Wedding ang bao rates in Singapore 2022: How much should you give?

Wedding ang bao rates in Singapore 2022: How much should you give? wedding ang bao singapore 2018
Wedding dinners in Singapore can sometimes be a mercenary affair. Don’t be fooled into thinking that wedding ang baos(red packets) are purely a gift from the heart. In Singapore, your ang bao symbolises your well-wishes as well as covers the cost of your seat at the banquet table. Though the couple might not admit it, in their heart of hearts, they'll probably be praying that you at least cover the cost of your meal to offset their wedding expenses. I mean, just last month, there was a trending Reddit thread from a broke wedding guest who couldn't afford to give an angbao for their friend's $250 wedding and later had the bride text them asking where their angbao was. If you want to give the socially appropriate angbao amount, you'll have to shell out a 3-figure sum whenever someone you know gets married. While we certainly don't want to give too little, most of us usually also don't want to give too much. Admit it—you feel the pinch, especially after a couple of weddings! So here's a cost guide on how much to give for a wedding banquet dinner or lunch at hotels, restaurants and more. https://youtu.be/dK0dTv1GePM

Guide to Wedding Ang Bao Rates in Singapore 2024

  1. How do you decide how much to put in a wedding ang bao?
  2. Wedding ang bao rates for Singapore hotels (2024)
  3. Wedding ang bao rates for Singapore restaurants and other venues (2024)
  4. How much money should you give at Malay weddings?
  5. How much money should you give at Indian weddings?
  6. How much money should you give at church weddings?

1. How do you decide how much to put in a wedding ang bao?

The first thing you need to do is to calculate the cost of your seat. This can vary greatly, depending on factors such as how swanky the wedding venue is. Here are some factors you should consider when trying to figure out how much your meal costs:
  1. The hotel or restaurant—Wedding banquets in hotels generally tend to be fancier and pricier than weddings held in a nice restaurant. In fact, hotel wedding prices are only getting higher—some hotels raised prices by up to 40% in 2024! *gulp* We'll go into the rates at specific hotels and restaurants in the next section.
  2. Whether it's a lunch or dinner—In general, lunch is cheaper than dinner.
  3. The day of the week—Mondays to Thursdays are more affordable than Fridays or the weekend. While Saturday and Sunday are usually the same or similarly priced, Saturday night dinners may cost more.
  4. Package add-ons—A wedding package covers the basics, but the happy couple might want something more unique. These can include things such as special floral decorations, a fancy three-tiered wedding cake, and additional or more "atas" wine. If each table was made merry by an unusually fine bottle of red, you can expect that the couple probably paid a little extra.
Once you've guesstimated the cost of your seat, you have your base ang bao amount. If you're not close to the couple, you can stop here—it's considered socially acceptable for your ang bao to just cover the cost of your seat. But if you're close to the couple, you're generally expected to add a little extra (and, if you're close enough, wouldn't you wantto?). Topping up your ang bao isn't just a gesture of kinship or friendship—you're also covering additional wedding costs for things outside the food, such as the cost of wedding decorations. By no means is covering these expected of normal guests, but besties go beyond for each other, right? Here's what some of our colleagues at MoneySmart had to say calculating the cost of ang baos:

