Thursday, April 26, 2007

Supplier's rating - Cake

CAKE: Emily Uy (I love Sugarbox!)
INCLUSIONS: 50 pcs minicakes (butter pound and carrot walnut), cutting cake (carrot walnut), free delivery and set up.
RATING: 5++++++

I super love this girl! She became an instant friend. Hubby and I met her during the Wedding Expo last Sept 2006. At that time, we were keen on booking a cake supplier. We met several cake suppliers but my heart is set on Emily. After seeing her designs and tasting the cake, we came back a few minutes and booked her! The cake design was finalized around Nov. She made several designs for the minicakes and cutting cake plus incorporated our butterfly theme!
Come wedding day, the cake was a huge hit! Everyone loved how it tasted and looked! Ang cute and ang ganda talaga. Hubby and I really liked the color combi, fuschia pink and green. Pinagkaguluhan un minicakes! If not for the souvenirs that my parents gave us, we would have opted to order more to give to our guests.


Another great w@w find! SUPER HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

Supplier's rating - Bride's gown

BRIDAL GOWN: Lucky 13 (Jeannie)
INCLUSIONS: Bridal gown in elegant satin, 3 meters detachable train, bolero, first and second veil, coin and arrhae pillows, pouch bag
Gown - 3
Service - 1

Naku, eto ang supplier na talagang sumubok sa patience naming lahat...hehehe... Since we have set a certain budget for my gown, ready na ko to walk down the aisle wearing just a simple gown. My design is very simple and with minimal beads. All I want is to have a very long train. During our first meeting, ok kausap c Jeannie. From time to time, I would text her to remind her of the scheduled pick up date. I kept on praying na sana ok naman un kalabasan ng gown ko. I must admit na nung wala pa akong napiling design, napa-praning na ko kaka search sa internet ng gown na simple pero maganda. Syempre, iba ata pag maganda un gown mo di ba! Pero nung nakapag pasukat na ko at habang malapit na un wedding, I realized na the most important thing is to get married to the one I love and that our union will be blessed by GOD. Pampalubag loob ba...hehehe...pero totoo. I may not have the most beautiful gown but I'm sure GOD made me the most beautiful bride that day! naks! ang kapal...hehehehe....Ganoon ata talaga pag kinakasal eh...God makes all brides pretty on their BIG day!

Nga pala, the brooch was another labor of love ni hubby.

Supplier's rating - Groom's barong / pants

GROOM'S BARONG AND PANTS - Lucky 13 (Jeannie)
INCLUSIONS: Barong made from Pina Silk plus pants
Barong - 5++
Pants - 4

My groom is so happy with his barong. Hindi pumalpak si Jeannie dito. Bagay na bagay kay hubby and of course, ang gwapo niya! ahahahaha (love your own!). His pants is ok naman. Simple lang si hubby eh.

Supplier's Rating - Gowns

MOH, Veil and Cord Sponsors' Gown - Lucky 13
PESO POWER : 1,100 each (exp shouldered by my Ento)
Gown - 3
Service - 1

Sobrang palpak si Jeannie dito. Un MOH gown, mali un sukat so gawa na un gown, inulit uli at sinukatan na naman un MOH ko. Mali din kce un design kahit na ilang beses na na-explain un design. Ung sa veil and cord sponsors, un isa sobrang haba ng skirt, un isa naman maluwag sa arms....naku! nakakasakit ng ulo kaya I asked them to coordinate na lan with Jeannie for the repairs. Imagine, one week na lan i-re repair pa un gown ng MOH.
Don't ever consider them.

PESO POWER: 150 each for the FG, 300 each for the Jr. BM, Candle and Mother's Gown

Due to budget constraints, we decided to just rent the gowns of the flower girls, jr. bm, candle sponsors and my mom in law's gown. Sobrang daming gowns for rent dito. Very affordable pa un price. Sulit!


As mentioned in my wedding kwento, last minute decision ito ng nanay ko. Ayaw talaga niya isuot un gown na pinatahi namin sa Lucky 13. Sobrang palpak kce un gown niya! Kesa naman di umattend or sumimangot sa kasal, bumili na lan kami. Buti na lang meron ciang nagustuhan sa Bobby Novenario. Ayun, 8pm ng friday nasa megamall kami!

In fairness, maganda at bagay sa kanya yung gown.

Supplier's rating - Bride and Groom's shoes


The shoes were on sale when I bought it! Simple and very comfortable.

