Choosing your wedding suppliers can be tricky. Discerning the excellent ones from the mediocre can be frustrating, but once done right, it’s another step closer to a memorable wedding day. With proper planning, research, and a solid plan, getting the right supplier or vendor can be a fun and exciting experience. We’ve done our research well and interacted with them enough by phone, email, and personal meetups to make sure we would be comfortable working with them and know their style months leading up to the big day.

Here are their names, contact information, and what we have to say about their services. If you’re planning a wedding, these might serve as a good reference.

Review and Ratings of Our Wedding Suppliers

1. Church

Vendor Name San Agustin Church
Contact Name  Ms. Belen / Ms. Nora
Contact Number (02) 527 2746
Address General Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila
Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/pg/Church.SanAgustin/about/?ref=page_internal
Description San Agustin Church is the Philippine’s oldest church, located inside the historic walled city of Intramuros in Manila. It was built in 1571 and was destroyed by a fire twice (in 1574 and 1583). In 1993, San Agustin Church was designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, under the collective title Baroque Churches of the Philippines.
Review and Remarks

San Agustin Church is our first and best option since it’s near our reception venue and hotel and it’s one of the most beautiful churches in Manila. Fortunately, the slot was available for our auspicious wedding date and time. Transactions and guidelines were smooth and efficient.

The wedding package at San Agustin Church is one of the most expensive in Manila but it offers a good value for money. It included the wedding mass and marriage ceremony, flower decorations, royal red carpet, organist and singer, usher and usherettes, altar servers, industrial fans, parking lot for 40 cars, documentation and registration of marriage contract, and stipend for the priest officiating the ceremony. In addition, we also availed of the opening of the doors.

The priest in our wedding ceremony had a clear voice and the homily was not boring. However, he could not pronounce my name right the many names he attempted. It was one of the things that injected some humor during the event.

It was just sad that the church office staff told us prior that rental of Iwata coolers from external suppliers was allowed. On the wedding day, the fans were delivered but were prohibited to be used without a generator which wasn’t mentioned to us before. We already spent thousands for six units and those were only put to waste.

The church coordinators are strict with the photo taking and also strict with time allotted. If you think you need more time for the ceremonial mass and photo-ops, try booking for two slots (two hours) instead but that would entail paying twice the cost.

There were too many tourists outside and people going in and out of the church can’t be controlled. We visited yesterday to attend the wedding of our friend and they already have a large sign stating that tourists could not enter while a wedding is ongoing.

Rating 4/5

2. Reception Venue and Food

Vendor Name Century Park Hotel & Century Seafood Restaurant
Contact Person Reagan See / Ervin See
Contact Number Reagan – 09178081010, Ervin – 0917-8918773
Email Address seereagan@gmail.com, ervin_see@yahoo.com
Website/Facebook Page http://www.centuryseafood.com/index.php/welcome/contact

https://www.facebook.com/centuryparkhotelmanila.officialpage/

Description Century Seafood Restaurant has been operating for more than 30 years now alongside with their loyal employees and Hong Kong chefs.
Review and Remarks

There’s no doubt about it. Century Seafood Restaurant is one of the best Chinese restaurants in Manila. We did not have food tasting; we’re sure that they’d provide authentic high quality Chinese-Cantonese food. Our guests were happy and satisfied with the food selection and tastes. We selected a pre-made set menu for their events and occasions and suggested to change only one of the items.

We requested for the food to be served at the Century Park Hotel Grand Ballroom where the reception was held, at no additional charge. Everything turned out fine and without hassle. The venue layout was sent to us early so communication with our event stylist and on-the-day wedding coordinator was also clear.

Rating 5/5

3. Hotel

Contact Person Century Park Hotel
Contact Number (02) 528-8888
Email Address reservation@centurypark.com.ph
Website/Facebook Page http://www.centurypark.com/rooms/
Review and Remarks

We booked two rooms in Century Park Hotel for two nights. One room is a suite where my family and I stayed the night before the wedding. It was also where the hair and makeup and pictorial sessions were held in the morning, and the place where some of our relatives and some friends were staged while they’re waiting for the reception to commence. The suite was equipped with the essentials we needed for a flawless stay. The area was spacious to accommodate more than 30 people to sit and chat around.

