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Wedding Flowers: Bouquets, Corsages and Boutonnieres

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So, who was our florist?

I had a number of shortlisted Tagaytay florist supplier but I only met up with one. From all the Tagaytay florists I’ve found during my research, Ate Cora of RCJC had the most number of good feedbacks. However, no supplier’s perfect right? So of course they had a fare share of not so good reviews. But after meeting Ate Cora,  I had a strong feeling that I could trust her. I booked RCJC right away after she presented me with the package offer.

Ate Cora was very easy to deal with. All I needed to do was show her pictures of different flower arrangements  and color themes I liked, informed her of our budget, informed her of our reception venue and church, number of guests, number of entourage, and voila! She drafted the package offer right in front of us right then and there! hehehe…I told her from the very start that that we’re not planning to spend too much on flowers so she made sure that the flowers that they’re going to use are in season and inexpensive. I know nothing about flowers, even their names (basta maganda sa picture yun na un! hahaha).  So it was all in Ate Cora’s hands the moment we signed the contract.


My bridal bouquet-–white flowers with shades of pink and green.


WD.RR.03042011.P1.2570mini bouquets for my ‘maids’ of honor—yes, I only needed two! hehehe. I chose not to have bridesmaids anymore to save money. wrist corsages for female secondary sponsors—bouquet’s are much more expensive so I chose this as suggested by Ate Cora

 groom2Groom and male entourage boutonnieres—shades of white and green. again in contrast with the pink dresses. my not so little brothers were our bible and coin bearers. male secondary sponsors were hubbies cousins and one of my brother as well. We had ‘one’ flower girl which was my hubby’s niece and our ring bearer was my one and only nephew. Corsages for ninongs and ninangs and for our moms too. As I said bouquets are much more expensive. Besides, they already have purses as their accessory :)

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August 27th, 2011 at 2:28 am

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Wedding Flowers: Reception and Church

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When we were planning our wedding, we knew from the start that we won’t spend a lot of money on flowers. I think spending hundreds of thousands on flowers alone are impractical and a waste of money. The celebration should be more about the couples and not so much on the wedding embellishments.

Before I met with my florist, I spent time thinking of ways to save money on flowers without making the church and reception area look dull. I found very good tips and advices from a lot of practical brides (believe me they’re out there!) in the internet. I adopted those that I think will work with my plan. A week before our meeting with the florist, I collected many photos of different flower arrangements that I would like my florist to use as an inspiration.

ceremony5ivory and green hydrangeas and roses in square glass vases
Here are my inspirations for the church flowers and reception table center pieces.

Here’s my florist’s interpretation.

My motif was watermelon pink and apple green. Since my bridesmaids dresses were already in pink, I wanted the color of the flowers to be in total contrast ‘para hindi nakakaumay’. I wanted scattered petals along the aisle but SADP didn’t allow it so my florist suggested to use cloths instead as an added decoration.

I ‘used’ the same flower pots from the church as table center pieces for the reception to save money. Gladly, my florist was kind enough to transfer all the flower pots from the church to the reception free of charge. The green table napkins are from Ikea which I bought for S$ 1.99 /50 a pack. Not bad…not bad at all :)

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August 24th, 2011 at 8:00 am

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Weekend in Mt. Bromo Part 2

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The second leg of our trip was the actual ‘hike’ to the volcano.

The locals calls this Sea of Sand.

Horses are for rent if you don’t feel like walking….

…but only up to the foot of the mountain. after that you’re on your own.

it’s a long way up!

and this is how close we got to the crater. It’s quite dangerous, now we realized.

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August 23rd, 2011 at 9:26 am

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Weekend in Mt. Bromo Part 1

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Last month we went to Mt. Bromo, an active volcano in East Java, Indonesia. After more than 3 months of hibernating , we decided that it was time to travel again. Rudel and I both enjoy travelling. We specially love to go to places where nature is involved. Being in an unfamiliar place, getting lost, eating local food, learning about different cultures and even being duped by a bad tourists guides are all part of the adventure we warmly embrace (except for the last part of course hehehe). Travelling is a form of a reset for us from our daily routine and from work.

On our way from the airport to the village of the volcano we saw this ‘Pedicab’ version of Surabaya Indonesia

Chicken Curry Bromo style as it says in the menu. It tasted like tinola and only has a hint of curry. It was sooo good! Perfect for the cold weather.

of course I wouldn’t let this beautiful site pass. sunrise and sunsets are my favorite photo subjects

Mt. Bromo from afar. Can you see the smoke coming out from it’s crater?

taken around 7am. loved the sun rays on my face.

onion farms surrounding the village

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August 20th, 2011 at 1:20 pm

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And they call it Puppy Love…

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The other day, I finally had the chance to watch A Little Thing Called Love. It’s Thai movie about a girl who was secretly in love with a senior guy in their school.

I remembered my innocent high school years.

Never had the guts to confess to my crush though hehehe

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August 20th, 2011 at 9:58 am

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My Bridal March Song

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I wanted it simple, not overpowering yet still filled with emotions. And this is what I found.

I’m lucky to have an Uncle who is a great guitar player. He played this for me LIVE while walking down the aisle :)

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August 7th, 2011 at 9:57 pm

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bacon and egg makes me happy

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time for a non-wedding related post!

