I think we all can make a list of everything that’s overpriced… and I’m pretty sure that it would be a long one. As a Newly Wed, I think the Wedding Industry is ridiculously overpriced! Especially in the Philippines, in relation to the country’s standards of living. But what is the real scope of the problem?
Amateur, Professional and self-proclaimed professional Suppliers will set a number… and every year it goes up. But then, those are just numbers. As what I’ve seen, almost everyone is jumping in to the hype of having a “Royal Wedding, regardless of financial status… and the suppliers are just riding with the wind. Worst of all, Social Media is fueling the desires of having their dream wedding come true. Might not be a problem for those who can afford, but what about those who can’t? Gone are the days of backyard receptions. The thing is, most the folks, even they or their parents can’t afford it, they will still push. And those inconsiderate kids will just leave their parents with huge amount of debt; or they can opt to start their new life with loan. So why really bother? Doesn’t really bother me that much.. only when people come to borrow money and not pay.
So, I will be listing down usual wedding expenses or supplier package in Mindanao area that I know of (Iligan City, Cagayan de Oro, Valencia- Bukidnon). Prices at June-July 2015). Packages pretty much includes everything NECESSARY with the usual 50pcs invitation and give-aways.
Cahatian Package (Valencia City, Bukidnon) – 120, 000php for first 100 persons. This was on June 2015. I attended my cousin’s wedding and it was held at Jocel’s Garden. It was pretty good. The flow of the Program was good. Jocel’s function hall is pretty small and the garden gets pretty hot in the morning. For me personally, for small weddings, I would have opted to have the CEREMONY and RECEPTION altogether in one place. Saves time, not hassle for the guests and just one place to decorate. And really, the garden is not really that impressive.
Wedding Coordination by Jayffer Regis (Iligan City) – 120,000 php for first 100 persons. July 2015. Man.. I thought this was the most beautiful wedding that I ever attended. My bestfriend’s wedding. It was just beautiful. And I’m not sure how Jayffer pulled it off with just a small amount of money. The Bride and Entourage had first user gowns. The Ceremony was at AMC (CMAFI) church and the reception was at Frosty Bites. The food was good. It also includes snacks during cocktail time. The decoration was just FAB. It included 50 invitations. Giveaways were not included. Anyways, the great suppliers included were: Ravie Wong, Silver Couture for HMUA, Jancees for Decor – those three are top-notch. The Videographer, I forgot his name.. but he was an unhappy guy. Lol. Not a major problem though. But Kudos to Sir Jayffer.
Anyways, I said at the title that it’s overpriced. Coz it is.. I will keep this list updated. I’m still waiting for people’s input. My wedding was at CDO and I will surely breakdown the cost down below in a few days. PM me directly or leave a comment below if you can’t wait.