Archive for the ‘reception venues’ Category

1.   Do your own invitation or ask a creative friend to help you make your own wedding  invitation- Unleash your creative side and save some bucks for your wedding.  There are  a lot of templates on the web which you can use.  Just add a few ribbons or paste some sparkling beads on the side. It’s also a great idea if you could add your initials in the invitation for a more personalized look.

If you know creative friends, ask for help. They will be more willing to help you personalize your wedding invitation. Ask for tips on the best type of paper and texture to use. I recommend using sheep skin to use for your inserts. Also, if you have a very legible penmanship, do away with a calligrapher.

Try this site for a free wedding invitation template:


2.   Ask your caterer if they can serve children’s plates for sit down menus serving. If you are planning to have your reception in a restaurant ask if children could be served children’s plates. Reason out that they do not have the same appetite as adults.  You could your caterer to prepare children’s meals such as   chicken, spaghetti,  burger and don’t forget their  ice creams.  Make make sure to give the number of children that have confirmed to attend your wedding day.

3.  Buy your gown and entourage attire at Divisoria or Baclaran. Divisoria and Baclaran  are  havens for brides on a budget. They have a wide selection of wedding attires for bridesmaids, groomsmen and even for the bride and groom.  Just make sure to get a seamstress who is very easy to talk with and have a good reputation for good worksmanship. Ask for recommendations from friends who did the same.  Their bridal and entourage dress set can range from as low as 15,000 to 35,000.00 depending on the material to be used. I made a trip to Divisoria, Manila, Philippines and found beautiful wedding gowns for less than Php 10,000.00 only.  If you are a practical bride, I suggest you go for a trip to Divisoria or Baclaran.

4. Find nearby churches and reception venues. No need to go  for an out-of- town wedding. Remember that it entails additional extra costs for photographers, videographers,  car rentals, hair and make up, caterers, hotel and room accomodations for guests and parents of either bride and groom.

Be resourceful. Scout for nearby churches within your area. Reception should be near so as to save gas. This also eases the burden of travelling far by guests  to reach your reception as hungry as as lion.

5. Book your wedding on a weekday. Weekday weddings cost less than weekend weddings.  Also, since mosts guests are at work, you wouldn’t need an excuse for not inviting everyone in the office, or all your friends and relatives.  Less guests mean more savings.


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1. LA CASTELLANA, Intramuros, Manila La Castellana Intramuros La Castillana

La Castellana is located at Cabildo, Street, Intramuros Manila. It is a relatively new events place. La Castillana is a Spanish term which means  Castilian woman.  But for the owner of La Castellana it means a lot more. It is the idyllic town in Negros Occidental, the hometown of her father. In Spain, it’s the name of a major thoroughfare always bustling with activity. Situated within the beautiful and historical walls of Intramuros, La Castellana is all of those things: a tribute to heritage, history and celebrations.

The venue was originally an ancestral house,  its time-honored architecture has been preserved even as it has been developed into the perfect setting for all your special occasions to be made more special.

From the grand foyer to the impressive ballroom, La Castellana infuses Spanish-inspired interiors and design elements every bride, debutante and reveler dreams about. The grand foyer, with its amber crystal chandelier and granite flooring, provides an elegant atmosphere the moment you enter. The plush bridal suite provides a relaxing oasis before the celebrations, while the courtyard and the Salon de Joaquin ballroom give weddings romance and every celebration an intimate atmosphere.

La Castellana not only prides itself for having a lavish and complete setting, but also provides personalized service to ensure hassle-free events. This assurance extends even to the most minute details: from providing a second foyer for registration and repository for your gifts to having pristine and air-conditioned comfort rooms. Also, unlike many other venues in Intramuros, La Castellana has a fully-equipped kitchen for the caterer and an allocated area for the service crew to make certain that the food and the service are of paramount quality.

Offering the same high quality of service and professionalism are the nine seasoned partner caterers of La Castellana. Classified to accommodate varying budgets, the partner caterers give you options without foregoing personalized service.
Source: La Castellana website


Be sure to book La Castellana at least a year ahead of your wedding  especially during the peak months of December and January. It is one of the newest spots and most coveted reception venues in Intramuros.  Ask for their accredited caterers should you wish to book them.

