Sunday, July 15, 2007

John & Berns' Suppliers Rating

Finally, 9 months after the wedding, we found some time to iron out our suppliers ratings. We were truly blessed our suppliers executed pretty well on our wedding day. There's a couple who gave us some headaches but they didn't dampen our spirits that day. All the contact details of our dream team can be found on our wedsite.

For our wedding kwento details, pls check this out: Wedding Kwentos

Here are some links to our wedding pics:

1) Wedding Preps
2) Wedding Ceremony Part 1
3) Wedding Ceremony Part 2
4) Post Ceremony Photo Shoot
5) Reception Part 1
6) Reception Part 2
7) Reception Part 3

Quick background about us & our wedding:
- Our theme was "Autumn in Tagaytay" thus the bright colors and all.
- We're overseas couple and we only had roughly 10 months preparing for our wedding.
- We only came back 2 weeks before the big day so we met most of our suppliers for the first time like a week before.

Legend:
3 - Above Expectations (Highly Recommended)
2 - Met Expectations (Recommended)
1 - Below Expectations (Just so-so)

Church: CHAPEL OF TRANSFIGURATION (Caleruega)
Peso Power: P15k
Ratings: 2



Pros:
1) Church is quaint & small, perfect for our simple wedding.
2) We didn't have any problems with them, super easy to deal with.
3) We just sent them all our documents through fedex, that's it.
4) My mom even got a follow up text message informing her that they already got the documents they needed.

Cons:
1) Not much parking space.
2) Guests would have to take the stairs up to the chapel, so senior guests might have a hard time climbing up.
3) You have to bring your own priest.


Preps/Reception: CANYONWOODS RESORT CLUB
Peso Power: P1400pp Platinum Package
Ratings:
3 - for the food;
2 - for the hotel rooms
1 - for their lousy customer service



Pros:
1) Food was superb, no questions about it. Skyline's their in house caterer.
2) There were tons of food, everyone went home busog & satisfied, we still had leftovers.
3) The servers were courteous as well.
4) Hotel rooms were spaceous and brand new.
5) Just 15 mins from Caleruega.

Cons:
1) They've changed their AE like 3x in a span of 10 months that we were working with them.
2) AE's were super hard to get a hold of, as in!!! Our coordinator almost moved us to Tagaytay Highlands due to disappointment. One wawie sister (sis Lara) even had to ask her friend's dad to escalate how bad the customer service we were receiving from the AE's.
3) No proper passdown between AE's.
4) You need someone to guide you in or outside the area or else there's a probability you'd get lost.

Coordinator: GETTING MARRIED PHILS (Ms Kutchie Zaldarriaga)
Inclusions: Full Coordination service including RSVP
Peso Power: P45k
Ratings: 3++

Pros:
1) Professional, experienced, super patient, proactive.
2) We didn't worry about anything during our wedding day because she took care of everything - literally!
3) We got a lot of awesome suppliers because of her.
4) She's mataray in a good way so most of our suppliers were well behaved! It's a plus for us!
5) We saved a lot of money because of her wits! Galing mag-haggle!
6) We only met her 2 weeks before the wedding. Before we flew back, she already gave us our itenerary - timeline as to when and who to meet, all schedules were already set with our suppliers.
7) Either she or ms Tina (her assistant) was with us when we met most of our suppliers.
8) Super honest, even excess bottled water and bottles of wine were listed down and returned to us after the wedding. The leftover food were all wrapped up as well. Every single thing is well accounted for including our accessories at the church. Nothing went missing at all, everything was returned to us in perfect condition.
9) She still helped us out iron things out with some of our suppliers even after the wedding is over. She followed up with Fol so we can copies of our pictures in CD/DVD before we fly back here. She also returned the cakestand for us and gave us the check for refund. She took care of returning the lights & stand for our mosaic.
10) She and her team are all personable and presentable. They were our angels on our wedding day. We couldn't have done it at all without their help.
11) Super patient with me, since I'm super OC. I changed my mind on several suppliers so she had to adjust things and do the talking with them.
12) If there were some glitches in our wedding, they did a great job making it less noticeable for us. She took care of the nitty gritties for us, so talgang hassle-free from our point of view.
13) We didn't even have to worry about drafts for our misallette & program. Everything was done for us, all we need to do is to approve or disapprove it.
14) Since we were running out of time, they were the ones who picked up stuff from our suppliers like the video from imacron, photomosaic, hair accessories, wines, bottled water, etc
15) They text'd our guests reminding of our wedding the day before.
16) They also took care of all the games paraphernalias we needed like garters, ribbons, etc.

