September 01, 2014

Wedding Preparation Chronicles: Choosing Your Caterer

Since my last wedding-related post,  I've already walked down the aisle, said my vows, and moved into a new nest.

Heck, I've already been married for almost three months now. Alas, I haven't been faithful to this blog; this being my first ever post for the year 2014. Apparently, 140 characters is enough for me these days.

Lately though, this blog has been gaining some activity due to my recent post about claiming parcels from Philippine post offices. I've received some replies asking for tips and/or advice from people who recently ordered online and aren't sure what to expect when retrieving their packages from the post office (BTW, some replies I have no idea how to answer, thus I appreciate all the help I can get from you, dear reader). Having realized that there are still some people who take interest in my writing, I've resolved to return to the blogging world, one itty-bitty baby step at a time.

I admit that social media and micro-blogging is getting the best of me, but the blogger in me will not admit defeat... not just yet.

ANYWAY, enough of the segue.

What I wanted to write about in this post is my food tasting experience on the different catering companies we tried out during our wedding preps. As I see it, the top three suppliers (until now I have no idea why they call them that) needed for a wedding celebration are:

  1. Venue - both church (if solemnization is included) AND reception (for civil wedding, officials are able to do it at the reception venue already)
  2. Catering
  3. Depending on your priority - attire (bride, groom, entourage) OR photo/video coverage
TIP: Usually in bridal fairs, or when inquiring on the other suppliers, one of their main questions are WHEN and WHERE will the wedding take place. This is because they also need to organize their schedule based on the dates of their clients' events--if they take multiple events on one day, they also need to consider the logistics. So before planning anything else, finalize your date and your venue. One of the major considerations we had when planning our wedding is the logistics--traffic in Metro Manila is horrendous, so we wanted the church and reception venue close to each other as possible. We chose Makati as our main venue (being the middle ground for both or our sides), and the reception we chose already had a list of accredited caterers.

FYI: Accredited caterers are catering companies recognized by the venue. Usually this accreditation includes venue-and-catering packages, sold at a lower price. If you opt to book a non-accredited caterer, prepare to be charged with corkage fees (usually per plate) by the venue. 

We were able to sample seven (7) catering companies (free food is always good food), and thanks to Instagram #foodstagram I was able to capture those taste tasting moments.

Note that we were going for mid-range, so the catering companies we tried out weren't too cheap or too expensive.
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This was actually our first choice, as well as the first caterer we were able to sample. The reason why we weren't able to book them is because they weren't accredited by the reception venue we decided upon, and we do not want to spend on corkage.

Their forte is Filipino-Spanish cuisine, and their seafood paella is TO DIE FOR. I also liked the pansit dish and their appetizers. My husband, who isn't a fan of salads, surprisingly liked their salads (so I guess that means something). We didn't have any bad experience during our food tasting experience.

For those who are interested, they are accredited by The Pergola (Pasay - WTC/CCP area). But usually they have their own reception venue, inside Intramuros.
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We had the taste testing during a wedding fair event in The Fernbrook Gardens, an all-in venue that offers a church (well, chapel) venue, a reception venue, and also venue-and-catering packages. Juan Carlo is one of the accredited catering companies of Fernbrook, as well as our reception venue in Makati.

What I remembered from the experience is that we found the food they presented too... complicated. They also serve Filipino-Spanish cuisine, but to maarte to our liking. Most of our relatives come from modest families and some even provincial backgrounds, and we also have a lot of oldies attending. We felt that they won't be able to appreciate the food that well, which is kind of nakakahiya for us because they'll be travelling distances so they should be eating food they will enjoy.

And they gave us tart for dessert. WHO THE HELL WANTS TO EAT TARTS FOR DESSERT??