Your wedding is definitely one of the highlights of your existence. It is where you will finally become one with the love of your life. After the Pamamanhikan, I went to a bookstore and bought 2 bridal magazines and started looking for that perfect white gown for that one perfect day. I even surf the internet and look for designs and designers. Overwhelmed? Yes! It took me months to decide who will do my gown. Choosing who it will be is as hard as Biochemistry (atleast for me…). Shirley Lustado’s Traje de Boda made my bridal gown and I must say until now I am still IN LOVE with it and will always be!
And so here are some of my pointers to all soon to be brides who are having a hard time in choosing what design and who will make their wedding gown.
- BUDGET. Set a budget for your gown. It will be easier for you to choose what and who will it be.
- READ. As they say, it pays to read. Bride must read thru bridal magazines and surf the internet to choose the design.
- BRIDAL FAIRS. It is a must to attend bridal fairs to check on the designer’s rates and packages. And it will save you time to check on their actual gowns.
- REFERRALS. Seek for referrals from your friends, colleagues and family.
- BODY TYPE. Know your body type. Choose a design that will compliment your body, if it’s a yay or nay.
- REVIEW. Review the designer’s proposal.
- THEME / VENUE. When choosing for a gown, consider your wedding theme and venue. It is not flattering if you’ll choose a ball gown for a beach wedding, right?
- LIST. Make a list of your top 5 designers.
- APPOINTMENT. Set an appointment with them to discuss and seek their professional opinion with your chosen design.
- THE GROOM. I know it’s your gown but don’t you think it will be easier if you’ll ask him about the design and the designer’s proposal? Besides, he’s also paying for it right? Remember, communication is a must for marriages to last.
- BOOK IT. Once you have decided and happy with your choice, book it already.
- ENJOY. As I’ve said, need I say more?
with Shirley Lustado
he’s loving it
You understand how important beauty and makeup in your wedding and looking fabulous and “WOW-ing” your guests and your husband is the top priority of every bride. When I got engaged looking for the best Makeup Artist is one of my concerns because I want to be the most beautiful bride (even just for a day…). With so many makeup artists that offers good deals and are really good, I had a hard time finding the right one. Would you believe that I only booked my HMUA (Hair and Makeup Artist) 2 weeks before my wedding? And I am so thankful that I did the right choice… Thanks to my Mom…
So here are my few pointers in choosing who will do their magical touch on your special day…
- BRIDAL FAIRS. Attending Bridal Fairs will give you a vast of choices and good deals.
- REFFERALS. Get referrals from your friends, colleagues and families. I’m sure they have few HMUA in mind.
- REVIEW. Review their proposals, sample of works, websites and their client’s review.
- LIST. List down your top choices so it will be easy for you to decide.
- BUDGET. Setting your budget is important so you can work out who will it be.
- MAKEUP TRIAL. This is important when booking your HMUA. It is important that you set ascheduled makeup trial to have a glimpse on what it looks like when they do their magic touch on you. Make sure to take a photo after the makeup trial and show it to your mom, sister and your maid of honor for their comments.
- BOOK IT. Once your makeup trial is done and you are happy with the results, book him or her.
- ENJOY. Need I say more?
with Bambi Fuentes (Celebrity Makeup Artist)
Before the year 2013 ends, I got a chance to travel abroad with my mom and spend my birthday at the shopping capital in Asia…. Hongkong!
Yes! Shopping galore indeed but with a budget! Travelling with a budget is never easy but it is fun knowing that you know you can’t exceed. So we stayed at a 3 star hotel with a buffet breakfast. Silka Seaview Hotel is worth it.
The room was enough for us. What’s important is that they have hot and cold showers, comfortable bed, hair dryer and of course free WIFI. Breakfast was okay. Their restaurant is at the top floor building where you can see highrise condos / buildings and the bustling busy streets of Yau Ma Tei.
During our 2nd day, we had a half day city tour…. Avenue of the Stars, Jewelry factory, souvenir shops, Fisherman’s village….
After we took our lunch, we had to travel by ferry to visit Macau! I always love the city! The buildings and the lights! Weather was so cold and I super love it! The price of not having winter in the Philippines! 😉
We went to Fisherman’s Wharf, Macau Tower, souvenir shop, St. Paul Ruins and of course our last destination the Venetian!
On the 3rd day! Free day! We took our travelling shoes at Canton Road. So what we do there is to shop… window shop… roam around… shop… window shop… and shop…
To my surprise as we enter our room, sweet fruits with a thoughtful message was waiting for me given by the hotel management! I was so touched to received a gift from them.
Staying in Hongkong for 4 days with my mom is a bit “bitin” (not enough) but I will forever treasure our bonding moments. Meeting a lot of pinoy tourists was also a great opportunity for business and becoming friends with. Looking forward for another trip with my bestfriend!
It has been weeks that i haven’t posted something here. Reason? I was looking for an inspiration. Luckily I have one right now and it keeps on coming! Yehey!
Now let me share with you what inspires me….
Feeling all excited and nervous, I dressed up, put on some make-ups, did my hair and put on my sleek-not-so-strappy-sandals and headed at C3 Events Place in Greenhills. It was the 10th year Anniversary of Bride’s Bestfriend and unveiling the 7th Edition of Wedding Flavours Magazine and WFM’s new logo!
It was a celebration of laughter, hardwork and commitment. Bride’s Bestfriend Coordinator throws a Bollywood themed cocktail party to give thanks and acknowledge all their family, friends, sponsors, advertisers, staffs and supporters.
But hey… this celebration is not just about good food, nice music and pretty outfits but it is a good way to mingle and catch up with good friends.
Now let me give my share of thanking this wonderful person…..
THANK YOU Ms. Antonette Mangona-de Leon, owner of Bride’s Bestfriend Coordinator and Editor-in-Chief of Wedding Flavours Magazine, for being a good friend since my sister’s wedding. You are not just somebody to do all the legwork and be the event coordinator to everyone else but you become a good listener to all of us. Remember the conversation we had months before my wedding? I will never forget your advice. And now, working for your magazine is a privilege and opened an opportunity for me to finally find my passion. I am forever indebted to what you have shared with me. I may not be the finest writer but I know with you at my back I know I can be one. Thank you for trusting me since the first launch of Wedding Flavours Magazine. And look at where we are now? 3 Fabulous years and still counting! Truly you are every Bride’s Bestfriend!!!!
I have a confession to make… i am a frustrated chef by no choice… hahaha…. I have times to be so lazy and tend to be perky and would cook the whole day. Fascinated by the hit tv series Hell’s Kitchen, MasterChef and any tv shows with celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. I love it when he is rude to the contestants and cursing sometimes made y adrenalin rush.
And so, there was one day when I feel like cooking this dish I love! Crispy Spinach with Tartar sauce. My husband being skeptic that I couldn’t do it, he was pleased when I finally did it! And so I want to share with you some of my passion aside from make-ups…. Hope you like what i have for you…..
Home-made Tartar Sauce
* 1 cup mayonnaise
* 1/2 cup pickle relish
* 2 tablespoon lemon / calamansi juice
* onions (diced)
* pepper to taste
1. Put the mayonnaise in a bowl.
2. Mix in the pickle relish and onions.
3. Pour the lemon juice.
4. Mix. and add pepper to taste.
* 500 g Spinach
* 1 egg
* 2 cups flour
1. Separate spinach leaves from its stem. Wash.
2. Break the egg and beat it on a bowl.
3. Dip the spinach leaves on the egg.
4. Then dip it on the flour.
5. Deep fry the spinach.
6. Serve it on a serving plate.