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If the Dress Fits: the CA Cut
October 8th, 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 2, we will focus on the responses of the one everyone refers to as Tito Cecil. :)

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?

CA: I measure first, then sketch. If she insists, I ask, “Which one do you want — the dress that that will make you beautiful on your wedding day or the peg you brought?”

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?

CA: Patterns are made to accentuate the body and give the illusion of shape.

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

CA: For pear shaped bodies, no; for full figured ladies who are tall, ok.

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

CA: Nothing is impossible, we can create a pattern to hide the volume of the bust.

Q: Which neckline can you consider as versatile?

CA: I would go for the sweetheart neckline.

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

CA: Those with big tummies but have big busts can go with any cut, but if not, then waist cut. Those with big hips need the waist cut or we will use add-on’s to lessen the emphasis on the hips. Those with big arms and big busts can go with a v-neck and 3/4 sleeves.

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?

CA: I’m ok with off-the-shoulder. I don’t like to make the bride look like she has been wrapped with too much cloth that she can’t breathe anymore.

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?

CA: Three months before the date is fine.

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)

CA: 2 to 3 out of 10

Q: Any general tip regarding gowns and body structures?

CA: Brides want certain things, but remember, designers are hired to guide their brides. I don’t just sketch, I cut, so best to listen to my guidance as well.

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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)


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!)


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