Ang Bao Rates For Singapore Weddings 2022

Emma Lam
Last updated Sep 20, 2022

Everyone knows that wedding dinners in Singapore are expensive because of wedding ang bao rates. So we’re here to help you choose which wedding banquet to attend based on your budget in 2022.

Nothing like the sound of your phone buzzing like crazy to catch your attention, only to realise you’ve been added to a newly formed Whatsapp group. As you peek at the chat group’s name, you make out the word “Wedding” and it immediately dawns on you. One of your long-lost classmates is tying the knot, and the group chat is for soliciting RSVPs. 

After learning where the banquet will be held, you can’t help but think how big a hole the customary wedding ang bao will blow in your pocket. If you’ve ever been – or currently are – in this predicament, we’ve compiled a guide featuring hotel wedding banquets in Singapore 2022 and classified them according to estimated wedding ang bao rates in Singapore 2022 so that you don’t have to.

See also: Cost Guide to Weddings in Singapore (2022)

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Last updated on14 September 2022. Prices listed here are estimates and subject to change without prior notice.

Wedding receptions in Singapore 2022: COVID-19 restrictions and rules 

While masks in Singapore are slowly disappearing as we shift into an endemic phase, some COVID-19 restrictions are still in place — although the safe management measures (SMM) have relaxed considerably.

Since 29 August 2022, there are no capacity limits on event size. Adhering to dedicated group sizes and safe distancing is no longer required either. Masks are optional but they’re still generally encouraged when not eating.

For weddings hosting fewer than 500 attendees, Vaccination-Differentiated SMMs (VDS) are not needed unless held at an F&B establishment. For weddings exceeding 500 guests, VDS should be observed too.

Meanwhile, only up to 20 attendees are permitted to marriage solemnisation. VDS does not need to be observed either, but mask-wearing is encouraged nonetheless.

For more SMMs information, please refer to this document.

Overview: Wedding Banquets and Wedding Ang Bao Rates in Singapore 2022

To preface, these wedding ang bao rates 2022 are inclusive of GST. These estimated rates are calculated based on cost per person based on a venue’s cheapest and most expensive package, factoring in the average table seating capacity of 10 guests.

Note: Figures are adapted from SingaporeBrides.com. Values are arranged in ascending order from cheapest to most expensive rates.

