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I’m very proud of myself for the completed DIY projects. The fact, that being an artist is not the typical me. Haha! If everything goes as planned, I can finish all DIY projects as scheduled. Missalettes -on progress, 90% complete. Covers and contents are done. I need to raid Divisoria for the remaining 10%, a nice purple ribbon to go with the motif.

Here’s a sample:

Up next: thank you tags

xoxo

romelliz

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I’ve been very busy lately with work because I have to finish all my reports before I go on leave, so to work faster my PC got reformat.

Short break… this time I will share to you the songs we consider for our march.

The Prayer by Celine Dion and Josh Groban

Panunumpa by Carol Banawa

Songs for hubby…

Your Love is Strong by Jon Foreman

The Promise by Martin Nievera…video to follow!

Floor is still open for suggestions…

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Designer I follow

Blog Stalking III Veejay Floresca – very young yet very talented designer. Aside from being a designer endorser na din sya….

Source: www.veejayfloresca.blogspot.com

xoxo

romelliz

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Table number checked!

Only 3 weeks to go before we fly to Phils and I really want to finish the table names, thank you tags and missalettes. Thank God! I’m done with my first DIY project which is the table names. I thought it wasn’t a good idea at first because I don’t know anything about art and design, but luckily my officemate, Argel taught me how to use photoshop. Frankly I never thought I could do it because I’m more on conceptualizing and planning. Here’s a sample…

Since it’s a coffee themed, the concept is that tables will be named after coffee flavors. Before, I was thinking naming it after our favorite coffee shops but since we only have few it was changed to flavors. What’s your flava?

Note: The template is from Darlene of creativemania.net, our invite designer/maker.  

xoxo

romelliz

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An Excerpt from John & Benz Rana (Founders of Weddings at Work). I’m not a w@wie bride though, but I think their website is very helpful to couples who are still in their planning stage. Read on: 

Q. I got an invite but have no plans of attending. Should I still send a gift?

A. First thing’s first. If you won’t be able to attend for whatever reason, please RSVP. A big chunk of the wedding budget goes to the reception and it will be utterly inconsiderate to just give up a reserved seat without letting the couple know. Give them the chance to assign that seat to another guest in their “wait list.” Having that out of the way, let’s get to your question: YES, it is customary to still send a gift.

Q. The envelope bears only my name. May I ask if I can bring a date?

A. Don’t bring a date unless your invitation specifically says “and Guest.” Bringing unexpected guests is very impolite. Neither should you ask the couple’s permission if you may bring one or not. Don’t put your friends on the spot. We Filipinos don’t really like turning down people. So how would you know if their “Yes” means yes or not? Spare them that trouble.

Q. The invite says “Mr. & Mrs.” Could we bring our kids?

A. Never bring the kids unless “and Family” is indicated. Soon-to-weds don’t usually invite children for a good reason. Kids get bored or cranky during hour-long masses. Their tantrums might disrupt the solemnity of the ceremony. Weddings are usually formal events typically not appropriate for the little ones. To be blunt about it, inviting a child at the reception means added two mouths to feed – the kid’s and the yaya’s.

Follow-up Q. But my son/daughter is the bearer/flower girl. I’m sure it’s understood that my other child is invited.

A. Which part of the answer above didn’t you understand? Seriously, if the couple wanted to invite your other kid, they would have specified that on the envelope.

Q. I don’t have a clue what gift to give them. Any ideas?

A. The average Pinoy soon-to-wed would always prefer monetary gifts more than any other gift. It is the unspoken fact. We’re telling you now to make it easier for them to let you know what they REALLY want; unless they indicated that already in their invites which by the way is a very tacky thing to do. 

If you’re not comfortable giving cash, you may ask the couple where they are registered (Gift / Bridal Registry) and choose from what’s listed under their names in the store. You can also ask them where they’re residing after the wedding and take the cue from there. If you know that they’ll be migrating abroad or living with their parents for the time being, a ref or another oven toaster may not be the most practical and logical gift.

