Velada Estate: Like Having A Wedding
by Jonathan Dionisio
July - August 2010
Welcome to your hacienda - Velada
Before, events such as wedding
were usually held in the residence of family members owning
spacious gardens or lots. If none of the immediate family
members had access to one, they turned to their neighbors
and close friends and ask for any available space to the purpose.
Then all would be left to the 'organizers', from bringing
in the utensils, and preparing the food for the event.
Nowadays, soon-to-wed couples
search for a wedding reception venue that can accommodate
all their invited guests. With the number of Philippine wedding
venues to choose from, it is now up to the bride and groom,
together with other decision makers, to decide on which to
prefer over the other.
Velada Estate is one of
the established Philippine garden wedding venues situated
in Antipolo, Rizal. Velada Estate Management Corporation’s
Ms. Pamela Picones shares that soon-to-wed couples consider
several things in selecting their wedding venue.
Wedding setup at El Fuente Garden
- Velada Estate.
For one, location is not anymore an issue for couples. Ms.
Picones said that if the couples really like the venue, they
book it immediately wherever it may be. According to her,
couples depend their decision based on their priorities. Some
couples already have a concept in mind that they want to pursue.
“For example, if they really want a garden venue, they'd
really find one,” she said. Others, on the other hand,
base it on the overall feel of the place. Some search for
a specific look in their venue that may well blend with their
Velada Estate has three
separate venues that will surely satisfy every couple's taste
and preference. La Casa is a residence converted into a fully
air-conditioned indoor venue. It has a 120-seating capacity,
fit for formal and solemn affairs and for those looking for
a home ambiance.
El Fuente will capture the
interest of couples who wish to have an authentic garden wedding
ceremony and reception. Surrounded by lush greenery and enhanced
by modern landscaping, El Fuente gives a feel of exchanging
vows in one's very own garden or backyard.
Classic Wedding Theme at El Patio
- Velada Estate.
Vulnerability to weather
conditions is the most common problem with Philippine garden
weddings. Velada Estate's El Patio offers a solution to this
dilemma. It is a huge pavilion sheltered by tall and old fruit-bearing
trees that provide protection from the elements and a unique
garden experience due to its fragrant background. It can readily
seat 400 guests, which also makes it ideal for holding thematic
Since wedding celebrations
are composed of two parts, the ceremony and the reception,
some couples would prefer holding them in one place. However,
this is not always possible. Some, like Catholics, are requested
to hold their wedding ceremonies at the church. As shared
by Ms. Picones, other religions are less strict when it comes
to the venue of the wedding ceremony. That makes Velada Estate
ideal for any scenario. Any of its three venues can serve
as the ceremony venue. On the other hand, its proximity to
Catholic churches in the Antipolo area makes it possible not
only as a wedding reception venue but also as a preparation
venue. Since La Casa was initially a house, it has two rooms
where the bride and groom can dress up and prepare for the
wedding. A new room is set to be constructed soon to accommodate
the members of the entourage.
Indoor wedding setup at La Casa
- Velada Estate.
In the end, most couples choose a Philippine wedding venue
where they feel right at home. A wedding is first and foremost
a family affair. Ms. Picones said that this is literally what
Velada Estate offers – giving soon-to-wed couples a
chance to hold the affair in a place they could call their
own. “It's like having your party at your own house,”
she adds. With the atmosphere and the facilities of Velada
Estate, holding a wedding there is like holding it in one's
own hacienda or estate. Simply the next best thing.
Outside El Patio by
Wedding Reception at La Casa by
Garden Wedding setup
Wedding Ceremony at El Fuente
Wedding banquet at
Wedding Resources (Reception - Gardens Category) for the
complete contact details of Velada State.