GCQ Weddings: Intimate Wedding Packages, Total Guests, and More

With Metro Manila transitioning to General Community Quarantine, many restrictions have been lifted, but there are still certain limitations set in place to keep the general population safe. These changes have left many people wondering what they can and cannot do under GCQ. One of the more prominent questions being asked right now is if couples who had plans to get married in 2020 can push through with their weddings. The quick answer? Yes. Couples may choose to still get married under GCQ. However, there are a few restrictions you’ll need to keep in mind. Traditional large-scale weddings and receptions most of us are used to are strictly prohibited under safety and social distancing guidelines from the government. As such, intimate weddings will be the main option for couples looking to get married during GCQ. Here are a few things you need to know:

Wedding Proper

Churches will allow couples to get married in their chosen church. What has changed is the number of people allowed during the wedding. Church officials have said that only immediate family members of the bride and groom, as well as one pair of sponsors, are allowed to be present. Alternatively, couples may opt to go with a civil wedding for now, just to make things official. However, the number of attendees is limited to immediate family members for the sake of having witnesses to the civil wedding.

Guest Lists

The government has allowed intimate weddings to push through since the move to GCQ last June 1, 2020. Government guidelines, for now, are only allowing gatherings of up to (10) people. This is for strict compliance and many wedding suppliers are restructuring their services to ensure this 10-person limit is followed.

Event Spaces

The government has allowed event spaces to resume operations, provided that all events will follow the 10-person limit. Given this, couples who plan to push through with their weddings during GCQ should try to look for more intimate GCQ wedding venues, such as Restaurant 101 or The Atrium. Similarly, it’s a good idea to look for event spaces that offer in-house catering options to help limit the number of wedding suppliers present. On the other hand, couples may choose slightly more unconventional venues, like village clubhouses or their own homes, and opt to hire a catering service, like Enderun Events. Fortunately, many event spaces and catering services are offering Intimate Wedding Packages to help make planning intimate weddings easier for couples. These packages often come complete with venue, catering, and styling, easing the stress of having to plan a wedding and “reception” from scratch. You may view Enderun Events’ Intimate Wedding packages here.

3 Activities That Will Bring More Excitement to Your Next Corporate Event

Choosing a date and booking a corporate event space are two important steps when planning your company’s next event. However, those two details are not the only things that you organize a successful corporate event. Making sure you fill out your corporate event with the right kind of activities also plays a large role in an event’s success. Whether you are throwing a year-end party, planning a product launch, or preparing for a corporate training seminar, there’s no denying that having a fun and interesting line-up of activities helps make your event more memorable. Of course, coming up with these activities from scratch can be a little difficult. This is why we’ve compiled a shortlist of activities you can try including in your next corporate event:

Organize an internal TEDx event

Need an unconventional way to get your message across? Holding a TEDx talk in your company’s next event is a popular way to gather a crowd. TEDx brings a lot of value to an event that promotes learning and discussion. Try inviting an industry thought-leader to be your speaker to help generate more interest in your event. Just remember to register your event at TED.com if you plan to use the TEDx logo on your event’s marketing materials.

Have an immersive photo booth experience

One of the first things guests do when they enter a corporate event space is to take photos. This is why photobooths are a common inclusion in any corporate event. To take it up a notch, create an immersive 3D photo booth experience that will allow your guests to explore different landmarks around the world or delve deeper into the product that you are showcasing. By doing this, you give your guests a memorable souvenir of the event that keeps your brand in your guests’ top of mind.

Host a Guided Wine-Tasting Session

Food and drinks tend to be the highlight of most corporate events. However, there are a few ways you can turn dinner into an interactive activity for your guests. Try inviting an experienced wine expert to host a guided wine-tasting session. Have the expert help you with pairing different wines with the menu you’ve prepared. An event space with in-house catering, such as the Enderun Tent, can refer you to a wine expert who is familiar with the menus they offer. Whether your event is catered towards internal employees, external stakeholders, or both, it is important to create a memorable experience. Hopefully, these ideas have helped inspire you!

