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Saturday, 7 February 2015

The search for our Wedding Banquet



Hello there, I've decided to compile some information on wedding banquets for the benefit of others, just as how other brides-to-be have greatly helped me by sharing information online.

In this post, I'll be sharing on the Wedding packages for 2015 offered by Mandarin Oriental, Goodwood Park Hotel, Park Royal On Beach Road.

INFORMATION AS OF FEB 2015.

Most of the information are taken from the packages provided by the various Hotel websites. Packages are not in full details as I've only highlighted what I feel is important to the couple when deciding on a Wedding banquet.

For more details, do approach the sale coordinators of the relevant hotels. If you do need unbiased opinions though, feel free to drop me an email. :)

1). Mandarin Oriental

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Address: 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, 039797
Nearest MRT Station: Esplanade / Promenade / City Hall (approx. 8 - 10 mins walk)

Price for 2015
Weekday Dinner:

SGD1198 ++ per table of ten persons

Minimum Tables Requirement:
  • 30 tables for The Oriental Ballroom
  • 15 tables for The Atrium Suites
  • 10 tables for The Garden Suite

Perks:
  • One complimentary barrel of house pour beer. Subsequent barrel at SGD580.00. 
  • Corkage charge of SGD50.00 per bottle will be levied for hard liquor
  • SGD40.00 per bottle will be levied for wine and champagne brought in for consumption during the wedding celebration
  • Complimentary food tasting for a table of 10 people ONLY for weddings held at The Oriental Ballroom
  • Spend two nights in our Bridal Suite for an Oriental Ballroom Wedding
  • One night for an Atrium Suite or Garden Suite Wedding
  • Complimentary Marina Square parking passes for up to 20% of final
  • attendance 

On the house, with every booking of 35 tables and above:

Forty-five minutes of live piano music during the cocktail reception

OR

60-minutes Post-Wedding Oriental Essence Massage for two persons at
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Singapore


Price for 2015
Friday Dinner (Fridays & Eve of Public Holidays): 
SGD1428 ++ per table of ten persons (9 course)

Saturday, Sunday Dinner (Public Holidays):
SGD1498 ++ per table of ten persons (9 course)


Minimum Tables Requirement:
  • 35 tables for The Oriental Ballroom
  • 15 tables for The Atrium Suites
  • 10 tables for The Garden Suites
Perks:
The same as above except for an additional
One complimentary bottle of house pour wine for every confirmed table


On the house, with every booking of 35 tables and above:

Forty-five minutes of live piano music during the cocktail reception

OR

60-minutes Post-Wedding Oriental Essence Massage for two persons at
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Singapore

One night stay in a Deluxe Room for your wedding entourage


Pros of Mandarin Oriental: 
  • Known to serve one of the most delicious food among all the wedding banquets in Singapore 
  • Good location, ideally located especially for weekday dinner for friends to come after work. Also, within walking distance to various MRT stations.
  • 5 Wedding themes to choose from (Happiness/Love/Sweetheart/Dream/Dazzle), all 5 are absolutely stunning
  • 9 course meal compared to the usual 8 course at other banquets

Cons of Mandarin Oriental:
  • Mandarin Oriental does not serve shark's fin.
  • Complimentary food tasting is only valid for dinners held at their Oriental Ballroom. (WTF, so your other customers holding at a smaller ballroom can just be side-lined like this?)


Our Verdict: 
NO.
We're looking at about 20 tables so Mandarin Oriental just didn't suit our needs. I was highly disappointed because I really fell in love with the place. I was also convinced that my guests would definitely be pleased with the food and the ambiance too.


2). Goodwood Park Hotel


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Address: 22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221
Nearest MRT Station: Newton/Orchard (approx. 8 - 10 mins walk)

(For wedding banquets held from 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016)


Minimum Tables Requirement:
  • 18 tables to 22 tables for Tudor Ballroom 
  • 25 to 38 tables for Windsor Ballroom 


Price for Weekday Dinner (Mon - Thurs): 
SGD 1,238.00++ per table of 10 persons (8 course)


Perks:
  • Complimentary 3 Peking Ducks to be served during pre-dinner cocktail reception
  • Complimentary 01 x 30-litre barrel of beer with minimum guarantee of 18 tables or 02 x 30-litre barrels of beer
  • with minimum guarantee of 25 tables (approximately 90 glasses). 
  • Additional barrels can be purchased at $550.00++ per 20-litre barrel. 
  • A 30-litre barrel of beer (approximately 90 glasses) can be purchased at $750.00++ per barrel.
  • Complimentary one bottles of house wine per confirmed table for consumption during banquet only
  • Complimentary parking coupons for up to 20% of your guaranteed attendance
  • Enjoy 1 night’s stay in our Bridal Suite


Price for Weekend Dinner (Fri, Sat, Sun, Eve of and on Public Holidays):
SGD 1,518.00++ per table of 10 persons (8 course) 


