Alright. When we say its 14 days, it means 2 weeks, right?
In short, We are finally doing it in 2 weeks, and I can’t help but cram!
Inhale.. Exhale. Okay. Push.
So much has been happening recently. It just happened so fast! But basically our last month of preparations sums up to details. Smallest and yet the most important ones.
Supplier Briefing and Brainstorming
Our first activity for the past month was our meet and greet with our suppliers. And I am so proud to say that our first face to face briefing with our suppliers worked so perfect that we are now currently working as one team! Brainstorming with them helped us so much to make sure everything about the day was covered and secured.
We weren’t able to invite our photography and videography suppliers as they live from far places, but thanks to technology, we were able to discuss with them in detail and in collaboration with the other suppliers.
Originally, my wedding dress was set to be done by the one and only, Amonn Velasco, Howerer, Amonn’s creation was too fabulous to fit in a Boho event. The dress will definitely not be in-sync with the groom’s attire.
It’s such a beautiful dress though! I am thinking of how can I utilize this dress perhaps on the prenup or for other occasions. Maybe I will consult mother Amonn about this.
Moving forward, I had to wear a different dress. I got it in where else but Divi, a white Lace Midi-Length Dress from Get Laud, and a square-heeled gamuza sandals by Promod, sponsored by my mom.
Dress: PHP 990 (Bought on Sale. Original price is PHP 1500)
Shoes: PHP 750 (Bought on Sale at 75% Off)
We conquered the ever famous and reliable Divisoria for the groom’s attire as he wanted it to be simple and practical. True enough, we were able to just spend PHP 2000.00+ for his whole ensemble. Great, right? I am just so lucky to have a groom as simple as him. ❤
DIY Invitations and Give Aways and Online Page/s
We were also able to catch up with some closest friends and relatives while personally giving away the invitations. As much as we want to accommodate everyone, we just can invite the closest to the closest ones, as we are trying to make this occasion as intimate as possible.
Ribbons, Glue Stick and Glue Gun: Bought at Tabora Street Ylaya Market Divisoria
Specialty Paper Cards: Bought at National Bookstore at PHP 53.00 per pack of 10 sheets
Printing Costs: PHP 15 per invitation
Layout and Design: FREE. Template was downloaded HERE
Labor: FREE from labor of Love of yours truly
Not to mention that it was not easy to be artsy-fartsy when you are born as a musician. Haha.
So if something is not readable in the invitation, there will be a Facebook Event Page and Facebook Page to refer to. Since most people are now on Facebook, details and announcements were being posted there, so that the reach is wider. Also, the free access for Facebook here in the PH is a big help.
Hotel Preparation Venue
One of our least priorities for this event would be the preparation venue. But of course, due to last minute brainstorming, we decided to book a nearby Bed and Breakfast place which where we stayed for the night and did our preparations for D-day. It was easily as just browsing for whatever. I looked for a strategic venue via Agoda and Traveloka, then booked La Casita Mercedes from there.
It is an old ancestral house which was converted to a bed and breakfast accommodation. The hotel is one of those that are owned and managed by Clipper group of hotels in Makati.
We booked the large twin room for the groom and our photographer friend to stay overnight. It has 2 single beds, airconditioning, a private T&B and a television. The booking comes with complimentary breakfast for 2 persons.
And then for me and my mom, we booked the large Queen Room at the 3rd floor. The room was a little smaller than we expected, but since we are booking a bed and breakfast accommodation, I guess we are getting what we paid for. We just maximized on what we have and did our best to make it work. To our surprise, the twin room that the groom used, was bigger than the queen room that we used for bridal preparations. HAHA!
Peso Power: PHP 2086.15 via Agoda. Inclusive of Breakfast for 2 persons.
They served us cheese omelet with butter and pandesal with egg and coffee for breakfast.
This is one of our best bookings so far. We got lucky because the attendants (forgot their names) in the hotel are very very lenient on their rules and regulations. They did not charge us anything on doing a little bridal shoot before we left. And we must say that the breakfast that we served us are very delicious! What is important to them is that we will not disturb other guests so we complied and just did a little photo shoot during the morning and then off we went to the venue.