Wedding Ang Bao Rates 2024 – How Much Is The Latest Going Rate?

Alevin Chan

Alevin Chan

Last updated 02 December, 2023

With the high inflation levels we’re seeing, how would wedding ang bao rates be affected? Here’s your guide to how much to give in your wedding ang bao, based on wedding banquet prices.  

If you’ve been invited to a wedding in 2024, you may be wondering how much wedding ang bao rates have risen, given the high inflation we’ve been seeing so far. 

Indeed, wedding banquets in Singapore are slated to see price hikes of around 10% to 20% next year, due to a lack of labour, and elevated food prices caused by high inflation, which may mean having to stuff in a few more notes. 

To help you properly prepare, here’s a guide on how much to include in your wedding ang baos. 

Note that these figures are taken from online sources and are subject to change without prior notice. When in doubt, a quick check with the wedding venue might be in order. 

Table of contents

SingSaver's Exclusive Offer: Receive the following rewards and experience Fastest Rewards Fulfilment when you sign up for a Citi Credit Card:

Citi Prestige_BLOGARTICLE_800x250

*📣For Citi PremierMiles Card: Receive an Apple iPad 9th Gen 10.9 wifi 64GB (worth S$508.30) or a Samsonite Straren Spinner 67/24 + 2X AirTag (worth S$690.80) or 18K Heymax Miles (worth S$300) or S$320 eCapitaVoucher or S$300 cash via PayNow upon activating and spending a minimum of S$500 within 30 days of card approval. This card is exclusively available on SingSaver. Valid until 31 July 2024. T&Cs apply.

Get an additional S$100 eCapitaVoucher when you simultaneously open a Citi Citigold Account. Valid until 31 July 2024. T&Cs apply.

*📣For Citi Prestige Card: Get a Samsonite Straren Spinner 67/24 + 2X AirTag (worth S$690.80) or a Dyson TP10 (worth S$599) or 18K Heymax Miles (worth S$300) or S$320 eCapitaVoucher upon activating and spending a minimum of S$500 within 30 days of card approval. This card is exclusively available on SingSaver. Valid until 31 July 2024. T&Cs apply

*📣ONLY AVAILABLE ON SINGSAVER📣

SS_Citi CC_BLOGARTICLE_800x250

Other Citi Credit Cards: Receive an Apple iPad 9th Gen 10.9 wifi 64GB (worth S$508.30) or a Dyson Micro 1.5kg Vacuum (worth S$599) or S$320 eCapitaVoucher or S$300 cash via PayNow upon activating and spending a minimum of S$500 within 30 days of card approval. Valid until 31 July 2024. T&Cs apply.

Rewards Upgrade Campaign_BLOGARTICLE_800x250

⬆️Reward Upgrade Campaign⬆️: Upgrade your rewards when you top up as low as S$100. Valid till 31 July 2024. T&Cs apply.

  • S$100 for an Apple iPad 10th Gen 10.9 wifi 64GB (worth S$529)
  • S$200 for an Apple Watch Series 9 (GPS) 41mm (worth S$604.50)
  • S$800 for an Apple Watch Ultra 2 GPS + Cellular 49mm (worth S$1,210.10)
  • S$980 for a Macbook Air 13" 256GB M3 (worth S$1,599.00)
  • S$1,200 for an Apple iPhone 15 Pro 128GB (worth $1,664.25)
  • S$1,786 for a Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Titanium Gray 12+512GB 5G (worth $2,128.00)

 

Wedding ang bao rates for 2024 – How much to give?

Wedding ang bao rates for Chinese weddings

Chinese weddings are typically held in hotels or restaurants, so it is customary to base your wedding red packets on the venue of the wedding banquet. 

This means you can estimate your rate based on the hotel or restaurant where the banquet will be held. We’ve included some of these for your reference later in the article. 

Typically, Saturday dinner wedding banquets are the most costly, so you’ll want to stick to the upper end of the recommended amounts. 