Address and Contact Nos:

Cabildo corner Beaterio Streets, Intramuros, Manila 1002
Tel. Nos.: (632) 986-2691 (632) 5271848
Mobile: (0922) 8623003; (0922) 8431203
Email address: lacastellanaevents@gmail.com

2.   Patio Victoria, Intramuros, Manila

patio-victoria gazebo


Diana garden, Patio Victoria

Patio Victoria has an Old World charm that can be found only within what was known during the Spanish Occupation of the Philippines as the “Walled City”. Cobblestones walkways, an antique wooden gate, lush foilage and an old fashioned fountain are only some of the features that make the place perfect venue for wedding. Patio Victoria has two gardens-named after her daughters Sofia and Diana – and an air-conditioned banquet hall. All three venues can accommodate as many as 1000 guests. Both gardens have gazebos to protect guests against the sun and light showers. In case of heavy rains, the reception can move to the air-conditioned banquet hall.

It is owned by former showbiz personality Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez.   Patio Victoria offers a wide selection of International and Spanish Cuisine. The place’s callos, paella and lengua are old recipes obtained by Cristina from the Gonzalez family archives.

Source: Patio Victoria Website


  • Venue Rental Rate is  Php 50,000 for 200 pax plus additional Php 70/ head in excess of  200 (applicable for Feb-November weekdays only)
  • You have to pay additional Php 8,000 catering fee if not accredited
  • For Weddings on Fridays and Weekends of February to November  and for the whole months of December and January, Patio Victoria is the exclusive caterer.  Should you book during these dates, Patio Victoria wedding package which includes food and rental fee ranges from  Php 100,000++ (for 100 pax)  and   Php 200,000 ++ (200-250 pax).

Address and Contact Number :

Telephone number: +63 2 526 1953

In Intramuros, Patio Victoria is always booked because of their good food and proximity to San Agustin Church. You only need to take a few minutes walk to reach the venue. It has two (2) gardens with a beautiful gazebo–the Diana and Sophia garden both named after the children of Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez, the owner of the restaurant. They set their wedding tables elegantly. They can give freebies such as overflowing coffee and bubble and fog machines. However, don’t expect you would taste their food without booking them.  They don’t conduct  free food tasting events compared to Hizon’s or Josiah’s or Juan Carlo. You could only rely on word of mouth that their food taste great.  But so far they have not received any negative comments in wedding forums with regards to their food, except that they don’t have as much waiters during wedding events to cater to the needs of guests.   Photo galleries about Patio Victoria always look elegant and enticing, especially their gazebos.

3.  Ilustrado Restaurant

Ilustradao garden

Ilustrado Restaurant catering

Ilustrado Restaurant catering

Ilustrado is spearheaded by owners Boni and Rose Pimentel, maintains a glorious tradition of culinary excellence. The menu is consistently under review by a select panel of Ilustrado aficionados or patrons of long standing, together with the award-winning chefs. Top of the list are Corazon Alvina, Dez Bautista, Sonny Tiñio, Robert Lane and Bobby Caballero. Service is religiously under audit. The Ilustrado family undergoes programs to enhance performance, productivity and harmonious team relationships. Today, Ilustrado continues to consolidate its claim for dinning excellence within the Walled City.

They pride themselves in serving heritage Filipino cuisine –an a la carte menu predominantly occupied by Filipino-Spanish favorites fused with Continental, Asian and Western dishes. Popular dishes are Roast duck Ilustrado (our version of the al orange), creamy and luscious bagnet (deep fried pork), tender and flavorful Lengua con Setas (ox tongue with brown sauce) and the much acclaimed Paella Ilustrado.


Venue rental with food and  amenities for 150 pax ranges from Php 170,000++  to Php 260,000++

depending on the preferred cuisine (buffet)

Address and Contact Number:

Gen. Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila

Tel No.  (632) 527-3674

Source: Ilustrado Restaurant website

Food tastes great but service is not impecable  according to some forums.

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