Thursday, February 28, 2013

Wedding Planning Adeventure : Our Lady of Mt Carmel Shrine Parish Church

I told myself after the incident last weekend that I would limit my postings..since it has taken over my life ( as if I have one) but I just can't resist ... I have to share this..

My late parents brought us to Mt Carmel almost every Sunday when me and my siblings were growing up. I've always loved this place its architecture and of course the good memories of Sunday morning masses and family lunch after.

The church grounds is so spacious. Parking will definitely not be a problem.
 When one enters the church, you will fall in love with it! The church is so big, it's really beautiful. and with my only 150 guests it would look empty.. but then its going to be 150 family and friends.

Yes, their aisle is really long...
Just imagine,  I standing behind the closed wooden doors, and then on cue, my bridal march song ( haven't decided on this yet) will play as the doors slowly open, revealing me in my beautiful white wedding gown. and me maybe crying my heart out of excitement and nervousness and praying that I won't trip for Kuya Paulo might scold me while walking... which would be so typical of me hahahahahah  =)

I've always told everyone including Rodel that I want to get married at San Agustin church.. the church where I got baptized it's been my dream church for decades, but I guess when one gets older your prospective changes, I don't even remember my baptismal.. who does?? so when Rodel asked where I would like to have our wedding its like someone whispered "Mt. Carmel" and like on cue I remembered all the memories.

 So its only fitting that Ive chosen Mt Carmel to have our ceremony. And I got good news today!!! He was able to book Mt Carmel!!! Yahoo!!!!!
Now we just have to accomplish the Church requirements and since I've been living in Singapore for more than 10 years I have a few additional requirements from the Diocese of Cubao ( Chancery Case - I would explain in another post )

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Chuchubells Inspiration Boards

As I've said in my Wedding Planning Adventure - Inspiration Boards post, its time for me to show off my hard work :-) My inspiration boards that I've created thru The Knot .
I was able to create a 5 and I know am going to add more when I find the time or rather when I make the time :-)

Our colors : merlot red, gold and black

To see a clearer or bigger picture, you could click on the picture to send you to gallery.





Wedding Planning Adventure - Inspiration Boards

Bo Insipiration

Wedding Planning nowadays takes over my life even if I still have more than a year till our big day.

I brought some work home hoping to finish some of my deadlines over the weekend, but instead of turning on my work lappy I heard something... my home lappy calling me whispering turn me on!!! Well am a weakling :-(  I cant ignore it so, I spent my Saturday infront of my home lappy planning away.

So what was my project from this weekend that I sacrificed my deadlines for? Inspiration Boards. I got tons of unorganized pictures, yup I did created a folder in dropbox for my wedding planning but still I cant still see the whole picture, so I asked Google and I received tons of sites.

Well, I could say that I had a fruitful wedding planning weekend :-) hoping I could say the same for my work related deadlines.

 So lets start!!!

What is an inspiration board?

Also known as a wedding story board, a wedding inspiration board is a collage of images and photographs which represent the spirit and tone of your wedding. This collage will help decide the wedding’s color palette, theme, decorating ideas and other details, all of which – as the name says – will be the inspiration for your wedding.

What is it used for?

An inspiration board can be very useful to show your vendors, as well as your decorator, wedding planner, florist, photographer and cake stylist… so that they may understand what type of look you want for your wedding. A wedding inspiration board will help keep you focused and prevent you from buying things that do not fit the vision you have for your wedding.


How to Make A Wedding Inspiration Board

by Jenee Allan on May 25, 2012
One of the first things to check off your wedding checklist is putting together an inspiration board.  This is going to be your tool through out the wedding planning process, to bring in all the details you are planning and ensure they all work fluidly. Post image for How to Make A Wedding Inspiration Board

The last thing you want is to have a garden style bouquet with a modern centerpiece for your reception flowers.  If you are working with wedding planners they will be able to assist not only with providing inspiration but also putting it all together for a visual overview.
So, now that you know WHY you should make an inspiration board, let’s get started in figuring out HOW to make an wedding inspiration board.




