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M&H Supplier Ratings (Gifts, Souvenirs & OTD Coordinator)

May 12, 2010

Gift for PS and members of our Entourage:  Rachebeli Wines and Chocolates

Peso power: 3 dozen bottles @ Php 150 each with free chocolate bars

Contact details: Chelo (0922-8006153, 0922-9936736)

I found out about Rachebeli through w@w. We were on the look out for gifts for our principal sponsors and the personalized wines seemed interesting. Chelo met with me and my parents for the wine tasting. To be honest, I was a bit skeptical. I was a wine drinker myself and I was wary about how “mango wine” or “plum wine” would taste. I shouldn’t have worried because the wines were delicious. My parents loved it so much that they ordered two cases for Christmas.

Chelo was also a breeze to talk to. There was a problem with the seals for our wine–the seals they ordered from the US were being held by customs officials so they couldn’t finish my order. I was a bit worried that they wouldn’t be able to deliver the wines on time but they pushed through. Chelo delivered them to our hotel in Makati the night before the wedding.

Our ninongs and ninangs loved the wine. The chocolates (which we gave to the members of our entourage) were a hit! Definitely one of our best suppliers. 🙂

Overall rating: 5+++

photo by Raymond Fortun -- sample wine for our PS

photo by Raymond Fortun -- personalized chocolate bars

Guest Souvenirs: Theobroma

Peso power: Php 33.00 per chocolate (bridal fair promo price)

Contact details:
Lucy (0922-8301203)
sales@theobroma.com.ph

Mac and I wanted to give edible souvenirs for our guests. We stumbled on Theobroma’s booth during a bridal fair and decided to give them a try. I’m a chocolate addict and I have to say na sobrang nasarapan ako doon sa sample na pinatikim nila sa akin. Aside from the taste, their packaging was really tasteful and the promo price was a steal.

All later transactions were made via text messages with Lucy. They delivered the chocolates to Mac’s house two days before the wedding. We were afraid that the chocolates would melt because of the heat but we were just instructed to keep them out of direct sunlight and not to put them in the refrigerator.

Our guests loved the chocolates! Yung iba nga daw hindi na umabot sa bahay at kinain na nila during the reception. Highly recommended for couples who want to give away edible souvenirs. Hassle free and delicious!

Overall rating: 5+++

photo grabbed from Theobroma's facebook page

a young guest enjoying our chocolate giveaway (photo by 5th Door Productions)

Photobooth: Shutterbox

Peso power: Php 9,500 for 4 hours with free 20 Save The Date magnets

Contact details:
Vida (0917-8936464)
http://myshutterbox.multiply.com

My best friend (who’s also my MOH) and her twin sister shouldered the cost of the photobooth as their wedding gift for us. Since they’re based in Singapore, they just asked us to canvas and book for a photobooth supplier.

Vida is a friend of a friend. We compared the quality of her photobooth’s prints to other suppliers and figured that hers is the best at the price she was offering. With the free STD magnets, it was quite a steal.

The photobooth was a hit with our friends. Yung iba paulit-ulit talaga nagpakuha ng pictures. Sayang lang because some of our relatives from the provinces didn’t understand what it was for. Parang kahit sinasabi na nung emcee and nung coordinator namin na may photobooth, parang nahihiya yung iba. It was a good thing that we had another set of souvenirs to give away.

Super bait din ng mga taga-Shutterbox. They were actually packing up na when one of our guests asked if they can set up again so they can take a picture with us (kasi naman sa kakaikot namin ni Mac sa mga guests halos di rin  kami nakapagpakuha sa photobooth). They set up their equipment again without complaint and gamely took more pictures. Ang tagal pa naming nagkipagkwentuhan sa kanila while waiting for them to burn the pictures in a cd.

For those who also got a photobooth, better ask a relative or a friend to explain to your guests what it’s for.

Overall rating: 5. Highly recommended for the quality of prints and great customer service.

OTD Coordinator: M Events

Peso power: Php 7,500 (promo price for w@wies)

Contact details:
Manel (0917-5712985)
http://meventsinc.blogspot.com

From the start, I wanted a former w@wie to be our coordinator. I admit, may bias ako kasi naman, iba talaga mag-plan ng wedding ang mga w@wies. J I met with several former w@wies turned coordinators but among them, si Manel ang pinaka-kasundo ko. It also happened that during that time, she was offering a great promo discount for w@wies.

Manel was always early for our meetings. She never failed to remind me of my appointments or to follow up on my progress. She was also very helpful with her suggestions and whenever I get stressed over the planning, she always calms me down.

On the day of my wedding, when I realized that Reggie was not going to show na talaga, I placed a frantic call to Manel. She was on her way to the hotel that time but I asked her to find me a fitting form (kailangan talaga mailagay sa fitting form yung gown ko para ma-plantsa yung train). She told me not to worry and that she’ll take care of it.

Late na sya nakarating sa hotel but she was able to find a fitting form. It was a good thing that our meetings were extensive so I didn’t really need to turn over anything to her when she arrived. Humiram agad sya ng iron from the hotel, ordered food, organized the stuff that they needed to bring to the church and reception. My mom was all praises for her—she kept saying that Manel was like a superwoman.

During the reception, she calmly took care of everything. All our instructions were followed to the letter. After the event, she turned over all our stuff to my mom and the money I gave her was properly liquidated to the last centavo.

