There will always be wedding traditions. But don't fret, ladies! Although there are "rules" that are great to follow, there are actually some that can be broken! Often, as brides, we tend to be scared to break away from the norm or the usual "beliefs" that are imposed to us by family, friends, or society in general. Here at Bride and Breakfast, we're out to tell you that it's ok to take the road less traveled... so we've come up with a list of ten Bridal Myths that we'll gladly bust for you!Myth #1: Beadless and sequin-less gowns are just not formal enough!At some point in time, it became the usual practice to put some sort of beadwork for bridesmaid dresses. Today, this tradition is still common, but is not a hard and fast rule. The fear of most is that the gowns will look informal and inelegant. This is actually far from the truth. Beadless gowns look young, fresh, and effortless. If you want to glam it up a bit, make your brides wear fun accessories such as statement earrings, necklaces, or bracelets. Or even using stylish minaudieres can complete the look.[Wedding: A Modern Merriment / Photo: Nicolai Melicor][Wedding: Ever Effortless / Photo: J Lucas Reyes]Or try checking out our article about gorgeous looks perfect for your bridesmaids!Myth #2: I need to wear "Bridal Shoes".This day and age is probably the most fun time to be a bride, since it's actually quite acceptable for you to wear any fashionable shoe that is pretty and fits your personality. You don't necessarily have to wear white, cream, or nude--a variety of colors (and styles) work well with wedding gowns. Another tip I would give is to choose a shoe that you can wear after the wedding--it's way more cost-efficient that way.[Wedding: Eternally Elegant / Photo: Jose Villa]More shoe suggestions over here!Myth #3: Beautiful gown = "beautiful" wedding.Couples need to start approaching wedding style with an overall cohesive approach. Sometimes brides get focused on just having a beautiful gown and think that it's the end-all-be-all of the wedding look. The key here is balance and coherence. If your gown is too grand and everything else in the wedding is bare and simple, then there is a disconnect with the overall look. Another thing to consider is matching your gown style to your wedding theme. For example, a modern dress goes with a modern theme, but a vintage gown won't. So if you want a laid back vibe for your decor, then you can also pick out a gown design that also reflects that easy and laid back vibe.[Wedding: Pretty Pink and Perfect / Photo: Pat Dy]Myth #4: The bigger the gown, the more expensive-looking it is.Ok, I get that you want to look your best on your wedding day, and really, we have nothing against ballgowns. The truth is, we love them... BUT, we also love gowns with slimmer silhouettes. I personally think slim silhouettes create a big impact on the mood and grandness of the wedding. I've seen slim silhouettes that have been embellished and look like a million bucks. We also like that vibe slim gowns give--a quiet confidence which makes an effortless bride shine. For simpler gowns, you can wear grander accessories too! We'd love to see more brides try different cuts![Wedding: The Elegant and Exquisite / Photo: Metrophoto][Post: A Thing of Beauty - Von Lazaro Collection / Photo: Jaja Samaniego]Myth #5: I can scrimp and save on my coordinator budget--how hard could their job be?You know the saying "you get what you pay for"? Well, in most cases, the same is true when hiring your coordinator. I've heard countless stories of how people regret scrimping on their coordinator budget because they ended up with a big headache caused by all the mistakes they had to deal with 0n their big day. Getting friends to be your on-the-day coordinators can be a fun idea, but keep in mind that it's not that easy to run the whole event--it takes skill, experience, and agility to address issues and problems that arise. We're not saying you should just get the most expensive coordinator out there, and we’re not saying that all inexpensive coordinators aren’t good. Do your research. Ask around. Whoever you get, you need proof of their experience, that the whole team can handle your big day. The job of a wedding coordinator is not simple, and you should never underestimate the glitches they need to attend to.[Wedding: A Ravishing Romance / Photo: Jeff and Lisa Photography]Myth #6: Bold colors are not in! Pastel is the only way to make my wedding look soft and pretty.We love love love color. Whether it's bright and happy ones or deep jewel tones, we think color is amazing! Another technique is if you really prefer light-colored gowns, go for bright colors in your flower decor. Trust me, it will still look soft and classy but have a hint of youthfulness.[Wedding: Color Chic Celebration / Photo: Dustein Sibug][Wedding: Midnight Magnificence / Photo: Marlon Capuyan][Wedding: Beauty and Brightness / Photo: MangoRed]Myth #7: Lace is required for a wedding gown.There are so many fabrics that one can explore. Cut the lace and try to explore tulle, organdy, neoprene, or even put gorgeous crystals! While we also love lace, we are just dying to see more brides try other material that are just as pretty.