After months of research I have shortlisted a few wedding locations namely Oriental Banquet PJ, Spring Garden Tropicana Golf Resort, and Mines Wellness Hotel. My FH (Wedding Acronym) and I have a fair number of Muslim friends to invite, hence we prefer a halal restaurant where Chinese food is served. Western food is not an option as our families are rather traditional and also it's natural to have a wedding in accordance with our tradition.
There goes visits to the restaurants, ordering a pot of my favorite tea "Char Wong", tasting their food and surveying the environment. My FH is not particular about the location. I on the other hand choose ambiance over food. Oriental Banquet at Section 19 in PJ has a fantabulous grand hall. I also like the fact that its stage is exceptionally high and big with a rather wide screen projection. Its food is delicious with above average service quality. The only unfavorable aspect for me would be the non-halal food part.
I live 5 minutes from the Mines and I must say we were not aware of the Mines Wellness Hotel until recently. It's a 4 star serene resort with plenty of luscious plants, pretty landscaping, a breath-taking view of a private sand-bedded swimming lagoon and a 150 acre lake. Its ballroom is not really attractive and smells un-used. The only option is to have a garden wedding which calls for extra arrangements for bad weather, cooling system, mozzies and so on.
The service rendered has been excellent, stage is big and tall with impressive lighting. There is a projector screen by the side of the ballroom, guests are able to have a better glimpse of the slideshows. There are also several other LCD monitors spread across the hall, one outside the ballroom at the reception area. The ballroom is fantastic. I have been communicating with PIC, Diana (Spring Garden restaurant). She has been nothing less than efficient. If in doubt of my queries, she would check and get back to me on the same day.
If you are going for Chinese food from Spring Garden, the menu starts from RM838nett per table, approximately RM150 more costly than an ordinary Chinese restaurant. There are no corkage charges for alcoholic beverages such as hard liquor and wine, charge for beer is RM100. We wanted to change the shark fin soup to another dish (to help save the poor sharks) but the manager told us they are made of artificial shark fin. Puzzled. It has a pork-free kitchen. If you are interested, be quick. You have to book this venue well ahead as it is a very popular place to hold weddings.
Videos and photographs of actual weddings held here:
- Chinese wedding in 2011: http://www.alexmoi.net/blog/actual-day-weddings/adrian-xing-zhi-wedding-dinner-at-tropicana-golf-country-club/
- Fresh from the oven: 2012 Chinese wedding: http://godblesz.blogspot.com/2012/01/mervyn-hui-yin-wedding-dinner-tropicana.html
- Outdoor Malay marriage solemnization in 2011: http://blog.saifulnang.net/?p=1700
- Garden Church Ceremony: http://www.shepherdpictures.com/blog/?p=663
|Lighting effects from the moving heads at Tropicana Golf and Country Resort's ballroom|
|photo by yumyumbites: Tropicana Golf and Country Resort's ballroom|
|Ballroom table setting|
Jack + SzeHwa Solemnisation Ceremony at the Spanish Courtyard - slideshow
Photographer: McCain Goh
Make Up and Hair: Michelle Touche
Location: Tropicana Golf and Country Resort (garden church ceremony in Jan 2011)
|Outdoor wedding at the Spanish courtyard. Ethan and Peggy's wedding|
|Joshua and Amanda's wedding (Apr 2010)|
|Tropicana Golf & Country Resort: Outdoor terrace wedding|
|tropicanagolf.com: Resort entrance and the stair case leading to the ballrooms|
|Photos of my wedding reception at Ballroom III. Food and service were good.|
REVIEW RATING: 5/6 (83%)
LL @ Nov 2012: I have attended a wedding dinner at Spring Garden Chinese Restaurant @ Tropicana earlier this year. Venue & deco is nice, but food is so-so. Need to improve on the service as well. The wait staff seems to be in a rush to clear plates! BAD
Yh1983 @ Oct 2012: I visited tropicana tai thong few months ago to attend a wedding dinner and I found the ball room is grand and nice, high ceiling, good ambiance. The food is not bad too and the service is okay. I will recommend this place if you are looking for nice venue. GOOD
Joanne babe @ Sep 2012: “Tropicana Golf Club is a good choice. But need to book superb early. like 1.5 yrs ahead. So far I never seen anyone has ROM "on" the stage , but at the foyer of the ballroom , yes” GOOD
|Lee Ann of WEDresearch @ Apr 2012:
I dealt with Diana. She is very prompt. If she needs to confirm something, she would check and get back to me (on the same day). She also called me to confirm the little detail, is helpful, and willing to add more complimentary invitation cards when requested. Food and service were good. My aunt commented that the food was the best among my other sisters’ weddings. I have 3 sisters and all of them married. Diana was kind enough to help us conduct our tea ceremony for my husband’s family. I got more than what I paid for. GOOD
vv_xoxo @ Mar 2011: "I would strongly recommend Tropicana Golf Club, but in order to do so, I think u must have a minimum of 30 tables occupied...You may tie up with the Tai Thong inside the golf club, and use their ballroom for free (with 30 tables and above), and all you pay is only the per table fees, I had mine there (but it was on the 061209), and it was amazing, the ballroom was newly renovated, the food was so nice (basically all my guests can remember how nice the food were much better than how pretty I was, I guess.." GOOD
stellarz @ Mar 2010: "Last weekend,I followed my friend to Tropicana Club at Damansara to check out the venues. I must say it is pretty impressive because they have high technology dancing and flowery lights at the ballroom. I especially like the stage as it is high and big enough to do acrobatic stunts there. Before proceeding to the ballroom, my friend and I was at the administration office checking out the photo album of functions and venues. If I were to get married, I think I would want to have my wedding at their garden! The photos were all so pretty!!! And of course most importantly Romantic. The venue is overlooking the swimming pool and golf course,it just wowwed me away." GOOD
The resort provides their PA system, any additional sound equipment, instruments brought in will be charged RM350. Rehearsal of the sound system, lighting, running through the schedule and DVDs/ songs to be played on wedding day with the technical personnel from Tropicana Resort, is arranged approximately 1 week before actual date. The use of the ballroom moving heads (intelligent lights) costs RM200. They provide about 20+ baby chairs. You can still finalize the total number of guests two days before AD.
Tropicana Golf and Country Resort | Events and Meetings (Banquet Sales)
Telephone: +603 7804 8888 (ext. 141, 142, 155, 139 and 105)
Address: Jalan Kelab Tropicana, 47410 Petaling Jaya
Location map: http://www.tropicanagolf.com/contact/images/Tropicana_Map.jpg
Banqueting information: http://www.tropicanagolf.com/clubhouse/banquet.html
- Grand Ballroom up to 900pax, other ballrooms up to 300pax (It's written there 250pax but their personnel told me it can fit up to 300)
Outdoor Spanish Courtyard: 80 pax (banquet), 150 pax (theater)
Poolside Terrace: 300 pax (banquet)
Room rental rates for full day (4-8 hours):
Grand Ballroom: RM15,000
Ballroom I or II or III: RM5,000
Spanish Courtyard: RM5000
Spring Garden Chinese Restaurant by Tai Thong Group (大同) - Tel: +603-7880 7226 (Diana or Raymond)
Chinese banquet set menu: below (click to enlarge)
Email: email@example.com (Diana Chye or Raymond)
The Chinese restaurant serves pork-free food
|Package for 2013/ 2014 - Spring Garden (Tai Thong)|
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