Wedding Things We Spent On: Make-up | INGRID NIETO Vlogs

When it comes to your look for the big day, I believe it’s best to leave it to the pros. I’m no Kate Middleton (heard she did her own make-up for her wedding day) so I booked pro make-up artist Yang G. who is a friend and churchmate.

Wedding Things We Spent On: Hotel for Preps

It’s very important to be relaxed a few days into your wedding. I know this is easier said than done because even I was admittedly still tying a few loose ends the day before we tied the knot! We chose Discovery Suites in Ortigas because it was one of the nearest hotels to our wedding venue and it was right smack in the middle of malls so in case I had to go get something last minute, it was much more convenient than having to travel to and from Ortigas and Makati.

While there are other hotels in Ortigas, we ended up at Discovery because it was highly recommended by a friend. There were also good reviews regarding the hotel’s amenities, their brand of service and the sizes of their rooms.

Wedding Things We Scrimped On: Wedding Shoes

When I started meeting my designer for my wedding gown, I didn’t fuss so much about wedding shoes. I know it had to flow with my gown’s overall look but it also had to be comfy. I’m no stranger to walking and standing for several hours and I know it can be very excruciating if the footwear is tortuous.

Earlier in my working life, I did go through a phase of buying and collecting beautiful shoes that were at least 4 inches because I love how high heels can make your legs and feet look sexier. While I still am particular about quality, style and durability, I have entered that life stage of embracing low-heeled shoes and tasteful flats because I’ve learned to prioritize my body alignment, foot and back health.. Walking and standing in high heels can be learned; you can train your body and muscles to get used to them, but one unfortunate miscalculated movement  and you can trip, fall and injure yourself. I didn’t want that happening on my wedding day.

Looking for the right wedding shoes wasn’t such a long process for me because I knew what I was looking for: comfortable, tasteful and something that would go well with my gown. Also, since my gown was floor-length and had a train, I didn’t see the point of wearing heavily-decorated shoes. Check out the video below and I hope this helps ease the whole pressure of having to splurge on expensive wedding shoes.

Wedding Things We Spent On: Venue

Our ceremony venue and reception venue was just one and the same place: our home church, Greenhills Christian Fellowship. The venue is significant because this is where we became friends, got to know each other, grew spiritually and served together in ministry. We booked Auditorium B (where the Sunday worship services are held) which had more than enough space for our 100 guests.