Post Nup Supplier Review: K by Cunanan

We chose our caterer because of two main reasons: we tagged along to our friends’ food tasting last year and we thought the food was great plus we’ve seen photos of their wedding setups and they were always classy, tasteful and elegant. Those two main reasons were enough to make us confident that things would turn out well food-wise and décor-wise for the wedding.

And we weren’t disappointed. So far, all of the feedback on the food is positive. In fact, I think it was just me that had a minor issue with the food — the grilled lapu-lapu piece that I ended up with was not cooked enough. The upside to this is that none of the other guests seem to have had the same problem. As for the tables and the venue décor, when Allan and I first saw the centerpieces, we thought they were great. The flowers mixed with fruits and the cactus and yes, even lettuce had exactly the kind of colors and look that we wanted. Their idea of painting tin cans with copper instead of the original wooden box also was a success I think. It added to the “rustic” and homey feel as I didn’t really want the décor to be too stiff. I tend to think of high floral arrangements in glass as too formal — so we wanted low, lush and approachable. Which is exactly what we got. If the number of people who brought home centrepieces are any indication, then I would say it was a success.

I only have two things that are not so positive (but not necessarily negative either) with K by C. First, during the planning process, my coordinator had a little communication problem with them. It took about two months from the time they met and discussed the layout and décor before I actually had the details on email (being overseas, I naturally had to rely on written descriptions and quotations). How it came about, I feel it really isn’t mine to say since all I have is second-hand information. Second, I was a little confused with some of the details for the décor. Specifically those that had to do with rental of Fiscus trees for the venue and whether or not we would have our dinner table separate from the sofa where we would have our photos taken with the guests. Our final contract, received a few days before the wedding (about a week maybe?) didn’t have the Fiscus trees and indicated that we’d have the couch first and then the table added later at the same spot after the photos were taken. Two days before the wedding I received a text saying that the trees should still be part of the décor. At that point, I didn’t want to change any of the plans anymore (primarily the Financial planning) so I asked if they were necessary. When I was told they were not, I decided to do away with them. If we didn’t need them, then why bother. They would be using the Top Shelf trees instead. I found out after the wedding that Ames had to have the Top Shelf trees switched out several times as she wasn’t happy with how things looked. Whether or not it was a major issue, I don’t know anymore. Maybe it’s also the reason why we had the couch separate from the dinner table, since they didn’t want the trees as backdrop for the photos? At this stage, I don’t think I’ll ever know. All I know is that I was very happy with the end result and I thought the venue looked intimate and cosy and wonderful — just as I had hoped it would be.

Wedding Suit-up! (The Barney Stinson post)

Firstly this is a wedding supplier review and not a tribute to How I Met Your Mother’s Barney Stinson, but I just couldn’t resist. And besides, I looked good in that suit. So good that I had two made.

Ok, down to the business of the review. I’ve always said I wanted to get married (and buried) in a barong. But somehow, I forget, the discussion/decision was made that a suit would be more fitting. I initially wanted to go with an “unknown” tailor and just get the cloth from Divisoria or something. Then I was recommended to Kingsmen Tailoring at the Intercontinental Hotel. I’ve heard their workmanship before and I’ve of their prices as well. We were able to pull some strings and got a small discount on their prices. It did not seem to bad at the time so we decided to go for it.
Long story short, the suits looked great. I’ve been finicky about the suits after being introduced to Ted Baker and actually trying on some of their lineup. Unfortunately I’ve never really been able to find one that fit me well. I’m glad that Kingsmen was able to provide me with the style close to Ted Baker suits and that fit perfectly.
I am a little disappointed in how communication and timing was managed as I’ve provided all the information with a great deal of time before the wedding and yet some of the suits were only finished 2 days before the wedding. And for wedding preparations go, that is cutting it close and brings quite the stress on the client. Other than that for the price, workmanship and quality of the suits, Kingsmen is always a supplier that is worth considering.