The other room was where the groom stayed the night before the wedding. It was designed with a touch of simplicity with practical amenities and modern furnishing as well.

It’s convenient for us to stay in the same hotel as the reception venue, so we would not have to travel far and drive long after the celebration.

Rating 5/5

4. Photographer

Vendor Name East Digital Studio
Contact Person Anthony Magana
Contact Number 0977 821 5301
Email Address eastdigital@gmail.com
Website/Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/eastdigitalstudio/

http://eastdigitalstudio.org/wedding/index.html

 Address Unit 178F NDH Energy Gas/7-11, Sandoval Ave., Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City
Review and Remarks

Everything agreed in the contract was followed and we were constantly in contact with East Digital Studio team from our prenup photoshoot in Bali, Indonesia to the actual wedding day. We had vital pre-wedding warm-up sessions to practice our poses and facial expressions, and we appreciated that our main photographer’s friendly disposition, seemingly infinite supply of energy and undeniable sense of fun allowed us to relax in his company and be our true selves in front of the lens.

Anthony Magana’s effort in photo editing is tremendous especially for printed photo formats. However, turnaround time may be longer. I thought the quality of photos was okay but lacked the real “wow” factor that we expected. What’s commendable was that their team arrived early on the day and was really careful about giving us all the space without missing any important moments.

Rating 4/5

5. Videographer

Vendor Name Photogenics
Contact Person Tony Lee
Contact Number 0917 868 0506, 0925 888 7848
Email Address tony_lee4478@yahoo.com
Website/Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/PhotogenicsStudios

http://www.photogenicsstudios.com/

Review and Remarks Photogenics was able to capture the true essence and feeling of our wedding day, and we could not rate them any higher. From the pre-wedding teaser, full prenup video, and same-day edit (SDE) video, the quality of their output was outstanding. I love their journalism style plus special effects. Their team also has great enthusiasm and passion to shine. They’re a pleasure to work with.
Rating 5/5

6. Wedding Coordinator

Vendor Name SMA Weddings and Beyond
Contact Person Sheena Lopez
Contact Number 0915 772 7590
Email Address director_smaweddings@yahoo.com
Website/Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/smaweddingsandbeyond/

https://smaweddingsandbeyond.com/

Review and Remarks

We’re very happy with how SMA Weddings and Beyond showcased their professionalism. Sheena and her staff were all friendly, approachable, and helpful. They covered the entire wedding without any big hiccups. We had over 700 guests and we were not at all stressed out about anything.

Sheena is a top-notch coordinator and we’re incredibly lucky to have had her. She made us feel like everything was 100% under control. She also respected our inputs and provided advice based on experience. She managed to collect all the wedding passes for our suppliers and coordinated with them before and after the wedding proper for the disbursement of our final payment as well. Can’t recommend her enough!

There was one helper each assigned to be with the groom and bride in case we needed them to attend to anything. One of the staff helped iron my wedding dress and made some last-minute improvisation to the dress (sewed up the long-back tail) for me to be able to dance well. My eyes were getting dried up because I was wearing contact lenses longer than usual, and he immediately came to the rescue and gave me soft contact lens drops. He’s like godsend.

Rating 5/5

7. Host/Emcee

Vendor Name Sherine Ann Koa
Contact Person Sherine Ann Koa
Contact Number 0917 949 9096
Email Address e.sherinekoa@gmail.com
Review and Remarks

Sherine did an awesome job hosting our wedding reception. We’re confident we made the right choice! She kept the party flowing and followed the sequence as planned. She has great communication skills as she was able to host in English, Chinese-Mandarin, and Chinese-Fookien naturally. She’s also a good singer and sang three Chinese songs as we requested.

We met her only twice before the wedding to discuss and finalize the order of activities. We strung together a timeline and she contributed good ideas for the games.

Rating 5/5

8. Florist and Styling

Vendor Name Dangwa Florist
Contact Person Arleen Manlangit
Contact Number (02) 7089318, (02) 9846480, 0920 606 5775
Email Address dangwaflorist@yahoo.com
Website/Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/Dangwaflorist/

http://www.dangwaflorist.com/

Review and Remarks

From the moment we met Arleen in the wedding expo, she was a like a breath of fresh air buzzing with energy and fantastic ideas about styling and flowers. She gave us a really good rate for the package and their team delivered more than what we expected.

