DIY Cake Topper

How many times have I looked through Pinterest’s Wedding Category… to the point that I’ve come to memorize most of the images that’s repeatedly pinned and posted.

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Image grabbed from confetti day dreams website

I find this cake topper design simple yet charming and doable hahaha! Being on the creative side I convinced my then fiance to do just that. A Do-It-Yourself cake topper. I am appreciative of him because well, he did most of the work and I watched 🙂

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We used an illustration board as a material but realized that it is too thin to stand on its own so we doubled and pasted it back to back, and put on a little wire inside just to be sure. Then we painted it gold and add lots of glitters too.

Come wedding day, I think it is mostly me and my husband who noticed it but then its the process of doing it is what’s worth it.

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Our wedding cake from Estrels’s. Taste and Design at its finest!

 

Tap the creatives in you,

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Wedding Favors

Thinking of what to give our Sponsors as wedding souvenir is a pickle. Pinterest has a lot to offer but let me tell you… Common. It is too common and somewhat overrated.

Since our venue is an ancient house, it seems that traditional, filipiniana, classic and vintage are the words to describe our wedding theme. So there goes our tagalog invite.

My sister and I have always been the type of people that give “useful” gifts and my wedding is no exception, so we decided on a morning pack. Our wedding ceremony is scheduled at 9:30AM  and so it is just in line for that “Umagang kay Ganda” ambience. My sister woks in Indonesia and coffee and tea is abundant there. So she comes up with assorted jams, coffee, tea and chocolate bundle.

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From there we packed it here in a weaved basket I bought in Tanay market at Php 35.00 a piece, tied marsala and cream ribbons, designed a personalized and printed the cards. Then voila! Our classic style “umagang kay ganda” looking wedding favors.

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Sorry for the quality of this photo 😦

PS: These are for our Principal Sponsors only. We decided to have a vintage style photobooth as guest souvenirs. It serves us an entertainment while waiting for the couple and hey! Taking pictures is always fun.

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I am soooo in love with our Photobooth! Thank you Pretty Prints Photobooth.

 

Unique and Useful achieved!

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Our Wedding Invitation

One thing that I am really excited about last week was getting our wedding invitation. Our theme is romantic vintage so as to keep in line with the ambiance of our reception venue which is Kapitan Moy.

Our supplier is Quirky Dots which is owned by my childhood friend. They do all things crafty like cake toppers, menu cards (for K by Cunanan) and invitations to name a few. They are very good in their craft and I can prove that because I am so impressed with our invites.

Here’s a photo of our actual invite. We just asked them to give us 2 invites that weren’t sealed for our keeps. My fiance specifically requests for the wax seal (which is quite pricey but I think is worth it). It adds a uniqueness to the invites. We made the wordings Tagalog, which adds charm to it and tried to veer away from the usual map that most invites do have now. The thing is we want to stress that our Church and venue is a just a few steps away from each other (Isang tawid lang!).

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This is my favorite part. The sketched map and continuation of the paragraph to the next page.

If you are interested to book them: mention that you’d known them thru my blog 🙂

check out their Instagram account: QUIRKYDOTS 

email them at: quirkydots@gmail.com

SMS/Viber: 0916 240 3188 |  02 710 7671

 

Next step: Invite distribution.

 

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Our Canonical Interview and Seminars Experience

Canonical Interview and Pre-Wedding Seminars (www.tribobot.com)

Last week is requirements week. From Marikina to Taytay to Rodriguez Rizal… Just thinking about it makes me very thankful and quite proud that we’re done. Just a month to go and we’ll be married!

Anyway, prior to attending these seminars I tried googling them in search of ideas of what happens and is very thankful that some thoughtful brides to be mentioned helpful details about it, and so as my way of helping too. Here’s a special blog post…

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Bridal Gown Fitting

Today’s agenda is Bridal Gown.

Not yet to buy but to try gowns and see what silhouette suits and complements my body type. And so I have two places to visit. Landmarks and Rosa Clara. Both are carrier of RTW bridal gowns since its my choice of how I want my gown to be. I want the “what you see is what you get” type of purchase, especially for the most important dress I’ll ever wear in my life.

First stop, LANDMARKS: Ivory and Lace

They are quite strict. No picture taking and you only get to fit 3 dresses. No exchange of choices to try on (think of a touch move concept). Their fitting room is big enough with 2 mirrors front and back and a platform but I think they should somewhat put a drama in their lightning and a little more ventilation in the room since it gets really hot once you put on the gowns considering their layers and layers of tulle.

There are many gowns available from A-line, to ball gown to mermaid etc. and mind you they’re all in style and not outdated. They also have some gowns on sale at 20% discount.

Price Range: The cheapest one I saw costs Php 14,000. Their veil has 2 types: with lace Php 5,000 and without lace Php  2,000. They can do alterations with a fee depending on the changes to be made. To reserve the gown you want you need to pay 20% down payment.

