Please bear with me with the intermittent posting because I’m only squeezing this into everything else (i.e. organizing school programs and events, wedding planning, making lesson plans and teaching). Hehe.
After our rather disappointing trip to Batangas, I voiced out my frustration to my best friend. Good thing she still keeps a document of all the possible wedding venues in Tagaytay, which she used last year for her own wedding planning. I checked out the websites of those in her list, and the only venues that caught my attention were Balai Taal and Rosemont Gardens. My best friend and her husband had their reception at Balai Taal. After acquiring their package rates, though, Ryan and I decided that their lowest price was out of our budget. So, that left us with Rosemont Gardens. Also, I’ve read in The Rebellious Brides that one of their top suggestions for an intimate wedding was Sonya’s Garden. I ended up having only two venues on my list that night, which excludes, of course, our church of choice – Chapel on the Hill.
We went to Tagaytay on the last week of May. This time, we were accompanied by one of my bridesmaids and her boyfriend. Prior to our trip to Tagaytay, I had a text conversation with one supplier, thinking that she was the contact person of Hardin ni Maria. As it turned out, she was a Wedding Steward of Town’s Delight Caterer, a rather prominent caterer in Cavite. After I apologized for getting the wrong number, she still continued to text me and started to help me out with the venue. I learned that her name’s Ms. Lourdes Hernando, and after giving her my e-mail address, she sent me a list of suggestions of garden venues perfect for 50 persons. She even offered to accompany us in the venues when I told her that we would be in the area the following day. She was very accommodating, I loved her! 😀
We went to Chapel on the Hill first. Our timing couldn’t have been better since there was an ongoing wedding. Actually, the bride was about to walk up the stairs and onto the aisle when we arrived. It was perfect. Ryan and I both felt that that was it. We definitely wanted to get married there. 🙂
Photo credit: weddingsinthephilippines.com
After acquiring a reservation form, contact and bank details of Chapel on the Hill, we went to Sonya’s Garden next. Sonya’s Garden is no doubt the perfect choice for a couple who’s on a very tight budget. The venue rental is P10,000, and the food package costs P650-950 per person. If you want to add lights and sounds, it’ll only cost you P7,000-9,000. The menu and other inclusions can be found here.
I wanted to love Sonya’s Garden in all its ethereal woodland beauty, but they weren’t offering any outdoor venue, which really bummed me out. The venue for 50 persons that they showed us looked beautiful but I personally felt uncomfortable inside. I felt like I was suffocating.
There was only Rosemont Gardens left on our list. At first I wasn’t sure if it was the place for us because venue rental is P50,000 alone. The upside, though, is the price already includes an overnight stay at the house where I, my family and friends can prep for the wedding. (We’ve decided that Ryan’s family can stay at Evercrest Golf Club Resort, near Chapel on the Hill.)
Anyway, as we got to Rosemont, the caretaker opened the gate and told us we could only park either by the roadside or risk the steep road leading to the house. That was a bummer. When we walked down to the house, however, my heart skipped a beat.
At the back of the gorgeous two-storey house was a veranda that had a bar. Then beyond that was a multi-tiered garden. I asked the caretaker, Jovelyn, if wedding receptions were held at the gardens. She told me it was unusual since guests usually prefer the veranda for the reception and the gardens for Christian wedding ceremonies, and that we would be the first couple to use the gardens as reception area if we ever decided to hold it there. I got so excited and instantly pointed out where the buffet table and guests’ tables would be set up, and the bohemian-rustic decors in my mind suddenly became more vivid. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take pictures since I was too busy ogling the place. Tee hee. 🙂
After checking out the rest of the gardens and the house, Ryan and I knew we had finally found our reception venue! Even my friend and her boyfriend loved the place. 😀
We went to The Wedding Store in Robinson’s Tagaytay to meet with Ms. Lourdes, with whom I promised to meet up after our ocular because she offered to help us out with suppliers for food, flowers, sound system and a band. How our meeting went will be up in the next entry. 😀