Wedding banquets and wedding ang bao rates for hotels in Singapore 2022

Wedding ang bao rates for hotels in Singapore 2022
Hotel Price range (Lunch) Price range (Dinner)
Village Hotel Albert Court Weekday: S$70
Weekend: S$70
Weekday: S$70
Weekend: S$70
PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road Weekday: S$90 to S$130
Weekend: S$140
Weekday: S$90 to S$140
Weekend: S$150
Genting Hotel Jurong Weekday: S$100
Weekend: S$100
Weekday: S$100 to S$130
Weekend: S$110 to S$130
Park Hotel Clarke Quay Weekday: S$106 to S$120
Weekend: S$106 to S$120
Weekday: S$133
Weekend: S$133
York Hotel Weekday: S$110 to S$120
Weekend: S$120 to S$130
Weekday: S$110 to S$120
Weekend: S$120 to S$130
Peninsula Excelsior Hotel Weekday: S$110 to S$140
Weekend: S$120 to S$140
Weekday: S$120 to S$160
Weekend: S$130 to S$160
Copthorne King’s Hotel Singapore Weekday: S$120 to S$130
Weekend: S$130
Weekday: S$120 to S$140
Weekend: S$140
Mercure Singapore Bugis Weekday: S$120
Weekend: S$130
Weekday: S$120
Weekend: S$130
Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium Weekday: S$120
Weekend: S$120
Weekday: S$120
Weekend: S$140
Changi Cove Hotel Weekday: S$120 to S$160
Weekend: S$120 to S$160
Weekday: S$120 to S$160
Weekend: S$120 to S$160
Grand Mecure Singapore Roxy Weekday: S$120 to S$160
Weekend: S$120 to S$160
Weekday: S$130 to S$170
Weekend: S$130 to S$170
The Barracks Hotel Sentosa Weekday: S$120
Weekend: S$200
Weekday: S$180 to S$400
Weekend: S$220 to S$400
Village Hotel Bugis Weekday: S$130
Weekend: S$130
Weekday: S$130
Weekend: S$130
Grand Park Orchard Weekday: S$130 to S$140
Weekend: S$140
Weekday: S$140 to S$170
Weekend: S$160 to S$170
Ramada by Wyndham Singapore at Zhongshan Park Weekday: S$130
Weekend: S$130
Weekday: S$170
Weekend: S$170
Amara Singapore Weekday: S$130 to S$180
Weekend: S$150 to S$180
Weekday: S$130 to S$180
Weekend: S$170 to S$180
Furama City Centre Singapore Weekday: S$140
Weekend: S$140
Weekday: S$150
Weekend: S$150
Village Hotel Changi Weekday: S$140
Weekend: S$140
Weekday: S$160
Weekend: S$160
Concorde Hotel Singapore Weekday: S$140
Weekend: S$140
Weekday: S$140 to S$160
Weekend: S$160 to S$170
Voco Orchard Singapore Weekday: S$140
Weekend: S$140
Weekday: S$150
Weekend: S$150 to S$170
Furama Riverfront Weekday: S$140 to S$150
Weekend: S$140 to S$150
Weekday: S$150 to S$160
Weekend: S$150 to S$170
Furama Riverfront Singapore Weekday: S$140 to S$150
Weekend: S$140 to S$150
Weekday: S$150 to S$160
Weekend: S$150 to S$170
M Hotel Singapore City Centre Weekday: S$140 to S$160
Weekend: S$140 to S$160
Weekday: S$140 to S$160
Weekend: S$150 to S$170
Village Hotel Katong Weekday: S$140 to S$160
Weekend: S$140 to S$160
Weekday: S$160 to S$180
Weekend: S$160 to S$200
Carlton Hotel Singapore Weekday: S$140 to S$180
Weekend: S$140 to S$180
Weekday: S$170 to S$180
Weekend: S$170 to S$180
Paradox Singapore Merchant Courte at Clarke Quay Weekday: S$140
Weekend: S$140
Weekday: S$130 to S$170
Weekend: S$170 to S$180
Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel Weekday: S$140 to S$170
