As mentioned in my previous entry, we had to go back to Tagaytay three times to inspect all the places that could fit our budget. These places range from 30 to around 90k, while there are other venues that offer the use of its space for even less if you avail of their catering package. There are more venues available though I prioritized the ones that we could afford and is near Caleruega. (Note: there are also reception venues in Caleruega but there’s a retreat on our wedding date so we wouldn’t be able to use those.)
Ten minutes away from Caleruega…
Club Ananda at Sandari Batulao
It’s an event venue in the middle of a still-developing residential area. The last time we visited, the lone structure stands in the middle of empty vacant lots so you definitely won’t be bothering any neighbors. The airconditioned hall is way beyond our budget but it looks new, modern, and sophisticated. The garden/poolside area outside the hall is more affordable but it doesn’t have a large flat space. It CAN accommodate 100 to 150 people but the tables will be strewn all over different sections of the garden and the pool.
Tagaytay Pacific Heights
This is another undeveloped residential area on the road going to Lemery and the venue is actually the village clubhouse. The place could be nice for a reception but it wasn’t well-maintained. The rails are rusty and the furniture dusty. I visited this because I thought it was affordable but then I wasn’t really impressed with how it looks.
The house itself is nice and is a perfect venue for wedding preparations near Caleruega since it could accommodate around 12 people. However, the garden venue is small and it would already be crowded if you try to fit in 100 people. There were thick posts in the covered area that takes up even more of the limited space.
15 minutes away from Caleruega…
I have read so many positive feedback about this place that I am almost willing to shell out a bit more to avail their wedding package (which was beyond our budget but has a lot of inclusions. All you only need to worry about was waking up for your wedding. Haha!). However, we’re not very happy with the L-shaped events hall. It’s kind of sad if some of our guests ends up sitting where they can’t see anything.
Casa di Campagna
The place is the first building you see after the arc located near Chateau Royale This was recommended by our catering accounts executive so we decided to check it out. The area can accommodate up to 120 guests. I personally liked the cozy atmosphere and was seriously considering this but my mom didn’t like it as much.
20 minutes away from Caleruega
This is located near Mushroom Burger. The non-airconditioned venue is a covered garden-y area that can accommodate around 200 to 250 people. I thought the venue was pretty and looked grand although it’s a bit pricy for only 4 hours of use. They have a smaller airconditioned venue that can accommodate 120 to 150 people but you’ll end up paying the same price as the bigger area. There is enough parking space, is near enough from the church and is easy to find. However, Enzo wasn’t a fan of this place (by then, we’ve already looked at The Glens so his heart was already set on booking that venue).
This was a wedding expo find. They offered a wedding reception package and the venue they included is pretty big since it can easily accommodate 300 people. I’m not a fan of this hotel ballroom. I think the height of the ceiling is too low because I felt claustrophobic inside. The accounts executive showed another smaller venue that can accommodate only 100 people overlooking Taal Lake but it still felt too cramped for me.
I LOVE their seafood paella. It was soooo good; we were this close to booking this because their package has so much inclusions and is reasonably priced. I wish they had a better reception area because the ceiling was too low. We love their food so much we even asked if it’s possible for them to cater at a different location but they said that the caterers would come from their Metro Manila branch if that’s going to be the arrangement and will incur out of town fees. The rates they were offering is only applicable for the use of the venue.
25 minutes away from Caleruega…
The place is beautiful but pricy (much like every other place we’ve seen around Tagaytay -.- hahaha!). The garden area can also be used for smaller functions at a cheaper price but I find it awkward to have the reception outside the main venue hall when all guests can clearly see that there’s a bigger, better option nearby.
This was also in the running for a reception venue option because I liked their pavilion. It can only accommodate around 150 people but the walls are all glass so it looks more spacious. They also have a lot of inclusion although their buffet package is probably the ordinary buffet food fare. I didn’t mind. I was pretty happy with the look of the place. However, when Enzo was trying to inquire about the prices and the food, the accounts executive was impossible to reach. When he calls the Tagaytay office, they tell him that the person is in Manila. When he calls the Manila office, they tell him that the person he’s looking for is in Tagaytay. In the end, I just told him that if they’re already hard to reach at this point of of the planning, it would be even more problematic if we booked and made a downpayment and the hassle is not worth it.
30 minutes away or more from Caleruega…
The hotel has a spacious reception venue and also has a lot of inclusions in its package but we’re just wary about the parking space. They only have limited parking outside and it can get really crowded if you bring the car inside.
Venue beside San Antonio de Padua
Well, this is definitely far from Caleruega but very near San Antonio de Padua. It’s literally right next door. When you rent the reception venue, the house is already included which can be used for preparations.
Oh my gosh. I can’t believe we visited that many places! Writing about it and recalling all the places we visited reminded me how tiring the whole thing was. 😦