Cons:
1) They double booked that day, so Ms Tina, who knows our account the most was not in our wedding, she's assigned to the other couple. The very minor glitches could have been avoided if Ms Tina was there.

Photographer: FOL RANA JR
Inclusions: Onsite AVP + 11x14 Artbook + Artbag + 2 parents album + Raw copies in CD & DVD
Peso Power: P55k (with OOT fee)
Ratings:
3++ - Customer service, Album layout, Quality of shots
1 - Quantity of Detailed shots



Pros:
1) One of our favorite suppliers, made us comfy in front of the camera. Very easy to talk to, funny team.
2) Free on-site Moving Pictures AVP including professionally-labeled disk given to us after the reception.
3) We got our Artbook layout 2 months after our wedding!!!! Super fast noh? He did a great job on our album layout, galing galing :o)
4) Unlike other photographers, he was the one who's reminding us to finalize the draft of our album even after we paid him in full already.
5) Raw copies of our pictures were given to us a week after our wedding! Note, disks were professionally labeled (personalized).

Cons:
1) Although we're super happy that we had a lot of awesome pictures (like 3500+) we didnt have that much closeup photos of the details of our wedding, like the favors for our principal sponsors, secondary sponsors, favors for the suppliers, bridal car flowers. Ang ganda pa naman, we didnt have any photos of them at all :o( I think this is where the backup photographer should come into the picture for those small details. I'm sure we had them somewhere in the videos. I guess it's because we didn't request or specify that those little details are important to us. Maybe these are some of what backup photogs are supposed to take care of. Bummer, our fault rin talga since we didn't request, we just assumed they're going to snap pics of those.


Videographer: BOB NICOLAS
Peso Power: P65k
Inclusions: 3-cams, onsite AVP, Interview with Friends AVP, 3 fully authored DVDs + Raw copies
Ratings: 3+++




Pros:
1) One of our favorite suppliers. He's really easy to work with, very talented young guy. He & his team worked well with Fol, which was very important to us.
2) We had 2 location shoots for the "Interview w Friends AVP" without him charging us extra fee.
3) We forgot to ask him what song we wanted for our onsite AVP, to our surprise, when they played it at the reception, he used our song "Everything" by Lifehouse. We didnt even mention it to him but he managed to research it. He said they found our wedsite and got the details from there. It could have not been any better, goosebumps galore when we saw our on-site!
4) He's young and has lots of fresh ideas. Our "Interview with Friends" AVP was a hit, very original and we've been getting tons of raves even after the wedding. He was even willing to do some stunts when we were in EK for our location shoot, galing!
5) We got our final video 6 months after our wedding. We haven't seen them yet but our family back home had nothing to say but positive feedback on the videos. When my sister comes over here for Thanksgiving, dun pa lang namin makikita yung videos.

Cons:
1) We only had some miscommunication after the reception when our coordinator informed us that Bob was asking for the 2nd payment in cash. But we didnt have cash, just check. But eveything went well naman. I can't remember what happened but Ms Kutchie was able to work it out with him.


Gowns: OLE MORABE COUTURE
Peso Power: Secret :o)
Inclusions: Dresses of the female entourage (11 girls including the bride), Barongs for groom, bearers & bestman, bride's shoes, entourage pouches and shawls, arrahae, ring & bible pillows, garter, hair accessories
Ratings: 3





Pros:
1) My dress was really simple but classy just the way I like it. It comes with detachable train and sleeves. I like the very intricate design of the crystal beading if you look at them closely. He also added this anti-flip thingie on the train so it wouldn't be flipping all over the place.
2) Grabe, all my girls' dresses were just sooooo gorgeous. They all looked like goddessess, no kidding! With the matching accessories from All About Beads, grabs, super pretty talga!
3) All bridal accessories including shoes were included. He made me those flowery beads for my hair, though they kinda looked like star fish on me, but they're not too bad, haha.
4) I only got to fit my dress once, like 2 weeks before the wedding. The 2nd time I tried it, was on our wedding day itself, haha.
5) He's a family friend of ours, he's been doing our formal dress for special events since we were kids.
6) He's super detailed and metikuloso. He wanted to make sure my makeup would go well with my dress so he constantly checked how my trial makeup looked on me, haha.
7) He was there to dress me up himself before and after the ceremony. He helped me remove my veil, train and sleeves during the reception. Super sweet pa.
8) He is THE best in town, we couldn't have asked for anyone else.

Cons:
1) Kinda pricey.