Weekend: S$140 to S$170
Weekday: S$120 to S$200
Weekend: S$150 to S$200
Oasia Resort Sentosa Weekday: S$140
Weekend: S$190
Weekday: S$180
Weekend: S$200
Oasia Hotel Novena Singapore Weekday: S$150
Weekend: S$150
Weekday: S$170
Weekend: S$170
Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Weekday: S$150 to S$160
Weekend: S$150 to S$160
Weekday: S$130 to S$160
Weekend: S$160 to S$170
JEN Singapore Tanglin by Shangri-La Weekday: S$150 to S$180
Weekend: S$150 to S$180
Weekday: S$150 to S$180
Weekend: S$170 to S$180
One Farrer Hotel Weekday: S$150
Weekend: S$150
Weekday: S$170
Weekend: S$170 to S$190
Oneº15 Marina Sentosa Cove Weekday: S$160
Weekend: S$160
Weekday: S$160
Weekend: S$160
Royal Plaza on Scotts Weekday: S$160
Weekend: S$160
Weekday: S$160
Weekend: S$160
Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre Weekday: S$160
Weekend: S$160
Weekday: S$160 to S$170
Weekend: S$170
Rendezvous Hotel Singapore at Bras Basah Weekday: NIL
Weekend: S$160
Weekday: S$140 to S$160
Weekend: S$170
Novotel Singapore on Stevens Weekday: S$160
Weekend: S$160
Weekday: S$160
Weekend: S$160 to S$180
Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel Weekday: S$160 to S$170
Weekend: S$160 to S$170
Weekday: S$160 to S$190
Weekend: S$180 to S$190
Grand Park City Hall Weekday: S$160 to S$170
Weekend: S$160 to S$170
Weekday: S$160 to S$170
Weekend: S$160 to S$170
Four Points by Sherton Singapore, Riverview Weekday: S$160 to S$180
Weekend: S$160 to S$180
Weekday: S$160 to S$180
Weekend: S$160 to S$180
Regent Singapore Weekday: S$160
Weekend: S$170 to S$180
Weekday: S$160 to S$170
Weekend: S$190 to S$210
Intercontinental Singapore Weekday: S$160
Weekend: S$200 to S$410
Weekday: S$160 to S$410
Weekend: S$200 to S$410
Grand Hyatt Singapore Weekday: S$170
Weekend: S$170
Weekday: S$180 to S$200
Weekend: S$200 to S$210
PARKROYAL Collection Marina Bay, Singapore Weekday: S$170
Weekend: S$180
Weekday: S$170
Weekend: S$220
Fairmont Singapore and Swissotel the Stamford Weekday: S$170 to S$180
Weekend: S$170 to S$180 
Weekday: S$190 to S$200
Weekend: S$190 to S$200
Orchard Hotel Singapore Weekday: S$170
Weekend: S$180
Weekday: S$200 to S$230
Weekend: S$200 to S$230
Conrad Centennial Singapore Weekday: S$170 to S$190
Weekend: S$170 to S$190
Weekday: S$170 to S$220
Weekend: S$180 to S$220
PARKROYAL on Beach Road Weekday: S$170 to S$200
Weekend: S$180 to S$200
Weekday: S$170 to S$230
Weekend: S$200 to S$230
Sheraton Towers Singapore Weekday: S$170 to S$220
Weekend: S$170 to S$220
Weekday: S$190 to S$220
Weekend: S$190 to S$220
Marina Bay Sands Weekday: S$170 to S$230
Weekend: S$170 to S$230
Weekday: S$200 to S$230
Weekend: S$200 to S$230
PARKROYAL Collection Pickering Weekday: S$170 to S$240
Weekend: S$170 to S$240
Weekday: S$140 to S$240
Weekend: S$200 to S$240
Goodwood Park Hotel Weekday: S$180
Weekend: S$180
Weekday: S$180 to S$200
Weekend: S$200
Oasia Hotel Downtown Weekday: S$180
Weekend: S$180
Weekday: S$200
Weekend: S$200
Hotel Fort Canning
(Extra S$5,500 for Grand Marquee)
Weekday: S$180
