i mean ritz chef went over to ST. i know become i was holding a major event there and met up with the catering sales director hence becoming frens. she mention it to me. so cannot be wrong. it is also one of the reason why we hold the event there.
I tried the food in Mar this year. I presume that the Exec. Chef has already left by then but the food taste just as good! 1 thing to note - even if the food tasted excellent during the food-tasting session, be prepared for the standard to drop a bit cos cooking for the mass....
Roger attended to my friend who booked Sheraton and got married in mar this yr. She's really happy with his service. Maybe you try to talk nicely to him and see if he can throw in freebies for you. What kind of freebies are you looking at anyway?
The cost of the ballroom deco will be bear by the hotel unless you have something elaborate in mind. You might need to communicate yr ideas to Roger or the florist to let him know what you want.
I'm not too sure abt the charges but i know they do charge for the projectors. I haven't thot of using it yet so i didn't ask them abt that...
Mae - No, ballroom decoration is included as part of the dinner package. I dun have to pay for it. I think there are 2 themes to choose from. Hw, if we want decor items outside the hotel standard decor package, we may hv to pay extra for it. I think this shld be the same for other hotels as well. For slide shows, sheraton is charging me $150 for the projector and screen. Heard from my fren this is cheap...dunno the mkt rate leh...
flowy - i think people normally go for food tasting abt 2 mths before the dinner. Did your coordinator give you a wedding checklist booklet together with your contract? It will tell u when you shld collect ur cards, fd tasting, seating, etc. For me, i am hving my fd tasting in June (my wedding is in Sep)
In that case, dun worry. You negotiate with Roger to tell him that since you took his professional advice to take the weekday package instead of the weekend, you expect to have the standard hotel decor FOC because you have already compromised on the $50 discount per table.
Let me know the outcome. If not, I think of more ideas for you to 'negotiate' with him....
Thanks for the moral support. I was feeling so stressed up with the additional cash that I hv to fork out. Tho' itd only $300+++ but this sum is enuff for me to hire a wedding consultant to run errands for me/ a musician to perform during the banquet.
I am not trying to be "ngiao", I just dun feel justified.
My email is [email protected], perhaps we can correspond through email to share more ideas with regards to wedding preparations
Thanks again, really appreciate your thoughts of helping 'formulate' reasons to negotiate
You are welcome! I think any amt that is not justified spending, however little, will affect the overall preparation mood of the wedding. Dun let that bog you down cos there will be more problems ahead of us....e.g. wedding invites!?
I will take note of yr email address....no problem. Tell me in the thread if you hv problems,k? =}
I think Alvin and Roger are the two main wedding coordinators at ST although i think there is another lady who also coordinates wedding...cant remember her name liao..sorrie. Are you planning to have your banquet at Sheraton??
Feel kinda sad now..just heard from my coordinator that there will be another wedding dinner at the function rooms near my ballroom on my wedding nite. Thot mine will be exclusive...din know they actually allow another couple to hold their wedding dinner at the function rooms. Although theirs is a small affair, few tables only..i am afraid that the food quality might be affected
Worst..what if they serve the wrong dish or my guests ended up in the wrong place! Anyone has attended wedding dinners at ST where there are 2 banquets going on at the same time? How's the food?
I'm shocked to hear that. Becos Alvin told me that they will ensure that there are no two brides on the same day, and even if there's booking for other function rooms, they're for business or other non-bridals.
Checked with ST. Sorry, I misunderstood. They will not allow 2 brides to share the ballroom (meaning if you take Ballrooms 1&2, they will not have another bride to take 3&4), but not the function rooms. If there is request, they will still sell.
Yar..i was quite shocked to hear the news at first too. I remembered asking him if the function rooms will be used for weddings b4 i booked and he said not likely as the function rooms are small...always thot mine will be an exclusive affair...now this...argh...
guess it will be unreasonable for me to ask them to refuse another couple if they are keen to have their wedding there...but one of the main reason i want to hold my wedding there is the so-call exclusivity...
well..only consolation is that our reception area is more private...just hope the other couple wont intrude into my space! Think i better make sure they segregate the place properly that day..hahaha
actually my main concern is the food lor 'cos the same set of chefs will do the cooking for the two banquets..dunno will delay or not. aiyah...what to do..can only pray hard things go well that nite...
sorry people..hope u dun mind me venting my frustrations here...ST is still a gd choice...if not..there wont be so many couples wanting to hold their weddings there!
