on the shows its prob most efficient if you get the dates from the hotels? FS hasnt held a show in quite a few years already.
I can only speak for FS and I think its a gd choice for luncheons, size wise its pretty decent. A nice square and 2 screens so no location is bad. Lunch if you can get the main ballroom the ceiling is high for the min table no. and the glass windows let in alot of natural light which is beautiful.
Lewis was my coordinator and he is v. good.
only thing is they are more sticky on perks and procedures. but for their efficiency , food , service. i cant find fault with them
I like 4 seasons and figured it will be real beautiful but I may have problem fulfilling the min table as its 25 tables for the lunch and I would only want the main ballroom with the long window panels)...
Is yours a lunch or dinner and don't mind me asking, how many tables do u have?
Realized I had replied to your posting on the other thread. For lunch, is the min still 25? Ours will be a dinner in the larger ballroom and we had hovered around the 24 table mark for a while, so we spoke to them about not meeting their min table number and what they said was that a minimum spending was required, so one possibility was to top up to the more expensive menu and meet that minimum so that we can still use the larger ballroom. You may want to check if that works for you.
be meeting up lewis next week.. to view the ballroom..
date i wanted is currently reserved by another couple.. so he ask me to go down to view the ballroom, discuss about the package..
if i am really comnfortable with everything, then he will check with the other couple & update me on the status.
i have attended a wedding at four seasons many years back.. & i did drop by four seasons hotel to view the ballroom on my own few week back.. me & fiance both like the hotel, the ambience & the ballroom..
just hoping the couple will give up the date we want.
initially wanted a sat, but most of the dates in 2013 were sold.. only left few fridays & sundays.
Hi Im considering between Four Seasons main Ballroom, Goodwood Park Tudor and Mandarin Oriental Atrium suites. Anyone can provide any advice?
Im looing at wedding lunch. Am concerned about the natural light coming in for FS though, coz not sure how it will fit/clash with the ballroom lighting itself. are the lights coming through all windows ard the ballroom perimeter?
And how does it compare with the feel of Tudor at GWP / Atrium at MO?
Hi, went to FS yest lucky enough to catch view of one on going wedding..nice ambience as many others ve commented..but will consider real hard for the price, believe it is now $1,338 up $70 from 2012..more ex than even fullerton?
From my experience, Friday dinner do tend to start later, because people are coming from work. As for the dressing, usually will not be more casual, just that they may be coming in work/office wear.
Champagne, I looked at all 3 ballrooms before and ended up with Four seasons, because we liked the ambience the best. The colours are on the warm side, which would still give us the cosy feel that we liked even though the ceiling is high. Also, the table placements gave enough space for people to move around.
The Tudor is nice too, but ceiling is not as high, and overall, gave us a more corporate feel because of the colour tones, which are more on the cool side. Also, with the number of tables that we have, it would have been a bit squeezy.
For the Mandarin Oriental, we just didn't like the long long layout. It felt like a corridor, and felt that the guests seated at the end of the room would feel very far removed from us.
Ours is a wedding dinner, but we saw the FS ballroom in the day, when the curtains were drawn up, and I thought that it looked really pretty with the natural light streaming in. Almost wished to change to lunch. The ballroom lighting is warm, so the sunlight will not clash. But I suggest that you go down to view it yourself during the day.
If you have a small-ish number of tables, one place to consider is the straits room at the Fullerton. It is quite pretty and has lots of details on the walls and a nice arched ceiling.
Hi Wong, thanks for the feedback. I did go down and take a look at both Tudor and FS ballroom. In the end, I signed up with FS too. Similar sentiments as you - that the Tudor is quite cramped and the low ceiling makes the whole ambience more suffocating than cosy I thought.
I skipped MO because I did not like 2 columns of tables lining to the stage..
Hopefully FS will provide good service to us
I need to start searching for bridal packages soon. Have you got yours?
Hi Wong, great to hear your coordinator is good. Hope mine will be too - Ho. When is your AD?
Btw Rico is also one of the shops I shortlisted but have not made any appts yet. Cuz my fren who is a digio bride didnt have a pleasant experience. Did u explore digio before selecting rico since they are sister companies?
Hi ccmh, I only have waiver for first 5 bottles of hard liquor. I tried requesting for helpers room but they don't provide and I am not very particular about it.
Hi Champagne, that's great! So far I have been rather unsuccessful in requesting for many things. Really sticky. Did you manage to get anything which is outside the standard contract other than the waiver of first 5 bottles of hard liquor? I find it very frustrating that FS is not open to many things which other hotels (e.g. Fullerton and Ritz) are open to doing for their couples. If not for the FS ballroom and size of my wedding I would definitely have gone with Fullerton.
heya its been a year since I had the wedding at FS. i had managed to get the waiver for hard liquour and 5 bottles of wine.
Uhm wrt to their stickness honestly i agree. U can see from the prev posts that anything I asked was denied! BUT having said that they seriously over-delivered on the wedding day itself.
i guess to say they are sticky also = to all the couples get a fair deal not based on ability to nego.
and if they can they do promise and execute on it. I swaped my table decor for an upgrade in flowers, and they delivered it to a T. I had additonal space during my dinner pre reception.
The banquet managers were excellent and prompt. no issues there. Supper /food etc were good and we made some menu changes at no extra. Which wasnt always delivered for fullerton (was Jiemei there twice)
The manager on duty even made sure the vendors were fed ... some on his own tab.
