Ang Bao Rates For Singapore Weddings 2020

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Wedding dinners in Singapore can be pretty expensive. So we’re here to help you track down the perfect banquet based on your budget.

You know the drill. The sound of your phone buzzing like crazy wakes you up from your Sunday nap. Bleary eyed, you reach for your phone to find yourself in a newly formed Whatsapp group. Squinting to read the chat group’s name, you barely make out the word ‘Wedding’ buried under the avalanche of emojis on your screen. Messages fly past so quickly it takes you a good five seconds to realise they are from people you haven’t contacted since… forever. 

Then it dawns on you. One of your long lost classmates is tying the knot, and the Whatsapp group was created to solicit RSVPs. You reply with a half-hearted ‘Hello… long time!’ while scrolling to find out where the banquet will be held – and how big a hole the customary wedding ang bao will blow in your pocket.

A social affair fraught by financial anxieties

While undoubtedly a happy affair, weddings can be a source of financial anxiety. The genuine desire to see your friends have a blissful start to married life is fraught with awkwardness when deciding how much you should put into your ang bao. Polite messages from the wedding couple to “just come and enjoy yourself” only adds to the anxiety as you know they will be judging each and every red packet they receive (that’s what your name on the ang bao is for). 

Being ever pragmatic, Singaporeans have quickly formulated a rule of thumb: your ang bao should at least cover the cost of the banquet dinner per head to be considered respectable. Never mind you would almost never buy yourself an eight or 10-course meal for what amounts to two weeks’ worth of groceries for the privilege. For example, if the wedding banquet dinner costs $1,000++ per table of 10, then the cost per head = $1,000 divided by 10 = $100. With the “++”, the expected price per seat on the table is around $120. Bear these rough stats in mind when settling on your ang bao rates.

That amount is only for the most lukewarm relationships – colleagues, ex-school mates, people you used to spend all weekend playing online games with and totally smashed the server record that one time. The closer you happen to be to the couple – like ride-or-die close back in the day – you’re expected to up the ante in the wedding ang bao stakes. God forbid if your spouse or partner is also invited – expect to pay double.

Gee, and here we thought marriage was an affair strictly between two people. 

How much should your wedding ang bao be?

Social conventions aside, if you really want to be there for your friend’s big day, just tick “yes”, and show up with your brightest smile and an ang bao that suits your finances. In the end, you actually being there is what truly matters. 

But just in case you want to be a good guest, we’ve compiled a list of popular wedding dinner banquets in Singapore. And to help you arrive at a thoughtful ang bao rate, we have sorted the banquets according to four different price ranges. You can track down the wedding banquet venue in the list, and have a look at the price of a table. Then, take an average and divide by 10 to work out the cost of the dinner per head – to derive the  “market rate” for your wedding ang bao. 

In general, lunch banquets tend to cost less than dinner banquets. Saturdays also tend to be the most costly for wedding banquets. For auspicious or popular dates, there could also be an additional surcharge per table.

Hotel wedding banquets at around $1,000 per table

If the wedding dinner you’ve been invited is at one of these hotels, breathe easy. The going rate for ang baos at these locations ranges between $100 and $120

HotelWeekend (Sat/Sun) pricesNo. of tables
Copthorne King’s Hotel Singapore$1100 – $142022 to 38
Furama City Centre Singapore$1000 – $1300 (Sat)
$1000 – $1200 (Sun)
30 to 50
Furama Riverfront$1190 – $1640 (Sat) 
$1040 – $1520 (Sun)
15 to 55
Genting Hotel Jurong$930 – $119015 to 33
Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel$1290 – $190015 to 65
Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy$1000 – $110018 to 35
Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium$1170 – $137015 to 44
Hotel Miramar$1000 – $140015 to 42
Hotel RE!$1000 – $138010 to 42
Oasis Hotel Novena Singapore$1280 – $15105 to 12
Orchard Rendezvous Hotel$1280 – $140025 to 30
Park Hotel Alexandra$1170 – $13003 to 14
Park Hotel Clarke Quay$1200 – $13003 to 13
Village Hotel Changi$1100 – $130016 to 25
Village Hotel Katong$1100 – $132012 to 15

Hotel wedding banquets at around $1,500 per table

Most of the hotels in this tier are located in the trendy CBD/Orchard shopping belt. As befitting their posh location, a wedding dinner here will set you back by $150 to $180 per wedding ang bao.

