Tuesday, April 26

The Kasalang Batagueño-Ilocana Suppliers Rating (My Wife's Wedding Gown)

This would be our contribution to the group. As much as possible, we won’t be using the word OC (since it has been overused here already) and we would detail our rating so it could serve you as a guide. Our verdict is based on how we coordinated with them (from start to finish) and it shouldn’t be a sole basis whether you book this certain supplier or not (different strokes for different folks). Here is how we would be rating our wedding team. Sorry for the very long delay XD.

All pictures here were taken by Ariel Javelosa and Joey Boquiren.  

5 and Up: Oh Yeah! Swabeng-Swabeh!!! (Book them while still available)
4 - 4.99: Swabeng-Swabeh!!! (Very Good)
3 – 3.99: Swabeh!!! (Quite Ok)
2 – 2.99: Swabeh Lang!!! (Needs Improvement)
0 – 1.99: Hindi Swabeh!!! (Now you know)

By Joey Boquiren

Bridal Gown: Brides Dream by Leonie Bautista
Address: H14 CB II Tutuban Center CM Recto Tondo, Manila
Contact: Mrs. Leonie Bautista (0926-3143709 / 8293672)
Cost: Php 15,000 for the gown, Additional Php 2,000 for the Swarovskis (2009 Rate).
Inclusions: Bridal Gown, Veil, Detachable Train, Bolero (Gift to my wife)
Verdict: Ratings will be divided as follows
Customer Service: Swabeng-Swabeh!!!
Finished Product: Swabeh!!!

By Joey Boquiren

Wedding Kwento: Before 2009, my wife started to look for a wedding gown that would fit her style and personality. It took her more than 4-5 months to look for the gown she wanted. You would be surprised if I would tell you that her gown was assembled from 3-4 gowns she saw online. It’s like assembling pieces from a puzzle but if you assemble the pieces, they really fit. 

By Joey Boquiren

She told me that they were able to establish good rapport which makes her more comfortable with Tita Leonie. But what made me worried a little bit is the time she called me to share her story that her measurements were misplaced and took Tita Leonie a while before she was able to locate it. 

By Joey Boquiren

She had her fitting last November 15 and she needs another fitting for finalization. After her final fitting, she’s all set for our day. But while we were waiting for the gown, she was still browsing websites from other couturier like Veluz and Cecilio Abad. Between the two, she liked Veluz’s works more. Good thing she was able to have her final fitting. Otherwise, we might have spend more for a gown that she really liked from Veluz XD. 

 By Ariel Javelosa

During our wedding day, I noticed her gown was quite loose which made me think whether she lose weight or the alteration was not exact. Good thing she lost weight. She didn’t remove her bolero as well otherwise the gown would look loose on her. All guests loved her gown as it looked elegant and expensive (thanks to Swarovskis XD).

 By Ariel Javelosa

Realization: If my wife was way too meticulous with her gown, we might have spent more than 45-60K for her bridal gown alone. But at least, I will be assured that all of her needs will be well taken care of. 

By Ariel Javelosa

Recommended for: Brides on a budget and lives near Divisoria. Brides who are very meticulous with their wedding gown yet they want it done with taste. 

Other Suppliers Considered (Given the same amount of time for preparations): Ysabelle Bridal Factory, Tet Hagape

If we started our preparations last Dec 2007, we could have gotten: Either Veluz or Cecilio Abad or Joge Palmos, Ammon Velasco (mainly because they really take care of their clients very well).

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