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Wedding Photos by Really Awesome Weddings!

Wow, our photos got blogged by our photographer, Really Awesome Weddings (R.A.W.) :-) They're definitely one of our best wedding suppliers! Click  the pic to view!

Post Break: M+M Wedding Same Day Edit by Digital Shots

Our wedding SDE by Digital Shots This was shown at the later part of our wedding reception on a huge 9x12ft LCD screen :-) We love how quirky and spontaneous it turned out.

M+M plus Mitch Desunia Haute Couture

If only the end could justify the means, I could have told you that Mitch Desunia exceedingly satisfied my expectations.

I wanted a simple gown for a beach wedding. I got exactly what I wanted! Simple and flowy and yet will complement my shape. I felt like it was really for me. It made me feel like I am the bride!

My sisters loved their gowns as well. My bridesmaids and flower girls were very pretty in their gowns!

We trusted Mitch from the very beginning. We got his services for us and our entourage members at a promo price (August Major Major promo). We never thought that getting gowns at a lower price will  cost us the quality of his work. That indeed never happened.

We had a smooth start, I was able to fit my lining at the right schedule. Most of our entourage members were able to have their measurements on time. We gave our periodic down payments. And they gave us the schedule of the entourage's 1st fitting (and bride's 2nd).

This is the point I think where all the headac…

Aljoe Mix Lights and Sounds

Aljoe Mix is Juan Carlo's partner in providing basic light and sounds system. We did not transact with them personally. It was Al from JC who did all the coordination with Aljoe Mix.

We had our ceremony outdoor so I was worried that the basic sound system may not be enough to cover our venue. Al assured me that Aljoe Mix is a frequent supplier in Club Balai Isabel and so that shouldn't be a concern.

The amplification the sound system did to our hired musicians (Muzzique Vox) was excellent. During the ceremony proper, however, there were glitches in the sound coming from the microphone. I noticed that while our officiant and our parents were giving their speeches. I'm not sure what happened or what caused it. It was quite windy during that time.

For our reception, our host (Thoffy Consulta) suggested that we get a wireless microphone for the program. We got one at an added cost of 1000 pesos. We upgraded the lights also because we also wanted to create a festive mood durin…

E-fitte and Ohrelle: wedding shoes

Again, the bridal shoes was one of the last things I gave attention to before the wedding. I tried going around some malls but it's very hard to find comfortable 4-inch high wedges or chunky heels. I took into consideration the beach-sandy ceremony and reception venue. Wearing flat shoes was never an option period.

I learned about E-fitte from my co-W@Wies so I wasted no time and inquired. Ms. Ann answered my text message immediately, I had to postpone our meeting to Saturday because I wasn't familiar with Ortigas area where she suggests on meeting me. I asked if there's an office where we could meet. She affirmed but she said that it's actually a factory in Marikina.

My sister (also my Maid-of-Honor) went with me and she also got interested and had her shoes custom made. That was 3 weeks before our wedding. Ann assured me that she can deliver after 2 weeks. Then my mom & youngest sister had theirs custom made too.

I was happy when Ann offered to deliver the 1st t…

D'Ammrose Makati Van Rental

We got D'Ammrose, which is located in the neighborhood (San Antonio Village, Makati) to bring my grandpa and my uncle's family from Makati to Club Balai Isabel and then back.

We were provided with a Toyota HiAce van and driver, toll fees and gas not included. The contract price was 3,800 PhP. We paid 600 more for 2 hours excess.

Verdict: I heard no complaints from my relatives about their service.

Wink, M+M Wedding Invitation supplier

We were running out of time when Mike & I decided to get Wink as our wedding invites suppliers. Their location is very convenient for us (within our neighborhood).

We wanted a unique invitation, Mike was so particular with this. It should be something that showcases our personality and common interests (much like the wedding cake!) That's why we also got Wink to create a custom design for us.

Stefanie Mercado handled our account and gave us the initial layouts. Once we approve them, the invitations will be printed after 10 working days.

But the first layout didn't sit well with us. So, Stef sent another proof (sorry can't find the files!), and that time we had two different layouts again. Still, I wasn't happy with them.

That's when we decided that I will design our wedding invitation (I have some dormant Adobe Photoshop skills). We would just let Wink print them. And we were happy with the results :-)

Verdict: We got what we expected from Wink. They delivered …

Entourage Flowers by Vatel Manila

When it comes to wedding entourage flowers, Vatel Manila is probably one of the best in the wedding industry and is highly recommended in W@W yahoogroup.

I was trying my luck when I shot Dylan Gozum (of Vatel Manila) an email. And I hit the jackpot in a sense! Dylan replied on the same day I asked about his availability. And also gave me the costings in less than 2 weeks upon sending him the filled up form.

