Ang Bao Rates For Singapore Weddings 2019

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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. 

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$1163 to $122225 to 38
Hotel Royal @ Queens$963 to $124510 to 38
Furama City Centre Singapore$1245 (Sat), $1186 (Sun)30 to 50
Furama Riverfront$1151 to $1387 (Sat), $1045 to $1339 (Sun)12 to 55
Genting Hotel Jurong$1045 to $118620 to 33
Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel$1139 to $13283 to 65
Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy$951 to $110418 to 35
Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium$129215 to 44
Hotel Miramar$1163 to $139820 to 42
Hotel RE!$1092 to $137510 to 42
Oasis Hotel Novena Singapore$12715 to 12
Orchard Rendezvous Hotel (Tung Lok Signatures)$950 to $117525 to 30
Park Hotel Alexandra$12513 to 14
Park Hotel Clarke Quay$1163 to $11983 to 13
Resorts World Sentosa, Hotel Michael (Tung Lok Heen)$1153 to $13898 to 14
Village Hotel Changi$122216 to 25
Village Hotel Katong$123312 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$1457 to $157525 to 42
Carlton Hotel Singapore$1328 to $168110 to 32
Changi Cove Hotel$1139 to $151615 to 25
Concorde Hotel Singapore$1422 (Sat), $1351 (Sun)25 to 44
Crowne Plaza Changi Airport$154023 to 30
Four Points by Sheraton Singapore, Riverview$1398 to $163420 to 30
Hilton Singapore$1634 (Sat), $1398 (Sun)18 to 50
Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre$1428 to $15283 to 38
Hotel Fort Canning$1540 to $1751 (Sat),$1422 to $1634 (Sun)18 to 50
Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore by Shangri-La$1398 to $157515 to 30
M Hotel$1269 to $15286 to 32
Marina Mandarin Singapore by Meritus$152820 to 60
Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay$145718 to 45
Novotel Singapore on Stevens$163425 to 36
One°15 Marina Sentosa Cove$1339 to $1561 (Sat), $1281 to $1561 (Sun)20 to 36
ParkRoyal on Beach Road$1610 (Sat), $1492 (Sun)22 to 45
ParkRoyal on Kitchener Road$1163 to $163415 to 45
Peninsula.Excelsior Hotel $1045 to $151620 to 36
Ramada by Wyndham Singapore at Zhongshan Park$13168 to 26
Rendezvous Hotel Singapore at Bras Basah$133915 to 24
Royal Plaza on Scotts$1398 to $15076 to 11
Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort and Spa $1634 to $1728 (Sat), $1492 to $1681 (Sun)25 to 36
Swissotel Merchant Court Singapore$1681 (Sat), $1563 (Sun)25 to 50
York Hotel$1108 to $158812 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$1987 to $222230 to 45
Conrad Centennial Singapore$2022 (table of 12)8 to 34
Four Seasons Hotel Singapore$1904 to $2305 (Sat),$1810 to $2222 (Sun)12 to 32
Goodwood Park Hotel$1904 (Sat),$1846 (Sun)18 to 38
Grand Hyatt Singapore$2163 (Sat),$2046 (Sun)15 to 36
Intercontinental Singapore$208132 to 27
Le Meridien Singapore Sentosa$1751 to $222212 to 16
Mandarin Orchard Singapore$1869 to $2046 (Sat),$1787 to $2046 (Sun)6 to 95
Mandarin Oriental$2046 (Sat),$1881 (Sun)10 to 40
Marina Bay Sands$1634 to $186920 to 150
Mercure Singapore Bugis$18243 to 38
One Farrer Hotel$169315 to 43
Orchard Hotel Singapore$1869 to $1987 (Sat),$1751 to $1869 (Sun)25 to 100
Pan Pacific Singapore$1869 to $1904 (Sat),$1693 to $1728 (Sun)Sat: 30 to 65Sun: 25 to 65
ParkRoyal on Pickering$19288 to 30
Regent Singapore$1869 (Sat), $1787 (Sun)4 to 50
Sheraton Towers Singapore$1810 (Sat), $1634 (Sun)10 to 45
Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza$18695 to 55
The Fullerton Hotel$1987 to $19998 to 48
The Westin Singapore$1987 (Sat), $1916 (Sun)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$2434 (Sat), $2316 (Sun)8 to 28
Capella Singapore$2104 to $234015 to 40
Fairmont Singapore and Swissotel The Stamford$2081 to $292812 to 60
JW Marriott Singapore South Beach$2340 to $2575
28 to 37
Shangri-La Hotel$2222 to $292815 to 100
Sofitel Singapore City Centre$1987 to $234010 to 36
Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort and Spa $2163 (Sat), $2104 (Sun)10 to 25
The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore$2213 to $23308 to 22
The Outpost Hotel Sentosa$212812 to 16
The Ritz Carlton, Millenia $221010 to 50
The St Regis Singapore$2458 (Sat), $2340 (Sun)6 to 42
W Singapore Sentosa Cove $2257 to $2330 (Sat), $2022 (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 $50 to $80 is acceptable (and an ang bao in this range is cheap is on the pocket too).

Restaurant Weekend (Sat/Sun) pricesNo. of tables
Tung LokPrices range between $629 – $1389 8 to 30 (varies by location)
Prima Tower Revolving Restaurant$568 to $138820 to 40
Qian Xi$678 to $11385 to 120 (varies by location)
Peony Jade$1099 to $129818 to 40
Peach GardenPrices range between $633 – $1516
5 to 42 (varies by location)
Ling Zhi Vegetarian $501 to $66110 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.

Read these next:
How to Be Budget Smart When Planning Your Wedding
8 Affordable Wedding Venues in Singapore
5 Unique Wedding Banquet Venues In Singapore 2019

Alevin Chan

By Alevin Chan
A Certified Financial Planner with a curiosity about what makes people tick, Alevin’s mission is to help readers understand the psychology of money. He’s also on an ongoing quest to optimize happiness and enjoyment in his life.