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Wedding Ang Bao Rates and What You Should Know If You’re Attending a Chinese Wedding

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Editor’s Note: A wedding is a joyous occasion for a couple to celebrate their union. Monetary tokens to the couple should be purely voluntary or for well-wishes. 


Have an upcoming wedding to attend but don’t know how much Ang bao to bao? We’re here to help!

TL;DR: Would you give a $292 Ang Bao for your friend’s wedding?

  • Most expensive wedding venue for lunch: The Clifford Pier @ The Fullerton Bay Hotel, Capella, Sofitel (Sentosa), CHIJMES Hall and JW Marriot Hotel (Singapore South beach)
  • Most expensive wedding venue for dinner: The Clifford Pier @ The Fullerton Bay Hotel, Capella, The St. Regis, ANDAZ, Resorts World Sentosa (S.E.A Aquarium)
  • Cheapest venue for Lunch and Dinner: Coffee shop, Lingzhi Vegetarian, Peach Garden, Ah Yat Seafood, Prima Tower Revolving Restaurant and Church Wedding
  • Most cost-effective: Coffeeshop Wedding (our parents use to do that)

This guide is also important for couples who are looking to get married. Most people will peg their Ang Bao to the rates found online, so plan your budget wisely!


As a guide, here’s an extensive list of wedding venues and cost per head:

The numbers shown below are derived from taking the total cost per table after factoring in service charges and GST. Divide this by the number of people per table. (Usually 10)

  • For example, if the per table cost is SGD$1000 after GST and service charges and the number of pax per table is 10. The breakeven point will thus be $100.

