Friday, January 27, 2006

The one with Simon and Jacque's Day of fun - Episode 1

it's been almost two weeks since our big day and we are still in shock and literally 'lutang' pa, cant believe that were married na. after almost seven years of referring to each other as boyfriend-girlfriend, di pa siguro talaga kme sanay na mag-asawa na kme ngayon. i just told simon kanina, "beh, imagine pag pinakilala na kita sa mga makikilala ko, husband na tawag ko sayo?!" hahaha...

in fairness, mahirap pala pagsabay-sabayin lahat. doing some post-wedding stuffs, moving in to our apartment, honeymoon, and celebrating holidays! waaahh! para kmeng mga robots...hehe. pero super fun tlaga, id want to do everything again. hehehe

it took us exactly a year to prepare for the big day...sabi ng iba masyado daw matagal, pero for us kahit gano ata tayo kaaga mag-prepare, there would still be last minute wedding errands we'd have to attend to and that's what happened to us din. (we almost forgot to fill up our marriage contract..hahaha)

our wedding day was so fast di ko tlga namalayan na tapos na. i remember when benz was sharing their anxiety attacks of possible rain nung anniv nung parents nila...i can totally relate! :) the only prayer we made that day was that kahit ano mangyari,
that wedding will be for God and kahit umulan man, it would still be the wedding we've always wanted. pero in fairness, mahirap ha. hehe. yung feeling na najejebs na me sa kaba coz it was so gloomy that day. tapos bigla na lang sisilip ang haring araw at didilim na naman after a while. and from dec. 16 to 21, it was raining or drizzling...promise! pero God is good. ni isang patak wala talaga. sabi nga nung mga nagbabantay sa IA, ang ganda daw ng panahon namin at pinagbigyan daw kme ni Lord. hehe.

being a w@wie, i think it's a must that we share our ratings to other w@wies in search for their perfect suppliers. as always, 10 will be the highest and 1
lowest (pero wala naman kmeng 1 na ni-rate) in a nutshell, "almost" all our suppliers delivered well, i must say. and singit ko na rin mga kwentos ko ha para
di mahirap magkwento. :) i also included other suppliers whom we considered pero did not get at baka makatulong with your decisions. :)

if i were to describe our wedding, ang masasabi ko lang was that everything fell into its right places. there were glitches, mga comedy na eksena, bloopers at
kung ano-ano pa. pero all these added more meaning to our special day. :) if you have questions on our ratings, feel free to PM me. i will start muna with my
flowers, gown, and shoes. :) backgrounder lang, we've set aside lang a very practical budget for 150 guests kaya lahat ng suppliers namin, piling-pili. as in
promise! you do the math when you see the peso powers! :)

Flowers: Mang Boy Mahusay
How we got them: Famous W@w supplier
Package: Bridal bouquet, ento flowers, mothers, PS
flowers, throw-away bouquet, madaming loose petals,
bridal car bouquet, and Ceremony set up that includes
6 pedestals with tulle, 3m na calla lilies for the
aisle, unity candle set-up.
Peso Power: P10,500.00
Rating: 10+++
Other supplier considered: None


He was the first to arrive. our wedding was at 5pm and he arrived at the hotel before 10am. i was in the shower nun and si simon na ang nag-entertain sa kanila. shortly after them, clarice and her team arrived. nag-uunahan ata lagi yung dalawang yun eh. hehe. anyway, pag labas ko sa shower, grabe napatalon ako sa tuwa sa bouquet ko. simple lang naman request ko, basta deep red roses with swarovskis. the swarovskis ako na lang nagbigay sa kanya nun pero he covered it pa ng green na paper ata yun para ganda tingnan. super ganda nga! the ento flowers were also great. wala ngang malaysian mums, puro button mums and gerberas na love ko tlga. yung moms' flowers, grabe yung stargazer...mukha na syang plastic sa sobrang fresh. hehe. and super yellow lahat ng flowers that it gave a good blending sa pomelo pink gowns. katuwa!

ang super hats off ako sa kanya was the ceremony set-up. he turned the small garden of puerta real into an all-white garden wedding. the callas sa aisles were great, the tulles sa pedestals gave elegance (and akala pa naman namin dati magmumukang OA...pero hindi pala) the original package included 4 pedestals lang. eh mejo naalangan si clarice so she requested to add 2 more for the ceremony and lots of loose petals. she was the one who bargained for P500 lang for the additional pedestals. hehe, galing! kaya nga sabi ni clarice, if we can pay him a visit daw, (which we will) eh let's thank him daw tlga. :)

up to now, the flowers are still intact. mejo mabigat nga lang pala sya coz super siksikan ang flowers at mejo nangalay ako holding it. hahaha.

