Bridal Shops in Vienna

Last January, I went to three bridal shops in Vienna hoping to try on dresses I liked online. The three shops were very different in terms of customer service so I’ve decided to review each one.

Before I start the review, I want to mention that for a small girl like me (5’1) most of the sample gowns were too large and too long. They needed a lot of pins to make it look nice on me. Thus I didn’t bother to try on body fitting mermaid gowns. Most of the sample gowns were in size Eu40-42 while I’m Eu32-34.

Petra Pabst
This one was the easiest shop to find. Take U1 and stop at Karlsplatz then walk for 5-10 minutes to reach the shop. They don’t respond to email at all, better call them instead. You don’t need an appointment to visit the shop. Out of all the shops I went too this was the smallest. Their website was quite misleading. They uploaded all the pictures of the current collection of San Patrick, La Sposa, White One etc. but not all were available.

This was the shop I didn’t want to go back to. It was an ok experience but not entirely pleasant.

Flossmann
This bridal shop accepts walk-in customers. The ladies I talked to was more accommodating than the previous shop. And they were very helpful. They let me go around the shop and pick the gowns that I would like to try on. Only I hope they provided me with more assistance on picking which gowns to try on. They also carry the usual Pronovias line.

This shop allows customers to take pictures.

Sposa Wien
Sposa Wien won in customer service department. First, they respond fast to emails. Second, their website is better because you can already choose which dresses you want to try on. By the time you arrive for your appointment, they already have an idea of what you want. Third, they offer beverages for free. And last, they allow picture taking.

The dressing room was a lot better than the first two shops. You get your own area with your family/friends. However, it is a pity you don’t get to see all the dresses they have. It is hidden away from the customers. The assistant gladly pulled dresses she thought I might like and she didn’t disappoint. And also I found out that the dresses on their site was an incomplete list.

One last thing before I end this blog, the prices for the gowns (mostly the Pronovias line) aren’t bad. I think Atelier Pronovias is the most expensive while White One Barcelona is the least. San Patrick is more expensive than White One but for only one or two hundreds. (It also depends on the gown) Most of the dresses I liked was in the 1k-2k€ range.

Falling Back To An Old Habit: Reading

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Whenever I go to work, I spend 2 hours in total commuting. During that time, I just stare at my iPhone playing whatever popular game I fancy (not Flappy Bird) or chatting away in Line App with Janine and Chaii. But along my way up in the mountain, I would lose ever precious data signal I need to connect with other people (not people beside me in the bus). Sometimes, I am lost in thoughts and sometimes I just keep on playing a silly game.

You see, I enjoy my work but I dread the commute. I don’t look forward to it, even though the public transportation here is probably the best in the world.

Earlier this year, I started to change it up a bit. I bought a book (not really easy to buy an English book here, you see). I finished that one so fast, I needed to get more. So I bought the most basic Kindle and was really thankful I didn’t have to buy it online (I hate waiting for delivery).

From dreading the bus ride up to the mountain, I now, miraculously, look forward to it. Twice in a day, I get to read with little distraction, unless the bus is full and I find myself standing up for the rest of the ride. Also, I no longer suffer from headaches from reading in a moving vehicle. This is saying a lot, because the way up to work is probably the most zig-zag path you can find in the city.

Amazon Kindle e-book store is probably my favourite online store at the moment. The free classics section is a dear friend. But I would still not buy The Odyssey because reading it is an odyssey itself. And I even bought a Stephen Hawking book. In hindsight, I realised it wasn’t a good idea to read about black holes so early in the morning.

For now, I’m entering the world of A Song of Ice and Fire series. Let’s see how long it’ll take me before I finished the 5 published books.

P.S. To Kill A Mockingbird is not available as an ebook. Too bad, I love re-reading books I enjoyed when I was young. Don’t you?

Wedding Diaries: Suppliers Booked

Just a run down of suppliers we were able to book this month.

Juicebox Premium Mobile Bar

First of all, I want to point out how UGLY most mobile bar setups are. I mean, these suppliers know they are targeting weddings so why not make their bar setup presentable.