[Post: Wedding Editorial / Photo: Jaja Samaniego][Wedding: Jim Bacarro and Saab Magalona Wedding / Photo: J Lucas Reyes]Myth #8: I need a full program so my guests won't get bored.This is probably one of the greatest pitfalls of Philippine weddings. We tend to jampack our wedding program with one performance after another, with back-to-back games and very, very long multiple speeches. While we know some of these are not entirely bad, and there are certain things that you can't do away with, we ask that you put yourself in the shoes of your guests. Most of them really want to enjoy their dinner, talk to the people in their table (without music blasting loudly that they can't hear each other), and admire the whole wedding ambience in a relaxing manner. I personally have enjoyed weddings where there is really "nothing" to do during the reception, except maybe an important speech or two. The rest of the time, guests are allowed to just mingle freely with everyone and savor the hearty dishes that are served. But again, we have nothing against full programs, we're just saying that you don't NEED to do it to ensure your guests have a good time. Sometimes, a great playlist is all you need for your reception to be a hit.[Wedding: Treasures in Tuscany / Photo: Jaja Samaniego][Wedding: A Paradise of Promise / Photo: Jeff and Lisa Photography]Myth #9: Flower girls are just flower girls.One of the cutest style boosters for your wedding are your flower girls. See all these walking-talking-giggling little ladies in their ridiculously cute outfits. They can brighten up the day of your guests for sure![Wedding: Blooming and Beautiful / Photo: Toto Villaruel]Myth #10: Matte and non-shiny suit fabrics look informal and inexpensive.One thing is for sure, shiny suit fabrics are out, and matte ones are definitely in. If you want your man to look dapper and debonair, ditch the sheen and shine. We assure you that your guy will look fresh, sleek, and GQ-esque. Will non-shiny suits be formal enough for hotel or indoor weddings? The answer is a big yes![Wedding: Bright Beginnings / Photo: MangoRed][Wedding: A Lifetime of Love / Photo: Chestknots Studios][Post: Wed Colorfully: A Kate Spade Editorial / Photo: Toto Villaruel]So there you have it folks, we've busted ten wedding myths! We hope this helps you in deciding what you really want for your big day!
May 21, 2015
In "Tips and Trends"
Good morning lovelies! Boy oh boy, do I have a treat for all of you today. Our Fashion Fridays would normally be about the best gown collections from all over the world, correct? Well today, Pronovias, one of the top brands in wedding gowns is just within your reach! (ACCCK!!! I love that idea!)Last Thursday, my friends and I accompanied a newly-engaged friend to try on some wedding gowns at Mi Sueno Bridal Boutique. Because this is the first bridal boutique in the country, I was excited and ecstatic to see the shop (and the drrrreeesssesss!). We were greeted by Pepper, one of the most charming ladies I've ever met--she also happens to be the owner of the boutique. It was such an amazing experience for my friend who got to try on almost all the gowns in the store--and I must admit, my three other gal pals, including myself, were so tempted to try on those gorgeous numbers as well.I decided to write about this because I totally would recommend this wonderful experience to brides out there looking for the perfect gown. The fabric, style and workmanship of Pronovias are simply exquisite. And don't be intimidated with the price, I was shocked to discover how reasonable the prices actually were. And lastly, you get to see what works with your body. You'd be surprised to see some cuts you'd never dreamed of wearing actually complement your figure the most! Speaking of these gorgeous dresses, here's a sneak peak at the elegant and chic store, plus some styles my friend got to try on (FYI: I didn't post all the gowns since her fiancé might see the ones she likes).I could totally hang out in that store the whole day to watch brides try on gowns. Love, love, love!What is Mi Sueno Bridal Boutique?Mi Sueno Bridal Boutique (MSBB) takes pride in being the first bridal boutique in the Philippines, offering ready-to-wear bridal fashion. We are both excited and challenged to roll out this global trend and aim to help each bride find their “Mi Sueno” (my dream) gown.What makes going to MSBB a unique experience?A trip to Mi Sueno Bridal Boutique is a unique experience, because we help you get a glimpse of how you will look like on your wedding day! Not to mention the fun involved in trying on different styles and designs that may or may not look good on you. It’s also a great learning experience as trying on the gown makes you realize what is flattering and not, and what is “you” and what is not. There’s no second guessing at our showroom!Custom-made vs. Ready-madeThe concept behind ready-to-wear gowns is that the gowns are made based on “balanced proportions” (this may vary from one label to another). It is believed that when a gown is made based on these balanced proportions, the outcome is visually pleasing and physically flattering. On the other hand, creating a gown based on actual measurements, which more often than not are imperfect proportions, run the risk of an odd looking gown as the gown may emphasize the imperfections of the figure. A ready-to-wear gown more often than not works for your body as it helps you conceal those imperfect proportions.Another advantage of choosing a ready-to-wear gown is the certainty of knowing how you will look like on your big day. After all, you wouldn’t want to take a chance about your appearance on one of the biggest moments of your life! It