Post Nup Supplier Review: Sy-Kat Couture

Everyone knows that proper work on my dress could only commence three weeks before the wedding.  I went to Kat the day after I arrived and kept coming back everytime she would ask me to for fittings and adjustments.  I was right in choosing Kat to design and create my dress — she knew I didn’t want a dress showered with beads or with any of the frills, bells and whistles that I’ve seen on so many bridal magazines.  I wanted a good fit, a good cut, good worksmanship and classy details and Kat delivered all of that.  Her draping and beadwork on the dress was done by hand (and she has the marks to show for it).  The beadwork was not overdone and she added in just the right amount of sparkle.  She even created a shrug for me less than a week before the wedding in a frenzy of church-restriction panic!

I never really knew beforehand what my wedding gown would look like, but I’m pretty sure what I wore is what I would have imagined if I had an image of the dress way before the wedding. My single regret is that I didn’t get a chance to take a photo of the dress on the dress form 😦  there was just too much happening on the wedding day, I completely forgot.

For any bride looking for a designer and who’s willing to forego the usual bridal suspects, Kat Sy comes highly recommended!  Visit her site here:

The wedding soundtrack

When Socs and I were planning our wedding, we never really entertained the idea of how to entertain our guests (pun intended). Going with a “show” band was not us. String quartets here are generally disappointing. So we were pretty much sold on the idea of iPod entertainment for the reception.

That made looking for songs the main task. No mushy romantic music for us. We wanted something new, edgy, and off the wall. Luckily while I was in the US for an assignment, my car had XM radio so I was able to tune in to the music industry and get the ball rolling. I also commissioned Beverly Marquez to send some recommendations of the sounds that I liked.
I also frequented the website (the website seems to be down, Google the link and look at the cached site) and got some pretty good songs from it.
Despite being ok with iPod music, Socs and I were open to having a “wedding singer”. We have an officemate who belongs to a band but were not quite sure if he was the sound we were looking for. Then he posted an acoustic rendition of Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead, and we knew he could pull it off. So I hand picked a selection of songs from our seed of around 40 songs. We initially wanted only a single singer, but he said it would be better to have 2 singers/guitarists. He suggested a friend of his and sent us a “demo”, he fit the bill so we gave the go ahead. Awesome duo, once I heard the first song play during the reception I knew they would rock it. They come highly recommended.
Even with a “band”, I knew my initial cut of 40 songs would not do it. It lacked cohesion and order. Enter my friend Novis Lagunay. I knew he was a music buff and after attending his wedding, he was definitely the man to ask for help. I told him our concept, sent him my list of songs, he messed around with it a bit and provided me with pretty much the playlist that was played during the entire night. Excellent job Nobs!
So for those who might be interested, here is the playlist from our night:
311 – Love Song
Afghan Whigs – 66
Alice In Chains – No Excuses
Better Than Ezra – A Lifetime
Better Than Ezra – At The Stars
Boys Like Girls – Hero/Heroine
Dashboard Confessional – Vindicated
The Fray – How To Save A Life
Incubus – Are You In
Lemonheads – It’s About Time
Lifehouse – Make Me Over
Maroon 5 – Won’t Go Home Without You
Owsley – Good Old Days
Powderfinger – My Happiness
The Script – The Man Who Can’t Be Moved
Sister Hazel – Change Your Mind
Sister Hazel – All for You
Splender – Monotone
Splender – Save It For Later
Sugarcult – Memory (Acoustic)
Train – Drops Of Jupiter
Anberlin – A Day Late (Acoustic)
Anberlin – Dismantle. Repair. (Acoustic)
Anberlin – Inevitable (Acoustic)
Anberlin – The Unwinding Cable Car (Acoustic)
Athenaeum – What I Didn’t Know (Acoustic)
Better Than Ezra – Desperately Wanting (Acoustic)
Boys Like Girls – Let Go (Acoustic)
Boys Like Girls – Two Is Better Than One
Counting Crows – Mr. Jones
Dave Matthews Band – Lover Lay Down
Death Cab For Cutie – I Will Follow You Into The Dark
Foo Fighters – Everlong (Acoustic)
The Fray – Never Say Never
Gavin DeGraw – Follow Through (Stripped Version)
Gavin Rossdale – Love Remains The Same
Incubus – Drive
INXS – Afterglow
Jack Johnson – Better Together
Jack Johnson – Flake
Jason Mraz – I’m Yours (Acoustic)
John Mayer – No Such Thing
Matt Nathanson – Come On Get Higher
Newton Faulkner – I Need Something
Nixons – Sister (Acoustic)
Plain White T’s – 1,2,3,4
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus – Your Guardian Angel
Rico Blanco – Your Universe
Sister Hazel – Best I’ll Ever Be (Piano Version)
Sister Hazel – All For You (Acoustic)
Stereophonics – It Means Nothing
Sugarcult – Memory (Acoustic)
Toad The Wet Sprocket – All I Want (Acoustic)
Vertical Horizon – Sunrays And Saturdays
Zero 7 – Destiny (Acoustic)
The John Abrenica and Mito Romualdez band (not the real duo’s group name heheh). Songs from what I distinctly heard they played
Ben Folds Five – The Luckiest
Chris Cornell – Thank You
Foo Fighters – My Hero (Acoustic)
Outkast – Hey Ya (Scrubs Version)
The list we sent them included:
Cynthia Alexander – Walk Down The Road
Dashboard Confessional – Even Now
Dashboard Confessional – I Do
Dashboard Confessional – Stolen
Death Cab For Cutie – I Will Follow You Into The Dark
Evanescence – My Immortal
Evan Dando/Lemonheads – How Will I Know
Hedley – For The Nights I Can’t Remember
Parokya ni Edgar – Your Song
Pearl Jam – Breathe
Rico Blanco – Your Universe
Rise Against – Swing Life Away
Staind – Zoe Jane
Train – If It’s Love
William Fitzsimmons – Good Morning

