From photography packages to banquet costs, it’s no secret that Singapore weddings can get expensive. As an invited guest, you might feel guilty if you don’t fork over your share to financially help the couple. Still racking your brains over how much to pack in those red envelopes? Worry no more with our in-depth guide to Singapore wedding ang bao rates! We give you a guide on how much to bao and what to expect at each venue!
Wedding ang bao rates in Singapore
As a disclaimer, these Singapore wedding ang bao rates are just a guideline! Monetary wedding gifts are voluntary so don’t feel embarrassed if you’re unable to give your share. Also, for the sake of standardisation, the ang bao rates below reflect wedding dinner banquets held on a Sunday.
Hotel ballroom wedding ang bao rates
We’re starting off big with hotel ballroom wedding ang bao rates! As one of the most popular Singapore wedding locations, hotel ballrooms definitely add an air of luxury and make the once-in-a-lifetime occasion all the more special. From gorgeous chandeliers to floor-to-ceiling windows, these venues don’t come cheap! To help you along, we’ve sussed out wedding ang bao rates for some of Singapore’s more popular hotels.
1. The St. Regis Singapore – John Jacob Ballroom
Named after St. Regis’s founder, the John Jacob Ballroom will enthral guests with its sheer opulence. The regal carpet and ornate chandelier hanging above the Grand Staircase at the ballroom’s entrance is only the beginning. Inside the ballroom, you’ll be blown away by the sheer scale of grandeur present in this pillarless, high-ceilinged space, capable of accommodating up to 420 guests!
Be treated to elegantly plated, exquisite dishes like Braised Baby Abalone With Sea Cucumber and Stir-Fried Prawns In XO Sauce. With customisable menus that allow the couple to freely transform any dish, no two wedding banquets at St. Regis will ever be the same!
Wedding ang bao rates: From $220
2. Fullerton Bay Hotel – The Clifford Pier
With a maximum capacity of 256 guests, Fullerton Bay Hotel goes all out on their decorations to make weddings perfect for the happy couple at the Clifford Pier. Be awed by gorgeous floral arrangements and a beautiful champagne glass pyramid tower, among other tasteful decor elements!
Food wise, you can expect either a five-course Western menu, six-course Chinese menu or International Buffet. Menus include tantalising dishes like Double-Boiled Chicken Consommé and Wagyu Beef Short Rib Braised with Red Wine! While butler-served canapes include a variety from Aburi Hokkaido Scallops to Foie Gras Mousse.
Wedding ang bao rates: From $270
3. Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa – Grand Ballroom
Fancy holding your wedding in an all-glass building? Check out Amara Sanctuary’s Grand Ballroom, a venue where old-school architecture blends with modern design! With exclusively designed wedding themes and expert florists at the helm, weddings held in this six-metre-high ballroom will be nothing short of extraordinary.
Amara Sanctuary serves eight-course Chinese-themed wedding banquets which include mouthwatering courses like Braised 6-Head Abalone and Sanctuary Five Treasure Platter! Also, to help along with the wedding cheer, there’ll be plenty of alcohol available as each table is entitled to 60 litres of beer and a bottle of wine!
Wedding ang bao rates: From $200
4. Shangri-La Hotel – Island Ballroom
With the capacity to hold 1700 guests, Shangri-La’s Island Ballroom is about as large-scale as a wedding can get with a ballroom that’s more than 1000 square metres large! Promising everything from a red carpet aisle to a dry ice display during the bridal entrance, guests will be in for a spectacle as weddings organised here are held to a high standard.
Gigantic ballroom aside, be prepared for a sumptuous range of Chinese dishes prepared by Shangri-La’s expert chefs! The dishes include traditional fares like Suckling Pig and FuZhou-styled Steamed Garoupa.
Wedding ang bao rates: From $200
Restaurant wedding ang bao rates
For couples looking to organise a simpler affair, they might prefer holding their wedding at a restaurant! While many of these locations are not as large as hotel ballrooms, restaurant wedding ang bao rates are in fact not too far from hotel ballroom rates. Instead of fanciful and extravagant decor, creative themes will take centre stage here as these restaurants add an extra dimension of magic rarely found in hotel ballrooms.
5. The White Rabbit
The White Rabbit invites guests down the rabbit hole to check out their rendition of a unique wedding experience! Holding up to 120 guests, the venue pairs classic European cuisine with a beautifully restored colonial chapel interior design. If the lush foliage and high beam ceiling aren’t enough to impress you, the stained glass windows and extensive garden bar absolutely will!
Offering a menu that juxtaposes the busyness of modern life in Singapore, The White Rabbit features timeless European dishes that have been well-received by diners and critics alike. Look forward to dishes like Char-grilled 400 Days Wagyu Striploin, Brandt 365 Days Family Reserve Short Ribs and Grilled Halibut Fillet that are sure to win over your tummies!
Wedding ang bao rates: From $160
Tucked away in Singapore’s oldest museum, National Museum of Singapore, Flutes is an ideal restaurant for a wedding because of its minimalist interior design that complements the elegant museum setting! With a maximum capacity of 110, you’ll get to comfortably experience everything from the solemnisation to the four-course dinner in the Jubilee and Sir Henry McCallum rooms.
Despite originally opening in 1887 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, Flutes shows no signs of slowing down. The restaurant continues to reinvent its menu and layer on modern complexities to appeal to refined taste palettes. Look out for premium dishes like Seared Atlantic Scallops and Wood Smoked Salmon Loin as you sip through Flutes’s award-winning wine selection.
Wedding ang bao rates: From $210
Church wedding ang bao rates
As church weddings aren’t as customisable or luxurious, they’ll have more affordable venue booking fees. This means church wedding ang bao rates will be significantly lower than their hotel and restaurant counterparts. Taking into account that if there’s a buffet lunch or dinner catered for guests, anywhere between $50 to $80 should suffice to convey your well-wishes to the happy couple!
We hope our guide has been helpful in giving you an estimate ang bao rate for some of Singapore’s most popular wedding venues. In case you’re unaware, here are some additional tips to Singapore wedding ang bao giving:
- Avoid giving any amount with the digit ‘4’ (sounds like ‘death’ in Chinese). It’s considered inauspicious
- Give an amount with the digit ‘8’ or any other even number as it represents good fortune and wholesomeness
- If you’re attending the couple’s church wedding in the afternoon and a banquet dinner in the evening, you don’t need to give twice! If you feel led to, get a flower bouquet for the afternoon ceremony and present your ang bao during the evening banquet
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