Note: Venues are sorted by alphabetical order

 DayLunch
(S$)
Dinner
(S$)
Ah Yat Seafood RestaurantMon - Thu5757
Fri - Sun5757
Amara Sanctuary Resort SentosaMon - Thu139139
Friday174197
Sat - Sun174197
Amara SingaporeMon - Thu122134
Fri - Sun134146
Andaz SingaporeFriday-220
Sat - Sun181232
Sunday-220
Ban Heng PavilionMon - Thu5959
Fri - Sun6666
Capella SingaporeMon - Thu187210
Fri - Sun199222
Carlton Hotel SingaporeMon - Thu118129
Fri - Sun118129
Changi Cove HotelMon - Fri$95$152
Sat - Sun$110$114
CHIJMES Hall SingaporeMon - Thu153153
Friday176176
Saturday188188
Sunday176176
Chuoi Huay Lim Teochew CuisineMon - Thu94116
Fri - Sun94116
Concorde Hotel SingaporeMon - Thu107113
Fri - Sun107128
Conrad Centennial Singapore (Table of 12 for Dinner)Mon - Fri144146
Sat - Sun144166
Copthorne King's Hotel SingaporeMon - Thu105105
Fri - Sun105116
Crowne Plaza Changi AirportMon - Thu120107
Fri120134
Sat - Sun120146
Faber Peak SingaporeMon - Thu106139
Fri - Sun115151
Fairmont Singapore and Swissôtel The StamfordMon - Thu116128
Fri - Sun116152
FOO'D by Davide OldaniMon - Thu104162
Fri - Sun104162
Four Points by Sheraton Singapore, RiverviewMon - Thu105122
Fri - Sun116134
Four Seasons Hotel SingaporeMon - Thu154154
Fri - Sun154175
Fu Lin Men @ Grand BanquetMon - Thu105110
Fri - Sun105110
Fu Lin Men @ Hotel RE!Mon - Thu105110
Fri - Sun105110
Fu Lin Men @ Raffles Country ClubMon - Thu105110
Fri - Sun105110
Furama City Centre SingaporeMon - Thu101113
Fri - Sun101113
Furama RiverFront, SingaporeMon - Thu105107
Fri - Sun105115
Genting Hotel JurongMon - Thu8890
Fri - Sun88100
Goodwood Park HotelMon - Thu158158
Fri - Sun158185
Grand Copthorne Waterfront HotelMon - Thu140144
Fri, Sun140162
Sat140162
Grand Hyatt SingaporeMon - Thu169181
Fri - Sun169216
Grand Mercure Singapore RoxyMon - Thu7479
Fri - Sun7989
Hilton SingaporeMon - Thu130146
Fri - Sun130163
Holiday Inn Singapore AtriumMon - Thu114126
Fri - Sun114126
Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City CentreMon - Thu116140
Fri - Sun116163
Hotel Fort CanningMon - Thu116116
Fri139119
Saturday139166
Sunday139154
Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore by Shangri-LaMon - Thu106107
Fri - Sun106134
iFly Singapore Sky GardenMon - Thu174174
Fri - Sun174174
InterContinental SingaporeMon - Thu155155
Fri - Sun155199
JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South BeachMon - Thu197210
Fri - Sun197210
Le Meridien Singapore, Sentosa (fomerly Movenpick)Mon - Thu175199
Fri - Sun199222
Lijiang Restaurant by YunnanMon - Thu6161
Fri - Sun6161
LingZhi Vegetarian (Liat Towers)Mon - Thu5050
Fri - Sun5050
LingZhi Vegetarian (Velocity – Novena Square)Mon - Thu5050
Fri - Sun5050
M HotelMon - Thu110122
Fri - Sun110149
Mandarin Orchard SingaporeMon - Thu143142
Sat143180
Fri, Sun143172
Mandarin Oriental SingaporeMon - Thu153152
Fri - Sun153181
Marina Bay SandsMon - Thu122152
Fri - Sun122152
Marina MandarinMon - Fri12593
Sat - Sun125147
Novotel Singapore on StevensMon - Fri127127
Sat - Sun127162
Novotel Singapore Clarke QuayMon - Thu114120
Fri - Sun114138
Oasis Hotel NovenaMon - Thu115115
Fri - Sun115127
One Farrer Hotel & SpaMon - Thu140163
Fri - Sun140163
ONE°15 Marina ClubMon - Thu10997
Fri - Sun109122
Orchard Hotel SingaporeMon - Thu122122
Fri - Sun122163
Orchid Country ClubMon - Thu93105
Fri - Sun95112
Pan Pacific Orchard, SingaporeMon - Thu121146
Fri - Sun146187
Park Hotel AlexandraMon - Thu8193
Fri - Sun8193
PARKROYAL on Beach RoadMon - Thu126128
Fri - Sun126146
PARKROYAL on Kitchener RoadMon - Thu8298
Fri - Sun82105
PARKROYAL on PickeringMon - Fri152116
Sat - Sun152187
Park Hotel Clarke QuayMon - Thu102112
Fri - Sun106116
Peach Garden @ Changi Airport T2Mon - Thu9393
Fri - Sun9393
Peach Garden @ Hotel MiramarMon - Thu8698
Fri - Sun8698
Peach Garden @ NTUMon - Thu5555
Fri - Sun5555
Peach Garden @ OCBC CentreMon - Thu-108
Friday-120
Sat - Sun108120
Peach Garden @ Orchid Country ClubMon - Thu9494
Fri - Sun94109
Peach Garden @ The MetropolisMon - Thu9393
Fri - Sun9393
Peach Garden @ Thomson PlazaMon - Thu5959
Fri - Sun9494
Peninsula.Excelsior HotelMon - Thu8793
Fri - Sun93105
Peony Jade at Clarke QuayMon - Thu95105
Fri - Sun95105
Peony Jade at Keppel ClubMon - Thu95105
Fri - Sun95105
Prima Tower Revolving RestaurantMon - Thu5757
Fri - Sun5757
Qian Xi Bliss GardenMon - Thu7070
Fri - Sun7070
Qian Xi Blossom GardenMon - Thu7070
Fri - Sun7070
Qian Xi Bountiful GardenMon - Thu6868
Fri - Sun6868
Qian Xi Carpenter StreetMon - Thu7070
Fri - Sun7070
Qian Xi Farrer ParkMon - Thu6868
Fri - Sun6868
Qian Xi Hilltop GardenMon - Thu7070
Fri - Sun7070
Qian Xi Joy GardenMon - Thu7070
Fri - Sun7070
Qian Xi Paya LebarMon - Thu6868
Fri - Sun6868
Qian Xi Summer GardenMon - Thu7070
Fri - Sun7070
Raffles Town ClubMon - Thu105105
Fri - Sun107132
Ramada Singapore at Zhongshan ParkMon - Thu102116
Fri - Sun102128
Regent Singapore, A Four Seasons HotelMon - Thu143146
Friday - Sun143146
Rendezvous Hotel Singapore by Far East HospitalityMon - Thu116128
Fri - Sun116128
Resorts World Sentosa, S.E.A. AquariumMon - Thu-222
Fri - Sun-222
Resorts World Sentosa, SingaporeMon - Thu128163
Fri - Sun128163
Royal Plaza on ScottsMon - Thu140140
Fri - Sun140140
Seletar Country ClubMon - Thu7385
Fri - Sat8989
Sunday7385
Serangoon Gardens Country ClubMon - Thu8383
Fri - Sun8989
Shangri-La HotelMon - Thu175187
Fri - Sun175210
Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa Resort & SpaMon - Thu118129
Fri - Sun141155
Sheraton Towers SingaporeMon -Fri146146
Sat - Sun146175
Shin YehMon - Thu6161
Fri - Sun6464
Sinfonia RistoranteMon - Sun 164204
Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza HotelMon - Thu148148
Fri - Sun148187
Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & SpaMon - Thu188196
Fri - Sun188210
Swissôtel Merchant Court SingaporeMon - Thu128119
Fri - Sun128156
Temasek ClubMon - Thu8793
Fri - Sun99105
THE CHEVRONSMon - Thu7989
Fri - Sun7999
Sunday8089
The Clifford Pier @ The Fullerton Bay HotelMon - Thu292292
Fri - Sun292292
The Fullerton Hotel SingaporeMon - Thu149166
Friday149166
Sat - Sun170195
The Joyden HallMon - Thu8685
Fri - Sun97106
The Ritz Carlton, Millenia SingaporeMon - Thu187221
Fri - Sun187221
The St. Regis SingaporeMon - Thu-187
Fri-187
Sat - Sun174234
The Westin SingaporeMon - Thu-175
Fri - Sun163187
Tim PalaceMon - Thu6363
Fri - Sun6363
Tung Lok HeenMon - Thu115115
Fri - Sun115115
Tung Lok Seafood (Orchard Central)Mon - Thu6363
Fri - Sun6363
Tung Lok Seafood (Upper Jurong)Mon - Thu6363
Fri - Sun6363
Tung Lok Signatures (Orchard Parade)Mon - Thu9191
Friday9191
Sat - Sun9999
Tung Lok Signatures (The Central)Mon - Thu9393
Fri - Sun9393
Village Hotel Changi by Far East HospitalityMon - Thu9395
Fri - Sun9395
Village Hotel Katong by Far East HospitalityMon - Fri98102
Sat - Sun98113
W Singapore - Sentosa CoveMon - Thu175169
Fri - Sun175187
YÀN 宴Mon - Thu116116
Fri - Sun116116
York HotelMon - Thu101101
Fri - Sun101111

