I haven't go for my gown fitting yet cos I'm still at the inital stage of gown design. I will be choosing my gown fabric on my next appt. My ps is at Oct, still a long way to go. Which bridal shop are you using? Btw, what is on level 6?
I will arrange 1 appt on next sun. Supposed to be on mon, but went for my buffet catering food tasting...
Ps= photo shoot... hee hee... aiya, also can mean poolside (never tot of that thou)
6th floor is the pool, heard tat it looked really nice, but no chance to see it yet. BUt I told my actual day photographer to take pics for us at the hotel, shd turn out very nice hor... The suite is nice, but still considered small compared to the5 star hotels lah...
Now, so excited abt the wedding, now less than 1 mths away liao... AHHHH... so fast!
Leo: i have received the western wedding card. It is the same size as the Chinese card. It is very simple - with a small word "invitation" in the front. paper stock is thick. My first impression is simple. But is quite elegant if you think abt it.
I was impressed with the new outlook Amara has. Can any Amara brides-to-be give comments about the service by the coordinators and how the ballroom is like now? Scouting around for venues and have shortlisted this but have yet to go take a look. WOuld appreciate comments on the hotel, thanks
I just booked my wedding with Amara, so can only share watever I know so far!
The wedding coordinator is Natalin Wong. She is nice, except that they can be rather sticky about the extras you may want to request - hotel policy suppoosedly you see. But otherwise their package is comprehensive already!
Ballroom is slightly longish. Color scheme is mainly shades of brown and cream. A rather zen style, like the rest of the hotel. The ceiling has optic fibre lights which light up like stars when switched on (hehe... initially my FH din like the black black ceiling coz we din see it lit up). Nothing beats actually seeing it for yourself! And I think the recep area is cool! Nice and spacious.
You should try to visit them and arrange to speak with Natalin. If you like the place and wanna book it, sign up for the 12 Apr wedding show (ask Natalin for the form as they dun advertise in the bridal mags) coz the certainly the offers are much much better if you pay the deposit and confirm your booking on the day of the wedding show!
Just booked mine. If cost is not a problem for you, Amara is really good. The ballroom, deco and menu is one of the better ones around for the price range although I would say it is abit high.
Their biggest problem is their unwillingness to compromise and negotiate the package. From carpark to corkage to rooms for helper to duty free liquor...no go. The best I manage to get was slightly more free corkage of wine after talking for a VERY long time.
Which if you think about it, is quite good, cos you don't have to waste time talking...what you see is what u get.
I dunno if I should reveal this but they are giving alot of GOODIES during the wedding show...i only found out 20 sec after I sign the contract so u can imagine I was pretty upset....
But like they always say, you only do it once in your life...but it still took me three days to cool down....
hi louie, congrats to ur upcoming wedding banquet!!
so hv u start applying marriage leave?
well, due to SARS, there's couple postpone their dinner,so gald that urs can carry on time
but maybe u would like to take some precaution for guests? just some suggestion frm me
eg, provide them masks or tell amara staff do some special arragement like air con for better vandilation, all utensils are to sterelised before use, wipe the table and chairs with special anti bac washing liquid?
assurance to guests abt these good hygiene will make them at ease for wedding dinner
For those whose wedding is upcoming, are you affected by the SARS matter? Mine is on 10 May 03 and I'm not sure whether by that time, how serious will the SARS matter be and how people are reacting to it. Seems that alot of people are not going out unneccessarily... sure will affect attendance right?
Louie : Best Wishes to you. Finally your big day has come. Dun worry, all will be well, just prepare to be a happy bride.
Happygal : The facial at LD went very well. They are very good with their skills, I really enjoy the facial especially the message portion. They are not pushy on selling their products so you won't feel obligated to buy anything from them. As this is the first time I signed up for facial package, I don't know whether my package is X or not? I'v signed up a 6+1 Ultra Sensitive Treatment Program (my skin is pretty sensitive) for $648 after discount. They throw in a basic kit(which cost around $75).
