Wedding Ang Bao Rates in Singapore (2020/2021) – How Much Should You Give?

Joanne Poh
·13-min read

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.

If you’re not close to the couple, 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.

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.

In general, Saturday night dinners are the most expensive. Lunch is usually cheaper than dinner, except for Chinese restaurants.

Before safe distancing measures kicked in at every F&B establishment to keep Covid-19 in check, each table at a hotel wedding event could seat 10 guests, and it would be common to divide the price by 10 to figure out how much the happy couple is paying for your presence. But with only 5 guests allowed per table these days, do you then divide by 5 instead?

The answer is really up to you. Every guest will still get the same serving of food and probably have a wait staff attending to your table exclusively, so the wedding cost for banquets is about the same before the pandemic. Perhaps you might just want to consider putting a bit more in the ang bao than the usual rate?

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 (2020/2021)

Note: Hotels arranged in alphabetical order; all prices are obtained via SingaporeBrides.com (updated Nov 2020).

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 $180

$160 to $180

$140 to $180

$160 to $180

Andaz Singapore

$200

$250

$200

$240

Capella Singapore

$190 to $320

$220 to $320

$190 to $320

$220 to $320

Carlton Hotel Singapore

$130 to $180

$140 to $180

$130 to $180

$140 to $180

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)

$160 to $180

$210 to $220

$160 to $180

$210 to $220

Copthorne King’s Hotel Singapore

$110 to $140

$120 to $140

$120 to $150

$110 to $150

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport

$140

$160

$140

$160

Fairmont Singapore and Swissotel The Stamford

$160 to $170

$170 to $180

$160 to $170

$170 to $180

Four Points by Sheraton Singapore, Riverview

$160 to $180

$160 to $180

$160 to $180

$160 to $180

Four Seasons Hotel Singapore

$170 to $180

$200 to $240

$170 to $180

$190 to $240

Furama City Centre Singapore

$100 to $110

$120 to $130

$100 to $110

$110 to $120

Furama Riverfront Singapore

$120 to $130

$120 to $160

$120

$110 to $150

Genting Hotel Jurong

$100 to $130

$110 to $130

$100 to $130

$110 to $130

Goodwood Park Hotel

$170

$200

$170

$190

Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel

$140 to $190

$160 to $190

$140 to $190

$150 to $190

Grand Hyatt Singapore

$180

$230

$180

$220

Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy

$100

$110

$100

$110

Grand Park City Hall

$120

$150

$120

$150

Grand Park Orchard

$140

$170

$140

$170

Hilton Singapore

$140

$170

$140

$150

Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium

$120

$140

$120

$140

Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre

$130

$150 to $160

$130

$150 to $160

Hotel Fort Canning (additional $5,500 for Grand Marquee)