Caterers Share Tips for Building a Custom Menu for Your Next Event

There is no denying that having a great selection of food is vital to making any event a smashing success. After all, we Filipinos have a true passion for food. This is why choosing a trusted catering service, like Enderun Events, should be a priority when planning your next event. Most catering services in Taguig and the rest of Metro Manila will allow their clients to build their own menus. This is a fantastic service since you are free to choose all the items that you love. However, this doesn’t mean that you should simply pick everything that you enjoyed. Any foodie will tell you that the best menus are the ones that have diverse options that complement the other available choice well. Building a cohesive menu isn’t as difficult as it sounds, but it does require you to plan things in advance. Here are a few tips to keep in mind to help you build a menu that’ll have your guests talking about your event for years to come.

Match the Menu with Your Event’s Theme

Consider matching your menu with the theme you’ve chosen for your event. For example, a Great Gatsby-themed birthday party would benefit from a menu that offered a foie gras appetizer, beef medallion entree, and French macaroons for dessert. On the other hand, an outdoor event would probably call for more casual fare like potato salad bites, braised beef rib fingers, and milk chocolate pudding.

Don’t Load Up on Too Many of the Same Proteins

Another thing to consider is how much of a particular protein you have on the menu. If you aren’t careful, you may end up with eight different pork dishes and only one of each other kind of protein available. Apart from flavor fatigue, some guests may have dietary restrictions that might not be compatible with a pork-heavy menu. As a rule of thumb, you’ll want at least one dish that features seafood, chicken, pork, and beef.

Diversify the Flavor Profile of Each Course

Try to make sure that the flavor profile of each course is diverse. If you’ve already chosen two spicy food items as hors d’oeuvres, it might be a good idea to skip adding even more spicy options for mains. If you’ve chosen some relatively salty appetizers, on the other hand, you probably want to choose mains that offer a bit of sweetness or creaminess to balance out your menu.

Simple Tips to Help Your Booth Stand Out at Your Next Bridal Fair

Bridal fairs and expos are a cost-effective way for wedding suppliers to reach their target customer base. Brides are usually together with their family and friends. Mostly, these brides have already started planning their weddings, which means they are ready to avail your services. Hence, it is necessary to make the most of the bridal fair experience.

Since wedding expos are usually held in large trade show venues, like the Tent at Enderun Colleges, you usually have to compete with a lot of other suppliers to gain attention. One of the best ways to attract interest from potential clients is to have an eye-catching booth. Here are a few ideas that will help your booth standout:

Use visual presentations

Familiarize the attendees with your previous works and projects by showcasing these through audio video presentations or slide shows. Doing this will make it easier for them to encapsulate the quality of your services and give them an idea of the roster of clients you have worked with.

Up your freebie takeaway game

To gain further attention from prospect clients, take your booth activity into a whole new level. Create a roulette game and let the attendees spin their luck for a freebie takeaway. You can prepare eco-bags, shirts, calendars or pens. Make sure these items have your logo imprints for further brand recognition.

Choose corner booths

Always opt for corner spaces when deciding your booth area. Placing your booth on corners makes it easier for brides to see you because they are able to view you from two directions. It also helps you to utilize your space since it is not as stuffy and enclosed as those vendors situated in between.

Display one focal item

If you are a gown designer, you can ideally put about three of your creations and position them in the center of the booth. By displaying a focal item, attendees can conveniently grasp the idea of your services. Also, they can easily decide to book you if they are able to spot and touch your works and pieces. It even gives you a leverage because showcasing your works means you are confident in giving quality outputs to your prospect clients.

Do not clutter the booth

Avoid bringing in unnecessary materials that can only take up space in your booth. Take note that people tend to roam around inside it. Make sure there’s enough space for inquiries and sit-down bookings. Give them the comfort they need to freely move around.

Utilize your logo and logo colors as possible

As much as possible, make your booth thematic in the sense that its design aligns with the colors of your brand. Since it’s a wedding expo, you can try to incorporate whites and creams, even silvers, in your booth colors. Do not overdo it, though. Try to mix and match and see if it blends well. Utilizing your colors increases your chance for a higher brand recall.

Optimize your booth for social media

Once everything is set up accordingly, determine whether your booth is social media ready. With today’s digital technology, it is guaranteed that brides would love to take pictures of all things they have seen during the fair. Take this advantage by putting together the most Instagram-worthy elements and pieces in your booth design. You can also create an event hashtag so brides have a more personal feel toward your services.

