Archive for the ‘wedding favors’ Category

h1

Wedding Fair virgin no more…

June 29, 2009

PWS09-icon

My fiance and I attended the Philippine Wedding Summit at the PICC Forum yesterday. The bridal fair was organized by Themes & Motifs.

This was not our first wedding fair–we’ve attended around 4 or 5 of these event since we got engaged but we’ve never booked anyone before. We went to the fairs for “research”–we talked to suppliers and got their average rates so we could come up with a realistic budget. Yesterday was the first wedding fair we went to with concrete plans of booking several suppliers. Our targets were suppliers for (1) invitations, (2) flowers, (3) my fiance’s barong suit and (4) edible wedding favors.

After seriously considering several suppliers for our invitations, my fiance and I decided to do the invitations ourselves. We both know how to use photoshop and I love doing lay outs so all we have to worry about is the printing. Both of us don’t want to shell out that much money on invitations alone. Call it frugal but we just don’t find spending over 10 thousand pesos for 200 invitations practical.

We found a florist–Flowers of May. Yes, they’ve had some negative feedback from other brides from w@w but since I’m not really particular about flowers that much, no biggie. I really don’t want to go to Dangwa to haggle with the shops there. I decided on a white bridal bouquet with blue accents: white carnations and white roses with blue hydrangeas. For the mothers and my maid of honor, I asked them to make bouquets of yellow and orange roses. For the bridesmaids, wrist corsages with yellow and orange roses as well. Why the wrist corsage? Because they’re going to be carrying something else during the bridal march…

My fiance has been adamant about having a butterfly release during our wedding (he attended a wedding once where the couple released butterflies during the reception and he just loved it). If it was just me, I really didn’t want to use butterflies because I pity the poor things. We compromised by having the butterfly release outside the church as we make our exit–an alternative to confetti. This way, he still gets his butterfly release and I would be comforted by the fact that the butterflies would still fly away to the “natural” world instead of being stopped by closed doors and windows at our reception venue. The butterflies will be placed in small baskets (which we still need to scout for at Divisoria) and will be carried by our bridesmaids. Double-purpose.

It was probably fate that Acclaim Butterflies was among the suppliers at the bridal fair. We booked them immediately.

As mentioned in previous blog posts, both my fiance and I want edible favors to give away to our guests. We stumbled on the Theobroma booth; it’s a supplier that specializes on Belgian chocolates. We thought that they were expensive and we were pleasantly surprised at their rates. My fiance and I tried their chocolates and we loved them so much that we booked them on the spot. The good thing is that we kept within our budget for the wedding favors plus I wouldn’t need to slave over the packaging.

We didn’t find a supplier for my fiance’s barong. I’m that worried since my fiance already has an idea on how he wants his barong suit to look like. We just need to find someone who will make the barong within our budget.

All in all, it was an experience. It was the first time we booked anyone during an actual wedding fair. The discounts we got were way worth the travel to PICC.

Advertisements
h1

More edible favors!

May 31, 2009

The magic word for our wedding favors: EDIBLE.  Having a sweet tooth means that I’m partial to sweet favors. I explored the possibility of candies in a previous post but being the compulsive planner that I am, I simply have to have a plan B. During my “research” I found these adorable (and yummy!) edible favor ideas from iDiY.

CUPCAKE POPS! I love it!

CUPCAKE POPS! I love it!

Fruit favors (like pears) can double as place cards. Check out the leaf card at the pears stem.

Fruit favors (like pears) can double as place cards. Check out the "leaf" card at the pear's stem.

Here are more edible favor ideas from Martha Stewart Weddings:

Chocolate fortune cookies!

Chocolate fortune cookies!

Yummy marshmallows

Yummy marshmallows

mouth watering mini pies!

mouth watering mini pies!

sweet meringue

sweet meringue

sweet caramel apples

sweet caramel apples

Possibilities are endless. I’d probably stumble on more great ideas soon.

I’ll be “researching” on chocolates next. 🙂

h1

Another Bridal Fair Experience

February 15, 2009

I just got home from another bridal fair. I went with my mom (Mac’s busy with work) so I didn’t book anyone. I got a ton of ideas though. I also saw two people I know (one was a sister of a high school classmate, the other’s an office mate) who were preparing for their weddings as well.

I wasn’t really in the mood to go since my fiance wouldn’t be able to come with me. But it’s been a lazy weekend and I was itching to get out of the house. I tried to find out if there were any couturiers there and when I learned that Merlene Marcelo had a booth, I decided to go. I was planning to go to her shop one day soon anyway.

Since I’m looking for someone to design my wedding gown, I scouted out the couturiers first. For some reason, no one took my fancy. I’m looking for someone who can design something simple with minimal bead work but would still have that “wow” effect. The only one who came close was Merlene. Her gowns were really lovely but I really don’t know if she’s “the one”. It would have been perfect if I was the princess-y bride who wanted her gown with lace and shiny beads but I’m just not. My mom was actually getting frustrated with me since she couldn’t understand my obstinance with my “no beading” rule. What can I say? I am just not traditional. If most brides love embroidery and a lot of shining, glittering things on their gowns, I don’t.

The afternoon was not a complete waste though. I found this great supplier of sparkling fruit juices from France called Keror. It’s a great alternative to wine since not all of our guests drink alcohol. At only P130 a bottle, the price is super reasonable. I told the girl I talked to at their booth that I’ll buy a bottle after going around the fair but it completely slipped my mind! I remembered it when we were driving home na. Too bad. 😦

I also found this great wedding favor from Polka David:

Cute and practical at the same time. I was even tempted to buy a pair for my own personal use! Unfortunately, it’s way over our budget for the wedding favors. Good thing it doesn’t really match our theme so it wasn’t that hard to let it go.

I was also able to taste a sample of Judy Uson’s cakes. We weren’t looking for a cake supplier since it’s included in our package with Hizon’s, but I looked at the mini cakes as a possible gift for our principal sponsors. My mom and I were just bowled over by just how delicious her cake was. Good thing that the price of her mini cakes is within our budget. I just wish Mac was with me so we could have booked her then and there!

All in all, it was an eventful afternoon. Hopefully, my fiance would be able to go with me at the next bridal fair.