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Wedding Ang Bao Rates in Singapore (2019) – How Much Should You Give?

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Joanne Poh

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Wedding dinners in Singapore can sometimes be a mercenary affair. Even if you never spend more than $5 on meals and always make a beeline for the cai png stall, you’re expected to shell out a 3-figure sum in your wedding ang bao whenever someone you know gets married.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that ang baos are purely a gift from the heart. In Singapore, your ang bao symbolises your well-wishes as well as covers the cost of your seat at the banquet table.

Though the couple might not admit it, usually they will be praying that you do not make them “lose money” by giving less than it cost them to invite you.

 

How much should you put in a wedding ang bao?

The first thing you need to do is to calculate the cost of your seat. This varies depending on how swanky the wedding venue is – there’s usually a published rate per table for wedding banquets.

Since each table seats 10 guests, divide the price by 10 to figure out how much the happy couple is paying for your presence.

If you’re not close to the couple, e.g. your secondary school friend you haven’t met up with in 10 years, a distant cousin you never see outside of CNY gatherings, a colleague who only invited you because he felt obliged to invite the entire team… it is considered socially acceptable for your ang bao to just cover the cost of your seat.

But if you’re close to the couple, you are generally expected to cover the cost of your seat, and then some. How much more you give depends on your relationship with the couple. Sworn blood brothers deserve a higher ang-bao mark-up than that friend-of-a-friend who shows up occasionally at group gatherings.

Too lazy to calculate? It’s OK, we’ve done the work. Use our handy guide below to determine the cost per guest. The ang bao rates are determined by prices for Saturdays, usually the most expensive day.

If you get an invitation for a wedding lunch rather than a wedding dinner at a hotel, rejoice! Ang pao rates are anywhere between $30 and $50 cheaper for lunches. However, there is little price difference between lunch and dinner for Chinese restaurants.

 

Wedding ang bao rates for Singapore hotels (2019)

Arranged in alphabetical order

Hotels Saturday Sunday
Sat lunch Sat dinner Sun lunch Sun dinner
Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa $175 to $222 $198 to $222 $175 to $222 $198 to $222
Amara Singapore $134 to $157 $145 to $157 $134 to $157 $145 to $157
Andaz Singapore $191 $243 $191 $231
Capella Singapore $186 to $198 $210 to $234 $186 to $198 $210 to $234
Carlton Hotel Singapore $120 to $168 $132 to $168 $120 to $168 $132 to $168
Changi Cove Hotel $109 to $151 $114 to $151 $109 to $151 $114 to $151
Concorde Hotel Singapore $114 $142 $114 $135
Conrad Centennial Singapore (table of 12) $124 to $176 $168 to $176 $124 to $176 $168 to $176
Copthorne King’s Hotel Singapore $104 to $110 $116 to $122 $104 to $110 $116 to $122
Crowne Plaza Changi Airport $124 $154 $124 $154
Fairmont Singapore and Swissotel The Stamford $208 to $292 $$208 to $292 $208 to $292 $208 to $292
Four Points by Sheraton $122 to $146 $140 to $163 $122 to $146 $140 to $163
Four Seasons Hotel Singapore $165 to $172 $190 to $230 $165 to $172 $181 to $222
Furama City Centre Singapore $101 $125 $101 $118
Furama Riverfront Singapore $101 $125 $101 $118
Genting Hotel Jurong $98 to $120 $104 to $119 $98 to $120 $104 to $119
Goodwood Park Hotel $163 $190 $163 $185
Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel $104 to $187 $152 to $187 $104 to $187 $140 to $187
Grand Hyatt Singapore $170 $216 $170 $205
Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy $93 to $99 $95 to $110 $93 to $99 $95 to $110
Hilton Singapore $130 $164 $130 $140
Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium $110 to $118 $130 $110 to $118 $130
Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre $149 $164 $149 $164
Hotel Fort Canning $122 to $152 $154 to $175 $122 to $152 $142 to 163
Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore by Shangri La $109 $137 $109 $137
Intercontinental Singapore $164 $208 $164 $208
JW Marriot Hotel Singapore $210 to $258 $234 to $256 $210 to $258 $234 to $256
Le Meridien, Sentosa $175 to $222 $175 to $222 $175 to $222 $175 to $222
M Hotel $108 to $114 $127 to $153 $108 to $114 $127 to $153
Mandarin Orchard Singapore $149 to $205 $187 to $205 $149 to $205 $187 to $205
Mandarin Oriental Singapore $178 $205 $178 $189
Marina Bay Sands $134 $163 to $187 $134 $163 to $187
Marina Mandarin Singapore $129 to $141 $153 $129 to $141 $153
Mercure Singapore Bugis $171 $182 $171 $182
Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay $120 $146 $120 $146
Novotel Singapore on Stevens $128 $163 $128 $163
Oasia Hotel Novena Singapore $115 $127 $115 $127
One Farrer Hotel $146 $169 $146 $169
One 15 Marina Sentosa Cove $109 $134 to $156 $109 $128 to $156
Orchard Hotel Singapore $128 $169 $128 $157
Pan Pacific Singapore $146 to $156 $187 to $190 $146 to $156 $170 to $173
Park Hotel Alexandra $113 $125 $113 $125
Park Hotel Clarke Quay $106 to $110 $116 to $120 $106 to $110 $116 to $120
Parkroyal on Beach Road $129 $161 $129 $149
Parkroyal on Kitchener Road $97 to $151 $116 to $163 $97 to $151 $116 to $163
Parkroyal on Pickering $161 $193 $161 $193
Peninsula Excelsior Hotel $93 to $140 $104 to $152 $93 to 140 $104 to $152
Regent Singapore $153 $187 $153 $179
Rendezvous Hotel Singapore $122   $134 $122 $134
Royal Plaza on Scotts $140 to $150 $140 to $150 $140 to $150 $140 to $150
Shangri-La Hotel $187 to $293 $222 to $293 $187 to $293 $222 to $293
Sheraton Towers Singapore $152 $141 $152 $163
Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel $152 $187 $152 $187
Sofitel Singapore City Centre $175 to $210 $199 to $234 $175 to $210 $199 to $234
Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa $191 $216 $191 $210
Swissotel Merchant Court Singapore $128 $168 $128 $156
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore $169 $185 to $250 $169 $185 to $250
The Ritz Carlton, Millenia Singapore $187 $221 $187 $221
The St Regis Singapore $199 $246 $199 $234
The Westin Singapore $168 $199 $168 $192
Village Hotel Changi $108 $122 $108 $122
Village Hotel Katong $112 $123 $112 $123
W Singapore $190 $226 to $233 $109 $202
York Hotel $101 to $159 $111 to $159 $101 to $159 $111 to $159