We just chose pegs from pictures of their past events, and the colors and output perfectly matched our ideas. The flowers were freshly delivered to our hotel in the morning and were properly labelled (for the church, for the entourage, the bridal car, the bridal bouquet, etc.).

The team began to set up in the reception venue just in time (60 round tables, long presidential table, partial ceiling draping, stage table, stage backdrop, cake table, arch in the entrance, reception table). Dangwa Florist’s expertise and experience in handling big events is exceptional. Money well spent!

Tip: Remind them of their deliverables as they have the tendency to forget some details prior the actual day. They’re quite responsive to calls and they make the necessary adjustments quickly.

Rating  4.5/5

9. Music and Entertainment 

Vendor Name Velvet Mood
Contact Person Edwin Silangcruz
Contact Number 09179218062 / 09266204633 / 09179201620
Email Address velvetmusicale@yahoo.com, velvetmusicale@gmail.com
Website/Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/edwin.silangcruz
Review and Remarks

Louie found Velvet Mood in forums as it received praises from other wedding couples as well. We were provided with links of their performances on YouTube videos and we liked them. Their jazz sextet was great. The vocalists received a lot of compliments from guests. This shortly explains how they managed to create the perfect mood with tunes people recognize and enjoy.

The best thing was that we did not have to worry about the number of songs and song choices. They performed unlimited songs throughout the party and we just gave them a short list of songs we preferred.

Velvet Mood also participated during a “Singing Bee” contest which we held as games during the reception.

Rating 5/5

10. Lights and Sounds

Vendor Name JL Sound System
Contact Person James and Melvin Lim
Contact Number 0917 897 8684, 0917 537 4600, 0922 896 8988
Email Address msylim88@yahoo.com.ph
Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/JL-Mobile-SOUND-lights-and-audio-rentals-767780473337313/
Review and Remarks

When it comes to Chinese weddings, JL Lights & Sounds is one the most prominent lights & sounds supplier. It’s the dad’s of Michael Lim (fashionpulis). They’re considered the expert in the service and they’re able to give out reasonable packages to clients.

James and Melvin are easy to talk to but they’re quite hard to reach through mobile phone (maybe because they’re too busy).

I didn’t have working knowledge on the specifications of a sound and light system that’s required in events. We just trusted that the rented units (plus laptops and LED walls) would suffice and we would be assisted as necessary. We didn’t encounter any booboos with JL, and the price we paid already included the hotel electricity fee.

Rating 5/5

11. Hair and Makeup

Vendor Name JAD Makeup Atelier
Contact Person Joy Antillon Dayag
Contact Number 0927 715 6643
Email Address joyantillon30@yahoo.com
Website/Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/jadmakeupatelier/
Review and Remarks

We got their promo package which included airbrush makeup for the bride and moms, grooming for the groom, traditional makeup for four people and one flower girl. They also styled our hair (free hair accessory for the bride) and did unlimited makeup retouch plus a second look for hair and makeup on the reception.

My mom was very particular with the kind of hairstyle they’d do for me and they were able to execute well according to the peg provided. I liked the simple and natural look of bridal makeup. The products used were of good quality and my skin did not break out afterwards.

However, the eyeliner wasn’t budge-proof. My eyes were blackened even before the wedding ceremony started. Joy’s assistant helped to get rid of the smudges but it took a while to enhance the look and bring it back to perfection.

The mascara and false eyelashes smeared and flaked off after the wedding. Since they weren’t the most reliable, I opted to remove them before the reception. Else, it was difficult to see things clearly with something that was like blocking my vision.

JAD Makeup Atelier was responsive and worked on comments and suggestions from the other members of my entourage who had their makeup on.

Rating 4/5

12. Dance Choreographers

Contact Person John and Aimee Sicat
Contact Number 0927 313 3398
Website/Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/Di.johnsicat/
Review and Remarks

My mom found John Sicat through OLX and chose him because he’s staying Binondo just near our home. John is an experienced professional dancer and he’s also teaching dance choreography in a TV network. He teaches jazz, hiphop, modern, retro, contemporary, Zumba, swing, tango, ballroom, cotillion, and first dance in weddings.

We met for three practice sessions and completed a four-minute dance. They also did the song remix for the father and daughter dance and the bride and groom’s first dance. They chose the songs for our approval and edited some parts of the music to fit the choreography as well. Total is four songs.