2. Wedding ang bao rates for Singapore hotels (2024)

Disclaimer: Most of the prices below are adapted from SingaporeBrides.com, updated Apr 2024 and inclusive of GST unless otherwise noted. They're meant only as a rough guide to the cost of the meal, excluding any wedding package add-ons like fancy wine. The rates in the section below are costs for a single seat assuming a table of 10, which is the norm for most hotel weddings. However, do note that these might be different if the wedding you're attending seats guests in smaller groups. Rates will also be affected by what's on the menu—if you see abalone being wheeled out of the kitchen, you might want to make your ang bao a little fatter.
HotelsSaturday LunchSunday LunchSaturday DinnerSunday Dinner
Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa$220$220$260$240
Amara Singapore$200 to $320$200 to $320$220 to $320$220 to $320
Andaz Singapore$270$270$290$290
Capella Singapore$280 to $410$280 to $410$290 to $410$290 to $410
Carlton Hotel Singapore$150 to $190$150 to $190$180 to $190$180 to $190
Concorde Hotel Singapore$160$160$180$180
Conrad Centennial Singapore$220 to $230$220 to $230$260 to $270$230 to $240
Conrad Singapore Orchard$220 to $270$220 to $270$240 to $320$230 to $300
Copthorne King's Hotel Singapore$160$160$170$170
Crowne Plaza Changi Airport$180 to $210$180 to $210$200 to $210$200 to $210
Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore$210 to $260$210 to $260$210 to $260$210 to $260
Fairmont Singapore And Swissôtel The Stamford$210 to $230$210 to $230$230 to $280$230 to $280
Four Points By Sheraton Singapore, Riverview$170 to $200$170 to $200$170 to $200$170 to $200
Four Seasons Hotel Singapore$230$230$270$240
Furama City Centre Singapore$150$150$160$160
Furama Riverfront, Singapore$150 to $170$150 to $170$160 to $180$160to $170
Genting Hotel Jurong$150$150$150$150
Goodwood Park Hotel$210$210$230$230
Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel$210 to $230$210 to $230$230 to $270$230 to $270
Grand Hyatt Singapore$210$210$240$230
Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy$210$210$210$210
Grand Park City Hall$190 to $220$190 to $220$190 to $220$190 to $220
Hilton Singapore Orchard$240 to $410$240 to $410$280 to $410$240 to $410
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Singapore Novena$110$110$140$140
Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium$160$160$170$170
Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre$140 to $150$140 to $150$160 to $170$160 to $170
Hotel Fort Canning$180 to $190$180 to $190$210 to $220$210 to $220
Intercontinental Singapore$230 to $270$230to $270$230 to $280$230 to $260
Jen Singapore Tanglin By Shangri-la$170 to $210$170 to $210$190 to $210$190 to $210
JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach$280$280$310$300
Mandarin Oriental Singapore$260$240$300$270
Marina Bay Sands$290$290$350$350
Mercure Singapore Bugis$150 to $220$150 to $220$160 to $230$160 to $230
M Hotel Singapore City Centre$180 to $200$180 to $200$200 to $210$200 to $210
Novotel Singapore On Stevens$170$170$200$200
Oasia Hotel Downtown$190$190$210$210
Oasia Hotel Novena, Singapore$190$190$200$200
Oasia Resort Sentosa$240$240$240$240
One°15 Marina Sentosa Cove$180 to $230$180 to $230$200 to $240$180 to $230
One Farrer Hotel$190$190$220$190
Orchard Hotel Singapore$200$200$230 to $280$220
Pan Pacific Orchard$260 to $360$260 to $360$260 to $360$260 to $360
Pan Pacific Singapore$230$230$260$260
Paradox Singapore Merchant Court$180$180$220$210
Parkroyal Collection Marina Bay, Singapore$220$220$260$260
Parkroyal Collection Pickering$230$230$270$230
Parkroyal On Beach Road$210$210$240$220
Peninsula.Excelsior Hotel$180$180$200$200
Raffles Hotel$310 to $330$310 to $330$360 to $370$360 to $370
Rendezvous Hotel Singapore At Bras Basah$160$160$180$170
Resorts World Sentosa, Equarius Hoel$230 to $240$220 to $240$240 to $260$230 to $260
Royal Plaza On Scotts$230 to $240$230 to $240$230 to $240$210 to $220
Shangri-la Hotel$210 to $240$210 to $240$240 to $320$240 to $320
Shangri-la Rasa Sentosa, Singapore$240 to $280$240 to $280$250 to $310$250 to $310
Sheraton Towers Singapore$220$220$250$250
Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel$160 to $200$160 to $200$170 to $220$170 to $220
Sofitel Singapore City Centre$230$210$240$220
Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa$230 to $280$230 to $280$260 to $340$250 to $310
The Barracks Hotel Sentosa$780$780
The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore$260$260$290$290
The Clifford Pier @ The Fullerton Bay Hotel$400$400$400$400
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore$290$290$310$300
The Outpost Hotel Sentosa$260$260$260$260
The Ritz Carlton, Millenia Singapore$250 to $280$250 to $280$290 to $360$290 to $360
The Singapore Edition$330$330$330$330
The St. Regis Singapore$260 to $270$260 to $270$290 to $320$290 to $320
The Westin Singapore$220$220$260$230
Village Hotel Albert Court$70$70$70$70
Village Hotel Bugis$100$100$100$100
Village Hotel Changi$180$180$190$190
Village Hotel Katong$180$180$190$190
Village Hotel Sentosa$230$230
Voco Orchard Singapore (former Hilton Hotel)$180$180$210$200
W Singapore Sentosa Cove$240 to $280$240 to $280$290 to $300$270 to $280
York Hotel$150 to $220$150 to $220$150 to $220$150 to $220
The most expensive wedding ang bao rate is up to $780 per pax at The Barracks Hotel Sentosa, followed by up to $410 at Capella Singapore. On the other end of the spectrum,the most affordable wedding ang bao rate is at Village Hotel Albert Court, where prices are only $70 per pax.

