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Wedding Ang Bao Rates in Singapore (2020) – How Much Should You Give?

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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? Use our handy guide below to determine the cost per guest. The ang bao rates largely depend on 1) the hotel or restaurant, 2) lunch or dinner and 3) Saturday or Sunday.

Of course, some hotels have a standard price for all weddings. But generally, if they differentiate the prices, Saturday night dinners are the most expensive. Lunch is usually cheaper than dinner, except for Chinese restaurants.

Disclaimer: Do note that all prices were adapted from SingaporeBrides.com. This is meant as a rough guide only — the actual amount your friends spent on the wedding may differ depending on when they signed the for package, and what add-ons they opted for.

 

Wedding ang bao rates for Singapore hotels (2020)

Note: Hotels arranged in alphabetical order; all prices are obtained via SingaporeBrides.com (updated Dec 2019). 

Hotels Saturday Sunday
  Sat lunch Sat dinner Sun lunch Sun dinner
Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa $180 to $230 $200 to $230 $180 to $230 $200 to $230
Amara Singapore $140 to $160 $150 to $160 $140 to $160 $150 to $160
Andaz Singapore $200 $250 $200 $240
Capella Singapore $190 to $200 $220 to $240 $190 to $200 $220 to $240
Carlton Hotel Singapore $130 to $170 $140 to $170 $140 to $170 $130 to $170
Changi Cove Hotel $110 to $160 $120 to $160 $110 to $160 $120 to $160
Concorde Hotel Singapore $120 $150 $120 $140
Conrad Centennial Singapore (table of 10 for lunch, 12 for dinner) $150  $210 $150  $210
Copthorne King’s Hotel Singapore $110 to $120 $120 to $130 $110 to $120 $120 to $130
Crowne Plaza Changi Airport $130 $160 $130 $160
Fairmont Singapore and Swissotel The Stamford $210 to $300 $210 to $300 $210 to $300 $210 to $300
Four Points by Sheraton $130 to $150 $140 to $170 $130 to $150 $140 to $170
Four Seasons Hotel Singapore $170 to $180 $200 to $240 $170 to $180 $190 to $230
Furama City Centre Singapore $110  $130 $110 $120
Furama Riverfront Singapore $120 $120 to $140 $110 $110 to $140
Genting Hotel Jurong $100 to $120 $110 to $120 $100 to $120 $110 to $120
Goodwood Park Hotel $170 $200 $170 $190
Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel $120 to $140 $160 to $190 $120 to $140 $120 to $140
Grand Hyatt Singapore $170 $220 $170 $210
Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy $100  $100 to $120 $100 $100 to $120
Hilton Singapore $140 $170 $140 $140
Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium $120 $130 $120 $130
Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre $130  $150 to $160 $130  $150 to $160
Hotel Fort Canning $130 to $160 $160 to $180 $130 to $160 $150 to $170
Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore by Shangri La $120 to $160 $140 to $160 $120 to $160 $140 to $160
Intercontinental Singapore $170 $210 $170 $210
JW Marriot Hotel Singapore $220 to $260 $240 to $260 $220 to $260 $240 to $260
Le Meridien, Sentosa $180 to $230 $180 to $230 $180 to $230 $180 to $230
M Hotel $110 to $120 $130 to $160 $110 to $120 $130 to $160
Mandarin Orchard Singapore $150 to $210 $190 to $210 $150 to $210 $180 to $210
Mandarin Oriental Singapore $180 $210 $180 $190
Marina Bay Sands $140 $170 to $190 $140 $170 to $190
Marina Mandarin Singapore $130 to $150 $160  $130 to $150 $160
Mercure Singapore Bugis $110 $110 $110 $110
Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay $120 $150 $120 $150
Novotel Singapore on Stevens $130 $170 $130 $170
Oasia Hotel Novena Singapore $120 $130 $120 $130
One Farrer Hotel $150 $170 $150  $170
One 15 Marina Sentosa Cove $110 $140 to $160 $110  $130 to $160
Orchard Hotel Singapore $150 to $160 $190 to $200 $150 to $160 $180 to $190
Pan Pacific Singapore $150 to $160 $190 to $200 $150 to $160 $170 to $180
Park Hotel Alexandra $120 $130 $120 $130
Park Hotel Clarke Quay $110 to $120 $120 $110 to $120 $120
Parkroyal on Beach Road $130 $170 $130 $150
Parkroyal on Kitchener Road $100 to $160 $120 to $170 $100 to $160 $120 to $170
Parkroyal on Pickering $170 $200 $170 $200
Peninsula Excelsior Hotel $100 to $140 $110 to $160 $100 to $140 $110 to $160
Raffles Hotel $200 $230 $200 $230
Regent Singapore $160 $190 $160 $180
Rendezvous Hotel Singapore $130 $140 $130 $140
Royal Plaza on Scotts $140 to $160 $140 to $160 $140 to $160 $140 to $160
Shangri-La Hotel $190 to $300 $230 to $300 $190 to $300 $230 to $300
Sheraton Towers Singapore $160 $190 $160 $170
Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel $160  $190 $160 $190
Sofitel Singapore City Centre $180 to $220 $200 to $240 $180 to $220  $200 to $240 
Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa $200 $220 $200 $220
Swissotel Merchant Court Singapore $130 $170 $130 $160
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore $180  $200 $180 $200
The Outpost Hotel Sentosa $190 $220 $190 $220
The Ritz Carlton, Millenia Singapore $190 $230 $190 $230
The St Regis Singapore $200 $250 $200 $240
The Westin Singapore $170 $200 $170 $200
Village Hotel Changi $110 $130 $110 $130
Village Hotel Katong $120 $130 $120 $130
W Singapore $200 $230 to $240 $200 $210
York Hotel $110 to $160 $120 to $160 $110 to $160 $120 to $160 

The most expensive wedding angbao rate of up to $300 per pax at Shangri-La Hotel and Fairmont Singapore and Swissotel Stamford, while the most affordable is Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy, where prices are only $100 to $120 per pax. 

 

Wedding ang bao rates 2020 (restaurants/other venues)

Restaurant / wedding venue Sat lunch Sat dinner Sun lunch Sun dinner
Peony Jade at Clarke Quay $110 to $130 $11o to $13o $110 to $130 $11o to $130
Qian Xi Joy Garden $70 to $120 $70 to $120 $70 to $120 $70 to $120
Ban Heng Pavilion $70 to $120 $70 to $120 $70 to $120 $70 to $120
Ah Yat Seafood $70 to $110 $70 to $110 $70 to $110 $70 to $110
Tung Lok Seafood (Orchard Central) $70 to $100 $70 to $100 $70 to $100 $70 to $100
Lingzhi Vegetarian $60 to $70 $60 to $70 $60 to $70 $60 to $70
CHIJMES Hall $200 to $220 $200 to $220  $190 to $210 $190 to $210
Orchid Country Club $110 $120 to $130  $110 $120 to $130
Serangoon Gardens Country Club $70 to $130  $70 to $130  $70 to $130 $70 to $130
Faber Peak Singapore $130 to $140 $170  $130 to $140 $170 

As you can see, for many restaurants, the prices are the same for both days, lunch and dinner. The exception (in this list), is CHIJMES, which many consider in the “hotel” tier anyway.

 

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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