One of the most important things to do in a wedding is to choose an awesome and definitely reliable photographer and videographer who can capture the most memorable events of your wedding. But before doing so be sure that you already have at least an idea on what you need to consider since paying deposits to book their services on a standard Php 10,000 per team is definitely a big deal for budget couples. And of course, letting go of your deposit when you decide later on that you found a better deal or a better one is something that you should try to avoid if you have a tight budget for your wedding. But, if you have all the extra financial means.. why not?
So before you even decide to book your Photo and Video team, whether they’re a combined one or separate, read these tips first. Below are the things that we considered as part of our checklist when we were sorting out our Wedding Photographer and Videographer. These things may or may not be applicable to you, but you can at least have a good idea to create your own standard or basis.
Aerial shots for Prenup and Wedding has been one of the hottest trends recently. But, not all places are allowed for aerial shots due to security and privacy reasons. And unfortunately, Intramuros is one of them. Since Intramuros is a restricted area for aerial shots, your wedding photographer and videographer needs to submit licenses and legal documents in order to be allowed to do aerial shots of the area.
Below are the requirements to be submitted by your Photographer and Videographer for the aerial shoot permit as per the Urban Development Department of the Intramuros Administration:
During our wedding preps, everything was on a tight budget. From our major suppliers until down to the very smallest detail, everything was accounted for. And like any other couple, we, of course wanted everyone to be reminded of our special day but not to the extent of printing save the date cards and sending them out to our guests. They’re good, no offense, but for us it’s pretty much redundant already since we already planned to give out our official formal wedding invites. Plus, the printing and shipping would cost us a few thousand that we felt would be better off with our invites or some other important wedding supplier. Besides, we don’t want to jump on the bandwagon. We wanted to be unique. We wanted to showcase who we are as a couple. So..what better way to present it was through our passion — photography and videography!
After checking my Ipad for photos, I stumbled upon our unofficial photos during our prenup sessions and on the wedding day itself. If you’ve been reading the blog you’ve probably noticed that we got the services of three fabulous and popular wedding HMUAs based in Manila! Below are some of our photos which can help you decide if you are looking for your wedding HMUA or if you have already shortlisted them. I have posted some of the photos before in some posts here but just found it interesting to put it all together in one single post. Also, I’m the morena-chinita-type who doesn’t have any double eyelids so finding the bestest HMUA in Manila was a challenge for me especially I’m on a budget, based overseas and I don’t have time to do trial hair and make-up.
I have always dreamed of being a princess and wearing a very beautiful gown on my wedding day. But finding the best and yet affordable couturier that fits our budget who can make what I envision into reality is really tricky. Luckily, I found her. Below is our supplier review for my chosen bridal couture — MEL ORLINA
Mode of Communication: Email, Call (if necessary)
Contact Person:Ms. Mel, Ms. Michel (staff), Ms. Kristine (staff)
Yes! We’re finally married! Now, we’re going to give you our Wedding Supplier Reviews for all our suppliers. One supplier review per post to give our detailed and comprehensive reviews for each. Hopefully, we can do it all this month. Anyway, for our first supplier review, check out #OurLoveStoReal‘s ceremony venue — SAN AGUSTIN CHURCHin Intramuros Manila.
Supplier Rating- 4.5/5
Mode of Communication: Landline, Personal
Contact Person: Ms Belen / Ms Nora
I have always dreamed of getting married in this UNESCO heritage church inside the walls of Intramuros. Although I also fancy other old churches like Manila Cathedral, there’s just something about the elegantly lit chandeliers, organs, and the trompe l’oeil ceiling paintings that shouts grandeur that dates back from the 16th-century colonial period. Just like what I said from this previous post (Our Wedding Preps Timeline) HERE, it was a mutual decision between Garry and me to book San Agustin Church (SAC) for our church ceremony.
Video Prenup Location: TAAL TOWN HERITAGE (3 locations)
Since we have a vintage theme in mind, we stick with the concept and decided to check around Manila (going out of town is last of our priorities due to OOT fees) for great places until we found out about Taal Heritage Town where the known Basilica of St. Martin de Tours is located through one of our discussions with a suppliers and decided to check it out even if it’s located in Batangas. At first sight through FB photos, we fell in love with it’s authentic feel. After a lot (literally) of discussion and budget considerations, we pushed through with the place because it’s way cheaper than Las Casas (our first choice), it’s also our first time going there and hindi pa ako masyado nakakakita ng prenup held here. I saw maybe 1-2 prenup shoots online held at Taal Town but mostly they’re just photo shoots and the area wasn’t that explored. This of course made us feel like hindi pa masyado gamit ang place which is nakaka excite for us and sa team namin! Anyway going there was another story since it took us 2.5 hours from Boni (where we stayed at that time) to reach Taal Town through Grab kasi coding yun van namin at that time! Yes, this very nice Grab car driver took us there after we were left behind by the last Jam Liner Buendia bus even if it’s his first time also to travel outside of Manila in the middle of the night.
Photo Prenup Photographer:BENJIE TIONGCO Supplier Rating:5/5 Package inclusions: AVP slideshow, USB with all the raw and edited files and Album
** There will be an update with the rating soon because of something we failed to see only after checking the USB files and photos after the honeymoon. **
I really like his editorial style of shooting which exudes elegance and suave so when we got engaged I quickly asked about his current rates but was so disappointed to find out that he was beyond our budget. We are a budget couple so everything should be within our budget. But one thing we learned from this wedding planning preps, if you really can’t sleep for weeks because you know in your heart you really wanted that supplier, go for it!
Photo Prenup HMUA:TONI AVILES Supplier Rating:5/5 Package inclusions: Airbrush and unlimited look for the couple
Toni was just exceptional with his craft! From the time I saw his IG works of his former brides, I knew I had to get Toni and thankfully he was still available for our hot-peak-season-date! We booked him for our wedding and added the Airbrush prenup services even without doing the trial make-up because I just had this this-is-it feeling that he would be doing great and he exceeded our expectation!