3. Wedding ang bao rates for Singapore restaurants and other venues (2024)

RestaurantSaturday LunchSunday LunchSaturday DinnerSunday Dinner
1-Altitude Coast$190$190$280$250
1-Arden$190$190$240$230
1-Atico$210$210$260$250
Ah Yat Seafood Restaurant$100 to $160$100 to $160$100 to $160$100 to $160
Aloft Singapore Novena$160$160$180$180
Art Di Daniele Sperindio$180 to $250$180 to $250$180 to $250$180 to $250
Artemis$160 to $200$160to $200$220 to $260$220 to $260
Atlas Bar at Parkview Square$290 to $410$290 to $410
Ban Heng @ Orchid Country Club$100 to $160$100 to $160$100 to $160$100 to $160
Beaulieu House$110$110$110$110
CHIJMES Hall Singapore$230 to $240$220 to $230$240 to $270$230 to $260
Chui Huay Lim Teochew Cuisine$110 to $210$110 to $210$110 to $210$110 to $210
Claudine Restaurant$280 to $470$280 to $470$280 to $470$280 to $470
Empress at Asian Civilisations Museum$120 to $230$120 to $230$120 to $230$120 to $230
Faber Peak Singapore$160 to $170$160 to $170$190 to $250$190 to $250
Flutes at National Museum$250 to $260$250 to $260$290 to $300$290 to $300
Fu Lin Men (Chinese Swimming Club)$120 to $190$120 to $190$120 to $190$120 to $190
Fu Lin Men Grandeur$130 to $220$130 to $220$150 to $230$150 to $230
Fu Lin Men (National Service Resort & Country Club)$120 to $190$120 to $190$120 to $190$120 to $190
Grand Shanghai$180 to $240$180 to $240$180 to $240$180 to $240
Haus217$160 to $240$160 to $240$160 to $240$160 to $240
Hub & Spoke$180$180$180$180
Indocafe, The White House$150 to $170$150 to $170$150 to $170$150 to $170
Jade @ The Fullerton Hotel$230$230$250$240 to $250
Jewel Changi Airport$270 to $300$270 to $300$270 to $300$270 to $300
Lingzhi Vegetarian (Liat Towers)$60 to $90$60 to $90$60 to $90$60 to $90
Mandai Wildlife Reserve$250$250$250 to $390$250 to $390
Marguerite (Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay)$480 to $840$480 to $840$480 to $840$480 to $840
Min Jiang @ Dempsey$200 to $230$200 to $230$200 to $230$200 to $230
Monti at 1-Pavilion$200$200$280$250
National Kitchen by Violet Oon Singapore$230$230$230$230
Open Farm Community$170 to $270$170 to $270$170 to $270$170 to $270
Orchid Country Club$140 to $150$140 to $150$160 to $170$160 to $170
Oso Ristorante$120 to $190$120 to $190$120 to $190$120 to $190
Panamericana, Sentosa Golf ClubFrom $240From $140From $240From $140
Peach Garden @ OCBC Centre$170 to $190$170 to $190$170 to $190$170 to $190
Peach Garden @ The Heeren$170 to $200$170 to $200$170 to $200$170 to $200
Peach Garden @ The Metropolis$160 to $170$160 to $170$160 to $170$160 to $170
Peach Garden @ Thomson Plaza$160 to $170$160 to $170$160 to $170$160 to $170
Qian Xi Bliss Garden$120 to $180$120 to $180$120 to $180$120 to $180
Qian Xi Bountiful Garden$120 to $180$120 to $180$120 to $180$120 to $180
Qian Xi Eternal Garden$120 to $180$120 to$180$120 to$180$120 to$180
Qian Xi Farrer Park$120 to$180$120 to$180$120 to$180$120 to$180
Qian Xi Hilltop Garden$120 to$180$120 to$180$120 to$180$120 to$180
Qian Xi Jubilee Garden$120 to$180$120 to$180$120 to$180$120 to$180
Qian Xi Paya Lebar$120 to$180$120 to$180$120 to$180$120 to$180
Qian Xi Pearl Garden$120 to$180$120 to$180$120 to$180$120 to$180
Qian Xi Summer Garden$120 to$180$120 to$180$120 to$180$120 to$180
Raffles Marina$150 to $160$150 to $160$150 to $160$150 to $160
Red House Seafood$210 to $280$210 to $280$210 to $280$210 to $280
Resorts World Sentosa, Convention Centre$220 to $230$220 to $230$230 to $240$220 to $240
Resorts World Sentosa, S.E.A. AquariumN/AN/A$350 to $360$330 to $360
Restaurant Espoir$150$170$180$190
Riviera$150 to $250$150 to $250$150 to $250$150 to $250
Seletar Country Club$150$150$150$150
Sentosa Golf Club$170 to $200$170 to $200$210to $230$210to $230
Serangoon Gardens Country Club$140$140$140$140
Shisen Hanten$240$240$280$280
Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant (UOB Plaza)$170 to $240$170 to $240$170 to $240$170 to $240
Sky Garden Sentosa$190 to $240$190 to $240$190 to $240$190 to $240
Spring Court$110 to $170$110 to $170$110 to $170$110 to $170
Spruce at Phoenix Park$110 to $170$110 to $170$110 to $170$110 to $170
The Alkaff Mansion$190$190$230$210
The Blue Ginger$180$180$220$220
The Chevrons @ Jurong East$150$150$170$170
The Cliff$290$290$310$310
The Garage (Botanic Gardens)$180$180$220$200
The Riverhouse$180$180$210$200
The Royal Albatross$370$370$410$410
The Singapore Island Country Club$120$120$120$120
The Summerhouse$180$180$210$200
The Villa At Singapore Botanic Gardens$170 to $220$170 to $220$170 to $220$170 to $220
The Westin Singapore$220$220$260$230
Timbre Signatures$210$210$210$210
Tung Lok Heen$180 to $230$180 to $230$180 to $230$180 to $230
Tung Lok Seafood (Orchard Central)$90 to $130$90 to $130$90 to $130$90 to $130
Tung Lok Seafood (Park Regis Singapore)$90 to $170$90 to $170$90 to $170$90 to $170
Tung Lok Seafood (PLQ Mall)$90 to $130$90 to $130$90 to $130$90 to $130
Tung Lok Seafood (Upper Jurong)$90 to $170$90 to $170$90 to $170$90 to $170
Tung Lok Signatures, Antica Ballroom @ Orchard Rendezvous Hotel$150 to $170$150 to $170$150 to $170$150 to $170
Tung Lok Signatures (The Central)$110 to $140$110 to $140$110 to $140$110 to $140
Vineyard at Hort Park$160 to $180$160 to $180$160 to $180$160 to $180
Violet Oon Singapore at Jewel$150$150$150$150
Voco Orchard Singapore$180$180$210$200
For many restaurants, the prices are the same for both days, lunch and dinner. The exceptions are those mainly at country clubs and hotels. The most affordable option is $60 per pax at Lingzhi Vegetarian. On the other end of the spectrum, a floral fantasy wedding at Marguerite in Gardens by the Bay's Flower Dome can costup to $840 per pax, beating out even the hotel weddings.