Let’s Get Started:

  1. First let’s start off with collecting your inspiration-  You are going to want to know what style wedding you are going for.  Are you a modern chic bride, or a romantic elegant bride.  There is a range in style and while some styles can cross over, I would suggest first finding out what Style Bride You Are!  If you are in the dark and want some guidance click here for Visions What Kind of Bride Are You Guide.
  2. Let’s talk color- In putting together an inspiration board you will want to start with your color choices.  I would recommend a family of options.  Two colors are just not enough, you will learn this and you get more in depth in the planning process regarding invitations and smaller details.  So come up with your main color, an accent color and then of course a neutral that will carry it all together.  For help with color palettes we LOVE to use Pantone Colors as they are the most versatile in the wedding industry.  Ask your planner for a swatch of Pantone colors to really get a feel for all your colors together.
  3. Pictures- What is an inspiration board without photos?  You will want to create a folder on your computer that will house all your photos.  I recommend using sub-folders to give each category a seperate folder.  So you might have a Wedding folder and then subfolders of Cakes, Hair, Dress, Venue, Flowers etc.  While I know that your probably have a Pintrest I would recommend also having your top choices on your computer, some time too much inspiration gets confusing and you can easily get frustrated
Now that you are on your way and have a solid plan in place for the inspiration board now you may be asking WHERE do I put all of this together.  I have come up with Visions Top Inspiration Board Makers to cut down your guess work.


Top Inspiration Board Makers

I had fun going thru this sites the reason why I spent the whole weekend to finish my inspiration board. It really falls into how patient and tech savvy you are, I did try all of these sites and when I found I function that doesnt suit me I move on to the next site, ladies its a trial and error process...Patience is the key.. but when you finally found the right site...WHOA!! your going to get this excitement that you wouldnt even consider eating or sleeping :-)


I like Polyvore much more than the conventional Wedding Inspiration Board because I was able to get more creative with this, with no decided theme nor colors. All i know is that, my fiance and I are both quirky, geeky and urban. We love LED lights and cityscape. So I made this:
Free Wedding Inspiration Board Polyvore
  • Huge non wedding themed image library. Truly inspirational instead of “what other people do”.
  • Intuitive editing tools: drag and drop, resize, move image backward and forward, remove, center, etc.
  • Can search images by keywords <3
  • Embedding is available.
  • Need to install a toolbar in order to upload your own images.


Super easy to use with a few layout limitation, if you already know your theme, StyleMePretty Inspiration Board will have everything you need.
Free Wedding Inspiration Board from StyleMePretty
  • Preset templates and you can customized by splitting or merging cells.
  • Image library is categorize by Galleries, Subjects, Designer Collection and you can upload your own pictures.
  • Embeding code available.
  • Mouse over images to see photography sources and color tags.  The click through will take you to the vendor’s website.
  • No keyword search, bummer.
  • Image previews are cramped to the left column and too small.
  • You can only enlarge but cannot shrink images.

Wedding Wire

WeddingWire‘s inspiration board is very similar to StyleMePretty but it’s a little awesomer because it has color filter and mouse-over enlarged preview images.

Free Wedding Inspiration Board from WeddingWire
  • Filter images by categories, seasons and COLORS!
  • Image preview will enlarge when you mouse over the images at the top navigation.
  • Embeding code available.
  • List out vendors’ links below the image instead of having it as a mouse-over feature.

The Knot

The Knot‘s Inspiration Board tool is surprisingly not extremely impressive in terms of functionality and image choices. Can’t embed so I had to screencap this :(
Wedding Inspiration Boards from TheKnot

  • The image library tool is categorized on a more granular level, making it easier to search.
  • You can also upload your own pics to the library.
  • Credits will show in the images when you mouse over. The click through will take you back to TheKnot’s own articles — internal linkage win!
  • No resizing function at all. You can’t even enlarge your photos this time.
  • Image preview is too small and have no enlargement function.
  • No embedding function.