If you are in search of an event space in Manila for your next social gathering, Enderun Events offers exceptional facilities that guarantee an unforgettable and memorable experience. Not only will you have the best time of your life, your guests will surely have to.

Supplier Spotlight: Gary Dacanay Weddings and Events



One of the reasons why Enderun Events has been so successful over the years is because we are able to work with some of the most creative and talented partner suppliers in Metro Manila. Today, we’ll be featuring Gary Dacanay Weddings and Events, one of the top event stylists in Manila.


About Gary Dacanay Weddings and Events


Gary Dacanay Weddings and Events was established in 2014, fulfilling a childhood dream for Mr. Gary Dacanay. “From a young age, I’ve always had a big interest in flowers and stage design. It was all about that love and passion for the arts, which is why the interest developed into a full scale event styling company.” he says–and he hasn’t looked back since.>


Over the course of the last five years, Gary Dacanay has worked on the styling for numerous events in and around Metro Manila, including festivals, beauty pageants, concerts, weddings, and more. His stunning designs are truly a sight to see. In fact, his unique designs has helped him build an impressive list of celebrity clients like:

  • Sitti Navarro
  • Richard Gutierez and Sarah Labhati
  • Robin Padilla and Mariel Rodriguez
  • Vic Sotto and Pauline Luna
  • Gladys Reyes
  • Senator Koko Pimentel
  • President Rodrigo Duterte

On Working with Enderun Events

Enderun Events and Gary Dacanay Weddings and Events have built an amazing partnership over the years. Many of Gary’s clients have chosen The Atrium or The Enderun Tent for their events, ranging from weddings to debuts and everything in between, thanks to the near limitless possibilities the event venues offer.

“I love working with Enderun Events. They are easy to work with since they are so organized and supplier-friendly with their policies. Their two main venues, The Atrium and The Enderun Tent, are blank canvases and a dream for any full-scale event styling company.” Gary says.

“Every event in Enderun, big or small, is a ‘positive challenge’. Their event venues are beautiful, inspiring me and my team to be as creative as possible when coming up with designs for our clients.”



Gary’s creativity definitely shines bright every time he and his team handles an event at Enderun Colleges. Eye-catching flower arrangements, elegant ceiling treatments, and other thoughtful personalized touches are the hallmarks of his designs. Every design is bursting with color and life, yet completely tailored to the personalities and preferences of his clients. The result is a truly customized events that his clients and their guests will never forget.



Gary and his team also never back down from a challenge. “In the world of event styling, there is no such thing as an ‘obstacle you need to overcome’. Every aspect of styling is a new opportunity to let your creativity shine. No matter how big or grandiose a client’s vision is, Gary and his team find ways to bring that dream to life.



“In event styling, the manta Hakuna Matata really applies. There’s no point in worrying. It’s all about ‘No worries. We’ll get the job done and do our best to match or even exceed your expectations’. This mindset helps us come up with designs that are pretty and create positive vibes all around.”


Add Gary Dacanay’s Unique Vision and Designs to Your Event!


Still looking for a stylist for your upcoming event at The Atrium or The Enderun Tent? We’d be more than happy to recommend you to Gary Dacanay Weddings and Events! Simply give us a call at (632) 856 5000 local 534 or 560. Together, we can make your event unforgettable.

5 Corporate Giveaways to Hand Out During Your Next Public Event



Company events can be intimidating endeavours. Often, these are the stages on which companies are judged for their capability, reliability, and success. Whether an event hosted solely by your company, or an expo that your company has joined, It is important to make a good impression.


One way to do so is to have giveaways! Though it may seem old-fashioned, giveaways are still one of the best ways to be remembered by those who visit your event or booth. Here are some ideas for your next event.


  1. A really good ballpen

    It seems trite, but the truth is that a really good ballpen is still valued! If you can give out good ballpens, people are sure to keep them and use them regularly. With that comes their keeping your company in mind. Be sure the pen is branded, looks good, and writes excellently!

  2. USB sticks

    A useful item still, and one that you can utilize in two ways! The first is by branding the device with your company logo, and the second is to have a folder with your company profile and other information in it! Just be sure that there is enough space for people to still use it for themselves. This will not only be appreciated, but it will also encourage them to keep the USB stick!

  3. Instagram food lights

    These days, it’s all about the ‘gram. One well-appreciated present is an Instagram light. These pen-like devices have LED lights that let people light up their photo subject, whether it be food, products (for flatlay), or themselves!

