The Wedding Location
Getting Started...Tiya Maria wants you to keep the following in mind before you decide on your big day.
How many people do you want to attend, and how mobile are they?
Does your dream wedding involve a small guestlist of close friends and family or a production crew of everyone
you've ever met? Your answer may determine the location for you. Why? Even though the day is about you, it's also
about them - your guests, that is. You have to anticipate the needs and limitations of your guests, otherwise, they
may not be able to bear witness to your wedding. If many relatives are elderly, can you expect them to make it safely
to the beach? You won't be able to please everyone, but consider making a concession or two if it means that our
love ones will attend.
Do you want a religious wedding?
Almost ninety percent of couples who wed in Davao did so in Church, that is, a Catholic Church. A few things to consider:
- A traditional catholic ceremony are usually held in the place of worship. So in this case,
book the date at your place of worship before you book your reception location. Also, some religious establishments frown
upon elaborate decorations or picture taking, as well as skin-baring dresses, so ask about details.
- If you and your fiance have different religious beliefs, consider a neutral location, like a garden wedding or a reception hall,
so you won't offend any of his/her families. Most commonly referred to as a "Civil Wedding". Talk early on with both families
about your decision.
- If organized religion does not play a role in your lives but want to incorporate a spiritual element,
consider hosting the ceremony in a natural setting, such as a beach or a park.
A piece of advise: Booking a location four to six months away from the date may prevent you from blowing
your whole budget. If a site isn't booked within that time period, they might negotiate with you to get
some business, rather than have no business at all.
Going for a Church Wedding? Or perhaps you'd rather say "I do" in a garden? Maybe you're still not exactly
sure what you want. No matter where you stand, here's what Tiya Maria came up with to help you make your choice.
What it is: A religious ceremony, often in the bride's hometown (In the case for Catholics, bride's local
parish), followed by a party at a reception hall.
Good for: Couples with religious ties, a significant connection to a hometown, and a sizable guest list.
Many halls in Davao can accomodate 100 to 400 people and come complete with everything you need (Silverware,
dinnerware, food, alcohol, and linens). Most halls have wedding packages to help you seek your budget.
What to know: Though Davao is prevalently Catholics, other religious place of worships are also available for wedding ie:
Buddhist Temples, Mosques, Hindu Temples, and Protestant Churches.
Home or Garden Wedding
What it is: A ceremony at someone's residence or if not available, at a garden in an establishment, like a hotel.
Good for: Twosomes with a connection to a childhood house or with access to a grand home, a pair who want a more, well,
homey celebration in their own pad, or just a couple with differing beliefs, who wants a neutral ground.
What to know: When done in a home, it might seem as if a backyard wedding could be a money saver.... it just might. But,
this will terribly stressed you out. No, you're not spending a fortune for a per plate cost at a reception hall, but consider the extras you'll be responsible for. Tables,
chairs, linens and the not so thought about, extra restrooms you'll need. This will be a totally different situation if done in a
garden by an establishment. Usually they will cater to all the extras that you'll need. One question to ask though is: What is their back-up
plan just in case the weather turns sour?
What it is: A getaway - usually somewhere exotic, like a resort - with activities that span a weekend.
Good for: Duos who have a connection to a location or want just close love ones (up to 75 people) to attend. Samal is the best and most preferred
choice for this type of event and if your inclination is towards the mountainside, then Eden would be a sound choice. Many resorts offer all-inclusive packages for everthing from a guest welcome to a farewell brunch, making the planning a cinch.
What to know: Transportation would be a problem if the resort is located on the opposite side of the ferry terminal in Samal. You would have to somehow
avail of a boat to cross the Davao Gulf. While you're at it, make sure that your guests are mobile enough to get in and out of the boat.
What it is: A ceremony somewhere off the beaten path. This is something out of the ordinary where your
imagination takes over. Not very popular in conservative Davao, but is not impossible.
Good for: A couple who wants a unique event. Costwise, price tag are all over the map, but it's possible to bargain at these locations - weddings
aren't their primary source of business, so the numbers may not be set in stone.
What to know: Like the cost, could be all over the map, as this endeavour could be anything out of the blue. Just one thing, though, make sure it's safe.
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Ask Tia Maria:
Ask the place to supply a list of rules detailing dos and don'ts. A few things to cover:
- What types of alcohol can you bring in to the establishment? Are there extra charges if we bring our own?
- What types of lighting are allowed? Candles with open flames are not always welcome - Fire Hazard.
- How early can you and your team get into the venue set-up?
Some venues expect you to use their own caterers and florists. You can sometimes veer away from this, but at a hefty cost.
You might have to pay a fee to the house vendors for not using them, in addition to paying your own vendors.
Provide transportation in 15-minute intervals at the following three times:
- Before the ceremony: Transportation should start arriving one hour before the ceremony, up until the ceremony.
- After the ceremony: Vehicles should be waiting, then be available until a half hour afterwards (guests linger to offer good wishes).
- After the reception: Vehicles should be available immediately, and until 30 minutes post-reception.
Make sure you have contingency plan in place - and use it. Even if you're holding the wedding indoors, consider how to make
traveling from the car to the hall more comfortable for the guests. Make sure that the reception hall have adeqate supply of umbrellas.
The facility director serves as the man behind the curtain at the reception. This person is responsible for things
like timing the food presentation and all servers are in their places. Because the person works for the facility, he or she
is your go-to person should anything go awry. Be sure to get a list of the director's responsibilities and confirm his
or her attendance at the wedding before you sign the contract.
Don't be pressured to arrange activities for yor guests. Consider supplying each guests with:
- A map of the location
- A list of places to see and do around Davao.
In a word: no. You're expected to pay for the wedding-night dinner and the activities that's included in a package.
There are many extra events you could shell out for, but no guest will expect a free flight and hotel stay.
Yes. Send them the following:
- Flight schedules
- Driving Distance from airport to the wedding location
- Contact your guests who are inexperience travelers and help them create an itinerary.