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Searching for the wedding gown: We found our gown designer

This is the continuation of  Searching for the wedding gown: Thoughts on the dress

We are scheduled at three o’clock. Says Kei who just got a reply from the designer.

Great, we can go eat lunch before meeting her. That was our plan.

So, lunch is served. We dined at Mitsuyado Sei-Men. Where we got our usual.

lunch

A large three cheese tsukemen, one order of gyoza, and black pepper chicken

Once done with lunch, we headed over to her shop. We arrived quite early. Excited much!  

look up!

look up!

It is located at the second floor of Dona Consolacion Building.

mel orlina building

Going up, we are greeted by this.

Mel Orlina shop

We arrived at her shop in a very busy time. There were a lot of brides to be along with their families who are in the process of fitting their gowns. The place was packed.  

We just spent the time looking at other people’s gowns, and also the trinkets displayed in her shop. Apparently they have a consignment deal with Jacatel.  So they carry accessories too!  Convenient! (I already have my eye one of the earrings!)

beautiful!

I find this beautiful!

One by one the people left and it was now our turn.

We get to see a tired but still smiling Mel Orlina. I told her what I wanted a mermaid gown with appliqués/beaded, with a dramatic skirt, low back, colored petticoat, then showed her my pegs. She then rummaged through her stash of fabrics and lace and brought out a bag of appliqués similar to my peg.

 

Then Mel sketched her vision of the gown keeping in mind my preferences. Then voiced out her reasons on why she designed the sketch that way. The sketch looked modern and feminine. I liked it!

This designer got Kei smiling at the sketch, schedule and price.

This designer got Kei smiling at the sketch, schedule and price.

She also guaranteed to us that should I have a change of heart on the design, she will be willing to change the design for me!

We also find her price reasonable. (below 100k)

 

I knew our search is over.

We instantly felt at ease. We liked her.

Kei booked her on the spot.

* I do a happy dance*

After we wrote down our names on her schedule, we found out that she is almost fully booked for 2015. Whoa, that fast?!

*Lucky for us!* 

See more of her creations here.

 

Mel Orlina Couture

Address: 2nd floor (unit 201), Dona Consolacion Bldg., 122 Jupiter St., Bel-Air Village, 1209 Makati

Phone: 7520312

Email: melorlinacouture@gmail.com

Office hours: Mon – Sat: 10:30 am – 7:30 pm

 

*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are our own and based on our own experience. This is not a sponsored post, Kei paid for this (from) his own pocket. 

**Start planning early. You get to pick the suppliers you like, rather than having to look for your second choice.

 

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Searching for the wedding gown: Thoughts on the dress

After all the RTW dress fittings, I am seriously overwhelmed and a bit disappointed that none of them felt like the one. I am not saying yes to the dress for reasons: too expensive, too plain, doesn’t feel like it is me….etc.

I kept all the pictures and showed them to my grandma (this is the grandma who loves pearls). Wearing her glasses, she looked at all the photos together with my most fashion forward Aunt. They smiled nervously as I told them that was all. My grandma said; dear, you must find something dramatic. Your Grandma wants to dress fabulously.

My Aunt said, the dresses you made us look at is rather plain. I am afraid; we don’t find it beautiful enough for the occasion. *I am the first grandchild to be married.*

By this time, my mind is spinning. They wanted a fabulous dress, but we have a budget! What will Kei say?

I also wanted my dress to be beautiful, and that it would be fit to my personality and feels like “me”.

Choosing your gown? here is a guide. Click on the image to enlarge. photo taken from pinterest.

Choosing your gown? here is a guide. (Click on the image to enlarge,  photo taken from pinterest.)

 

All I know is, I want a mermaid gown, appliquéd/beaded, in ivory, with a dramatic skirt and beautiful low back, plus a colored petticoat underneath.

One thing is for sure, I need to find pegs then, we need to find a designer. Most importantly, both of us must also agree on the design and designer.

And we need to book one fast! Because here in The Philippines, if you want the wedding industry’s best you have to act fast, as their slots are usually full a year before your wedding date.

I hurriedly called and set an appointment at my cousin’s wedding gown designer. (Their wedding took place 5 years ago.)  He is well known, and awarded as one of the best. On the said date, bringing Kei along with me, we went to his atelier. We got lost, and that got the designer mad at us. I think we may have encountered him in one of his bad mood days. He was stern and very quiet.

I showed him a sketch/peg I made, and he was actually amazed that I can draw. Then he proceeded to sketch what he thinks will flatter my figure. Kei and I liked his sketch very much. He still has slots for 2015 brides.

But the price nearly knocked us off our seats. He is asking for 200k. Only 1 wedding dress. This is not a package price. Apparently, designers’ prices can shoot up that much in a span of five years. Duh.

It was a NO. That amount of money is too much to just check off one item off the list.

Di sulit. (Fliipino term for: Not worth it.)

 

We need to look for another designer. A good one, without the outrageous price, that could make my dress.

That led us to looking at another designer whose facebook page is always updated with photos of her beaming clients/brides. Kei thought her works are nice, and I really googled about her price range. Seems reasonable than the first. We called her up and scheduled an appointment.

