2 sets for the entire wedding
1 set for an after party – AA please tell ONJ that we want the ballroom till whatever time is allocated to us until they clear up etc.. please don give me that nonsense about the ballroom being noisy when they are clearing up.. that’s what the band is for.. to drown out their noise and anyway they can do it in a less noisy fashion.
um, yeah we need to discuss their repertoire… will be sending it to doughnut to check out..
Print out contract and get the hubs to sign off and arrange for payment, otherwise, you can forget about getting married on the 16th
ALL DONE. VENUE CONFIRMED! REGENT HERE WE COME..
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner! (Or so it may seem lah….)
Well, bride likes The Regent, more importantly MIL suggested The Regent, and groom has no say, so let’s see if this pans out.
Plus points: elegant cocktail area, free jazz band, ceiling is higher (even though she said it’s lower than Hyattttttttt!), I love the decor themes, and coordinator also very personable and easy to talk to (and laughs at my corny jokes). The hotel just has a rather grand and magnificent feel to it, and the ballroom is not an anti-climax after the cocktail area. Location is outside ERP, and you won’t have people walking in “just to use toilet”, etc.
Minus points: the 2 erm… urns (but that’s apparently fengshui so cannot touch), nearest toilets are small, quite far from MRT, cocktail area is right in the open (so people can gawk. I seriously don’t think her helpers are going to go up to gawkers to ask them if they are part of the wedding guests, if not please FOAD), and I am very thirsty!! 😛
Eh, since the fountain in front is also fengshui, can we put colour spotlights on it to make it colourful fengshui fountain? Then the luck will increase!
I insist that if we do hold the wedding there, the hotel must be referred to at all times as “Hyatttttttttttttttt!” (yes, in that Bruce Lee voice).
Anyway, yes we went for the second recce today. Plus points, well cost I suppose, and menu, and the fact that their chefs only cook for banquets I suppose. Mandy is also very professional, and I’m sure that if we run into any snag she can sort it out for us. Oh, and the band stage too, whoopee! Hotel is also outside ERP (turning into the car park and manoeuvring past all the ah lians blithely talking on their phones and strolling to/from Far East Plaza is going to be a nightmare though….)
Minus points: well ballroom height (3.8m), carpet colour (dated green), car park to lobby a bit cock. Oh well.
And I insist: I won on aggregate! 😀
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….