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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 Mi Sueño experience (part2)

We have been here before and we are back again as Mi Sueño’s new gowns has arrived.

all the new dresses

They called us to take a look at their new offerings, and this time we were told that they have a lot of new ones from their sister company, Atelier Diagonal. (The affordable version of Pronovias.)

I still had my same request. A mermaid / fit and flare gown.

But the Mi Sueño ladies are really determined to get me to wear a ball gown. So, here goes my attempt to carry a ball gown. This gown is from Pronovias and is named ALCANAR.

alcanar

I must say, this looks ok. I didn’t look smaller, or fatter. What sorcery is this?!

To add, the dress is not heavy at all. We were told it was because of the micro tulle fabric.

The second dress I tried on is a strapless, fit and flare, lace, tube Atelier Diagonal gown named PEDRA. It looks rather plain, but is very flattering. Maybe take it up a notch using a beaded sash?

ADpedra

I do look slender on the dress. Which I like.

And lastly Kei picked out a gown he wanted me to try on. It was an Atelier Diagonal gown named PALAEM.

Sounds like hunger games’ capital to me.

It looks like a fusion of traditional and modern. A-line gown, that has a sleeveless lace queen anne neckline detail, and a keyhole back. It reminds me a lot of Mary Watson’s wedding dress from the Sherlock series.

It looks good. But, it looks better when worn!

See, no armpit fat! Hello sexy back!

See, no armpit fat! Hello sexy back!

Of the three gowns I tried on, this is the winner.

And so the price has to be known. The first one exceeds 100, the second and third are of the same price of less than 100 but not lower than 90. Considering that the gowns are not embellished/layered this sounds a bit much. But then again they are imported from Spain. We have to think this over.

That sums up our Mi Sueño experience part 2.

 

Taking photos is allowed. Appointments are a must.   

Their boutique, fitting room, lighting, friendliness are still the same as our first experience with them.

Gowns– I to fit 1 pronovias ball gown. And two Atelier Diagonal gowns. The pronovias gowns feature classic silhouettes, gorgeous lace, and best of all a hidden corset with boning! Atelier Diagonal gowns however does not have that built in corset. 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 is still the same, their gowns don’t have any bead works. I love sparkly stuff!

Price– I was mistaken with this….each of the two Atelier Diagonal gowns I tried on is priced 90,000 (that is with their discount) I stand corrected from my previous post that Atelier Diagonal dresses range from P35,000 – P60,000. The Pronovias ALCANAR ball gown I tried on, costs a whooping 135,000.
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

 

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

 

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

The fourth RTW wedding gown search: The ivory and white experience

The last RTW wedding gown search: The Mi Sueno experience (part2)

 


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Searching for the wedding gown: The Ivory and white experience

I was sharing my dress hunting experience to my best friend Joanna when she suggested I go to Katipunan, QC to check out a store. One of her officemates recently got married and brought the dress from a shop named Ivory and White in Katipunan. At first I was hesitant, in my mind was Katipunan near Ateneo? A bridal store? Whattt?

But true enough. There is a bridal shop near Ateneo De Manila University. After a quick phone call we have an appointment, the next day. (Talk about fast service.)

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We got there Sunday afternoon, right after church! (Feb 23,2014), lunch time. We skipped lunch because we were worried that we might not make it on time!

Their store is discreet. We were thankfully fifteen minutes early, we were asked to fill up a form. Than after a bit of chat with Ms Ana (their attendant). They realized that we have a dilemma. They double booked us erroneously with another client (bringing her whole family) that is due to come any minute now!

So many gowns, so little time!

So many gowns, so little time!

So not to waste any time, we need to start fitting!  ASAP!

I asked for mermaid gowns. They have three.

The first gown is a cream colored, halter top, mermaid with a ruffled bottom.

HK style

It was too huge for me… and the shade was off.

Kei didn’t like it. I didn’t like it.

The second dress I tried on is a strapless, corset back, pleated bodice, ruffled bottom that reminds me of Mi Sueno-Pronovias’ FAUNA

looks familiar?

looks familiar?

We thought it was nice. But, average.

By this time, the door opened up to a horde of females. The store is instantly packed. The other bride to be with her family has arrived. Good thing I only have one more to fit. (Sounding like a time pressure challenge.)

And lastly we tried on a strapless full lace gown with beading.

feeling like royalty!

feeling like royalty!

the beaded lace gown

the beaded lace gown

This is the best of the three in my opinion. Kei favors the second one though.

And done!  I hurriedly changed back to my clothes.

After getting a picture with their bathrobe! 

bathrobe

That sums up our Ivory and white experience.

Their gowns are all from Hong Kong. They can alter to fit add beadings… and even make a gown based on a peg.

 

 

Taking photos is allowed. Appointments are a must.   

 

Boutique- Their shop has a homey and warm feel to it.

Gowns- They have a variety of lace gowns. Their gowns are pretty generic that can be customized according to your liking-that is their selling point. No corset/boning. They have clamps, shoes and bathrobe! None of the other bridal boutiques went to has a bathrobe!  I would strongly recommend brides to be to go and try their gowns.

Fitting room- They a large carpeted area as their fitting room! (I’m glad about this) They have a huge mirror! They made me feel like a royalty. For a really short/rushed amount of time I stayed there, I’m telling you they are good.

Lighting- warm lighting.

Price- Their prices starts at 14k -40k. Budget friendly!

Friendliness- The storekeeper is friendly and attentive. Quick to offer help and suggestion on the gowns I tried on.

 

Contact them:

Mobile: +63917 324 2280

email at hello@ivoryandwhitebridal.com

Address: G/F Eaglestar Condominium, 25 Fabian de la Rosa St., Loyola Heights, Quezon City

*open tuesday-sunday by appointment

 

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

 

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

The fourth RTW wedding gown search: The ivory and white experience

 


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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: 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.

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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.