Thursday Tips : Top 5 Corkages That Soon-To-Be-Married Couples Usually Encounter

Corkage may be a tiny detail to mind but I assure you it can be a real headache once it wasn’t properly taken care of. Imagine, you’re having the best time of your life with your other half only to realize that you can’t bring in the liquors and cocktail foods you prepared. How terrible can it be right? So for this day, we will discuss what are the usual corkage that needs to be accomplished weeks before your wedding day. To all our couples and solid readers, grab your pen and notebook. Take down notes! Cause we have a lot to discuss, you might be neglecting some important detail and we’re happy to help you with that.
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1. Liquor – has become a vital part of our celebration. It’s already in our Filipino culture that best celebrations involves alcoholic drinks. But, what if your chosen hotel won’t allow you to bring in alcoholic drinks? Here’s what you have to do. First, negotiate. Next, ask the catering of your choice if they can waive the corkage for you. If it’s in a hotel, try to negotiate with them if they can just charge you a few costs for the waiters that will serve the drinks. Usually if you have more than 200 guests you may waive it for a 750 ml per bottle, per table. Easy right? Now let’s proceed to the next one.
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2. Cocktail food – It’s understandable why certain hotels impose that food should be prepared by their chef, not because they wanted to earn more but because of food spoilage. Yes, if a certain incident happen they don’t want guests to misinterpret that its the hotel’s fault. So to resolve this kind of problem, what they usually do is to let the couple sign a waiver. A written agreement between the hotel and couple that whatever will happen, the hotel won’t take responsibility out of it.
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3. Lechon – Just like liquors, celebrations won’t be complete without the mouth-watering and crispy lechon. The primary reason why they ask for corkage is because of the chopping service. But if you can, and I know you will, do everything to negotiate because most of the time it can be waive. You only need to make sure that you have all the written papers to present if ever they ask for it.
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4. Non-accredited caterer of the venue – The caterers also pay for their accreditation fee to your chosen venue. If possible, try to negotiate with your non-accredited chosen caterer partner if both of you can share the corkage payment or better, look for an accredited caterer so you won’t have to encounter this problem.
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5. Non-accredited suppliers – The best way to do is to ask for the venue’s accredited suppliers. There are a lot of ways on how you can make sure that they are trusted and good. You can simply research on their Facebook and Instagram account then look for company reviews. But, if you’re already booked with the non-accredited supplier what you can do is to make sure that all the written papers were accomplished and is ready to present. Normally, suppliers like Lights & Sounds and fireworks encounter this kind of problem but with the right process anything can be solve.
Over all, that’s the 5 corkages that soon-to-be-married couples usually encounter. Hope we’re able to help you with this concern.

This Bridal Gown Designer Marks 15 Years With Charity Fashion and Bridal Event

Designer Zandra Lim is proof that your journey in life will always take you where you want to be, despite one or two detours.

Lim is a BS Pharmacy graduate from the University of Santo Tomas and while she loved being a pharmacist, her love for fashion and design could not be denied. Her atelier Zandra Lim Designs was established in 2003 and since then, Lim has been considered one of the country’s top designers for bridal gowns. Lim studied at the Istituto di Moda Burgo in Milan, Italy, where she took Istilista di Abiti di Sposa (Fashion Design, specializing in Wedding Dress) and also took a course in Textile Effects at the University of the Arts, London-Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design.

But beyond these credentials, Lim has extensive experience on working with brides and listening to what they want to wear and how they want their weddings to be. “Every bride wants to wear something special on her wedding day, be it simple, grand, or in between.  That’s where I come in, to create that special dress and make it a beautiful masterpiece,” said Lim.

Elegance is a trademark of any gown that comes from Zandra Lim designs, whether they are haute couture or from the Ready to Wed line. For haute couture, the design of each gown is unique to the bride, her personality and what she wants. Whether the bride wants beading all over her gown or just embroidery, she will get what she wants. The bride will walk down the aisle in a gown that she has envisioned and wished for.

Lim’s use of luxurious fabrics is perfect for her unapologetically feminine aesthetic.  Intricate detailing and sparkling embellishment make each gown a frame for the wearer’s beauty and elegance. For the Ready to Wed line, Zandra Lim Designs will slowly build up her collection to hit this October. It will feature different designs—floaty, floor-sweeping silhouettes to slinky, figure-hugging styles—to make every bride stand out.

To mark her 15th anniversary as a bridal gown designer, Zandra Lim hosted a Crystal Bridal Fair at Discovery Primea in Makati City last September 15-16. The bridal fair featured a gala fashion show of Zandra Lim Designs and some of the top wedding suppliers in the country.

The charity event aims to generate sales and donations in support of patients who are battling cancer.


For more information, follow : Crystal For more information about Zandra Lim, go to : Zandra Lim Designs