Project Wedding
Project Wedding has lots and lots of beautiful images which are conveniently categorized and sorted by colour. It’s very simple to use, first choose a template, then drag and drop the images into the empty spaces (you can also resize the images within the board).


and the winner is..... drum roll please!!!

The Knot : Wedding Inspiration Board

I am loving The Knot nowadays they have a lot of tools that could help a bride to plan her dream wedding from her checklist, guestlist, seating chart and now this inspiration board. I have to thank my sister for recommending this site to me, the only sad part is am too lazy to create another wedding website.

 I would create another post for my inspiration boards :-)

I didn't try this, but in case you ladies want to give it a try, please leave me a comment and share with me how it went :-)

How to do it on the computer?

There are various different ways of creating an inspiration board, some more simple than others. One of the hardest ways is using a photo and image editing software such as Photoshop or Gimp – the second one can be downloaded for free.
One of the easiest ways to create an inspiration board is to use one of the many free software programs that exist on the Internet and that are very user-friendly, such as MosaicMaker, where you can upload your images or photographs from Facebook or other social networks. Picassa is another image editing software that allows you to create very interesting inspiration boards. This type of software is equipped with various layout options such as placing images in mosaics of different sizes: 2×2, 3×4, 5×4, etc. or 4×4 with a central image highlighted, for example. Whatever the options, you should create your own personal inspiration board, choosing the layout you think is best.

Example of the creative process

A great place to start, for example, is with a color… or not – it all depends on what inspires you. In this case, the idea is a chic urban wedding, with a classical touch, in a monochromatic palette based on the color brown. So, you start by selecting the right color: chocolate brown.

Add another element which includes the elected color, as well as an example of the style you would like to portray at your wedding.
An idea for the reception.
An idea for the bride’s hair.
The bouquet, the calligraphy for the invitations and the invitations themselves.
Some additional details.
A little bit of humor and the groom’s suit.
An idea for the wedding guest favors.
No one can resist such a cute flower girl!
Grandma’s chocolate pie is a must!
And voilá, an inspiration board!


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Wedding Planning Adventure - To DIY or Not to DIY

Our wedding is in 2014, a year and a half of planning and budgeting. Going thru my must haves Church, reception venue, wedding gown, entourage outfits my budget is going going going GONE!! Searching the web I found out a lot of sites that has tutorials for DIY wedding stationery and IDEAS!!

Well, think think think

I still have time and I really want our wedding to be nice and have an coordinated feel so I came out with the idea of doing some DIY projects.

The last time I was crafty was during my highschool and college days, am just hoping I still have it :-)

I am excited to start this project

Lets the adventure begin :
Find a wedding stationary checklist -  better to know what you are getting yourself into, go thru the list.

Check out this sites

The Essential Wedding Stationery Checklist

Paper Source - Wedding Checklist & Stationery Timeline

DIY Bride - Stationary Checklist

Little Wedding Guide - Stationary Checklist

Reflect - This might sound weird, but just take a breather and ask yourself :

Why am I doing this? 
The obvious reason would be you wanted to save some $$$ but then you could do without some of the wedding stationary and just have the basic stuff.
 I did ask myself this question, well as what Ive written I wanted my wedding to have a coordinated look and if I do pull it off, its going to be a great achievement for me :-)

Do you have time to spare?
Reading the sites for DIY Weddings, one factor you have to consider is TIME. You might be saving $$$ but then its time consuming. Consider the following and ask yourself if you have time to SPARE!
  • You have to search the web ( although I would be posting the cool sites that I've found).
  • Doing layouts 
  • Buying/sourcing for equipments and materials.

Do you have patience?
Well, this is one important virtue that one person should have if she is planning to embark on DIYing her wedding stationery,
Remember, there is a possibility that you would be re-doing somethings several times
You also don't want to vent out your frustration on somebody :-)

Make your own checklist - Ok great!! you decided that you would DIY your wedding stationery, unless you are superwoman or you are on work hiatus, you wont be able to DIY everything. 
Divide your list according to definitely YES  and definitely MAYBE.

