Being in a long distance relationship that transitioned into a long distance engagement only meant one thing: planning the wedding alone. Up to this day, I still don’t know how the whole wedding happened, but I know I got a lot of help from people and online resources. We had a budget and in this day and age when blogs are popping left and right with insane wedding pegs and styles you JUST MUST HAVE, it’s quite difficult to stick with that budget. But we did. And we did it because we worked hard. Hahahaha.
Let me just give a rundown of our major suppliers and my review. Please note that our wedding happened in the Philippines, where US$1=PHP45 at the time, so prices are adjusted accordingly.
Introducing, our monogram. Thank you, Printsonalities (more on them later).
Church: Iglesia Ni Cristo, Bel-Air Chapel
Seriously, we didn’t spend anything on the church. We just had to inform them ahead of time since our wedding date was right after New Year’s. We requested for an English-speaking minister, and they gave us Bro. Felipe Naguit. The church was clean, organized, and we had the best choir ever. It was perfect.
Hotel: Fraser Place Manila, Bel-Air Makati
This cost us quite a lot, but it was absolutely worth it. We booked two two-bedroom suites that were so huge, each room hosted over 8 adults and 4 kids. It was spacious enough to have two hair and makeup stations in each, and the photo-video team even had enough space to gather their editing stuff. Did I also mention it had a washer and dryer? Perfect for those emergency wash and dry the night before (which happened). The staff was amazing too. Since I forgot to book a car for my husband (SORRY MAJOR SLIP), they had a car waiting for him to take him to the church. They were soooo accommodating, from extending our check out hours, to entertaining our suppliers as they come. It was the best buck spent. Each facet of their service was personalized, the best way to start the year really.
To know more about Fraser, click here.
Venue: The Blue Leaf Events Pavilion, Taguig City
I have to admit, I wasn’t ready to spend this much on a venue. But Le Mari saw Blue Leaf online, and he was enamored. There was no changing his mind, and I’m now glad that I didn’t. Our event coordinator Mikee Reyes assisted with everything: caterer, hotel, car, styling. She was the best. The venue too was great, but I already knew that, having attended a couple of weddings and corporate events in the same place. Blue Leaf is like a semi designed canvas — just add little touches and it’s already awesome. Our hours were only supposed to be until 10, but because my friends decided to clean out the bar, we stayed till almost midnight. They didn’t even turn off the air conditioning till 30 minutes before they closed. No extra charge. Amazing.
To know more about Blue Leaf, click here.
Caterer: Josiah’s Catering
I have a love-hate relationship with this caterer. Love, because they have catered to almost all weddings in our family. Hate, because their service flat out sucks. We booked them as part of a package with Blue Leaf, and from the moment I tasted their food, I knew I was right. They’ve also improved a lot on their styling, based on their portfolio, so in my head, I’m in good hands. That is, until the final tasting day. First, the account executive made us come at noon only to make us wait for over an hour before finally tasting the menu. She wasn’t even the one who accommodated us, it was the head chef at the time. When we did taste the menu, everything that I said shouldn’t be there was there. From peanuts to appetizers and desserts I didn’t like during the initial tasting, it was all there. I have made all the details of the menu clear on the day we finalized the styling details, but it was such an epic failure to not even try with the menu. Plus, she wasn’t there 80% of the time! It was the head chef explaining to us what we were tasting. Le Mari was so infuriated that he called for the sales head and demanded that that person be replaced immediately. Take note, we only had two weeks before the wedding. Le Mari was so angry, he actually said if that AE is at the wedding, we will demand a full refund of the service charge. He also included that if all the allergy triggers are on the food, Josiah’s will pay for the medical expenses. I think it was such an unusual thing to happen, to be so disappointed with the service that the sales head just agreed to everything.
Anyway, fast forward to the wedding, with the new AE, everything was good and well. The guests even told us the food was great. It wasn’t until I looked at the wedding photos did I notice that a lot of the styling cues we decided wasn’t followed. For one, I hate the mirrored runner. I wanted the continuous and flowing floral runner. But they used the mirror and there were barely any flowers. Same goes with the guest tables. So lesson learned: HIRE A STYLIST if you are particular with how you want your event to look. Thankfully, they performed well food-wise.
We stocked the bar ourselves, so we just requested for a staff to pour the drinks. He put out a small jar for tips. I wish he asked us first if he can do that, because we really didn’t want our guests to shell out anything, but I guess it was just for the trouble. We tipped all the waiters in the end, so he didn’t really need that jar. Good thing is all the alcohol was consumed and nothing was brought home by the staff.
I would love to post a review for our photographer and videographer but I’ll save that stuff for the next one. With the work they did, they absolutely deserve a post of their own.
Please stay tuned! More wedding details to come.