second wind.

For a time I didn’t know how to proceed.  I knew what Allan and I wanted, but I didn’t quite know how we could get things moving in that direction.  We had all these ideas, but somehow it difficult to make things concrete.  There were major things that needed to be acted upon and something had to be done.

So, act on them, we did!

First of the things we did was change the reception venue.  Yes, we’ve said goodbye to the lovely and cosy Filipinas Heritage Library.  It was one of the toughest decision we had to make.  We were back and forth on it, until we just said, yes, we’re changing.  Our main reason really is that the weather is very difficult to predict, and having an outdoor venue may mean stress for everyone involved if we were to second guess how things will be on the day of the wedding.  We had the option of putting up tents, but that ruins the feel of the Courtyard for us.  We could move to the Reading room, but that would be too small for our guests.

So we booked Top Shelf at Fully Booked High Street. Yup, Fully Booked.  I’ve tried to google and search the usual sites for wedding held there and have found none.  That could be an advantage or a disadvantage, depending on how you look at it.  I’d like to think of it as something fun and something different.

Then we had to change our Wedding Coordinator.  I am all for Polly, our original coordinator, but she has asked her former coordinator, mentor and future business partner to take over.  We completely understand and we have no issues with it.  Especially since I’ve spoken to Amy Gotianse (of Forever and a Day) and we’re just as happy with her being our coordinator.   One of the first things she wants to do is check out our venue and then we’ll take it from there.

My most recent talk with a supplier was with our invites, Katrina Valenzuela from Village Projekt.   I don’t recall how I found her Multiply site but when Polly said I wouldn’t go wrong with Trina, I didn’t hesitate.  She has actually sent me two designs for our invites already but I’ve informed her of the change in venue, and given her a better idea of what we were imagining the wedding to be so she’s taken that and will work on something else, just to give us options.

My main hurdle in the past was trying to put everything together and not fully communicating them to my suppliers I think.  And then I realized, whats the point in finding established and creative suppliers if I don’t feed off of their ideas and their expertise?  So thats what I did, I spoke to them and told them what we were thinking.  In the end, I’m a lot more energized and positive about where the wedding planning is going.