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The Quest for the Perfect Venue

Before you embark on your quest to find the ideal venue for your dream debut party, you should be armed with certain details first. Research what you can on the internet, call if you have to and list down prospective venues for your 18th birthday celebration.

If you have a dream venue (and by dream, I mean famous and expensive) for your debut party and you have the budget to back that up, then by all means book it, and book it fast! Some of these famous establishments are so in demand that it is hard to book them on such short notice, most especially if your party falls on a weekend. For these venues, they require that you book at least three to six months before the date. So, if you’ve successfully booked your dream venue, I congratulate you!

If you are still figuring out what venue to choose, these are things that you need to consider. You might be surprised that all it takes is easy as A-B-C!

A — Ask around. As I’ve said before, happy customers often beats a 30-second TV ad commercial. Ask your friends where they held their 18th birthday parties and how they feel about their venue. Ask them to rate it. Also ask them on other prospective venues that they have seen or scouted.

B — Budget! How much are you willing to shell out for your venue. Some consider this as the ultimate consideration. Now, don’t go melancholy on me just because you weren’t able to book the venue you want. Move on.. As they say, there are a lot of fish in the sea. Actually, I lost count of how many they are in our Venues section. It’s no use picking a venue that is so expensive, you don’t have enough budget left for food. Remember that your guests need to eat.

C — Count them. How many will you be inviting. It is extremely important to know how many guests you will be inviting. Knowing this would help a lot in choosing your venue because your main consideration in looking for the perfect venue is its capacity. If you are planning on inviting around 100 guests, look for a venue that can easily accommodate 100-150 people. That way, if more guests come than what you expected, you would be able to accommodate them. It would totally be embarrassing to let them wait for some of the guests to finish eating so they can take their place on the table. Totally uncool.

D — Debut packages. If your venue has a special debut package that you can avail, weigh it against having separate suppliers for everything. It will be worry-free if you avail of those packages because they usually take care of everything so you don’t have to worry about anything. On the other hand, there is freedom in having separate suppliers because you can choose the supplier that you want. Some venues, however, only want accredited caterers to cater for an event in their venue, so ask that as well.

E — Extras. If you are going for the rental of the venue alone, ask what will be included in the rental (lighting, sound system, spotlight, decorations, etc.) This will be important to know so you can cross this out later in your checklist. Determine what features you won’t be using so that you can use the money you can save for other things.

F — Freebies. Also ask what freebies they can give you so you would consider them over the other venues. An extra hour for free would be a good deal.

G — Got a theme in mind? If you have, you should consider that as well. A garden venue works well for whimsical themes like Fairies theme, A Midsummer Night’s Dream theme, Butterfly theme, Green Earth theme, Cherry Blossoms Zen-inspired theme, etc. A mini-auditorium would work well for Awards Night-inspired theme or a Fashion Runway-inspired theme. Bars would work well for the Rave theme, Glam-Rock theme, Disco Night theme, etc. Function Rooms are much more flexible. It is like a blank canvass waiting for a masterpiece painting. It would depend on how you decorate the room to adhere to your theme.

H — Hmmm… I think I don’t have something to put for H, but the following are important too.

I — Is there enough parking space for your guests. Sometimes parking spaces can be a real problem. Guests would obviously want their vehicles parked in a well-lighted and guarded spot. If they park at a dark alley, they would naturally go out often to check on their cars.

Another important consideration in looking for a good venue is to know whether the place is accessible and easy to go to. You don’t want your guests still looking for your debut party venue while you’re already doing your grand entrance do you?

If all details cannot be met by a single venue, choose those that are most important to you and make that as your basis. When you have these details settled, you can now do the leg work and visit your prospective 18th birthday party venues. The moment that you see the venue, you will know. Everything will flow freely from you as if by magic, you will picture the venue as if you are in your own debut doing your grand entrance, and you will know it is the one.

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50 Responses to "The Quest for the Perfect Venue"

  1. janina villagarcia says:

    hey ..i need a venue for my dbut party just around here in quezon city.. can you suggest one? thank u very much..
    :) ) my debut will be on april2010 and i think im running out of time deciding for the best venue for my party. please help..

  2. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Janina,

    Sorry for the late reply. Have you figured out what type of venue you want? We have a list of venues in the Quezon city area that you might want to check out. http://debutideas.com/?page_id=97#quezoncity. For hotels, they have packages that ranges from 50 to 100k. For instance, http://www.robbinsdalehotel.com/v2/packages.php, http://www.fernandina88.com.ph/ and http://hotelrembrandt.brinkster.net/main.html are some hotels in the QC area. Hope this helps. Happy Birthday Janina.

