I booked HIPV for my wedding dinner in May this year. We chose it cos hubby like the food and the ballroom looks nice too. After we booked we happened to be invited to a wedding dinner there and I felt the food was pretty good..service ok and also they say they will change plate after the dishes with bones.
However, the ballroom is not that big and for 40 tables they will open up another room I think and there are 2 big pillars in the ballroom and so I have to choose a shorter march-in route for the stage will be centralised and for the pillars not to block too many of my guests (there are 2 arrangement for the stage, and the other with the longer march-in route with the stage at one side will block more guest)..8(
The last time I went, the air-con broke down and I have heard my friends complained about them. I have checked with the hotel and they say it has been fixed so I hope it will be ok on the actual day...
I intend to hold my wedding on a weekend so it would be $718nett for yr 2002. Actually, I am considering either Holiday Inn or Westin. Westin's package is definitely more exp ($779 plus GST) but I have M'sia relatives coming so it is very convenient for them. I have only abt 25 tables so either of the above hotel can fit my requirement.
Congrats to you getting married in May this yr. I will be holding mine in June 2002. Date is not fixed yet as the Chi almanac not out yet.
gals, i'm holding it there in Dec 2001...& my weekend package was $678nett initially...but as we change part of the menu, they chg'g us $726nett now...so far, i din heard much negative comments abt HIPV...except for aircon. a frenz of mine went there for dinner & commented that aircon not cold...i think it's the crystal chandelier dat makes the aircon seems not cold enough...eileen, prob u can asked them to lower the temp...
ibelle, westin definitely much ex than HIPV...it's $170+ per table extra after all +++...it all depend on ur budget & perference of the ballroom...did u check out westin's ballroom...we love HIPV ballroom @ the 1st sight...so we booked HIPV & change the menu...
Yah, I know Westin is exp but my husband and I went to look at the ballrooms and we like it very much esp the Stamford Ballroom. But Westin cannot give me the Stamford Ballroom 'cos I have only abt 25 tables and they can 'sell' the entire stamford ballrm to couples who have at least 35 tables. However, they will reserve for me the Canning ballrm first and if nobody happens to book the Stamford Ballroom on our wedding date, they will give it to us.
I think HIPV is quite a gd choice but too bad my M'sia relatives do not kn where it is and I do want to have to appoint friends to drive them there...that sort of thing.
Have you attended any weddings in Westin? How was the fd & service? From what I read in this forum, the fd & svs seems quite inconsistent.
my suggestion only huh...prob, u can hire a bus to pick them all up at ur hse...provided they all can come out in time oso lar. like my aunt did it previously, it easy & can make sure all turn up in time for the dinner....tho' she doesn't have any m'sia relatives...& most of her relatives arrived @ her hse around afternoon for tea ceremony...
too bad, didn't have a chance to attend any weddings in Westin...couldn't tell the fd & svc, like u too, read in this forum...thus, didn't check the hotel up when i book my banquet...good food is the priority for my MIL, while good ambience is ours...*wink*
Elsie.....so coincidence!! Hehe..great minds think alike 8). Did you ask for seat cover? I exchanged the photography and make-up for that.
Ibelle - sorry din have a chance to go Westin for wedding dinner too..I am also planning to get transport for my guest to HIPV too..in case they go to the HI at scotts road..hehe..(elsie, remember to remind your guest that). I read in this forum before that there is a wedsite www.chineseforturecalendar.com so maybe you could check that out. I chose mine just because that date was available in May 8).
i exchanged for the seat covers with those too. hey, what color table cloth u using for the VIP tables...they have the mustard & red one, rite? celes told me that most couples using red one, chinese mah...short or long walk-in for u? was told oso that more tables will get to see the stage for a short walk-in...but i wanted the long one...'coz the gown that i like got long train. i'm planning to get transport too...can save the parking coupons for our friends & colleagues as most of them drove, while relatives can arrive together in time for dinner...thanks for reminding me of other HI, nearly forgot..
my MIL got the fortune teller to choose the date for us...if u want let me know, i will email the contact to u...
