One of the underrated things that couples need to tick off from the Wedding Checklist is the Wedding Supplier Crew Meals. Before we thought that we don’t need to allot money for this since only a few suppliers will be present at our wedding and actually akala namin kasama na yung food nila sa bayad namin. Admittedly, we felt naive with this concept at first since here in Kuwait, whenever we freelance with some events, either we’d always be included in the guest list or we need to make sure that we’re already full and not expect our clients to feed us because it’s not part of the agreement. But, in the Philippines, it’s entirely different. So after we researched on the importance of crew meals and talking to our Coordinator, we came to realize that we should definitely provide for them because they will be working very hard for more than 6 hours on our wedding day! After going through all supplier contracts and double checking it with our Coordinator, we come to realize that our expected numbers of crews have increased and that suppliers even have their own “preferred” meals or corresponding meal allowances.
During your wedding’s final detailing phase, there are certain things with your details that you get confused who should you talk to about and who should be working with. Below are the things that are mostly applicable to those couples who got OTD Coordinators only since from the start you and your hubby have managed to book all of your suppliers directly and by yourselves.
The suppliers below are supposed to be 100% responsible for the following during your wedding’s final detailing to ensure a smooth process. Again, these are all based on our own experiences.
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:
Concepts are everywhere. It’s really difficult to come out with a unique design, but then when you do, and tried to make it “personalized” with how you envisioned your dream event or wedding for that matter, you would feel that all your hard work has paid off. And then comes the realization that even if you have been nice to your supplier and paid them diligently and without fault, the outcome won’t be as perfect as you imagined it to be — even after all the meetings and final detailing that you did to remind them about it. Then, you moved on. Your wedding’s over.
Then one day you’ll see another event that has the “similarities in some of the few styling details from your own wedding” and with what you and your hubby really envisioned a couple of months back. Then the excitement will hit you and be like.. Wow it looks beautiful! Coincidence, maybe?
“Brides lang ba dapat ang kikilos to prepare for the wedding?”
I have been asked about this a few times and kahit OC bride ako, the answer is NO. Here’s my take based from personal experience.
If you have the means, no problem with budget, hire the best possible Full Coordinator and let them do everything for you. You can just say yes and no at ganun din si fiancé mo. Kumbaga let your money work for you.
But, if you’re a budgeted bride like me, overseas based ka man or not, you need your fiancé to help you with everything.
We were always fascinated with glamorous art installations, floral decors etc that we see on weddings that’s why we decided to push through in booking a separate Event Stylist for our wedding and that’s GARY DACANAY. Below is our supplier review for him and his team.
- Supplier Rating: 3.25/5 (Event Styling) and 5/5 (Bridal Bouquet/Groom’s Boutonniere)
- Mode of Communication: FB Chat, Email
- Contact Person: Mr. Gary Dacanay
Here is our supplier review for our Hotel Accommodation/Preps during the wedding — THE MANILA HOTEL
- Supplier Rating: 2.75/5
- Mode of Communication: Email, Landline (if needed), Personal Visits
- Contact Person: Prestige Membership (Ms Anne/Ms Jhello/ Ms Ren)
After we have chosen our dream church, we then decided to scout for our reception venue with all the requirements on our checklist. Below is our supplier review for our chosen venue — LA CASTELLANA in Intramuros Manila.
- Supplier Rating: 4.50/5
- Mode of Communication: Email
- Contact Person: Mr Christian De Leon
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 CHURCH in 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.