I had no idea that venue-hunting would be so difficult. I guess as a bride you just want to find that "perfect" place. At first, I thought that sight-seeing would be fun. Afterall, we get to spend time together and go to places we wouldn't normally go to. But as the days go by and we still haven't found "it", we were starting to feel frustrated. From the list of places that we wanted to visit, Light of Love was the one I least expected to hold our wedding at. But as it turns out, its going to be the location of the biggest event of our lives.
Venue-hunting Day 1
The Glass Garden
Jardin de Miramar
Venue-hunting Day 2 (March 20, 2010)
Hill Creek Garden
Venue-hunting Day 3 (March 21, 2010)
Light of Love
257 Evangelista Street, Brgy Santolan,
Pasig City, Metro Manila 1610
Our first stop is The Glass Garden at Marikina.
This is actually a nice place for a reception. It has a garden feel to it but you don't need to worry about bad weather since it's covered. Not much styling is needed as well since the place itself is already beautiful. They also have a staircase that the couple could use for their grand entrance.
The ceremony and reception will have to be held at the same hall which is something I didn't like. Unless we opt to rent the other hall as well which would be way out of our budget. As much as possible, I want to have the ceremony in a different location of the venue.
276-279 San Jose Extension,
Next stop is Jardin de Miramar at Antipolo.
Jardin is divided into smaller gardens/venues for events that could hold guests from 60 to 200. They have venues that are covered like Ylang-Ylang and Sevilla so you wouldn't have to worry about bad weather. The place is really pretty. We considered the place because I wanted to have the ceremony in a different location within the venue. We thought the ceremony could be held at Intramuros while the reception can be held at Sevilla. This is doable for us since the rent for the venues are quite affordable.
Portofino South, Daang Reyna,
Last stop for the day was Fernbrook Gardens at Alabang.
Ever since I saw their flyers, I already fell inlove with the place. Unfortunately, Fernbrook is just too damn expensive.
Jay and I were suppose to call it a day and just watch a movie and hangout but he asked me if I wanted to check out Fernbrook. I was having second thoughts about visiting the place because I knew that it was just way over our budget. I was afraid that I'll love it even more and be even more disappointed 'coz we can't afford it. But my curiosity got the best of me so I said yes. As expected, I loved it even more. It just look like something out of a fairytale. Sigh.... Besides being too expensive, the place is pretty much fully booked for most of December.
Jay and I were thinking of moving our wedding date to Sept 10, 2011 (09/10/11) which is our 10th anniversary. Doing this would have given us more time to prepare and save so we can have our wedding here but we didn't want to wait too long to get married.
The rent of the venue itself is actually not that bad (most expensive package is 90,000) considering that the place is very exclusive and very high-class. But they don't accept outside caterers and their food is quite expensive.
What I really like about the place is that it's not your typical wedding venue. Its very private which could make the wedding more intimate.
But besides the expensive food, guests who do not have their own cars would have a really hard time getting there.
The place is also pretty. It looks a little cramped inside (probably because of the vines and the plants) but its actually quite spacious. They also have some paintings in the garden.
Besides being a garden, they also have a restaurant and a few rooms that could accommodate guests.
I couldn't picture holding the ceremony anywhere in the garden so we scratched it off our list but it would be a nice reception venue.
Virtual Tour: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JiMXYABIGM
Barangay Buck Estate
+63-9175329097 or +63-9175335140
I was told that there was gonna be a wedding that day so we could drop by for an occular visit to see the actual setup. We've been here before so I already knew it was beautiful.
The rent for the venue is only 10,000. Ofcourse they do not allow caterers so you're stuck with their usual menu.
Sonya's was at the top of our list because it's affordable. But I was worried that not everyone could appreciate their food (main course is pasta).
134 Tagaytay-Alfonso Road, Brgy Sikat
What I really like about this place is that its really private. They only accept one event per day. You can hold the ceremony at one side where the gazebo is and the reception can be on the other side. There's also a place where guests could have cocktails. According to the caretaker, the property is about 5 hectares. We didn't get to see the bridal suite coz it was locked but from the looks of it, its really big. Mang Eugene (the caretaker) said that this is where they shot some of the scenes (I'm guessing the wedding) of the pinoy version of Full House. They have a small chapel here but it cant be used for a Catholic ceremony because it doesn't have any permit.