Cons: NONE. the thing about mang boy giving the same rates kahit magkakaiba ng number ng ento?...i'd still think underpaid sya sa services that he gave us, so love ko talga sya. MAHUSAY tlga in every meaning of the word. :)

BRIDAL GOWN: Bridal Factory / Ysabelle's Fashion
How we got them: W@wie friend Yna and SM mega fair
Package: Gown, veil, cord, arrhae, 2ndary veil, 3
pillows, garter, tiara, petticoat
Peso Power: P9,000.00
Rating: 10
Other supplier seriously considered: Tet Hagape
(budget reason)

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As i would always share, i love working with couples pag sa wedding. kc we can easily share with them the joy and the excitement we feel while preparing. when
we met them the first time a week after the feb. megamall fair, natuwa nako sa kanila especially to lawrence who suggested so many things for my gown. and
na-appreciate ko yun. i told them i want the empire, ever after gown look. yung parang may gown pa inside. hehe, di ko madescribe masyado pero they actually
understood me naman. they made a sketch, i loved it and booked them. originally, the price was 8k dapat pero since i have an extra tela inside, 9k sya. the
tela kc are really doble, hindi daya. basta, di ko ma-explain. check nyo na lang sa pics. hahaha.

i had like 4 fittings of the gown na. the first time i fitted it, mejo di pako masyado masaya coz maluwag tlga. pero after the 3rd fitting, love ko na sya!
lawrence was not satisfied, he suggested to add colored beads all over the gown. di na sya halata cguro sa pics pero sa personal, it added more glow. the additional beads was free. :) i didnt use na their tiara kc something borrowed ko yun.

i also rented their mannequin for 150 pesos only. tapos, they sent two of their staffs din to help me with my gown. ang natuwa kme, pag dating ng mga
staffs, they brought with them a steamer ba yun to iron out wrinkles on my gown. bilib kme as clarice and i know na bihira sa designer nagdadala ng sariling steamer or whatever you call it. hehe.

Minor concern: the only thing na diko nacarry cguro was hindi ako sanay na walang bra. rhoda specifically told me not to wear a bra na coz meron na yung gown. pero despite the fact that i gained weight, mejo nacoconscious ako at feeling ko bumababa sya ng konti. sabi naman nilang lahat, hindi daw at feeling ko lang yun. kc nga cguro hindi ako sanay ng walang bra underneath kaya ganun. i asked them pa rin to fix it and di naman sya bumababa, feeling ko lang ata tlga. naconscious lang ako kaya minsan nag-slouch ako. hehe.

We seriously considered Tet Hagape since same village kme and i liked her sketch on me. it's just that she gave me a 16k quote na di kinaya ng budget. we even came to a point na ok na kay simon pero ako yung ayaw ko since i want to stick to the plan tlga...yung budget. pero up to now, i still recommend tet coz sa lahat ng niturn down ko na suppliers, sya lang ang nag-reply ng thank you and no problem daw kahit na 3 times ko na sya binulabog. hehe. i know she's also good. :)

BRIDAL SHOES: SM Department Store, Elegance brand
How we got them: while strolling sa SM megamall (hehe)
Peso Power: P600.00
Rating: 10+
Other supplier considered: Mang Ben of Marikina
(cannot be reached sa fone, by the time he replied,
nakabili na me shoes)


Of all the possible places, who would have thought na dito ko rin pala mabibili shoes ko. for the price ng shoes and the comfort it gave me...waaahhhh!!! super
steal sya! di ako nipaltos; when simon saw the shoes sabi nya, "beh, ikaw na ikaw yang shoes na yan" which is true, simple sya pero rock! hehe.

BRIDAL ACCESSORIES: Karutora at Robinson's galleria department store
How we got them: strolling sa galle
Peso Power: P649.75 (Sale price, original price is 2k plus)
Inclusion: Necklace and earrings
Rating: 9

Again, akong ako rin yung accessories ko. i originally wanted a simple stud earring pero when i saw the dangling earrings and nalaman ko na swak sya sa budget...panalo! hehe. i didnt wear na nga lang the necklace kc feeling namin mejo makinang nako masyado with the gown and the earrings on, tas may necklace
pa. hehe.

Tiara: Something borrowed from my officemate, Lissa
Other supplier considered: Rio Tiaras


When my officemate showed me the tiara na gusto nya pahiram sa ken, i got goosebumps kc it was the same as in same nung tiara na ni cut-off ko from a mag! as in! no exag! gulat tlga ako, i even showed her the pic and nagulat din sya. the original price was 1,500.00! super nice sya kc simple rin lang and when i had my hair changed for the reception, nabebend sya easily so ginawa sya ni ogie na parang hairband. cute! galing!