Flowers: APRIL and KAREN YU
Inclusions: Styling for church, reception, entourage bouquets, flower girls baskets & headdress, bride's bouquet, throw-away bouquet, free loose petals, unity candles and accessories, offertory basket
Ratings: 3+++
Peso Power: P75k+


Autumn

Autumn


Pros:
1) All flowers were just sooooooooooooooooo beautiful!
2) My bouquet (mango callas)... sobraaaaaaaanggg gandaaaaaaaaaaa!! I love it talga!
3) The church was already beautiful, but with the flowers they used, they just made a small chapel looked sooo grand.
4) The guests took home the centerpiece on the tables, they're really gorgeous!
5) Our backdrop was very unique, just perfect for our autumn theme.
6) Super nice gals, they made everything super easy for us.
7) They didn't charge us for the candles & extra designs they did on the staircase.
8) Everything else looked so autumn-y because of these girls creativity! Galing galing talga!!

Cons:
-None

Hair & Makeup:
1) Romulo Teodoro (a.k.a. Mulan) for Bride and Mom
2) Reggie David for Entourage
Ratings: 2 (both of them)




Pros:
1) They were the earliest among the suppliers who came to our suite, Mulan stayed with us the night before. Reggie and his team came even before my girls got up!

2) For Mulan:
2.1) Clean-look makeup. I didnt want an updo since super chubby ko so he did my hair & makeup pretty good. I had pink left eye during the wedding and he managed to do some work arounds to lessen the emphasis on my pink eye.
2.2) After every photoshoot, he'd do retouch.
2.3) He worked w Ole a lot of times so they really hit it off.

3) For Reggie:
3.1) Very friendly and affordable. All my girls looked really really pretty.
3.2) Even if we didnt get him as the main make up artist, he wasn't bitter about it. One of his assistants even checked on me while I was being made up and even complimented me, which really meant a lot.

Cons:
1) For Mulan: He smokes. Not during the time I was being made up but I can smell that he just had a cigarette.

Emcee: MELISSA FERRER
Peso Power: P3k
Ratings: 3



Pros:
1) Pretty, personable, super nice, super bubbly, good diction!
2) No dull moments!
3) Without her, our party would have been pooped. She made things super lively.
4) We only met her once before the wedding but it seems like we've known her forever!

Cons:
None

Church & Reception Music: 3rd AVENUE
Peso Power: P22.5k Ceremony and Reception
Ratings: 3



Pros:
1) In a short notice, they were able to sing the songs we requested that were not part of their repertoire (Everything by Lifehouse & Rest of Your Life by a Hawaiian group I forgot the name). They sang those 2 songs very very well, goosebumps galore when I was walking down the isle and when we were on our first dance!
2) We preferred acoustic music so they're perfect.
3) We only hired them for 1 hr & 30mins at the reception but they stayed until there were no more guests in the ballroom.
4) Great vocals!!!! Great band!!!!

Cons:
1) Hard to reach through email. They're better off if you call or sometimes text them.

Invites: VILLAGE PROJEKT (Katrina Valenzuela)
Peso Power: P200/invite
Inclusions: 80 boxes of main invite with entourage page, map & RSVP card. 15 pcs table names, VIP name card, 50 pcs misallette
Ratings: 2







Pros:
1) Fully customized design, semi-handmade vs mass produced invites.
2) She didn't have a minimum number of orders required.
3) She is super easy to talk to and replies to our inquiries super fast.
4) Only thing was we had to make her change our invite a few times because of miscommunication. But other than that, everything was cool. We had 3 different colors for the abaca invites as well as the boxes. We love our invites and akala ng mga guests we paid 500 bucks for them. Ha!
5) Very flexible. We can request for some design detail without her charging us extra money for it.
6) You are sure that your invite design is uniquely yours and yours alone. Nobody else have it!
7) I think we got a pretty good deal with all the stuff she did for us. Nice naman tlaga our invites, just as we expect them.

Cons:
1) It took sometime to get our invites done because we had to wait for the mockups and the first draft to be fedex'd to us.
2) We had to specify talga every single detail that we want for our invites or else you'd end up dissappointed. I think this is true for most invite suppliers naman in fairness. Some of the boxes had traces of glue but it's not too bad. I guess I was just being too OC. I just thought maybe it's just part of it being hand made kinda thing.


Accessories: ALL ABOUT BEADS (Liezl Amoncio)
Ratings: 3




Pros:
1) Her accessories are really nice. I ordered gifts (cuffs) for my girls from her and they all looked really good on them. She even helped us match the accessories to their respective dresses. The photos I posted here show my earrings & cuff and my sister's as well. Nice noh?
2) I ordered 2 hairpiece from her but that time we met her, she only had 1 with her. She made sure that the other one that I ordered reach me on time for the wedding she had drop it off to our coordinator's office pa. Too bad I didn't get to use the hairpiece pero super nice talga. I think it's going to be one of my heirlooms for our kids, haha. The best!
3) Bait sobra! I totally love all the accesories I got from her. Really classy! She's super easy to deal with, she even gave me a bracelet as her gift to me :o) Sweet noh?

