Wedding Coordinator

Event coordination is not new to me nor the boyfie. We’ve always been part of different affairs from acquaintance parties, JS Prom, birthdays, debut, educational workshops and conferences, financial sessions, technical seminars, theatrical, dance and musical presentations, religious meetings, photo shoots, and even Weddings! We’ve handled all sorts of coordination roles, even led a few events and recently did a couple of Pre Nup pictorials. But the thing is.. whatever your past experiences are you would always start from scratch if it’s your OWN wedding you’re starting to plan! Now that’s our BIG dilemma. Add the fact that we are an OVERSEAS couple makes planning even harder.

Getting married in our home country, the Philippines, is not simply a want or a need but more of a dream that we both have for ourselves of course. So starting from zero by researching the latest trends, great yet affordable suppliers, event venues and churches is a really difficult task for the both of us who are tied with an 8 to 5 job. Thankfully there are tons of helpful and accessible wedding websites online as well as blogs that give realistic reviews from already married couples and soon-to-be-weds like me.

As I was searching with my new best friends — Google and Facebook I came to know that Wedding Coordinators in the Philippines now categorize their services into 3 different things:

  • FULL COORDINATION. This simply means that the coordinator will help the couple from start to finish or Day 1 of Planning to Day #?! of the Wedding (until the very end where all your guests will be finally home). The coordinator are responsible to manage everything — from checking the best suppliers, assisting with the legal documents, guiding the couple with supplier proposals and helping out as well in choosing the best suppliers for the event and budget, troubleshooting and most of all making sure that the couple’s big day would be stress-free and perfect! Day 1 Prep + On-the-Day
  • PARTIAL OR HALF COORDINATION. The couple had book at least 50% of their suppliers and just need more help in order to complete all of the task until the big day. Mid year Prep + On-the-Day 
  • ON-THE-DAY COORDINATION. Everything has been booked by the couple themselves and they just need help from the coordinators to manage everything on the wedding day itself from hotel preparations, photo shoots, ceremony and reception venue. This will ensure less stress for the couple and the family.

Simply put the category of services are okay but event coordinators still vary depending on their actual performance, current rates and reviews/comments from their past events. As of today I have inquired and received replies promptly from these Wedding Coordinators based in Metro Manila. Some rates are really EXPENSIVE but probably due to the fact that they’re members of this group called Philippine Association of Wedding Planners (PAWP) so they have a standard rate. Out-of-town fees are not included but usually the would range from Php 1,500 onwards.

UPDATED RATES AS OF 18 JUNE 2017

All rates are for 2015-2016 and subject to change without notice. Rates are also for 100-250 guests on a standard basis and OOT Fee not yet included. But check with them for more info.

7TEN5 EVENTS (Lowell)

They cater to 2 weddings per day so make sure you get their Team A.

  • OTD Coordination Rate: Php 20,000 (with Hosting)

AILEN LIM EVENTS PLANNER

  • Full Coordination Rate: Php 65,000

BETTER DAYS EVENTS (Bylna Aradji)

Zamboanga-based

  • Full Coordination Rate: Php 30,000 + 15,000 plus (with Styling)
  • Partial/ OTD Coordination Rate: Php 20,000

BRIDAL FANTASY (Therry Arriza)

  • Full Coordination Rate: Php 40,000
  • Partial Coordination Rate: Php 28,000
  • OTD Coordination Rate: Php 18,000

BRIDAL NETWORK (Angel Ortiz)

  • Full Coordination Rate: Php 85,000
  • Partial Coordination Rate: Php 55,000
  • OTD Coordination Rate: Php 27,000

CHRISTINE ONG-TE EVENTS

  • Full Coordination Rate: Php 120,000
  • Partial Coordination Rate: Php 90,000
  • OTD Coordination Rate: Php 65,000

EVENTS BY THOFFY (Thoffy Consulta)

We’ve read tons of good reviews about Thoffy so he’s also on our list. 😀

  • Full Coordination Rate: Php 40,000 + Php 5,000 (with Hosting)
  • Partial Coordination Rate: Php 30,000 + Php 5,000 (with Hosting)
  • OTD Coordination Rate Team A: Php 15,000 Php 25,000
  • OTD Coordination Rate Team B: Php 18,000
  • OTD Coordination Rate: Php 20,000 (with Hosting)
  • Hosting: Php 10,000

EVENTS EMBASSY (Cathy Ebuen)

A friend who got married two years ago recommended them to me. They cater to more than 2 weddings/events per day so make sure you get their Team A.

