Wedding Planning: Photo & Video


Once you’re done with your church & venue, I think you need to be looking at the major suppliers, which are catering and photo & video. But since the catering is already booked together with our venue, let’s look at Photo & Video.
MY GOD. It took me MONTHS. 😀 I have been following quite a lot of photo vids even before I was engaged and I know exactly the style that I am looking for.
What do you need to know before you look for PV Suppliers:
  • Style
  • Budget
This way, you will be able to trim down your list as you skim thru their pages or accounts. If you are planning to visit bridal fairs, for the love of god — do your research first! I can assure you that it’s overwhelming!! All the discounts, freebies and packages will be handed out to you and you’ll get CONFUSED as to what you want.
Some of the prominent styles out there: Bright & Light, Vintage, Rustic, Cinematic and Lifestyle. Personally, I wanted our PV team to have the Happy Happy Bright Light Style. The suppliers that I will be sharing with you are the ones that we considered and inquired.
Kindly take note that rates here are for 2018 – 2019 and they may have increased their prices.
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What are the things you need to ask or consider:
  • Do they have the style that I want?
  • Do they have out of town fees?
  • Do they give albums? (size, number of photos, material)
  • Do they also give parent’s albums?
  • When will you get the raw photos? (on the day, a month after)
  • Do they shoot engagement session? (add on or included)
  • Do they produce cinematic highlights? or just SDE? (some include both)
  • Do they give you a copy of the whole wedding coverage? (some just sde)
  • Do they produce AVPs? (love story, growing up)
  • How many photographers? and how many videographers?
  • Do they offer aerial shots?
  • Do they produce save the date videos?
These are just some of the things that you might want to ask when you inquire. I might have missed something. I’ll add to it when I remember.
But, do your research, it will help. Set a budget and remember that you will be looking at these photos so make sure to choose a supplier that will capture the magic during your wedding.
Happy Preps! ❤

Wedding Planning: Church and Venue


Hi Everyone!

Before anything else, I’d like to greet everyone a Happy Love Month. ❤

With this, I’d like to start talking about our wedding. Not necessarily our wedding per se. But I’d like to share with you our Wedding Planning Journey which I hope you can get some insights and/or tips on. 🙂

I’d like to believe I’m a pretty much Bridechilla type. 😀 Most of the time, it’s the fiancee who keeps planning NON-STOP. It got to a point where I had to limit our wedding planning to some days. ❤ He understands. Haha.

Okay! So before you start looking for your church and venue, you at least need to know the following:

 

  • NUMBER of GUESTS – The venue will depend on the number of guests you have. If you want an intimate or a grand wedding, you need to have a ballpark of who you want to invite.
  • CHURCH or GARDEN or BEACH? If you’re Catholic, you need to have the wedding ceremony inside the church but if otherwise, you can have it anywhere you want.
  • THEME – Your theme should dictate everything you plan about your wedding. You don’t want to end up having all sorts of different pinterest pieces that would might look like a jungle. Right? May it be a classic clean cut look, rustic, floral, travel theme, old and vintage… You need to have this in mind all the time.
  • SEVERAL DATE OPTIONSIf you’re like me who’s somewhat sentimental.. You will be disappointed. So you need to be armed with several date choices. We wanted our Anniversary which is May, but we thought it’s too far. Next option was November 18 since that was our first date but there was no available church and time on the date. So we chose the closest one. It may not be our first option, but remember — the value of the date comes from what happens right? The important thing is that you celebrate being one that day.
  • MANILA or DESTINATION – One of the most important thing you need to consider . . . Out of town fees!! It might seem small for 1 supplier that could range from Php 2,000 – Php 7,000 but if all suppliers will have one, it would cost a lot. But if you’re already set with your venue and church — try looking for suppliers who are in the area.

 

 

It would save you a lot of time if you know the following details above. It can extremely trim down your list. To be honest, even BEFORE my fiancee proposed, we were already talking a lot about our wedding. I, for one have been following different IG venues, bride and breakfast and the like. It’s a good thing I can freely discuss it with him without scaring him off. An added bonus? He’s also doing the same thing! ❤ before he proposed. So when he finally did, we both had ideas on what and where we want it.

Okayyyyy, so where did we start? I HAD a Non – Negotiable Church and Venue.

My Non Negotiable Church – St Benedict Parish

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It definitely screams J-A-N-N-A everywhere. (cue in sad tears). It had pristine all white walls, it was clean cut anywhere you look. The problem? The next available weekend is 2 years from where we are looking at. And we didn’t want to wait that long. We can’t do it on a weekday because it would be too selfish of us.

