Because I could not get over how wonderful Circa 1900 is, I’m allotting one special blog just for their wedding package and the process we went through to have the best menu for our wedding. Circa 1900 is not a budget wedding venue in Cebu City, but it is worth every penny you pay for (and even more). Read on if you want to know why.
When we first visited Circa 1900 on May 1, 2014, there was no in-charge because it was Labor Day. A few days after, we visited again and talked with Drei. There was no wedding package at that time but he promised, and delivered, CIRCA 1900’s WEDDING PACKAGE a few weeks after. The package has three options: P695 per person, P850 per person, and P1,000 per person.
What are included in Circa 1900’s wedding package?
1. Free use of the venue for 4 hours. Succeeding hour will be charged P1,000 per hour. The good thing about this is that our “time” didn’t start at the time our ceremony, which was held in their garden, started. Our ceremony started 10:30 but the time count started at 11:00 a.m. when the lunch buffet was opened.
2. Free use of the holding room for the bride. The holding room is a small room, which was formerly the horses’ stable. The night before the wedding, we already used the holding room to arrange the flowers and store our things. On the day of the wedding, my cousins went to the venue early because they want to “chill” in the holding room, which was fully air-conditioned.
3. Free use of the sound system with 2 wireless microphone and 2 wired microphone. The sound system also includes free use of Circa’s piano. My uncle had a blast playing the piano the whole time the reception was going on.
4. 1 bottle of sparkling wine. I forgot who finished the bottle but I remembered the wine being sweet and not overwhelmingly alcoholic.
In addition, Circa did not charge us corkage for two lechons but informed us that an additional lechon will cost P500. Moreover, wines will be charged P250 per bottle while whiskeys and spirits will be charged P500 per bottle. Circa has a great selection of wines and they would gladly recommend wines to suit your taste and your budget. We initially planned to get additional bottles of wine but opted for another drink instead. There is also no corkage for dessert buffets.
What does the P695 per person include?
1 x Soup
1 x Appetizer
2 x Salad
1 x Pasta
3 x Main Course
1 x Vegetable
1 x Rice
2 x Dessert
We had several visits to Circa to finalize the menu. We made several changes to the menu because we wanted to ensure that no food will be left uneaten. Let me explain this. Circa’s food is very delicious but I understand that there will be many of our guests who wouldn’t find their food as delicious as my husband and I do. What I mean is, each person’s taste is different. In line with this, we had to revise our menu to make sure each one of our guests will have something to eat. We decided to omit the soup because it is lunch time and we are afraid no one wants to have soup for lunch on a summer day. Also, we also had to revise the menu because there are certain traditions that my elders wanted me to follow, such as no vegetables because vegetables wilt and no one wants a marriage to wilt, and definitely no chicken because a chicken is “isang kahig, isang tuka.” If you’re Filipino, you’d know that idiom is synonymous to being poor.
We had our food tasking two weeks before the wedding, and I had a severe case of SSB (sakit sa baboy). My husband and I wanted to roll in Circa’s floor because we were so full in the stomach and truly looking forward to sharing the same meal with our guests. We even still had to revise the menu, one last time, after the food tasting to change the beef dish because we have several guests who we know will have problems successfully eating beef. We had a chat with Chef Steve and he was even joking about our dilemma.
Our final wedding menu was:
Appetizer 1 — fresh lumpia ubod with shrimps and pork belly
Appetizer 2 — Japanese maki rolls with tuna, salmon, crabstick, egg, mango & vegetables
Appetizer 3 — fried pork and shrimp spring rolls with hoisin peanut sauce
Pasta — spaghetti aglio olio with tuna, basil, arugula and olive oil
Main 1 — snapper fillet escabeche
Main 2 — slow roast pork belly with apple compote
Main 3 — beef salpicao with mushrooms
Rice 1 — steamed rice
Rice 2 — Thai vegetable fried rice
Dessert 1 — maja blanca cheesecake
Dessert — beignets with chocolate and coconut sauce
The menu also included one round/glass of soft drinks..but my guests told me they asked for more than two rounds of soft drinks and they got more than two glasses of soft drinks.
A copy of Circa 1900’s Wedding Package is available HERE.
What’s our overall verdict? Circa 1900 is excellent. The food is delicious and they are very accommodating and understanding to our needs. We thought that the services that we received were more than the amount we paid. Moreover, our guests were singing praises of the food. Also, Circa prepared food containers for any leftover food. And, as further proof we love Circa, we keep coming back!!!