Monday, October 18, 2010

Manila Church List

I know we are already decided which church we want for our wedding but I also know a lot of overseas brides like me who wanted to have choices for their wedding church. Here is a list of the churches and contact information in Manila. Hope this helps!

CHURCHES IN MANILA:
• Basilica De San Sebastian -734-8908, 734-8931, Plaza del Carmen Quiapo Manila
• Holy Spirit Parish -711-1332, 1912 Rizal Ave.Sta. Cruz Manila
• Malate Catholic Church -523-2593, 1016 M.H. del Pilar Malate Manila
• Manila Cathedral -527-3889, 1016 M.H. del Pilar Malate Manila
• Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene -733-4945, Plaza Miranda Mall Quiapo Manila
• National Shrine of St. Michael and the Archangels -735-1611, J.P. Laurel St.San Miguel Manila
• Nuestra Senior de Guia -523-2754, M.H. del Pilar cor. A. Flores St.Ermita Manila
• Nuestra Señora De Salvacion Parish -714-7210, Anonas cor. Hipodromo Sts., NDC Compound Sta. Mesa Manila
• Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish --532-1770, Punta, Sta. Ana Manila
• Our Lady of Peñafrancia Parish -564-0638, 1343 Gomez St. Paco Manila
• Paco Park -525-7853, San Marcelino St.Paco Manila
• Pope Pius XII Catholic Center -536-1820, 1175 United Nations Ave. Manila
• San Agustin Church, Gen. Luna St.Intramuros Manila
• Santo Niño Parish -563-3211, Jesus St.Pandacan Manila
• St. Anthony of Padua Parish -536-7120, 2126 Singalong & San Andres Sts.Malate Manila
• St. Peter The Apostle Parish -563-2480, 1260 Pres. Quirino Ave.Paco Manila
• St. Pius X Parish -563-6487, Neptuno cor. 7th Sts., Onyx Ave.Paco Manila
• St. Vincent De Paul Parish -525-7853, 959 San Marcelino St.Ermita Manila

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Manila Reception Venues List

For the purpose of helping other brides to be like me in their wedding planning, here's a list I got from one of the wedding forums in manila. Hope this helps!

MANILA/PASAY AREA:
•HERITAGE HOTEL
•COCONUT PALACE
•FATHER BLANCO'S GARDEN
•BALUARTE DE SAN DIEGO
- PUERTA REAL GARDENS
- Clamshell Tent
- Casa Manila
- Teatrillo
- Casa Marinero
- Plaza Moriones
- Manila Metropolitan Museum
•PAN PACIFIC HOTEL
•MANILA PAVILLON HOTEL
•ILLUSTRADOS RESTAURANT
•MANILA HOTEL
•WESTIN PHIL. PLAZA
•TRADERS HOTEL
•CENTURY PARK HOTEL
•DIAMOND HOTEL
•LE PAVILLION TENT
•BAYVIEW HOTEL
•SWISS INN RESTAURANT
•HYATT REGENCY
•Le Pavillon
•1Esplanade
•Palacio de Maynila
•Ramon Magsaysay Center
•La Castellana

Looks like La Castellana was opened about 2 years ago so it's fairly new. =)

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Reception Venue #3

My third choice of reception venue is really just a back-up if both my first two choices fail. The Pergola is a new events venue in Manila. If I am not mistaken, they just opened sometime last year. Since it is pretty new, I cannot find a lot of wedding event photos here. What I like about this place is that it is indoor so it is airconditioned plus it is fairly new so the facilities are still new. The venue has accredited caterers but as far as the information we got last month, they don't charge corkage fees. I guess it's because they are new in the business and would love to attract new customers. This venue is located by Roxas boulevard close to Mall of Asia which is fairly close to our preferred church.