Weekend: S$180
Weekday: S$200
Weekend: S$200
The Westin Singapore Weekday: S$180
Weekend: S$180
Weekday: S$180 to S$200
Weekend: S$200
Sofitel Singapore City Centre Weekday: S$180
Weekend: S$180 to S$200
Weekday: S$190
Weekend: S$190 to S$210
Pan Pacific Singapore Weekday: NIL
Weekend: S$180 to S$200
Weekday: S$160 to S$200
Weekend: S$210 to S$230
The Outpost Hotel Sentosa Weekday: S$120 to S$200
Weekend: S$200
Weekday: S$180
Weekend: S$220
Hilton Singapore Orchard Weekday: S$180
Weekend: S$180
Weekday: S$180 to S$200
Weekend: S$200 to S$230
Village Hotel Sentosa Weekday: S$120 to S$200
Weekend: S$200
Weekday: S$180
Weekend: S$220
Four Seasons Hotel Singapore Weekday: S$180 to S$360
Weekend: S$180 to S$360
Weekday: S$240 to S$310
Weekend: S$240 to S$310
Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa Weekday: S$190 to S$240
Weekend: S$200 to S$240
Weekday: S$190 to S$240
Weekend: S$230 to S$250
Shangri-La Hotel Weekday: S$200 to S$310
Weekend: S$200 to S$310
Weekday: S$240 to S$310
Weekend: S$240 to S$310
Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore Weekday: S$200 to S$250
Weekend: S$200 to S$250
Weekday: S$200 to S$250
Weekend: S$200 to S$250
Andaz Singapore Weekday: S$210
Weekend: S$210
Weekday: S$240 to S$250
Weekend: S$240 to S$250
Mandarin Oriental Singapore Weekday: S$210
Weekend: S$220
Weekday: S$240
Weekend: S$250
W Singapore – Sentosa Cove Weekday: S$210 to S$250
Weekend: S$210 to S$250
Weekday: S$240 to S$250
Weekend: S$240 to S$270
Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa Weekday: S$210 to S$260
Weekend: S$210 to S$260
Weekday: S$220 to S$290
Weekend: S$220 to S$310
Resorts World Sentosa, Equarius Hotel Weekday: S$220 to S$230
Weekend: S$220 to S$230
Weekday: S$230 to S$240
Weekend: S$230 to S$240
The St. Regis Singapore Weekday: S$220 to S$240
Weekend: S$220 to S$240
Weekday: S$220 to S$290
Weekend: S$250 to S$290
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore Weekday: S$230
Weekend: S$230
Weekday: S$250
Weekend: S$250
The Ritz Carlton, Millenia Singapore Weekday: S$230 to S$250
Weekend: S$230 to S$250
Weekday: S$270 to S$340
Weekend: S$270 to S$340
Capella Singapore Weekday: S$230 to S$370
Weekend: S$230 to S$370
Weekday: S$250 to S$370
Weekend: S$250 to S$370
Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa, Singapore Weekday: S$240 to S$270
Weekend: S$240 to S$270
Weekday: S$240 to S$270
Weekend: S$240 to S$270
The Capital Kempinski Hotel Singapore  Weekday: S$240 to S$250
Weekend: S$240 to S$250
Weekday: S$260 to S$270
Weekend: S$260 to S$270
JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach Weekday: S$240
Weekend: S$250
Weekday: S$260 to S$270
Weekend: S$270 to S$290
Raffles Hotel Weekday: S$260 to S$270
Weekend: S$260 to S$270
Weekday: S$270 to S$310
Weekend: S$270 to S$320
The Clifford Pier @ The Fullerton Bay Hotel Weekday: S$330 to S$360
Weekend: S$330 to S$360
Weekday: S$330
Weekend: S$330
Resorts World Sentosa, S.E.A Aquarium Weekday: NIL
Weekend: NIL
Weekday: S$320 to $360
Weekend: S$320 to S$360

