well.. good tat u guys are havent encounter any issues yet with your co-ordinator... from wat i know, the marriot staff read this forum..
and i think this forum is good for other brides to know wats happening and to double check evreything.. otherwise if anything happens wat are u suppose to do.. change venue!
like wat i told the assistant director of catering.. if noone complaints u never improve.. esp if most of the brides out there wan high standards.. otherwise it might happen again... i wont wan this to happen to any other bride.. esp receiving an email at midnight before public holiday and not replying me back... something has to be changed rite..
they are jus lucky i havent booked my airtickets yet or i wont be so nice..
In my honest and humble opinion, i really can't see what is the big deal abt receiving an email from them at midnight?? Instead, the 1st thing that strike my mind when you mentioned that u received at midnight was their dedication and commitment to their job.. such that they were still working at that time.. they could simply have not reverted to you till 2 days later i.e. after the public holiday.
And from what i know, they may jolly well be working again the next day if they have a wedding couple.. so they may still have been able to revert to you..
Anyway, like what some of the other BTBs have said, it is unfortunate that you encountered such an incident.. and sometimes luck / chemistry plays a very impt role. Its prob just not fated for you to have your wedding at Marriott.. be aa nice BTB..let go and move on..
Congrats to all of the BTBs and my AD is Nov 09 as well. Now I'm considering between Marriot hotel and Copthorn Waterfront.
I'm going to Marriot tonight to view the ballroom with my in-law .... May I know who is the co-ordinator you gals liase with (if you dont mind)? ;D just hope that everything is gonna be all right . . .
just got back from Marriot Hotel ... had my dinner there at 3rd floor - Cantonese Restaurant after viewing the ball room. The food is nice and overall is quite ok as well but just that the package they quoted me is kinda steep ...
Hi Happycake, my coordinator is Casmin. Heard they have 3 coordinators there ... Casmin is a nice lady too. May I know when is your AD? care to share the package if you don't mind?
Some how we have to make the decision between Marriot and Copthorne ... sigh ... very stress as dont know which hotel to choose ...
Is the food for Copthorne from Grand Shanghai? If yes, then i think it should be pretty good.. but whenever i told my frens Marriott..they also know its Wan Hao and majority have good things to say abt the food..
But my personal stance has always been this - standard of food will never be as good at the banquet when compared to the restaurant coz its mass production..
Casmin is really very nice.. she will try her best to oblige..
Maybe to help you.. some of the things i took into consideration was:
(1) No. of tables required
(2) Chemistry with the coordinator
(3) Location and accessibility
Not in any order of preference.. but i think all 4 are very impt.. esp chemistry with coordinator..in the end, i busted my budget by a bit by choosing Marriott but i think my guests (at least those that i have spoken to) appreciate the fact that it is very accessible..
location is very important i feel...because you don't want your guests coming in late because they cannot find the hotel.
anyway i shortlisted regent, meritus and mariott.
my mom gave her 2 thumbs up for mariott...food is good enough and location is best.
but then decor, agree that it's plain. but now i am not so bothered...in my opinion most people remember about the wedding is food! because frankly when everyone gives you ang pow, it's like they are paying for their own meal. so it's important to choose a venue that can provide good food for them more than anything else.
Hi Wonderland, do leave down ur email so i can send u the standard package.
I agree that the food is the most important! Because I do not want my guests to head home complaining that the food is not worth their angpow. Just like if you ask me about the weddings I have attended, I cannot remember the ballroom settings but I can still remember good/bad how the food was.
Because me and my hus are very particular about food, my coordinator invited us for dinner at Wan Hao to try the chef's dishes before I sign with them. Very surprised at this gesture! Of course I won't say 100 marks for everything but the standard is there.