Hos : As mine is end of the year, I'm not so worried cos I'm quite confident by then they should have found a cure on the disease. The latest news is that there are no increase in the no. of people getting infected, so dun worry it should be under control. We must be confident with our government and medical staff that we are in good hands.
went to Amara yesterday to look at the ballroom n package. feel dat though the ballroom is longish n pillarless, it does not make it look very grand. to be fair, i did not see the full set up as there is no wedding then. the theme is interesting.
btw, is amara a 4class or 5 class hotel. i was served by another lady which is not so experienced. hv not started my bargaining though they are not as flexible as other hotels dat i hv toked to.
I'll be having my church ceremony at the poolside but it will be in Dec, you can go and view the place and see if u like the environment, it's at 6th level of Amara.
We want something different for our church ceremony and we find ppolside ambience is great, but our banquet will still be at the ballroom. However, if your wedding is more comtemporary n intimate style, can go for poolside dinner, the lights are very bright at night.
Hee...imagine windy or breezy weather with light hearted jazz music, cosy ambience...very nice leh!
Well, our parents are more traditional type so still having banquet in ballroom. It's fortunate that they give us the greenlight to hv our ceremony at the poolside.
The tantage and setup will be $800...
Do go and check it out, keep us update
2 tables of my guests didn't make it, so I "lugi" 1 table. I only confirmed with Nat 30 tables.... supposed to have 31 tables confirmed liao, but in the end only 29 turned up!
Leo: Hee hee... must upkeep b4 the wedding, think v important. But now aft wedding, i become lazy again... sigh....
happy: So nice have poolside wedding, think 800 for set up is reasonable. Rent church also q ex.
Silver: if u just have poolside wedding, not sure if charges the same? Been to Raffles Marina for banquet dinner only... not bad ambience. But now wif SARs thingy, not sure if guests keen to travel so far for wedding.
I went down to take a look at the poolside setting this evening. Table setting very nice but find that not much decor been done at the poolside. I just looked and go, didnt get to talk to the banquet. Will find out more.
Oh mine will next Jul so hopefully SARS will be done by then
Thanks for your info. I went to take a look at the Amara poolside wedding on Fri. The table setup is very nice but not much decor around pool area. Overall not bad. Saw another poolside function at Conrad but Amara one seems better. The only adv of Conrad is it's sheltered.
yes happy gal...i m next and i am bundled of nerves.
i think the last time i felt so horrible is when i told my first driving test. My legs were shaking so badly that i cldnt control the clutch at all...Sigh...now i cant sleep man...
BTW, do u gals know that Amara will be taking temperatures of all the dinner guests and distributing fever free stickers?
I have not finalise stuff with Natalin yet...will be doing so soon.
Louie: glad to know that all went well for u weding. Did you squeeze 11 pax for yr tables? I got some that has children so thinking of squeezing 11. Plus, my vip table i need 11 seats..dunno can or not...
Leo: Most pple said the dinner was GOOD, large portions too.... although my best fren said her table food so-so only (think it depends on the table u are at). Honestly, compared to the food tasting was little disappointing lah. Coz' I really LOVED the food at the tasting session. Guess can't be helped coz' mass production hor!
But service was execellent, they made sure everything was ok
They packed food up for our supper also...
Went melbourne & Tas coz Mauritius cancelled our trip... so sad!!!
HappY: Wat I did wif Citibank was I faxed in our banquet contract stating the date of wedding etc. They temp. increased our CR limit to be enuf to charge all to 1 card. Nat says can charge abt 3 cards max. Try asking ur bank!
May: Congrats!!! Its ur turn soon ya!
Yep, can squeeze lah.... no prob!! Esp the main VIP tables, larger than the rest even!
Do plan for contingencies in case pple don't turn up esp with the new wave of SARs cases, so sad hor!!!
going-2-b-bride: Amara is still value for $$ lah. Actually all frens said it was nice, except for the best fren only lah. Parents & their frens were happy as well... so can't be too bad ya! My theme was Granduer. At first wanted Romance, but my gown royal purple so colour too similar... I blend into the background
Glad to know everything is ok, at least they maintain their standards. Mauritius is one of my choice for honeymoon too, due to what reason did your tour agent cancel the trip? Is it becos of SARS? Now everywhere is so bad due to SARS, don't even know how to plan now ^~^
just had my wedding last week...all went well...natalin was very nice and accommodative. She was really easy to work with and the banquet managers were really nice.
