Nope it's not mine, I just helped my friend Marion of Bella Blue plan her wedding last December. And that's right, she just spent a mere 150,000 Pesos for a beautiful Modern- Vintage DIY Intimate wedding. Here's a short interview on how she did it. Complete with her wedding suppliers and some beautiful photos on how her wedding went.
Marion: My cousin Suzette, who is a designer and I had talked years ago. We were talking about weddings. I thought we had the same ideals back then, that spending big money for a "one day" celebration was not practical at all. She also reminded me that if ever I have to splurge, it's not with the dresses nor the venue, instead spend money in PHOTOGRAPHY (something for us newlyweds) and the FOOD (to satisfy our guests). Since then, that thought never left my mind.
Mark and I had been on for 9 years. Our engagement happened last April, 2011. Plans about the wedding were arranged. I knew at that time that I wanted it to be intimate (with just us with our closest friends and our immediate family members). Lucky groom! Hours of talking and convincing were made to our families, especially to my parents, not letting them think "na tinitipid ang anak nila", but rather that it was my idea.
Though there were a lot of changes from our original plans, like the place and date, we are certain on one thing - that we will pay for this wedding from our own pockets (from budget to preparation ) , and so we decided to have a very simple and intimate church wedding.
1. Choose a stunning Church in Marion and Mark's case they chose San Sebastian Church. Who wouldn't love this all steel basilica with its Gothic architecture?
Marion: After disregarding a civil ceremony from our options. I thought of an Elopement wedding (hay, kung ano ano naiisip). At first, this is what I considered doing, only the two of us with the priest celebrant, but we cannot. Filipinos will always be Filipinos, family comes first.
When I inquired with the parish office if they would allow a small wedding like that, the parish secretary, told me to submit a letter of request to the parish priest, and so I did, and it was granted. I was reminded though, that simple means, no entourage and with 30 or so guests only. We just then told our families of both sides to wear something blue for our motif.
Supplier: Basilica de San Sebastian
Office hours: Tuesdays - Saturdays - 8am -12nn, 2pm-5pm
Sundays - 8am -12nn only
Closed on Mondays
Telephone No.: (02)734-8908
Price: A special rate for a "very simple" wedding
|This photo gave me goosebumps :) The church's interior was really beautiful|
Marion: Distance was my main consideration when I chose our hotel for the preparation. My two nearest options were The Pearl Manila and The Grand Opera Hotel. After reading a couple of reviews and since we were looking for a bigger room to accommodate us both in our preparations, plus the photographers, we decided to book a Junior suite at The Pearl Manila.
3. For Hair & Make up, consider doing it yourself! :) find photos for your inspiration, watch videos and collect the best smudge proof make up months before your wedding, you'll be surprised on how much you'll be saving. You'll be gaining skills too!
Marion: Since the time we decided that it will be a simple wedding; I started to buy little by little; make up that flatters my skin tone. Doing my trial make up look months, weeks and days before the important day helped me in distinguishing the look that I wanted for the big day! If you're not sure about doing your own hair(especially!) and make up, don't risk it. I started preparing 2 hours before the photographer's arrival; 1 1/2 hours of curling and teasing turned out into a simple bun (hehe, told you!) and of course , 30 mins for the make up.
Marion: What you would need are: A Primer, BB Cream, Liquid Foundation, Powder, Eyeliner(pencil and liquid), Eyeshadows, Bronzer, nice lipstick, set of make up brushes(important), false eyelashes + glue, contact lens ;), blower, flat iron, hair mousse, hair spray, lots of hairpins (again, let somebody do your hair! If you can't do it yourself, there I said it. hehe)
Marion: I turned my plain crocheted shoes into something elegant with a pair of pearl earrings and some blue swarovski crystals and pearl beads
Supplier: Primadonna shoes (Php 1, 200), Landmark
Crystals and pearl beads (can be bought in strings, around Php 150-200),
5. Yes, you wished of wearing that designer dress, but it costs a fortune, why not find your neighborhood "mananahi" and let her help you make your dream dress a reality. Good thing we've met with Tita Wilma Guarin. :) Ms. Marion here had a design in mind and wanted to get more bang out of her dress by making it convertible, to make it a shorter dress for the reception; that's having 2 dresses for the price of one.