Perks:
Same as above except 
Enjoy 1 night’s stay (for Tudor Ballroom bookings) or 2 nights’ stay (for Windsor Ballroom bookings) in our luxurious Bridal Suite


Special Meal Requirements for WEEKDAY DINNER:

Muslim (No Pork No Lard) & Chinese Vegetarian set menu can be arranged at $123.80++ per person in addition to
the Chinese Dinner table price or $1,238.00++ for table of 10 persons. 
Should Halal Certified Muslim Food required, additional food charges and transportation fee of $80.00++ will be imposed. 
(Minimum require 6 person for this service)

The same applies for WEEKEND DINNER, except for the following adjustment in price:

Muslim (No Pork No Lard) & Chinese Vegetarian set menu can be arranged at $151.80++ per person in addition to the Chinese Dinner table price or $1,518.00++ for table of 10 persons. 



Pros of Goodwood Park Hotel:
  • Ideally located in town, even though there is quite a slope to walk up from Far East Plaza.
  • Outdoor Solemnization venue available. Setting is absolutely stunning.
  • Heard that food is good too. Guests were very pleased.
  • Caters to a wide range of needs, in terms of no. of min. table from 18 tables to a max. of 38 tables.
  • One of the rare hotels left in SG that still serves shark's fin.

Cons of Goodwood Park Hotel:

The cost for special dietary requirements is good enough to tell you no to this hotel. Surely you'll have Muslim friends to invite.

Our Verdict:
NO. Duh.


3). Park Royal On Beach Road

Here's something I must point out.

Banquet sales manager (Felicia Koh) is extremely flexible and willing to meet your needs, do look for her if you are considering Park Royal on Beach Road!

She is also extremely approachable and responsible in her job. My friend had her as the coordinator and had nothing but praises for Felicia. 

 I also spoke to Felicia myself and yes, she really is amazing. 



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Address:  7500A Beach Road, 199591
Nearest MRT Station: Bugis/Nicoll Highway (approx. 9 - 10 mins walk)


Minimum Tables Requirement:
  • 25 tables to 30 tables for Sky Ballroom 
  • 35 tables to 45 tables for Grand Ballroom 

Price for Weekday Dinner (Mon - Thurs):
SGD 1,228.00 ++ per table of 10 persons (8 course)

Price for Weekend Dinner (Fri, Sat, Sun, Eve of and on Public Holidays):
SGD 1,388.00++ per table of 10 persons (8 course)

Perks:

  • Complimentary one 30-litre barrel of beer
  • A bottle of house-pour wine for every confirmed table
  • Waiver of corkage fee for sealed and duty-paid hard liquor
  • Complimentary parking coupons for up to 20% of your guaranteed attendance
  • 1 night stay in Luxurious Suite
  • An overnight stay in Deluxe Room for helpers


There is also an ongoing Wedding promotion with attractive perks such as:

  • SGD 150 ++ discount off per table
  • SGD 888 ++ off total bill
  • Upgrade to free flow of Beer
  • Upgrade to free flow of wine
  • An anniversary Weekend stay at Parkroyal on Beach Road
  • March-in style dance lesson
  • Limousine Service (one-way)

Pros of Park Royal on Beach Road:
  • Ballrooms are newly renovated in 2013
  • Walking distance from MRT.
  • Heard that food is good too. Guests were very pleased.
  • One of the rare hotels left in SG that still serves shark's fin.
  • Straight up waiver of corkage! 
  • FREE FLOW OF BEER AND WINE, GO WHERE FIND YOU TELL ME.
  • Banquet sales manager (Felicia Koh) is extremely flexible and willing to meet your needs, do look for her if you are considering Park Royal on Beach Road!
  • A REALLY reasonable banquet in terms of cost and value for money.

Cons of Park Royal on Beach:

  • Solemnization will have to be done on the stage in the ballroom itself.
  • Guests will have to vacate after the solemnization and wait around, with not many seats around the reception area until the staff have re-arranged the tables in the ballroom.
  • Hotel itself still seems rather old despite the renovations of the ballrooms. A bit tak-match.

Our Verdict:
Sadly, no. :(
Even though we were very much convinced by Felicia, the cost, as well as the extremely alluring package, we decided against it.
For one simple reason of not wanting my guests to stand around awkwardly after our solemnization and before the dinner begins.


Just for this one simple reason. But if you're okay with it, I'll strongly recommend Park Royal on Beach Road for your wedding banquet. My friend who held her wedding there had the best time of her life and her guests enjoyed themselves too. She had no complaints and I could see why. 









These were the top 3 considerations we had for our choice of Wedding banquets.

We ended up with Grand Hyatt, in which I'll share their package in another post. 

That aside, we have a wedding date, a wedding venue, as well as our JP. I think we're going slowly, but surely! :D

30 OCT 2015, Grand Hyatt.


SAVE THE DATE, YOU GUYS! :D