Q. I’m convinced. So how much cash should I give them? I don’t want to give too little or too much.

A. That’s a hard thing to answer. It’s really a case-to-case thing. Try to put yourself in the couple’s shoes. How much should a guest of your stature give you without being branded a cheapskate? Also consider your relationship with the couple. If you’re good friends of the couple’s parents, you’ll probably shell-out more than if you were simply the bride’s Girl Friday.

Q. Could I skip the ceremony and head straight to the reception?

A. You can. BUT you shouldn’t! You are invited to THE wedding — that’s the part where they exchange their “I dos.” The reception is where the Receiving Line is. You can’t be ‘received’ if you are already seated in the hall, right? “Patay-gutom” is too harsh a word and we assure you that it’s by no means what anyone would think if indeed you decide to go straight to the reception. But admit that it struck a nerve just mentioning the word in that context, isn’t it?

 * Note: Guests with different religion are the only exception. 

Q. Speaking of the Receiving Line, what should be the proper greeting?

A. Here’s the rule: Say “Congratulations” to the groom and “Best Wishes” to the bride. The reason behind is that “congrats” implies that someone has caught something or won a prize, and it is rather improper to imply that the bride “caught” the man who married her. If this rule gets mixed-up in your head come wedding day, just say the two phrases together and look at both of them. That usually works!

Likewise, saying “Good Luck!” no matter how pure your wishes are will also sound very inappropriate for obvious reasons.

Q. Nice try, but what if the couple makes a Grand Entrance and left the Receiving Line to their parents? What then should I tell them? Note that I don’t even know which sets of parents are whose.

A. Didn’t we tell you already not to skip the ceremony? The bride and groom usually walk alongside their respective parents at the very start!

 Anyway, make your pleasantries short and sweet. Shake their hands and say “Hello! I’m (your name) and I went to school with (name of bride/groom) in (school’s name)/an officemate of (name of bride/groom) at (name of company).” They usually respond with “Nice meeting you.” Just smile, nod politely, and move on to the next person. If one replies “Hi! I’ve heard so much about you!“, simply smile and nod just the same. No lengthy conversation; just make small talk at most. If you can’t find the words to say, just smile again, nod politely, and move.

Q. During the banquet, is there anything I need to know?

A. Nowadays, the Reception Program usually have the guests on each table stand up and have their picture taken with the couple before being led to the buffet. This is done to resolve two issues of past weddings: (a) for the couple’s convenience and skip the tiring Table-Hopping ritual just to have their picture taken with all their guests; and (b) for the guests’ convenience so they won’t have to wait very long for their turn in the buffet line. 

Keep in mind that Buffet is NOT synonymous with “Eat-All-You-Can.” Do not pile your plate full. Be courteous of those who have yet to be served. Don’t worry. You can easily go for seconds.

Q. I’m used to a Buffet setting, but what if it’s a formal Sit-Down Dinner? Which fork do I start with again?

A. You’re on your own, pal. Watch “Pretty Woman” again and see how Julia Roberts nailed it!

 xoxo
romelliz

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Cecilio Abad – www.cecilioabad.multiply.com

back view

Happy weekend everyone!

xoxo

romelliz

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The clock is ticking so fast. Less than a month now, we’ll be off to Phils for our wedding. But even with the wedding prep rush, a time to relax and enjoy wouldn’t be that bad, especially when it’s our monthsary… dinner at Chillis.

We have this thing for platter which is the triple play… simply because choices are there in a single order. (Chessy nachos, buffalo wings and southwestern eggrolls)

For main course we had baby back ribs baby! Our waiter suggested that we have the whole bbr, but since we had a feeling that it will be too much for us, we only ordered half. Even with our combined stomachs, there’s no enough room for the bbr. Nice call!

The iced tea and lemonade were great too. Overall, it was great! But remember food tastes better when you share it with your love ones.

xoxo

romelliz

 

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