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.

Wedding Things We Scrimped On: Printed Wedding Invitations

Hey everyone! Here’s another tip on what hubby and I scrimped on for our wedding: Printed wedding invites. Some couples may feel that this is something you can’t skip; again your wedding, your rules. I’m just happy that Dave and I agreed that we can do e-invites and allot the wedding budget elsewhere. It was easier for us to monitor our guestlist and it was also more convenient for our guests to confirm or decline.

Wedding Things We Spent On | INGRID NIETO Vlogs

After making a list of our essentials and nice-to-haves, it was easier for us to assess which ones we’d allot more money for in our budget. When you’re planning your wedding, it’s important to remember that:

1) advice from experienced wedding professionals is valuable but be discerning as well. There are some that I have worked with who put the welfare of their clients and fellow suppliers above all, and then there are those who have a different agenda.

2) seeking inspiration is good but ultimately, it’s still YOUR WEDDING, so your rules and preferences will take precedence. Don’t allow popular trends and peer/family pressure to dictate how you’re supposed to wed.

Hope this video helps you out. By the way, I didn’t discuss wedding coordination just yet. That’s coming up in another video.

Our Wedding Day Vlog

I thought it was highly possible for me to vlog the whole wedding day. I needed help! I’m thankful that our wedding photographers, my bridesmaids and maid of honor were more than happy to step in and tell the story of our wedding day.

Things I learned?

  • Matagal pala talaga yung prep shoot. Of course it looks so easy and fast when the photos are put together na for the SDE but… haha let me tell you NO. With all due respect to our photographers, they really did a great job and I know they wanted to get a lot of amazing shots because this is their craft. I guess I just had to properly psyche myself. Hindi kasi professional mowdel si Ingrid. :p
  • EAT. AS IN. It’s bound to be a long day.
  • We should have taken pictures with our family and other guests in our photobooth. 😦 I’m thankful that our supplier Photomocoh extended their hours just to make sure that Dave and I had shots of ourselves at the photobooth. That was very nice of them.
  • Even if you think you’ve planned everything, you have to learn to let go and entrust the execution to the coordinators and people involved. Yes, there will be things that won’t go according to the outline but you just have to let go and ENJOY EVERY SINGLE MOMENT because the time just zooms through so quickly.

Enjoy our wedding vlog!

The Day Before We Said “I Do”

After months of planning, meetings with suppliers and spreadsheet encoding, everything just seemed to fast forward to our wedding day. We had a quick wedding rehearsal with Pastor Larry (our officiating minister), our coordinator Ate Rose, my maid of honor Jirah and Maow, the best man. Honestly, I never gave the wedding ceremony choreography much thought. Iniisip ko lang–automatic na yan. I’ll do my slow bridal march towards Dave and Papa hands me over to him. There was more to it. Pastor Larry and his wife, Tita Joy coached us on the bridal march–where to look, how to carry ourselves. It’s so different from the Powers walk I learned in JRP!

Upon reaching the altar with my parents, I’d have to kiss them goodbye, Dave would have to pay his respects with a mano or a handshake and then my father formally turns me over to him. I swear, when Pastor Larry was describing that to me, I couldn’t help but tear up. I’d be the first daughter my Papa would give away in marriage. After the rehearsals, Dave and I agreed that we won’t be exchanging sweet, emotional messages nor see each other until the wedding day itself.

I cried before sleeping because I kept thinking about God’s faithfulness and how He still writes love stories. From #HappySingle to a #HappyBride. Thank you everyone for journeying with me.

#WeddingVlog08 Bridal Hair and Make-up Trial | INGRID NIETO Vlogs

Scheduling a hair and make-up trial with your glam team before your wedding day is necessary. Your make-up artist needs to be familiar with your face shape and features so it will be easier for him/her to come up with a look that gives you that fresh, bridal glow, highlighting your best features. If you browse through Pinterest and wedding websites, you may notice that bridal make-up is usually clean, defined and romantic. There are some brides of course, who may want an edgier look and that is something your wedding day glam team should discuss. Before your scheduled trial session, it would help if you bring some make-up pegs with you. Pinterest away! Screenshot or download photos of looks that you like and show them to your make-up artist and hair stylist. He/she would be able to tell you if it’s something that will work for your features or she’ll tweak it to suit you well. It would help to bring a sketch or photo of your gown, so your hairstylist can work with the design. You have to make sure that these elements blend together, so the overall look is harmonious.

My make-up artist Yang is a good friend and churchmate at Greenhills Christian Fellowship. She is an internationally-accredited make-up artist who also teaches dance. She’s married to Migs, our worship pastor, and mommy to Dia.

Aiky is a multi-talented wedding professional who can do hair & make-up, as well as design gowns, suits and costumes. He regularly uploads make-up tutorials on his Instagram account.
His salon/studio is located at Mandaluyong.

Here are the contact details of my bridal glam team for your reference:
Make-up Artist: Yang G. Orleans
Instagram/FB: YangGMakeup
Email: yanggmakeup@gmail.com

Hair Stylist: Aikynar Jairi
Instagram/FB: @aikynar
Email: aikynar01@gmail.com

#WeddingVlog04 Rings and Our Final Meeting with our Caterer | INGRID NIETO Vlogs

Today we had our wedding rings made and also had our final meeting with our caterer. Our jeweler Amy Derricks, was referred by Dave’s mom. It was interesting to see how gold is melted, weighed and formed. When gold is melted, a percentage of the total amount gets lost in the process so your jeweler might have to add a bit more gold, just to keep up with your chosen design and ring preferences. In our case, Ms Amy added a little bit because we wanted our rings to be a bit thick and sturdy. We also intentionally made it a bit loose, just in case we get chubbier fingers in the future, masusuot pa din namin the rings. Hehe.

We then headed to the Josiah’s office for our final food tasting and to settle our payment. We’re very happy with the package Josiah offered us earlier this year—they gave us additional pasta, meat dishes, welcome treats, beverages and they even included our wedding cake! Apart from the reception package, since our wedding is just in one venue, we availed of their ceremony set-up for an additional P15,000. To get a glimpse of what we’re having for the big day, watch the vlog!

#WeddingVlog01 We Found Our Caterer! | INGRID NIETO Vlogs

The caterer is one of the crucial suppliers wedding couples have to book right away. I’m grateful that I get to work with different caterers for my wedding and event projects but it’s different when you’re choosing one for your big day!

Budget of course, is a huge factor + the number of guests, the menu and packages being offered. When we booked our caterer, it seemed like everything just fell into place. Dave and I aren’t that fussy naman but we of course want to make sure that our families are fed well. There were special discounts that were offered on the day of our initial food tasting and we were also given freebies.

We weren’t really considering a separate wedding cake, so we’re happy that even the cake was included in our package!