August 1, 2013

Groom's Suit: Booked!

The next thing on our wedding agenda was to look for suppliers for Mox's suit. Originally, I wanted him to wear a barong since our wedding will be held in the summer, and a suit will be too hot to wear. Plus, a barong is cheaper to buy/make than a suit. But Mox was very insistent that he wanted to wear a suit on our wedding. Sige na nga, pagbigyan na natin kasi kasal rin naman niya yun. Haha.

Since we are on a very limited budget (read: less than P10,000) for his suit, we plan to visit a good tailor who could copy the peg Mox has chosen. I've heard good reviews about Mang Pons of Kamuning and Mang Roger of Mandaluyong, and I know that they fit our budget, so we decided to pay them a visit last Saturday.

Unfortunately, it was raining so we weren't able to visit Mang Pons' and Mang Roger's shops. Instead, we went to the Before I Do bridal fair in Megamall to look for possible suit suppliers. The fair only took up one Megatrade hall so there were only a few exhibitors, but luckily we found one suit supplier.

That supplier was Emil Ocampo of E. Ocampo's Fashion House. I've heard good reviews about him when it comes to wedding and ento gowns but I never really thought that he could make great suits. And the suits were indeed great! I am no expert, but I thought the workmanship on each suit was perfect. Pulidong-pulido ang mga tahi. Here are some samples of his suits taken from his website.

Emil's rates for his suits range from P10,000 to P12,000, but since he was an exhibitor in the fair, he offered a 10% discount for on-site bookings. His assistant explained to Mox that the price of the suit will not be based on the suit's design, but will depend on the fabric used. He even showed us some swatches. I never knew that there were so many different variations of black, gray and cream! Ang hirap mamili, in fairness.

I thought his rates were quite affordable for a designer suit, but Mox was not yet that convinced. He thought he would still get a better deal from Onesimus and other tailors in the mall. But then he overheard May, one of my W@Wie friends, say that Onesimus charges an average of P8,000 for a suit, and that's just for the labor cost! Now that convinced him that Emil's offer is quite a steal.

We got the chance to talk to Emil during the fair, and he is so nice and soft-spoken. Mox didn't have a hard time explaining to him the cut and fit that he wanted for his suit, which is a good thing because Mox sometimes can't express himself well. So buti na lang na nagkaintindihan sila. Haha.

Emil also made a few suggestions for the color of the suit, and even scheduled Mox to have his measurements taken on February. And the best thing of all? The fabric that Mox picked is part of the P10,000 package, and with the 10% discount for on-site bookers, we were able to book Emil for just P9,000! Now that is very affordable, considering that a designer will make Mox's suit. Dinaig pa niya ako!

Emil Ocampo of E. Ocampo Fashion House
We did went over our budget for Mox's suit, but I know that it would be all worth it once I see him look so handsome on our wedding day. Also, another good thing happened to me that day. Because Mox booked Emil to do his suit, he said it's only fair that I should get a designer to do my gown! And he agreed to add P10,000 from his personal savings to our budget just for me to have my dream designer wedding gown! I swear, I really love my fiance to bits! :) Kilig mode on!

Another happy side story, a day before we went to the fair, I learned that Mox went to Robinsons Galleria by himself to get a quotation for his suit. I'm just so touched to learn that my formerly unenthusiastic groom is slowly becoming hands-on in our wedding preps! Kilig mode again!

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