The same goes for public holidays, public holiday eves and dates considered auspicious, as the venue may pose a surcharge. Lunches and weekday banquets may warrant a slightly smaller ang bao, but you’ll want to keep your reduction to a minimum.

Wedding ang bao rates for Malay and Indian weddings

Malay weddings are traditionally held in HDB void decks, and Indian weddings may take place in temples. These venues will, of course, help the wedding couple avoid the hefty costs of a wedding banquet, which means there’s more leeway when it comes to your wedding cash gift. 

Still, that’s no excuse to skimp out and be a cheapskate. An ang pow of between S$80 to S$100 is likely to be acceptable. 

However, increasingly, Malay and Indian families are choosing to hold their weddings at restaurants and hotels, with a banquet for friends and family. Thus, you should increase the amount in your ang bao accordingly, in line with the cost of your table. 

For instance, Raffles Marina’s Indian Wedding Package has a price range of between S$120 and S$130 per pax, and that before taxes. You’d want to give perhaps S$160 to S$180, in this scenario.  

 

Recommended wedding ang bao rates for hotels 

The following list of 25 hotels is in no way exhaustive. Rather, the purpose is to illustrate the range of ang bao rates according along the spectrum from luxury hotels to three-star establishments. 

The Clifford Pier @ The Fullerton Bay Hotel

Weekday lunch: S$370 to S$370

Weekday dinner: S$370 to S$370

Weekend lunch: S$370 to S$370

Weekend dinner: S$370 to S$370

Capella Singapore

Weekday lunch: S$280 to S$410

Weekday dinner: S$290 to S$410

Weekend lunch: S$280 to S$410

Weekend dinner: S$290 to S$410

The Raffles Hotel

Weekday lunch: S$290 to S$290

Weekday dinner: S$290 to S$290

Weekend lunch: S$290 to S$290

Weekend dinner: S$340 to S$340

Ritz Carlton, Millennia Singapore

Weekday lunch: S$250 to S$280

Weekday dinner: S$290 to S$360

Weekend lunch: S$250 to S$280

Weekend dinner: S$290 to S$360

Pan Pacific Orchard

Weekday lunch: S$230 to S$360

Weekday dinner: S$230 to S$360

Weekend lunch: S$240 to S$360

Weekend dinner: S$260 to S$360

W Singapore

Weekday lunch: S$240 to S$280

Weekday dinner: S$270 to S$280

Weekend lunch: S$240 to S$280

Weekend dinner: S$270 to S$300

Andaz Singapore

Weekday lunch: S$270 to S$270

Weekday dinner: S$290 to S$290

Weekend lunch: S$270 to S$270

Weekend dinner: S$290 to S$290

Shangri-La Singapore

Weekday lunch: S$210 to S$240

Weekday dinner: S$240 to S$320

Weekend lunch: S$240 to S$320

Weekend dinner: S$290 to S$290

Orchard Hotel 

Weekday lunch: S$180 to S$180

Weekday dinner: S$220 to S$220

Weekend lunch: S$200 to S$200

Weekend dinner: S$230 to S$280

Sheraton Towers Singapore

Weekday lunch: S$220 to S$220

Weekday dinner: S$220 to S$250

Weekend lunch: S$220 to S$220

Weekend dinner: S$250 to S$250

Grand Hyatt Singapore

Weekday lunch: S$210 to S$210

Weekday dinner: S$220 to S$220

Weekend lunch: S$210 to S$210

Weekend dinner: S$230 to S$240

Marina Bay Sands

Weekday lunch: S$290 to S$290