Marion: Tin introduced me to Tita Wilma, I printed the dress that I had on my mind and gave it to Tita Wilma. It was just a simple wedding ceremony and we're only going to have the reception at a resto, I can't imagine dragging myself into the buffet table in a long gown, that's why I thought of having a convertible dress.
Tip: Heavy laces are far more cheaper in Divisoria, it is half the price of the ones sold in malls.
Supplier: Heavy Lace, Php 1000/yard (I consumed 1.5 yards), Fabric warehouse, Glorietta 5
Soft Chiffon, 140/yard (6 yards)
Price: Php 7,000
|Here's her vintage inspired lace dress with cap sleeves and detachable chiffon train.|
Supplier: Prestige Maker
Mobile no. 09272288592/ 09328440900
Price: Customized ring, White gold , 9-10 grams, Php 24, 000
6. Bridal Brooch Bouquet and cord DIY- consists of 50-60 brooches mixed with fresh flowers and her cord made out of pearls and marbled beads in her motif; showed her creativity under pressure.
Marion: I've been eyeing Brooch bouquets online since forever, I know that it will go well with the heavy lace on my dress and to create that classy, vintage look that I have on my mind. Your bouquet will be more valuable, if you'll put your old brooches, earrings, rings, the ones gifted by friends, or your grandma & your mom in it. In my case, I crammed and bought the pins and materials just weeks before the wedding.
|raw bouquet (composed of brooches, earrings, and rings)|
|And yes, I admit it, I splurged too much on this bouquet.|
|Of all the accessories, this one is the one I've finished doing first. Made up of pearl beads in baby blue and white, then accentuated it with a darker shade of blue beads. "The blings" included our initials, the Holy Family and the Crucifix.|
7 . We stumbled upon Rico Ignacio with the help our our head nurse Ms. Ruth, she told us that her husband always had his suit done at Kamuning Market. We then googled it and Voila! Rico Ignacio. Labor for a tuxedo including pants costs 5,000 pesos and standard suit including pants 4,500 pesos. Just visit him at Kamuning public Market or call him at 422-5188 or 0918- 213 2538.
Supplier: Rico Ignacio
Price: 100% Wool Fabric for the coat and trousers, Php4,000
Cotton Fabric for the inside polo, Php 400
Labor, Php 4500
Tie - 250, The Landmark
Shoes - 3500, Bristol, SM Department Store
Cotton Fabric for the inside polo, Php 400
Labor, Php 4500
Tie - 250, The Landmark
Shoes - 3500, Bristol, SM Department Store
8. Buttonieres- DIY
Marion: I made a total of 8 buttonieres for my groom, my family, and my in-laws, all in blue, gray and white crystals. The buttonnieres were made to match my bouquet ;) It's just made of some ribbons and crystals..you just need to decide what you want for the details.
Estimated Project Cost: < Php 200
9. Birdcage Veil- DIY
Marion: I bought some french net, then made the fabric flowers myself. I made these for my 2 sisters, my niece Micah, and Mark's two sisters too. Then for the mothers and ninangs, I made each of them a corsage (too bad was not able to take pictures), then fabric flower hair pins for the little girls.
Estimated Project Cost: < 500
|I just borrowed this birdcage from my sister for the post nup.|
Mine is this white long soft flowing tulle which I managed to attached in an ornamental comb and adorned with big white pearls.
10. Photography- I have blogged about Ruffa and Mike a couple of months ago (during the contract signing) Always remember to prioritize your wedding photographer, a simple wedding such as this,with very minimal detail would be just as stunning when you get a great photographer. High end photographers costs as much as 100k! you can save a lot by researching for up and coming talents such as Ruffa and Mike, that are as great as the pricier ones but costs a lot less. You'll have great looking professional photos that you'd be proud of sharing to your future kids in the years to come.
