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finding the best reception venue

One of the hardest decisions we made in planning our wedding was choosing the right reception venue. Truth be told, we made tentative bookings in all hotels (and some resorts) in Davao City since we weren't able to decide til the last minute, LOL! We finally signed the contract with Grand Regal Hotel (P480/head with 2 appetizers, 1 soup, 3 salads, 3 entrees, 3 desserts, rice and 1 round of drinks) with two weeks to our wedding ;-) Anyway here's a guide to help you find the best wedding reception venue you can afford. Read and learn!

First, decide on the budget for your reception (depends on the number of your guests). If you have a tight budget, this will effectively rule out the fancy expensive hotels in your area. In our case, we budgeted P100,000 for 200 persons which limited us to a P500/head menu. We said goodbye to Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao (P650/head and up) and The Marco Polo Davao (P1000/head). BUT what if we decided to just have 100 guests? Having our wedding reception in Marco Polo, a 5-star hotel, would have been possible!! =)

Second, know the size of the reception venue. It goes without saying that the venue you'll choose should be able to fit all your guests comfortably. Also, take note if they have All Year Cooling and Heating system especially if you're holding a winter/summer wedding. Since we had 200+ guests, most fancy clubhouses couldn't accomodate us. It was a shame since clubhouses of ritzy villages have cheaper banquet rates than hotels. Also they have pools (you can have floating candles here!) and pretty gardens by the side -- it would have been perfect for our fairytale / pink butterfly theme!

Third, the location of the church or wedding ceremony site is an important factor. Preferably, the reception venue should be just 15-20 minutes away from your church so the guests will arrive on time for the reception program and dinner. In our case, our wedding started at 2pm (the 4pm time slot we wanted was taken already) and ended at 330pm --> if our reception venue was near, our guests will arrive early (before 4pm?) and will be bored waiting for the program to start at 6pm. Thus, we opted to have our wedding reception far from the church, around 30-45min away AND we served cocktails to keep them occupied =)

-- other stuff if you might want to consider -- 

Whether the reception venue offers an "all-in package" where almost everything that you need in the reception like wedding cake, flowers and decor, entertainment, emcee, accomodation, etc are included. Here in Davao City, Sunny Point Function Plaza offers the most comprehensive package. They will even make your invitations, giveaways and assist with your wedding  outfits. Perfect for "absentee" couples! Also, most fancy clubhouses (Monteritz, Woodridge, Las Terrazas) here offer packages too.

If you're not having a Catholic wedding, consider having your marriage rites and reception in the same venue -- this will save you a lot of expense in decors and traveltime. What else? If you're an OC about your theme, find a venue that will fit. This is the reason why we considered the Mergrande Ocean Resort -- they have a fairytale castle and a domed botanical garden (that's it below)! Sadly, the dome was not airconditioned and our parents didn't like that =( Again, such a shame coz it was sea&poolside and very fairytale-ish..

Guess that's about it! I do hope you learned something and that I somehow guided you in finding the right wedding reception venue. If you'll have a wedding here in Davao City, feel free to contact me if you have any questions about reception venues, churches, wedding planners, flower suppliers, etc. Four brides did that last year and I hope they'll have the wedding of their dreams in Davao City this year! ^_^


 

2 comments:

xyreem said...

hi..i have seen your page here on the internet since me and my fiance are planning to get married early next year and now,im starting to look for information for the preparation, i think it could be a bit harder for us since im here abroad in he's in Philippines. how could u help me for this?tnx and more power!

Anonymous said...

HI I HAVE READ YOUR WEB PAGE HERE ON THE INTERNET ME MY FIANCE ARE PLANNING TO GET MARRIED NEXT YEAR BOTH WERE HERE IN ABROAD...COULD TOU HELP US TO FIND WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE IN DAVAO CITY FOR GARDEN WEDDING? HOPE YOU CAN GIVE US THE RIGHT PLACE...TNX AND goD BLESS

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