The husband-and-wife team of John Sicat was great. They’re friendly and nice, and they showed a strong sense of professionalism. They’re creative with variations of dance moves which would be suitable for us.

Rating 5/5

13. Wedding Bands

Vendor Name Diamond with Love
Contact Person Ali Eclipse
Contact Number (02) 404 5348 / 0939 926 7345 / 0908 812 1099
Address UG49 Cityland Dela Rosa Condominium, Dela Rosa St., Brgy. Pio Del Pilar, Makati City
Email Address diamondwithlove@yahoo.com
Website/Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/DiamondWithLove/
Review and Remarks

Diamond with Love Jewelry Shop is a dream project of husband and wife Ali and Joan Eclipse. They customize engagement rings, wedding rings, and jewelry with diamond setting. They have a lot of design options and also suggested ones that fit us. Our wedding rings were made with premium look and simple but elegant design.

Diamond with Love Jewelry Shop offers lifetime cleaning service with convenience. They also provided us with diamond certificate and lifetime warranty with one free ring resize to ensure quality ring for life with care.

Rating 5/5

14. Invitation Cards

Vendor Name Global Invitations
Contact Person Che
Contact Number (02) 353-9757, (02) 666-5883, 0932 728 3597, 0918 403 3939, 0939 920 4299
Email Address global_ventures@ymail.com
Address 9 Kaliraya Street, Quezon City, Philippines
 Website/Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/globalinvitations/
Review and Remarks

Our wedding invitation has several pages for English and Chinese. I gave out all the details and also typed the Chinese characters for them to copy. The layout came out nice and simple as we wanted. There were a few mistakes on the draft but overall, they did a good job.

We sent over 500 wedding invitation cards and all were produced and delivered in time. The quality of paper and envelopes used was also crisp, thick, and presentable.

Rating 5/5

15. Garments

Suits

Vendor Name King’s Albert
Review and Remarks We arranged two days for King’s Albert to take note of the body measurements and sizes of the groom, groomsmen and secondary sponsors. After less than two weeks, the suits and pants were done and they fitted perfectly.
Rating 5/5

Gowns

Vendor Name Kryzet Bridal Collection in 168 Mall
Contact Person Agnes
Contact Number 0926 553 6166
Review and Remarks

There are several bridal gown stalls in 168 Mall but what made me choose Kryzet Bridal Collection was that Agnes, the attendant/consultant, explained to us on how they produce tailor-made couture-style gowns from boning to hems and bustles. The owner used to work for popular Filipino wedding gown designer Francis Libiran, so we could expect almost the same quality and nice design without having to break the bank.

I printed pages of design pegs from online sites and was impressed with their craftsmanship. There were a few alterations with the size since I gained a few pounds three months after the time they noted my body measurements. My wedding dress arrived cleanly packaged with the accessories and double petticoats for a fuller effect. The stitching was very clean. The interior had great boning and the corset and crinoline were well done.

For my bridesmaids, maid of honor, and secondary sponsors, I was also happy that their dresses were custom-fitted. The designs were based on Yesstyle.com. The custom elements including hand-stitched lacework, straps, and sequins used to complete the dresses were all pretty good.

 Rating  4.5/5

16. Bridal Car

Vendor Name Royal Carriages
Contact Person Michael De Castro
Contact Number (02) 890-3252
Email Address royalcarriagesph@gmail.com
Website/Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/RoyalCarriagesPH/

http://royalcarriagesph.com

 Review and Remarks

Royal Carriages Auto Restoration was founded in the 1980s as one of the three companies owned by the late Architect CC de Castro. It’s a vintage car service provider for weddings, commercials, movies and photoshoots. We rented a vintage white car with a driver for six hours. We exceeded the time (because of traffic going to reception), and they did not charge us extra fees.

Rating  5/5

17. Photo Booth

Vendor Name Photoman
Contact Person  Geronimo
Contact Number  (02) 355 2739
Email Address  support@photoman.ph
Website/Facebook Page http://photoman.ph/

https://www.facebook.com/photomanph/

Review and Remarks

Instead of the usual photo booth, we acquired the service of roving photo men to capture best moments during the wedding reception. We had over 700 guests, and it would be a waste of time for them to queue up to get their photos taken. The photo men went table to table and also took pictures of us on the stage and on the dance floor.