  3. tutay says:

    hello.. my sister will be having her 18th this april and im planning it. can you suggest a venue where we can have a pool party? as much as possible we hope it’s in cubao, qc. :) or near that area. thank you! im planning for a simple pool party. :)

  4. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Tutay,

    Here are some venues that have a pool and a function room. fernandina 88 suites. Regalia Tower Suites.

    Philam Life Homes Clubhouse also has a pool that I’m sure will be perfect for your sister’s debut party. However, it is located in west avenue, QC. The Sulo Hotel also has a pool but it is in Diliman, QC. There are lots of swimming pools in the Antipolo area. Try looking for one here. Hope this helps and happy scouting.

  5. bea says:

    hello. i’ll be having my debut party this coming july and i still do not have a venue… my parents want it to be somewhere near our place here in pasig,, can you suggest a venue that is both pretty and affordable, too? thanks. god bless!

  6. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Bea,

    First of all, July is a rainy month so you should consider a venue that is enclosed like hotels or restaurants or a garden that has a roof or canopy. There are restaurants in the Metrowalk area that is affordable and pretty at the same time. We have also a venues page that you may find helpful in looking for your perfect venue. Hope this helps and happy birthday.

  7. joanne says:

    hi. do you think it would be okay to have an indoor pool party for my daughter’s debut this coming november? she doesn’t really want a party, so were throwing something simple, with close friends and family only, around a 100 guests or so. we’re here at qc. also can you recommend any budget friendly caterer? thanks, hope you can reply ASAP.

  8. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Ma’am Joanne,

    A pool party will be a good choice if you want your party to be intimate and informal so yeah your indoor pool party sounds like a lot of fun for a simple girl. Even if you want it simple, you may want to still put some elements in there that will make it memorable. I’m sure your daughter will be thankful for it. Having a theme would actually achieve that, but you can also go with some ideas here in this article that will work for you and just go with that.

    Click here for list of caterers

    Hope this helps and happy planning.

  9. kara says:

    hi i’m having my debut this june 2010 and im looking for a venue here in iloilo where i can celebrate it. And I want a little pool party.if someone can suggest . ty!!

  10. ringo says:

    hey.i will be turning 18 on september. the thing is.i am a male, i know our debut is on our 21st,but i also want to celebrate my 18. any suggestions? all i can found is for the female. :( . hope that you can help me! thanks! :>

  11. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Ringo,

    I don’t think there’s anything wrong with celebrating your 18th birthday! :) When you choose a theme, just be sure that it’s something that’s close to your heart. You may use any of the themes we have come up with but you can make some tweaks of course! Some birthday party themes that can also be used by males (unisex) are Hollywood theme, Awards Night and Rave. Make sure also to enjoy this party planning stage and get help from your friends and loved ones!

    Hope this helps!

  12. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Kara,

    You may want to read this article for our inputs on Pool Parties.
    http://debutideas.com/?p=694

    Happy Planning! =)

  13. Trixia Anne Fabro says:

    hello! can you help me find a venue here in QC wherein the debut rates/packages are 30K below? I have a little budget and my birthday is fast approaching (August 2010). Please help me. thanks! :)

  14. Maezzie says:

    Hi! I will be having my debut on September and I’m already starting to look for the venue. Aside from The Glass Garden, what venue can you suggest that has a staircase? especially place at Pasig or near Pasig. Is it a good idea if I mix up Fairytale theme and Butterfly theme? And can you give me ideas and tips I can do if I use the Butterfly and Fairytale theme? Thank you so much! Hoping for your early reply.

  15. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Trixia,

    There are a few hotels in the Quezon City area which you may try calling. They have affordable debut packages but I think it is a little bit more than 30k. The next option would be restaurants like Gerry’s grill for instance, or how about Max’s. You might want to call Tony’s Bar and Grille in Mindanao avenue. UP Bonsai Garden has rental fee of 10k I think and then you can bring in your own food or hire a caterer that is right for your budget. I believe Studio Z and Coffee Therapy Cafe is also affordable so you may want to call them as well. Here you can find venues in the quezon city area. Quezon City. Hope this helps and happy planning.

  16. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Maezzie,

    I’m not sure there is anymore venue in the Pasig area with a staircase aside from Glass Garden. You can definitely mix up the Butterfly theme with the Fairytale theme to make it more magical. Hope this helps.