Weekday dinner: S$350 to S$350

Weekend lunch: S$290 to S$290

Weekend dinner: S$350 to S$350

Parkroyal on Beach Road

Weekday lunch: S$180 to S$180

Weekday dinner: S$180 to S$180

Weekend lunch: S$210 to S$210

Weekend dinner: S$200 to S$240

Paradox Singapore

Weekday lunch: S$170 to S$230

Weekday dinner: S$170 to S$260

Weekend lunch: S$170 to S$230

Weekend dinner: S$200 to S$260

Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel

Weekday lunch: S$170 to S$190

Weekday dinner: S$170 to S$190

Weekend lunch: S$170 to S$190

Weekend dinner: S$200 to S$230

Oasia Hotel Downtown

Weekday lunch: S$190 to S$190

Weekday dinner: S$210 to S$210

Weekend lunch: S$190 to S$190

Weekend dinner: S$210 to S$210

Hotel Fort Canning

Weekday lunch: S$180 to S$190

Weekday dinner: S$210 to S$220

Weekend lunch: S$180 to S$190

Weekend dinner: S$210 to S$220

M Hotel Singapore City Centre

Weekday lunch: S$160 to S$170

Weekday dinner: S$170 to S$180

Weekend lunch: S$170 to S$200

Weekend dinner: S$180 to S$210

Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre

Weekday lunch: S$170 to S$170

Weekday dinner: S$170 to S$170

Weekend lunch: S$170 to S$170

Weekend dinner: S$170 to S$200

Grand Park City Hall 

Weekday lunch: S$180 to S$210

Weekday dinner: S$180 to S$210

Weekend lunch: S$180 to S$210

Weekend dinner: S$180 to S$210

Mercure Singapore Bugis

Weekday lunch: S$150 to S$220

Weekday dinner: S$150 to S$230

Weekend lunch: S$160 to S$220

Weekend dinner: S$160 to S$230

Amara Singapore

Weekday lunch: S$170 to S$180

Weekday dinner: S$180 to S$180

Weekend lunch: S$170 to S$180

Weekend dinner: S$180 to S$200

Village Hotel Changi/Katong

Weekday lunch: S$180 to S$180

Weekday dinner: S$190 to S$190

Weekend lunch: S$180 to S$180

Weekend dinner: S$190 to S$190

Carlton Hotel Singapore

Weekday lunch: S$150 to S$190

Weekday dinner: S$180 to S$190

Weekend lunch: S$150 to S$190

Weekend dinner: S$180 to S$190

Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium

Weekday lunch: S$150 to S$150

Weekday dinner: S$150 to S$150

Weekend lunch: S$150 to S$150

Weekend dinner: S$170 to S$170

Furama Riverfront, Singapore

Weekday lunch: S$140 to S$160

Weekday dinner: S$160 to S$170

Weekend lunch: S$140 to S$160

Weekend dinner: S$160 to S$170

Back to top

 

Recommended wedding ang bao rates for restaurants and other venues

Similarly, we’ve picked the following 15 restaurants and other wedding venues as a representation of the range of ang bao rates you may expect, from premium locations to popular restaurants.

Marguerite 

(Gardens by the Bay)

Weekday lunch: S$480 to S$720

Weekday dinner: S$480 to S$720

Weekend lunch: S$480 to S$840

Weekend dinner: S$480 to S$840 

The Royal Albatross

(Ship berthed at Harbourfront Centre)

Weekday lunch: S$370 to S$410

Weekday dinner: S$370 to S$410

Weekend lunch: S$370 to S$410

Weekend dinner: S$370 to S$410

Claudine Restaurant

Weekday lunch: S$280 to S$470

Weekday dinner: S$280 to S$470

Weekend lunch: S$280 to S$470

Weekend dinner: S$280 to S$470

S.E.A Aquarium 

(Resorts World Sentosa)

