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September 1, 2009

A year ago I thought that since I am in the wedding business, I would save a lot of dough since I know the works, the sulit suppliers, I can do and print my own layouts on invites, tarp, avp, guestbook, blah blah…  I thought I got the edge darn it!!  My wedding wouldn’t cost na-da!! But when I started doing the computations, the cheapest arrangement would cost me 130k, and 105 for civil??? what the heeck??!!

Okay laugh at me, I know the usual spending budget for weddings today are 150-180k, but a stingy spinster like me have other priorities 😛 When my h2b finally dropped the bomb on his parents, I was struck again to kingdom come.  Of course they would find spending a 100k just for a day highly impractical.  Improbable… So here I am on the quest of the below 100k wedding budget 🙂  The way things are going, I guess I might as well give up my dream church wedding and settle on a civil ceremony after all.

But until the time I succeed in splicing my budget, it wouldn’t hurt to dream 🙂 Cutting this short, here are some shutterbride tips on choosing your church which can help you cut down on your budget and enable you to relish your I do’s on the altar.

+ Neighborhood churches are cheaper. Yes, we are all aiming for Manila Cathedral and San Agustin, but even I have to give up my Nuestra Señora in Guadalupe because nowadays the extra 6k I can save can go a long way.  If you have a neighborhood church that is easily accesible and is not too far from your preferred reception area, then good for you.

+ Aim for the ceremony package with flowers and choir included. Never mind if the aisle flowers are plastic, most won’t notice.  Strings are delightful but if you can’t afford it, the good ol’ church choir will do.

+ Churches with reception areas will save on transpo fees for your guests as well as travel time. Some of these churches are Mount Carmel Church with adjoining Father Horan Hall, Nuestra Señora de Gracia with Garden de Monasterio, San Ildefonso with Rizzato Hall, Our Lady of Consolation Church in QC with its Bulwagang Recoletos, Christ the King QC with its Function Hall, St. Pancratius and the greens of Paco Park (or Old Swiss Garden if you prefer it cheaper), to name some.

+ Choose a nearby prep and reception area. Leave the hotel very early or choose a nearby hotel to prepare.

Our Lady Of Nations Chapel (Joen and Rommelyn)

+ If possible,  choose a church with good ambient light (and many open doors for better ventilation).  Best churches I’ve seen with good ambient light are Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary (beeauutiful glass stained windows) in Parañaque and Our Lady of Consolation in Mira-Nila Subdivision, QC.   Iba pa rin ang maraming ambient light, it keeps your guests awake, provides a better atmosphere and photos come out more beautiful. 🙂

+ If you can afford it, choose a church with the aircon option. Believe me, it’s worth it.  Unless you hold it on Nature’s Church Las Piñas or an afternoon wedding in St. Michael in Fort Boni, the airconditioning is manna from heaven for the couple and the guests.  No, it’s not a luxury.  If you’re a March to May couple, I need not explain myself.  If you don’t have a makeup artist to touch you up in church, and if your groom aims to wear a suit and not a barong, go for it.  And yes, August – September weddings can get hot.  A wedding gown is way hotter than it looks I was told.  A few that have this option is St. Pancratius Chapel, Christ the King QC, and Mater Dolorosa in Pembo.

+ Find out the rules of the church before booking them. If they have a choir loft, make sure they’ll let you use it on the wedding day for top shots.  All churches set guidelines which is completely fine, it’s a holy event after all and not a movie, but some churches might be too strict for decent photo ops.  You pay the church and you pay the lens guys so it’s just right that the church people should let them do what they were paid for.

+ Find out first how your officiating minister gives sermons. I shot a church wedding once somewhere in Manila and lo and behold, it was a long-haired priest who was, let’s just say a bit overzealous in his homily.  He slipped out a few swear words and told us how a mother of the bride once walked out because of his speech.  I looked at the guests and a lot were as shocked as I was.  hehe.  The bride told me ganun daw talaga yun at at home na sila.

+ Book early, at least 8months to a year before. If you’re a December bride, never procrastinate on booking ALL your suppliers, esp on your church and reception.  The less in-demand months are June – August, but the rains could give you the hassle.

Most of these are obvious but I’m here to remind you again 🙂  Strange that these are tips from someone who hasn’t even chosen her own church yet haha, but hey, they can make or break your big day.  So happy hunting, and good luck to all us!

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One Comment leave one →
  1. December 9, 2011 3:37 pm

    Thats an all around well thought out post.

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