  • Partial Coordination Rate: Php 35,000

EVENTS EXPERTS (Jody Liwanag)

  • Full Coordination Rate: Php 90,000
  • Partial Coordination Rate: Php 70,000
  • OTD Coordination Rate: Php 35,000

GETTING MARRIED PHILIPPINES (Kutchie Zaldarriaga)

They cater to 2 weddings per day so make sure you get their Team A.

  • Full Coordination Rate: Php 95,000
  • Partial Coordination Rate: Php 45,000

IMBITADO EVENTS (Ayie Contreras-Tuates)

Two of my friend’s weddings were coordinated by them and both looked fabulous so they’re on our list not only because of their past events but as well as we’re on a tight budget. 😀

  • Full Coordination Rate: Php 41,000
  • Partial Coordination Rate: Php 31,000
  • OTD Coordination Rate: Php 15,000 Php 20,000
  • OTD Coordination Rate: Php 19,000 (with Hosting) Php 25,000 (with Hosting)

JP MONTILLA EVENTS (J.P. Montilla)

  • Full Coordination Rate: Php 90,000
  • Partial Coordination Rate: Php 60,000
  • OTD Coordination Rate: Php 20,000

KASALAN COORDINATION SERVICES (Liza Lugue-Alviedo)

  • Full Coordination Rate: Php 95,000
  • Partial/OTD Coordination Rate: Php 35,000

KISS THE GIRL EVENTS

With Php 4,000 (Hosting)

  • Full Coordination Rate: Php 50,000
  • Partial Coordination Rate: Php 35,000
  • OTD Coordination Rate: Php 20,000

MEMENTO EVENTS MANAGEMENT

  • Full Coordination Rate: Php 45,000
  • OTD Coordination Rate: Php 25,000

MOMENTS & MEMORIES EVENTS UNLIMITED (Kym Guevara)

This is definitely the cheapest Full Coordinator rate that we researched so far and we’ve seen images of their past events but since they’re new in the industry we need more information to convince us to get them. 

  • Full Coordination Rate: Php 30,000
  • Partial Coordination Rate: Php 25,000
  • OTD Coordination Rate: Php 15,000

OH HAPPY DAY EVENTS (Mc and Jenn)

Their rate would depend on the couple’s need.

  • Full Coordination Rate: Php 165,000 (with Event Styling for Church and Reception)

RUBY INES

  • Full Coordination Rate: Php 95,000
  • Partial Coordination Rate: Php 70,000
  • OTD Coordination Rate: Php 37,000

SMA WEDDINGS AND BEYOND (Sheena May Anonuevo)

  • Full Coordination Rate: Php 45,000
  • Partial Coordination Rate: Php 40,000
  • OTD Coordination Rate: Php 17,000

WEDDING PROJECT PHILIPPINES (Jac Rumusud-Oebanda)

  • Full Coordination Rate: Php 40,000
  • Partial Coordination Rate: Php 30,000
  • OTD Coordination Rate: Php 18,000

 

**Tip!** Start with your budget, then shortlist all the coords that people recommend. Majority of them naman are hit and miss, since there’s no perfect wedding. Then if you have shortlisted those who fit your budget, inquire if they’re available with your date. If you can, set up a meeting – online or personal. Do not book a coord without meeting them. You need to have an instant connection during your meeting since at this point they will relate all their services to you.