Weekday dinner: S$330 to S$360

Weekend dinner: S$350 to S$360

Mandai Wildlife Reserve

Weekday lunch: S$250 to S$250

Weekday dinner: S$250 to S$290

Weekend lunch: S$250 to S$450

Weekend dinner: S$250 to S$290

Jewel Changi Airport

Weekday lunch: S$270 to S$300

Weekday dinner: S$270 to S$300

Weekend lunch: S$270 to S$300

Weekend dinner: S$270 to S$300

Flutes at National Museum

Weekday lunch: S$220 to S$250

Weekday dinner: S$270 to S$290

Weekend lunch: S$220 to S$250

Weekend dinner: S$270 to S$290

Monti at 1-Pavilion

Weekend lunch: S$200 to S$200

Weekend dinner: S$250 to S$280

Chijmes Singapore

Weekday lunch: S$200 to S$210

Weekday dinner: S$210 to S$230

Weekend lunch: S$210 to S$240

Weekend dinner: S$220 to S$270

Red House Seafood

Weekday lunch: S$210 to S$280

Weekday dinner: S$210 to S$280

Weekend lunch: S$210 to S$280

Weekend dinner: S$210 to S$280

Artemis

(CapitaGreen rooftop)

Weekday lunch: S$160 to S$200

Weekday dinner: S$220 to S$260

Weekend lunch: S$160 to S$200

Weekend dinner: S$220 to S$260

Qian Xi

Weekday lunch: S$110 to S$180

Weekday dinner: S$110 to S$180

Weekend lunch: S$110 to S$180

Weekend dinner: S$110 to S$180

Tung Lok Seafood

Weekday lunch: S$90 to S$170

Weekday dinner: S$90 to S$170

Weekend lunch: S$90 to S$170

Weekend dinner: S$90 to S$170

Ah Yat Seafood Restaurant

Weekday lunch: S$80 to S$130

Weekday dinner: S$80 to S$130

Weekend lunch: S$80 to S$130

Weekend dinner: S$80 to S$130

Lingzhi Vegetarian 

(Liat Towers)

Weekday lunch: S$60 to S$90

Weekday dinner: S$60 to S$90

Weekend lunch: S$60 to S$90

Weekend dinner: S$60 to S$90

Welcome Offer: Receive S$88 Cashback when you make a minimum of S$108 eligible spends within 30 days of card approval date. Plus, receive S$100 Cashback (S$188 in total) when you increase your minimum eligible spends to S$988 within 60 days of card approval date. Valid till 31 July 2024. T&Cs apply.

 

Must I stick to these ang bao rates?

Now, keep in mind the rates stated above are meant to be just a guide, and prices can change without prior notice. 

Also, it can be difficult to drill down to an exact amount to give, as some hotels offer a variety of menus with different price points. Plus, your ang bao is meant to be a token of your well wishes, and not strictly to pay for your dinner. All these make deciding on your ang bao amount more of a guessing game than any exact science. 

At the end of the day, it boils down to how close you are to the wedding couple, and whether you feel you need to be there to celebrate their big day with them. 

Even then, if your budget simply doesn't allow you to pay your fair share (or if you don’t believe in paying several hundred dollars for – in all honesty – an above-average meal, at best), it’s perfectly ok to decline the invitation and send a gift instead. 

Back to top

 

What if I have a special relationship with the couple?

For best friends, cousins that grew up together, close relatives and family members, mentors, and others considered to have a VIP status, some may expect them to give a larger ang bao. 

But is that fair? And what’s the justification for that? Are they going to be served the full menu, while the rest of the guests are only getting half of the dishes? 

There isn’t – and shouldn’t be – a special rate or XX% multiplier just because you have a special relationship with the couple. 

Having said that, if you care for the wedding couple, you probably already feel compelled to give a larger ang bao. This will likely put you in excess of the “recommended rates” in the majority of cases. 

Ultimately, wedding ang bao rates are just a guide, and what really matters is coming together to celebrate love and a new beginning. Go to the banquet with an idea of how much your ”fair share” should be, but give as much as you feel is right.

 

Read these next:
Wedding Banquet Price List in 2024: How Much Do Wedding Banquet Packages Cost?
Best Credit Cards To Use For Wedding Expenses
Destination Wedding Checklist – How Travel Insurance Can Help
Wedding Loans: How Do They Work And Should You Get One?

 

An ex-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 optimise happiness and enjoyment in his life.

FINANCIAL TIP:

Use a personal loan to consolidate your outstanding debt at a lower interest rate!

Sign up for our newsletter for financial tips, tricks and exclusive information that can be personalised to your preferences!