If everything else fails, this is my backup plan.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Reception Venue #2

My second choice for reception venue is in Quezon City. It is a bit farther from the church but at least it is an airconditioned venue. The chandelier and skylight at Light of Love Events Place Atrium made me drool. Look at the photos here. I think the only catch in that place is that my preferred caterer is not accredited in the place so I have to pay a corkage fee which is not good since I'd rather spend that corkage money for more food for the guests or maybe put more budget on my wedding gown. Anyway, we'll see how it goes when we actually look at the place. Who knows... the chandelier might convince me.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Reception Venue #1

I am currently in a hunt for a wedding venue. I never thought that reception venues costs so much nowadays! My choice of reception venue is a place that looks like a hotel ballroom but at a cheaper price. We prefer an airconditioned venue since some of our guests will be coming from here and I know they wouldn't be able to stand Manila heat.

My first choice for the venue is La Castellana. More photos can be seen here.I totally died when I saw the photos. And then when I found out that it's a whopping 70K pesos for a 4-hour reception, I died again. =( I am not sure if we can afford it but I surely love, love it!

I am honestly scared to see it in person because I might fall in love with it and then later realize we can't afford it. =( Keeping my fingers crossed!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Shoergasm

I died when I saw these shoes while googling blue and green shoes...


Sea & Fog Flats by Anthropologie


So perfect for my wedding motif! Blue and green! I found out that these babies are not available anymore anywhere. Yes, not even ebay. I died again.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

To Blue or Not to Blue

Did you know how difficult it is to find the perfect wedding shoes? Did you also know that it's double difficult to find blue wedding shoes?!? Argh!!!

I have been on a hunt for the perfect wedding shoes. I know the wedding is still more than a year from now. But at the rate I'm going in my search for the perfect blue shoes, I think a year is probably not enough. I want my perfect blue shoes!!!

If I could just afford these Louboutins...


Or perhaps the Carrie shoes (Manolos)...


But then again, high heels for my wedding? I don't think that's going to happen. LOL.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Free Fabric Swatches

Just wanted to share this forum where you can get free fabric swatches of wedding gowns and bridesmaid gowns: http://www.bestbridalprices.com/forum/index.php

I have been trying to get sample fabric swatches for my bridesmaid gowns and it's been difficult, if not impossible to get them for free. Thank God I stumbled upon this website while I was looking for gown designs. Once you get to the forum site, look for "webguy", one of the admins there and request for free swatches. You may need to sign-up to be able to send him a message.

I love, Dessy, After Six and Mori Lee bridesmaids' gowns! Check out their site and get your free swatches. =)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Bargain Hunt

Yesterday was coupon compiling day. This means I have to go through all our mails and newspapers for 2 weeks to get coupons. LOL. Yes, this is what recession did to me. In our attempt to save a couple of bucks, we would use coupons. And there is such thing as coupon shopping day for me and my husband. This means we can only buy items that we have a coupon for. Hahaha. We'll that's just one day in a month and is also outside of our regular grocery shopping day. Come to think of it, I should have started doing this even when I was single. I was just lazy to do it back then... I am still lazy to do it now *that's why I only do it every 2 weeks* but having my husband reminding me every now and then to clean up the mail and newspaper that started to pile up on our dining table, I guess that's enough motivation to do it.

Talk about sale, there's an ongoing grand opening sale at Party City in Glendale, AZ. It's the store by 80th ave and Bell rd. I got buy 1 get 1 7x7 solid colored table napkins for our wedding. I know it's still more than a year before our wedding but this sale won't last long! I just thought I can start my wedding D-I-Ys soon.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Recessionista Bride

Yes, I am one of them. At this time of recession, I think $15,000 wedding in the Philippines is too much. So instead of gloating over not having a lot of fancy stuff for our Manila church wedding, I am trying to get myself busy doing D-I-Y projects for the wedding. Well, goodluck to my arts and crafts skills! LOL.

Oh, don't get me wrong... I am very much excited to start my DIY projects for the wedding since: 1) it takes my mind away from work, 2) my free time waiting for the husband to come home will be spent productively, 3) i can polish my artsy side.

To emboss or not to emboss??? I am currently obsessing about customizing our wedding napkin. I checked online if I can have it printed somewhere costs around $25 for 100 pieces which is unjustifiable! I cannot throw away that much money for something that I know will just be thrown away quickly at the wedding. So in my attempt to be a recessionista bride, I will attempt to make my own personalized wedding napkins. I'll try to make some sample napkins when my materials arrive. Wish me luck!