Awesome Wedding Suppliers

This is a loooong overdue post.
Here’s the list of our awesome wedding suppliers who helped us make our fairytale dream wedding come true!

Church: Mary Immaculate Parish – Nature’s Church in Las Pinas
Peso Power: PHP 9, 600 (without priest, simple floral arrangement) and additional PHP 3, 800 for the flowers upgrade (asters along the church’s aisle) and entrance arch with asters
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Comments: Dadi fell in love at first sight with the church in 2010. It was the groom (and not the bride) who had the “this is it feeling.” Hahaha. Two years later, he invited me to come and visit the church and it was indeed beautiful. What I don’t like is their policy on reception venue if you’re not a parishioner – giving you no other option but to hold the reception at the small area nearby (Nature’s Cafe). The mother butlers were also not friendly. But it’s a really beautiful church, nevertheless. Perfect for our fairy woodland themed-wedding.

Reception Venue and Caterer: Nature’s Cafe (just a few steps away from the church)
Peso Power: PHP 88, 825 (485 pesos/pax, suppliers’ food, table set-up, other corkage fees)
Peso Power: ★★★ (3 stars)
Comments: The reception area was so cramped and the servers were not even wearing uniforms. Some of them were just in shirts. The corkage fees were not reasonable (additional PHP 3,000 for non-accredited photographer and videographer, PHP 1, 000 for the cake, etc.) The food was great, though and the guests enjoyed it. They even described it as, “umaapaw ang food.”

Photographer: Red Scale Studios
Peso Power: PHP 28, 0000 (prenup shoot, full wedding coverage, onsite prenup photo slideshow, wedding album and a bonus free post nup shoot!)
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Comments: When we first met CJ, the owner and main photographer and graphic artist of Red Scale, we instantly clicked. May lukso ng dugo agad. He’s really professional, creative and FUNNY. Sige na nga, gwapo na rin. Naaaaks. He even gave us a free postnup shoot! Although, I’m not sure if he really does that to all his clients, or we’re just really special. Hehe. Red Scale was also the photographer of their fellow supplier, Aisle 1401’s Anna and John, when they got married months after our wedding. See, sila na ang supplier ng Top W@W (Weddings at Work) supplier! This only shows how good they are. They’re highly recommended!

Videographer: Aisle 1401
Peso Power: PHP 18, 000 (same-day-edit video + free concept shoot, full wedding coverage, cinematic wedding highlights)
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Comments: We’re just so lucky that we’re able to snag their introductory rates 5 days before they launched their new rates. And their schedule was also free on the day of our wedding. Hooraaaay! Aisle 1401 and the fairy woodland couple are really meant for each other. Hahaha. They’re also one of the 2013 W@W Top Wedding Suppliers. O di ba? We simply love this team for making us feel like celebrities acting (or pretending that we’re not acting) in front of cameras. They also captured those precious moments before and during the wedding. Their ideas and creativity are just superb! Until now, we’re still receiving raves on our SDE and wedding highlights. Panalo!

Hair and Makeup Artist: Berny Tia
Peso Power: PHP 10, 000 (airbrush makeup for the bride, free trial, additional 2 heads and free groom’s grooming)
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Comments: Berny and her husband happen to be close friends of our veil sponsors Abbie and John, who are currently based in Japan. We just discovered our “connection” when she was doing my trial hair and makeup in her studio in Ortigas last August 2012. I booked her right away and didn’t have any trials with other HMUAs anymore. She’s very nice and maalaga. I really loved my hair and makeup and everyone was telling me that I really looked like a fairy princess. Hihi. 😀 Berny even asked me the night before what color/shade my brown hair was, so I told her, and then the next day she brought with her 4 braided strands of hair in different shades of brown which she dyed the night before. She used the closest one and put it on top my head to complete my fairy-like and whimsical look. Spell EFFORT! 🙂 She also did my hair and makeup during my pre-nup and post-nup shoot, where she recreated my look on my wedding. I really love her! 🙂

Fairy Princess’ Bridal Gown and Warrior King’s Barong: Ron de Torres
Peso Power: PHP 16, 000 for the gown, PHP 5, 000 for the barong and pants
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Comments: We got to know Ron through my brother’s brother-in-law who got married last December 2012. He is a home-based (Pasig) couturier and he does all the sewing, measuring, embroidering, etc. by himself. He also made the gowns of my sister and sister-in-law for the said wedding, so I thought that he’ll be a good (and economical) choice to make my wedding gown and barong and pants of Dadi. Since I didn’t have the heart and money to spend for designer gowns and I didn’t want to go to Divisoria for cheap gowns because it’s too far, I just searched the Internet for gown designs and I sent what I chose to Ron for quotation. The price was so reasonable, so I had my measurements taken in June 2012. Dadi and Ron also brainstormed over the epic barong (with chains) he wore on our wedding. It was really a challenge for them to come up with a barong design perfect for the fairy woodland theme. He really did a great job! Two thumbs up! He also gave me the pink satin robe that I wore during wedding preps as a gift. He discreetly put it inside the gown’s box. He’s really a sweetheart.

