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signed, sealed, delivered – we have our primary sponsors!

When it comes to the wedding preparation and practices you probably noticed that we are kind of different. We came from traditional Chinese families yet we are non-traditional thinkers with a hint of modern style. This makes our families say that we think like Westerners. We take that as a compliment.

I would like to say that it is not like we disregard tradition, it is just that we are practical.

So, when it comes to the daunting task of getting the principal sponsors or the ninongs and ninangs, we still made it non-traditional. Rebellious moves on our end, as most of our peers have gone through this the traditional way.

principal

We have 8 pairs of principal sponsors. While to some that may be too many. But to us with a huge family that was the exact number. It even complies with the traditional Chinese thinking that 8 is a lucky number.  Split into two, that means four pairs from the groom’s side and four pairs from the bride’s side.

That being said, imagine visiting and giving each of the pairs these “required items”- pork leg, misua (very thin variety of salted Chinese noodles made from wheat flour), fruits, sweets and more importantly fabric/s to be made into a suit/ to be made into a gown.

Kei already had his prospects for his principal sponsors; I on the other hand only had two. The other two was chosen by my parents. Most of our prospective sponsors have been sponsors before. Meaning they have been through this stuff already. Most of the males own more than one suit; the ladies have had lots of gowns made for them too. We also doubt if they really enjoy eating misua?! I can imagine them saying misua again?!

Meaty Vegetable Misua - Photo from Knorr Philippines

Meaty Vegetable Misua – Photo from Knorr Philippines

And one of our couples is Pinoy! So how do we explain to them the Chinese tradition of getting primary sponsors? I don’t think they would know what to do if we gave them the pork leg and misua stuff…etc. They even called us up to ask what our motif is so that they could buy their suit and gown! Woah! Hold it right there! Because as per Filipino tradition, they pay for their own attire.

Kei and I decided on going with our own version of the tradition. A modern and practical solution for everyone involved. We are going to give out our very own: Principal Sponsor Kit. (Much like what I did with the bridesmaids kits, but for another purpose. See my bridesmaids’ kits here)

the principal sponsor kits

our principal sponsor kits

For the the males a nice long sleeved polo shirt with tie – they get to wear their own suit without having to get another suit made, for the ladies it will still be the standard fabric – only twist is that we not only gave out the fabric of our chosen color, we also gave them lace. As an added bonus, we also gave out details regarding the wedding along with our love story. How is that for being organized? hahahaha!

inside the box of the female sponsor's kit

inside the box of the female sponsor’s kit

We also traded the misua for most of the couples; it was replaced with us inviting the couple out to eat, like a double date. In the process getting to know them better and getting comfortable with them. Although we have 2 chosen sponsor couples are really traditionalist, we gave them the staple fare: pork leg, fruit, sweets and misua.

So far, the result of our rebellion has been positive. 

The males are happy that they get to save money by wearing what they have/or their favorite suit and getting a nice polo + tie to boot. The ladies are excited to get another gown made without scrimping on the budget this time! (The ladies have no competition as the males will not have to get another suit made thus nothing to worry about!) Three couples even called us up to say that we were very thoughtful for giving them a hassle free solution to preparing their attire for the wedding. Practicality wins again! 

 

*as of the moment all our kits are sent out save for one.

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searching for the wedding gown: Mi Sueño experience (part 1)

Since I have been looking at the internet for ideas/wedding planning. I thought I would give back and share mine too. So, today I will share about my first encounter with Mi Sueño bridal boutique.

photo taken from their facebook page

photo taken from their facebook page

Kei and I found them when we went to a wedding fair on SMX early this year (at that time, we were just looking around; we didn’t even have a wedding date yet). They have around four wedding gown clad mannequins on display. We admired the gowns, and chatted with the Mi Sueño ladies and soon enough we were writing our names on a clipboard, scheduling an appointment with them.

We learned that Mi Sueño is the first bridal boutique that offers ready to wear wedding gowns from Barcelona, Spain. Basically, you get to see your gown/glimpse of how you are going to look like on your big day! And the gowns are made from Spain! Its available to Philippine brides to be! Just wow!

They carry the brand Pronovias and Atelier Diagonal- a Pronovias label on a smaller budget.

pronovias-_logo

I googled a lot after the bridal fair! I looked at pictures of wedding gowns on Pinterest and other wedding related websites. I saved a lot of pictures. I have already set my heart on a particular style of gown. 

