Bride at Work: Behind the Wedding DIY Details

Whenever I complained about the stress of wedding planning to my married friends, they would always smile and tell me how I should just embrace the whole experience as it will be something I’ll definitely miss when it’s done.

Almost a month after the wedding, I’m still not longing for that overwhelming pressure of just getting things over with and at the same time making sure it would turn out perfectly. While that is still the case, I’m now certain that the thing I’ll probably miss the most is being hands-on with the wedding details.

Aside from the bridesmaid tokens I made, I also got to enjoy preparing other items for the big day. You’ll see that the key was to be thrifty and resourceful. Here, I sum them up!


Making sure that I abuse the groom’s design skills, our invitation was designed by him and printed with the help of my sister’s team over at Kaeratana, which also provided the lovely envelopes!




We had to re-print the RSVPs at the last minute, so I used a simple MS Word for it.


I couldn’t decide on a single design that I ended up ordering every possible design that fit our color motif!

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A week before copies of the invitation was due to arrive from Manila, we had to meet an important wedding guest. So we used our home printer and I made an envelope from scratch just so we can aleady give him his invitation. His schedule was hectic, you see.


Made over almost a hundred of these and it took months of collecting bottles (wine, vinegar, beer, etc.) and baby food jars to come up with Continue reading

Whip-Anything-From-the-Pantry Kind of Dessert


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Warning: This post’s title says is all.

A few days ago Mr. DM came home and told me that he bought something for me. “I saw it and thought it’d be something you’d fancy,” he said while unwrapping two Balls mason jars. I was of course pleased! Upon handing it to me, he added, “You might want to whip something healthy with that.”

Yep, he was expecting something healthy.

But since I never bothered to consider that (sorry), I whipped something from a couple of things I saw in our kitchen. Fibisco choco crunchies, ice cream, some fruits, and I made a little effort of making pancakes. And… ta-da!

PS: I actually liked how the ice cream melted on the pancake and how the the choco crunchies added, uhm, crunch, to it.

Regardless, it was made of love. ♥ 


Lacey Mason Jars: DIY Wedding Giveaways

Eight months ago, I shared the raw look of the wedding giveaways my friend ordered for her December wedding. There were two different looks but in both, lace, twines, and mason jars played lovely roles in creating vintage, shabby inspired mementos that would celebrate the union of two persons in a long distance relationship.

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Five thousand miles stood between us
But we never fall apart
For our love bridged the gap
As we are linked heart to heart


_MG_9298 _MG_9304 _MG_9310An unexpected bump on the road happened when a week before the wedding, I was at the hospital giving birth and was only 60% done with all the 50 handcraft pieces. Luckily, I got my mom, sisters, and brother-in-law to help out. We must have done a pretty good job since I got other brides-to-be asking me if  I’d be available to do their giveaways as well. Who knows? I might just actually consider turning this hobby into a business. ♥

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