Bridal shoes: Abbylyn
Peso Power: PHP 1, 700 (customized shoes)
Rating: ★ (1 star)
Comments: I promised myself not to become a bridezilla during the course of our wedding preps. But lo and behold, my patience was put to the test when it took Abbylyn too long to finish my shoes waaaaaaaay after their scheduled delivery. I gave them the design that I wanted (I wanted my shoes to have a chiffon flower to match my gown), but what they gave me was a totally different one. At first, the shoes were in the wrong size (one size smaller), and after 2 weeks when they delivered the new pair to my house, it didn’t have ANY design AT ALL. What made it worse was that the flowers that they wanted to put on it looked like the huge ones being used as ponytails or for luau parties. They insisted on putting a brooch instead. Whenever I made calls to follow up on the status of my shoes, they usually did not answer my calls. I got so stressed out. So, finally I got my shoes (with brooches and not flowers anymore) and used them on my wedding. They’re comfortable and nice looking, in all fairness. The pair also matched my DIY-ed brooch bouquet. I thought everything was perfect but I noticed that after the reception, the brooch on my right shoe was missing! Good thing that the wedding was over, pero sayang!

Groom’s shoes: Rajo Laurel for Milanos
Peso Power: PHP 1, 800
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Comments: Dadi really loved his shoes. The design was perfect for his barong and it really made him look like a “fasyon” warrior king. Why fasyon? The sales attendant told us that minutes before we came in to the department store (SM North), John “Sweet” Lapus, bought a pair exactly the same as his. So, pareho sila ng taste, ganown? Hehe. 😀

Mothers’ and Entourage gowns: Gina Bruce
Peso Power: PHP 1, 500- 1, 800 per gown, PHP 600- 800 for each of the flower girls’ Tinkerbell-inspired short gowns, and PHP 600 for each of the bearers’ pants and vest (labor and fabric included)
Rating: ★★★★ (4 stars)
Comments: I first met Gina when I and my sister were taking a quick trip to Marikina Public Market Dry section to scout for someone who could make a short gown for me as I was a cord sponsor of my college friend who got married last August 2012. I liked her because I saw the sample gowns displayed on her stall were nice and quite stylish, unlike the usual gowns you used to be seeing in marketplaces like this. Her prices were so close to the prices in Divisoria, so I decided to get her. The rating could have been 5 stars if not because of her habitual late deliveries and poor scheduling. I would understand if she had many weddings that time, but the entourage already had their measurements as early as the first week of October, and she promised to have the first fitting a month after. My mother, sister and some of the entourage only got their gowns a few days before the wedding. Good thing that the gowns, including the flower girls’ and bearers’ vests and pants were really nice. I’d still recommend Gina especially if you’re on a budget.

Little Fairies/Flower Girls’ glittery shoes: SM Sugar Kids Shoes
Peso Power: PHP 300/pair
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Comments: I wanted my little Tinkerbells/flower girls to wear short shimmery, bright green gowns, white stockings and identical glittery silver baby doll shoes. Thank God, I have nieces who frequently buy shoes from Sugar Kids, so I knew where to buy cute, yet cheap shoes. I asked the moms of our flower girls to give us their shoe sizes. We got the shoes from SM North and SM Masinag. Until now, our flower girls are still using and wearing these shoes in other occasions. 🙂

Lights and Sounds: DJ Skoolboy
Peso Power: PHP 4000 + PHP 300 for the additional smoke machine for the couple’s entrance
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Comments: Allan, aka DJ Skoolboy, is a good friend of Dadi’s. He’s also a yoyo-enthusiast like Dadi, and his business (lights and sounds) is actually based in Antipolo. He travelled from east to south and braved the traffic! This proves what real friendship can do. Thank you so much, DJ Skoolboy!

Wedding cupcake tower: Sweet Story Bakeshop
Peso Power: PHP 2, 800 (free delivery)
Rating: ★★ (2 stars)
Comments: I got to know about Sweet Story Bakeshop through and Facebook. I was looking for a cake supplier within Las Pinas area, with free delivery. Wedding cake was not really our priority and we wanted something different from the traditional cake slicing ceremony. We decided to have a cupcake tower. The owner’s mom (whom we had the transaction with) was really pleasant and we gave her the copy of the design we wanted as well as the DIY-ed topper (Hello Kitty fairy princess and Baby Milo warrior king). Unfortunately, on the day itself, when we saw the cupcakes, they didn’t follow the design we gave them. We originally wanted the cupcakes to look like grasses and toadstools. What they gave us were just grass-looking cupcakes and cupcakes with red icing and tiny gold bits on top- far from the toadstools and photo that we gave them. The topper was also in the wrong place. I couldn’t remember how the cupcakes tasted like, but my sister said that it was just so-so. Anyway, what I liked about this supplier is that the transaction was hassle-free and the price was so cheap plus it’s free delivery within Las Pinas area.

