WEDDING DIARY: SUPPLIER'S REVIEWS AND RATINGS PART 2

There is no minor or major wedding supplier, as each one has a role which made our wedding a very special moment in our lives. Here is the continuation of our supplier’s reviews:

On-the-Day Coordinator: Imbitado Events 10/10

I have high expectations from Imbitado Events because they have very good reviews from GirlTalk Female Network and WAW (Weddings At Work); they did not disappoint and even exceeded my expectations.

From the day I inquired with Ayie, I knew that we were already in good hands. I did not immediately book her since I was still researching. She was kind enough to tell me that someone else was inquiring on my date, but since I inquired first, she will give me a few days to decide before she give the spot to others. That’s when I knew that I cannot let her go, so we paid our reservation fee to lock in the date.

We booked their “On-the-day coordination” service as we have already done most of the wedding planning and booking of suppliers.

We had three Skype meetings with Ayie before our wedding. It was an advantage for us because we did not need to drive all the way to Quezon City to meet up with her (just thinking about the traffic makes my husband cringe). Our meetings are very productive, as she tells us if we are on track or if we need to speed up a bit on the wedding preparations. She is also very prompt in replying to my Facebook messages whenever I have questions.

They arrived at the hotel around 10am and when I heard Ayie’s voice, I started to relax because I know that I could rely on her team. They took care of all the turnovers and made sure that we were on time for the pictorial, ceremony and reception.

Even the littlest of things like opening candy, they will do for you.

They also changed my shoes from heels to flats before entering the reception hall and helped me change back to heels for the garter ceremony. They also helped me to go to bathroom since my gown is too bulky.

After the program was done, they were ready with their list to turn our things back over to us. They even had a list of all the gifts received.

We are very thankful for Ayie and her team (Varna, Diane, Janis and Bianca) for letting us enjoy our special day and making it hassle-free.

Emcee: Darlene Tan-Salazar 10/10

Booking Ms Darlene is like having a second coordinator with you. She helped us tailor our wedding program in a way that will suit our personalities. We liked her hosting style as it is classy yet very fun.

She is always prompt in replying to my questions and gives us feedbacks on other suppliers as well. She gave us a heads-up that there will be road closures in Alabang during our wedding date (it coincided with the Condura Skyway Marathon weekend), so that we can inform other suppliers and our guests ahead.

It also helped that we had two Skype meetings with her before our wedding. We already felt at ease with her and she also got to know us a little more.

Our guests also commended her on how good she is. We are so proud that we got her to be the emcee during our reception.



Stylist: Events Central By Anna Winstel Chow 10/10

We initially did not want to get a stylist for our wedding as it is an added cost. However, when I saw the basic package offered by Palms, we did not like it and tried to get their in-house stylist to upgrade the styling. It was such a hassle transacting with their in-house stylist as they are not very prompt in replying and does not want to give a ballpark figure amount for the upgrades that we liked. I guess it was a blessing in disguise because it made me look for another stylist. That’s when I came across Events Central’s Facebook page,I liked Anna’s styling, simple yet classy. 

I admit that I am not very creative, I told Anna that I liked the theme romantic elegant and the flowers to be white with a hint of blue. I often confused her by sending a lot of pegs but she is very patient with me and guided me to stick only to my theme.

Weeks before our wedding she send us the mock-up for our guest and VIP tables and we liked it. 

She also did a very good job on my bridal bouquet and listened to what I liked, all white with a hint of greens.

Transacting with Anna is hassle free and she is very prompt in replying to my messages. Anna is very creative and I wish her business more luck and to be of service to more brides.







Hair and Makeup: Makeup by Mhec Gado 10/10

Mhec is my high school batchmate in St Mary’s Academy but this will be a non-biased review. 

A few years back, she started her own business of makeup artistry and I can see her works on Facebook. I knew that I wanted to get her for our wedding.

She also did my hair and makeup during our pre-nup photoshoot and from there we knew that what looks best on me is to emphasize the eyes and use nude colors on the lips. 

That is what she did for my wedding too. 

Mhec and her team arrived around 9am at the hotel and started to prep me up. She did my makeup and Ate Liway did my hair. 

I actually had three looks that day - hair down during preps, hair up at the church and hair down again at the reception.

She no longer came with me at the Church and waited at the reception for my second look.

It was very easy and very fun to work with Mhec and her team.




Invitations: Print City Invitations 9/10

We met PrintCity at the bridal fair on January 2016. My husband has a bit of graphic design and layout experience, so he liked how simply yet elegantly many of their demo invites looked, with creative use of typography.

