The Definitive Guide To Wedding Ang Bao Rates In Singapore (2019)
 
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The Definitive Guide To Wedding Ang Bao Rates In Singapore (2019)

Kenneth Fong
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21st birthdays. Check.

Graduation. Check.

First job; first paycheck. Check.

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You already know what’s coming next…

Weddings.

Attending a wedding also means that you’re gonna need to gift a wedding ang bao or hongbao (red packet).

Now as much as I would love to gift as much as I can for every single friend or (long-lost) cousin’s wedding which I attend, it’s not possible…

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So, to make it easier, let’s look at the minimum amount needed to cover the cost of your seat at the table (aka break-even point).

I know.

I KNOW.

Some of you would argue that the whole idea of covering the cost of your seat is a senseless societal expectation. And if the couple decides to have their wedding at an atas five star hotel, they shouldn’t be expecting their guests to give a “five star” ang bao.

I totally get it.

But think about it, you still need to know what’s the minimum amount first before you can see whether you wanna give lesser or more right…


TL;DR: Which Are The Hotels Which Command The Cheapest/Most Expensive Wedding Ang Bao?

Saturday is the most popular day of the week for wedding banquets, so the following venues listed here in this comparison are based on Saturday prices for lunch and dinner.

Note: I could’ve compared hotels against other wedding venues too, but that wouldn’t really be fair now, wouldn’t it?

Most Expensive Hotels For A Wedding Lunch

  • The Clifford Pier @ The Fullerton Bay Hotel ($315)
  • Capella Singapore ($199 to $315)
  • Chijmes Hall ($230)
  • JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach ($210)

Most Expensive Hotels For A Wedding Dinner

  • The Clifford Pier @ The Fullerton Bay Hotel ($315)
  • Capella Singapore ($234 to $315)
  • The St. Regis Singapore ($246 to $288)
  • Andaz Singapore ($243)

Cheapest Hotels For A Wedding Lunch

  • PARKROYAL on Kitchener ($82)
  • Naumi Hotel ($85)
  • Peninsular Excelsior Hotel ($93)
  • Genting Hotel Jurong ($93 to $119)

Cheapest Hotels For A Wedding Dinner

  • Naumi Hotel ($85)
  • PARKROYAL on Kitchener ($105)
  • Peninsular Excelsior Hotel ($105)
  • Genting Hotel Jurong ($105 to $119)

And since here at Seedly, we’re all about financial prudence… here’s the most cost-effective venue if both partners are agreeable: a Coffee Shop Wedding.

Don’t laugh hor… Some of our parents used to do that and still remain happily married till today what.


Wedding Ang Bao Guide: How Much Wedding Ang Bao Money Should I Give?

For this wedding angbao guide, I’ll be looking at Chinese banquet settings – the type where you sit down and are served a 7 to 10-course (or maybe even more) meal.

If you’re wondering how I got these figures, I simply Googled the various hotel and restaurant websites and looked up their published rates for 2019.

Then calculated the cost per table inclusive of service charge (10%) and GST (7%), and divided the price by 10 (since a standard banquet table seats 10 guests), to get a guess-timate.

Also, I’ve narrowed it down to just Saturday and Sunday rates because – in my experience – very few couples do their wedding banquets on a Friday.

After 10,349,665 million hours of painstaking calculation and dry eyes from looking at too many numbers, here it is for your ease of reference:

