HMUA – Booked!

I am not fond of make up because I have an oily skin and prone to pimples. I am a little worried of finding a make up artist for my wedding day, I need to make sure that their products would not irritate and cause more acne on my face few days after the application. I still want to look great after the wedding.

There were two make up artists who were referred to me but I was only able to inquire to Shin.

1. Shin Chua


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Contact Numbers: 0917.584.38.81 | 0906.511.01.24

Here are the rates given to me as of June 29, 2014 for your reference. Kindly contact Shin through the emails or numbers provided above.

   Airbrush Make-Up Package
   PHP 10,000.00
   4PAX (Bride + 2 Female + Groom + Free Retouch)
   Hair Design and High Definition, Airbrush Make-up for Bride,
   2 Female Entourage (Hair and Traditional Make-up)
   Grooming for Groom
   Free Retouch  (Includes retouch from hotel and reception only)
   No Free Trial Makeup
   No Bride Assistant
   Airbrush Make-Up Package
   5pax (Bride + 3 Female + Groom +*Free Trial Makeup+  Free Unlimited Retouch)
   Hair Design and High Definition, Rub Proof, Sweat Proof, Tear Proof, Non-transferable  Airbrush Make-up for Bride,
   3 Female Entourage (Hair and Make-up) Traditional
   Grooming for Groom
   Unlimited Retouch
   Free Trial Makeup or {Prenup Makeup} + dedicated bride HMU assistant
   (Includes unlimited retouch from start until reception, change look, change of Hair, change of Makeup.)
   *Free Trial Makeup Maybe use for your prenuptial shoot. This is Done at the Shop Hairstyling and makeup is done at the shop in Makati.


2. Lindsay Co-Alog



Contact Numbers: 0917.868.0511  | 0923.181.2890


I am waiting for Shin’s email for weeks so I decided that if didn’t get an email from her before the wedding expo that we attended last June 29, 2014, I will book my make up artist from one of the exhibitors. We were able to check out the booth section for Hair and Make Up artists. The one who stands out for us is Mikka Marcaida. I did a trial make up with her and requested a smoky eyes look. I love it, one thing that we realized though is that eyeliner does not suit me well. So I decided on my wedding day I will just go for the fresh make up look. While having my trial make up, we were able to discuss about my skin type, her make up techniques, her background and her make up products (Inglot products). I learned that she was able to train her skills outside the country. She also do make up for models and T.V. personalities. One thing that’s great – I didn’t have a breakout the next day. 🙂


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Contact Number: 0917.837.5325

Mikka Marcaida Packages

Mikka Marcaida Packages

We booked the Royals package and have a down payment of PHP2,000 to block our date. We were able to avail the discounted rate because it’s a bridal fair. Yehey!






Ceremony Venue – Booked!

The first thing we booked for our wedding is the church. Our preferred location is in Mandaluyong as we live in the area. The two criterias we were looking for – small and air-conditioned. We were not able to physically visit the churches and I just research over the internet for pictures.

Here are the list that we inquired through phone:

Archdiocesan Shrine of Divine Mercy Mandaluyong

This is our first choice but unfortunately they do not conduct wedding ceremonies because they said they were only a shrine.

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Santuario de San Jose Greenhills

This was also listed as one of the churches in Mandaluyong area. This is also air-conditioned but it’s quite big for a hundred guest and the accessibility of the place for me is quite hard as this is inside a subdivision.

Address: Buffalo cor. Duke Sts. East Greenhills,Mandaluyong City

Contact number: (02) 725-2044

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 Archbishop’s Palace, Villa San Miguel

This is also located in Mandaluyong. I came across this church through a blog. I checked it out and found out that there are two churches in this place. Small one which can accommodate 70 people and non-air conditioned.  The other one is bigger and air-conditioned. I called them but unfortunately they do not have a calendar yet for 2015 weddings, so they asked me to call again on first week of October for reservations. I dropped the idea of waiting until October to book the church so this was crossed out from my list.