 

How to decide the amount to give:

Most wedding venues indicate their rates and packages online.

Do a quick check of the venue’s table rates online, and upon referring to the long list above, here are a few more factors that will help you decide on an amount:

  • how close are you to the bride and groom?
  • make a call on whether the “going rate” is within your financial means
  • if yes, make it an even number, or end it with an ‘8’
  • if no, round down or cut the amount to something you are comfortable with

What to avoid:

  • Odd numbers are usually frowned upon in Chinese culture

Always round your numbers to even, auspicious numbers. Even numbers are thought to be more ’rounded’ and wholesome, conveying your wishes for a stable and more complete life for your loved ones.

  • any amount with the number 8 in it is also considered auspicious. As much as possible, try to make your number an even one.
  • avoid anything that has a 4 in it as it is considered inauspicious as 4 sounds like “death” in Chinese.
  • the notorious number 13 is still rarely acceptable, so try to avoid it

Here are some common rates for Ang Bao in Singapore:

68, 80, 100, 120, 128, 138 (not common), 150 (try to avoid odd numbers), 160, 168, 188, 200

Common wedding Ang Bao questions people are too afraid to ask:

For guests –

1. “How much should I give when attending a wedding at a restaurant or an alternative venue?”

Many couples are increasingly turning to restaurants and alternative venues like clubhouses for their weddings. These can cost anywhere from $90++ to $200++ per guest for a four-course sit-down meal in fine dining venues, or a little less for buffet spreads. Luncheons usually cost less than dinners as well, and many venues put higher minimum spend amounts for evening celebrations and weekend weddings.

2. “How much wedding Ang bao should I prepare for a church wedding?”

This varies from church to church, but churches often do not charge for use of their venue. The main cost would thus be for the lunch or high tea that couples arrange for their guests after the wedding ceremony. Buffet spreads held within the church premises can range from $15 to $80 per guest.

3. “My friends have invited me to an ROM ceremony/a church wedding and a dinner banquet. Must I give wedding ang bao for both events?”

Many couples have a dinner ceremony on the same day as exchanging their vows in a church, so guests may prefer to gift the ang bao at the dinner instead. For such events, most people gift just a single wedding ang bao during the dinner ceremony. “I’d only give ang bao during dinner,” says Janis, and Tan Siew Kiang, 24, Webmaster, agrees. If the events are spread over a period of time, you could consider giving a gift for the ROM ceremony and then an ang bao for the wedding dinner later on, as Mae suggests: “For an ROM ceremony or a church wedding, I would get a gift, such as a floral bouquet, and give an ang bao for the dinner banquet.”

4. “What ang bao should we give during the tea ceremony?”

If you have younger siblings or relatives serving you tea during your tea ceremony, it’s customary to give them an ang bao each. Remember to use auspicious numbers.

For the wedding couple –

5. “We have chosen a prime 5 star venue for our wedding. I have some guests on the list who I know are not that financially well-to-do, should I still invite them (for fear of them feeling pressured to give a big ang bao)?

It is a nice gesture for guests to give an ang bao, so if a couple decides to host their ceremony at a high-end venue knowing the friends they invite are not financially well to do, they should expect to receive a lower and not be mad. On the other hand, it could also be nice to find a chance to speak to these guests and let them know that you are not holding any high expectations.

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