** For related posts you may want to read: Do you need a Wedding Coordinator?, Supplier Online Interviews: Wedding Coordinator

 

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27 thoughts on “Wedding Coordinator

  1. Pingback: Wedding Checklist 2 | Budget Dream Wedding in the Philippines

  2. how can i contact you guys? im searching for a wedding coordinator to be held in Tagaytay… Please contact me @ 09175360300 / 6647996

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    • Hi Stacey. As per experience it would depend on your budget for full coordination, your and your fiance’s personality type, you and your fiance’s rapport with the coordinator and how you envision your wedding to be? What I mean from that is your wedding going to have all low-range, middle-range, high-range or mixed-range suppliers (price rates)?

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  3. Hi! Were you super satisfied with the coordinator you hired? Do you mind sharing your budget for the whole wedding? I am also on a tight budget and still on early stages of planning and got no knowledge as to where to start 😭😬

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    • Hi Beth. I can’t say that I am super satisfied since were still on our wedding preps and we only got our coordinator for their OTD services. But so far, yes I can say that I only have good words about them! Our coordinator, Imbitado Events, have helped us in a few things during our preps even though their official work should only start a monthe before the wedding. As for the budget, I have always that we cannot disclose it for now since we are also in the process of managing what we can have and can’t have..but definitely not beyond our means.

      Mind if I may suggest, I posted a few articles based from our experience so far regarding where you can start your planning. You can also use our post regarding Wedding Preps Timeline to see which suppliers we needed to book first and why so you can have an idea. It is also best to join wedding online forums like Weddings at Work since you can get ideas from brides who just got married. Hope my suggestions has somehow enlightened you. Happy preps! 🙂

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  4. Hi, I’ve been reading your blog for months already. Nagiging basehan ko yung lists mo sa pagkuha ng mga wedding suppliers, lalo na we’re in super tight budget. If you don’t mind me asking, naka book na ba kayo ng host? I’m thinking of getting host na lang from the coordinator kasi mukhang mas makakamura pag ganun o sa talagang kilalang wedding hosts na. 🙂

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    • Hi Hazel. Thanks for following the blog. Regarding your question we already did have a host for the wedding and packaged siya sa coordinator namin. It was optional but then again after budget considerations, we decided na good decision din siya since our host is our main coordinator who happens to have hosted a lot of weddings na din. I posted our selected host under Wedding Preps Timeline. If you’re in a super tight budget, check the profile of your shortlisted coordinator/host and see if pasok sa taste niyo. If not, better hire a separate host. Hosts are also important so do not scrimp espc sila magdadala ng program ng reception niyo. Good luck!

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  5. Hihi! This is my first time to comment in any blog! :)My fiance and I are planning to get a full coordination package. Ask ko lng po… Does it mean, we dont have to attend bridal fairs to get some offer from suppliers? Would our planner take care of that na? Salamat:))

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    • Hi CK. Congrats on your engagement! That’s nice to know 🙂 Anyway with regards to your question, if you get a full planner, it’s your coordinator’s responsibility to scout for all of your suppliers. But mostly these suppliers would only be within their network or those they have worked a couple of times before because with the right connection, it would be much easier for them to do your wedding. The downside? Probably limited lang suppliers mo to choose from. You can however ask your full planner if ok sa kanila to work with possibly other new suppliers if in case may mas magustuhan kayo na iba. Also, if you’re both in Manila, highly recommended ko for you to attend bridal fairs. Make it as a date time. Its an experience that you guys can look back to after the wedding. That’s actuallu one of the reasons why we preferred to have an OTD coordinator instead of a full/semi one since we decided we wanted to really personalize our wedding and experience at least everything. Trust me, it’s a good way to also know your fiance’s attitude towards decision making, planning etc.

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  6. Hello. Thanks for making this blog. I find it really helpful. I’m currently doing our wedding budget plan. Some coordinators sent us quotations that are “out-of-this-world” expensive for an OTD and your blog helped us pick which ones are reliable.

    And oh, co-wawie here, too. Great job on your blog! 😀

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    • Hi Ness. Thanks for appreciating the blog. Yeah that’s true. Some just do it for business so you really need to find those with affordable rates but are really trusted and reliable. Just ask away if you need help and I’m glad that you’re a wawie too! 🙂 Happy preps!

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