The PhotoMan is a photographer with two printers mounted on his back. We had two photo men who instantly printed the photos and gave them to the guests. We then could physically see and hold the memories in our hands and also view them on Facebook a few days later. What’s also very unique with their offering was that they allowed unlimited printing of pictures just as we requested for them even after the event—for free.

The design of the photo pages was customized for us in line with the theme of the event. They produced a combination of real time captures layered with artwork which set the mood which was distinctively ours. Excellent service! Our guests were very satisfied.

Rating 5/5

Here’s the link to the photo album on Facebook.

18. Cake

Vendor Name Hearts and Bells
Contact Person Donna Caleja
Contact Number (02) 938-4046, (02) 242-0599, 0917 537 9388, 0922 866 9777
Email Address inquiry.heartsnbells@gmail.com
Website/Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/heartsnbells/

http://www.heartsnbells.com/

Review and Remarks

Hearts and Bells specializes in custom-made wedding and birthday cakes that have been received with much delight by discriminating couples and celebrants. Since they’re located in Binondo (near our home), it’s easy to communicate with them and reach their showroom and store.

We chose the design based on a booklet of the cakes they designed. Our wedding cake was made with red velvet and chocolate chiffon that was delicious. Other flavor choices available were banana, carrot, and vanilla. The cake tasted the same as we first tried it, without being too sugary or oily. It turned out moist, fluffy, and an absolute delight. We definitely recommend!

Rating 5/5

Wrap Up

Choosing the best wedding supplier requires time. Don’t feel pressured and just book the first supplier you stumble upon that you like the look of. Do check out as many websites as possible and ask friends who are already married for recommendations and referrals. Make a shortlist of all the suppliers that really stand out and meet potential ones face to face. Check out samples of their work and when there’s time, get a trial run of hair and makeup, cake, printouts of invitation, etc. It’s your special day! You want the best suppliers that will go the extra mile.

If you have questions on the supplier information and budgetary costs, comment down below and let me know. 🙂

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11 Responses

  1. Sapphire Kharyzma

    Congratulations on such an amazingly beautiful day! You were such a gorgeous bride. All that planning and look at how great things turned out! I love it!

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  2. Diana

    Thank you for this list!! Finding trusted vendors is such a stressful part of planning a wedding. It looks like your day went perfectly – your photos are amazing. The reviews and tips here are going to be really helpful!

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  3. Melanie

    You have provided such a thorough review of your suppliers here! This will be beneficial for those living in the Philippines who are looking for wedding vendors. I like all of your photos, too!

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  4. Censie Sawyer

    Wow, what a beautiful wedding!! Looks like you guys had a perfect day! Your review will really help other brides to be to decide on vendors and suppliers while they plan their wedding in your area. Beautiful pictures!

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  5. Danita

    Beautiful wedding! Beautiful bride and venue! Love this review. My daughter got married last year and I wish I’d had a list like this. Great job!

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  6. Nikki

    Your wedding pictures are gorgeous, so I’d say your photographer was pretty fantastic! I also really love those bridesmaid dresses! It’s so awesome that you thought to put together such a helpful guide of all the different venues and suppliers that you used throughout your wedding. I bet it will help a lot of nervous brides to be!

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  7. Melissa

    Your wedding was absolutely gorgeous! I love your dress, venue, cake and really everything. I think this review and ratings really help with those planning a wedding in Manila, Philippines.

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  8. Karlyn Cruz

    Wow! What a gorgeous wedding! I can’t believe you were able to list all the vendors like that. You’re so organized! Everything looks so lovely I don’t even know what to mention! Your cake, your dress, the center pieces … all looks so amazing!

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  9. Kathleen

    It’s nice that you put this list together. It not only helps other brides find the right vendors but also know things to consider like whether their mascara would smudge or not. My makeup artist didn’t do a good job during my wedding. It was great during the trial but not on the day off. Can’t get it perfect but I just let it go and went on to enjoy the day.

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  10. Louisa

    Just wow! Your wedding is so dreaming! Caught myself saying “wow” so many times. Goodness I had no idea about ALL the details that must be taken care of to for a wedding. The obvious like gown, food and venue but the less obvious like sound, choreographer, and videographer. And your reviews are extremely detailed too 🙂

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