Our Wedding Team

Booking the best of the best of the best suppliers in the country to be part of our dream wedding team is actually comparable to finding a needle on a haystack!

Below is our complete Prenup and Wedding Suppliers list with Reviews for our December 2016 wedding. Please click the button below to see further information.

29 Comments Add yours

  1. hi any updates? πŸ™‚

  2. Hi there Lorenz. So far we have passed the 50% mark in completing our targeted suppliers. Hopefully we’ll be done before the end of this year’s first quarter to finalize everything. Thanks for asking πŸ™‚

  3. Z says:

    Care to share the actual cost of your current supplier? Planning to propose by this year 😊

    1. Hi Z. I guess that’s quite private. For possible costing you may check with each supplier directly. πŸ™‚

  4. Ajoe Fernando says:

    Hi! Awesome blog! It’s really helpful. Anyways, can I ask if you booked your venue and caterer separately? Some venues have an accredited caterer and they gave me their packages already.I don’t have yet package rate from caterers. What do you think is much cheaper to book the venue and get their package with their accredited caterer or book it separately (caterer and venue)? Thanks!

    1. Hi Ajoe. Thanks πŸ™‚ With regards to your question, yes we did book our caterer and venue separately. Although our caterer is accredited in our venue, we still prefer to have them booked directly due to discounts. In comparison, they’re almost the same. What we did was we both got quotations and compared them side-by-side together with all the inclusions and discounts/freebies. In our case, we saved around php 5,000. Just a tip though, be sure that your chosen caterer is accredited by your chosen venue. If not you’ll definitely be paying corkage fees around php 10,000 ++

  5. Lea says:

    Hi! Love your blog. Ask ko lang how u manage to block a date in San Agustin Church kung wala ka sa pinas. Plano din kc naming magpakasal sa San Agustin but we have so limited time I started planning now the wedding will be on Aug. And I tried to call the church no response. Like you its hard to do the preps when your not in the country.

    1. Hi Lea. Thanks for appreciating. πŸ™‚ We called San Agustin and got the info that we needed. I posted their info on a separate topic. Within that week we asked my relative based in Manila to go to the Church and pay the deposit in cash. They don’t allow bank transfer or credit card payments so we have no choice but to have someone represent us to go there. Hanapin mo si Ms Belen, she’s the one in charged with the reservations. Yes it’s really hard espc we can’t attend fairs to get huge discounts, meet personally with wedding suppliers, do food tastings and process all the necessary documents but so far we have booked majority of our suppliers online and thank God all is well. I guess you just have to be a bit OC, keen and patient in dealing with them. Look for reputable ones, madami na din kasi manloloko. Happy preps!

  6. Maxine says:

    Hi,
    Very helpful blog, thank you!
    Just wondering how early you stated booking things and putting deposits? How long did it take you to plan everything? Also, how many times did you go home to the Phillipines whilst doing your preps?

    Thank you 😊

    1. Hi Maxine. Thanks for appreciating the blog. πŸ™‚ With regards to your question, we got engaged August 2015 and we started booking our suppliers as early as September 2015. We finished everything by December 2016. You can read our Wedding Preps Timeline here on the blog. I was only able to visit Manila once and finalized everything when we went back home 1 month before the wedding.

  7. Trixie says:

    Hi,
    Its very hard to plan and where to start. I just got engaged last February 14. I research blogs first. I find it hard especially what would be the theme.Any tips please. I got amazed to know that you’re out of the country while doing all those preparations, etc,.

    1. Hi Trixie. Congrats on your engagement! Anyway with regards to your question, try to envision first what you want with your wedding. Talk to your fiance about his thoughts as well. The trend these days is rustic but it doesn’t mean that you should follow the trend. It actually depends on you. For us, we went towards the classic since I personally always want to have a vintage feel for my wedding. Our theme — Spanish Vintage Glam somehow reflects our personality and what we want. The colors, our church setting, venue setting, style etc all connected to each other and has a personal meaning to us. Your wedding should reflect you and your fiance and not someone else’s. Do a personality check with your fiance and see which things you guys have in common with. Then start from that. I hope that helps. Happy preps!

  8. Jay says:

    I would like to know how much the estimation cost for the whole wedding πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Jay. Wedding cost would depend on how you envision your wedding. It can be as little as 300K or as big as 2M! You just have to source out reputable wedding suppliers who can do the services properly.

  9. Jay says:

    Thank you for your reply…hehehe..but in your wedding i mean..how much did you spend πŸ™‚

    1. Oh that. Sorry but we prefer not to divulge that info here.

  10. Cesita says:

    Hi! Thank you for your blog.This is very helpful for the soon-to-wed couples.May I know the name of the priest who officiated your wedding? Is he highly commendable? Thank you.

    1. Hi Cesita. Thanks for the nice words. Our officiating priest was Rev. Fr. Geoffrey Eborda Jr., OSA and he is really commendable. For some excerpt of his homily you can watch our wedding SDE. Happy preps! πŸ™‚

  11. Wjoyce says:

    Hi!

    This blog is really helpful! Im also overseas and was recently engaged.. Im starting to plan our wedding which hopefully will be on June 2018. I know wedding only happens once in a lifetime, but on a pratical side, spending too much for a wedding is something really “too much”. Lols. Is 300-350k budget feasible for a wedding nowadays? Im trying to envision a simple yet classy wedding with a limited budget.