Transacting with them was simple, for the most part. George, our main contact, went back and forth with us over email with our selected design, card size, envelope detailing, and add-on options. From there, it was a simple matter of depositing payment via bank account and picking up the sample invites, then a final round of negotiation for any more changes. Since PrintCity’s office in SM Las PiƱas Center Mall is right next to an LBC outlet, they offer the option of shipping the finished invites - which is a welcome option compared to braving the congestion of Alabang-Zapote Road on a Saturday.

Their card stock and designs are excellent all around. The only complaint we had was with their map imagery. They tend to use real world map data, which isn’t too helpful for people unfamiliar with the Muntinlupa area to navigate to our church and reception area.



Strings: Bernie Pasamba Music Consultancy 9/10

We booked Bernie via Palms Country Club since his outfit is their in-house musician. Bernie is very responsive to our messages and questions. We told Bernie that we liked a chill vibe for our music and he also helped checked our chosen repertoire.

While I was standing outside the church and waiting for my entrance, I can hear the group playing our entourage song “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” and I felt that happy moment that a few minutes from now I will be married to my best friend.



Bridal and Entourage Gowns: Bridesdream 8/10

We booked Bridesdream during the Getting Married Bridal Fair in January 2016 and since I am based overseas, I was only able to meet Ceejay Bautista when I went home for a short vacation in February 2016. She took my measurements and we discussed the design of the gown that I wanted. I initially wanted it to be long sleeved but she said that the ¾ sleeves will suit me better. Good thing I listed to her.

I had only two fittings with them. The first one was on October 2016 and it was only the base of the gown. The second fitting was a week before our wedding, the body fit was good but the arms part of the gown was too tight. They repaired it and promised to be ready in two days. I went back on Monday which was five days before the wedding and the gown now fit perfectly. I was so happy on how the gown turned out, just like how I wanted it to be. 

We also got our entourage dresses and my mom’s dress from them. Some of the entourage gowns were too tight after the final fitting but they repaired it as soon as we gave it back to them.

The only con in booking them is that their main shop in Gatchalian Subdivision is rather hard to find, and the village’s roads can be confusing. Best to use Waze when getting there so that you don’t spend too much time looking for it.







Groom’s Barong: Ziggy Savella of ZS Clothiers 10/10

My sister-in-law gifted us with the barong my husband would wear on our big day. ZS Clothiers is located in Teacher’s Village in Quezon City, which is quite the trip to make on Saturdays, but Ziggy Savella made sure he made efficient use of our time. He was very professional in taking measurements and letting JM choose the material and embroidery.

In addition to the barong, Ziggy also tailored a custom long-sleeved camisa de chino to match. He was not satisfied with the ready-to-wear options, and had an eye for how closely the camisa de chino would hew to the barong’s lines without attracting too much attention to itself. He also tailored a matching pair of trousers, all in varying shades of brownish gray.

In total, JM made three trips to ZS Clothiers, and fit the whole ensemble on the last. Only very minor alterations were needed, which reflects just how well Ziggy can capture what his clients want. JM had zero complaints with his barong, and noted that such a fine formal garment is worth the great tailoring, as it can be re-used many years after.


Dance Instructor: Teacher Mich of M Studio 10/10

We were gifted by my sister-in-law also with dance lessons with Teacher Mich for our first dance. We met her in late 2016, but since our wedding was still a few months away, she advised us to have our classes a week before our wedding so we wouldn’t forget the dance steps. We had two sessions with her of 1.5 hours each and she was very patient in teaching us our dance steps. 

She created a dance routine which JM and I can easily followed and our first dance was one of our favorite highlights of our wedding.

Bridal Car: APerfectDayWedCar 10/10

We were initially not planning to book a bridal car, but then I realized that I will have no driver going to the church as my family will be in the entourage. We got a W210 Mercedes-Benz E-class from APerfectDayWedCar, and Berlee was very easy to talk to. The driver was on time during our wedding and we did not have any problems with them.


Photobooth: Flipbooks 8/10

We also got Flipbooks during the Getting Married Bridal Fair in January 2016. We liked their uniqueness and I think some of guests did enjoy the booth.



Lights and Sounds: Rejectkrew 9/10

Elmer was responsive in replying to my messages and requests. It is also an advantage that they have worked several times with my emcee already and they already know the drill. Honestly, I didn't really notice the lights during our reception but I liked the mood. I told them early on that I did not want a very dim reception and they happily obliged.

Projector: Metrotech 10/10

Hassle free transacting with them. Period.


That's it! Thank you to all our suppliers for making our wedding a happy and memorable moment of our life.

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