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Second stop, ROSA CLARA

I called prior to visiting their shop inquiring if they can accommodate a walk-in fitting and good thing is no one’s scheduled so they said yes! If you know Rosa Clara you know that it is expensive considering of course that its a Spanish bridal brand.

The first gown I tried on is DIVINE. Perfect fit! Made for me? I think so but it comes with a hefty price of Php 125,000. For that amount you get free alteration and a veil. If you have a tube top which can be a problem if you’lI have a church wedding, you can opt to buy a cover up bolero. Their price ranges from Php 20,000 minimum.

They have nice fitting rooms with good romantic lightning, platform, robe and a three way mirror. They are also more lenient here when it comes to gown fitting. No limit like that of Landmarks but I never needed it since I fell in love hard with the first gown I tried on. But still I fitted 2 more just to see other silhouettes but I keep comparing them to the first one.

I almost have the this is it feeling. But knowing that this is way way beyond our allotted budget for my wedding gown I have to let go and move on… Sad that I don’t even have a picture of this divine gown as they have a no pictures policy.

I read in some blog that its a no-no to try on a wedding gown that is way beyond your budget as if you loved it, you’ll have a hard time on choosing others as you’ll keep comparing it to the one. Oh well rookie mistake. But I know that someday, somewhere I’ll find the perfect wedding gown. The one that’s really meant for me to walk down the aisle with.

** Borrowed a few lines from one of my favorites songs – someday 🙂

Tower III of The Residences @ Greenbelt | RosaClara@trimarkholdings.net | 238-1310

It is pretty tiring with all the big fuzz of trying on huge gowns. It somehow drains my energy. A tip though, make sure to wear a dress for your convenience in changing clothes and also a nice pair of underwear 🙂

As for the findings of what silhouette complements me: A-Line

Well I hope to find my wedding gown soon as its close to three months and still I’m not half done yet in my wedding preps!

Tired from gown fitting,

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Food Tasting (in search of our wedding caterer)

So far the wedding preparations I had been to three food tastings already. All of them are mid-range in terms of prices. These are my must-haves in finding our wedding caterer:

Food – delicious and good serving
Styling – I have a vision of what my reception would look like, It needs to spell our theme: Modern Filipiniana
Service – courteousness and communicatiovn is key
Budget – still needs to be considered as we want to stick to our budget
And so after researching on forums such as the ever helpful W@W and GT. I am on my way to taste and decide.

1. IGNACIO’S CATERING

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Way before we start on our preps I saw their website, check their styling and packages. And so they are on top of my list when we started doing FTs. Since our church and reception is in Marikina City they will be very ideal as they’re from Marikina too.

Rates: Minimum of Php 470 per head and maximum of Php 820 + 10% service charge with tiffany chairs and styling

Easy communication with their AE and you get to talk to the owner Sir Jon Ignacio. All seems good in terms of styling and food serving. Their Fish fillet in warm salad, buco pandan and mango jello are good finds but I think they need to improve their dessert options (taste wise). I didn’t get the this-is-it feeling😑 so…

#10 Malaya st. Malanday, Marikina city | http://www.ignacioscatering.com | 948-8150. 948-0053. 347-2229

2. DORIE’S CATERING

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Good food, style and price. They got it all! Its just that for me personally, something’s amiss. Again, No This-is-it feeling.

Rate: Minimum of Php 400 per head and maximum of Php 570 with tiffany chairs and styling

Their spanish beef kaldereta, fish fillet with tar tar sauce and almond buco lychee are delicious. The owner John Cruz is very knowledgeable in terms of styling and he really suggests ideas of what will make the event grand. There are many customers when we went there, some are already in their final detailing and paying the down payment to book them.

I highly suggest you try food tasting with them, and see for yourself. Really they’re a good find. It just that I guess they are not for me. 😑

5 MH Del Pilar st. Palatiw, Pasig City | doriescatering04@yahoo.com | 477-4902. 401-9047. 345-7556

3. MA DEL’S CATERING

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If you’re like me whose a stalker of W@W forums and GT you probably have heard of this caterer from almost all brides to be. It even has its own thread in line with K by Cunanan, Hizons and other high-end caterers.

All positive reviews! The only issue their having is that Anj the catering manager is hard to reach via phonecall or text. They have this solution though to call her early morning in their home phone. But as negative as it sounds, she’ll be very much available to you when your event is near, it sounds like priorities to me. Anyway, they said even if there’s no constant communication – she can deliver! 😁

When we had our FT in their place in Pasig, we met Anj very briefly as she’s on her way to an event, she seems very nice though. Their famous chicken flambe and fetuccine italianna are served, they are all very tasty. The korean pork is a little salty for me but the good thing is that you can ask Mama Del the owner and cook to tone down the mix. Btw, it is Mama Del who entertained us, she’s very endearing, and seems like your ordinary tita to talk to.

