National Shrine of St. Michael and the Archangels for Our Wedding

We’ve finally decided on a church for our wedding! Fortunately, Ian and I did not need to go on another Church Hunt. We were able to agree fuss-free on our wedding ceremony venue. Our big day’s going to be at the National Shrine of St. Michael and the Archangels.

It turns out Ian had his Confirmation in said Church. As for me, it looks like I’m also going to have my confirmation here. I wish I had my confirmation when I was younger, but it’s ok. At least the National Shrine of St. Michael and the Archangels will have an additional value between Ian and me.

It’s great that the reservation fee for St. Michael is only PhP 9,500.00. The registrar even told us we could have make the down payment of PhP 4,000.00 by December. However, we’d like to take no chances so we’re paying the full amount by the end of July. Yey!

Also, Ian says we don’t need to  dress up the church. He prefers it to be really simple. He even said he doesn’t want flowers along the aisle. We’ll probably just pay extra to have the Church and the surroundings cleaned the day before the wedding.

It also doesn’t hurt that our chosen reception venue is just a stone’s throw away. I’m lucky Ian liked the venue I suggested to him while we were out looking at Churches. So yep, I think Ian and I deserve pats on our backs for this! Yey!

 

 

Our Hunt for the Perfect Church

Ian’s Pamamanhikan last 10 May 2015 went really well. I was, honestly, secretly scared that our families might not get along. I don’t know why, but that’s what I felt.

During the Pamamanhikan, we talked about the wedding date, theme, motif, and the entourage. Ian and I would like to have a summer wedding next year. However, the elders from Ian’s side of the family would like for us to move the wedding to December this year. As much as we would like to accommodate their request, sadly, I don’t think our current running costs will allow us to move the wedding to an earlier date. In addition, December weddings usually take 1 year to block off dates, especially if you want your wedding in a well-known Church and reception venue.

Speaking of Churches, we have shortlisted some in Manila that we’d like to have for the wedding.

Below are some of the shortlisted Churches with their rates, photos, and addresses. Hopefully, this small list can help you with your own wedding planning! Have fun!

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1. San Agustin Church

Cost: PhP 33,500.00

Address: General Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila

Comments: I love the interior! My colleague from Australia says that it looks like a church made for fairytale weddings. I agree! I love the arches and  the details found in the ceiling. The chandeliers are gorgeous, too! Unfortunately, PhP 33,500 is a little too steep for 1-hour use of the Church. Hence, we are on the hunt for other Churches around Manila. We’ll probably have our ceremony here if we have extra cash from the wedding budget! 

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2. National Shrine of St. Michael and the Archangels 

Cost: PhP 9,500.00

Address: 1000 Gen. Solano St, San Miguel, Manila, Metro Manila

Comments: The simplicity of the National Shrine of St. Michaele and the Archangels caught my attention. It does have a nice looking altar, which would look great in the wedding photos. I also love the fact that the reservation costs only PhP 9,500. That’s a huge help in our budget should we end up in this Church!

 3Basilica Minore de San Sebastian

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Cost: PhP 25,000.00

Address: Pasaje del Carmen St, Quiapo, Manila

Comments: San Sebastian Church originally topped our list because this is where Ian’s parents tied the knot. However, we considered San Agustin Church for the top option because it was just walking distance from Casa Manila, which is a possible reception venue for us. I like the rich history that both San Sebastian and San Agustin Church have, but unfortunately, my mind tells me to look for a more affordable option. Spending 25k-35k for an hour’s use of a church seems impractical.

 

 

  

4. Immaculate Conception Cathedral 

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Cost: to be updated

Address: 40 Lantana St., Cubao, Quezon City

Comments: I never knew about this Cathedral until just a few days ago. I was desperately looking for another church option when I accidentally found a photo of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral. I fell in love with this Church and excitedly asked Ian if we could consider it. Fortunately, he likes it, too. So we’ll drop by the Cathedral soon to ask for their rates (I called their office, but the person on the other line wanted me to get their brochures instead of telling me the rates over the phone.)

Hopefully, we get to book our wedding in one of these Churches soon. I really want to be able to book it within the month so that we can finally move on to other areas of the wedding. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thoughts on Being Engaged

Getting engaged brings about a variety of feelings. You’ll feel elated that you’re taking your relationship to yet another level of lifelong commitment. On another note, I guess it’s normal to feel a little apprehensive; to question yourself if you really are ready for marriage. No matter the case, a wedding engagement is definitely something both the man and woman look forward to when they realize they’ve met the person they want to spend their lives with.

However, some might wonder what it’s like to be engaged. Here’s my take on being engaged.

No engagement is alike

You and your bff may be with your respective partners for the same amount of years, but it doesn’t mean you’re both going through the exact same thing. Likewise, being engaged practically at the same time doesn’t mean that your wedding plans will both go smoothly.

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Wedding Venue: Oasis Manila

Hi there! Valentine’s is just around the corner. What are your plans this weekend?

As for me, I guess I’ll try to look for more interesting wedding venues like today’s featured event place — the Oasis Manila.

