Supplier Review: San Agustin Church

Choosing San Agustin Church was a mutual decision. The church holds a special place in our hearts since it’s only a few steps away from PLM – the place where Boyet and I met. We booked the June 12, 2011 4 p.m. slot almost a year before our wedding.

Getting married in SAC is really pricey. When we were settling our balance three weeks before our wedding day, they told us that we still need to pay an additional PHP1,000 for the electricity. Our immediate reaction was, “Hindi pa kasama sa binayaran natin?!”

I wanted a closed-door entrance so that’s another PHP1,000. Seriously, asking the best men and groomsmen or hiring some tambay to open the church door for us really crossed our mind. Nyaha!

We also inquired about acquiring a permit for us to be able to take pictures near the church’s museum and they were charging us PHP1,000 for a 30-minute photo session. We both decided to choose the closed-door entrance and let go of the last whim.

All our suppliers reminded us to be on time because SAC is strict in implementing their one-hour per wedding policy. While waiting inside the bridal car, I noticed that it was already past 4 p.m. but the wedding before us wasn’t finished yet. Boyet told me after the wedding that he talked to the church coordinators. He said that we didn’t start on time so we should not be expected to be out of the church by 5 p.m. The coordinators agreed with him.

In all honesty, we were satisfied with their services. I’ve read a lot of horror stories from brides in dealing with church personnel but not in our case. Their staff was really nice in answering all our inquiries. We actually lost count of the number of times we called them for our questions. We were assisted and well-instructed by the church coordinators during the wedding ceremony. They were all dressed accordingly and were polite when talking to us and our guests. I just didn’t like the fact that we didn’t have the chance to meet the officiating priest before our wedding. And all of us barely understood him because of his thick Chinese accent.

267488_10150293709452053_740802052_9300722_6050002_nPhotos courtesy of Ian Santillan Photography

We were worried that we wouldn’t be able to maximize the 15 minutes allotted for the picture-taking after the ceremony. Our entourage was already inside the church when the couple before us went out. And they were immediately asked to leave the church façade as I was about to enter. We were also expecting that the song we prepared for the recessional march would not be played. Fortunately, there was no scheduled wedding after ours so everybody got the chance to have their pictures taken with us. We also seized the moment when our friends and relatives greeted us as we went out of the church. :)

San Agustin Church
Rating: 4/5

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