  17. gielie says:

    Hello debut ideas! (Author) :)
    I’ll be having my debut party this coming September 2010 and I’m looking for a venue here in Manila(near DLSU?). Can you suggest a venue that is affordable and nice? Good for 120 guest. It should be buffet. My theme is Korean fashion :) and it is not formal D: Thanks for the help! :D

  18. gail says:

    hello…

    i’m planning to have a poolside party..a formal one actually..the theme that i have in mind is swan lake… can you please suggest venues here in cavite or tagaytay? thank you… :)

  19. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Gielie,

    You can take a look at our venues section on Manila. Happy birthday!

  20. Athena says:

    hello. im having my debut nextyear and I want to have a Fashion Runway-inspired theme, do know some organizer that can make a runway stage? thanks a lot :)

  21. Ana says:

    Hi, i saw in one of your replies, you recommended Tony’s bar and grille na affordable, function room po ba dun or ung mismong place na nila un? And is it really cheap? Like 30k with food? i’m in tight budget kasi :| Thank you! :)

  22. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Ana,

    I’m afraid we don’t know about their rates. It will depend on what package you avail. Tony’s is a bar/restaurant with three function rooms but being a restaurant, I think you need to avail of their packages which includes their food. Call them for a quotation. Find them here. Venues in Quezon City

  23. Demii says:

    hi! Im turning 18 this october and I still dont have a venue for my party. My parents strongly suggest na sa restaurant. My friend already suggested a place named rustica at scout reyes but Im still hesitant coz I havent seen the place yet. can you give me suggestions. my budget for the place and the food and the venue ranges from P30000-40000. THANK YOU! :D

  24. Elysa says:

    Hi Debutideas author! it’s my 18th birthday on february 14 2011 but i’m going to celebrate it on the 12th. The venue that I chose is dad’s place events venue in quezon city. Do you think the space there is enough to accommodate 100 people? and I’m having a hard time on coming up with a theme for my debut..I want it to be unique because the Hollywood Glam, Awards night, Fairytale and Butterfly are some of the themes my other friends and classmates did on their own debuts. Please help me.. thank you so much! :)

  25. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Demii,

    We apologize for not replying sooner. Rustica I think is a nice place. It is a restaurant that also caters so I’m sure they have budget packages that you can choose from. You can look for other venues here so you have other options.

  26. marie says:

    Hi there, great site you have here!
    I was thinking if you could help me decide on a venue. My folks wants a formal hotel while I’m leaning towards a bar or club. I want a compromise though. Something classy but modern in Manila/Makati/QC. Have a place in mind?
    It would be very helpful if you could. Thanks!

  27. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Marie,

    Maybe you can explore this site — http://venues.multiply.com/
    They have a list of venues there together with pictures.

    Hope this helps!

  28. Ana Antolin says:

    I am currently planning my debut and I was wondering if Ibarra’s garden would be a good venue for a masquerade themed debut.

  29. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Ana Antolin,

    Ibarra’s garden is a gorgeous event venue and it’s definitely a great venue for your masquerade themed debut party.

  30. yvette says:

    hi! i’m planning for a glam-rock debut. can you suggest venues where i can celebrate my debut? venues in alabang, tagaytay, sta. rosa laguna & san pedro, laguna. tnx.(:

  31. anie minato says:

    hello.. :) i am planning my 18 birthday this march i’m currently living in pateros do you mind suggesting a place that is inexpensive? my budget is only 30-50k any other suggestion? my ideal theme party is hawaiian thnx

  32. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Elysa,

    What are your interests? Themes should actually reflect your personality. For instance, if you are a fan of rock music, then go for a rock themed debut! We have some themes here — http://debutideas.com/?cat=5 we hope this can help you :)

    Happy planning!

  33. chachayy says:

    hi. great site you have there :)

    i need some help from you on how to organize my galaxy themed debut party :) i mean, in what to wear, what would my guest wear. how would the venue will turn out to be, replacing my 18 candles, roses etc into something thats unique and all. :) ) looking forward for your response. its really urgent :) ) im stressed out

  34. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Chachayy,

    For a galaxy themed party, I’m thinking of silvery stuff, more like a planetarium effect for the venue. Hang styro balls (paint it so it looks like a planet and make some with rings) and stars in your venue. You may ask your guests to wear dark colored gowns particularly on the dark bluish side (to create an ambiance of outer space) Distribute foreheadbands with a wire sticking up to show a silver star so that each guest will be like a star and when they move the star will move with them. For your 18s, have them wear 18 planet foreheadbands so that they will look like planets rotating around you. You may be the sun so that you will be dressed in a yellow gown or a white or midnight blue gown with silver trimmings (the shimmery the better). For your 18s, you can have 18 stars, 18 planets (since we only have 9, you can have 2 18s in one planet) 18 galaxies, 18 universes, 18 moons. Hope this helps.

