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44 Overseas W@Wies - W@W Chat (repost)
October 3rd, 2014

FYI: W@W Chat is our wedding podcast. Its first airing was in July 2011; it went on until Episode 79 last October 2013. Yes, we just might bring it back, but for now, enjoy our past episodes. We are randomly posting past episodes weekly, so we asked listeners/ readers/ W@Wies/ Supplier Friends to pick their fave and write an intro. This one is by W@Wie She-Ann Brondo ((She’s the 2013 W@W “Kaibigan ng Bayan” awardee — a Singapore-based W@Wie on a long engagement with her Dubai-based fiancé John Neil, whom she is set to marry on their 4th Anniversary in May 2015.) Let us know which is your fave! ~W@W Team

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FAVE EPISODE – Overseas W@Wies Being an overseas bride-to-be myself, I know how complex planning a wedding from a distance is. Imagine having to research painstakingly on different suppliers, tell each of them what you want, compare prices, and remit payments. That’s just overwhelming if you’re based overseas! But just the thought of getting married back home with friends and family in the Philippines is worth all the major effort to put everything together. How and where to start planning your long-distance wedding dream? Listen as these W@Wies based overseas share their first-hand experiences on long-distance wedding planning.

44 Overseas W@Wies - W@W Chat
posted May 16, 2012

You may listen to the episode by clicking (play) on the embedded audio player above. You may also right-click this link to save the MP3 and transfer it to your phone, ipod, tablet, and the like. If you’d like to download previous episodes of W@W Chat, please go to iTunes and look for W@W Chat or click on the links of previous episodes. :)


If the Dress Fits: the BKS Way
October 1st, 2014

While it’s pretty easy to google body structures vis a vis wedding gown designs, it’s not very easy to actually choose a flattering wedding gown for one’s body structure. Call it the battle of wants vs realities. We want something but the style just doesn’t agree with the reality called “current body structure”.

We thought it would be a great idea to interview all 3 designers who made it to the top spot of the Weddings at Work Top 10. Yes, they each have Supplier of the Year trophies — Ms. Veluz Puno - Reyes (2005), Mr. Cecilio Abad (2008), and Mr. Boy Kastner Santos (2011).

For part 1, we will focus on the responses of the one people lovingly call, Tito Boy. :)

Q: When a bride comes to you for a gown design and her pegs are totally not possible given her body structure, what do you usually do?

A: I discourage her from pursuing. I make sketch options.

Q: If the bride wants a lot of beadwork and has each of the following figures, where would you put the majority of the beadwork?

A: For petities, beads would be on the upper part or the sides. For those with inverted triangle figures, the beads would be at the center. I avoid highlighting the shoulders. For pears, the beads would be on the upper part, and for full figured women, I focus on the cut because it’s more important than the beads.

Q: If the bride wants a ruffled skirt, but has a certain body structure, would you say go or no?

A: For petites and those with hourglass figures, I would say, “go”. But for those with pear and rectangular figures, I would most likely say, “no”. For inverted triangles and full figured individuals, I can go with “maybe”.

Q: Many want bustiers or tube top gowns, is there a particular body structure that doesn’t agree with this kind of neckline?

A: I would discourage those with fuller chests.

Q: Which neckline can you consider as versatile?

A: Sweetheart and v-neck are pretty versatile

Q: What cut best hides or takes away the focus on the following:

A: For those with big tummies, empire cut; for those with big hips, I cut on the first hip. Those with bigger legs are fine with long gowns while those who want to hide their arms can have draped sleeves.

Empire Cut

Cut on the first hip

Draped with beads

Q: Most full figured women go for sleeves and off-the-shoulder cuts, would you go with the same options? Why/not? What would you recommend for plus size brides?

A: I recommend a semi-plunging neckline to accentuate the decolatage and elongate the figure. Off-the-shoulder is ok.

Q: If a bride wants to lose weight, up to how many months prior to her wedding date can she put off the measurement taking date?

Peak season wedding (October, November, December, January, February, May)

A: 4 to 6 months

Off-peak wedding (March, April, July to September)

A: 3 to 4 months

Q: What percentage of brides per year actually end up altering their bodies after they declare they want to lose weight before measurement taking? (Rough estimate e.g. Only 1 out of 10)

A: 4 out of 10

Q: Any general tip regarding gowns and body structures?