  4. Discounts

    Nothing beats a really good discount coupon, especially if you have a sought-after product or service. It also encourages event visitors to become customers. Make sure the discount is enticing enough for potential customers to become real customers, and count the discount given as a marketing expense!

  5. Metal drink containers and umbrellas

    Metal drink containers and umbrellas are two items that people always need and always appreciate receiving for free! Just make sure that you will be able to bring in the latter. Some corporate event venues are strict about what you can and cannot bring in to the event space, and the last thing you want is to be told you can’t bring in your giveaways!


Just as important as the items you give away are the corporate event venues you choose for your company events! There are many event spaces in Manila, but not all of them have what is necessary to make your company look capable, serious, and a brand that customers and/or suppliers can trust. Apart from ambience and what it can convey, do not forget to consider location. The location of corporate event venues can determine the success of the event. Accessibility is ideal, but so is parking–something many event spaces in Manila do not have, but guests appreciate. Do your research on different event spaces in Manila and do not forget to consider these options before your next company event!

Corporate Catering Tips: Selecting the Right Menu for Your Business Lunch



Depending on how many attendees there are, selecting the right menu can be either a simple or complex task. It all starts with choosing the right venue and catering company. Once those two decisions have been made, here’s how you can make it easier on yourself when planning your next business lunch.


1. Get to Know Your Guests in Advance


Even before the lunch, try to get information on any dietary restrictions that your guests might have. It also helps to know their food preferences. If you are unsure of this information, speak to the restaurant or your catering service beforehand to provide options for your guests and to avoid any cases of embarrassment or humiliation.


2. Showcase Your Culture


If you are dealing with foreign guests or overseas partners, it might be a good idea to allow them to experience the local cuisine. Not only will it be a new experience for them, but talking about the food is also a good conversation topic to break any ice or tension, while showcasing your culture and what your country has to offer.


3. Avoid Causes for Embarrassment


When designing the menu with your chosen catering company, it is best to choose dishes that are clean, fresh and easy to eat. Avoid food that is difficult to eat, such as whole meats and unpeeled and unopened shellfish as well as dishes that have the potential to cause stains or may leave unpleasant tastes and odours in the mouth such as food with strong flavours of garlic and onion.


Selecting the right menu for your business lunch is more important than most people think, as this is the impression-making stage. Be sure to select the appropriate catering services to fit your occasion and guest profile to ensure the smoothest business transaction possible.

Four Essential Tips for Choosing the Right Corporate Training Venue



Corporate training is essential for any company looking to help their employees reach their potential. Given the importance of corporate training, it’s only natural for companies to want to make sure their training sessions to want to make sure that every training session is as effective and engaging as possible.


As discussed in one of our previous articles, it is often more efficient and effective to conduct corporate training at a third-party events space in Manila. This begs the question: how do I know which event space is the right one for my company’s needs? Here are a few tips to help you do just that:


Make Sure You Visit the Site


You’ve probably heard of some great corporate training venues around Metro Manila from your business connections. Suggestions should always be welcomed and considered, but make sure you visit the site before you book it. This isn’t just about seeing the place for yourself, but it’s also about gauging the venue’s location and the travel time. Ideally, you want to choose a space that is accessible for all the attendees, so choose a place with easy access to public transportation and ample parking for those bringing their own cars.


Check the List of Inclusions


Events spaces that cater to corporate training seminars will have an extensive list of inclusions that come with renting the venue. Make sure you take a look at this list carefully to help you get a clearer picture of what you’ll have on-hand on the day itself and what you may need to bring with you. Standard inclusions such as projectors, sound systems, and WiFi are must-haves.


Review Venue Set-up and Capacity


All event spaces will provide you with the capacity of their venue, but make sure to ask what kind of set-up this number reflects. Chairs and tables can be set up in a number of ways, which directly affects the number of guests a certain venue can accommodate. Similarly, how your tables and chairs are set up can have an impact on how easy it is for your participants to listen to trainers and speakers. Make sure you discuss this with your event venue representative to make sure your preferred venue can accommodate your preferred set-up and number of guests.


Does the Venue Come with Catering?