For the price i paid i think i really got a very good deal.
However, i just gota few comments that you all shld take note.
1. Wine - plse tell the banquet manager to instruct the waiters to pour only 1/2 glass of wine. They poured 3/4 for mine...and it was so heartache to realise that they were such a waste.
2. Ask to c yr complimentary barrel of beer - just to check if it was 20 or 30 l. Mine comp 30 l beer ran out after the 3rd course and we opened another 30l that strange enuff lasted thru out the dinner. they may have left over but we were so tired that we did not checked. in addition, we had 24 bottles of red wine and 3 full bottles of hard liquor. All were wipe out except half bottle of hard liquor left. I only got 27 tables...
3. i didnt have enuf dry ice effect...so plse note this.
4. the portion were big and they send food up to our room which was really nice. but the staff rushed the guests thru the meals. kept wanting to remove the plates when they were not done.
5. the flowers along the aisle blocked the screen so those tables behind cldnt see my presentation show.
6. ask if u can settle the bill the next day...i was so tired and they insisted that i settled the bill immediately which makes no sense when i am staying in the hotel for another 2 nights.
7. my guests complain that the shark fin soup had too much crab meat ..well...
8. general feedback ...the food was ok..and i didnt even go for food tasting..ha..ha...
all the best to u brides and have a superb wedding at amara...
just a few comments for those that have booked with amara to take note:
Actually i am in the process of choosing my Evening gown, but i have never seen Amara ballroom with its starlight on ..
Just like to check with you what are the safe colours that can be chosen so that i don't blend into the backdrop?
I am looking at some light colours like champagne yellow, peach, pink, light blue...what are some of your evening gown colours?
I specifically told the hotel that if my "free-corkage" wine & the 30L beer runs out... not to open anymore, so I didn't incur any additional liquour cost! Otherwise... will be broke!!! And maybe my guests don't drink tat much too
Titto: Just make sure ur gown is different fr ur theme's colour. Eg. If you choose a champagne gold gown, maybe better to use Romance theme instead of Grandure?
May : Glad to hear that your wedding went well. So nice of you sharing with us all the things that we need to note. Just came back from MC, down with fever and cough, feel terrible! So scared that I got sars, luckily not. So far so good, hopefully they maintain their standards throughout till my wedding day.
Louie : Your guests really drink very little leh, so good.
I have signed up during the wedding show...so she is charging me $768 nett/ table for a Saturday nite wedding ....min 30 tables plus 1 table free, so it will be 31 tables. My wedding will be May 2004. This price is actually for wedding deals in 2003. But since i am kiasu and booked this year, natalin is charging me this year's price for 2004 wedding packages.
As i have a lot of guests who are heavy drinkers...i tried to neg for more wines and beer barrels...but not much she is giving me. Still have to pay for corkage fee of $20 per bottle. But she waives off corkage for 24 bottles of wines and giving me 8 bottles of wine
BTW, anyone has good deals for wine suppliers??
I loovvveeee the Amara atmosphere...so my hubby n i decided that it is the ONE. If you haven't seen the ballroom, you should take a look at it!!!It's beautiful...but it's more rectangular..but i tik it's quite coolz!
Have you booked your package or still looking around?
I seen a few ballrooms and if you have a bigger budget...CONRAD is nice....i like conrad but too expensive!
I have also signed up with amara yest, but since mine was not during the wedding show, it was very difficult to ask for more perks. Natalin is quite difficult to negotiate, or maybe both my FH and I are not good in negotiating.
Hav you viewed the suite? It was quite small actually, 2 rooms combined into one.
My wedding is in June 04, a month after yours. Guess we are not the only kiasu ones, some other hotels had my date occupied already....
Really excited...hope Amara is good enough to let me have a memorable wedding night...