Among the hotel venues, Village Hotel Albert Court is the cheapest wedding ang bao rate coming in at S$70 for both lunch and dinner banquets. 

On the opposite end of the spectrum, S.E.A Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa has the most expensive wedding ang bao rates ranging between S$320 to S$360. Moreover, they don’t serve any lunch banquets, only dinner banquets. 

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Wedding banquet and wedding ang bao rates for restaurant and other miscellaneous venues in Singapore 2022

Wedding ang bao rates for restaurant venues in Singapore 2022
Hotel Price range (Lunch) Price range (Dinner)
Lingzhi Vegetarian (Liat Towers) Weekday: S$60 to S$90
Weekend: S$60 to S$90
Weekday: S$60 to S$90
Weekend: S$60 to S$90
Ban Heng @ Orchard Central Weekday: S$70 to S$130
Weekend: S$80 to S$130
Weekday: S$70 to S$130
Weekend: S$80 to S$130
Ban Heng @ Orchid Country Club Weekday: S$70 to S$160
Weekend: S$100 to S$160
Weekday: S$70 to S$160
Weekend: S$100 to S$160
Fu Lin Men (Orchid Country Club) Weekday: S$80 to S$160
Weekend: S$80 to S$160
Weekday: S$80 to S$160
Weekend: S$80 to S$160
Ah Yat Seafood Restaurant Weekday: S$90 to S$130
Weekend: S$90 to S$130
Weekday: S$90 to S$130
Weekend: S$90 to S$130
Tung Lok Seafood (Upper Jurong) Weekday: S$90 to S$170
Weekend: S$90 to S$170
Weekday: S$90 to S$170
Weekend: S$90 to S$170
The Great Ballroom Weekday: S$100 to S$140
Weekend: S$120 to S$140
Weekday: S$100 to S$140
Weekend: S$120 to S$140
Fu Lin Men (National Service Resort & Country Cub) Weekday: S$100 to S$160
Weekend: S$110 to S$170
Weekday: S$100 to S$160
Weekend: S$110 to S$170
Serangoon Gardens Country Club Weekday: S$100 to S$160
Weekend: S$100 to S$170
Weekday: S$100 to S$160
Weekend: S$100 to S$170
Qian Xi Paya Lebar
Qian Xi Farrer Park
Qian Xi Bountiful Garden
Weekday: S$100 to S$170
Weekend: S$100 to S$170
Weekday: S$100 to S$170
Weekend: S$100 to S$170
Tung Lok Signatures (The Central) Weekday: S$100 to S$110
Weekend: S$100 to S$110
Weekday: S$100 to S$110
Weekend: S$100 to S$110
Seletar Country Club Weekday: S$110
Weekend: S$110
Weekday: S$110
Weekend: S$110
Peach Garden @ The Metropolis Weekday: S$110 to S$130
Weekend: S$110 to S$130
Weekday: S$110 to S$130
Weekend: S$110 to S$130
Peach Garden @ Hotel Miramar Weekday: S$110 to S$140
Weekend: S$110 to S$140
Weekday: S$110 to S$140Weekend: S$120 to S$140
Peach Garden @ Thomson Plaza Weekday: S$110 to S$140
Weekend: S$130 to S$140
Weekday: S$110 to $140
Weekend: S$130 to S$140
Peach Garden @ OCBC Centre Weekday: S$110 to S$160
Weekend: S$140 to S$160
Weekday: S$110 to S$160
Weekend: S$140 to S$160
Chui Huay Lim Teochew Cuisine Weekday: S$110 to S$200
Weekend: S$110 to S$200
Weekday: S$110 to S$200
Weekend: S$110 to S$200
The Chevrons @ Jurong East Weekday: S$110 to S$150
Weekend: S$110 to S$150
Weekday: S$110 to S$150
Weekend: S$110 to S$150
Qian Xi Pearl Garden
Qian Xi Hilltop Garden
Qian Xi Eternal Garden
Qian Xi Summer Garden
Qian Xi Jubilee Garden
Weekday: S$110 to S$170
Weekend: S$110 to S$170
Weekday: S$110 to S$170
Weekend: S$110 to S$170
Fu Lin Men (Singapore Recreation Club)
Fu Lin Men (Chinese Swimming Club)
Weekday: S$110 to S$170
Weekend: S$110 to S$170
Weekday: S$110 to S$170
Weekend: S$110 to S$170
Orchid Country Club Weekday: S$120
Weekend: S$120
Weekday: S$130 to S$140
Weekend: S$130 to S$140
Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium Weekday: S$120
Weekend: S$120
Weekday: S$120
Weekend: S$140
Fu Lin Men (Singapore Recreation Club) Weekday: S$110 to S$170
Weekend: S$110 to S$170
Weekday: S$110 to S$170
Weekend: S$110 to S$170
Tung Lok Signatures, Antica Ballroom @ Orchard Rendezvous Hotel Weekday: S$120 to S$140
Weekend: S$120 to S$140
Weekday: S$120 to S$140
Weekend: S$120 to S$140
Sinfonia Ristorante Weekday: S$120 to S$260
Weekend: S$120 to S$260
Weekday: S$140 to S$320
Weekend: S$140 to S$320
The Joyden Hall Weekday: S$130 to S$170
Weekend: S$150 to S$170
Weekday: S130 to S$170
Weekend: S$170
Sentosa Golf Club Weekday: S$130 to S$140
Weekend: S$130 to S$140
Weekday: S$170 to S$190
Weekend: S$170 to S$190
Furama City Centre Singapore Weekday: S$140
Weekend: S$140
Weekday: S$150
Weekend: S$150
Raffles Marina Weekday: S$140 to S$160
Weekend: S$140 to S$160
Weekday: S$140 to S$160
Weekend: S$140 to S$160
The Villa at Singapore Botanic Gardens Weekday: S$160 to S$200
Weekend: S$160 to S$200
Weekday: S$160 to S$200
Weekend: S$160 to S$200
Red House Seafood Weekday: S$160 to S$200
Weekend: S$160 to S$200
Weekday: S$160 to S$200
Weekend: S$160 to S$200
Mount Faber Peak Weekday: S$130 to S$160
Weekend: S$130 to S$160
Weekday: S$170 to S$200
Weekend: S$170 to S$200
YÀN 宴 Weekday: S$170 to S$200
Weekend: S$170 to S$200
Weekday: S$170 to S$200
Weekend: S$170 to S$200
Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant at top of UOB Plaza Weekday: S$160 to S$240
Weekend: S$160 to S$240
Weekday: S$160 to S$240
Weekend: S$160 to S$240
Grand Shanghai Weekday: S$190 to S$200
Weekend: S$190 to S$200
Weekday: S$190 to S$200
Weekend: S$190 to S$200
Tung Lok Heen Weekday: S$160 to S$230
Weekend: S$180 to S$230
Weekday: S$160 to S$230
Weekend: S$180 to S$230
1-Atico Weekday: S$170
Weekend: S$250 to S$280
Weekday: S$170
Weekend: S$250 to S$280