By that time, she was away on Singapore. We will see her once she comes back.

Again I brought out my pegs/sketches. She then rummaged through her stash of fabrics and lace and brought out a fabric similar to my peg. Then she sketched for me. Then voiced out her reasons on why she designed the sketch that way. We instantly felt at ease. We liked her.

She is almost fully booked for 2015. Whoa, that fast?!

Asked about the price, it is below 100k. Value for money.

We smiled. I think we found our gown designer.

 

 

*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are our own and based on our own experience.

**Start planning early. You get to pick the suppliers you like, rather than having to look for your second choice.

 


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Searching for the wedding gown: The Rosa Clara experience

Kei and I learned about rosa clara from our friend, Melay who was a rosa clara bride. The concept is still the same. RTW, try before you buy. Seeing Melay’s floaty-tiered gown, we called up rosa clara for an appointment.

rosa logo

We were scheduled on a Saturday afternoon (Feb 22,2014), at 3pm. We never knew but apparently, this is the last slot. Being near greenbelt, it is very convenient for us and fits right in our schedules!

We had lunch and strolled for a bit. And off we go. Their store really has that exclusivity factor. We had to ring a doorbell before we were greeted by an attendant in all black. Being a few minutes early, we were asked to wait and fill up forms as the bride-to-be before us is not yet done with her fitting.

So we just looked around their shop. We find it impressive, sleek and modern.

Rosa Clara Philippines Interiors

Rosa Clara Philippines Interiors

Rosa Clara Philippines Interiors

rack of dresses

And thus was given a lot of gown catalogs to look at.

I think its pretty.

I think its pretty.

After almost 30mins of waiting. The bride-to-be before us is done trying out gowns. Finally, it is our turn.

We were greeted by their consultant named Yuri? (or is it Eurie? Never knew the spelling.)

She asked for my gown preference. I told her I wanted a mermaid/fit and flare. Oh, the serpentina she said. Do you want to try other silhouettes? She thinks my figure could also pull off an A-line.

I said ok. And then I am whisked off to the dressing room.

The a-line is the first dress she made me try.

Aline

It is beaded and with appliqués. Sweetheart neckline and illusion beading, natural waist.  It looks ok, I guess. But it makes me feel short. Average.

The second dress I tried on is a full lace without any beading. But, this gown has a variation.

lace with variation

I find it too plain for my liking. The other version with the slit does not look bridal. Average.

Our attendant really looks tired right now and is really going on an extra effort in attempt to be cheery and bubbly. Apparently, we are the last fitting for the day and the brides to be before me were the “primadonna” types.

She then brought out another gown. The third one.

aire barcelona

Say hello to my swimmer’s shoulders!

This is an Aire Barcelona gown. A gown from their sister company.

aire logo

 

This brand is more affordable.

It was a tube gown with a bit of beading. It makes my shoulders look bigger! Oh, the horror!  I feel so “maton” (maton is Filipino for butch) wearing this.

I felt disappointed that all I tried were average. By, this time the attendant is a bit “nagpaparinig” (Filipino term for making sure that we hear her comments) that she is tired and has a headache coming on.

Being considerate to our attendant, I am ready to leave right after I changed back to my clothes.

When a dress hanging in the corner, caught my eye. It was worn a while ago by the bride to be before we came in.

I asked if I could try it on. The last dress to try. Our attendant agreed.

This gown is a Rosa Clara soft collection. Named Uma.

It is lavishly decorated with beads and feathers that has a distinct Gatsby feel to it. Very glam.

uma

Of all the dresses I tried on, the Uma is the one I liked most. I can remember its name!

I never remembered the other gown/s (I tried on) name. That alone is enough said.

The sad thing is, it is way out of budget (more than a hundred thousand). And I also couldn’t bear to think if the feathers attached to the dress is real/ethical. Really nice, but still a no.

They lived up to the expectations, but we left feeling rushed.

That sums up our Rosa Clara experience.

 

Taking photos is allowed. Appointments is a must.   

 

Boutique– Their shop is convenient, modern and has that luxurious feel to it.

Gowns– Their gowns are very soft. No corset/boning. You might have to consider buying shapewear to wear underneath. They do have a variety of embellished and lace gowns. No bathrobe. They have clamps and binder clips.

Fitting room– They have a sitting area in their fitting room! (Kei is glad about this) They have a platform, and 3 full length mirrors! They have shoes.

Lighting– dim lighting.

Price– Is steep. Consider yourself warned.

Friendliness– The storekeeper is chatty and a bit impatient. (maybe because she is tired) But still good to talk to, and attentive.

 

Contact them:

Mobile: +632 2381310

Email: RosaClara@trimarkholdings.net

Address: Rosa Clará  Tower III of The Residences at Greenbelt. Their shop is open from 10:00am to 9:00pm daily.

 

The first RTW wedding gown search : The Mi Sueno experience (part1)

The second RTW wedding gown search : The Adorata Weddings experience

The third RTW wedding gown search: The Rosa Clara experience

*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are our own and based on our own experience. This is not a sponsored post.