She and her team were like angels that day. My family and I are extremely thankful for the service they gave us on our wedding day. I honestly don’t know what would have happened to our wedding if not for her.

Overall rating: 5+++++++++++ Super duper highly recommended!

Manel at work. (photo by 5th Door Productions)

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Wedding Fair virgin no more…

June 29, 2009

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My fiance and I attended the Philippine Wedding Summit at the PICC Forum yesterday. The bridal fair was organized by Themes & Motifs.

This was not our first wedding fair–we’ve attended around 4 or 5 of these event since we got engaged but we’ve never booked anyone before. We went to the fairs for “research”–we talked to suppliers and got their average rates so we could come up with a realistic budget. Yesterday was the first wedding fair we went to with concrete plans of booking several suppliers. Our targets were suppliers for (1) invitations, (2) flowers, (3) my fiance’s barong suit and (4) edible wedding favors.

After seriously considering several suppliers for our invitations, my fiance and I decided to do the invitations ourselves. We both know how to use photoshop and I love doing lay outs so all we have to worry about is the printing. Both of us don’t want to shell out that much money on invitations alone. Call it frugal but we just don’t find spending over 10 thousand pesos for 200 invitations practical.

We found a florist–Flowers of May. Yes, they’ve had some negative feedback from other brides from w@w but since I’m not really particular about flowers that much, no biggie. I really don’t want to go to Dangwa to haggle with the shops there. I decided on a white bridal bouquet with blue accents: white carnations and white roses with blue hydrangeas. For the mothers and my maid of honor, I asked them to make bouquets of yellow and orange roses. For the bridesmaids, wrist corsages with yellow and orange roses as well. Why the wrist corsage? Because they’re going to be carrying something else during the bridal march…

My fiance has been adamant about having a butterfly release during our wedding (he attended a wedding once where the couple released butterflies during the reception and he just loved it). If it was just me, I really didn’t want to use butterflies because I pity the poor things. We compromised by having the butterfly release outside the church as we make our exit–an alternative to confetti. This way, he still gets his butterfly release and I would be comforted by the fact that the butterflies would still fly away to the “natural” world instead of being stopped by closed doors and windows at our reception venue. The butterflies will be placed in small baskets (which we still need to scout for at Divisoria) and will be carried by our bridesmaids. Double-purpose.

It was probably fate that Acclaim Butterflies was among the suppliers at the bridal fair. We booked them immediately.

As mentioned in previous blog posts, both my fiance and I want edible favors to give away to our guests. We stumbled on the Theobroma booth; it’s a supplier that specializes on Belgian chocolates. We thought that they were expensive and we were pleasantly surprised at their rates. My fiance and I tried their chocolates and we loved them so much that we booked them on the spot. The good thing is that we kept within our budget for the wedding favors plus I wouldn’t need to slave over the packaging.

We didn’t find a supplier for my fiance’s barong. I’m that worried since my fiance already has an idea on how he wants his barong suit to look like. We just need to find someone who will make the barong within our budget.

All in all, it was an experience. It was the first time we booked anyone during an actual wedding fair. The discounts we got were way worth the travel to PICC.

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More edible favors!

May 31, 2009

The magic word for our wedding favors: EDIBLE.  Having a sweet tooth means that I’m partial to sweet favors. I explored the possibility of candies in a previous post but being the compulsive planner that I am, I simply have to have a plan B. During my “research” I found these adorable (and yummy!) edible favor ideas from iDiY.

CUPCAKE POPS! I love it!

CUPCAKE POPS! I love it!

Fruit favors (like pears) can double as place cards. Check out the leaf card at the pears stem.

Fruit favors (like pears) can double as place cards. Check out the "leaf" card at the pear's stem.

Here are more edible favor ideas from Martha Stewart Weddings:

Chocolate fortune cookies!

Chocolate fortune cookies!

Yummy marshmallows

Yummy marshmallows

mouth watering mini pies!

mouth watering mini pies!

sweet meringue

sweet meringue

sweet caramel apples

sweet caramel apples

Possibilities are endless. I’d probably stumble on more great ideas soon.

I’ll be “researching” on chocolates next. 🙂

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Sweet Favors

May 19, 2009

My fiance wants to give something edible as favors to our wedding guests. We first thought of cupcakes but scrapped the idea when we found out that the wedding cake is included in our caterer’s package. We’re now leaning towards chocolates or colored candies mainly because (1) they’re not expensive and (2) quite easy to package.

I started looking for creative ways to package these sweet treats and I just loved the ideas I found from Martha Stewart.

Cute and easy way to package treats. You just need decorative paper and cellophane.

Perfect for a more elegant (or vintage themed) wedding.

Perfect for a more elegant (or vintage themed) wedding.

I love the idea of favor cones! Instead of crepe paper, Im thinking of using clear cellophane to show off the candies colors.

I love the idea of favor cones! Instead of crepe paper, I'm thinking of using clear cellophane to show off the candies' colors.

This is great for those who have zero talent with arts and crafts. Just buy cupcake holders and put in the candies. Voila!

This is great for those who have zero talent with arts and crafts. Just buy cupcake holders and put in the candies. Voila!

And my personal favorite:

I just love these! I think the small baskets are so adorable!

I just love these! I think the small baskets are so adorable!

All images (and ideas) grabbed from marthastewartweddings.com