highly recommended by Prof. Hila. Apparently, Ms.
Halim makes the recital gowns of Prof. Hila's daughter
Ms. Halim is a kindly lady who looks like the late Doreen
Fernandez--glasses, white hair, disposition, figure and all--
who has a very young voice--I thought she was just my age
when I was talking to her on the phone earlier when I set
I didn't ask for a discount, but I thought the price she gave
me was very good, for the labor, including the beadwork.
So I'm still very well within budget. Now if I can manage
to buy all the materials and keep the cost down to a thousand...
4 PM: Sketched this in the client's office this afternoon,
while waiting for client to seek approval from his boss. I
think I like this one best, so far.
5:50 PM: After the client approved the compres for FA,
I took off for Carolina's in Glorietta, Makati to shop for
Then Gigi texted me if I liked Meiling her friend to do my hair
and make-up. No, I said. As much as I would love for Meiling
to do my hair and make-up I couldn't possibly afford her, or
anybody from Propaganda, for that matter. Then Gigi texted
again that Meiling would only like to do make-up, and she would
have to bring somebody named Vic to do my hair. Naku, lalo
na, I texted her. Their combined talent fees would feed at
least 15 more people! Then she texted me to quit worrying
because it was going to be her gift to me! I love my sister!
At the end of the day, I overshot my budget for the gown
by at least a thousand pesos, mainly because i didn't
allow the cheapskate in me to buy the Php 150 per yard
lace Carolina's had on sale. I liked a fine white Chantilly
(I think) lace which had very dainty and elegant cherry
blossoms on very fine netting but it cost Php 850 per yard!
With the dressmaker's fee, it would cost twice my budget.
Sadly, I had to give up the idea. I befriended the salesgirl
who patiently assisted me, carrying the bolts of lace
around the store as I matched it against the different-hued
satin--white, ecru, ivory, etc. I finally chose a Guipure-looking
lace which had just the right size flowers, and density of
design (most laces were just downright heavily patterned!),
and most of all, had the right bagsak--just like my
Then I got rice pearl and round pearl beads. Was contemplating
on buying the veil already but I held off--the veil still needs more
research work. But at least I now know that the material
to look for is illusion tulle.
At the counter I tried asking for a discount. "Baka may Bridal
Discount?"I jokingly asked. She laughed. "Cash po ba?"
I said yes. Then she talked to the cashier. I got 15 % discount
for the lace and satin--yahoo! I am not normally barato
but getting married on a tight budget, you learn to be more
resourceful. All those years in advertising and experience
working with tight production budgets--so this is where it all
comes in handy!