Chapter Thirty-Four: A Day for a Lifetime

20 October 2008 at 11:31 am | Posted in Adventures, Bridal Events | 1 Comment
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[She Writes]

In between the craziness called work, I was able to squeeze in wedding-related activities.  I just haven’t been able to blog about them right away.  So my apologies to my readers (if there are even any left).

On the 5th of October, my Mom and I trooped to the Blue Leaf Events Pavilion (where we met up with my fiance’s family) to attend “A Day for a Lifetime,” which they’ve been dubbing as the most creative wedding fair in the country.

It’s different alright.  And it’s certainly creative, if only in terms of the concept of the fair.  The exhibitors were grouped into separate areas, each with its own specific movie theme.

Most of the exhibitors were in the Jade and Banyan event pavilions.

One area was “50 First Dates,” which had the relaxed bohemian feel of the beach.

“Ocean’s Eleven” was a swanky, jazzy affair that evoked a 1940s atmosphere.

“Saturday Night Fever” needs no explanation.   While the idea was not something I’d personally adopt for our own wedding, it was the most fun area of the bunch.

The colorfully lit dance floor was the highlight of the theme.

And Konsepto’s Foto Loco booth was a certified hit, with its custom disco background and funky props and costume!

Yep, that would be me if no one had invented hair relaxing treatments.

“Casablanca” had a clean, romantic look.

The decor was done in traditional white.

“Star Wars” had to be the most unusual.

The “MASTER” was even part of the design.

The supposed set-up for the ceremony wasn’t too far-out though.

I wasn’t able to take more photos of the area for “Lord of the Rings.”

But it was very similar to a typical garden set-up, with the addition of Hobbit-costumed normal-sized people.

The “Titanic” area was, expectedly, nautical in nature.

The set-up gave guests the experience of dining on a ship.

While photo booths have become a dime a dozen, photo areas are also beginning to mushroom.

Here’s one by YKL.

“The Godfather” was the only area situated inside the round Silk Pavilion.

K by Cunanan and VS&F were holding food tastings for the guests.

Three cakes were displayed on the stage.

We went home with a nifty bag of flyers, brochures, and more types of paper.

The fair was a fun, visual feast for the senses that would inspire any couple in dreaming up a theme for their own wedding.  But in terms of sourcing suppliers, the number was too limited to really be able to canvass properly.  Nonetheless, it was worth it if only for the fun photos at Foto Loco, and the bonding with the future in-laws.

Chapter Three: Where it all began

1 March 2008 at 12:48 pm | Posted in Partners, Reception | Leave a comment
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At the onset, we wanted to hold the reception in LOYOLA GRAND VILLAS.  After all, this is where the major milestones leading to our wedding happened – the official commitment to date exclusively and the engagement.  It was almost the natural choice, considering its significance to our relationship.

But, of course, we explored other possibilities.

C3 Events Place|  18 Missouri St., Greenhills West, San Juan| www.c3phils.com.

 C3 Events Place

Rave: It’s a hip party place with a modern ambience that requires minimal styling.

Rant: Nearly Five-Star Hotel Prices.  Very limited parking spaces.

Review:  This is a nice option for a high-style, intimate event.

The Blue Leaf Events Pavilion| 100 Park Avenue, McKinley Hill Village, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.| www.theblueleaf.com.ph

The Blue Leaf Events Pavilion 

Rave: It’s clean and serene with wonderfully landscaped greenery, perfect for Zen-inspired themes.  The pavilions are air-conditioned and have wonderful views of the gardens.  Situated in McKinley Hill at the edges of the booming metropolis of The Fort, it is fairly easy to locate.  It’s brand-spanking new, and it definitely looks it.  The people are very accommodating and quick to respond.

Rant: The venue was much smaller than we expected.  Parking within the venue is limited (although guests may opt to park on the side of the street).  Rate is a little more than what we were willing to shell out.

Review:  It’s a good option for couples looking for a venue within The Fort.

Makati Shangri-La|  Ayala Center, Makati City|  www.shangri-la.com.

Makati Shangri-La 

Rave: Makati Shangri-La. ‘Nuff said.

Rant: Five-Star Hotel Price. ‘Nuff said.

Review: A five-star hotel will always be a good choice for special occasions, if you have the moolah to spare.

The Peninsula Manila|  Ayala Corner Makati Avenue, Makati City| http://manila.peninsula.com.

Peninsula Manila 

Rave: Military forces sieged it.  A tank was forcibly rammed through its lobby entrance.  Despite all the chaos, the weddings, the birthdays, and all other celebrations for the day pushed through.  And less than a week later, the entrance was back to its former splendor.

Rant: Five-Star Hotel Price.

Review:  It may cause a little extra, but you’re assured that no army takeover or fifty-ton tank will stop your wedding from happening.

Manila Polo Club| McKinley Road, Forbes Park, Makati City|  www.manilapolo.com.ph.

Manila Polo Club 

Rave: Great location. Private and Prestigious.

Rant: Sponsorship from a member is required in order to hold an event in this venue.

Review:  Worthy option for couples eyeing the area of The Fort.  If you’ve got the connections to hold your celebration here, use them.

In the end, we went back to where it all began: LOYOLA GRAND VILLAS| Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City.

Rave:  It has sentimental value to us.  It’s like being home.  It’s simple and elegant.  It’s air-conditioned. It’s convenient. And parking is sufficient.

Rant: Only members of the community are allowed to use the function hall.

Review: As a place that holds much meaning for us,  it’s where we wish to celebrate with our family and friends on our special day.

As most people say, “location is everything.”  And it is.  In choosing the right reception venue, there are so many considerations, including proximity to the church, convenience to majority of the guests, the atmosphere, and the surroundings.  For many, the location determines the entire “mood” of the wedding.  A hotel, for instance, will not make guests think twice about dressing up to the nines.

Our venue might not be spectacular by most people’s standards, but it is, to us.   There is really no way of pleasing everyone, but in the end, what’s important is pleasing ourselves and being happy with our choices.


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