When the ex-bf (now hubby) and I first got engaged, topmost on our minds were budgets. We kept on seeing peso signs flutter away, man!
Kidding aside though, financially, we were ok. Both of us have stable careers and sufficient savings to have a modest wedding celebration. But despite all of these, we were fully aware of the pitfalls of the wedding planning phrase (going so over budget, crazy ideas, etc.) which we heard from relatives, friends, and from chat community sites. All we really wanted was to have a memorable wedding without the usual hair-pulling inducing hassles and fuss.
So we pooled our resources, sat down and decided on a workable budget acceptable to both of us. After a few compromises and a lot of considerations, we finally decided that P300K was a good enough number for a wedding celebration with 150 guests.
In the end though, we did go a little over budget, but I am very happy to say that we had an excess of over P23K only. How we did it was a result of compromises and knowing exactly what we wanted early on in the planning phrase.
Here are just a few of the tips we stuck to til the end:
Quality, not just quantity, was also a main concern for us. Yes, we were on a budget but we didn't want anything that looked tacky. Something that was still aesthetically pleasuring but would not break the bank.
Early on determine what is really needed and what is a luxury. Consult coordinators, ask newly married couples and make a list. Fiancee and I jotted down our haves and the nice-to-haves early on in the process. Because of this list, we were able to prioritize and later on splurge on some items on our nice-to-haves list after completing the necessities.
Church (San Agustin Church, Intramuros, Manila) - P23,000.00
Reception venue (Casa Manila Patio, Intramuros, Manila) - P12,000.00
Photo and Video (Great Image) - P48,420.00
Caterer (Eloquente Catering Services) - P89,700.00 for 150 guests
Souvenirs (Photobot Manila) - P6,000.00
On-the-day Coordination/Emcee (Merriment Event Planner and Wedding Coordinator) - P9,100.00
Strings Trio (Libante Strings) - P8,500.00
Hair and make-up (Teddy Ramirez) - P5,000.00
Wedding bouquet and entourage flowers (Glenn Bitara) - P15,000.00
Wedding rings (Love & Co.) - SGD 1,050.00 (Fiancee and I had to buy our wedding rings in Singapore where he is currently based)
Wedding gowns (Mia Barlaan) - P10,000.00
Wedding gown accesories (wedding shoes, necklace, hair accessories, etc. sourced from various suppliers) - P6,279.00
Groom's barong and camisa chino (Onesimus) - P2,697.97
Hotel (Sofitel) - USD 398.00 (we booked 2 standard rooms for a night and retained 1 standard room for us after the wedding proper.)
Mother of the bride's gown (Mia Barlaan) - P5,000.00
Father of the bride's barong (Onesimus) - P2,429.77
1 Pincipal Sponsor's dress (Shaira's Bridal Shop in Tabora St., Divisoria) - P700.00
3 Groomsmen barongs (Kultura) - P7,398.25
2 Bridesmaid dresses (Iha) - P3,600.00
2 Flower girl dresses (Iha) - P2,400.00
Ring and Coin bearer barongs (sourced in Baclaran) - P510.00
2nd veil (sourced in Tabora, Divisoria) - P65.00
Cord (sourced in Tabora, Divisoria) - P145.00
Arrhae, coins not included (sourced in Tabora, Divisoria) - P28.00
Garter (Landmark) - P199.75
Matches (Wedding Library) - P105.00
Entourage gifts (sourced from various suppliers) - P2,653.75
Catholic Church Requirements:
Baptismal certificate from Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Pasay City for me (hubby is not Catholic) - P100.00
Bride's Confirmation certificate from Paco Church - P50.00
Marriage License obtained in Pasay City hall - P210.00
Pre-Cana Seminar in San Agustin Church - P500.00
Mixed Marriage form - P150.00
Other Miscellaneous Items:
Pre-nup photoshoot entrace fees (various places in Intramuros) - P450.00
Trial HMU (Teddy Ramirez) - P600.00
Overtime use of Bridal car (Great Image) - P2,000.00
Use of Body form for the wedding gown (Mia Barlaan); deposit to be refunded upon return of the form - P2,500
Party poppers (Divisoria) - P320.00
All in all, we spent:
SGD 1,050.00 (rings)
USD 398.00 (hotel)
***I will be posting entries about our other suppliers in the following days to come. I'm sorry pero mahina po kalaban. I can only post 1 entry a day. Heheheh!
Please visit my blog's Wedding category for more detailed reviews of our wedding suppliers. =)
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