The most expensive wedding angbao rate stands at $246 per pax at The St Regis, while the most affordable is Grand Mercure at Roxy. 

Although it used to be that Sunday lunches and dinners are slightly cheaper, these days it seems to be similar to Saturday’s rates for at least 75% of the hotels listed.

If you are attending a banquet on a weekday from Mondays to Fridays, prices might differ.

 

Wedding ang bao rates 2019 (restaurants/other venues)

Restaurant / wedding venue Sat lunch Sat dinner
Peony Jade at Clarke Quay $110 $110
Qian Xi Joy Garden $70 $70
Ban Heng Pavilion $70 $70
Ah Yat Seafood $64 $64
Tung Lok Seafood (Orchard Central) $115 $63
Lingzhi Vegetarian $50 $50
CHIJMES Hall $192 $192
Orchid Country Club $102 $115
Serangoon Gardens Country Club $68 $69
Faber Peak Singapore $139 $162

Can’t find the venue on the list? Then give the hotel/restaurant a call and ask them how much a banquet table would cost.

Bear in mind that lunch and dinner prices are often different, while banquets on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays will be higher than those on Mondays to Thursdays.

 

How much to give at Malay weddings?

While an appropriate contribution will vary according to the cost of the venue and how “atas” your friends are, traditional Malay weddings tend to be a bit more relaxed. The meal is usually served in the form of a buffet with free seating, so you do not need to worry about having to cover the cost of your “seat”. Although, this might be changing for some modern families as well.

Generally, a contribution of $30 to $50 is the minimum. On the other end of the scale, the sky is the limit if you are close to the couple.

 

How much to give at Indian weddings?

The answer is, it depends on the venue and where the reception is being held. The standard format is for the actual wedding to take place at a temple, and a reception to be held later on, typically at a hotel, function hall or restaurant.

You should generally budget for a contribution of at least $50 to $80 for receptions at temples and function halls.

If they’re held at high end hotels, you’ll have to give similar amounts to the rates quoted for wedding banquets above.

You should also add a $1 coin to your contribution, as offering a sum that ends in 1 is seen as auspicious.

 

How much to give at church weddings?

Regardless of race, if the wedding is held at a church, there may or may not a follow-up lunch or dinner banquet at a hotel or restaurant. If there is no banquet, there will usually be some kind of reception on the church premises.

If the entire wedding takes place at the church, you can get away with contributing about $40 to $50.

If there is also a banquet, refer to the ang bao rates in the table above.

How do you usually decide how much ang bao money to give at weddings? Tell us in the comments!

 

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Joanne Poh

In my previous life, I was a property lawyer who spent most of my time struggling to get out of bed or stuck in peak hour traffic. These days, as a freelance commercial writer, I work in bed, on the beach, in parks and at cafes, all while being really frugal. I like helping other people save money so they can stop living lives they don't like.