For non-hotel venues, Ling Zhi Vegeterian at Liat Towers offers comparable ang bao rates between S$60 to S$90 for their lunch and dinner banquets. 

Meanwhile, Tung Lok Heen is the priciest on the list, starting from S$170 onwards for their weekday banquets and between S$250 to S$280 for their weekend banquets.

In general, Saturday is the most popular day for wedding banquets. So based on that…

What are the average wedding ang bao rates for a typical Saturday wedding banquet?

Saturday wedding
Most expensive hotel for wedding lunch Most expensive hotel for wedding dinner Cheapest hotel for wedding lunch Cheapest hotel for wedding dinner
The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore: S$240 to S$250 The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore: S$240 to S$270 Village Hotel Albert Court: S$70 Village Hotel Albert Court: S$70
Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa, Singapore: S$240 to S$270 Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa, Singapore: S$240 to S$270 Genting Hotel Jurong: S$100 Genting Hotel Jurong: S$110 to S$130
Raffles Hotel: S$260 to S$270 Raffles Hotel: S$270 to S$320 Park Hotel Clarke Quay: S$106 to S$120 Park Hotel Clarke Quay: S$133
The Clifford Pier @ The Fullerton Bay Hotel: S$330 to S$360 The Clifford Pier @ The Fullerton Bay Hotel: S$330 York Hotel: S$120 to S$130 York Hotel: S$120 to S$130
  Resorts World Sentosa, S.E.A. Aquarium: S$320 to S$360 Peninsula Excelsior Hotel: S$120 to S$140 Peninsula Excelsior Hotel: S$130 to S$160

But don’t let the pressure of typical wedding conventions get to you. Just because the majority of weddings are held on Saturdays (or Fridays) doesn’t mean that you have to follow. It all boils down to what you and your future spouse prefer, and also how big or how intimate you’d want your wedding banquet to be.

More often than not, several couples skip the wedding banquets altogether because they’d much rather apportion that money for more important purchases and investments like your BTO downpayment (and future mortgage) or buying a car.

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How much are wedding ang baos at Chinese wedding?

Depending on the scale of the wedding festivities, the value of your ang bao will differ accordingly. In general, hotel wedding banquets at around S$1,000 per table will warrant ang bao rates between S$100 to S$120

Slightly up the price ladder, hotel wedding banquets at around S$1,500 per table will bump up your ang bao rates to around S$150 to S$180

The truly extravagant hotel wedding banquets at around S$2,000 per table will set you back further by S$200 to S$250 per wedding ang bao. And anything above S$2,000 per table will cost a hefty S$250 to S$280 per wedding ang bao.