Hotel Weekend (Sat/Sun) pricesNo. of tables
Amara Singapore$1400 – $175525 to 42
Carlton Hotel Singapore$1270 – $174010 to 32
Changi Cove Hotel$1100 – $160015 to 25
Concorde Hotel Singapore$1180 – 1400 (Sat)
$1180 – $1480(Sun)
25 to 44
Crowne Plaza Changi Airport$1280 – $154023 to 30
Four Points by Sheraton Singapore, Riverview$1520 – $178020 to 30
Hilton Singapore$1330 – $1630 (Sat)
$1330 – $1420 (Sun)
18 to 50
Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre$1230 – $15303 to 38
Hotel Fort Canning$1300 – $1900 (Sat)
$1300 – $1700 (Sun)
18 to 50
Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore by Shangri-La$1230 – $165015 to 30
M Hotel$1200 – $15306 to 32
(Previously Marina Mandarin)
$1400 – $160020 to 60
Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay$1420 – $158018 to 45
Novotel Singapore on Stevens$1400 – $169025 to 36
One°15 Marina Sentosa Cove$1200 – $1860 (Sat)
$1200 – $1640 (Sun)
20 to 36
ParkRoyal on Beach Road$1380 – $1650 (Sat)
$1380 – $1530 (Sun)
22 to 45
ParkRoyal on Kitchener Road$1170 – $130015 to 45
Peninsula.Excelsior Hotel $1000 – $160020 to 36
Ramada by Wyndham Singapore at Zhongshan Park$1070 – $13208 to 26
Rendezvous Hotel Singapore at Bras Basah$1170 – $140015 to 24
Royal Plaza on Scotts$1500 – $16006 to 11
Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort and Spa $1660 – $1780 (Sat)
$1540 – $1730 (Sun)
25 to 36
Swissotel Merchant Court Singapore$1340 – $1680 (Sat)
$1340 – $1570 (Sun)
25 to 50
York Hotel$1030 to $134012 to 30

Hotel wedding banquets at around $2,000 per table

With five-and six-star hotels like The Westin and The Fullerton on the list, you’re playing with the big boys now. Pack between $200 to $250 per wedding ang bao, if you’ve been so “lucky” to be invited. 

Hotel Weekend (Sat/Sun) pricesNo. of tables 
Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa$1760 to $223030 to 45
Conrad Centennial Singapore$1500 – $2180 (table of 12)8 to 34
Fairmont Singapore and Swissotel The Stamford$1520 – $170012 to 60
Four Seasons Hotel Singapore$1700 to $2400 (Sat),
$1810 to $2300 (Sun)
12 to 32
Goodwood Park Hotel$1750 – $1970 (Sat)
$1750 – $1910 (Sun)
18 to 38
Grand Hyatt Singapore$1760 – $2230 (Sat),
$1760 – $2110 (Sun)
15 to 36
Intercontinental Singapore$1780 – $246032 to 27
Le Meridien Singapore Sentosa$1990 – $282012 to 16
Mandarin Orchard Singapore$1530 to $2460 6 to 95
Mandarin Oriental$1800 – $2050 (Sat)
$1800 – $1900 (Sun)
10 to 40
Marina Bay Sands$1400 – $223020 to 150
Mercure Singapore Bugis$11103 to 38
One Farrer Hotel$1500 – $1760 (Sat)
$1340 – $1580 (Sun)
15 to 43
Orchard Hotel Singapore$1520 – $1930 (Sat)
$1520 – $1820 (Sun)
25 to 100
Pan Pacific Singapore$1600 – $1960 (Sat)
$1600 – $1780 (Sun)
Sat: 30 to 65Sun: 25 to 65
ParkRoyal on Pickering$1620 – $19308 to 30
Regent Singapore$1460 – $1870 (Sat)
$1460 – $1840 (Sun)
4 to 50
Sheraton Towers Singapore$1620 – $1850 (Sat)
$1620 – $1700 (Sun)
10 to 45
Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza$1580 – $18705 to 55
The Fullerton Hotel$1800 to $20008 to 48
The Westin Singapore$1700 – $2000 25 to 30