Hotel

 Sat (Lunch)Sat (Dinner)Sun (Lunch)Sun (Dinner)
Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa$175$199$175$199
Andaz Singapore$192$243$192$232
Capella Singapore$199 to $315$234 to $315$199 to $315$234 to $315
Carlton Hotel$121 to $168$133 to $168$121 to $168133 to 168
Changi Cove Hotel$109 to $152$114 to $152$109 to $152$114 to $152
Chijmes Hall$230$230$211$211
Concorde Hotel$114$142$114$135
Conrad Centennial Singapore$175$169
(table of 12)
$175$169
(table of 12)
Copthorne King's Hotel$105$116$116$105
Crowne Plaza Changi Airport$121$152$121$152
Faber Peak Singapore$139$162$139$162
Fairmont Singapore and Swissôtel The Stamford$146 to $293$175 to $293$146 to $293$175 to $293
Four Points By Sheraton Singapore, Riverview$152 to $175$152 to $175$152 to $175$152 to $175
Four Seasons Hotel Singapore$168 to $175$190 to $230$168 to $175$190 to $230
Furama City Centre$98$116$98$102
Furama Riverfront Singapore$114 to $119$115 to $$137$109 to $115$105 to $140
Genting Hotel Jurong$93 to $119$105 to $119$93 to $119$105 to $119
Goodwood Park Hotel$163$190$163$185
Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel$147$150 to $181$147$150 to $181
Grand Hyatt Singapore$169$216$169$205
Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy$97$109$97$109
Hilton Singapore$130$163$130$140
Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium$110$129$110$129
Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre$122$175$122$175
Hotel Fort Canning$116 to $156$166 to $189$116 to $156$154 to $177
Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore By Shangri-La$113$140 to $157$113$140 to $157
Intercontinental Singapore$165$165$165$165
JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach$210$234$210$234
Le Méridien Singapore Sentosa$199$222$199$222
M Hotel$96 to $116$119 to $145$96 to $116$119 to $145
Mandarin Orchard Singapore$143$181$143$173
Mandarin Oriental Singapore$159$194$159$185
Marina Bay Sands$134$163 to $187$134$163 to $187
Marina Mandarin Singapore$135 to $147$159$135 to $147$159
Mercure Singapore Bugis$171$182$171$182
Naumi Hotel$85$85$85$85
Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay$126$152$126$152
Novotel Singapore On Stevens$134$169$134$169
Oasia Hotel Novena Singapore$115$127$115$127
One Farrer Hotel$146$169$146$169
Orchard Hotel Singapore$128$161$128$155
PARKROYAL on Beach Road$126$158$126$146
PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road$82$105$82$105
PARKROYAL on Pickering$140$181$140$169
Pan Pacific Orchard$147 to $156$188 to $193$147 to $156$175
Park Hotel Alexandra$113$125$113$125
Park Hotel Clarke Quay$106 to $110$116 to $120$106 to $110$116 to $120
Peninsula Excelsior Hotel$93$105$93$105
Regent Singapore$146$163$136$136
Rendezvous Hotel Singapore$122$134$122$134
Resorts World Sentosa, S.E.A. Aquarium-$234-$234
Resorts World Sentosa$140 to $175$163 to $246$140 to $175$163 to $246
Royal Plaza On Scotts$140$140$140$140
Shangri-La Hotel$187$199$187$199
Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa$163 to $173$163 to $173$149 to $168$149 to $168
Sheraton Towers Singapore$152$181$152$163
Singapore Mariott Tang Plaza Hotel$152$187$152$187
Sofitel Singapore City Centre$192 to $210$216 to $234$192 to $210$210 to $234
Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa$191$216$191$210
Swissôtel Merchant Court$128$168$128$156
The Clifford Pier @ The Fullerton Bay Hotel$315$315$315$315
The Fullerton Hotel$169 $170$169$170
The Ritz Carlton, Millenia Singapore$164$221$164$221
The St. Regis Singapore$174 to $199$246 to $288$174 to $199$246 to $288
The Westin Singapore$168$199$168$192
Village Hotel Changi$108$122$108$122
Village Hotel Katong$112$123$112$123
W Singapore - Sentosa Cove$190$226 to $233$190$202
York Hotel$121 to $146$133 to $157$121 to $146$133 to $157

Country Club

 Sat (Lunch)Sat (Dinner)Sun (Lunch)Sun (Dinner)
Orchid Country Club$102$115$102$115
Raffles Town Club$116$128$116$128
Seletar Country Club$89$89$73$85
Serangoon Gardens Country Club$81 to $152$81 to $152$81 to $152$81 to $152
Temasek Club$99$105$99$105