Just be prepared that if your wedding date is a hot date, you might have to share the hotel with another couple..
I suppose for me, the problem is the function room and ballroom is so close. So if there is 2 wedding, you will see 2 brides standing quite close right? Anyway, they are a business entity, and there's nothing to stop them if there is money to make. Anyway, hopefully the quality of food is still there, and it justifies us choosing that place.
So how's your preparation coming along? Just 3 more months to go. Mine still a long way. Don't think I'd want to worry about ST too much since it's nothing I can control, if not, got more and more things to worry.
Dun worry, ya? I think things will be okay. I haven't checked if my date also have another couple... maybe I will call my coordinator and check with her later. Hows your prep coming along? Just finalised the printing of my cards... Getting kinda worried also, dunno if I have done sufficient preparation till date...
Think the chefs shld hv similar experience, rite? cant be i so suay to be the 1st?! anyway, I went to the sheraton website yesterday to take a look at the floor layout..it is not as bad as i thot 'cos the ballroom area is really private compared to the function rooms. All my guests have to pass by the function rooms but at least i dun think i will have their guests wandering into my area
I attach the layout here..dunno if it works
My gowns are almost completed..going for my trial next week! photoshoot in end june. Cant wait
Will start printing my cards soon...need to go and get my papers and ribbons. Oh yes, i am going for my fd tasting on 22 June..will let u gals know how's the fd
Alvin wil not be at the fd tasting 'cos it's sunday but he will definitely be present during my wedding. Hehehe..think there are still alot to do...dunno got enough time or not! gemi - better get as many things off your checklist as possible so u can relax nearer your wedding
yeah...some people mind the L-shape ballroom. Hw, as i am only using A-C, the ballroom actually looks quite nice
Are u planning to use the entire ballroom??
Oh yes, i love soft shell crab too! yummy! Unfortunately FH doesnt like it so we wont be hving this during the food tasting...yup, selected the dishes liao. Alvin says the dishes can be different from actual banquet but we will need to pay if we wanna try later.
by the way, alvin reassured us again that the fd quality wont be affected. hope so..i am keeping my fingers crossed
I'm not really sure how it looks like with 19 tables, but like what Star said (thanks, Star), could be a bit cramp. I haven't decided yet, but I might use Ballroom 3 as well, if my guest list increases to over 22 tables. But hopefully I don't need to use it, so that I don't have the L-shape setup.
Hi Kat22, I think I know which card you are referring too...I thought that one was unique too. With the four flaps. I think I will have a big problem choosing the cards, cos there are so many nice ones.
Yah...mine is a weekday. I think I'll be selecting my cards in Aug. I want to send the cards to my overseas guests first. For the local ones, I'll send just 1-2 mths b4 wedding. Since I'm getting my gowns from AWT too, it is convenient for me.
Yeah..it is really convenient for you to collect the cards! In that case, you can take a look at the cards first and confirm with them later
Mae - oic..dun worry..since they only allow one couple to use the ballroom..i dun see why they wont allow you to use Ballroom 3 if the setup is abit cramp..the other ballrooms will be left empty anyway
Talk to your coordinator ya? So when's your big day?
For my case, Alvin actually helped me to reserve the 3rd ballroom also, in case I need to increase the no. of tables. In any case, if they can sell the remaining ballroom, they will still do so, though he promises that it won't be for a wedding, just a small function. Actually maybe we should ask Alvin if they have any banquets coming soon that uses only 2 ballrooms, and we can go and see.
Yeah..their gowns are quite nice. But I still a bit heart pain to spend so much on bridal gowns, though like what my mum always says, it's once in a lifetime.
No, it is not done by Alvin or Roger. The checklist should be together with your contract...it is a thin golden booklet which indicates things like when you should collect your cards, when you should plan your seating arrangements...dun you have that in the nice folder? Dun feel uneasy...it is not really a comprehensive one...just a simple checklist for the dinner dat's all
Anyway, what kind of checklist are you looking for? I do hv one for actual day from my fren and it is quite comprehensive. I can email a copy to you if you are interested