Photobooth: Red Berries
Peso Power: PHP 4, 500 (for 3 hours, with customized background)
Rating: ★★★ (3 stars)
Comments: Another hassle-free transaction. The owner coordinated with me the design to be used for the backdrop and the customized layout (done by Dadi) for the photos. The only problem was the time allotted during the wedding. There was a miscommunication between them and one of the coordinators who suggested them to be my supplier and who initially told them the time of the wedding. The staff of the Red Berries were already at the reception area by 4 PM, which was the start of the actual ceremony. Obviously, no one would have their photos taken. For almost 2 hours, they were just there and the meter was ticking. My sister and the coordinators immediately asked the guests to have their photos taken downstairs. In short, the photobooth was not maximized. However, I appreciated that they extended for 30 minutes because we, the newlyweds, still did not have photobooth photos that time.

Bridal Car: Zandel’s mini cooper
Peso Power: PHP 7, 000 (for 3 hours, with flowers and car plate “Just Married”
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Comments: Super hassle-free. I never had the chance to meet the owner of Zandel’s mini-cooper. I just learned about them from fellow brides at Girltalk (Femalenetwork). Bridal car was not in my priority list, because the reception area was just a few steps away from the church. However at the back of my mind, I didn’t like the idea of having a normal car for my themed wedding. Yes, it’s a themed wedding so might as well have something that was in line with our theme. Since we couldn’t get a carriage or a horse, and my wings were fake which made it impossible for me to fly, I chose this tiny and cute cute cute mini cooper. We just deposited our downpayment via BPI, and gave the remaining balance to Manong Driver, who arrived at Parque Espana at 1 PM! So early! 🙂

On-the-Day Wedding Coordination: EC Weddings
Peso Power: Free
Rating: ★★★ (3 stars)
Comments: Ela of ECWeddings sent me a personal message at Girltalk and she offered their on-the-day coordination services for FREE. I agreed, of course. They are very friendly and helpful. On the day of the wedding, there were some glitches maybe because they were understaffed. There was a family emergency that’s why one of the main coordinators wasn’t there, which I and Dadi completely understood. The remaining coordinator brought with her two more girls to help her (one was a newbie). However, some DIY stuff that were supposed to be used (wooden pens for signing, candies and sweets to be put on the candy buffet, and other souvenirs), were either forgotten or couldn’t be found where they were despite the instructions given to them and the huge labels we put on the boxes of our DIY stuff and supplies. So, we had a candy buffet without candies, but the cookies found their place in the buffet and the guests enjoyed them. We’re still lucky and blessed because these glitches were not noticeable and my sister was there to direct and help the coordinators. I saw how tired they were during and especially after the wedding. I knew it was also difficult for them and they’re just starting in this business. I still wish them the best. 🙂

Wedding Rings: Mayfair Jewelry
Peso Power: PHP 15, 000 for a pair of 14k white gold wedding bands, Dadi’s ring is plain and mine has five tiny diamonds. The rings were actually a gift from Dadi’s mom
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Comments: We love our rings. The price is really reasonable, knowing that this shop is a legitimate one.

Hotel for preps: Parque Espana
Peso Power: around PHP 5, 800 for 3-bedroom suite, with breakfast. We rented 2 suites (1 night and the other was for 2 nights) and another 1-bedroom suite (for 1 night after the wedding). Paid around PHP 15, 000
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Comments: The place is really spacious, clean, well-maintained and the services are excellent. If I’m not mistaken, our rates were discounted because they gave us the bridal rates. We loved the breakfast buffet, too. They also shared our same-day-edit in their FB page, because there were shots taken in their lobby. We’ll definitely come back, maybe on our first anniversary? 🙂

Souvenirs for the Principal Sponsors: Surat Journals
Peso Power: PHP 750 per journal (but the owner and maker of Surat Journals made these journals for free as a wedding gift)
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Comments: Surat Journals are handmade leather journals made by my good friend and cord sponsor, Kenneth. He personalized the recycled brown pages of the journals with our monogram. He is now also joining bazaars in Dubai where he sells his unique journals, and they’re always sold out! He accepts international orders and from what I’ve heard from him, there are already couples from other countries sending orders for their weddings. You gotta check the journals out! 🙂