GROOM' SHOES: Rusty Lopez

Hubby's shoes were also on sale. Comfy din accdg to him. At least, he can still use it sa work.

Supplier's rating - Rings

RINGS: Goldenhills Jewelry

This was the 2nd supplier that we booked! We booked them during the bridal fair at megamall last June 2006. We've found the perfect pair for us and since the reservation is only 1K to lock the price, nag pa reserve na agad kami! We paid them on installment basis and got the rings early Feb 2007. We got a two toned, 14K ring with 3 stones each. The staff are also very accomodating.


Supplier's rating - LCD / Projector

LCD Screen and Projector: Bogs (referred by Dan Pamintuan)
Unit - 4
Service - 2

I only met this guy after the reception. He was referred to me by Paul and Dan. Nag pa reserve ako thru phone and text lang. Cguro mga late Feb ako nag pa reserve. Ok naman cia kausap kaya lang nung reception na at ready na i-play un AVP made by Dan, di cia mahanap ng coordinator / friends namin. Nawawala cia! Yun pala nasa parking...Naku, uminit ulo ko nung di cia makita. Tpos eto pa, wala siyang dalang DVD player na extra kce un dala niya, nasira daw! Talaga naman! Buti na lan Dan sent the file to Paul kaya laptop un ginamit.
In fairness, malinaw naman talaga un result ng AVP. Buti na lang.

TIP: Make sure na meron back up or extra DVD player

Supplier's rating - Souvenirs

SOUVENIRS: Jewelry Box bought at Divi
PESO POWER: 28 each (free! c/o of my parents!)

Aside from the mini cakes, we thought of giving our guests jewelry box. One can't go wrong sa divi (pero syempre you have to haggle ha!), from 35 pesos each, my mom got it at 28 na lang. Nag tyaga talaga kami to look for the one that will give us the lowest price. The jewelry boxes are cute! It even has a butterfly on top that complimented our butterfly theme. The tindera who assisted us is also nice. Imagine, we opened mga 4 boxes just to get all the pink and green colored jewelry boxes!

To spruce it up, we just wrapped it with tulle and ribbons following our color motiff plus the DIY gift tags (made by me!).

TIP: Once you've decided on the souvenirs, buy it early so you will have ample time to wrap it. We bought the souvenirs 2nd week of Nov so first week of Dec, I'm done!

Supplier's rating - Photo Mosaic

PHOTO MOSAIC : DIY c/o our friend (Jojo)
PESO POWER: printing - 200, frame - 400
RATING: 5+++++

Good thing our friend volunteered to do this for us. We made use of our prenup pics and just have it printed sa Kameraworld. We just bought the frame sa SM. Now, naka hang na cia sa haus namin ni hubby! Kakatuwa!

Special thanks to Clarice for the easels!

Supplier's Rating - Cord, Hairpiece, Earrings and Cuff Bracelet

PESO POWER: More or less mga 1K
RATING: 5+++++++++++ Hubby's labor of love!!!

Hehehe...need I say more! syempre, labor of love ni hubby so mataas un rating ko. It all started with the inspirations I got from our w@w sisters. Our first project was the wedding cord. We did it mga two weeks din kce everytime pumupunta kami ng Quiapo to buy the materials, dami namin nakikita na kung ano-ano na gusto namin ilagay sa cord. Pearls, butterflies, swarovskis, etc. Upon seeing the final product, natuwa si hubby kaya ayun, na inspire gumawa ng iba pa. Lahat yun gawa niya. Ako lang taga-approve! hahahaha!

Tip: This is one of the best moments we had before getting married. The bonding really made a BIG difference so if you have the time and creativity, this one is really a good start. Na pa-practice un patience ng bawat isa.

Supplier's rating - Invitations, Gift Tags and Kissing Bells

INVITATIONS, GIFT TAGS and KISSING BELLS: DIY (invite and gift tags)
PESO POWER: 600 for the papers, 900 for the ink, 90 for the sinamay, 100 for the ribbons = 80 pcs invites, 70 tags, kissing bells - 6 pesos each
RATING: 5+++++++

Another labor of love! sobrang effort talaga un binuhos namin ni hubby dito pero lahat naman ng pagod namin, nasulit! Naka save kce kami dito eh! Sayang din kce kung magpapagawa pa kami eh, abutin din ng 5K un kung 100 pcs @50 each.

The kissing bells were bought at Morning Glory. We just placed ribbons and tag.