They have a lot of coffee plants (is that what its called?) at the back so they make their own coffee.
I really liked the place but it was out of our budget too.
From the name itself, it's actually a Spa but they have a garden near the pool where you could hold the wedding ceremony and a Pavilion where you could have the reception. It was a nice place but nothing too outstanding for me. I guess I just didn't get that "this is it" feeling so we scratched it off our list as well.
29 Visayas Avenue Extension
+63 (2) 920-6503 to 05
This is the only venue we went to that is still available for Dec 18. Apparently, the couple who reserved it for Dec 18 postponed their wedding to January which opened the slot. The place is also nice but like the Glass Garden, both ceremony and reception will have to be held at the same place.
69 Cenacle Drive, Sanville Subdivision
(632) 925-0020 / (632) 926-2493 / (632) 426-0968 / (632) 426-0633
Like Fernbrook, the place is also beautiful. And like Fernbrook, its also expensive. Fernwood has a more garden feel than Fernbrook. Its a bit cheaper compared to Fernbrook as well but the corkage fees are quite high. For example, the "non-accredited" photobooth has a corkage fee of 2,500php when some venues will only charge 400php-500php for the electricity. The Courtyard (which is what we liked, and the cheapest) can be rented for 74,000 on a weekend plus 12% VAT. But they do have packages which already includes the catering and photo/video for around 300,000php.
169 Aurora Boulevard
+63 2 7214585 or +63 2 7245016
I've heard of The Oasis a lot and we know a couple who will be holding their reception here so we decided to check it out as well. They have three venues available. The Pavilion, Gallery and another one which I forgot.
I wanted to get the Pavilion so we can hold the ceremony in the garden but they're fully booked for December. The next available weekend slot that we liked is January 30 and we're only second priority for that date. Plus they'll be inceasing their rate for 2011. Their package will go up to 194,000.00 from 180,000.00 this year.
Just when we were already losing hope and seriously contemplating on postponing our wedding to 09/10/11 so we can save more and get Fernbrook, we decided to check out Light of Love which is just near The Oasis.
Before the Wedding Expo which we attended last March 14, I've never heard of this place. When we got to their booth, the girl handling the booth showed us some pictures and I thought it was pretty. She also invited us for a food-tasting(Juan Carlo) so we can also check out the place. We passed by a few more booths and then I completely forgot about Light of Love. After a few days, I got an email from them with their Wedding Packages. It was actually quite affordable. I tried to check them in the internet but couldn't find anything so I lost interest again. Afterall, most of the beautiful reception venues would have their own websites or at the very least a multiply site so we can see pictures.
Light of Love is divided into 6 different venues plus a garden where Christian ceremonies can be held.
From the parking lot, we passed through their trellis which I thought was really nice. In both sides of the trellis are tents (Trust and Loyalty) that can be used for receptions. The day we went there was also the day that Juan Carlo had their food-tasting. when we got to their office, there were a few couples waiting to be accommodated by the consultants so we decided to go to the food-tasting first and then come back later. The food-tasting was held at the 'Love' venue that could accommodate up to 250 guests. Its rectangular and has a small private garden. Beside 'Love' is the 'Atrium'. I fell inlove with this one. It has a skylight and a chandelier at the center area. Beside 'Atrium' is 'Integrity' which is L-shaped. It has smaller chandeliers as well and it has a huge balcony where guests could have cocktails. Right in front of 'Love' is 'Cherish'. It's an oval-shaped platform surrounded by trees. I read from a website that this used to be a swimming pool. I couldn't take my eyes off it while we were eating. I thought it would make a really nice dancefloor where the couple could waltz around or something. Beside 'The Garden' is another garden that would make a nice backdrop for pictures. They have a small pond and a big buddha statue. The trees have round capiz lanterns and they turn the lights on at night. It was really beautiful.
This is one of the very few places we went to where I could really see our wedding happening. The best thing about it is we could actually afford it. Unfortunately, the Atrium and Cherish is already booked for December 18. The only available Saturdays are Dec 4 and 25 which I didn't like so we opted for a Sunday event instead. They will be increasing their rates for 2011 as well so we didn't have much of a choice.
The only site I found regarding Light of Love (thanks to a fellow W@Wie):
Apparently, they just opened last year which is the reason why I couldn't find much about it on the internet. I think their website is still under construction.