Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Eclipse - Dalusong Nuptials

Well to kick off my comeback to this blog, I'd like to share to you a wedding I handled last May 8. I personally know the couple and I thank them for trusting me. Nowadays, I find it hard to have acquaintances get my service because of several reasons which they personally wouldn't want to honestly share. I understand and respect their decision. And as much as possible, I firmly stay with the rates I offer to be fair to all my clients.

Ok, on to the wedding. The groom is a friend of a friend who happened to be our officemate when I was still in a Japanese firm. He is Gerald. The bride, Day is a newcomer to the same firm but when I left so I was not able to personally witness their romance unlike that of Tinee and RD. (I remember, I have not yet blogged about their wedding in this site). I will catch up my friend.

When Gerald contacted me 3 years after I left the company, I was surprised to discover he is getting married. I never knew who the bride will be that time. When he finally decided to get my service, we met at Galleria to discuss the details of the wedding. Oh I forgot, my handsome groom confirmed his booking less than 2 weeks before the wedding! So, it was kind of difficult to polish everything for we have a very limited time but we were able to pull through. Here are some of the pictures taken from the event:

More pictures here.

Ceremony and Reception:
Blue Gardens
Ferzze Zapata Photography
Hair & Make-up:
Nina Dumpa
Catering Service:
Hizon's Catering

Monday, July 6, 2009

Back to Business

I have been out for some time and have not been updating this blog. But now, I have come back and due to some advice and requests, I am pursuing this blog as my 3rd. I have other blogs in my care - Blog Appetite and Home & Parenting

And to start off, I have been preparing for a post on my latest wedding. So watch out for it dear readers.

Thank you to everyone who've stayed and who keeps on visiting this site over the last 3 months. Your support is very much appreciated.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Répondez S'il Vous Plaît - Is It Important?

R.S.V.P - the most common letters one would find in a wedding invitation. But what does it mean?

It stands for Répondez S'il Vous Plaît, a French phrase which means "Please Respond" or literally, "Respond, if You Please". It means that when you receive an invitation, you must send your response to the host if you are attending the event or not. Most invitations come with a response card that the guests can mail right away while some have their wedding planner's number that the guests can call or send message to.

In Western countries, etiquette follows that if you receive a written invitation, you have to respond promptly. It is a simple courtesy for someone who is nice enough to send you an invitation.

RSVP is written on almost every invitation. This is so that the guests would know who to contact to inform if they are coming, how many are coming or if not, reason why they cannot attend the event. For weddings, this is very important since determining the number of guests coming will give you the idea of how much you need to prepare for food and drinks, how big the venue should be and how many seats are needed to be reserved.

Guests should understand that RSVP is not just a list of numbers on the invitation. It is there for you to respond and give the host your answer to the invitation. Unfortunately, this is not true in the Philippines. Even with the highlighted RSVP font in wedding invitations, guests still tend to neglect them. Out of all the weddings I have handled over the last 2years, I can still count how many guests responded to RSVP. I don't know if it has become a practice but couples, to ensure that they will have enough space for the guests and enough food to eat at the reception, usually hire wedding coordinators to do the RSVP.

This may probably not a custom in our country but I think we can start learning the etiquette. Hosts have prepared so much for the event and would like for you to share their happiness. If you see an RSVP, grab your precious celphone and send your reply. It is that simple and it is but proper.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Mamba-Villaflor Nuptials

I really laughed out loud when Dencio sent me a YM message asking why I haven't featured his wedding in this blog. I just can't help it. Primarily, because I thought he wouldn't want me to share the details of his wedding in my site.

Anyway, I actually don't intend to post much wedding outside Bride's Company. Why? I don't want other planners to think that I am using their events for my personal gain. Nevertheless, I can't say no to a friend! And since I already got the permission of the groom, I am so blessed to write an article about a wedding so unique and extravagant!