Supplier's rating - Invitations and Gift tags

PESO POWER: 600 for the papers, 900 for the ink, 90 for the sinamay, 100 for the ribbons = 80 pcs invites, 70 tags, Kissing bells - 6 pesos each
RATING: 5+++++++
Another labor of love! sobrang effort talaga un binuhos namin ni hubby dito pero lahat naman ng pagod namin, nasulit! Naka save kce kami dito eh! Sayang din kce kung magpapagawa pa kami eh, abutin din ng 5K un kung 100 pcs @50 each.
The kissing bells were bought at Morning Glory. We just placed ribbons and tags.

Supplier's Rating - Flowers

FLOWERS: Flower 'n Bees
PESO POWER: free (c/o my family)
RATING: 5++++++++++++

Special thanks to my family for the wonderful flowers. My bouquet is so pretty as well as the entourage. I had tulips, cymbidiums and roses for my bouquet. Gerberas and roses were used for the female boq while carnations for the male ento . The flowers stayed fresh the whole day! The church flowers were also pretty. We have calla lilies for the aisles.

Supplier's Rating - Gifts for the Ninongs

GIFT FOR THE NINONGS: Mini wines from Louis McClean
PESO POWER: 95 each

The wines are ok naman accdg to one of our ninongs. For the packaging, we just bought wine bags from Divi and placed our DIY gift tag and added ribbons.

Supplier's rating - Gifts for the Ninangs

GIFT FOR THE NINANGS: DIY Swarovksi bracelets (c/o my hubby) and Mini Cakes (Emily Uy)
PESO POWER: 1.5K for the 10 bracelets
RATING: 5++++++++++

Labor of love ulit ni hubby un bracelets! Our ninangs were impressed nung nalaman nila na si hubby un gumawa. Dapat daw ako, kce ako un babae. Naku! baka iniisip nila malansa dugo ni hubby! hehehe (di naman po cia bading!)
The bracelets were made of pink and green swarovskis following our color motiff. The mini cakes were part of the package from Emily.

Supplier's rating - Guestbook

PESO POWER: 950 for the printing and binding of the 1st guestbook, 500 for the scrapbook
RATING: 5++++++

We have 2 guestbooks. Since meron kaming na avail na prenup guestbook layout from Paul, we just asked someone to print and bind it. the result wa ok naman. Yung isa ala- scrapbook style using our prenup pics. We just bought handmade papers and some scrapbook materials para maganda tpos nag print na lan ako ng mga questions para masagutan ng guests (un tipong "why do you think the couple are meant for each other", best advice to keep the peace, love, etc.). Nakakatuwa basahin un mga sagot ng guests!

Supplier's rating: Unity Candle and Match

PESO POWER: 200 for the unity candle, 4 pesos for the matches
RATING: 5+++++

We bought the candle sa SM tapos un mga natira naming ribbons nilagay namin dun. Pati un sa posporo ganun din. Nagulat nga nanay ko nung makita un posporo, pati ba naman daw un may ribbon pa! syempre!!! hahahaha...

Monday, April 23, 2007

Supplier's rating - Sound System

PESO POWER: Included sa Eloquente package
INCLUSIONS: with bubble machine during the couple's entrance and cake cutting

We also availed of this freebie from Eloquente. At first, akala ko ok na to kce accdg to our AE, we'll just have to give them the song lists and sila na bahala. One week before the wedding, nag email ako dun kay Nino pero di sumasagot. 3 days before tumawag ako to check kun lahat ng songs dun sa list eh ok na ba at kaya nila i-play. Di ko nakausap un Nino, ang sabi sa akin nung asst. niya, email ko daw ulit. Haay! Finally, may nag txt sa akin nung thurs morning, sabi na receive na un song lists ko. Pero nung thurs night, sabi hindi daw nila mahanap un ibang kanta na gusto ko so nag bigay ako ng ibang song. Sabi niya, i-try daw nila. Friday morning, nag txt at sabi ok na daw. So I thought, ok na lahat.
Nung nasa reception na, pag baba ko pa lang ng car, ibang songs un narinig ko! naku, talaga naman! During our grand entrance, iba din! Father-daughter dance, iba din! First dance namin ni hubby, iba din! waaaahhhh!!!! kakainis talaga to! Nag pakahirap pa naman ako mag research at mag isip ng mga songs na i-play, tapos di naman pala papatugtugin. They should have at least informed me na di nila kaya i-play un nasa list.
Nung nasa couple's table kami, sabi ni hubby ok na rin daw un. Di naman pangit un mga songs na na-play. Kami lang naman daw dalawa ang nakaka-alam kun ano un dpat i-play at hindi. The guests naman daw have no idea. FINE! Haaay!
Tip: Ask your coordinator / friends to take care of this. It sets the mood of the recep party eh.