$130 to $160

$170 to $190

$130 to $160

$150 to $170

Intercontinental Singapore

$180 to $200

$230 to $250

$180 to $200

$230 to $250

Jen Singapore Tanglin by Shangri-La

$130 to $170

$150 to $170

$130 to $170

$150 to $170

JW Marriot Hotel Singapore South Beach

$220 to $260

$240 to $260

$220 to $260

$240 to $260

M Hotel

$120 to $150

$130 to $160

$120 to $150

$130 to $160

Mandarin Orchard Singapore

$160 to $250

$200 to $250

$160 to $250

$190 to $250

Mandarin Oriental Singapore

$180

$210

$180

$190

Marina Bay Sands

$140

$170 to $190

$140

$170 to $190

Mercure Singapore Bugis

$110

$110

$110

$110

Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay

$150

$160

$150

$160

Novotel Singapore on Stevens

$140

$170

$140

$170

Oasia Hotel Novena Singapore

$130

$160

$130

$160

One Farrer Hotel

$150

$160 to $180

$140

$150 to $160

One 15 Marina Sentosa Cove

$120

$140 to $170

$120

$130 to $170

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

$180

Park Hotel Alexandra

$120

$130

$120

$130

Park Hotel Clarke Quay

$120 to $130

$140

$120 to $130

$140

Parkroyal Collection Marina Bay Singapore

$140 to $150

$160

$140 to $150

$160

Parkroyal Collection Pickering

$170 to $240

$200 to $240

$170 to $240

$200 to $240

Parkroyal on Beach Road

$140

$170

$140

$160

Parkroyal on Kitchener Road

$90 to $120

$130

$90 to $120

$130

Peninsula Excelsior Hotel

$100 to $150

$120 to $160

$100 to $150

$120 to $160

Raffles Hotel

$200

$240

$200

$240

Ramada by Wyndham Singapore at Zhongshan Park

$110

$140

$110

$140

Regent Singapore

$150 to $180

$170 to $230

$150 to $180

$160 to $220

Rendezvous Hotel Singapore at Bras Basah

$130

$140

$130

$140

Resorts World Sentosa Singapore

$140 to $180

$170 to $200

$140 to $180

$170 to $200

Royal Plaza on Scotts

$160

$160

$160

$160

Shangri-La Hotel

$190 to $300

$230 to $300

$190 to $300

$230 to $300

Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa

$170 to $180

$170 to $180

$150 to $170

$150 to $170

Sheraton Towers Singapore

$170 to $220

$190 to $220

$170 to $220

$170 to $220

Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel

$130 to $160

$150 to $190

$130 to $160

$150 to $190

Sofitel Singapore City Centre

$210 to $230

$220 to $240

$210 to $230

$220 to $240

Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa

$200

$220

$200

$220

Swissotel Merchant Court Singapore

$140

$170

$140

$160

The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore

$200 to $230

$230 to $240

$200 to $230

$230 to $240

The Fullerton Bay Hotel (The Clifford Pier)

$320

$320

$320

$320

The Fullerton Hotel Singapore

$180

$200

$180

$200

The Outpost Hotel Sentosa

$190

$180 to $220

$190

$180 to $220

The Ritz Carlton, Millenia Singapore

$210

$250 to $290

$210

$250 to $290

The St Regis Singapore

$180 to $200

$250 to $320

$180 to $200

$240 to $290

The Westin Singapore

$170

$200

$170

$200

Village Hotel Albert Court

$70

$70

$70

$70

Village Hotel Bugis

$70

$70

$70

$70

Village Hotel Changi

$120

$140

$120

$140

Village Hotel Katong

$120

$140

$120

$140

W Singapore – Sentosa Cove

$200

$230 to $240

$200

$210

York Hotel

$100 to $110

$100 to $110

$100 to $110

$100 to $110

The most expensive wedding angbao rate of up to $320 per pax at Capella Singapore, The Fullerton Bay Hotel (The Clifford Pier) and The St Regis Singapore, while the most affordable is at Village Hotel Albert Court and Village Hotel Bugis, where prices are only $70 per pax.

 

Wedding ang bao rates 2020/2021 (restaurants/other venues)

Restaurant / wedding venue

Sat lunch

Sat dinner

Sun lunch

Sun dinner

Ah Yat Seafood Restaurant

$70 to $110

$70 to $110

$70 to $110

$70 to $110

Ban Heng Pavilion

$70 to $120

$70 to $120

$70 to $120

$70 to $120

CHIJMES Hall

$200 to $220

$200 to $220

$190 to $200

$190 to $200

Chui Huay Lim Teochew Cuisine

$120 to $140

$120 to $140

$120 to $140

$120 to $140

Empress at Asian Civilisations Museum

$140 to $170

$140 to $170

$140 to $170

$140 to $170

Faber Peak Singapore

$140 to $160

$180

$140 to $160

$180

Fu Lin Men (Chinese Swimming Club)

$100 to $130

$110 to $140

$100 to $130

$110 to $140

Fu Lin Men (National Service Resort & Country Club)

$90 to $120

$100 to $130

$90 to $120

$100 to $130

Fu Lin Men (Singapore Recreation Club)