    1. Hi Wjoyce. Congrats on your engagement. I’m glad the blog is helping you with your initial wedding preps πŸ™‚ Well having a 300-350K wedding is feasible but it will depend on a lot of factors. “Simple and classy” could mean different for you, for me and for other people. Realistically though, if your wedding will be based in Manila (for example) with a standard 150pax guest, your best chance is to get an all-in package from a coordinator or from your venue with mostly low end suppliers (some can be mid range also). But then you also have to consider miscellaneous fees like corkages if your other supplier are not accredited with your caterer or venue, expenses if you’ll be paying for yr entourage’s gowns, transportation for the duration of the wedding, processing fees for the documents needed, OOT fee if there is any, prenup budget if you plan to do one etc. But then again this will still depend on how you envision your “simple and classy wedding” as per your set budget. I strongly advise for you to do a research first about the current rates, types of suppliers you want, and your budget. I also recommend for you to join weddings at works (just click our logo on the side bar with our names on it) so you can have more info about wedding preps. Hope I was able to help. 😊

  12. FAL says:

    Hi. Thanks for sharing! Kung iba to siguro ngpahinga na lang sa pagod after wedding at nagmove on na or ayaw na maglook back sa mga stress instead of doing what u’ve done. Napakalaking tulong esp for us who only plan to get an otd coord. Anyway may marecommend kb kung san ako makakakuha ng full checklist kung ano pa ang need sa kasal para mainquire ko na lahat and mabook. Wedding would be december and overseas din ako and we might not have a chance na umuwi pa so weeks before wedding nalang siguro ang prenup :(.

    1. Hi FAL. Thanks for your kind words! πŸ™‚ We really appreciate it whenever we receive comments from people who found our wedding blog useful to their own wedding preparations.

      Anyway as for your question, we have a list of all the necessary things for the wedding. Check the post titled “Wedding Checklist”, 2 part siya. Lahat ng posts sa blog andito na: https://ourbudgetdreamwedding.com/quick-links/ The rest kasi we didn’t put na kasi optional. We also have prenup related posts that you may find helpful.

      Feel free to ask questions and we’ll gladly answer basta kaya namin. Happy preps!

      1. FAL says:

        Nga pala how much ang rate ni garry sa design nyo? 2018 bride ako ang starting na nya sa rate na binigay nya for the reception is 150

      2. We had his 2015 Gold package plus OOT fee. You can check the rates in the post Wedding Florist and Event Stylist Rates I think andun pa old rates niya so may idea ka sa initial range. https://ourbudgetdreamwedding.com/quicks-links

  13. Marlo la O' says:

    Hi, saw a link for the story on how and why you guys chose your videographer. Just out of curiosity, how did you guys end up choosing your wedding photographer? Hope you don’t mind sharing. :). Thanks in advance.

  14. Michelle Santos says:

    Hi, I guess I am a little impatient, but I’d Iike to be straightforward and I hope won’t offend you in anyway… This is supposed to be a “budget” dream wedding – can you please tell me approximately how much you had to spend total on this wedding? If sharing it here is uncomfortable, can you send it to my email address – santos.michelle2012@gmail.com? I just want to have an idea. Will really appreciate it. Best regards, Michelle

    1. Garry & Aiki says:

      Hi Michelle. You have not offended us in any way, but if you have read the contents of our blog and all our replies regarding our overall wedding budget, we have emphasized a couple of times that it wasn’t only about being uncomfortable but also about privacy issues that we had dealt with before.

      Also, as we have reiterated in our posts, the word “budget” is subjective because it will depend on a lot of factors and on the priorities of the couple like the location of the wedding, the types of suppliers for the wedding, the number of guests, the inflation rates, booking time where we got the old rates, promotions that we were able to get upon booking, etc.

      We have different preferences and priorities, but in our blog we have shared the rates of the suppliers that we have considered and the best thing that we can offer aside from sharing almost every detail of our wedding is to publicly share the rates of all our wedding suppliers for people to have an idea how weddings in Manila these days really cost.

  15. James Don says:

    Hi Mr. Gary and Ms. Aiki, just want to tell you guys that your blog is very helpful, I’ve been stalking it for quite sometime (don’t know if stalking is the correct term LOL). Just like you guys, my fiance and I are working overseas (Dubai) and it amazed me how you guys manage the preparation. I thought a year of preparation will do pero parang kulang pa ata pero we are positive that everything will fall into place by the time of our wedding. God bless you guys! πŸ™‚
    Regards,
    Jd & Liz

    1. Garry & Aiki says:

      Hi Jd and Liz,

      We’re grateful to hear comments like this especially from OFWs like us because it makes us feel that we did something right by sharing our own experiences to others. It also makes us feel that we’re part of other couple’s wedding planning journey!

      Actually, there’s no standard time frame to prepare a wedding since it depends on a lot of factors, but in our case, we planned it for 15 months to be sure that we have enough time to save up to cover all our expenses including our vacation, airfares, accomodation, wedding preps and honeymoon. Time is your best ally with wedding preps especially if you guys are working on a tight budget. But don’t worry, as long as you’re fixed on your goals, everything will be ok in God’s perfect time.

      Feel free to comment or ask us if you need any help regarding our blog posts.

      God bless you too and Happy wedding preps!
      Garry and Aiki ❀

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