THE WEDDING VENUE ISSUE – :’p
Buckling Under the Pressure. I’m here, i’m finally in this phase!! A few months ago I already got my wedding date. :) :) And boy, I’ve never been happier!
Even before that, i’ve already messed around in divisoria and at some wedding fairs trying to find the best deals on prospective suppliers. I already have a couple in mind but s.o.p. dictates I should look around for comparisons anyway. Now i’m on my wits’ end trying to decide where my venues should be. The very first things you should handle are venues, but now I can’t even assert on a church and reception. So far my choices are these:
ALTA GUIA – STA. ANA CHURCH (TAGUIG) – ALTA GUIA / LAKEVIEW / VILLA GLORIA
My in-laws’ choice. Though Sta. Ana – Taguig is a fine church (which also reminds me of my childhood church, Sta Ana Church – Manila), this combination means a 20k difference compared to my other choices. The fact that there’s no major road near the venues is gonna give my non-Taguig guests difficulty reaching it; that bothers me the most.
Pros: Large parking space, near my h2b’s residence, photo op spots beside the church
Cons: 20k price difference, traffic possibilities on way to church, church and reception locations tricky to find for non-locale, going from church to reception a hassle to those with no private transport
GREAT EASTERN HOTEL – OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE – GREAT EASTERN
I was never really considering this option since Great Eastern has earned quite a reputation, but when I started canvassing, I found that they ARE the cheapest option, even cheaper than catering. And the food IS good, no problem with that. It is not the handsomest of hotels, of course, but with a tight budget, I’m tempted. And like other hotel wedding packages, you get free hotel stay, bridal car, and venue included in the package. Lots of fees I overlooked though.
Our Lady of Guadalupe on the other hand, is my 90% choice a couple of months ago. Aside from ventilation, this venue is perfect enough for me. A block or two away from EDSA.
Pros: The cheapest option: you can have a 100pax reception with venue for give or take 40k, plus car and prep venue. Very accessible to any party; near Ayala, Mandaluyong, EDSA, Buendia.
Cons: Floral and table setup too simple. Extra 8k for extra floral setup, 3.5k or so for decent sound system, function room dependent on your budget, corkage fees for cake, sound, photovid, etc. Shoot…
BALUYOT/GRAND VILLA/GREAT EASTERN – MATER DOLOROSA – MAKATI PARK
For the first time, me and my noril have found a consensus!! He finds this setup acceptable. Though Mater Dolorosa has zero percent outdoor photo-op, the fact that it’s a midway venue between Taguig and Makati is a plus. An airconditioned church is of course a plus for a groom who wishes to don a coat and tie. Makati Park is a steal and I can’t find the heart to let go of it. Best of all, it’s a bit easy to find being near the intersection of C5, JP Rizal, Kalayaan. Some guests can even ride a PUJ to and from the church.
Pros: Accessible to both parties. Easy ride to many guests. Makati Park lots of parking space and security. Mater Dolorosa very comfortable if airconditioned.
Cons: Our 2nd most expensive option (urgghhh aircon aircon!!); no photo ops outside church, limited parking space at Mater Dolorosa, might be forced to pay 2 timeslots at Makati park if reception is after lunch. (Catering will allowed into the pavilion at 1pm.)
Urggh… any tips?? I’m dying to get them!! Will keep you guys posted. :) Ciao!