$100 to $130

$110 to $140

$100 to $130

$110 to $140

Lingzhi Vegetarian (Liat Towers)

$60 to $80

$60 to $80

$60 to $80

$60 to $80

Lingzhi Vegetarian (Velocity – Novena Square)

$60 to $80

$60 to $80

$60 to $80

$60 to $80

Orchid Country Club

$110

$120 to $140

$110

$110

Peach Garden (Hotel Miramar)

$100 to $140

$120 to $140

$100 to $140

$120 to $140

Peach Garden (OCBC Centre)

$120 to $130

$130 to $160

$120 to $130

$130 to $160

Peach Garden (The Metropolis)

$100 to $130

$110 to $130

$100 to $130

$110 to $130

Peach Garden (Thomson Plaza)

$120 to $140

$120 to $140

$120 to $140

$120 to $140

Peony Jade at Keppel Club

$110 to $130

$120 to $140

$110 to $130

$120 to $140

Qian Xi Bliss Garden

$80 to $120

$80 to $120

$80 to $120

$80 to $120

Qian Xi Blossom Garden

$80 to $120

$80 to $120

$80 to $120

$80 to $120

Qian Xi Bountiful Garden

$70 to $120

$70 to $120

$70 to $120

$70 to $120

Qian Xi Carpenter Street

$70 to $120

$70 to $120

$70 to $120

$70 to $120

Qian Xi Farrer Park

$70 to $120

$70 to $120

$70 to $120

$70 to $120

Qian Xi Hilltop Garden

$80 to $120

$80 to $120

$80 to $120

$80 to $120

Qian Xi Joy Garden

$80 to $120

$80 to $120

$80 to $120

$80 to $120

Qian Xi Jubilee Garden

$80 to $120

$80 to $120

$80 to $120

$80 to $120

Qian Xi Paya Lebar

$70 to $120

$70 to $120

$70 to $120

$70 to $120

Qian Xi Summer Garden

$80 to $120

$80 to $120

$80 to $120

$80 to $120

Raffles Marina

$100

$110

$100

$110

Resorts World Sentosa (S.E.A. Aquarium)

$250

$250

Seletar Country Club

$90

$90

$80

$90

Sentosa Golf Club

$120 to $130

$150 to $170

$120 to $130

$150 to $170

Serangoon Gardens Country Club

$70 to $130

$70 to $130

$70 to $130

$70 to $130

Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant at Top of UOB Plaza

$150 to $180

$150 to $180

$150 to $180

$150 to $180

Sinfonia Ristorante

$180 to $260

$220 to $320

$180 to $260

$220 to $320

Sky Garden Sentosa

$180 to $230

$180 to $230

$180 to $230

$180 to $230

The Chevrons @ Jurong East

$100 to $120

$100 to $120

$100 to $120

$100 to $120

The Joyden Hall

$100 to $130

$100 to $130

$100 to $130

$100 to $130

The Villa at Singapore Botanic Gardens

$140 to $190

$140 to $190

$140 to $190

$140 to $190

Tung Lok Heen

$120 to $140

$120 to $140

$120 to $140

$120 to $140

Tung Lok Seafood (Orchard Central)

$70 to $100

$70 to $100

$70 to $100

$70 to $100

Tung Lok Seafood (Upper Jurong)

$70 to $90

$70 to $90

$70 to $90

$70 to $90

Tung Lok Signatures (Antica Ballroom at Orchard Rendezvous Hotel)

$110 to $120

$110 to $120

$110 to $120

$110 to $120

Tung Lok Signatures (The Central)

$100 to $110

$100 to $110

$100 to $110

$100 to $110

Yan

$160 to $200

$160 to $200

$160 to $200

$160 to $200

For many restaurants, the prices are the same for both days, lunch and dinner. The exceptions are those mainly at country clubs and hotels. The most affordable is $60 per pax at Lingzhi Vegetarian.

 

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.

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