Hair and Make up artist: Angie Cruz and Ogie
How we got them: W@w supplier also
Package inclusion: Bridal make-up plus 2 pax (for the
mommies), stayed til reception
Peso Power: P5,000.00
Rating: 10++++
Other suppliers considered: Anna Paniza and of
course, Madge Lejano

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Waaahhh! I super love these two! as in tandem talaga sila. when i had my tmu dati, mejo nakapalan me and i just gave her some notes to remember for my make-up. pero super minor lang naman yun. the day itself, angie was kinda late pero that's because napa-aga ang call time nya. eh since stay sya til reception pa, she felt na maaga nga ang nabigay na call time sa kanya. i didnt mind naman coz mabilis sya mag work. niuna nila ako make-up para sa pictorials and then mga mommies na. while in the process of the make-up, laging sisilip ang mga mommies, tas magcocomment na maganda
daw. hehe, mga stage mommies tlga o! she was able to cover my peklat sa likod (due to rashes days before the wedding), i love my make-up so much na-carried away ata ako sa pictorials. kc feeling ko talga girl ako nun! haha. when ogie did my hair na, ang sinabi ko lang basta clean ang face, walang bumabagsak na pasaway na hair at kahit ano na gawin nya sa likod, ok me. he did a very good job! dami mga pasikot sikot sa likod ng hair ko. hehe. parang umayos bigla! tapos kahit anong galaw ko, hindi talaga nalalaglag. eh malikot pa naman ako. super sprayed on tlga sya.

thanks to my w@wie friend, abi, for giving me a tip na i can request them for a change hairdo come reception since one venue lang naman kme. they dont often do
that alam ko, pero since one venue nga lang, ok lang sa kanila. as in right after the recessional and lumilipat na ang guests sa kabilang garden, hatak sila ng chairs, saksak ng mga blowers, at tanggal ng mga hairpins. mejo masakit nga lang kc may spray net, pero after the hairdo change, i asked agad for a mirror and happy me sa nakita ko. pang party look na! and ang haba na ng hair ko! hahaha. we were retouching outside lang kc masikip sa CR pero carry pa rin naman. angie just added some lipstick and powder, ganun lang kadali kc di naman masyado natanggal make-up. :)

di na nga lang sila kumain sa reception kc may party pa daw sila. hehe.

Cons: NONE

Other suppliers considered: I considered Anna Paniza coz of good feedbacks here in w@w, yun nga lang didnt try her na kc she was hired by loreal na eh. And of
course, the ever famous Madge Lejano. sino ba namang aayaw dito diba? yun lang nga, we only alloted a certain budget for the make-up kaya no puedo. pero was lucky enough na that she did my studio pre-nups make up and happy na me dun! super love her, i and concon ended up being friends with her na feeling ko blessing talaga.

Groom's Barong: Exclusively His, Shaw blvd. branch
How we got them: famous naman sila and near office
Package: Pina barong plus camisa chino
Peso Power: 5,000.00
Rating: 7
Other supplier considered: Mang Rey Casedo


Hmmm...This rating came from simon talaga. mejo na disappoint sya coz mataas ang expectations nya sa exclusively his. when we got his barong, masikip sa chest as in masikip and sa neck din. parang body fit na barong. hehe. napunit nya nga ng konti kc di nya masuot. after altering it, mejo natagalan pa before namin na pick up. the tahi na napunit was still visible ng konti. tapos, mejo masikip pa rin sa neck pero can do away with it na naman.

well, we really have to give credit sa embro nung barong as we really want the rayah type. yun nga lang di kme masyado tuwa sa services nila coz di sila ganun kachicka. imagine, di ko nga sila nakilala by their names eh. (which is unusual kc lahat kinikilala ko tlga)

Other supplier considered: Rey Casedo. when we got the dads' barong, late na nabigay ni mang rey yung material na rayah na gusto namin so naka-order na kme sa exclusively his nun. pero ok lang naman coz gusto tlga ni simon sa xclusively his, and i also want to give him the same budget as i have for my gown...para fair! hehe. ;)

Groom's shoes: Wade Shoes, SM Megamall
How we got them: while strolling pa rin
Peso Power: P1,800.00
Rating: 10+
Other supplier considered: None

this was an unexpected buy since kala namin mahal sa Wade, they are actually reasonably-priced. leather talaga and yung mejo pa square sa harap. di naman daw
sumakit paa nya. when we bought it, lagi na gusto suotin, sabi ko wag na and wedding shoes tlga yun. haha.

Groom's pants and belt: SM Megamall pa rin
Peso power: 400 for the belt and 500 for the pants
Rating: 10
Other supplier considered: G2000

iba tlga megamall, love ko tlga to! the belt is reversible, brown and black. the pants, Chancellor 9000. soft and fabric at ganda bagsak. pa-alter P30 lang. hehe. :)

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