He's the only supplier I made business with through email ALONE (the others I either text or call). And never had problems with it. It was a bit inconvenient though when I learned that Vatel Manila does not deliver flowers outside Metro Manila because of their green initiatives, which I understood. Good thing that our wedding coordinator agreed to pick up the flowers on the day itself.

I was amazed at how big my bouquet was. I thought it complemented well my simple wedding dress! It was soo heavy though! My maid of honor & bridesmaids bouquets were very pretty with capiz sh…

The One Exclusive, our trusty wedding coordinator

Update: This entry was made when TOE was still co-managed by Thoffy Consulta and Kathleen Tizon. As of date, Kath manages The One Exclusive by KTEEM and Thoffy has his own company, Events by Thoffy.

The One Exclusive (TOE) has been making waves in local wedding circles during around this time last year. Perhaps one of the most affordable wedding coordinators, we didn't let the chance pass to meet and book them. We got their On-The-Day coordination package. Thoffy Consulta is the team's co-manager, we also hired him as our wedding host / emcee.

Since we were fully hands-on with the wedding preps, we didn't feel the need to engage TOE in a lot of meetings before the preps. And of course, as a respect for what's stated in our contract. We had probably met 5 times before the wedding, including the time when we invited to meet them before booking.

Mike & I were grateful to Thoffy for always meeting us at our convenience (Makati). He's somebody you would always feel…

Val Villarin is a fairy godmother

We've always trusted in Val's expertise since the day we booked his services.

He did my hair and make up twice before the wedding. One during our video prenup shoot, another one during our photo prenup shoot. I loved how I look especially in our prenup pictures. I echoed to Val my fiance's feedback though about having too much make up on our first try.

My second trial make up was done with airbrush and was much lighter. Mike found it much better than the first one.

Our transactions with Val had always been worry-free. I would call several weeks prior to the schedule, and then remind him a day before about it. I think he could do better with following up the customer a day before their schedule, specially during trial make ups for prenup shoots. He called 4 or 5 days prior to our wedding day to confirm our final headcount.

On our wedding day, he and his two other hair and makeup artist came the earliest! That was 8:30am and I had just finished taking a bath! I asked him…

AudioMixx Aircooler and Tent Rentals

AudioMixx is a light and sounds supplier based in Sta. Mesa, Metro Manila. But we didn't hire them for light and sounds since we already have this included in our package with Juan Carlo (caterer).

We had our wedding reception at the lakeshore (outdoor venue at Club Balai Isabel) and we were expecting the weather to be hot and humid in the afternoon. Although I wasn't really particular about getting extra coolers, as this was already beyond our planned budget, Mike insisted that he would be bothered seeing the guests feeling uncomfortable due to the heat.

Communicating with AudioMixx was fairly good via email. But it would be best to call or send them a message through phone. We inquired in January about their serviced but only decided almost a month before the wedding. Thankfully, we got a nod when we asked if they're still available on our date.

A few days before the wedding, the weather was so crazy. The end of March is supposed to be summer already, but the rains kept …

Flashwink as M+M's Photobooth

Pre sales story. It was very easy communicating with Kristel Sy, their proprietress. Flashwink one of those suppliers I was confident to message via email only.

Although they offered free photobooth layout, I chose to make our own layout and backdrop after seeing their proofs. I'm not taking it against them though. I'm fickle towards these things 'cause my motto is things I can do better, I'll do myself. (Same thing happened our wedding invitations.)

During the wedding day, they had their nifty looking booth beside the buffet station. I bet most of our guests (mostly relatives) enjoyed their time there.

We simply love the quality of Flashwink printouts. Our pictures were available on their website a mere two days after the wedding!
I could have wished that they furnished us a copy of the pictures taken after the wedding. Otherwise, we're very happy with their services. Getting them through Cash Cash Pinoy was probably one of the wisest decisions we ever made.


Serge Igonia M+M Reception Florist

Getting a separate reception florist was another one of our nice-to-have's. Juan Carlo gave us an option to avail of their free centerpiece upgrade. But we chose to waive that since I thought none of their centerpieces will fit the windy setting in Balai Isabel's outdoor venue.

Besides, I envisioned a wedding reception setup that is clean, simple and beach-inspired. Serge Igonia is a buzzword in W@W Yahoogroup. I tried my luck to contact him in September 2011, first via mobile and then email. Mike and I couldn't decide months from that if we have enough money to afford a separate the reception decorator.

It was a good 4 months after our first inquiry when we asked again and decided to pursue with the nice-to-have. We're thankful that Serge accommodated us. We met at Alabang Town Center to discuss the details.

Serge knew what needs to be done with Club Balai Isabel's reception. He anticipated that the venue will not be exclusive for us and our guests so he put up fe…