldn’t go inside as there was a Malay wedding ongoing on the day of our visit. However, she did print out the layout of the ballroom for us, so we were able to discuss based on that.

There were two options for the set up of the stage. One will lead to a straight march-in, while the other will be an L-shape march-in. However, I didn’t like that there were two pillars situated in the middle of the hall.

After viewing the Atrium Ballroom, we then went over to view the Fairmont Ballroom which consists of Canning Room, Padang Room and Collyer Room. The Fairmont Ballroom is meant for conference or event; for weddings, couples usually only take up one Room/section.

Due to the layout, it will be an L-shape march-in for Canning Room and Collyer Room, and a straight march-in for the Padang Room. As such, I would prefer the Padang Room more. The coordinator told us that they will usually sell either the room at the side (Canning Room and Collyer Room) first. However, I believe they do allow us to change to the Padang Room if it’s available nearing our wedding date.

All the three rooms come with a relatively high ceiling which is always a nice thing to have for a wedding banquet. Aside from the layout of the room, one downside for the Canning/Padang/Collyer Room is a shared reception area, separated by the set up of a partition. So if there happen to be three weddings ongoing on the same day, we would have to share the reception area with the other two couples.

While I do prefer Canning/Padang/Collyer Ballroom more than the Atrium Ballroom, the minimum required table was 35 tables, which was way out of what we had in mind.

Price
Everlasting Romance – SGD1,088++ per table (valid for Monday to Thursday Dinner)
Eternal Romance – SGD1,288++ per table (valid for Friday)
Romance of a Lifetime – SGD1,338++ per table (valid for Sunday, Eve and Public Holiday) / SGD1,388++ per table (valid for Saturday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day)
Pure Romance – SGD1,888 (valid for all days of the week)

Payment Terms First deposit is SGD5,000, and the remaining balance is due 1-week before via credit card authorization.

The Minimum Number of Tables for the Atrium Ballroom is 20 tables, maximum 30 tables; whereas the minimum for Canning/Padang/Collyer Room is 30 tables (35 tables for Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and the maximum is 48 tables.

If I’m not mistaken, the coordinator told us if we booked the Atrium Ballroom, they could let us change to Canning/Padang/Collyer if it’s available nearing our wedding dates.

Overall, I’m not really in love with the ballrooms plus the dates we wanted were all unavailable.

Address: 80 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189560
Contact: +65 6338 8585 or email singapore-stamford@swissotel.com
Website: https://goo.gl/KZqZQS

Pan Pacific Singapore

The second venue we visited that afternoon was Pan Pacific Singapore. We kind of already knew how the Pacific Ballroom look like as we were there previously to attend one of the Husband’s friend wedding.

Wedding | Pan Pacific Singapore - Ocean Ballroom | joanne-khoo.com
Wedding | Pan Pacific Singapore - Ocean Ballroom | joanne-khoo.com

This is how the ballroom looks like with the partition up; else it will be a long rectangular ballroom. March in will be from Ocean Room 5, and it will be an L-shape march-in to the stage.

Wedding | Pan Pacific Singapore - Ocean Ballroom Wedding Reception | joanne-khoo.com

Reception Area for Ocean Ballroom.

Wedding | Pan Pacific Singapore - Pacific Ballroom Wedding Reception | joanne-khoo.com

Leaving the Ocean Ballroom, we then went down to view the Pacific Ballroom, located on the ground floor.

The private reception area for the Pacific Ballroom was much bigger and well lit.

Wedding | Pan Pacific Singapore - Pacific Ballroom Wedding Reception | joanne-khoo.com
Wedding | Pan Pacific Singapore - Pacific Ballroom 1 | joanne-khoo.com

The set up for a solemnisation ceremony. This was taken from Pacific Ballroom 1.

Wedding | Pan Pacific Singapore - Pacific Ballroom | joanne-khoo.com
Wedding | Pan Pacific Singapore - Pacific Ballroom | joanne-khoo.com

On the day of our visit, they had set up a partition between Pacific Ballroom 2 and Ballroom 1. Ballroom 1 was used for the solemnisation ceremony, whereas the actual banquet was set up in Pacific Ballroom 2 and 3. I thought the ballroom looks really grand and beautiful, especially with the high ceiling and chandeliers.

Food served for the wedding banquet is Cantonese cuisine from the award-winning restaurant, Hai Tien Lo.

Price
Ocean Ballroom – SGD1,238++ per table for Monday to Thursday Chinese Dinner, SGD1,438++ for Friday and Sunday Dinner and SGD1,588++ for Saturday, Eve and Public Holiday.

Pacific Ballroom – SGD1,258++ per table for Monday to Thursday Chinese Dinner, SGD1,458++ for Friday and Sunday Dinner and SGD1,608++ for Saturday, Eve and Public Holiday.