This is my list of DIY
definitely YES

  •  Wedding Invites - am eying to do a pocket fold invites and this includes the main invite, entourage cards, reception card, directions and RSVP cards. Our Thank you cards would also be having the same design.


  • Ceremony Program - Planning to have a fan ceremony program.


  •  Reception Program 
  • Table number
  • Place cards / Escort Cards
  • Favor Cards
definitely MAYBE
  • Misalettes
  • Ceremony Kit ( labels : water bottle , pocket tissue ) - this depends on our budget :-)
  • Favor boxes/bag
Make your timeline - Planning a wedding is stressful and adding these DIY projects will just add more sleepless nights to you. If you PLAN your schedule then it would not be a problem ( fingers crossed).

Have Fun - You are doing this for the biggest day of you life to date, make sure you enjoy every minute of it, you're only doing this once (unless you did a terrific job that your friends would ask you to do it for them :-) ) Ask help from your MOH and bridesmaids its not part of their duty but then they are your family and friends, if they said YES then you did a good job in choosing them, if they said NO, they have a good reason and being family and a friend we would understand.


DIY Project - Monogram

DIY : Monogram

This is a must have to share, searching for tons of invitation online a bride to be would be confused and excited so many to choose from and tons of FREE DIY templates but since I wanted a coordinated look decided to make our invitation with our monogram. I had fun searching and when I found the one I was able to make our first draft of invitation, that I would be sharing in another post since I still have to print it and take a photo.

Here's the best sites that Ive found. Enjoy creating yours :-) Oh, and if you have other interesting site to share please leave a comment.


This site is cool, you would be asked to choose a color, enter your initials and BOOM! you get your printable monogram. I loved how our looked like but then I can't seem to copy it to make a jpeg, I guess I have to scan and save it as a photo, another project for me :-)

I love their site, so much fun things. You could create your own monogram depending in your theme, just enter your initials and you would be able to download the picture :-)

Renaissance Writings

 H2B liked this the most he has to choose from a dozen designs that I found and made. Again just like the rest this is easy, you have to enter both of your names and you new surname initial, choose a color enter your email. Your monogram would be sent to your email instantly :-)

Their choice of colors is limited, if you like the design you could do this in Microsoft word. The site Project Wedding has a tutorial to guide you.

My 1st draft of invitation is done, but it does not mean my search for a monogram is over so for the meantime I will be using this monogram for all our wedding stationery, which by the way I made thru Microsoft word.

I would update this list if I find any new sites that could help.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Bo & Ding's Save the Date (DIY)

My friends and Family never thought that I would even get married or I think they even wondered whether I know that such a word existed. So I can't blame them for their reaction when I sent them our save the date via FB, courtesy of Wedding Chicks ( they have a lot of Wedding DIY stationaries and inspirations)

My cousins were happily excited to the point that my cousin Jason almost booked a ticket to Manila for June 2013, Jetstar was having a promo and its ending soon. Luckily he confirmed the date with me before they bought the ticket.

 Some of my friends also thought that we are getting married this year

DIY Save the Date from Wedding Chicks

This was our Save the date picture that I've sent, well I think this was misleading although it was not intentional hmmmm? maybe they are so excited .. or selective reading that they missed out the full date below :-)

After receiving my friends and family's reaction and I don't want to have anymore confusion. I changed our save the date picture

DIY Save the Date from Wedding Chicks

 So far am not getting any confused reaction, I think this Save the Date picture is a keeper.

Wedding Planning Adventure - Where do I start?

Most Brides to be would be asking this question... How do I start? What should I do? Well, for me I asked Google! and there are tons of websites that could help, frankly I was overwhelmed with the information that it made me confused but then it made me excited at the same time I even questioned myself if I really want to go thru this, sounds weird but I think this is normal. Planning a wedding is a roller coaster ride, with its ups, downs and turn I know its going to be worth the ride.