4. How much to give at Malay weddings?

While an appropriate contribution will vary according to the cost of the venue and how “atas” your friends are, traditional Malay weddings tend to be a bit more relaxed. However, don't assume that wedding costs are low at HDB locations. Malay weddings are splendid affairs, and the venues are often adorned with beautiful decorations that can rack up $30,000 to $60,000 if they're very elaborate. Generally, a contribution of $50 to $100 is the minimum. Of course, on the other end of the scale, the sky is the limit if you are close to the couple.

5. How much to give at Indian weddings?

This depends on the venue and where the reception is being held. The standard format for an Indian wedding is for the actual wedding to take place at a temple, and a reception to be held later on at a hotel, function hall or restaurant. You should generally budget for a contribution of at least $50 to $80 for receptions at temples and function halls. If they’re held at high end hotels, you’ll have to give similar amounts to the rates quoted for wedding banquets above. You should also add a $1 coin to your contribution, as offering a sum that ends in 1 is seen as auspicious.

6. How much to give at church weddings?

If the wedding is held at a church, there may or may not a follow-up lunch or dinner banquet at a hotel or restaurant. If there is no banquet, there will usually be some kind of reception on the church premises. If the entire wedding takes place at the church, you can get away with contributing about $40 to $50. If there is also a banquet, refer to the ang bao rates in the table above. Share this article with blur friends who aren't sure how much ang bao money to give at weddings. [ms_related_articles] The post Wedding Ang Bao Rates in Singapore 2024—How Much Should You Give? appeared first on the MoneySmart blog.

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