So i'll say yes they are SUPER anal during the pre wedding phase. but on the ball, during the AD. and your stay is amazing too for 2days, the staff really remember you.
Been going back for their food and promo events since the wedding haha.
So take heart k!
Helper room you can see if your co provides company rates? thats what I did.
Yes, FS is quite stiff with their negotiations, but like what Chinzilla said, its so that all couples get a fair deal.
Champagne, yes I went to both Rico and Digio. I didn't really like the coordinators at Digio - they were a little too pushy. Also I didn't really like the gown designs. They weren't "me". Whereas I like Rico's gowns more and they 'fit' me better. Also, my coordinator is quite nice. You can check both out and see which boutique suits you more. My coordinator at Rico is Jessie. My AD is in about 6 months!
Yes, they are quite rigid with offering more in the deal. I only tried to negotiate for one more night, but nope they are quite sticky with only one night.
Wong, thanks for ur sharing.. I havent checked any out yet. Will probably go to both and take a look. Were there any other boutiques that you shortlisted thats in this same range? 6 months is so close! ur ps must be soon, have fun!
Hope everyone had a happy new year or happy holidays!
Champagne, we aren't going for a ps. Neither one of us like taking photos, plus we don't see ourselves spending time flipping through the thick album once its over. In all likelihood, the album will sit somewhere, taking up space and gathering dust. We instead spent more on getting a good AD photographer. Other boutiques that I visited included Ted Wu, La vie, *wedding, Le Grand, Cang Ai, Amanda Lee, Bridal Veil, Johnny (something) located in delfi, and Di gio. So actually went to shops with quite a large range. My criteria was that I didn't want coordinators to be too pushy, they had to let me try on gowns, I had to be able to communicate with them ( my chinese is quite bad, so I had difficulty understanding the Cangai people, esp when they were talking about trains and beadings in Mandarin), and of course, I had to like the gowns. Gown shopping should be a fun process, so I hope you'll enjoy it. It helps if you have someone to bring with you (other than your htb) who will be honest with you and tell you their thoughts about the gowns you are trying.
For anyone who is looking to host an event (be it wedding, birthday, anniversary, etc) at Four Seasons in 2013, please get in touch with me as I have $ credits to let go and we can possibly work something out
I had my solemnization held in Regent hotel, the pple are quite rude when they know you are not able to meet their ballroom size..
So I was quite hesitated to go fsh as they are under a group..
Anyone has packages to recommend or any good coordinator, pls email to me [email protected]
we only managed to get more car park coupons. we also tried to ask for free corkage n other perks. the sales manager said they can't offer since they have standard package standard procedure etc.... =•=''
I think it is dependent on the hotel and the coordinator too. Mm was very nice in giving all the perks that they could at the first meeting.
For fs, agree that service is fantastic but they could also be rejecting perks cause they don't really need to give and yet ppl will sign with them cause of the brand and the service levels. Like there is a form of guarantee for btb there.
We just had our wedding dinner at Four Seasons, so we would like to give some feedback and hopefully help couples who are deciding what venue to pick for their wedding lunch/dinner. It was a wonderful experience for us with Four Seasons. During the wedding preparations, our coordinator was Kaylynn at first, who left a month or so before and handed us to Lewis. Both coordinators were really easy to work with and the transition between them was smooth. Kaylynn was quick with arranging a second (smaller) food tasting for us, when the first one did not go well - the dishes were over-seasoned and were either too salty or too sweet, and they had left out the abalone in the soup. Lewis was really attentive and patient, especially during the last week leading up to the day itself, and he was very quick in attending to our requests for changes in table arrangements, as we had several last minute changes due to people fleeing from the haze.
During the dinner, it felt like we were fighting a war, as we were on constant high level of alert with many ongoing things that required our attention. Yet the banquet managers and staff somehow managed to ensure that we had breathers to take a few bites of our meals and still keep to the schedule. My husband is a vegetarian, but we didn't order a meal for him because we figured that he would hardly eat anyway. When the managers found out, they had the chefs prepare an extra serving of some of the vegetarian dishes that they know he will be around to eat. We greatly appreciate that. More importantly, neither ur nor our parents have heard any complaints from the guests. Everyone was raving to us about how great the food was and that the service was impeccable. Our banquet managers, Mr Sean Shean and Mr Wee Jian Kai, were really quick to attend to our every need, always with reassuring smiles, and helped a great deal in making the night go smoothly.
The ballroom itself was beautiful, something I did not realise until after our thank you speeches were done and I was more relaxed. Sitting at the table, I was reminded of why we picked Four Seasons in the first place. The bridal suite is not as big as some hotels, but it is more than adequate. I also liked the fact that we could order from the room service menu for our dinner, instead of having the set aside banquet food. And their room service food was excellent!
So, even though Four Seasons is pricey and they do not budge on their perks, having gone through this experience, we now know that we had made the correct decision about one and a half years ago. For couples who are considering Four Seasons, if your budget allows, do seriously consider picking it, because I believe that the quality of service and professionalism of their staff will allow you to have headache-free, memorable wedding lunch/dinner.
Had received the latest package and there is slight increase in price compare to last yr.
but I guess due to the fantastic service the coordinator had provided we decided to sign up.
Gave us quite a bit of perks which I feel is a value add service as such 5 star hotel don need to do such things.
Went to another 5 star hotel in sentosa and their service not as good and they are very inflexible. Didn't went for them even though is cheaper.