Meanwhile, wedding ang bao rates for restaurant and miscellaneous venues would average between S$60 and S$100. Needless to say, restaurant wedding banquets are definitely easier on the pocket.

Auspicious figures to gift in your ang bao would be denomination values consisting of 8 like S$68, S$88, S$128. Alternatively, whole numbers like S$100, S$110, and S$120 and others are perfectly fine too.

Just avoid giving any monetary value containing the number 4 because, in Mandarin and Cantonese, it sounds like the word for ‘death’.

How much are wedding ang baos at Malay or Indian weddings?

Although traditional Malay weddings are typically held at HDB void decks, don’t underestimate them. Their wedding banquets and ceremony can be just as extravagant as a luxury hotel’s package! Malay weddings are estimated to cost anywhere from S$30,000 onwards depending on the newlyweds’ budget.

For weekday lunches, the average banquet table costs around S$1,180 while weekend dinner tables would cost around S$1,340. For example, notable halal restaurants like 21 on Rajah open wedding packages starting from S$68++ per person. So for a guest list of around 200 pax, that’ll average out to S$13,600 in total.

Similarly, red packets and monetary tokens are also acceptable gifts for Indian weddings. Knowing the right rates can be estimated based on the location of their wedding reception. A typical Indian wedding takes place at a temple, with a reception to follow (also at a temple). In other cases, the wedding reception might also be hosted at hotels. 

Whatever it is, your ang bao money should reflect the prestige of the venue and cost of meal per head accordingly.

For example, the Raffles Marina offers Indian cuisine wedding banquets at S$75++ per person (S$750 per table). So for a guest list of 200 pax, that’ll total up to roughly S$15,000. 

If your budget allows, the Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre features two extravagant ballrooms and the Maharajah Suite for a lavish wedding reception and banquet, capable of accommodating up to 270 guests. Their set lunch and dinners start from S$88++ and S$99++ per person (for 2022 weddings) and S$93++ and S$103++ per person (for 2023 weddings) respectively. Such higher-end weddings would cost from S$17,600 and upwards.

Based on these rates, you can expect your contribution as a guest to hover between S$50 to S$100 at least. But in general, denominations ending in 1 such as S$21, S$51, S$101, S$201 are considered auspicious.

How to decide the right amount of ang bao money to give?

Coming to this conclusion will depend on a number of factors:

  • How close are you to the bride and/or groom? If you’re not as close, you can probably get away with giving the bare minimum amount. However, if you’re considerably close, you’ll definitely need to give more.
  • How are your personal finances like at that point in time? Is it better for that month? Or are you running low on cash?
  • Are you concerned about ‘face’ or ‘reputation’? Don’t feel obligated to outcompete or feel embarrassed by giving lesser than another wedding guest. The amount you give is up to your own discretion and it’s between you and the newlyweds.

Weddings aren’t cheap, but they shouldn’t cost you a fortune

If you’re a soon-to-be newlywed reading this, we understand: weddings are by no means a cheap endeavour. They can burn a hole in your pocket just to achieve that one perfect day that you’ll remember for years to come. 

For some, it seems like a waste of money to spend on lavish wedding setups whereas, for others, the ceremony, reception and banquet are worth the expenditure because of the sentimentality attached to them.

Whatever the case may be, don’t let your wedding planning unnecessarily inhibit or detriment your savings for future big-ticket expenses. Opting for a wedding loan or utilising a handy unlimited cashback card or mileage card to foot all these pricey bills would help ease the financial burden a little.

Read these next:
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By Emma Lam
With a minor problem of ‘itchy fingers’ for flash deals and sales, Emma is on a lifelong journey to understand what being financially independent in adulthood means. That said, her inner child is still very much alive… with animals and gaming being her weaknesses.


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