Sunday, January 27, 2013

Regent Hotel - Tanglin Room

This is going to be a lengthy post. :)

After 2 weeks of hotel viewings and email correspondences with various hotels/restaurants  I finally decided to sign my wedding dinner banquet with Regent Hotel.

First hotel viewing and discussion with Banquet manager (Jan 21 2012)

Upon entrance to the hotel lobby, fresh flower smell wafted around me and the staff were pretty attentive to the guests who were walking in/out of the lobby. 

Had a short tour with the Banquet manager who met me who showed me the 3 rooms available for wedding banquets mainly the main ballroom (maximum tables of 40), Tanglin Room (maximum tables of 20) and Nassim Room (maximum tables of 14)

It happened that there was a wedding dinner that evening and I saw the fully decorated Tanglin Room with the Elements of Elegance theme. 

The initial wedding package shown to me was pretty standard fare but she agreed to let me book with a minimum table of 15 instead of 16 if I got the 9 courses dinner instead of the 8 courses. The banquet manager did not agree to most of my requests/perks immediately but told me that she have to go back to check with her superiors. No lock down date was offered even though I showed keen interest to sign with the hotel and wanted to wait till the Bridal show a month later. 

Her responses to my queries were prompt and since 80% of my requests were agreeable with her so I signed on the dotted line promptly a few days later with a 20% deposit. Although I had some reservations like its location (need to transfer bus from Orchard MRT), there was only 1 projector in the room and guests in the last row would not be able to see the videos and the cocktail area was a little small for 150 guests. 

However the reasons I signed with Regent were mainly

1) Long march into the reception room 
2) Banquet food would be from Summer Pavilion and the food reviews from this restaurant were generally not too bad. The selection of the wedding courses were extensive too. 
3) Reasonable room rates were offered to our overseas guests and agreeing to bring forward our food tasting almost 6 months in advance contrary to the usual 1 month in advance to wedding. 

Bridal Show (19 February 2012)

Photos from the Bridal showcase were complimentary from my friend who attended it. Look like the flower centrepiece would change from time to time. 

Themes
Elements of Elegance

This theme would have hanging lampshades for the ceiling decoration.

Elements of Emotion

Seasons in the Park (Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter)

Opulence

Romance (Only applicable for Nassim Room)

This was my favorite theme but too bad it was not applicable for Tanglin Room.

Enchanted dreams (Applicable for Tanglin Room)

Another sweet theme but I think it would only look nicer with the curtains up during the wedding lunch reception. Heard that this theme is pretty popular for lunches when the window shades would be opened. 

Typical setup for the cake cutting and champagne pouring. Model cake would be used on actual day and cake model designs may change to match the chosen theme. 

Seat Covers / Table setup
The different varieties of seat covers and table cloth colors to choose from. Even though most of them were matched with the themes but the new couple can also customized it to the color they want.

Stage
Some of the stage decoration, please note the decoration from the top of the photo is for upgraded theme. 

Solemisation function room
Regent Hotel does not offer their pool area for ROM but a function room would be offered for the ROM. 1 thing that I did not really like was that the ROM function room would be not be confirmed until 1 month before the actual day as the hotel reserve the right to offer their function rooms to paid functions on the day.

Wedding invitation cards.
The selection of the wedding invitation cards. The designs were also tied in with the themes for the reception room but the new couple is also open to choosing cards not from their themes.

Wedding Guest book
Wedding guest books. 

Wedding favors
Wedding favors for 2012, favors would be updated every few months so please check with the hotel for the latest collections. 

Bridal show food tasting
Food served were some of the food that would be offered from their wedding dinner selections. 

Bridal Suite
Set up of the bed in the bridal suite. Although the room was a little dated but it was still clean and roomy. Though I have to admit the rose petals with the towel love swans were little old school. 

2 welcome amenities would be offered in the bridal suite

- Chinese floral tea + sweet tarts in the afternoon. (which was promptly consumed by my groom and best men on my wedding day =_+!)
- Champagne and strawberries in the night. (as we managed to bargain for a 2 nights stay in the suite so this was actually sent in on our second night which I think is a better choice as we were dead beat on the wedding night)



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