Cons:
-None.

Cake: FRENCHKISS PASTRIES
Peso Power: ~P20k
Inclusions: 150 cupcakes + boxes with thank you tags + 10" round cake for cutting
Ratings: 3



Pros:
1) Great customer service. Replies to our emails right away. We had 2 taste tests, first with my mom, sis & bro. The 2nd one, ms Kutchie asked them to drop over some samples of their cupcakes in her office. Bait noh?
2) The cupcakes and the main cake looked exactly how we wanted them. Truly exceeded our expectations! The to go boxes were pretty, best of all they were free including the tags.
3) They're yummy, not too sweet as well. Basta, delish sya!

Cons:
-None.

Cake Topper: ANGELKIND CREATIONS (Charity Rue)
Peso Power: $95
Ratings: 3



Pros:
1) Very nice lady, excellent customer service.
2) She's very artistic, she helped us conceptualize the look of our topper.
3) In her quest to make sure that the topper reflects the personality of the couple, she would make time to know the couple.

Cons:
1) I think she doesn't accept international orders just yet.

Coctails/Appetizer food: CHARLIE'S PRITCHON
Peso Power: P6500 (good for 100+ people); price includes OOT fee so cheaper kung sa MM.
Ratings: 3

Pros:
1) Yummy daw sabi ng guests, appetizer pa lang, enjoy na daw sila. We didn't get to try it kasi.
2) Prompt, dali kausap. Great customer service.
3) Reasonable price.

Cons:
-None

Confetti: CONFETTI EFFECTS
Peso Power: P10k
Ratings: 3



Pros:
1) Getting them is one of the best decisions we've ever made. Super nice talga ng effect! The kids enjoyed it whenever the techs blast the confettis. They had to blast the confettis twice, one during our entrance at the reception, the other one during our first dance. The pictures would say it all. Gandaaaa!!!!
2) They were nice enough to give us discounts bec of ms Kutchie :o)

Cons:
-None

Photo Mosaic: MOSAIC MOMENTS
Peso Power: P10k
Ratings: 3



Pros:
1) We love the mosaic!!!! It's really really nice! Gave our guests something to do while waiting for us, haha
2) Another excellent customer service. In a very short span of time, they were able to deliver!
3) They gave us 2 free manifying glasses for us to keep. They also lent us the stand and the lights for it without extra charge or whatever.

Cons:
None

Guestbook: ADESSO ALBUMS
Peso Power: $65/album (we had 2 of them); $35/polaroid cam (we had 2 of them as well)
Ratings: 3

Pros:
1) We loooove this guestbook. We have pictures of most of our guests in the guestbook and their personal message to us.
2) Guests enjoyed it since it's not a common thing wherein they not only get to write on the guestbook, it has their polaroid pics in them as well, so something to remember talga for us! Enjoy sila posing for their wacky pics, haha!
3) Served as time killers for guests while waiting for us, haha!
4) We never get tired looking at them, very unique talga!

Cons:
1) You have to make sure you have a designated person for the polaroid camera and another one in charge for passing the album to get them signed in by the guests. For us we had our bridesmaids & groomsmen to do this.

Tribute to Parents AVP: IMACRON
Peso Power: P35k
Ratings:
1 - Customer Service
2 - Video



Pros:
1) We really wanted a Tribute to Parents video but not the regular picture slides thingie as we get bored by them. We wanted something that has animations and special effects and only imacron can do that among all the videographers we've scouted. The editors worked really hard to get close to what we really expect of the video. Oks naman sya since it's not too much of a tear-jerker but enough to touch our parents and guests. I like the choice of the background music, very fitting for what we had in mind.

Cons:
1) Their secretary (Beth) gave us headache days before the wedding. We asked them before if their P35k package includes animation etc. They said yes so we agreed to it. It was stipulated in the contract as well that we signed for something that has special effects. Aba aba aba, when we came to their office to record our voiceover, sabi ni Beth, wala daw animations. Special effects lang daw - meaning, animated background. We were super pissed. They should have told us when we clarified it from them kasi kung ganun rin lang edi sana kami na gumawa. Grabe! Good thing ms Kutchie talked to Dominic (the owner) and in turn, Dom talked to us. He's ok naman, he understood what we wanted. Our recommendation is if you really wanted a clear-cut-straight-to- the-point-hassle-free transaction, go talk to Dom not with Beth. Imbyerna. Harummpfff!