So what did I actually found in the web? tons of checklist I've downloaded a few and selected the one that could work for me, from there I tweaked the templates according to my need.

Here are the websites that I found:

This is the first website that I found, I got so excited that I  signed up and made our wedding website stayed up a few nights so that I could finish it and share it with my friends, their wedding website templates are easy to use.
They also have a lot of tools that you could use to start planning your wedding, although I did not use it I still prefer to work on my worksheets offline. Our wedding website is the first thing that I was able to cross out from our long to do list.

My sister suggested this site since we already have a wedding website I did not bother signing up until I was searching for a guest list template, It was so cool and heaven sent. You could download their guest list template and upload it to the guest list manager and this is the cool part, you could make a make a seating chart, I find this so helpful. I was able to see how the layout of the reception would look like which again made me excited. Ive transferred our wedding website here

For the Filipina Bride this site would be your BFF, you could find suppliers, tools and even know how to plan a Filipino Wedding. I guess like most pinays we are so influenced by the western culture that we forget that we too have amazing wedding traditions, this site would give you details on how to plan your wedding and ensuring that you still incorporate our traditions.

The My Wedding Planner tool that I love is their i-plan 

This is the Wedding worksheet am using.

 How many girlfriends could a bride to be have? Are your current GF's on call 24/7? Well, you could add the sisterets from the Female Network in your list of BFF's their Girl Talk forum offer lots of information, the B2B in this network is helpful and nice, I was able to learn from their experience,  I was able to finalize my potential supplier list because of them. To the ladies of Girl Talk (GT) my heartfelt thanks to all of you, I know I still have a long way to go, but knowing you AWESOME peeps are there makes me confident that am in good company

When planning for a wedding, you would go thru a lot of wedding blogs. I found micanoymous informative she blogged in detail her experiences in her wedding planning, she is my inspiration :-) I decided to blog my wedding planning adventures after reading hers, I wanted to help other B2B out there. She helped me in ways that I can't thank her enough. I did leave a message in her blog thanking her.

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

My SIDE of our STORY

I think it was in 1995, we are both working at Jollibee Padre Faura. I was then a SMART officer and he was a kitchen crew, we didnt even hit it off at the start for I have my own set of Kuya's so I dont even know him well. I had this community project in Quirino Grandstand and I needed someone to accompany me, I asked Ma'am Shell who I could borrow to help me out, I was hoping that it would be one of my Kuya;s for I dont want to be bored so I was like hinting to her but lo and behold she choose Rodel!!! Since I dont want to start an argument with her I just settled with Rodel, well it was awkward and least to say boring, Rodel is not as talkative as I am :-(
Dont know how it happened but eventually he was part of our group, well maybe he hit if off with my other Kuya's ( Bartley, Marlou ) our group was inseparable and I was closed to all of them plus their GF's. Rodel then became my break buddy since he doesnt have a choice, his GF then wouldnt be able to leave until I go for my break. Yes! you read it right his GF then was my assistant :-) He would be accompanying me for my break, buy me iced tea from Wendys and go for yosi break, and just like that we became close friends. Did I mentioned that am a spoiled brat with my Kuya's

I left Jollibee to work for Cafe Elysee, both of us are single and unattached. Among my Kuya;s hes the persistent one that would pick me up from work almost everyday ( remember Iam a spoiled brat ) my staff then would assume that he is my BF and of course I would deny it and explain to them that we are just friends (Kuya and Ate) . When did it hit me?? well, a staff of mine commented " Ma'am no guy in his right state of mind would waste his time with a friend if he doesnt feel anything, friends dont do this to each other and you just have to see you two together, its different! " Boom!! then I realized that there is something there that I didnt realized before hahahahah well I just kept this to myself and just went on with our set up.

I got a job which required me to work in Surigao, June 13, 1999 the a day before I left...well it was a sad and happy day. Iam leaving Manila but then finally we are officially a WE..

14 years later.. with our own share of ups and downs.. We are getting hitched!!!