Listen to your designer. Consider the inputs he or she gave. Inspiration and budget should go hand in hand.

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/darlenetansalazar 

(W@Wie in 2009; married Emman and forayed into the world of weddings in 2010, and has since been blessed with two W@W Top 10 stints — first, as wedding planner in 2010 and second, as event host in 2013)


77 Kris Matanguihan - W@W Chat (repost)
September 26th, 2014

FYI: W@W Chat is our wedding podcast. Its first airing was in July 2011; it went on until Episode 79 last October 2013. Yes, we just might bring it back, but for now, enjoy our past episodes. We are randomly posting past episodes weekly, so we asked listeners/ readers/ W@Wies/ Supplier Friends to pick their fave and write an intro. This one is by W@Wie Cecile Jagua-Lucas (W@W addict and winner of Always Present W@W Peer Award.) Let us know which is your fave! ~W@W Team

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FAVE EPISODE – Kris Matanguihan This is my personal favorite not because he is my friend through his wife Liza, but because he is so much fun to talk to and he’ll make you feel comfortable when he’s working. Meet the man behind the McDonald’s wedding reception that went viral on the net, on TV, and in newspapers…. meet my Kuya Kris Matanguihan. :)

77 Kris Matanguihan - W@W Chat posted September 3, 2013

You may listen to the episode by clicking (play) on the embedded audio player above. You may also right-click this link to save the MP3 and transfer it to your phone, ipod, tablet, and the like. If you’d like to download previous episodes of W@W Chat, please go to iTunes and look for W@W Chat or click on the links of previous episodes. :)


Get Inspired part 2
September 24th, 2014

Read Get Inspired Part 1 and see the different moodboards and inpirations the W@Wies used as pegs for their wedding.

 

And once you’ve decided on a theme, the creative juices would most likely keep flowing. There are practical and lavish ways to personalize and customize your wedding.

Here are our suggestions:

You can DIY.

If you have the resourcefulness and time, “Do-It-Yourself”. Some of our couples did their own wedding details.

Add your personal touch and theme on some of the stationeries, ceremony, and reception essentials and nice-to-haves.

Save the date
Cord
Guestbook
Vases, Bottles




A reminders on DIYs though, you don’t want to stretch yourself too thin. See if your family members and friends can also help out or ask your coordinator and caterer if there are items they already have in storage.

“When planning to DIY, start early. Its better matapos siya earlier than to cram 2 weeks before the wedding. Make a checklist of what you are planning to DIY. If you’re not into crafts or arts, wag napiliting mag-DIY…hehehe!” - Cris(bride) ni Kim(groom)

“You have to decide if you’re going to spurge on it or not, may stylist ka ba o kaya mo na ng DIY? Remember hindi sa lahat ng panahon mas mura ang DIY, you would have to spend both time and money in making them so you have to be really sure and determined.” - Sonny+Joanna

To hire or not to hire an Events Stylist…

A bare and open space allows you to be more inventive, but may require major decorating. While a venue with a beautiful landscape may just need minimal styling or none at all. Most caterers have basic table arrangements and backdrop options included in their packages. You can opt for an upgrade or if budget permits, you can go all the way and let a professional do his/her magic.

As W@wies shared, they have lots of ideas but they need a reliable person who can execute those so that on the day, everything will appear organized and thematic.

“Yes, our stylist is also our florist & coordinator…it is risky to get one supplier to do all of these but I thought it’ll be easier for me so I don’t need to deal with different suppliers. I chose a stylist that has the same aesthetic as we do, so we need not worry about every single detail and trust that he knows our taste and the over-all look & feel that we are going for. He also know our non-negotiables such as colour restrictions, drapes, etc.” –Naz & Diana



But is it really necessary to have a theme? Heck, in the good ol’ days a plain colour motif is enough, right?! Putting the element of “us” in our weddings makes the preparations more inspiring and the celebration itself extra special and memorable.

“Having a theme means our minds and energies are focused to a particular goal. Our thoughts will be more collected and the overall look, more unified. It also means we have to stick to a certain look even if something more beautiful, more elegant comes up. I believe, the process of choosing and executing your theme will give you a glimpse of what it will be like when you guys are married na, like how the two of you will work together as a team.” - Sheena and Carlo

“Let’s face it, we girls tend to be indecisive when it comes to wedding details and practically everything. Haha! So the theme will keep us from getting distracted. You don’t want your wedding to be a hodgepodge of everything, right? With a theme, it should be easy to choose a color motif, get pegs for pre-nup photos, find decors for your reception, and even structure your program. Also, decide on a theme that you can execute without too much trouble.”