As a brief introduction, the groom, Dencio was my former boss (uhurm) and friend of course! We worked together for more than 3 years and I've known him having Charo by his side since then. When one day, he called me (well, not only me I bet!) saying he's going to propose on a cruise, I was so surprised. I mean, not the proposal but really, you're getting married, I asked? If you know him, you really won't believe at first but then, he got married and I know, we know, that Charo was the only woman he loved and will ever love - *wink wink*

The Bridal March

Their wedding was held at The Fernwood Gardens last December 23, 2008. That evening, the venue was full of politicians and good friends of the couple. The priest (I should mention it!) was really astounding. He was so clever and funny. We can't help but giggle at his jokes during the Homily and in fairness, he delivered a good one.

Dencio, with the Priest
(was this taken during your confession?)

At the reception, we met old friends, colleagues and even former Japanese bosses. During the program, we were able to watch a very very funny AVP which - really, I did not expect for a wedding. But you know, it was really good (see HERE). Official wedding photos and videos were taken by Til's Digital Photography and Videography.

The food from Centertable was also great. It showed the couple's passion for good food. The wine and champaigne keep on coming. Dencio's arrogance is really in the air! Hahaha! Don't worry, he is well aware of it. He even told me the price of each of the wine served!

The musician - Da Capo, did a great job. They are not just musicians but instrumentalist. Each of their members know how to play at least 2 or 3 instruments which they showed during the entire event.

Charo and Dencio after the ceremony

Overall, the wedding was perfect for me. It was a very blissful wedding which Dencio and Charo should be proud about. Not your usual wedding though, but surely one that you will NEVER forget.


Sunday, February 8, 2009

Bridal Emergency Kit

Hands-on bride? If your answer is yes, then read. I've discussed in my other post the things that couple should do from the planning stage to the wedding day with the assumption that the plan is a year before the event. Now, if you have no on-the-day wedding coordinator, a bride surely must have a couple of things to prepare and bring in the hotel, church up to the reception - that is, her own Bridal Emergency Kit.

What is a Bridal Emergency Kit? - It is a collection of items and tools that a bride should have on her wedding day just in case something unexpected happens. This of course should not be carried personally by the bride. She can entrust this to someone, a family member would be best.

Why do we need a Bridal Emergency Kit?
- On almost all occasions, some things that are unexpected happens. But on a wedding where the bride and the groom planned everything with care and utmost detailed were fully considered, everything has to be as seamless as possible. With that in mind, a bride would naturally think that she has to prepare for everything that could come along the way, little mishaps and emergencies included. That is why this kit will aid her in taking care of those tiny glitches that can possibly ruin the event.

What comprises the Bridal Emergency Kit?
- Below is a list of some things that a bride must include in the her bridal kit and some information why they are needed.

  • MEDICINES - antacids, pain relievers, loperamides, anti-allergy and personal maintenance medicines should there be any.
  • EXTRA HOSIERY - just in case you need to change or the one you're using gets a bad run.
  • NAIL POLISH - a clear one. can be used in stocking runs too and can easily fix chipped polish.
  • MINTS - clearly. to keep your breath fresh. remember, you will be mingling with so many guests!
  • HANKY - to dab those tears away or to clear some smudges like lipsticks or make-up.
  • HAIR PINS - a must. to keep hair in place. i've actually done a wedding where the florist put a safety pin on the flowers girls' head dress instead of a hair pin. this always come in handy in almost all weddings.
  • SAFETY PINS - another must have.
  • THREADS & NEEDLES - just in case something out of the ordinary happens, you are always pretty and ready to take care of everything.
  • SCISSORS - a small scissor will do. can be for loose strings, tags, etc.
  • BOTTLED WATER, BISCUIT & STRAW - bride's have a lot of preparation to do before even getting in the church. she can get hungry and thirsty. a biscuit will be good and to avoid a lipstick smudge, drink with a straw.

This kit actually doesn't have to be for the bride alone. In case something happens to anyone in your bridal party, you can always offer your help. They will be thankful for you having this kit prepared.