What we learnt from the Hilton

We did a site recce to the Hilton today, and over the best tea in the world, this is what we learnt:

  • The ceiling is 4 metres high.
  • The largest stage size is 24′ × 18′ × 3′.
  • They need to check if 53A can plug in their stuff (and if so what interface they have).  If they can’t and need to bring in portable speaker stands, then that will come with extra cost. -_-
  • Large projector screens will beam live footage to tables which might be behind the pillars.  The ballroom comes with spycams so this will be handled by the hotel AV crew.
  • Pre-wedding menu tasting for 6 up to a max of 10 pax.  Can have tasting before confirmation and then re-tasting with MOB/MIL/AA’s comments factored in.  If food not satis and package not taken, then tasting will be charged at normal table price with 30% discount.
  • 1st anniversary F&B voucher is equivalent to $100 or 3 bottles of wine.
  • Complimentary car park passes for 20% max 25% of guests.  If parking in Hilton is exceeded, then passes will be in terms of parking coupons for parking at URA car park in Anguilla Park or in neighbouring shopping centres like Shaw Centre, Forum Galleria, or Orchard ‘4FoW’ Towers.
  • ‘Car park’ is two words, not one word.
  • Swopping dishes is OK, but certain dishes will require a top-up.
  • Fisherman Style = deep fried with salt, pepper, curry leaves and dried shrimp.
  • Four Treasures are Shark’s Fin, Conpoy, something, and Fish Lips.  (Seriously, fish lips???)
  • Zhenjiang Pork Ribs is basically sweet & sour.
  • Ginseng Essence with Longans, Wolfberries and White Fungus (supposedly) doesn’t have too strong a ginseng taste and is more, er… I forgot what she said.  It also has passionfruit.  (But I still say: “Eeeeeeeeee….”)
  • Mongolian Dressing is some sooper-secret chef recipe with oranges, something-else-which-I-forgot, and is basically tangy.
  • Every time I flip the menu choices and see the deep-fried wasabi mayonnaise prawns in mango salsa, I get hungry….

Hilton Hyatt Hotel Hubbub

Hello!  This is AA, also known as The J-thing.  It is no secret that the J-thing’s lifelong ambition in, er… life, is to be a jack of all trades, master of one; so today the J-thing tries his hand at Wedding Planning!

Some of you might know that I am going to be very free till end of the year, so I volunteered to help Daphne and Jet plan their grand wedding, and so my first job was to secure the first thing you need before you can have a wedding… the venue.

(Actually the first thing you need is someone to get married to, but aiyah they already have that, so next is venue lor.)

Sourcing for a venue is not as easy as it sounds.  There are a few factors to consider: ambience, location, food, cost, tackiness (I can write a whole post just on this…), and most importantly of all: the hordes of other couples out there who are consulting the same feng shui masters, geomancers, taoist priests, tea leaves, shake-shake sticks and whatnots and thus will all be sniping for the same dates that you are.  I kid you not: Regent Hotel even publishes a list of official hotel-identified ‘auspicious dates’ which warrant a higher premium!

Anyhow, I volunteered to take up this drudging task because I actually like the whole humdrum of planning, programming, co-ordinating, etc.  Not to mention too that in true J-thing fashion, from my experience dealing with hotel banqueting departments, most of the catering execs tend to have really nice phone voices, hahahahaha!

Initially it wasn’t very promising: all the venues I called were fully booked for all the dates proposed.  I was quite disappointed that Pan Pac wasn’t available because I was kinda looking forward to Hai Tien Lo’s food, heh.  But just when things weren’t looking good, after a few more phone calls, I managed to identify a few potential venues.  Some of these gave us a pencil booking so we have first dibs for a week.  The others worked on a fastest finger first policy—meaning that whoever comes down to view the venue and put down a deposit first gets the tentative booking. -_-

So the past couple of days have been spent poring over the packages each venue has sent, and I sent them all to Daphne with my comments like so:

The Hilton's Menu

What they look like now....

Right now the 2 most interesting/enticing ones are the Hilton and Hyatt, which are where we’re going to recce first.  Tomorrow’s the Hilton, and we’ll see when the Hyatt can accommodate us.

On a side note, Daphne and I have a wager going on: of the 2, one venue’s wedding woman sounds like an aunty whereas the other’s has a damn sweet SYT voice lah.  Daphne says she bets that when we meet them, it’ll be the other way around, but I’m still hopeful.  Well, we’ll see tomorrow…. 😀