 

My Non Negotiable Venue – Villa Milagros

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Okay, before Bride & Breakfast did a feature on the venue, I had my eyes set on this venue. Why? It goes so well with my personality. ❤ Also, all white – it gives you the feeling of sophistication and class. It wasn’t too popular before, which I love and you will have the whole place to ourselves. The problem? We couldn’t find a beautiful church nearby. :/ And, the place was a little too pricey and would require a lot of add ons and corkage. :/

 

What Next? Here are the different churches we considered and visited:

 

  • Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish

 

This was our second best church. ❤ It was lovely. If you’re looking for something in the Metro with a huge capacity, this is it. It also has this classy feel. We didn’t pick this because we couldn’t find the perfect venue near this church.

 

  • Our Lady of Lourdes Parish

Our Lady of Lourdes

 

For me, this is okay. There was no heartbeat though. It didn’t exude a fleeting feeling. It’s a church, alright but I think it didn’t fit my personality although this was near our venue.

 

  • San Antonio de Padua

San Antonio de Padua

 

The lawn outside the church makes it a perfect for photoshoot before and after the ceremony. But our friends is getting married here the week before our date so we opted to eliminate this one from our list.

 

  • Madre de Dios

Madre de Dios

 

This church is beautiful. It’s interior is somehow the same with my Non Nego church. But you are only allowed to have your ceremony here if you’re booking Tagaytay Highlands as your reception venue. We tried, but the rates given to us are really expensive yet there’s limited inclusions. :/

 

  • Santuario de San Ezekiel

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The structure and built of the church is quite similar with Sacred Heart of Jesus. But this is so close to home and I didn’t want that. 😀 This is about 10 minutes away from our house.

 

  • Our Lady of Ephesus

Our Lady of Ephesus

 

If you’re having an intimate, quiet wedding, this is for you. The church is plain and a bit small. There’s also restrictions on the flowers. But if you want an all in one venue, this is inside Bella Rosa Gardens. We were about to book this Church and Venue already but we chose not to since we thought that guests might find it too far. It’s not but it’s situated inside residential areas and is hard to find. :/

 

Here are the different venues we considered and visited:

 

  • Palazzo Verde

Palazzo Verde

 

This is fiance’s first and only choice right after seeing their rates. Let me just burst your bubble of doubt. We inquired around November 2018 and the rates are around Php 700k. With this, you already have the church, accommodation, venue, photo & video, flowers, mobile bar, coffee bar and coordinator. It really saves you a lot of hassle looking for suppliers since most of the major suppliers are already included. However, I decided to shy away from venue at the first opportunity because it’s already too popular and I know a lot who got married here. I didn’t like the idea.

 

  • Bella Rosa Gardens

 

You have 2 choices here: indoor and outdoor. The indoor area can fit about 100 while the outdoor can probably seat 300 or more. But in my opinion, you’d probably get the best value of the venue if you hold it outdoor, in their garden. It’s beautiful. They also have accommodation already and the bridal suite is really spacious. They even have a pool for the guests. The good thing about this place is they only book 1 event per day so you have all their attention. They can somehow be your coordinator during the day. We didn’t book this because of its location which we thought is hard to find.

 

  • The Forest Barn

 

For this one, we didn’t actually visit the venue anymore because it’s not suited for our theme. But if you’re having a rustic themed wedding, you can consider this. Don’t get me wrong. I love the venue but we also can’t have a garden wedding so I omitted this one already.

 

  • La Faite

 

I love the yellow lights, low ceiling, relaxed environment of this venue. They also have rooms where the bride and groom squad can stay during the wedding day. This also has a rustic feel so we didn’t choose this. But I still stalk their IG up to this day. ❤

 

  • Alta Veranda de Tibig

 

Have you seen their infamous arc? It’s absolutely stunning. This probably is the perfect backdrop during a wedding ceremony or a perfect place to set up the couple’s area during the reception. I am in love with the place. ❤ Too bad, they are quite pricey.

 

  • Angelfields

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We have been keeping this place in our radar for quite some time already. The fiancee also loves this place. We didn’t bother visiting since we are aware of their packages which we can’t afford. 😀

 

  • Villa Milagros

 

Again, this is my Non negotiable which I didn’t get. So I should probably stop saying that this is a non negotiable for me. 😀 I’ll let the picture do the talking. ❤

 

I listed the things you should consider before looking for your church and venue right? But you also need to be armed with questions when you visit them so that you’ll have all the details that you need to do an informed decision.