Din know about the color of the table cloth, but most prob would choose the red one (my parents prefer the pink invitation card to the cream or lighter color one so I better choose red..hehe). I will be choosing the the short march-in so that more guest can see the stage and also..i got less chance to trip...haha....
eileen, i actually wanted the mustard color...thot it will match with the golden ribbon on the seat cover, i think they'll have golden ribbon tied on the VIP chairs...but parents sure want the red ones...i guess, i might have to give in...as for the invitation cards, i haven't confirm yet since my wedding is end of the year...was told that they might be getting a new design...they did show me the current one...i oso prefer the pink...cream one doesn't bring out the design well...as what i think...
Just want to share my experience with you coz I've just held my wedding dinner at HIPV in mid July 01.
I personally feels that the service & food was excellent although I did not get to taste all the food on that day!! The captain esp. did a very good job in controlling the table arrangements + beer replenishment.
They even bring us complimentary food after the dinner + the bill to our room...
Just note that if you are taking the short march-in, do walk slowly as it's really quite short and without knowing, you're already on stage... Hence, to prolong your wedding song, take your time to walk...
Hopes this gives you some ideas....
Glad to know that you are a happy customer of HIPV. I am to have my wedding dinner in the coming Sept. Hope to have the same kind of service and food that you have. Infact my family and in-laws are already quite satified with their service and food when we had our food tasting few weeks ago.
Btw, did any of your guests complain that the food was too salty?
If I'm not wrong, the captain's name should be Kelvin/Kevin, something like that... but you will be very nervous on that day and can hardly remember their names or faces...!!
My wedding planner is Celes, she is okay, but not very flexible... like giving the seat cover free. In the contract, it was stated $3 per seat cover, wanted her to include into the package but she is not willing and in the end, she quote us $1.50 per seat cover instead.
My dinner was held on a Mon and the package was $583 nett includes the seat cover.
I've got very good comments on the food from my guests. I don't think anybody complain about the food too salty.
Actually when I had my food tasting, I've added comments on those food that I think is not too good. They noted all these comments and did what I asked for on my actual day dinner, I think that is very good!!
Dove, if I'm not wrong, they only have 1 wedding planner and her name is Celes. Are you planning yours next yr? If so, I think the package price is slightly higher than this yr, but they include snacks for you just before the dinner starts and the seat covers are also included as well.
Check it out!!
I believe I have the same package as you. Mine is on a Thursday night. May I know how much beer did your guests consume? I have around 250-280 guest.
Btw, when is the latest that you have to confirm your no. of tables with Celes?
Excluding the free barrel, we opened 2 more barrels of 20L & 30L respectively.
My total no. of guests was 310.
You can get back to her latest 1 week be4 your wedding day.
Anyway, don't worry, I believe you can break even or make a profit.
FYI, I'd made a profit of est.$7,000...
Good News ! I went to meet up with Eugenia and was informed that there will be a bridal show on the 16 September 2001, Sunday, 2-5pm. She has also given me the promotional packages which are valid from 16 - 30 September. The prices are $599 nett and $649 nett. I think it is a very good deal. I have already signed up to attend the bridal show.
Try talking to Jasmine. She's very soft-spoken and pleasant to work with. So far, she has been pretty accomodating and is not the pushy-pushy type.
HIPV's wedding pkgs are really a good-value-for-money deal. The crystal ballroom looks really nice and romantic when its all decked out. That was the deciding factor when I was choosing my venue, it was like "wow"!
I'm also going to d HIPV's wedding show. Actually, i missed d previous fair held at Suntec which also offers d same package. This time, I'm definately not going 2 miss again. Like wat sugarchoc said, it's really a v attractive package along orchard rd.
hmmm...so glad to find a HIPV bride..at least can trust her comments
so when is your wedding? I think mine would be somewhere early 2003. Kinda long har? dunno whether to place my deposit with HIPV first or wait and see somemore venues but HIPV promotion is too attractive to be miss. How?
