I did the wedding planning because at that time, I was the only one who could. They agreed to our idea in February of 2013. The wedding was to happen in April of the same year. So, I had roughly 2 months to plan a 40th wedding anniversary / wedding / renewal of vows. There were only around 60 guests, so the intimacy of the event helped a lot.
Let's go through a quick run down of the suppliers that I found in less than 2 months. Photos below are courtesy of Charles and Mitch. I can't give you their website or contact numbers, because they had a falling out. They're no longer in business...
Anyway. Here we go.
Hair & Makeup: Sarah Suyom Artistry
Sarah was really easy to work with. She listened to us and gave us the look that we were after. Her rates aren't ridiculously blown up either. You can contact her through her Facebook Page to request her rates. https://www.facebook.com/sarahsuyomartistry
Invitations: Potter's Hand Creative Designs
I went with Potter's Hand because they were the most affordable invitation-maker that I could find. Plus, they didn't require a minimum number of pieces. I only needed 30 pieces of invites, so I was nearly at my wit's end when the suppliers that I initially asked all required a minimum of 50 pieces. I'm glad I found Potter's Hand. The only thing is... They misspelled Rizal. It was missing an L. I should've seen it when they showed me the draft, but I only paid attention to the names, the dates, and the time.
Note to Self: Next time, proof read the entire thing.
You can contact Potter's Hand through their Facebook Page as well. https://www.facebook.com/potters.hand.33?fref=ts
Flowers: Roses & Zen
I love Roses and Zen. They supplied our flowers at our wedding and at my brother's wedding. So when my in laws got married again, I got Roses and Zen to do their flowers too. You can set a budget and they'll do their best to work with it. Kuya Dags and his wife are also very nice people. They don't have a website (which is too bad), but you can contact them through these mobile numbers: 0906.461.1252 or 0909.980.8265.
Cake & Cupcake Tower: A Cupcake Wish
Won't you agree that the cake, the cake topper, and the cupcakes are just totally adorable? I just love working with A Cupcake Wish. All the designs they make are unique for each client. Their cakes are super yummy too. AND, their packages are really affordable. You can view their other works on their Facebook Page. https://www.facebook.com/pages/A-cupcake-wish/298015636972603.
Emcee: Froilan Calo, Jr. of Party Out Loud
Froilan was a great find. He's extremely easy to work with, and his rates are really competitive. We only had to shell out P3,500 for his talent. Not bad, right? He organized the reception program, thought up cool and fun games, and threw in a couple of songs for free! His voice is captivating too. Hehe! You can check out Party Out Loud on Facebook for more details. https://www.facebook.com/PartyOutlOud
Reception Venue: Filinvest Clubhouse
We got the reception venue for free because we knew several residents in Filinvest Cainta. And thank goodness, because the room they gave us had a dysfunctional air conditioning unit. The reception was set for lunch and in April, so just imagine how hot it was. Next time I get a reception venue, I'll have them turn on the air conditioning unit for me so that I can make sure it's working.
Caterer: Queensland Catering Services
To be able to stick to our lowly budget, we got Queensland's most affordable sets. And I guess we were pretty lucky, because the dishes included in their cheapest set were Filipino food that my in laws preferred. We've had Queensland cater some of our other events in the past, and we knew that even though we got their cheapest package, we'd still get yummy food. My only gripe about them is that you have to provide your own water. They don't bring their own water to make the juices or iced teas. It has to come from you. It's a bit of a hassle, but for the price of the package, I guess it's reasonable. If you have the budget and want to go all out, Queensland has really great packages that include posh styling. Do check out their Facebook Page. https://www.facebook.com/queenslandcatering
Again, our budget for this wedding was really tight (since The Memet and I were the ones funding it). So to scrimp on the expenses, I went all out with the DIY. Most of the materials I used were already on-hand. Yep, even the ones for the souvenirs and prizes, since I'm a Human Nature and By Nature Handmade Soaps reseller.
So there you go. I'm glad we were able to pull that off for my in laws. We really wanted them to be wed again because they didn't have wedding pictures from their first wedding.
And don't you just find it inspiring when old couples can still be sweet and happy? I know I want The Memet and I to be just like them 40 years down the road. :)