simply saves you from stressing about fittings, worrying about how your gown will come out, and it ultimately allows you to channel your energies to many other tasks involved in planning a wedding.What brands do you carry? Can you describe them?We are the authorized dealer for Pronovias bridal gowns in the Philippines.Pronovias is a Spanish brand based in Barcelona that pioneered the integration of bridal and prêt-a-porter fashion. Pronovias is currently the world’s leading bridal house and is present in 75 countries, which now includes the Philippines! It would be safe to say that Pronovias is a household name in the bridal industry.The diverse selection of designs and fabrics is what makes Pronovias unique and the market leader in bridal fashion. The creative team of Pronovias, headed by Manuel Mota, understands that brides have different tastes and desires, and they make sure to create a collection every year to satisfy every bride. There is certainly a gown for every bride at Pronovias.We currently carry the Pronovias bridal gown line, and will be bringing in another label from the Pronovias Fashion Group later this year – Atelier Diagonal. Atelier Diagonal is another Pronovias label that caters to the bride on a slimmer budget, but still wants the beauty, detail, and certainty of a ready-to-wear gown.What is the price range of gowns from your boutique?Pronovias gowns range from P65,000 – P175,000. While Atelier Diagonal gowns range from P35,000 – P60,000.If someone wants to try out gowns, how do they go about the process?In order to give adequate time and attention to each bride, and to ensure that the experience is absolutely personal and fun, we allow viewing and fitting by appointment only. This enables us to give each bride the unique experience of discovering what gown suits her best. Brides are able to try on different styles, cuts, fabrics, and designs with the aim of finding “THE” gown.Appointments may be set by calling:Tel. No.: 848 – 7277 to 78 / 622 - 4361 / 622 - 4368 / 622 - 4372Mobile: +63917 – 81 – SUENO (78366) / +63917 - 83 - SUENO (78366) / +63917 - 85 - SUENO (78366)Email: email@example.comShowroom Address:Penthouse of The Athenaeum Building at 160 L.P. Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati City, PhilippinesAlthough, we encourage brides to set an appointment, we welcome walk-ins as long as we do not have a bride fitting at the time of arrival.
Jun 03, 2011
In "Fashion,Real Weddings"
Hey there brides to be! Have you figured out the kind of wedding you want? Beach? Indoor? Or how about a garden wedding? Well, in case you are leaning towards having a garden wedding, you’re in the right place!As much as we love indoor weddings (or any other type of wedding for that matter), we just can’t help but feel a soft spot for garden weddings. After all, Bride and Breakfast was born because of one! So today, I've taken the liberty to list down 7 fantastic reasons to take your "I do's" to the garden!1. A garden is beautiful as it is. You don't have to worry so much about wedding decor because a garden is pretty in itself! Take a look at this Tagaytay garden wedding we featured recently. Some chairs, flowers here and there, a simple and understated altar, and you are good to go! [Photo: Air Balloon Project]2. It can cater to both the ceremony and reception. The long break, wedding guests moving from one place to another, and the chance of getting lost--there's no need to worry about any of those because a garden wedding can be your one-stop shop! Check out this celebrity wedding to see how it's done! [Photos: Pat Dy]3. There's plenty of open space. A garden wedding can provide a lot of space for entertaining your guests. May it be a grand dance floor or a fun photo booth... or how about a cozy lounge set up much like in this wedding [Photo: Jaja Samaniego]4. It offers ridiculously beautiful natural lighting. Of course you only want the best photos to be taken during your big day, right? I tell you, great lighting makes all the difference! Check out Patty Laurel and Patrick Filart's wedding to see what we're talking about! [Photo: Catilo Photography]5. Bask in the remarkably great weather. The cool breeze, a sunny day, and again, natural light--they all make for a wonderful garden wedding you won't ever forget! Case in point, this wedding! [Photo: Nicolai Melicor]6. It creates a unique feel to the celebration. Without any effort, garden weddings give off that intimate and whimsical vibe to the whole celebration. This wedding is the epitome of what this reason is all about! [Photo: Mark Cantalejo]7. You can enjoy the very best of nature. After all that's been said and done, don't forget that garden weddings can also offer you countless of amazing backgrounds for that perfect wedding couple shot to show your future kids! Check out this wedding located in The Mango Farm! [Photo: Daniel Lei Studio]This garden wedding in Hillcreek Gardens is also beautiful! [Photo: Teki Diaz]Or this Beauty and the Beloved Editorial (which you MUST SEE, by the way) we did in Angelfields. Breathtaking, isn't it? [Photo: J Lucas Reyes]BONUSAaaand if those reasons are still not enough, this wedding under a tree might just seal the deal for you! [Photos: MangoRed]This is how it looks like during the day.And at night, it transforms into something spellbindingly beautiful!We hope these reasons can help ease your decision-making. Happy planning, loves!
Nov 15, 2014
In "Tips and Trends"