“It sets the mood of the wedding and it makes the wedding unique.” - Daniel & Bernadette

“Cost wise, having a theme also helps because it can set your gauge on how much you can spend for the look that you want to achieve. Also, it would be easier to talk to your suppliers so that they also know how to work on your big day.” - Mixie & Mitchie

“For me, a wedding with so many details is nice so long as coherence is maintained. Having a lot of designs that do not relate to each other is too much and too heavy. Don’t under estimate the beauty of setting a theme. A wonderfully executed theme will be evident on your wedding pictures. Having a theme also does not mean that your wedding will be expensive.” - Melvin and Caren

“Choose a classic theme na many years from now when you look back eh happy pa rin kayo that you chose that theme for your wedding. Put your own style. Don’t choose a theme dahil lang sa uso.” -John Neil & She-Ann

There are a lot of ideas out there but what works best is something that has meaning to both of you — one wherein you can tell your story, show your personalities, and share your passion to your families and friends.

And as we always say in W@W, “don’t stress on the small stuff.”. Enjoy the moment and just have fun! Happy preps! :)


/jerileemangampat 

(Overseas W@Wie since 2012, been in LDR and tied the knot in 2013; N@wie neophyte, and baby on the way!)


Mini EB with Feliz: A Review
September 22nd, 2014

We had another Mini EB last September 7 and it’s too rich not to share, so we asked W@Wies Leslie to copy notes from W@Wie Maan to share to our readers.

Here are the tips discussed by Feliz Lucas of Lifestyle by Feliz and guest photographers, Manny and April Photography.


1. Know the best side of your face.
- Get your phone camera and do a selfie. Check which eye is bigger. Most of the time, the side with the bigger eye is your best side. This is vital especially for the succeeding tips.


2. Four Basic Face Pose Variation
- Look down
- Look away
- Look at the camera
- Look at your partner
Remember: Adjust your eyes properly and ensure that the eyeball is balanced. (not white part only)


3. How to Look Thinner in front of the camera
- Look down
- Extend your neck forward.
- Make sure that your eye is nearer the camera than your chin.
- Then smile and breathe through your lips. (inhale-exhale)
- If you turn your head side wards, try to make the veins on your neck appear. It may help if you will adjust your shoulders as well depending on your angle.




4. Poses on a standing position,
- Keep your legs together as if they are kissing together. Bend one knee.
- Point your knee out then tiptoe to have a longer leg.
- Make sure that your weight is on your back to create an angle as well.
- Cross legs
- Cross legs at the back (as if checking your shoe if you’ve step on a chewing gum)
- As a props, you may use a sturdy object such as chairs, walls, window, etc that you can lean on



5. Hand-movements
- Make a variation with your hands to avoid awkward poses (military pose).
a. Try the “masakit sa katawan” look. You may hold your neck, shoulder, tummy, back portion, head, chin, etc.
b. You may also put your hands at the side and widen your shoulder.
c. You may also put your hands on your hips but make sure to put an air space in between your armpit. Elbow at the back.


6. For grooms,
- Keep your legs apart.
- Put one foot forward.
- Weight at the back.
- Hands inside the pocket or hips.
- “Tambay look”.


7. For couple pics,
- Do the poses in clockwise and counterclockwise position. (either husband/wife) will be assigned to do this. This is to ensure that the couple will not be on the same direction.

Additional Posting Tips:

1. If with big arms, keep your elbow at the back.
2. If seated on the floor, bend your knees.

Additional Info:
1. For best pic results, use colored contact lenses (amethyst/green)
2. False eye lashes will look good too. Brides may try #53 from the Beauty Bar.
3. Try Shu Uemura Eye Lash Curler. This will work even with those short and few lashes.
4. If pictorial is at night, avoid moving and be still for a few seconds to keep the quality of the picture.

REMEMBER:
When you are shy, you are being selfish.” – Feliz Lucas

Time well spent.

Photo Credits: Manny and April Photography


/leslieleongson 

(W@Wie just this year, 2014. Will set to marry his best friend and long time boyfriend, Lesley, who happens to have the same name as her. An advocate of the W@W Primer and W@W BYP. )


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