  35. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Athena,

    We have a list of event stylist or party planner in this link Party Planners. Some of the balloon and flower suppliers also do stage design so you may want to ask them of their services. hope this helps.

  36. Charm says:

    Hi, I’m Charmaine Pontigon. I was just wondering If you have any suggestions for the venue of my debut on December. I want it to be a pretty good place and not just a function hall or a big room but It should b like not more than 100k if inclusive of a package. I’m hoping you’ll reply. thanks. Btw, If possible I want it to be kind of near manila or UST,not a 2 hr or 1 and a half hour away. thanks. (:

  37. Audrey says:

    Hi Charmaine,

    December can be quite a busy month since there are lots of parties, corporate and private events going on. If you want to secure a good venue for your debut, I suggest you look and reserve for a place a few months in advance. You can check out our listings of venues. We suggest that you visit some of the places to have a feel of the space. It will also give you some ideas on where to place the tables, chairs, dance floor, buffet table, etc. Most of the venues do have their preferred caterers or vendors so if you are working with a budget, try to ask if they can accommodate caterers outside of their list. Hope this helps!

  38. Gen Cana says:

    hello, i’ll be celebrating my debut on september. is it fine if i’ll be having a pool party?

  39. Audrey says:

    Hi Gen,

    Just because it’s in September it does not mean you cannot have a Pool party for your debut! The best option, of course, is to have an indoor pool party. However, if you plan to have an outdoor pool party then there are some things you do have to consider, though.

    First, you have to be prepared for the possibility of rain. Make sure you have a tent, umbrella or any sort of covering for your tables and food table. You can also provide umbrellas for your guests in case it rains.
    Outdoor Pool party
    Place a lot of chairs or lounges where guests can sit down and mingle. Place some pillows or cushions for that cozy ambience. Make sure that there is enough seating for everyone. Scatter the chairs and tables around the garden to utilize all the space. Create large seating areas to facilitate conversation among your guests. Make sure that you put enough shades in the area.

    Hope this helps!

  40. Chinggay says:

    Hi :) My birthday is in July and I still don’t have a venue >_< I want to have pool party for about 70-80 people around the Q.C. area. Any suggestions? :) Thank you :]

  41. Annika says:

    Hello! I’ll be celebrating my debut this coming Sept.8 and my theme would be A Party that Rocks. I’m really in a rush in finding a venue that suits my theme near here in my place in Parañaque. Is there a venue perfect for my theme in here? or maybe the venue could be in Pasay or Alabang. i just need it to be real near Parañaque. HELP! Desperate girl in need here. >.<

    Thanks and more powers to you ?

  42. michelle says:

    hey! :) im in a rush! i never thought i would want to have a debut.. my birthday is on 13th of September.. and im on a rush finding a cheap venue.. i want a garden one but i think thats expensive.. i really dont know how to start… im in a tight budget too. please help. thanks!
    p.s i live in pasay so sana un near lang din na place. :)
    thank you!

  43. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Michelle,

    We apologize for not replying sooner. These are the venues that we have in the Pasay area. The thing is we just post their info so that you may contact them or go to the venue to see it for yourself and then decide from there. Hope you found your venue by now.

  44. Colleen says:

    Hi. I’m looking for a restaurant or hotel in Quezon City that has a really affordable debut package. I only have a budget of 30k. Thanks!

  45. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Colleen,

    We have a supplier’s page for venues in the Quezon City area that may be able to help in your search. Quezon City venues. Hope this helps.

  46. hershey says:

    hi i’m going to 18 next yr and i want to have a grand debut but affordable and i want to have a staircase entrance debut ? can you help me find a venue for that except for the glass garden :) .. thx :)
    take care :*

  47. hershey says:

    hi i’m hershey, i’m going to 18 nxt yr and its january, meron po ba kayong alam na venue here in metro manila n ang entrance po ay staircase but affordable po. except for the glass garden.. thank you and godbless :) )) sna my mgreply :) )

  48. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Hershey,

    You can check out these suppliers :)

    http://debutideas.com/?page_id=1406

  49. hershey says:

    hi again, , meron po ba kayong alam na venue here in metro manila pool party po prang resort po yung affordable po, my mom decide na my pool n lng daw po n prang resort.. thank you po, godbless :) )

  50. Deyy says:

    This September kasi magdedebut kami ng twin ko and wala pa rin kaming venue. May alam po ba kayong indoor venue around manila or quezon city na affordable for 150 pax. Thanks for your help ????

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