Three years ago, I planned my own Debut. Not only that I was looking closely to my budget, but it’s also because I enjoy (very much) being busy with all the preparations.
This page, hopefully, will help you in planning those special gatherings like debut in a cheaper and more meaningful way.
A. The DEBUTANT (slash) PLANNER
If you are the meticulous type, the type that you, yourself, have to do it otherwise it’s imperfect, then definitely, it’s helpful to be your own planner. You save more, you learn more, plus you enjoy some more–all at once!
But for those who are still considering whether or not to get a planner, please read through..
1. It’s cheaper.
You free yourself from all the profits planners get by just checking out venues and price ranges for you. As for me, I gathered my barkada (friends) and asked them a little favor of accompanying me to do Hotel-Hopping for venues and party packages. That’s a good way to bond and tighten up those friendships, PLUS you get extra advice and honest comments from them–your guests.
I also got my flowers fresh from the wet market on the day of my 18th birthday. Hotels and flower shops usually sell roses by piece for P 85 each. But I got the best holland roses for P 120 a dozen. No joke.
My cake? Well-known bakers in the city will easily charge you P10,000 to P25,000 depending on number of tiers. But I got a seven-layered cake for only P 4,000 just because I was determined enough to find a home baker whose passion was to bake yummy cakes! 😉 win-win.
2. You become your own google.
After the whole thing, I seriously considered being a planner! Ha ha ha. With all the contacts and knowledge I got, why put them to waste when you can help out a friend who’s celebrating a birthday and wants it cheap?
By planning it all alone, I developed the habit of being attracted to simple signs and banners. I found the perfect souvenir shop who supplies almost all hotels I’ve been to. The great thing is, they customize and design for you. But I decided to buy all the souvenirs from Unitop. hehehe, it’s a shop that sells everything, literally, and sells everything cheap. Each piece cost me P 10.
3. It’s efficient and fun!
You avoid all the phone calls with a planner and decide right away. You get to see the venues for yourself, experience long walks, jeepney rides, and you get to haggle with the vendors! These stuff, you somehow miss them by having a planner.
B. Basic Things to help you get started
For those interested, I know a friend who takes good shots. Medina Media on Facebook
You can also check out Unique Weddings and Event Photography.
But when I had my Debut, I had Khent Flores He charged me a friendly rate and even gave me a free pre-debut photo and video shoot. COOL.
When it comes to photographers, it’s important to hire those who can capture moments, not poses.
The food? From what I noticed, after everything, as long as you dont starve your guests, they forget the food part. What they will usually remember is the venue, the program, and their dress. So you can tighten a little bit the budget when it comes to food. But never compromise the dessert. The dessert usually gives the final impression of whether the food was great or not. So maybe you can cosider cheesecakes, or chocolate mousse, or black sambo. All my favorites! 😉
C. Extra Tips
Sometimes, the price differences between these packages come in almost P 10,000 for only an additional dozen of flowers and small tarpaulin. So, try to do the math, and see if you can really save more.
Always remember, the purpose is for you to celebrate with all of your loved ones! Don’t stress yourself too much with the formalities, pick the right music and partey partey!
This one’s funny. Because I was crazy about spending less and saving more, I asked a Fine Arts Major friend if he could make me a sort of background, “Dawn’s LittleMiss 18 Party” July 19,2010. Hahaha but the hotel folks probably had a hard time arranging and pinning those letters. Thus mom’s background together with the gifts and the party favors. 😉