Yes, life is precious indeed.
Our tentative plans include our solemnisation ceremony at the GWP Mayfair Pool on the day of our wedding. We're planning on having it done late morning, then have lunch at their cafe. The celebrations will continue in the evening with dinner at the Tudor Ballroom.
It's exciting planning and organising this big event! We also looked at The Regent, Traders and Grand Copthorne Waterfront. The Regent was also lovely. My fiance was more than willing to stop our search for a venue as soon as we walked into the lobby of The Regent. It took our breadth away! But, they require at least 23 tables on a weekday and 30 on a weekend in order to have use of their ballroom.
Traders Hotel was nice too. However, they need at least 20 tables before they can release their ballroom for our use. I didn't really like their Wedding Consultant, Thomson. He didn't seem interested in entertaining us while we were there. Instead, he sent his colleague over to speak with us halfway through our visit while he chatted with another couple. Didn't appreciate his attitude. Our appointment was with him, not his colleague. This other guy, though, Ivan, was real nice. Very friendly and knowledgeable.
Didn't particularly like the Waterfront Ballroom we were offered at the Grand Copthorne. The Wedding Coordinator, Alvin, was very helpful.
We decided on GWP for several reasons. 1)Good food. 2)Free parking for all cars parked in their compound. 2)Love the Tudor Ballroom. 3)The Deluxe Poolside Sutie is simply divine.(This isn't the Junior Suite that comes with the banquet package.) 4)Ambience is very different from other 5-star hotels. (You'll notice this immediately when you walk in.) 5)The Mayfair Pool!! 6)Friday is considered a weekday at GWP (less $$), whereas at most other hotels, Friday is considered weekend (more $$).
Compared to The Regent, GWP isn't as luxurious. BUT... the atmosphere is uniquely different. Very quaint. And we fell in love with it all. Lock, stock and barrel.
You'll see what I mean when you visit the GWP.