Musings of a former Bratinella

Archive for July 2008

Call me a stage fiancee, a soon to be golf widow, that would bring me nothing but sheer happiness. Here’s Venjo’s article (with Kevin Tayao, a good friend of his) from Gof Digest Philippines August – September 2008 issue. Every bride to be or girlfriend would be flattered given my wonderful fiance’s interview! Go ahead brand me, I’m a loud and proud stage fiancee. hehe.

I was inspired by other brides who have the talent to do the artsy wedding stuff themselves. Admittedly, I’m not as talented and the only wedding thing I do myself is to balance the checkbook (ha! not artsy at all!), everything is outsourced which is kinda hurting our pockets as of the moment (plus the ouch-y impact of my bum lifestyle). So in an effort to save more shopping money, I attempted the impossible, and surprisingly I think I outdid myself!

Here’s our Save the Date cards, I’ll have them digitally printed in heavy card stock (I’ll use my past corporate connections for this one) plus I’m still game for more arts and crafts in making the envelopes. Here’s the first installment, I promise to post printed finish products, hopefully SOON

I’m a self confessed jewelry monger! (who isn’t?) So even with so much time still in my hands, I’ve already managed to get hold of our wedding bands. We’ve had them since May coz I took advantage of our HK trip, jewelry there is miles cheaper than here in Manila, plus it even comes with a certification that makes shopping a lot safer. We didn’t have much of a choice in terms of design, we couldn’t do uniform bands since my size and venz’ are of the extremes (mine very small, his very big), besides its hard to achieve compromise in terms of our personal styles and of course everyday practicality. Venz is a golfer which means out under the sun, holding a steel shaft every tick tock of the clock, while I’m a working mall rat guilty of being caught in groceries, restos, nail spas and salons 90% of the time (well the other 10% is spent in the golf course and sleeping!). To cut the long story short he got what he wanted in his sporty style and convenience while I got something that suits my everyday retail adventures! Not uniform like most but it serves its purpose.

This is mine (obviously! bwaha) worn over my engagement ring. Looks kinda heavy I know but sooner or later I’ll wake up being an old lady and cutesy stuff won’t look nice anyway. It’s 18K white gold with diamonds with total weight of 1ct. (you wouldn’t believe how cheap I got this band for!)

Here’s venz’ (sorry pic blurred), he chose it and wonderfully, I like it, it’s a comfort fit, 18k white gold ring with one 0.1 ct. diamond (feng shui told him that he should have diamonds for luck!).

To all those planning to buy wedding bands in HK, I strongly suggest that you buy the rings earlier in your trip to allow for adjustments and engravings, we bought ours a day before we departed for Manila and time didn’t allow us to engrave anything in the rings. Also, if you want rings that are uniform and your sizes are like ours, I’d be the first to burst your bubble and tell you it’s impossible, they can resize but time time time would often be your enemy. On a financial standpoint, don’t be intimidated by the mandarin speaking sales agents who would often be more than willing to give you the real last price, but only if you ask for it, there’s always the trusty calculator where you can type in your tawad if your chinese language skills are non existent (like mine!). Last but more importantly, don’t force the issue of uniform rings, you are female and your fiance is male (at least in most cases!) mars and venus they say, hence don’t force your beloved to wear that intricate vintage inspired ring you’ve been eyeing for years. You’d see like to see him much happier with something that he’d be proud and happy to wear not just during the big day but also in the many years to come.

We’re finally done with the design and layout of our invites! As with other wedding details, Venz and I made sure that our personalities are equally reflected even we are leaning towards the vintage / art deco theme.

Here’s the main invite

It will be printed in 350 gsm ecru cotton stock, thermograved in black ink and the icons on top will be both embossed and thermograved.

Here are the possible envelope liners, please don’t mind the colors for these are just pegs. Just like the main invite, the envelope liners will be printed on ecru paper with black ink.

Option A

Option B

Option C

Option D

Your comments, suggestions and what-nots are anticipated! Thanks!


Bratting around

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Wishlist as of 6/21/09

- A new ride
- Digital Photography Lessons
- A custom tailored evening gown
- An everyday bag (a Goyard maybe?)
- A real comfortable pair of black peep toes
- Sticker label for my business truck
- Drapes for our room
- A Hermes dogon wallet
- Vacation with DH
- Finally learn how to play golf
- Expand my nail spa's operation to Pasay
- A timeless clutch
- A gold / silver bangle/s
- Grow my hair long