Address: Shaw Blvd. cor. E. Rodriguez, Mandaluyong City
Contact Numbers: 531-7069 / 531-7034 / 531- 6150

small church - 70 pax

small church

(photo grabbed from this site)

outside the church

outside the church

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We also checked churches outside Mandaluyong.

Christ the King Parish, Greenmeadows

I also inquired in this church and I think this is also as big as Santuario de San Jose. This is also air-conditioned and too big for hundred guest.

Address: Greenmeadows Avenue, Quezon City Metro Manila, Philippines

Contact numbers: (02) 633-0280

inside Christ the King Church

inside Christ the King Church

(photo grabbed from this site)

church 1(photo grabbed from this site)

Blessed John Paul II Parish

This is the church that we visited. Our choice was trimmed down to two which was Santuario de San Jose and Blessed John Paul II Parish. But we finally decided to book Blessed John Paul because it is more accessible as it is inside Eastwood Libis. It was also small and air-conditioned. The personnel is patient to answer all our queries and they showed us pictures of the flower arrangements included in the package. Their office is located at the back of the church on the left side facing the church.

At first we have decided to have our wedding date as June 5, 2015 Friday but the problem with that if we booked a church in Eastwood, traffic might be heavy so we finally decided to have a weekend wedding which is on June 6, 2015.

Address: Orchard Road Eastwood City Cyberpark, Bgy. Bagumbayan, Quezon City, Metro Manila

Contact Number: (02) 219-2614

church 1(photo grabbed from this site)

church 1

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Peso Power: PHP 30,000

Package Inclusions: with or without priest, aircon, decoration, soloist & organist and commentator.

Marriage Requirements:

– Marriage license (original, from City Hall, 3 months inclusive of wedding date)

– Baptismal certificate (new, original copy and for marriage purpose)

– Confirmation certificate (new, original copy and for marriage purpose)

– CENOMAR (certificate of no marriage from NSO)

   for Filipino – Legal capacity or certificate of singleness (CENOMAR – NSO)

   for Aliens – Certificate of legal capacity (from your embassy)

– Birth certificate (authenticated copy from NSO)

– Pre-cana seminar certificate

– Marriage banns of bride and groom

– Wedding invitation (for filing)

– 2×2 ID pictures (bride and groom)

There is also a referral coupon that allows us to avail an additional overnight stay in a Superior Room with Buffet breakfast for two in Eastwood Richmonde Hotel when we confirmed our booking at Blessed John Paul II Parish.

Now what? – Wedding Tips

After days or weeks, most of us bride-to-Be’s are still on a cloud 9 after the proposal. Soooo.. like me there are a lot of things going through my head with regard to the preparations for the wedding. I started looking for inspirations for wedding themes, gowns, flowers, color palettes, DIY, cakes etc. all over the internet. I have my pinterest account so I created a private board to save my favorites.

But, before you drown thinking about all the details, preparations and suppliers needed before your big day, I would like to suggest the following:

1. Set your budget.

Getting married these days are quite expensive. Know your needs and your wants. I know it’s hard to stick to the budget but it’s better to have start-up savings after the wedding than having debts.

2. Download wedding preparation timelines.

This will allow you properly plan ahead of the things that needs to be booked first.

3. Find a wedding community or group.

There are groups or forums that you can find on the internet. I suggest you join such groups like Weddings @ Work community. This group is a really a big help if you have questions, concerns or rants with regard to your wedding preparations. There are a lot of suggestions and supplier reviews that will help you evaluate their services.

4. Hunt for your ceremony and reception venue.

These two are the most important and should be booked first. Church and reception venues are usually reserved a year before the date of the wedding. You need to have your down payment in order to lock the date especially during peak months. It will also be good if the church and reception venue are only few minutes drive.

5. Research and compare suppliers.

This is the most difficult part! Good luck! I will list down some of my short listed suppliers before we decided to book them.

6. Search for upcoming bridal fairs.

If you find an upcoming bridal fairs, register online to avail the free admission. This is usually good for the bride and groom. You will find a lot of freebies and discounts during fairs, but make sure to research about the suppliers prior to the event.

There you go, those are my suggested list.

Happy preps and enjoy the stress!

You’ll miss it after the big day! 🙂