Payment Terms First deposit is SGD3,000 (for Ocean Ballroom) and SGD6,000 (for Pacific Ballroom). The second deposit is 50%, payable 1-month prior to the event’s date and the balance to be paid upon check-out.

The Minimum Number of Tables is 25 tables (30 tables for Saturday, Eve and Public Holiday) for Ocean Ballroom and 35 tables (40 tables for Saturday, Eve and Public Holiday) for Pacific Ballroom. The maximum table is 38 tables for Ocean Ballroom and 65 tables for Pacific Ballroom.

Address: 7 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, Singapore 039595
Contact: +65 6826 8248 or email sayido@panpacific.com
Website: https://goo.gl/xZpcXK

Andaz Singapore

And lastly, the final venue we visited was Andaz Singapore – a concept by Hyatt. Located in vibrant Kampong Glam, Bugis and Little India, Andaz Singapore is also a relatively new hotel.

We actually went to view the venue without the accompany of a wedding coordinator. He/She wasn’t available on the day of our visit and told us we could go down to have a look at the venue if we prefer.

Look us a while before we figured our way to The Glasshouse.

Wedding | Andaz Singapore - The Glasshouse | joanne-khoo.com

Upon walking through the doors, we first past the area meant for the private reception.

Wedding | Andaz Singapore - The Glasshouse Wedding Reception | joanne-khoo.com
Wedding | Andaz Singapore - The Glasshouse | joanne-khoo.com
Wedding | Andaz Singapore - The Glasshouse | joanne-khoo.com

Major love for the stunning floor-to-ceiling windows that allows plenty of natural daylight. We went there in the late afternoon, and I can imagine how beautiful and magical the entire place will look at night once it’s nicely decorated.

Wedding | Andaz Singapore | joanne-khoo.com

After visiting The Glasshouse, we also went to check out the Garden Studio. Ideal for an intimate wedding, the Garden Studio can accommodate up to 100 guests. Inspired by a garden pavilion concept, it features an adjoining outdoor terrace perfect for the solemnisation ceremony.

Wedding | Andaz Singapore - Garden Studio Wedding Reception | joanne-khoo.com

Area for private reception for the Garden Studio.

Wedding | Andaz Singapore - Garden Studio | joanne-khoo.com
Wedding | Andaz Singapore - Garden Studio | joanne-khoo.com
Wedding | Andaz Singapore - Garden Studio | joanne-khoo.com

Price SGD1,538++ per table for 7-course Chinese Lunch on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday, SGD1,868++ per table for 8-course Chinese Dinner on Friday, Sunday and Public Holiday and SGD1,968++ per table for Dinner on Saturday and Eve of Public Holiday.

The Minimum Number of Tables is 22 tables, and maximum 28 tables for dinner at The Glasshouse, and a minimum of 8 tables and a maximum of 10 tables for the Garden Studio.

Some thoughts after viewing the venue:

  • The venue is no doubt, stunning. Probably the only venue of its kind and size in Singapore with floor-to-ceiling windows on all sides.
  • Despite being near Bugis MRT Station, the location and getting to the venue may not be exactly convenient since most people may not be aware of this new hotel.
  • Price is on the higher side (think Sofitel Singapore City Centre). I’m not certain if it’s worthwhile to pay for a venue that is so new with no prior reviews.

Address: 5 Fraser Street, Singapore 189354
Contact: getmarried.sg@andaz.com
Website: https://goo.gl/JZTAc8
2018 Wedding Package: view
2019 Wedding Package: view


That marks the end of our hunt for banquet venue! I think it’s safe to say that we have seen enough sites and covered most of the ones we’re keen on hosting our wedding banquet. On the top of our list was Sofitel Singapore City Centre. We both love the place and thought it would make an excellent choice for hosting a wedding banquet. The venue is modern, beautiful, sophisticated and convenient. The food served for the wedding is from a renown restaurant. The cocktail reception area is big yet provide decent privacy.

However, after taking into account the minimum number of tables required and the total cost, we eventually chose not to go ahead with Sofitel Singapore City Centre and picked another venue that we love.

Since the beginning, I had decided I’m okay with or without a wedding banquet. When the Husband voiced out that we need to have one, I knew deep down house renovation will take precedence over the wedding. I honestly don’t think it’s an easy task to manage our finance when both events are taking place concurrently. It’s crucial to decide what we want and compromise on areas where we can. Life will be so much better once you accept that, instead of insisting on having both done perfectly.

At the end of the day, what’s most important is to come to a decision that both parties are happy with and I’m glad we had come to an agreement on a wedding venue that we both love and is comfortable with. I supposed I could only share more once I’ve held my wedding banquet, which is coming relatively soon. Too soon.

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