Prices of hotel wedding tables hit new high -- but will you give generous ang pows for couples to enjoy lavish banquets?

Prices of wedding banquets at Singapore's top hotels have hit new highs, and sometimes, couples expect the amount they receive in red packets from guests to 'offset' what they have spent on their reception.

In 2008, the average hotel table price went past $1,000 for a table of ten, before taxes or other additions such menu upgrades and alcohol. Now eight years later, these rates have surged to nearly hitting $2,000.

According to The Straits Times, luxury hotels Capella Singapore and St Regis lead the pack with a quote of $1,988 for a table on a Saturday night, often the most expensive session.

Ritz-Carlton Millenia came in close at $1,878, which is reportedly a jump from $1,428 a decade ago.

Others like Shangri-La and InterContinental charge $1,688 and $1,588 respectively.

The Julius Baer Lifestyle Index, an annual study which compares the price of luxury items and services across Asia, put Singapore as the region's sixth priciest place to tie the knot last year.

However, many hotels say what they offer in return for these prices are worth it.

For instance, St Regis' $1,988 per table package includes a two-night hotel suite stay for the newlyweds and a personalised wedding cake. 

Given the rising costs of holding a wedding banquets, how much to give when you attend one is also a subject of debate and controversy much more than ever. Just what is considered an acceptable amount?

It is such a popular topic that there are even several websites that list annual 'wedding banquet ang pow rates'.

Well, guests should be prepared to gift a little more, with $150 to $200 being the recommended amount, according to wedding planners.

However, marrying couples should not rely just on red packets to recoup costs, as one cannot control how much guests will give.

Ms Michelle Tay, editor of online wedding resource Singapore Brides, said: "Budget for a potential loss. Anything more will be a bonus."

Complaints from couples about the amounts they have received in red packets from their wedding guests are not new. These usually stem from their desire to recoup the cost of their banquets.

In 2012, a bride drew flak when she confronted her friend for not giving a red packet at her wedding. The woman had apparently even counted the red packets against her guest list.

Let us know in the comments what you think about these rising costs of hosting a wedding banquet and increasing ang pow rates.

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