I’m glad I woke up early today despite being on a grave yard shift this week. I had the chance to jog in the park and ate a sumptuous breakfast :)

the secret to a perfect crispy bacon:  place bacon in a non-heated, oil-free pan. fry it over medium low heat while letting the fat melt-away! it should be done when both sides turns golden brown

drain the excess fat then use remaining oil to fry your eggs.

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August 7th, 2011 at 3:05 pm

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Wedding Tip: Booking a Caterer

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One of the things I didn’t appreciate on most of the wedding caterers in Tagaytay is that they don’t offer free food tasting. Food tasting will only be complimentary if and when you book them and pay the down payment. Unfortunately, because I didn’t have the right guidance during our wedding planning or maybe I was just simply naïve about these things, I had booked this one caterer without trying out their food beforehand. I only relied on the feedbacks I’ve read over the internet from previous brides. On the day of the food tasting, I found their main course meals to be very disappointing (mas masarap pa ang ulam sa carinderia ni Aling Nena kumbaga). I ended up cancelling my reservation with them. I couldn’t bear the thought of feeding my guests tasteless food! And yes, our down payment was forfeited.


We all have different taste preferences. What may be delicious for others, may not be for you. So before paying the down payment, try out the caterer’s food first EVEN if you’ve already read/heard good feedbacks about them. Pay if you have to. What is 800 pesos compared to 10,000 pesos diba?


What else do you need to know? I find these tips from very useful. Read it NOW.

Questions to Ask Your Caterer

  1. Does the caterer specialize in certain types of food or service? (They should provide you with sample menus to review.) Find a wedding caterer who can make a memorable meal.
  2. Can the caterer arrange for a tasting of the specific foods you’re interested in prior to hiring? (They should.) Schedule a tasting if you get a good vibe.
  3. What is the caterer’s average price range? Are costs itemized depending on the foods you choose, or is there an all-inclusive flat rate? What would that include (linens, tax, and gratuity)? Does the caterer have printed price sheets for food selections? Make sure there’s room in your wedding budget.
  4. How involved is the caterer in a typical reception — does she work like a wedding coordinator or banquet manager, cueing the band, telling the couple when to cut the cake, adjusting the schedule if guests don’t seem ready to sit down to dinner? (You will need to find someone to fill this role — if your site manager or caterer isn’t going to do this, think about hiring a wedding coordinator.)
  5. Will the caterer provide tables, chairs, plates, table linens, silverware, salt-and-pepper shakers, and more? Ask to see these items to make sure they’re acceptable. Do you have to rent tables, place settings, or other equipment? Or will they arrange for the rentals? If not, find wedding rentals in your area.
  6. Who is the main contact? Will the same person you work with when planning also oversee meal service on the day of the wedding? (You want this to be the case.)
  7. Will the caterer work any other weddings on the same weekend, the same day, or at the same time as yours? (You want to be sure they will devote sufficient attention to you.) You may want to pass on a smaller outfit who indicates they have another job or two scheduled for that day.
  8. Does the caterer handle all table settings? Will they put out place cards and favors?
  9. Will the caterer provide wait staff? How many would they recommend for the size of your wedding? What will the wait staff wear? (Top caterers say they always use their own serving personnel, even if the site’s staff is available, because they understand the caterer’s way of doing business.)
  10. Will the caterer be willing to include a recipe you provide, like a special family dish, or an appetizer with some sort of sentimental significance? Can they prepare vegetarian, kosher, kids, or halal meals for just a few of your guests?
  11. Where will the food be prepared? Are there on-site facilities, or do you, the caterer, and the site manager need to make additional arrangements? If the caterer must bring in his own equipment, is there an additional fee?
  12. Can the caterer provide alcohol? Or can you handle the bar separately? If you can provide it, is there a corkage fee? How and when will you get the alcohol to the caterer? If the caterer will provide it, do they have an flexible wine list, and can you make special requests? How is this list priced?
  13. How will the caterer arrange the food on the buffet table or on plates? Can you see photos of previous work displays?
  14. Can you speak to previous clients? (Get at least two references that had a similar number of guests and a similar menu style.)
  15. Does the caterer also do wedding cakes? Can you use an outside baker if you desire? Is there a cake-cutting fee?

    and more…….from other sources

  16. How much do you charge for children’s meals?
  17. How much do you charge for supplier meals?
  18. Can you show me photos of cakes you’ve done in the past?
  19. What types of linens, glassware, plates and flatware do you provide?
  20. Do they have any other events or weddings the same day or weekend?
  21. What is your policy on cleanup? TIP: Be very clear about what “cleanup” means and who’s responsible for handling it—and be sure to get it in writing. We’ve heard many tales about caterers that left dirty dishes, trash and uneaten food behind. In most cases, when you rent a location it will be YOUR responsibility to leave the place in acceptable condition. You want to spend your wedding night with your honey, not picking up empty bottles from the lawn!
  22. If there is leftover food from my event, can we have it wrapped up for guests to take home or have it delivered to a local shelter?
  23. If my event runs longer than contracted, what are your overtime fees?
  24. What is the last date by which I can give you a final guaranteed guest count?
  25. How much of a deposit is required to hold my date? When is the final payment due?
    Are there any fees that won’t be included in the proposal that we should be aware of?
  26. Once we book with you, how quickly can we expect a contract? And if we make changes to menu choices or other items, will you update us with a revised estimate and contract?
  27. What is your refund or cancellation policy? – very important! Unexpected events can happen that will force you to cancel, so know your way out!

Tip from me: Try asking for a sample contact which may contain their general terms and conditions.

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August 4th, 2011 at 10:52 am

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