Supplier's Rating - Bridal Car

PESO POWER - Included sa Eloquente package
INCLUSIONS - 3 hour use of Mercedes Benz E320, flowers for the bridal car, driver

Dito sulit kami. We're happy that we availed the bridal car sa package. I thought kce na hindi kagandahan un car pero nung wedding day itself, ayos! We did not exceed the 3 hour limit so mas ok!

Mabait si Manong Driver (I forgot his name na). He arrived at 2:30 pm which was the agreed call time. Since I was not able to call AdeB a day before the wedding to know the driver's name and get his contact no. (para tawagan sana cia at i-remind un call time), medyo natakot ako kce baka wala pa cia. Buti na lan he approached me. Tatlo kce kaming bride that day and time na nasa lobby ng Richmonde. Ok c Manong, nung nasa church na kami, chinichika nya ko para mawala un nerbyos ko. Effective! hahaha...


Highly Recommended!

Supplier's rating - Caterer

CATERER: Eloquente Catering
INCLUSIONS: Anthurium Package - 190 pax (soup, salad bar, beef, pork, chicken, pasta, veg, rice, bottomless drinks), sound system with bubble machine and bridal car.
Overall - 4
FOOD - 5
AE'S - 2
OWNER (Jeric) & Superviosr (Ren) - 5

Another great find from w@w! We went to their office July 2006. At that time, they have just increased their rates and changed / modified their packages. Initially, we only have 150 guests pero one week before the wedding, it reached, 190 so we decided to add for extra pax.
I gave a 2 rating sa AE's kce after we had the reservation, everytime na tumatawag ako eh parang ligaw un isip ng mga nakakausap ko. They would always tell me kun kelan ang wedding, ilang pax, saan ang venue kahit na sabihin ko na paki kuha muna un file ko para at least tignan muna niya dun before ako tanungin diba? Eto pa, two weeks before the wedding, nangungulit na ako with Lyn and Grace kun na receive na nila un list of songs to be played sa reception. No reply from them. I emailed them twice pero wala pa din feedback kun na receive ba or hindi. Buti na lan 3 days before the wedding, Grace called me and acknowledged un email ko plus the other details of the package we got. I also asked her AdeB and the sound system supplier's contact no. para I can follow up with them directly.

The owner, Jeric is soooo accomodating. Everytime na nakakausap at na mi-meet namin cia for food tasting and to see the set-up, napaka ok kausap. He would even give you tips / advices kun kelangan ba mag add ng extra food (dpende sa no. of guests) kun ok ba pag may litson pa (dpende sa package na kukunin ng couple). Basta, his service is A-ok.
The supervisor / florist, Ren is ok na ok din. Nung nag finalize na kami ni hubby mga a month before the wedding, sa kanya na kami nakipag usap. He made really sure na lahat ng napag usapan namin sa set-up, food selection, flowers, etc. ay masusunod. Buti naman, nasunod un mga requests namin. Since we can't afford to do the styling / flower arrangements ourselves (due to time constraint), maganda naman un set up!

I am only giving a 4 rating sa service / waiters kce sabi ng nanay ko na ung waiter na naka assign sa kanila medyo mabagal un service. Pero dun sa VIP table ng mga ninong, ok naman. Sa couple's table, ok naman un service kce pag dating pa lang namin sa venue at pagbaba ko ng car, may nag abot na agad ng water sa amin ni hubby. Yun nga lang nung pauwi na kami, I told the waiter na paki pack un food namin kce di naman talaga kami nakakain. Pero when I checked the food upon returning sa hotel, konti lan un na pack. Di na ko nag bother makipag talo kce accdg to my Mom, merod din kaming guests na pasaway na nagpabalot. Mdyo madami din naman un naiuwi ng both sides ng family. Usapan pa naman namin ni hubby na kakain talaga kami! pero, sa dami ng photo ops at activity, di namin nagawa...hehehe...

Masarap un food and madami accdg to our guests! So happy naman kami ni hubby kce un talaga un pinag pray namin na sana masarapan at mag enjoy un guests sa reception esp sa food. I noticed kce na ang laging naalala ng guests sa kasal is yung food!

I would still recommend Eloquente!