Lights/Sounds: SENSITIVITY
Peso Power: P22.5k
Inclusions: Lights, sound system, bubble machine, smoke machine
Ratings: 3

Pros:
1) Ms Kutchie dealt with them so very minimal lang interaction namin with them until maybe a day before.
2) They work well with 3rd Ave so that's definitely one less thing to worry about.
3) They played all the songs we requested, everything based off cue ni Ms Kutchie, ang galing ng teamwork nila!
4) Bubbles and fogs were additional cool effects to the feel of our wedding.

Cons:
None

Car: ADEB
Peso Power: P7,500
Inclusion: E300 Benz, driver, gas.
Ratings: 1

Comments: We're not really too particular with the bridal car, it's the least of our priority actually so we opted for the average Benz available. The driver's prompt, mabait naman. However, the thing that pissed us off was that when we were heading to the church, the driver cannot find it's way outside canyonwoods. Maaan, my mom's freaking out (thank goodness I was calm). We were just expecting that the driver could have been proactive enough to remember the way out since he was able to find the hotel. Plus he charged us an extra P1000 kasi we exceeded daw the 3-hr time limit or something like that. Whatever. Basta we didn't like them.


SPECIAL MENTION:

Favors and other paraphernalias: DIY
Autumn cocoa jar, kissing bells, gifts for suppliers.
Ratings: 3+++++++++++++++




Comments: Of course, they're all labor of love. We did the bottling & sealing of the cocoa mix. We had to buy the bottles from here, get some swiss miss cocoa and sealed 150 bottles ourselves! Same with the kissing bells, super labor of love talga.

Wedding Resources: WEDDINGS at WORK:
Ratings: 3+++++++++++++++

Comments: We're always going to be grateful with this group. I don't think I could ever let go, haha. See, it's been 9 months na but I still check the threads once in a while. Super best thing that ever happened was I gained a lot of online buddies who were there during the ups and downs of the wedding preps. So glad that we haven't lost touch with some of these awesome gals. I would always treasure the camarederie. Thanks thanks thanks to everyone - Ms Benz & Sir John, super thanks for all the help!!!

Prenup Pictures: PAUL and IVY DELOS REYES
Ratings: 2
Comments: Oks naman sila Paul & Ivy, very kenkoy and we felt super at ease agad. We had so much fun sa EK during our prenup! We love the pictures. The only thing about it was when we got our photos, talgang raw sya, not edited. Maybe talagang ganun since we only had our prenups like a little over a week before our wedding. Another thing pala, he charged us OOT fee even if hatid sundo namin sila sa Makati. I was waiting for him to waive it but he didn't say anything. So di nalang ako nagsalita. Maybe I should have asked.

Rehearsal Dinner: ANTONIO'S
Ratings: 3+++
Comments: We had some sorta rehearsal dinner at Antonio's so our parents could meet one of the ninong/ninang couple who came from the states. Plus we want to personally thank our entourage. No time na kasi to thank them after the wedding, so we arranged some get together dinner before we checked-in sa Canyonwoods. Super goood food grabe!!! Plus the ambiance, super nice! Di kami napahiya, such a great place to dine in!

Cake for rehearsal dinner: ALEX FRANCO
Ratings: 3+++
Comments: Need I say more? Super duper duper bait ni sir Alex. I called him up a week before the rehearsal dinner and he told me he can make a single layered cake for me. Even if he was super busy with weddings then, he still entertained our request, grabe. He said since it's not really a wedding cake, he gave it to us at an incredibly reasonable price. Super yummy ng cake, as in kakaiba. We had leftovers pa nga since it was kinda big. It was deeeeliiisssh talga!!

Honeymoon: PANGLAO ISLAND NATURE RESORT
Ratings: 3+++
Comments: Super nice this place. The crew's awesome, very courteous! We love our cottages and the scene's really nice! Not too crowded rin. They have buffet breakfast & dinner so it saved us a bit. Bohol in general is a good place to relax. The people are super friendly. They are very well informed, I think they're honing the place talga to be one of the tourist attractions sa Pinas. 4 days in Bohol was such an awesome experience!!!

2 comments:

~currant7 said...

thanks for sharing your ratings!
it was all so enlightening. :)
congratulations and i can't wait for my big day to come. :D

Bernskie said...

hi cheryl! thanks for reading our ratings :o) i hope it could help couples who are in their preps stage of their wedding. best wishes to you sis. tc!
-berns

 

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