This post is dedicated to all the people who made "it"all happen and this is long overdue.
As a way to celebrate our wedding anniversary, we decided to have another wedding -- in the church this time. We've been postponing this because of disagreements in wedding details such as color, theme and venue, and my unworkable budget. I like too many things but I didn't like to spend. However, 10 years is too long to evaluate and decide when, where and how to do our church wedding. It is about time that we do this right, specially now that our little one can finally be part of the entourage. Our church only allows children 5 years old and above to participate in the wedding's entourage.
When the idea of a yacht cruise party is feasible
even with my unworkable budget, both of us got excited. Finally, something we both liked. Besides, it is somewhat a getaway vacation with all our family without breaking the bank. We worked around that idea of yacht party to finalize other details. The church where Sweetie wanted to be married even before he met me was near the bay, the color I imagined was suitable to the sunset, there's a newly opened restaurant that coordinated and harmonized the entire event. Resources was tight but our family got our back and we finally made it happen. We even had fireworks to cap off the event, thanks to a nearby mall. As Paulo Coelho put it, "When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it".
Church: Manila Cathedral
We opted for the small chapel inside the Basilica since I wanted our wedding to be an intimate affair. The staff of Manila Cathedral takes wedding ceremony very seriously and would require you with a lot of documents and with a definite deadline. But they never fail to gently remind you of these things and we really appreciate that. Php 10,000
Reception Venue: M/Y Shanti of Realship Yachts
Like the staff of Manila Cathedral, people from Realship Yachts are easy to deal with. They were very accommodating and you just feel comfortable having them in your wedding planning. Their suggestions were very helpful in making this celebration special. All our guests loved the laid back and unique wedding reception experience. Php 28,000
Catering/ Food: Orange, Harbor Square
If we had push through with our original date, we wouldn't have had our meal here. They recently opened and the place was just a 2minute walk from where our yacht docks. The restaurant is facing the bay so we enjoyed the view of the bay while dining (minus the seasickness if ever we had our meal in the yacht). Php 10,000++ consumable for food and drinks in their private function room
|view from Orange, Harbor Square|
We also had cakes and coffee from Starbucks which we brought to the yacht. This was a good idea since most of the guests are coffee drinkers. Php 2,800 ++ for 2 traveler kits and 8 cheesecake slices
|Somewhere there is the Starbucks Coffee traveler and cheesecake slices that serve as our wedding cake :)|
Photography: Family and friends
We cancelled our original photographer and videographer because of frequent changes of our wedding. I couldn't let them hang on without definite plan from me. Totally my fault. Like our other suppliers, they are very accommodating and easy to talk to. Very reasonably priced too. I'll definitely get them again (if they would allow), when I get married again (to the same person, of course.)
Attire: Ready to Wear (Marks & Spencer for the Suit, Promod for gowns) Php 10,000++ for complete suit, gowns for 6 and 5 barongs
Transportation: Our very reliable Pearly Snow White
Hair and make-up: DYHS Salon and Nail Bar
Accessories: DIY (bible, arrhae, ring holder, flowers and veils) Php 1,000++
Souvenir: DIY snacks, bought/ DIY foldable fans (not in picture) Php 1,000++
Invitation/Decor: DIY almost free