It’s been almost 2 months since I last updated on my wedding plan. I am glad to announce that the major stuff have been booked and I am left with the heap of tiny details to work on.
Ok, first of all, the Banquet. Remember that I have shortlisted 3 hotels? So here are the final comments.
This was our back-up hotel. The price per table is reasonable ($1098++) but we need to have a minimum of 25 tables. This is 5 tables more than our planned guest lists. In the end, we decided not to take this hotel.
We attended the wedding showcase on 26 Apr 2014. The minimum is 18 tables ($1268++ per table) and we will be given the Lavender Ballroom (smaller ballroom) at level 1.
Above are the 2 types of layouts for lavender ballroom. The reasons we didn’t like it are:
– PILLARS! There are 4 pillars in the ballroom and whichever way we put the stage, there will be guests who can’t see us.
– Guest entrance is a bit concealed. It would be a bit of problem to direct the guests into the ballroom. And they have to pass by the toilets to get to the ballroom.
– Foyer for reception is shared with Legends Ballroom (bigger ballroom). I think my guests will end up going into the wrong ballroom if there’s another wedding on the same day.
These are the perks from the wedding showcase on top of the standard package. Comparing to MBS, HFC only gives a day use room from 2-7pm. My poor jiemeis will have to pack up and leave with their barang barang by 7pm. =(
We visited the bridal rooms. It’s not bad and has a bathroom overseeing the Fort Canning park. But, the windows are not one-way, so to enjoy the view in the bathtub would mean a high risk of free full monty show for the public.
We also get to sample some of the food during the wedding showcase. Food wise, I find it ok. So that evening, both of us came to a conclusion that we will be taking MBS.
It was a popular date to hold a banquet on 17 Jan 2015, so after meeting the coordinator, Jennifer, we were only left with the Begonia Junior Ballroom on level 3. I was a little disappointed because level 4 has a better view at the reception area.
I took a picture of the ballroom for reference. Basically the ceilings (approx. 6+m) of all the Junior Ballrooms are the same, except for the carpet. Carpet in level 3 is more orange, while the carpet on level 4 is red.
I am ok with the ballroom size because there will still be plenty of room after placing 20 tables and a stage in. No pillar in the ballroom is definitely a big plus.
March-in will be from the center door and straight to the stage.
As for the bride changing room, a small conference room next to the Begonia ballroom will be provided. I can choose to do my evening make-up in that room or in my bridal suite and then walk over to the ballroom. Also, I will also be using that room for changing into my 2nd march-in gown.
For solemnisation, I did not choose the outdoor package because I am afraid that the weather might not be nice in Jan. So, MBS will be providing a small conference (also beside Begonia ballroom) with chairs and table set-up for my solemnisation pre-banquet. Only the table centre piece will be provided for solemnisation. Aisle flowers or other decorations can be DIY or at an additional cost.
For the reception area, it will still be shared with any other concurrent events, but since Begonia is the first ballroom, it is easier for my guest to locate.
That’s my draft plan for the reception. My guests need not walk very far to reach the area. I probably have to put some signboards or something to direct my guest straight to the reception after they reach level 3 via the escalator. This will be the little downside of taking MBS because they have so many ballrooms.
For the banquet package, per table is $1388++ with minimum 20 tables. We missed the wedding showcase promo, so here are the remaining perks (on top of the standard package) available when we signed the contract:
– Free flow of beer for 4 hours
– Consecutive 2 nights stay in Bridal Suite with breakfast for 2
– Complimentary 1 night stay in deluxe room for helpers
– Corkage waiver of up to 5 bottles of liqueur (750ml, duty paid).
Comparing with other hotels that we shortlisted, I find the MBS standard package attractive because it provides:
– Pre- or Post-refreshment and chocolate pralines for couple in the Bridal Suite
– 8 fresh floral stands (some hotels only provides 6)
– 2 LCD projector and screens (some hotels charge for rental)
– Invitation cards for 70% of guest inclusive of printing. (Most hotels exclude printing cost)
– 1 wish from the list in the picture below:
And, I am so excited about the bridal suite!! We will be given the Orchid Suite which is 97 sqm! It comes with separate bedroom (King bed), floor-to-ceiling windows, executive work desk, two 42″ flat-screen TV, an ipod docking station, DVD player, Nespresso machine, a spa-like bathroom with freestanding bathtub and walk-in shower. Also, we can enjoy breakfast at Sky on 57. I have checked that the normal price for 1 night stay in Orchid Suite on 17 Jan is $849++ (without city view) and $899++ (with city view). Such great deal isn’t it?
Ok, so the banquet venue is settled. What’s left for the banquet is choosing the florist for ballroom decor, invitation card design selection, think of reception area decor, solemnization aisle flowers, and then food tasting~