I’ve been meaning to delay this post because aside from reserving our date, I haven’t done anything with them yet…
Initially, when we started planning by ourselves, we knew right then that our wedding will be on a budget. We didn’t want to spend a lot for the reception and food because, seriously, I just can’t stand spending more than P500 for one plate. My POV is really selfish when it comes to feeding the guests. Yes, the reception is all about the food, but whenever I attend events such as weddings, debut, etc, I never found the food tasty at all, whoever the caterer is. And I seriously mean all events. I don’t know why I look at it that way, but I just do. I’d rather feed my guests food from a restaurant than spending lots of money from a caterer. Yep, I’m generalizing I know. But I attended different food tastings from various caterers, and I haven’t found anyone worth their price.
So… our original plan was to rent a modern venue (the ones listed in my previous post) and get Quido’s or Patio de Tata Roque as our caterer. Ironically, we are more particular with the styling of our reception rather than our food.
Then poof, when Hunny’s mom found out about our plans, she wanted to gift us our reception in Diamond Hotel. And, who can say no to that? :) Our budget wedding is turning out to be our dream wedding after all!
When we saw the Grand Ballroom and Constellation, my initial impression was, I super want the Constellation. It’s in the 27th floor, modern furnishing, and it has an overlooking view of the Manila Bay. Unfortunately though, it’s a rectangular room, so some tables will have significant distance from the couple’s table.
So in the end, I was overruled by everyone. Lol. Hunny, my parents and his parents were in love with the Grand Ballroom. The Ballroom is gorgeous but I guess I really wanted the view of the Constellation.
We booked them the same day as our Church. And as a bonus, we were able to see an actual setup of the ballroom since there’s a debut on that day. When I saw their new spandex chairs, it made me super duper excited. Since as I’ve mentioned that we are more particular with the look of the place, I was not really happy with the chairs they were using since it looks more like a skirted monobloc when you look at the picture (although it’s not really a monobloc). And to my surprise, the spandex chairs are available in black, one of our motif!
Yay for the black spandex chairs! Lol.
Now, for the price, well, it can’t be denied that it’s really pricey compared to our original plan. However, I believe it is still cheaper than Sofitel, Shangri-la, Manila Hotel, and Manila Peninsula Hotel.
I also find our AE very accommodating to our needs, and plus, she’s really bubbly! As for the food, I’ll blog it another time once we have our food tasting with them. All in all, so far so good.