When Socs and I were planning our wedding, we never really entertained the idea of how to entertain our guests (pun intended). Going with a “show” band was not us. String quartets here are generally disappointing. So we were pretty much sold on the idea of iPod entertainment for the reception.
For a time I didn’t know how to proceed. I knew what Allan and I wanted, but I didn’t quite know how we could get things moving in that direction. We had all these ideas, but somehow it difficult to make things concrete. There were major things that needed to be acted upon and something had to be done.
So, act on them, we did!
First of the things we did was change the reception venue. Yes, we’ve said goodbye to the lovely and cosy Filipinas Heritage Library. It was one of the toughest decision we had to make. We were back and forth on it, until we just said, yes, we’re changing. Our main reason really is that the weather is very difficult to predict, and having an outdoor venue may mean stress for everyone involved if we were to second guess how things will be on the day of the wedding. We had the option of putting up tents, but that ruins the feel of the Courtyard for us. We could move to the Reading room, but that would be too small for our guests.
So we booked Top Shelf at Fully Booked High Street. Yup, Fully Booked. I’ve tried to google and search the usual sites for wedding held there and have found none. That could be an advantage or a disadvantage, depending on how you look at it. I’d like to think of it as something fun and something different.
Then we had to change our Wedding Coordinator. I am all for Polly, our original coordinator, but she has asked her former coordinator, mentor and future business partner to take over. We completely understand and we have no issues with it. Especially since I’ve spoken to Amy Gotianse (of Forever and a Day) and we’re just as happy with her being our coordinator. One of the first things she wants to do is check out our venue and then we’ll take it from there.
My most recent talk with a supplier was with our invites, Katrina Valenzuela from Village Projekt. I don’t recall how I found her Multiply site but when Polly said I wouldn’t go wrong with Trina, I didn’t hesitate. She has actually sent me two designs for our invites already but I’ve informed her of the change in venue, and given her a better idea of what we were imagining the wedding to be so she’s taken that and will work on something else, just to give us options.
My main hurdle in the past was trying to put everything together and not fully communicating them to my suppliers I think. And then I realized, whats the point in finding established and creative suppliers if I don’t feed off of their ideas and their expertise? So thats what I did, I spoke to them and told them what we were thinking. In the end, I’m a lot more energized and positive about where the wedding planning is going.
I’ve attended my fair share of weddings and have even been part of the ceremony and reception at one point or another. I’ve also endured a few embarassing moments of desperately trying to get myself omitted out of ‘single ladies’ games to avoid further embarassment. When I participated in my first bouquet toss at my brother’s wedding at the age of 16, I was surprised to find that unlike what hollywood movies show, the ladies weren’t fighting for the bouquet…everyone wanted to avoid it.
However, I have to recognize that some may not share the same sentiments. After all, there are some great laughs and stories resulting from these games. It may still be worth playing the usual games.
Now that I’m planning my own wedding reception, I can’t seem to decide on what we should do for the program. I would love to honor the traditional Bouquet and Garter toss…except that I keep thinking back to women stepping as far away from the bride when her back is turned. Other games like variations of ‘Musical chairs’ remind me of blue garters being tossed as if were on were fire from one guy to another.
I’d like my guests to genuinely enjoy the game and not have to be called five times and dragged to the center just to join in. If you were a guest at my wedding, what would you like to participate in? Drop me a comment or vote using the poll on the right hand side!
I just made the necessary financial commitments to another one of our suppliers for the wedding yesterday. We’ve finally settled on booking K by Cunanan as our caterer after joining our friends Karlo and Mabelle for their food tasting.
I’ve seen sample setups and read good reviews about them on the net, and after tasting their food as well as seeing their setup first hand I knew we had to get them. Plus the fact that they fall right into our budget doesn’t hurt.
Now comes the details…
Socs and I have only a vague idea of what our theme is and the inspiration for our reception. We are leaning towards a Mediterranean/Greek/Cyprus inspired reception from our time together in Cyprus. I definitely loved the ambience and food there (reached my goal of 150lbs with the help of good old Greek cuisine), I hope the caterer can help out in materializing our mental images.
It all seems to be getting pretty serious now and decisions have to be made. Up until now (or in the next few weeks) I have only reserved the necessary suppliers for our date. No discussions on anything yet. After talking stuff over with the caterer, I believe I need to coordinate with the venue as well. Then don’t forget about the prenup… I need to gain 5lbs here (gym buddy anyone? ehehe).
Woohooo! Groomzilla on the way!
Church: Nuestra Senora de Gracia – reserved
Venue: Filipinas Heritage Library – reserved
Photographers: MangoRed – reserved