Now this might be a biased post, but the main reason I like Oasis Manila is because it is very near our house! It’s also near San Sebastian Church, where we’re hoping to have our own wedding someday.

Next, I love the landscape! I love how vast and full of greens the place is.

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Another factor I like about Oasis Manila is that, like Light of Love, it also has more than one venue for your event. You can choose among Pavillion, Verandah, and the Orchard depending on the size of your guest list. Of course, each of these venues has its own features aside from their guest capacity.

Oasis Manila: Orchard

Oasis_Manila_Orchard Capacity: Up to 200 guests
Size: 256 sq.m.

Amenities:
• fully air conditioned
• commanding views of the gardens and the city
• stylish drapings with crystal accents
• with full backup generator
• handicap accessible

 Oasis Manila: Verandah

Oasis_Manila_VerandahCapacity: Up to 350 guests
Size: 500 sq.m.

Amenities:
• fully air conditioned
• panoramic views of the garden,pond and Mt. Carmel Church
• stylish drapings with crystal accents
• complimentary use of the terrace
• complimentary sound system
• complimentary bridal suite
• with full backup generator
• handicap accessible

As you can see, the venues look immaculate and spacious–definitely a plus in my book! This means you and your guests will have enough space to move around even if the room is filled with tables and chairs for your wedding.

Aside from the spacious halls, I love that Oasis Manila is affiliated with several caterers. Here’s a list of their partner caters to help with your wedding plans.

1. Bizu

2. CVJ Catering

3. Hizon’s Catering

4. Josiah’s Catering

5. K by Cunanan

6. Kitchen City

7.  Kusina ni Kambal

8. Tamayo’s Catering

9. The Red Swan

10. Verleo Catering

 

Photo credits: Oasis Manila website

Contact details: Landline: (02) 726-6832  (02) 721-4585, (02) 724-5016
Address: 169 Aurora Boulevard, San Juan City, Philippines 1500

 

 

 

Wedding Venue: Light of Love Events Place

As mentioned in a previous post, there are several things to consider when looking for the perfect wedding venue.

Now, here comes the fun part! I’m including a list of wedding reception venues that I find interesting. For this post, let’s talk about Light of Love . Hopefully, the list below can help you on your own wedding preparations, too!

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This events place tops my list. Why? Well, it has a selection of 6 venues to choose from! You can either have an indoor or outdoor wedding reception in one of Light of Love’s featured venues. Not only that, they are accredited with some of the best wedding caterers; plus, they offer free use of their venue for prenup shoots if you book their services for the big day!

See below for Light of Love’s featured event venues.

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See! Light of Love features elegantly designed venues for your wedding day! For the next post, let’s talk about Manila Oasis, another wedding venue I’m interested in for my own wedding.

Photo credits: Light of Love

Tips on Looking for Wedding Reception Venues

Weddings are super exciting to plan, but definitely nerve-wracking. You have to plan the wedding date, reserve the Church, meet with caterers, and find the perfect reception venue! Unfortunately, it’s easier said than done.

What do we need to do in order to find best wedding venue? Here are a few things to consider when hunting for a venue where you can celebrate one of the most memorable moments of your life.

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Getting Married Bridal Fair: Joy San Gabriel Wedding Cakes

My best friend’s getting married this year! Whoohoo! Unfortunately, she’s based in Malaysia and she’s having some problems with K. By Cunanan. Apparently, my best friend and her fiance have already deposited a 10K downpayment on 11 Dec 2014 for their 7 Nov 2015 wedding. My friends have called and emailed said caterer for feedback, but I think all they get is an automatic response saying they’ll get back to my friends’ queries. My best friend has also tried calling Winona Torres, the accounts person she has been corresponding with, but she isn’t answering any of my friend’s calls. What a way to treat your clients, huh?

Due to this unfortunate incident, Ian and I decided to drop by the Getting Married Bridal Fair at the SMX last 17 Jan 2015. We talked to several suppliers, asked about certain concepts we wanted for our own wedding, and we also talked to K. by Cunanan staff. Unfortunately, we didn’t get much from them. They said they would reply to my friend’s email by the 19th or the 20th of Jan 2015. Hopefully, they follow through.

Going back to the bridal fair… I was a bit overwhelmed by all the suppliers who greeted and gave us copies of their catalogues. SMX is huge and that fair was packed! I may have been overwhelmed by all the things happening at the SMX, but the organizers seriously did a great job!

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Dreaming of the Perfect Wedding Shoes

I am a shoeaholic! Naturally, I’d love to have customized shoes for my own wedding if the budget permits. Ideally, I want to have lace shoes on the big day. I want a dainty-looking pair, but it has to be sturdy enough to last a lifetime. Well, maybe not exactly a lifetime, but it should last long enough.

For now, I’ll indulge myself by looking for my dream wedding shoes! I have teeny tiny feet and I’m hesitant to buy shoes online without trying them on first. Hopefully, there are shoes similar to the one’s I’m listing below. Otherwise, I need to find shoemakers in Manila who can create footwear inspired by the wedding shoes that have piqued my interest.

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