I am an overseas bride, planning to sign up with Mandarin Orchard. As I've got 10-13 tables only, do you think its possible to have it at Mandarin Court? Otherwise, Mandarin Suite. Anyone please share experience or any photos to share for Mandarin suite. Does anyone have 2011 wedding theme photos?
Jennifer > I was considering Mandarin Suite at first becos in my initial planning, I only had around 10~12 tables. So we went down to check out both Mandarin Suite and Mandarin Court.
Mandarin Suite is newly renovated in end 2009, but the downside is the ceiling is really low... So it doesn't feel as grand, and they can't have a stage becos of the low ceiling, this is something you need to take note.
In the end, we chose Mandarin Court cos the pretty and unique ballroom won us over
It is possible to have 13 tables in Mandarin Court, but you will still have to pay for the minimum spending of 15 tables, which means to say, your per-table price will increase. They allow you to upgrade the menu to fulfill this minimum spending.
I think it will be a bit risky for you to take Mandarin Suite cos if I remember correctly, the Suite only hold max. of 12 tables, so you have no buffer for sudden increase of guests. It is probably easier to increase the guest list to 15 tables and get Mandarin Court...
leyash > Mandarin Court's stage is quite ok. how many pple you need to fit? guess not more than 20 even during yamseng time rite~ everyone squeeze a bit will do
i (and my frens) don't do yumseng so can't give a really clear picture here. for you to have a rough idea:- my frens could sing and dance on the stage, and i could fit in digital piano with singers + violin on stage... can't be too small la
luna, we will be signing with goodwoodpark this weekend.
yes i still like MC's cozy feeling but the feedback that i got from my friends tends towards the negative side, so i decided to look around and eventually decided on goodwoodpark even though it's a little more expensive.
Just to check, does Mandarin Orchard always practice the payment of 75% before the wedding??
I met up with the manager and he told me about the deposit of $3k and subsequent 2 payments prior to the wedding which total makes up to 75%.
Any brides that actually follow this procedure??
And i realise that mandarin orchard is not a famous place to hold wedding? seems that many of my friends never attended weddings held in mandarin orchard before...
Kristin: Haven't heard of such payment terms. Paid deposit and then rest of the payment is to be fully paid upon checkout.
I guess why you have not attended friend's wedding at this hotel is cos Mandarin Orchard either allows for very big group or very small group. Most couples are all looking around for mid range sizing of about 20 to 30+ tables, hence does not fit the requirement. How many tables are you looking for?
Don't be stress, 1 step at a time. Enjoy the process!
wedding is coming soon. so no comments yet.
haha..take it easy la..u will get over it for sure...just take things one step at a time...but so far i am very happy with the set up i have seen, the av testing guy is very good and the banquet manager looks very experienced. so keeping my fingers crossed!
my wedding will be having ard 15-17 tables which Imperial Ballroom previously known as Silk Room/Mandarin Court is the best choice.
Love the ballroom (very unique) but quite concern when i see the feedbacks/comments from the forum and also the payment terms of 75% is alot of money..i definately will not pay such an amount when my wedding is not even held yet and there's so many other wedding expenses that i need to cope with..
And also, from here i see that the food standard is up and down.
Can anyone advise is the chef of the restaurant opposite the ballroom will be taking care of the banquet? and will it be weird to have servers walking up and down the stairs at the 2nd tier? (there's a table of guests that will be seated there, i'm afraid that the guests will feel uncomfortable)
Dora - are you taking Imperial Ballroom too? Have you had yr food tasting?
i've spoken with the manager and he managed to pull in down to 50% which is still
yes taking imperial ballroom. yup done food tasting. personally the food is ok la..provided u choose the popular dishes like herbal duck, thai chicken, sauteed prawns,braised sharks fin with fresh crabmeat and conpoy...food wise i think can be better la but it meets the requirements i guess..u can voice out anything u wish to be noted after food tasting..i am amazed they ask for 50% down...
Maybe abit dissapointed with the food la..but food tasting is for u to rectify lor..so theres a second chance on AD..haha...but i think overall i am very pleased with the staff, response, help, set ups etc. Nonetheless, whichever one u will choose, just go ahead and dont look back, afterall wedding is a happy event ya
Mandarin as a big hotel should live up with the standard..seems that in food and service wise they are just doing a so-so..even when i search in tripadvisor.com, many tourists commented that the hotel service and hotel room standard needs alot of improvement..(guests check-in delayed 40mins and was given a room with torn towels + ripped off wallpaper)..really disappointing to see all this comments online..
deposit is 3k and subsquent there will be 2 more payment which total up to 75% of the estimated min tables prior to the wedding. so if you are taking 15 tables. before the wedding u have to pay the amount of almost $10k.
I actually meet up with the business development manager. Jason. he's quite good actually. but the amount that i've to fork out before the wedding is alot. and also the food standard makes me feel more negative.
Most probably i will not be signing up with them...
Kristin > i only paid $3k deposit. the rest is settled after AD when you check out from hotel. have not heard of this 75% thing.
Mandarin Orchard is the hotel that i went to the most for my frens' wedding... went there at least 5 or 6 times before my own one hahahaha
The big ballroom and the Mandarin Court is two different teams of chefs. Mandarin Court one is from the Pine Court (the restaurant right opposite Mandarin Court). Big ballroom is taken care of by the banquet team.
Actually for my case, the food was very good.... hmmm. and must say the operation team that ran the show on AD was EXCELLENT. thumbs up for them.
There's quite a number of suites available..so no worries.all brides will be given the same suite =)
I've already made a tentative booking.just comtemplating whether i should go try the food first @ the restuarant then decide whether i shld confirm the place.
I'll be taking the Imperial Ballroom @ level 35 if i actually confirm signing...
Package for 2012 is already out..just that they are still finalising on the menus and the themes..heard there will be 3 themes..yup yup
Ellen - just to check with you..did your guests had a hard time finding the place?? coz if guests were to come by TAKA side..they have to take the lift to level 5, then proceed to the orchard wing lobby to go to level 35..
For the canapes, can you share what exactly did they served? coz heard that it's standardised and cannot select...there's a mixed selection of salty and sweet canapes..hope you can share with me more info on this...
the canapes are just some fried finger food-deep fried prawn, deep fried beancurd, prawn roll and yeah it comes as standard.anyway just would like to mention the awesome service and food rendered from the imperial ballroom staff. i felt so at ease that everything ran so smoothly. and the bridal suite is just fantastic. excellent service and room facilities.
Kristin > my guests had no problem finding the place... they will have sign boards and stuff... you can either take a lift from the 5th floor main lobby or from Mandarin Gallery like what Dora mentioned.
i can't remember what canapes were served. only remember it looked quite presentable that's all... hahaha
Dora > just had your AD? Congrats~
yup i agreed that the operation staff running the show were fantastic! their service was great!
Ellen - ya lor.i also find it strange.heard its the management's new policy.yup yup.new sign up frm jan 2011 onwards all haf to follow the 75% payment (3k deposit n 2 more payments to be advised in the contract b4 the wedding)..