So off we went on February 8, 2014 a Saturday afternoon after work. I was very giddy with excitement! I am going to try on gowns! I was awestruck with their boutique.

photo of their dressing area from Mi Sueño's facebook

a photo of their dressing area, taken from their facebook page

We were met with cheerful smiles from the Mi Sueño ladies and was asked to fill out a form, then they also asked me what type of gown would I prefer to fit. I said I wanted to try on a mermaid/fit and flare silhouette.
I knew this would flatter me as I am petite, non-traditional, would love to show my curves but I still have apprehensions as I have a figure that is rounder in the hips and thighs, because mermaid gowns can over-emphasize the hips. So, what better way to know than to test it out.
The ladies said they have three Pronovias gowns that has the mermaid/fit and flare silhouette.
The dresses are European sizes so it is going to be huge for me. But not to worry, they have clamps to hold the dress! I was also told that they estimated that I am a size two. Whatever that is… I’m excited!

 

So they brought out the first dress. It was named USANA.

It is soft, has a float-y feel to it and can actually be worn two ways! With a lace overlay or bare. It has spaghetti straps and a daring back design. It was lovely and all but it didn’t fit me. The back has a very plunging design, and when I wore the overlay it makes me look fat. When worn bare, it looks too revealing. I’m not posting back pictures for this as it shows my bra. Ugh.

This is me, trying out the pronovias usana. (left:bare, right:with overlay)

This is me, trying out the pronovias usana. (left:bare, right:with overlay)

Kei was shaking his head with this one.
USANA is definitely not for me.

 

Then they let me try another gown. This was named FELICIA.
It was all lace. This was clamped to the limit!
But I have to say I like the train of this one, and the neckline! It looks classic and romantic and a bit loose on me even when clamped.

this time trying on pronovias felicia

This time trying on pronovias felicia.

Kei was too overwhelmed with the lace of this one. But we both agreed it was better than the first.

We still have another gown to try.

 

On to the last dress. It was named FAUNA.
They have it in size 4 and 2! And they are going to let me try both. Lucky me!
It was pleated, sculptural looking with lots and lots of soft ruffles. I was told it was made from silk organza.
So, I gave it a try. Even in size 2 it still has to be clamped but it really looks good on me.

Do I really have that hourglass shape?! Trying on pronovias fauna

Do I really have that hourglass shape?! Trying on pronovias fauna

I really had apprehensions with the sweetheart neckline as I have a really small rack. But it actually works the opposite way. When you have a small rack opt for a sweetheart neckline, as it gives the illusion that you have the upper bumpers. Wink, wink!

The last gown I tried, pronovias fauna.

The last gown I tried, pronovias fauna in size2.

This gown really shows of my curves without overwhelming my figure.

Kei looks approvingly. He told me that this was the best of the three.

Then the Mi Sueño ladies got a veil and proceeded to let me try it on.

with the veil on

With the veil on. Excuse my eyebags. 

And the last test, they let me sit down on a chair if I felt comfy enough. I was grinning nonstop.

The final test: sitting down wearing the gown.

The final test: sitting down wearing the gown.

We then got the price quotation. But this being our first experience with looking for my wedding gown, we did not get anything. We would still want to keep our options open. We left the place feeling absolutely happy.

That sums up our first Mi Sueño experience.

*We still see the ladies on bridal fairs after the fitting experience. I think we are friends with them now. We smile and wave, exchange stories and go on our way. 

 

Taking photos is allowed. Appointments are a must.

Boutique– Their shop is really beautiful and tidy. We loved it!
Gowns– I only got to fit pronovias gowns. Their gowns feature classic silhouettes, gorgeous lace, and best of all a hidden corset with boning! (Makes your tummy look sexy, slim and flat!) They have clamps to make the gown fit. They would alter the gown to fit you perfectly once you decide that you are going to take the gown.  My only gripe, their gowns don’t have any bead works. I love sparkly stuff!
Fitting room– Clean and spacious. But, they don’t have a bathrobe for you to cover up in between changes. It feels a bit awkward in a state of un-dress walking around the area with the Mi Sueño ladies helping you to dress up.
Good for me, that day I’m wearing a cotton half slip and a strapless bra. I suggest you do that too.
Lighting– They have good lighting!
Price– Pronovias range from P65,000 – P175,000. While Atelier Diagonal gowns range from P35,000 – P60,000.
Friendliness– The ladies are really accommodating and friendly, easy to talk to and are very organized and attentive. Composed and very professional.

 

Contact them: 

Tel. No.: 848 – 7277 to 78 / 622 – 4361 / 622 – 4368 / 622 – 4372
Mobile: +639175778366
Email: misuenobridal@gmail.com
Address: Penthouse of The Athenaeum Building at 160 L.P. Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati City, Philippines

 

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

 

*As soon as I finished writing this post, I got a call from the Mi Sueño ladies saying that there are new dresses available to fit. We will go see them again soon, that would be the Mi Sueño (part 2).

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