For more of our photos please click this LINK.
Supplier: Ruffa and Mike
Price: 13,000 (a discounted rate for a simple wedding, this was based on their old rates)
Here are some of my favorite shots :)
|just as she was about to make her grand entrance|
|I just love the photo's contemporary look :) who knew that posing on a bridge would look this romantic|
11. Reception- the newlyweds then had the reception at Dad's, the venue still had that vintage Filipiniana theme going on, but it still housed their 30++ guests perfectly. They kept the guests tummies satisfied by taking them to an eat- all- you- can buffet and still managed to get everything within their budget.
Marion: Since our party was not that big, we chose to have the reception at Dads. Aside from the interior that made our reception more vintage, I guess we made our families satisfied with wide variety of cuisine to choose from. I just thought of incorporating a little more of our motif to the venue, so days before, I made these blue paper pompoms hanging in ribbons and asked the manager to hang it in our function room.
12. Souvenirs- these DIY Robin's nest necklace symbolizes the couple beginning their married life together, doing DIYs might save you a lot of money but it will take time too, if you're planning to give out your labor of love to your guests, DIY souvenirs are the way to go.
Marion: We just want something different to give to our guests. Not even part of the plan to give souvenirs, so I did these necklaces a week before the wedding.
|Got the template of the giftbox from the internet.|
For the matches(above)and candles(below), I just printed a black damask pattern in a sticker paper to be their design and cover, then outlined it with blue ribbons.
Marion: We just needed a few invites for our Principal sponsors plus the hubby needs one to show his bosses when he asks them for a vacation leave. This one is so plain and I am a little bit disappointed on how it turned out, but instead of stressing myself, I went on and got my glue gun, and added ribbons and pearl beads to customize it.
Php 35.00 per piece,minimum of 50 pcs.. 1, 750 for the 50pcs , Recto
Marion: Yes, believe it or not..our Coron getaway is already included in our 150k budget technically it shouldn't be, because our honeymoon was a gift from one of our ninangs. W e stayed at the Majika Island Resort in Coron which I found at Tripadvisor.com; being the number 2 resort in Coron. The resort is an island far from the town, it's a little pricey though, compared to the town's rate, but its like you're having your own island, so quiet, bagay sa mga honeymooners. :)
Supplier: Majika Island Resort, Coron Palawan
Cost: 25,000 including the roundtrip airfare, accomodation for 4days, 3nights, full board meals, island tours, 2 dives for us both at 2 shipwreck locations.
|we went to a 10 min. hiking at the peak of the island to see the beautiful sunrise of coron|
a.) Plane ticket: San Jose - Mla- San Jose
Two-way ticket of the Groom's parents - Php 4,250
Two-way ticket of the Bride's parents - Php 4, 250
b.) Giveaways for our Ninong and Ninangs
Wine( Php 500), SM
Shawls (Php 800), Landmark
c.) Cake (Php 1, 750), Estrels
d.) Certificate of No Marriage(php 415 each), Application for a marriage contract at Manila
City Hall - php 120.00
FOR A GRAND TOTAL OF (tantararan!!!!) less than 150K!
O diba?! Its possible to have a simple but beautiful wedding even if you have a tight budget. After all these wedding preparations never forget to have fun! :)
|My loving mother, giving us a message.|
Marion: I owed this all to my Mama, If it weren't for her, we could have chosen to have a civil ceremony instead. During the "pamamanhikan", my parents didn't even ask my fiance for an extravagant wedding for their youngest daughter, they only wanted one thing, a UNION made by God. I don't have any regret of not turning them down for I walked down the aisle with my Mama and my Papa. My Mama was complaining of a severe pain on her left arm days before and during the wedding. A week later we discovered in her bone scan that the pain is caused by a metastasis of Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer. She passed away just 2 months after the wedding.
Thank you Lord for the blessing, a big blessing indeed to have my mother still beside me when I waved goodbye to my single life. I love you Ma!