Last of all, yup it is really convenient to travel to Marriott with or without own transport, regardless of rain or shine!
hi all, i had my wedding dinner at Marriott and both my gd fren and my bro also had their wedding dinner there! The food is fantastic and the service there is very good! One thing, I would strongly recommend you to request for Captain Goh for ur actual day as he's really really veri thoughtful and really takes care of ur needs on tt day! Thumbs up for him and also my co-ordinator Ivah Ee! Ivah replies to emails veri veri veri fast
i will be having wedding luncheon at marriott on 27 sep...
we will asked to pay a $2000 non-refundable deposit when confirming the wedding w them...
no other payments required thereafter until the wedding day...where you will be presented with the final bill for settlement immediately after the function.
Mine's a dinner.. What's ur terms like?
I've just seen the email from Annabel too. We must pay $5k deposit, and a second deposit of 25% (of total est bill) 1 month prior to the dinner.. Think i'm gonna hv a headache... Would we be able to neg the terms?
Hi Everyone! SO and I are also confirming our wedding dinner at Marriot soon. Oriental was our first choice but over our budget.
I'm most particular about service level so can anyone recommend a good wedding coordinator that you have been most happy with so far and able to bargain? Their next wedding workshop is in July and wedding show is somewhere in October.
Anyone knows if it is better to book during the workshop or show? Are both perks the same? My wedding will be in June 2010.
We had our wedding dinner at Marriott on 22 May and have nothing but praise for their excellent service. Our main guy for the day, Goh (I believe Captain Goh, as mentioned above) was excellent. He was all over the place during dinner, giving us cues for this and that. He pretty much ran the show without us having to do anything much!
Someone was concerned about wearing a red EG for Marriott? I wore a red EG and it was fine!
Food-wise, we had no complaints as well. In fact, many were surprised by how yummy the food was. Phew.
I didn't think the ballroom was plain! In fact, with the play of lights, etc, it had a nice atmosphere. Besides, its YOUR wedding and YOU want to be the focus of attention. Why do you want a dramatically dressed up ballroom? That's my opinion anyway.
Anyhow, we are very pleased with Marriott and are just so glad we celebrated our wedding at the hotel.
Yeah.. i believe my terms are similar... think i have paid up abt 5k deposit.. plus my wedding is in Sept.. so at the back of my head, i know i have to make another payment in Aug.. cant remember the exact amt though..
I think cannot negotiate leh.. but i didnt try lah.. if you want to, maybe you can speak to the coordinator...
My coordinator is Casmin and she has been an absolute angel so far.. i feel completely at ease with her in charge
so maybe you want to consider? If you want, i can pass you her email / contact... but to be fair, i have not heard any complains of any Marriott coordinators... *cross fingers*...
Maybe you can get in touch with the coordinator and check with them to see if their perks for the workshop and show is ready.. i guess if you want to secure your date, you will need to confirm it by the workshop in Jul.. sometimes its every hard to have the best of both worlds.. thats what i realised whilst trying to plan for mine.. hehe.. scarely you wait till the show in Sept but the date is no longer available.. than it no longer matters which one offers better perks liaos...
Kerine, I think it will be better to sign up during the wedding show because there will be additional perks.
Your coordinator will most probably inform you about the perks if you’re interested (even if it is before the wedding show) & you still get to enjoy them without signing at the event itself.
For example, I confirmed with them in Sept last year… their wedding show was in Oct but I still managed to get the wedding show perks. They can actually reserve the date for you till you go down and make deposit. Initially I was on the waiting list for about one week, till the couple in front of me gave up their slot. So I suppose they can hold your date for you temporary till there’s a next couple who are keen on your date.
Hi Cher, my wedding is in Jun 2010. I spoke to my wedding planner and asked her to proceed with the draft agreement alrdy. Didnt really neg on the 2nd deposit. Anyway, she told me that they have changed the payment terms such that a 2nd deposit is required.
Looking at all the good feedback abt Marriott, i'm glad i made a right choice.
Just went down to met my coordinator to decide on cards and discuss abt some other stuff.. after the meeting, i told htb that we really made the rite choice... coordintaor is just so nice... and accomodating.. we believe we are in really good hands..
I think it depends on the date that you are looking at...maybe if its a weekday and not a "auspicious" date, they may be more flexible.. nonetheless, you can try.. one thing i found out abt marriott is they will try their best to accomodate.. so no harm trying