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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. 

 

 


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Searching for the wedding gown: The Adorata experience

While watching TV, I learned that local celebrity Kim Chiu opened up a bridal store in partnership with local designer for the celebrities Pepsi Herrera and Edwin Tan.  And their appeal is that they would offer designer fashion at a budget friendly price.  (Their selections range from P35,000 to P120,000)

Edwin Tan, Kim Chiu and Pepsi Herrera Photo from www.hola.ph

Edwin Tan, Kim Chiu and Pepsi Herrera Photo from http://www.hola.ph

Pepsi Herrera’s celebrity clients includes Kris Aquino, Regine Velasquez, Julia Montes and Kim Chiu. Edwin Tan, on the other hand, has designed for Kristine Hermosa, Claudine Barretto, and Luis Manzano.

Wow. I have high expectations for this one.

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I excitedly called Kei to tell him about Adorata.  And did what I do best, I googled for them, I looked at pictures of their press releases but, since it is fairly new. Nothing much is to be seen. So, we decided to simply visit the shop.

We went on February 14, 2014 a Saturday afternoon after work. We did find their shop easily enough.

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A sullen lady storekeeper met us, in a dim store. We don’t know if the store was supposed to be closed or what? She just continued on texting. Then she opened the air conditioner then went back to her desk to again text. She didn’t even try to hold a conversation, a question for a answer. Ugh, Really felt like a nuisance in the store. 

Adorata's interiors

adorata’s rack of dresses

We just looked the gowns on display. They have lots of ball gowns here, and almost all of them were corset back. Not exactly the type that I was looking for.  But hey, Kim Chiu does really wear a lot of ball gowns so maybe this was their signature style.

Keeping an open mind, we picked out 3 gowns to try. Then we asked the lady storekeeper where I could fit the dress. She was not really talking, or smiling at all it’s as if we were a nuisance to her texting. She just looked at us and walked away. Oh well, lets just get this over with huh?

So, she got the first dress. Opened up the clear protective bag, got the dress out and handed it over.  Just like that.

The first dress is a v-neck ballgown, with corset back. tulle fabric with beading.

corset

a v-necked ball gown, with a corset back

a v-necked ball gown, with a corset back

It is pouf-y. I dislike the boob area of this one. Que horror! looks like nipples showing through! 

A big fat NO.

The second dress was a boat neck, illusion neckline with appliqued lace. No beading.

embroidery detail

gown 2

cinched waist, ballgown

Better than the first, but not exactly my type.

The third is an A-line, with portrait back.

keyhole back

 

better than the first two, but this gown has to be cleaned. You don't see it but its hemline is dirty.

not a ballgown.

Better than the first two, but still a NO.

 

We then asked for the price. True to their promise the gowns are within their budget range. But this experience, was real awful. From the sullen storekeeper, some gowns have dirt on the hemlines. We left feeling really sad, a bit insulted, overall a major, major disappointment.

That sums up our Adorata experience.

 

Taking photos is allowed. Walk-ins are welcome.  

 

Boutique– Their shop is sparse but still functional. The floor is not clean as I hoped it would be. No platform.

Gowns– I only got to fit 3. I can say their style (ball gowns) would look really good on tall brides to be. Moderate bead works. My gripe, their gowns are not clean (please look at the hemlines and clean them), they don’t have different silhouettes. They just concentrated on ball gowns.  No clamps, no bathrobe, no shoes.

Fitting room– limited space, visually unappealing. But, it will do. No clean floor, No platform.

Lighting– decent enough.

Price– P35,000 to P120,000.

Friendliness– The storekeeper looks like we disturbed her texting marathon.

 

P.S.-We still like Kim Chiu. But not her shop, or her shopkeeper. 

Adorata Weddings can be found at: PT square bldg. 85 P tuazon street brgy. san martin de pores quezon city

 

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. 

 

 


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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.