1. LANTERN BAR
That was utterly steep for a wedding lunch (not to mention dinner), and we would still have to engage our own decorators because decoration is not part of the package. The factor that made us give this up (after many negotiations from them NOT having wedding packages to this customised one) was that most of the guests would be standing. Maybe this would work for the westerners, but no can do for our side (lots of aunties and uncles will be attending the wedding, duh).
2. FULLERTON HOTEL
However, the minimum number of tables needed for wedding lunch is 25; minimum for wedding dinner (weekday nights) was 25, and for wedding dinner (weekend nights) was 35. There was no way we could meet these arrangements, unless we roped in all the relatives' childrens and distant relations, including a good number of acquaintances. The brilliant solution offered to us was to (I quote them), "We can do 25 tables for you but you have to pay for 35 tables". Awesome solution! - why didn't we think of that?!
3. PARK HOTEL CLARKE QUAY
4. ONE DEGREE 15 MARINA / OTHER SENTOSA HOTELS
There are a number of other good hotels in Sentosa Cove area - Equarius, W Hotel, Amara Sanctuary, Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa etc, but the parents have suggested convenience should be the prime factors, so we had to scrap off hotels in this area.
5. GOODWOOD PARK HOTEL
This went onto the list of possibilities.
6. HILTON SINGAPORE
An established brand with hotels all over the world, Hilton Singapore held special meaning for me because my high school's D&D (dinner and dance) was held there, the final year that we would see each other and study together with each other ever again. Service was quick and efficient as well. The wedding dinner rates for weekends quoted was around SGD$1,218.00++
Barring this tragic story here, this elegant hotel still went on our list of possibilities.
7. MARINA BAY SANDS
So we went to check the hotel out. We have both been to its sophisticated ballrooms for dinners before and enjoyed the delicious, unpretentious food. The rates for wedding dinners on weekends started at SGD$1,400++ a table, and they have many different ballrooms. Service was efficient enough. This went into the list of possibilities as well.
Having spoken with several hotels, and wishing to shortlist from one of them, here's two things to take note of:
(i) If you do attend their wedding fairs, ensure that everything that is being quoted and proposed to you is noted down in black and white, and re-clarified. It turns out that the goons at the wedding fairs may be new or very junior and give lots of weird answers that will give you problems later;
(ii) If you try to get rates from websites such as Singapore Brides and KiasuBride, do be mindful that these are merely estimations. Please contact the hotels directly for exact rates, because we found some discrepancies during our own research / experience. I guess the rates on these websites work better for angpow rates.
For the rest of the Nuptial Series:
Part (i) - The Proposal
Part (ii) - Solemnisation procedure
Part (iii) - Solemnisation venues
Part (iv) - Finding the right photography studios
Part (v) - Hunting for the suits and gowns
Part (vi) - Bespoke (tailored gown) - Review on Kelly's Bridal
Part (vii) - Pre-wedding photoshoot in Vancouver, Canada
Part (viii) - Pre-wedding photoshoot in Singapore - Loov Production
Part (ix) - Hunting for the Suits and Gowns (Part II)