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Nikah ceremony at a hotel

It's a hotel that holds a special place in their hearts.

That's why civil servant Azzalina Zainuddin and engineer Firdaus Ishak, 27, decided to hold their Nikah ceremony (Muslim solemnisation) at Royal Plaza on Scotts on Feb 25.

Said Madam Azzalina: "It was chosen mostly for sentimental reasons. Our family has celebrated many special occasions there over the years, as the good food always brings us back. Also, as both of us are working, Royal Plaza gave us the assurance that everything would be taken care of."

She added that the hotel's slogan - "We are even more excited about your wedding than you are'' - put her and her husband at ease.

About 120 people attended the couple's wedding at the hotel and they paid about $12,000.

"We wanted to make sure that our closest relatives and friends were in a comfortable environment where they could enjoy themselves," said Madam Azzalina.

Said Mr Patrick Fiat, general manager of Royal Plaza on Scotts: "The trend has shifted towards smaller-scale weddings, and Royal Plaza on Scotts has seen an increase in such receptions for solemnisations and weddings over the last three years.

"These intimate receptions are popular among modern couples who prefer intimate weddings to celebrate the special occasion with loved ones." But other hotels still see large-scale weddings.

Ms Linda Bakar, senior banquet sales manager at Parkroyal on Beach Road, said: "We still have enquiries for larger-scale weddings, that is, from 25 to more than 30 tables."

Copthorne King's Hotels' marketing communications manager Jennifer Yeo added: "We host intimate celebrations for 30 people as well as lavish weddings for 600 people."

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