 

For the Church

  • Principal Sponsors – Do they have a limit on the number? What if they failed to be present during the ceremony?
  • Parking – Do they have enough for your number of guests?
  • Flowers – Some churches have a limit on the flowers and there are only areas where you can place them. It may be different from what you have planned.
  • Photo & Video – In what areas are they allowed? Is there a limit? Some churches only have areas for PV team to stand as they may interrupt the ceremony.
  • Songs – Are you allowed to insert non church songs? Can you pick the songs?
  • Vows – Are you allowed to recite your vows
  • Attire – Bridal Attire restrictions and entourage
  • Others – Are you allowed to shower petals or what not. Some churches are very strict with garbage.
  • Inclusions – what are the other inclusions? Do they provide for the offertory? 
  • Requirements – there are standard marriage requirements but it’s safe to ask if the church has other requirements
  • Additional Fees – Will you be incurring additional fees? For the electricity?

 

For the Venue:

  • Inclusions of the Package – does it include the caterer? Lights and sounds? Decor?
  • Accredited Suppliers – list of their accredited suppliers. Do they charge if you book a supplier not on the list?
  • Parking – is it enough for your guests?
  • Space – do they have enough space for the cocktails? Mobile bar? Coffee bar? Photo Booth? And other things you might want to add?
  • Styling – Is styling included in the package. If the venue is bare, you might need to incur additional charges for the styling.
  • Engagement – Once you book them, can you do your prenup there free of charge?
  • Preparation Venue – During the wedding day, do they have an area where the entourage can stay?
  • Accommodation – What are the nearest accommodations in the area? It might help to provide your guests with this list especially if it’s a destination wedding.
  • Lights and Sounds – Do they have a mixer? What are included in the package?
  • Backdrop – Should you book another supplier for the backdrop? Or is it included?
  • Payment terms – this is important so you know what your cash flow is.
  • Number of Hours – how many hours can you use the venue? How much will they charge you if you stay beyond?
  • Weather Provisions – Can you transfer your event indoors if it starts to rain?
  • Fireworks – are you allowed to set off fireworks?

 

These are only the things I’ve learned in four months since we got engaged. It’s still best to research beforehand. Read reviews, ask your friends, visit the place and think of all the scenarios so you are prepared.

 

Hope you learned a thing or two. 😀 I’ll update this if I happen to encounter something else. Happy Preps, Brides! ❤

EVERYDAY: ALEX’s BRIDAL SHOWER


If you don’t believe in the power of tinder, look at what I’ve been preparing for! It’s for the bestfriend who met her lifetime partner in the app! It’s such a stressful but happy times. ❤ I won’t bore you with so much hullaballoo.

What are the things that we considered:

  1. Attendees (how large is the group? Should we only invite people who are invited to the wedding? Do we do it per group or we make it as one?)
  2. Venue – you get to trim down your choices based on the number of participants. (are they willing to go far? is it within the city? can we do it overnight?)
  3. Activity / Program (Do you want to do it the wild, a spa party, slumber party? a high end lunch / dinner wine reunion?)
  4. Food (a fancy smorgasbord of sandwiches? wine and cheese? pasta or american pizza and pasta?)

THE ATTENDEES – The bride wants 1 party with all of her friends, invited or not to the wedding. We may have encountered several issues such as budget differences from several groups (childhood, relatives, HS, College)

 

THE VENUE – Thor Room, Victoria Court Panorama, Pasig City. It accommodates 15 – 25 pax. They have a sound system or a karaoke if you want.

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THE ACTIVITY –  We have prepared several games such as:

  1. Pin the Dick – I drew a macho guy with a target on the penis area. I also drew cartoon dicks which will be handled by everyone and pin them to the macho guy blind folded. 😀
  2. Who knows the bride well? – As the Maid of Honor, I asked her 20 questions which will be asked to the whole group with only two options. Participants who will choose the wrong one will do a shot.
  3. Strip Dance – We hired 2 strippers who did a number on us for about 20 minutes and they both agreed to play along with the games that we have prepared.
  4. Eggplant Condom – Each guests will hold an eggplant and place them one by one inside the legs near the groin of the stripper. Place condoms at the tip and wear the condom using one’s mouth like a blowjob.
  5. Body Sticker – I printed out lip stickers, a very small one & placed 20 of them in the most private parts of the stripper. We picked 2 volunteers to find the stickers blindfolded.
  6. How well does the bride know the groom? – The other Maid of Honor asked the groom several dirty questions. If the bride answers it correctly, all of the guests will have to drink. Otherwise, the bride strips.