If your training session will take up the whole day, you’ll definitely want to try and choose a venue that offers in-house catering services. Food plays a big role in whole-day corporate training sessions and is often what most attendees remember the most. For whole day events, it’s often a good idea to provide a morning snack, lunch, and an afternoon snack. Not only does this keep participants happy, but it also helps everyone stay focused on the sessions instead of wondering where they’ll be having lunch.

A Quick Guide to Planning a Debut



The debut that we know today originated from the French word début, which means “first appearance”. This is an event where a girl makes her first appearance to her family and friends as a young woman. Although planning the perfect debut may seem to be a challenge and a headache, here are some tips to ease your worries and make the process more smooth and seamless.


1. Make Your Guest List

The first step in planning your event is to make a list of your guests. Knowing how many people you want to invite and be present on your special day, will allow you to move forward with the rest of the planning and decision making. After all, the number of guests you plan to invite will dictate a lot of things, including catering, event venue, and more.


2. Benchmark Your Budget

From your list of invitees, you can now set a preliminary budget. This will usually be a discussion among family members to know how much will be allocated to your coming-of-age party. Whatever budget you come up with initially, it’s a good idea to pad it by around 10 percent in case of any unforeseen extra expenses.


3. Decide on Your Theme and Event Scale

Now that you have a budget, you can see if your guest list needs to be shortened or if you have extra resources to allocate for more invites or other special effects to your event. This is also the time for you to decide on the theme, so you can better choose an event venue that is most suited for your party. Knowing your guest count will also help you choose the right venue with the right size.


4. Pick A Venue

Do you prefer an intimate picnic or brunch, an outdoor cocktail party, or an elegant dinner in a ballroom? Choosing the right debut venue will make a big difference in setting the right theme for your event and will make an impact on your guests too. Once you’re set with the venue, you can also call in your event stylist and caterer to ensure your debut vision comes to fruition.


5. Form Your Program

Many debuts are all about the program – from the performances to the dancing and speeches. Come up with a list of the people who you want to be part of the program, so you can also inform them in advance to prepare for their roles. Having a program will also help you know what else you will be needing and which suppliers to contact.


6. Embellish the Event

This will be the fun part. Embellishing your event is all about the extras and added features to make your debut more memorable, from your choice of dresses to choosing the cake and the giveaways. This is also the part where you consider other suppliers such as a photographer and videographer, lights and sounds, an event host, a DJ, and the list goes on depending on the theme of your event. Some venues may have more complete event packages that will lessen your headache to search for other suppliers, so this is something that you can also keep in mind. When in doubt, there are always family members and event coordinators who you can turn to.

What You Need to Know About Pre-Wedding Reception Cocktails at



When it comes to the catering services aspect of your wedding, your wedding caterer might bring up reception cocktails. Should you or should you not include cocktails in your wedding program? Here are some of the factors you can consider when deciding whether or not to hold cocktails before your wedding reception.


Ultilize your beautiful venue

Apart from the main venue hall, your event space might have features such as pocket gardens, a beach front, or other beautiful views and backdrops. Holding pre-wedding reception cocktails is a great way to fully maximise the use of your event venue while also providing more diverse photo opportunities for you and your guests.


Allow family and friends to mingle

If you have a packed reception program, pre-wedding reception cocktails are the perfect opportunity for family and friends to get to exchange greetings, converse and mingle amongst each other. Set the tone and atmosphere of what is to come for your guests with eye-catching canapés and refreshing drinks before heading in to your main reception venue.


Give time to those running late

You might have a few guests running late or coming from other obligations. Holding a cocktail hour will minimize your chances of having guests arrive late to your wedding reception, and will give them a chance to relax and mingle with your other guests as well.


Capture more moments and memories

If you planned a photo shoot with your entourage and as a couple after your wedding ceremony, having pre-wedding reception cocktails is a good opportunity to keep your guests distracted while they wait for you. Your guests might be holding their own little photo shoots at the same time too!


A quick respite before the reception

You might have gotten up early in the morning for all the wedding preparations, or perhaps haven’t even slept a few nights before the big day. Holding cocktails for your guests will allow you and your groom some time to breathe before you make your grand entrance as husband and wife. If you plan to have a change of outfit and a few make-up retouches, this will also give you the time and opportunity to do so. Use cocktail hour as time for you to sit back, relax a bit and sip a glass of wine or champagne.