Thursday, July 12, 2007

Part 1: Suppliers’ Rating – Hotel, Church, & Venue

Dear W@wies,

It’s pay back time!!!

Before I officially start our suppliers’ rating I would like to take this opportunity to thank this support group for making our wedding preparation as easy as possible and enjoyable – most of our suppliers came from
w@w. Without your help guys our wedding wouldn’t be as beautiful as it turned out. Special thanks to Mama Benz & Papa John for putting up w@w. A salute to you po!.

We do hope that you’ll enjoy reading our post and find it helpful. You may PM me at
rhiamary.dizon@digitel.ph for queries.

Btw, contact details are listed at

http://raymond-rhia.weddingannouncer.com/vendors.html

As promised . . . here it goes w@wies

Ratings would be as follows:
5 – Excellent!
4 – Well Done!
3 – Good Enough!
2 – Poor!
1 – Never Mind!

HOTEL: ASTORIA PLAZA

Rating: 5
Cost (Corporate Rate):
3,500 - 1BR Suite (60+ sqm), includes 2 buffet bfast
5,500 - 2BR Suite (120+ sqm), includes 4 buffet bfast

The perfect hotel for our wedding preps simply because it situated between church and venue.

The hotel is nice, clean, spacious and good lightning. The staffs are friendly and accommodating. Food? Not bad naman. Pwede na, kaysa sa ala carte. Hehehe

The bad side of if wla lng sya grand staircase para mag picture taking and the parking in the basement is super init, parang nkaka suffocate and smells bad.


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CHURCH: NUESTRA SEÑORA DE GRACIA

Rating: 4.5
Cost:
9.5k – discounted price (2.5k discount from
w@wie Mayen due to slot transfer), includes coordinators, flowers, commentators & priests

The first time Memond and I saw NSDG, we instantly fell in love with it. We love its old, mid-size structure, basta maganda sya. It has ample parking space kya lng nga ung environment around is not that good malapit sa crematorium tapos squatters area along the way. No air-condition and mainit tlga. Kya tumagaktak ng husto pawis ni Memond, buti na lng hindi ako pawisin. Hehehe. Amidst all this nega things we still opted to go for NSDG – ganda kasi tlga e.

The staff here are very accommodating easy to talk to kya lang sometimes mejo mahirap tumawag. On the wedding day – ung usherettes nila according to our coordinators mejo may katarayan daw mga may edad na daw kase. Hehe. One more thing pa pla they even asked my coordinator kung nasaan daw ung gift para kay father. Tama ba un? (pero nagbigay naman kmi and we diretly gave it to father)

On officiating priest: In house priest – si father naman may kasungitan, parang may period (hehehe). During the mass proper sabi ba naman sa amin (in a masungit na manner) “Hanapin nyo nga kung saan na, naligaw nko – ang liit kasi ng sulat.” (pertains to the misalette). We actually made a special misalette (with big fonts – 14 pa yta size nun) for father, twas their usherette fault kasi ba naman sila naglagay ng misalette sa altar bsta na lng kinuha sa things nmin. Our coordinator told them na that wasn’t father’s copy and they attempted to change it, wag na daw. Hayun nasungitan tuloy kmi ni father. Hmp.


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VENUE: PHILLIPNE STOCK EXCHANGE

Rating: 4.5
Cost:
4k/hr – event proper (min of 3 hours)
20k – cash bond (refundable a week after the event (less damage cost & Personnel OT pay – if any))
100/hr – set up
100/outlet – electricity
400/hr – fountain
140/hr/person – personnel fee (x2 for Sundays)

This was actually the last option venue we are looking at kasi hesitant kmi to go for PSE Auditorium because may 20k na cash bond – as in cash, PDC not allowed and it was a way out our budget. Supposedly I am Dec 2006 bride, so medyo mahirap maghanap ng venue. Our other venue options are booked na so we opted for PSE Auditorium. Buti na lng ng mag change date kmi it is still available at no extra charge. Ipinaglaban ko tlga PSE kasi I really like it. Buti na lng at napapayag ko si hubby :-)

I actually booked PSE without Memond seeing it (he was on a business trip kase); I was with MIL during ocular. Since approved sya kay MIL ok na rin kay hubby. Nag visit na lng kmi ulit after his trip para naman may idea sya how the place looks like. Good thing he liked it!

It was Rowena Martin that I used to talk to then eventually I was transferred to Cielo Dizon - Rosco nag re-shuffle daw kasi sila ng assignments, madali syang kausap and very accommodating – malamang kya it was easy to negotiate with her kasi we are both Kapampangan and at the same time we have the same maiden name - Dizon. Kya siguro after 3 days nakapag refund na kmi ng cash bond supposedly 1 week processing un and one more thing hindi na kmi chinarge ng extra hour sa place after the event. Hehehe.

Ang nakakainis lng when we refunded the cash bond they charged us 3k kasi daw may chocolate stain ung carpet. Sympre gulat ako dhil super mahal ng charge, it’s 1.5k/carpet square – 2 daw namantsahan. Mahal daw kasi ung shampoo ng carpet kya ganun. Parang overcharged naman.

Oh btw, if you are planning to get PSE as your venue - bring your own soap ang tissue for the restrooms. We did! Buti hindi ko nakalimutan :P