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THE FOOD – Victoria Court has a package already for food. We got them at Php 5,000 for 20 pax. There’s a corkage for bringing in alcohol but I was able to negotiate it for free. I think as long as your coordinator is aware of the food / drinks you will be bringing in.

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It was fun. We all had fun. ❤ Meet the participants: 😀

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And ofcourse, our lovely bride, the queen of the night:

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Love you, fart. ❤ ❤ ❤ :*

 

 

EVERYDAY: BRIDAL SHOWER for ANA


THEME: Boho Inspired

VENUE: J. Cuppacakes in SM Jazz Mall

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We printed out name plates for each guests that are carefully seated on top of their plates with floral designs (perfect for the theme) and with the couple’s hashtag. Floral crowns are also placed together with the name plates. ❤

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We made a photobooth frame from illustration board and decorated it with floral designs too with Kiss the Miss Goodbye printed out too.

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We also made a sash for the bride to be. ❤

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Ana’s surprise face. I may not be able to show you the video — but she cried! Mission accomplished!

And just some of the food that we ordered. ❤

Some games from  our shower: What’s in your bag, Pin the Bra and some Icing on your face.

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Late Lunch for the Bride to be.

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Ana and her table of goodies.

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Some group photos. ❤

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EVERYDAY: JOHN + NIQ WEDDING


The beautiful, literally glowing bride, buddy.

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Thank you for the invite, bud. Calligraphhhyy! 😀

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A long, blush straight gown with one slide slit. I don’t like how my hair is though. It didn’t turn out as planned.

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The group from L – R: Betsy, Rodin, Nica, Mark, Myself, My date and Erika.

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Jessica Soho, among others.

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EVERYDAY: BRIDAL SHOWER FOR CARA


1 week notice from Anne Marie and this happened. It will be the first wedding in our group.<3 Surreal.

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Congratulations, braid. :*  Hoping to finally meet the very quiet and timid Reggie.

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** I don’t even know why very clear and sharp pictures from Iphone appears to be really blurry when uploaded here. 😦

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Beerpong and Condo after. 😀

EVERYDAY: KHO WEDDING


Remember how your mom would tell you stories about beautiful princesses that lived inside a castle only to marry their price and lived a happily ever after?

Well, this was it. We were inside the castle. GAD. Fernbrook Gardens is the castle to beat! It’s the fairytale castle that was actually built from all the storybooks when we were little.

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WHOAAAHHH. It seems like everybody is getting married, all of a sudden. Nonetheless, no pressure. But I’m happy for you bets and robskieloves!

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May you two lovebirds produce the best looking robsy little ones in korea!

The girls, M-I-0 and Nicurr, my charming and myself.

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Meet the gang!

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Well, Congratulations again and we both wish you all the happiness in the world.

 

EVERYDAY: EVIOTA WEDDING


We have 4 babies in the block, but this is the first wedding. And we couldn’t get any more excited. 😀

As I was telling my other blockmate during the wedding, it’s really nice to see the bride marry such a simple, sentimental, sweet, sensitive and family oriented guy like Errol. I even remember the bride recounting how difficult it is for her to accept the groom’s living and walking past.

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Meet the block: Mich, RJ, Nicole, Gellie, Nix, Boyfriend, Pam, Jaja, Jude, Myself, Shek, KC, Errol and Alyssa.

It’s nice how everyone is gathered for her special day.

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Congrats, Mr and Mrs. Errol! 🙂 We’ll see you next with your little one. 🙂

Pamamanhikan


Pamamanhikan

My sister was engaged when she went to L.A to meet her fiance’s family. Now, the parents officially meet formally. ‘Pamamanhikan’ is what the guys usually do to officially ask for the girl’s hand in marriage together with his parents and with all the elderly.
So what did we learn? Chris’s sister is in L.A with her new husband – a black guy and she just recently gave birth to their daughter. They’re coming home in June of next year. His father works for Nestle and seems to be an executive there. He was assigned before in thailand and in singapore that was why chris and her sister studied in thailand for a while. His mother? I wasn’t able to grasp what she does for a living. It was either i’m taking pictures or i’m taking pictures.and he has this super talkative, elite talking nephew who doesn’t know when to stop talking. haha. Plus, his dad’s hobby? Photography! Cool. :))
Anyway, it was nice meeting the three of them. they were so nice. His mom doesn’t like dogs.