hi smallworld, I enquired with Shang on their solemnization package previously. For 2006, the hi-tea package, (about 3 snacks per guest) for 50 guests is $5k. THis includes rental of a location (ie. including waterfall terrace) for solemnization, a cake, the decoration (floral set up), champagne pyramid, soft drinks for guests, and a 45-min musical band.
I think can top up to make it a lunch/dinner but didn't enquire.
I think Conrad is nice too, but they seat 12 on each table right? So depends on whether that's a plus or minus for you. The shape of the conrad ballroom is not square right? I recall that it was not a regular shape.
Not sure how good conrad's service is, but so far shang has been quite alright. free food tasting etc. Heard recently that some hotels charge for food tasting!!
Also, something to note abt shang is that you won't have to pay for inserts printing for your banquet cards - some hotels charge extra for that. but the flowers for the tables are not very impressive. if you're thinking of centre serving then that doesn't make a diff, if you are thinking of individual servings then the flowers might not look very impressive. Alternatively, some brides have gone for the crystals deco instead of flowers, so then the flowers matter less too.
The other thing is availability. if one is available and the other is not on your AD, then the choice is straightforward. When's your AD?
Just went to pay the deposit yesterday....saw another couple's ballroom, it amazing ....i mean beautiful....the decor was overwhelming.....every center piece on each table was really very nicely done....
So far i hv been to 1 wedding at conrad and overall their service is good, food wise is normal, decor is white & gold theme, but they will remain the centrepiece on every table as they practise individual servings. And they dont remove the centrepiece no matter what. Their decor & flowers are standard roses, orchids & lilies. Other than that you will hv to top up. All these info i got it frm the coordinator as i hv met up with both conrad & shang coordinator once.
Regarding the printing of inserts, do u mean shang will print for us? or we hv to outsource for printers ourself? Yes coz conrad dont provide printing of the inserts.....
And what u mean by crystals deco? i never see before leh.
I have yet to confirm my AD...but it shld be ard Jan08 (i hope)
Pishako, are you going with Dolly too? I think no time to shop around, so won't visit Sebastian.
Ah. So no live performance eh? My friend 'requested' that her fiance play the flute for her church march in. there was piano accompaniment but the poor chap was so stressed! but he did beautifully in the end.
Which florist do you ladies prefer?
Saw Sebastian did 1 wedding last Sun at the island ballroom. It was amazing...the price was amazing too....every centerpiece was very nicely done with birdcage n roses....
have sent out all the dinner invites, so waiting for a week or two more before calling those who haven't confirmed. People keep asking me whether I'm excited that the BIG DAY is coming soon. Can't really say I'm really excited, since we've been planning for so long... maybe the excitement at being centre of attn will come the night before the wedding.
I think I'm at the same emotional stage as you. Have been getting the same question about whether I'm excited! Cos I've been through engagement dinner planning, solemnization dinner planning... and this year, I had a birthday party, and am planning my mom's birthday party, and planning my parents' wedding anniversary dinner... so I'm a bit numb when it comes to my own wedding! I guess I'll be really excited the night before the wedding though!!
Wow - that's a lot of planning to do cactus. Already just planning the wedding feels like a full time job for me.
Although I must say for some reason I never tire of looking at bridal gowns. Was contemplating buying the recently launched Style magazine, but then figured it would be no use to me at all, apart from being eye candy.
hey Shang brides,
have confirmed Shang for my AD next year, just waiting to sign the agreement!
was also thinking about the table cloth setting and how to match my gown. actually i saw the actual black setting, and it looked a little silver-ish rather than black. i wouldn't rule it out, especially since i'm thinking of a gold gown.
my AD is over 2 days, 28 & 29 June, but banquet on 29 June. yup, i've actually booked it quite early, cos i'm limited to a few dates only, and need to secure a date first.
but actually you'll be surprised how many dates next year are already taken up. i've friends who want to book Shang in April but date already taken.
all kiasu! haha.