Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Supplier Rating: WINK and Madz Madaje

Finally got around to writing my suppliers rating!  First up, the invitation!  We didn't want to splurge a lot on the invites so while doing the usual bridal fair rounds, we decided to pick the people who were the easiest to talk to and was accessible for the both of us.  WINK (or Written In INk) had an office in Makati, offered 20% discount upon booking at the fair and showcased modern but classy invitations.  Best of all, the only charge 1500 for customization of the layout (from the ground up!).  Eventually, we did not avail of the custom layout, we asked Madz Madaje to do our custom vectors from inspirations around Manila. She is heaven sent!  After several emails and various revisions she was able to transform our idea

                                 from this...

                                   to this!

Madz also did the vector for our cartoony San Agustin Church and Palacio de Maynila which we used for the various DIY's we did for the wedding.  Wink helped us in the layout of the actual invitation, sealer (monogram) and the wordings of the invitations.  Just a piece of advice, make sure you consult with your invitation provider regarding what specific program or file format do they need for the invitation layout to make sure that it will be compatible with what they are used to.  Less hassle and you won't have to do the same thing again when you find out they use a different program.

Another piece of advice, make sure your have an estimate of the number of guests you will be having before your place your order for the invitations.  We had to add 50 more invitations because we underestimated our guest list.  It was a good thing Ms. Jenny was so easy to talk to, we got to place the order via email and got it in one week.

Each invitation comes in a clear plastic bag and the sealer/monogram technically does not seal.  Ms. Jenny told us that they do it this way so that the envelopes don't get ripped or damaged when the guests open the invitations, the plastic is more than enough to keep everything together and prevents damage from dust or water! Winner!

Thrifty brides have other options like going to Recto (will have to post a separate blog for this) or choosing less expensive suppliers (like Wingdingz).  However, considering that I only had to go to their shop to get the mock invite and then once more to get the final output with the rest of our transactions done via email, I would have to say I saved a lot in terms of transportation expense, cellphone load and time compared to getting a supplier who was cheaper but is less accessible from where I am based.

Rating: 5 stars!
Jenny D. Ortega
Written in Ink (Wink)
+63 2 894 1500 local 14, +63 933 5333649, +63 2 894 1500
Unit 1 Southway Condominium
Mayapis corner Bakawan Sts.
San Antonio Village, Makati City, Philippines
Madz Madaje (add her on Facebook!)

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