Hotel wedding banquets at above $2,000 per table

If you’ve been invited to a wedding dinner at one of these hotels, prepare to set aside a cool $250 to $280 for your wedding ang bao.

Hotel  Weekend (Sat/Sun) pricesNo. of tables
Andaz Singapore by Hyatt$1820 – $2320 (Sat),
$1820 – $2200 (Sun)
8 to 28
Capella Singapore$1900 – $316015 to 40
JW Marriott Singapore South Beach$2110 – $2580
28 to 37
Shangri-La Hotel$1870 – $293015 to 100
Sofitel Singapore City Centre$1930 – $238010 to 36
Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort and Spa $1920 – $2170 (Sat)
$1920 – $2110 (Sun)
10 to 25
The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore$2000 – $23308 to 22
The Outpost Hotel Sentosa$1870 – $213012 to 16
The Ritz Carlton, Millenia $2100 – $281010 to 50
The St Regis Singapore$2000 – $3170 (Sat)
$2000 – $2820 (Sun)
6 to 42
W Singapore Sentosa Cove$2260 – $2330 (Sat)
$2030 – $2330 (Sun)
25 to 48

Popular Restaurants for Wedding 

If you’re attending a dinner at one of these locations, a wedding ang bao of between $60 to $90 is acceptable (and an ang bao in this range is cheap is on the pocket too).

Restaurant Weekend (Sat/Sun) pricesNo. of tables
Tung Lok$700 – $1300 8 to 30 (varies by location)
Prima Tower Revolving Restaurant$600 to $140020 to 40
Qian Xi$720 to $12005 to 120 (varies by location)
Peony Jade$1000 to $140018 to 40
Peach Garden$640 – $15805 to 42 (varies by location)
Ling Zhi Vegetarian $590 to $83010 to 12

As popular as hotel wedding banquets are, some Chinese restaurants in Singapore still make a roaring trade as the venue of choice for some couples. These restaurants are also often picked for wedding banquets with smaller number of guests or tables.

How much ang bao to give at Malay or Indian weddings?

The ang bao rates we discussed above mostly applies to Chinese weddings, as it’s customary to hold a grand wedding celebration, especially if you’re the first-born in the family, or your family has a lot of business contacts.

That’s not to say that Malay and Indian weddings aren’t glorious affairs – they obviously are too in their own way. However, the differences in venue and wedding style can cost a lot less than Chinese weddings.

For example, Malay weddings are comparatively more relaxed affairs compared to the formal sit-down, 10-course dinners observed at Chinese weddings. With a focus on community and sharing, expect more of a buffet-style dinner with free seating. These are usually hosted at simple restaurants with large spaces, or at common facilities like community centre/function halls or HDB void decks. At Malay weddings, ang bao rates of around $50 per person are acceptable. 

Similarly, for Indian wedding dinners, take your cue from the location of the wedding reception for the ang bao you’d like to give. A typical Indian wedding takes place at a temple, with a reception to follow, which could be held at a temple, function hall or a similar venue. It’s also not unusual for Indian couples to host their wedding receptions at hotels. If that’s the case, it’s good manners to give an ang bao reflecting the prestige of the venue and cost of the meal per head.

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