Restaurant

 Sat (Lunch)Sat (Dinner)Sun (Lunch)Sun (Dinner)
Ban Heng Pavilion$140$140$140$140
Chui Huay Lim Teochew Cuisine$82 to $128$82 to $128$82 to $128$82 to $128
Fu Lin Men @ Chinese Swimming Club$97 to $126$109 to $137$97 to $126$109 to $137
Fu Lin Men @ Hotel Re!$97 to $126$109 to $137$97 to $126$109 to $137
Fu Lin Men @ Hotel Royal$85 to $113$96 to $125$85 to $113$96 to $125
Fu Lin Men @ National Service Resort & Country Club (Changi)$85 to $113$96 to $125$85 to $113$96 to $125
Fu Lin Men @ Singapore Recreation Club$97 to $126$109 to $137$97 to $126$109 to $137
Lijiang Restaurant By Yunnan$61 to $86$61 to $86$61 to $86$61 to $86
LingZhi Vegetarian @ Liat Towers$59 to $82$59 to $82$59 to $82$59 to $82
LingZhi Vegetarian @ Novena Square$59 to $82$59 to $82$59 to $82$59 to $82
Peach Garden @ Hotel Miramar$97 to $136$116 to $140$97 to $136$116 to $140
Peach Garden @ OCBC Centre$108 to $120$120 to $152$108 to $120$120 to $152
Peach Garden @ The Metropolis$97 to $124$101 to $128$97 to $124$101 to $128
Peach Garden @ Thomson Plaza$116 to $140$116 to $140$116 to $140$116 to $140
Peony Jade @ Clarke Quay$101$110$101$110
Peony Jade @ Keppel Club$103$113$103$113
Prima Tower$67 to $163$67 to $163$67 to $163$67 to $163
Qian Xi Bliss Garden @ Singapore Expo$85 to $137$85 to $137$85 to $137$85 to $137
Qian Xi Blossom Garden @ HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok$85 to $137$85 to $137$85 to $137$85 to $137
Qian Xi Bountiful Garden @ Depot Heights Shopping Centre$82 to $135$82 to $135$82 to $135$82 to $135
Qian Xi Carpenter 29 @ SAFRA Town Club$82 to $135$82 to $135$82 to $135$82 to $135
Qian Xi Farrer Park @ Tessensohn Road CSC$82 to $135$82 to $135$82 to $135$82 to $135
Qian Xi Hilltop Garden @ Bukit Batok CSC$85 to $137$85 to $137$85 to $137$85 to $137
Qian Xi Joy Garden @ SAFRA Jurong$85 to $137$85 to $137$85 to $137$85 to $137
Qian Xi Jubilee Garden @ SAFRA Toa Payoh$87 to $140$87 to $140$87 to $140$87 to $140
Qian Xi Paya Lebar @ Tanjong Katong Complex$82 to $135$82 to $135$82 to $135$82 to $135
Qian Xi Summer Garden @ SAFRA Mt Faber$87 to $140$87 to $140$87 to $140$87 to $140
Shin Yeh$75 to $110$75 to $110$75 to $110$75 to $110
Tung Lok Heen$115 to $139$115 to $139$115 to $139$115 to $139
Tung Lok Signatures @ Orchard Rendezvous Hotel$114 to $129$114 to $129$114 to $129$114 to $129
Tung Lok Signatures @ The Central$93 to $105$93 to $105$93 to $105$93 to $105
Tung Lok Seafood @ Orchard Central$63 to $95$63 to $95$63 to $95$63 to $95
Tung Lok Seafood @ Upper Jurong$57 to $93$57 to $93$57 to $93$57 to $93
YÀN$140 to $187$140 to $187$140 to $187$140 to $187

If you are from any of the mentioned venues, please feel free to reach out if you have recently amended your rates or would like to correct any discrepancies (hopefully not). We’re only an email away! Thanks!


A Noob’s Guide To Deciding What Is The Appropriate Ang Bao Amount To Give

If this is the first Chinese wedding banquet you’re attending, I gotchu fam.

Apart from using the above rates as a guide, here are some other important factors to consider:

  • How close are you to the bride and/or groom? If you’re close, you can give more than the published rates.
  • How much can you comfortably gift without having to live on instant noodles for the rest of the month? If you’re in a good place, then maybe you can afford to give more.

Factors which you shouldn’t consider include:

  • Will I lose face if I give lesser than (insert name of colleague/friend/relative)?
  • Should I put the money into a Regular Savings Plan for the couple instead since they’re just gonna blow it an expensive banquet… oh, nevermind.
  • Is my angbao packet design chio (Hokkien for attractive) enough? FYI: Just make sure you write your name on it so that the couple knows who it is from.
  • I don’t believe in the institution of marriage, so should I still gift an angbao? (JUST GIVE LAH, don’t cheapskate can?)

Basically, your wedding ang bao is given to bless the couple’s marriage.

So whatever amount you choose, the wedding ang bao should be given with sincerity and your wholehearted blessing.

Other Things To Note

Always gift an amount in even numbers. As much as possible, an amount with the number 8 is always appreciated as it is considered to be an auspicious number. Here are some of my go-to wedding ang bao rates: 68, 80, 88, 100, 120, 128, 168, 188, 200.

You get the picture.

Also, avoid the number 4 because it sounds like the Cantonese word for ‘death’.

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About Kenneth Fong
Editor of Seedly's blog. Owner of a 4-room HDB BTO and married to a financial clutz. Probably the closest to an adult you can find on the Seedly team.
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