Chronicle 001: Search for the banquet venue.

I’m writing backwards for this one, as I’ve booked my venue a year ago. Yes, a full year and 2 months before the actual day to secure the ballroom I wanted at the right location within my budget means.

I had initially envisioned an outdoor wedding, decorated with paper lanterns.

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BUT, my other half is not the crafty type, and his parents are traditional (I think mine too). So instead of insisting upon this, creating unnecessary friction from the start, I dropped the idea quite easily. Harmony was more important than anything.

After visiting about 10 hotels (Grand copthorne waterfront, Carlton, Four seasons, Regent, Grand Hyatt, Marina Mandarin, Marriott, M Hotel & Pan pacific), we decided on Hilton Singapore after attending their bridal showcase.

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It’s good to invest your time to attend these showcases, as you get to preview all the decor themes, sample some of their food and even get a glimpse of the bridal suite. And so we were sold.

*Tip: Try to attend the bridal showcases of your shortlisted hotels. You should know by then if the place is right for you. There’s usually a tea reception, so treat it like a high tea outing! Have fun!

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