Rate: Minimum of Php 560 per head and maximum of Php 710 with tiffany chairs and styling

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I did not book them on the spot, but I have a very good feeling about them, I am just thinking more about it but at the moment I am leaning to get them 80% (I guess you can tell based on my rave about them).

48C Dr Pilapil st. Sagad, Pasig City | 655-1114. 641-3423. 09167802705. 09989765001

4. MARTHA’S PLATE CATERING

Of the few online reviews I read about them, they said that the food is delicious and the serving is really generous but they are not yet fully into styling. More of old school styling if you check their site.

Rate: Minimum of Php 300 and maximum of Php 600 per head

I haven’t yet have food tasting with them, but I am pretty excited as they seem ideal in terms of location, service and budget.

21 Senga st. Calumpang, Marikina City | marthasplatecatering@yahoo.com | 645-1041. 330-1289. 09179969819

5. IKO’S BREADS AND CAKES (wedding cake supplier not caterer)

Since we’re in Pasig area we decided to drop by the bakery as they have good reviews online too. The caramel cake and their bestseller moist chocolate cake is very affordable, be it one layer or for wedding cakes. Around Php 4,000 I think for the 3 layered cake. Note though that their cakes are dense and thick in texture. They have all different cakes for any occasions, their designs look good too.

6 East Capitol drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City | 474-3899

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Most of the caterers where we had food tasting are mid-range in terms of prices, but they do have a lot to offer that I think can very well be in line with the top wedding caterers out there. I feel the need to create this blog post as there seems to be very little online reviews about them and me, being a bride to be in search of reviews really find those very few ones handy and reliable.

So here’s my two cents, hope you find it helpful for your wedding preps!

Still undecided,

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Wedding Church and Reception Venue – Booked!

Wedding Church and Reception Venue in Marikina City (www.tribobot.com)

You know when they say that If its meant for you everything comes easy? Well that’s how it happened for our Church and Wedding reception venue that’s found in the heart of Marikina City.

Who would have thought that the “Shoe Capital of the Philippines” would become a very special place to us. As when I said Compromise, I meant middle ground – So he’s from Rodriguez Rizal and I am from Taytay… and so Marikina becomes our Compromise. I am not complaining though as I discovered this perfect and oh so convenient place where our vows will take place in January 2016.

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Wedding Venues in Rizal Province

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Last 2012 on my 25th birthday, I went to St. Joseph Parish as I have always been fascinated with its history and architecture. Rustic, traditional and quiant are the words to describe this piece of heaven atop the municipality of Baras Rizal. Right there and then I decided that that will be the Church where I’ll get marry…

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St. Joseph Parish Church (Baras Rizal)

Last 2012 on my 25th birthday, I went to St. Joseph Parish as I have always been fascinated with its history and architecture. Rustic, traditional and quiant are the words to describe this piece of heaven atop the municipality of Baras Rizal. Right there and then I decided that that will be the Church where I’ll get marry…

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Imagine… this Church is around 300 years old!

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If you’re into old things like me, you will want to have a traditional wedding here. As I walk down the aisle I imagine hearing a Tagalog song as I think It will be best for the ambiance.

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Above is a sample wedding set up that Ms. Dianne showed us, there is another option where there’s a white cloth in the aisle, but I prefer this one. You can add more flowers and have a say on the arrangements just tell them what your vision is and work together.

Here’s some information about their wedding package:

Wedding Requirements –  Latest and original copy of the following for Marriage Purposes:

  • Baptismal Certificate
  • Confirmation Certificate (with 6 months validity before the date of marriage)
  • Marriage License
  • If civilly married: Certified photocopy of Marriage Contract

* If not yet baptized or confirmed:

  • Certificate of no record coming from the Church where you possibly being baptized or confirmed.
  • Certification from the Parents

Wedding Fee: Php 7,000 – Wedding with mass and decoration (flowers, carpet and choir)

* Additional charge of Php 500.00 for video electrical consumption (If any)

* Payment will be done one week before the wedding. Php 500.00 Reservation Fee. Non-refundable but deductible.

Look for Ms. Dianne.

No weddings on Sundays

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Additional Notes:

  • There are lots of space for parking
  • If you have a particular song in mind for your wedding march, you can have them play it.
  • No additional fees for Bride’s closed door entrance
  • If your entourage’s dresses are revealing you have to wear a shawl during the mass

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Well there goes my first choice for the Church. As I continue with our wedding prep, I’ll keep you posted on other different rates and information of the suppliers… and anything related to the wedding.

St. Joseph Paris Church in Baras Rizal

Office Hours: Monday to Sunday 8AM – 5PM  |  Break Time 12NN – 2PM

Contact Numbers: 861-3155 /  0916-4088-952

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