Thanks for your advise. Actually, I kinda worried that I might not get this same kind of deal again and the dates that I want might be booked. Wat a dilemma. Anyway, will seek my parents and hubby's opinions before making any decision.
hi, all brides-to be:
I'm also very keen on booking HIPV as my wedding banquet for next year. I'm going to the wedding show this sun. Maybe we will meet up there.
Well, I''ve heard quite a lot of good comments about HIPV. My hubby and I like the crystal ballroom very much.
Hi Dove and Sugarchoc:
When's your wedding?
Maybe we can share some other view about HIPV.
my wedding will be somewhere early 2003. Havent decide on which day cos' now is the seventh mth so cannot pick dates for wedding.
what abt you? got your date? So far, I know nuts abt the HIPV, I haven't seen their ballroom yet so cannot comment on it. I was oso wondering how to drive there. I mean I know the place but dunno which carpark is nearer to the hotel? Centrepoint?
Yes I've got my date, It will be in July 21
I intended to book 25 tables in crystal ballroom(level 2)
Well, I've seen their ballroom, I feel that it is nice with the crystal lights but I do heard from my friends that it's rather hot during the dinner and most probably due to the crystal lights above.
I guess we will have to take note of that during the wedding show.
Btw, I didn't drive there during my last trip and I'll check out with Eugenia about that, will keep you informed.
Did u gals manage to go down to take a look at the HIPV wedding road show? how was it? what does your package include? how much does it cause? i kaypo lah.. i also HIPV bride. booked my package with them some time in June i think. the last wedding road show that they had at suntec, i went down and i paid a deposit a day later.
looks like we got the same taste. both of us are gg to stay in punggol and we both have our wedding banquet at the same place. know what! we got the same wedding coordinator too!!
Okay ppl, just like what sugarchoc said, go and look for jasmine as your wedding coordinator. she is really much better than celes. i really did not like celes cos she was terribly rude. Jasmine is really much better!! go for her!!
Hi Dove, Sugarchoc, Jan:
I've missed the road show eariler on, I've seen the ballroom & there are 3 pillars. Well the blockage will depend on the setting of the stage which means one setting at the far end of the ballroom and the other at the side.
What I found out is that for 25 tables like us, there shouldn't be any problem cos' there are space for table to be place at the right angle. why don't we take a closer look this sunday.
HIPV is offering $599(weekdays); $649(weekends)
free flow of beer, free seats covers.
I wonder how much deposit is required?
Is the bill settle on after the banquet or the next day?
The deposit required is $2060 nett and the bill have to be settled at the end of the event.
I will be confirming my banquet at the bridal show, so I can be entitled to the lucky draw. I may get lucky and win some thing.
By the way, my consultant is Eugenia, very helpful and pleasant, much better than Celes. That's one factor why we confirm our wedding at HIPV, the ballroom is nice and grand and our consultant has the plus factor that made us so comfortable to talk to her and she's very personalised. She really put our mind at ease on how to go about preparing for our wedding.
I think this wedding package is really a very good deal and the new setup is fantastic.
Woh, you're a HIPV bride too, I'll be confirming my booking with them this sunday too.
Btw, when's your wedding? Good Luck in yr wedding planning. It's really great to meet up with so many HIPV bride, it really boost up my confidence to sign up with them.
Congrats to yr coming wedding?
How's your planning going on?
Btw, I wonder if you're able to choose the design of the invitation card or is there just one design Available?
I have booked my bridal package, book my banquet, tailor made my shoe, MTM gown is ready by end Sep. food tasting in Nov. What else need to be done??
As for the invitation cards, I was told by Jasmine that I can go down to the printer shop to choose my design. The sample of the card that I have was a cream, simple square card