Juicebox is the only mobile bar provider I saw with a setup perfect for weddings. It doesn’t look cheap at all. And the concept is a bit different than most since you only pick 5 (could be more) drinks to be served throughout the 4 hours whereas other suppliers has a long list of cocktails to choose from (a consequence of this is a long line of people getting drinks).

Because we booked them during a bridal fair, we were able to score free Sangria drinks.

Pose and Print Photobooth

Same sentiments with mobile bars, some photobooth providers don’t care about presentation at all. They probably spend too much time on getting more customers than improving service.

Pose and Print has a nice photobooth setup and they have strips samples. Also, the layouts from their previous works before don’t look bad, quite classy actually.

We were able to get an extra hour free when we booked during the fair.

Fullblooms by Inah

Ms. Inah is very easy to talk to. She calls us “beh” which I find so cute! Rod and I made our way to her shop in Makati. We actually talk to another florist before we went to her but she won based on the following points

1. Her shop is close to the church and the reception so it’ll be easy for them to come back to their shop if they need anything.

2. She has worked in Enderun before. Also, she is familiar with our other suppliers. As much as possible, I want my suppliers to know each other already.

3. No crew meals because their shop is so close.

4. A mockup was available before we even paid the downpayment. There were no assurance we were going to get her but she made the effort to show us what she can deliver on our wedding.

5. Her sample pictures are her own works. And the peg I want for my bridal bouquet is actually her creation.

6. She replies fast, via Facebook or text. The other florist still haven’t sent us the revised proposal based on our comments. We’ve been waiting for that for more than 2 weeks now, so I decided to let them go.

7. She provides proper documents: contract, order form, and the most important of all, an official receipt.

Gretchen Pichay

Of course, a personal favourite because she’s going to make my wedding gown! I was already set on buying a gown from Two by Rosa Clara in Vienna but I decided to check her out first.

When she did her rough sketches in front of me I knew I was going to get her already. She was able to combine different elements I love and turn it into one. Even before when I showed her my pegs in my Pinterest board she pointed out my number one pick for a gown. Dun pa lang, same wavelength na kami. I already got her detailed sketches and I still haven’t decided what I’ll pick among the four.

Wedding Diaries: Church and Reception Venue

We already booked the church and the reception venue last year. Rod was able to visit the church when he paid the downpayment but both of us have never seen the reception venue. Yesterday, we finally were able to visit the two with my parents (I’m in the Philippines for a month). Needless to say, I am very satisfied with our choices.

St. Alphonsus Mary de Liguori Parish (Magallanes Church)

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This church is located in Magallanes Village, in Makati City. This was the first thing we booked for the wedding. It wasn’t part of my initial list but fortunately we ended up with this. Right now, I couldn’t pick another church better than this.

The architecture lured me in. It isn’t like any other churches in the metro. It’s not grand but it isn’t simple too. It’s just perfect. It has air-conditioning, a must have for the scorching hot weather.

In some conversations, suggestions for the church come up every now and then, the most popular being Santuario de San Antonio. But not enough suggestions can make me sway. St. Alphonsus is the church for our wedding.

One year from today, we’ll be here to exchange our vows.

The Tent at Enderun Colleges

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Again, this one is also not part of our initial list. Picking the church first greatly helped in narrowing down our choices for the reception venue. It has to be near the church where travel time is limited to less than 30 minutes. We tested this one yesterday and we arrived in around 15 minutes from the church to Enderun.

The tent is located in a college campus. Enderun Colleges is in Mckinley Hill, in Taguig. This area is very quiet during Saturdays. Parking should be no problem at all. The campus has a nice spacious garden and the buildings are picture perfect.

The tent is located at the back with a big garden in front of it. It is hidden from the road, which I like very much.

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Tangle Teezer and Bioderma in Vienna

Google Search knows how many times I’ve typed “[product name here] wien” on the search box. And most of the time, I get nothing. :( However, a product is sometimes and miraculously available here. It happens so rarely that I get so shamelessly cheerful about it.

The first product that was apparently available here (but I couldn’t find any info about it online) was the Tangle Teezer. I was walking around Donauzentrum (1220 Wien) when it caught my eye. I saw it in a stand in Bundy Bundy salon (next to Mcdonalds). I bought the black travel version for 19€.

Bioderma is also available here. I searched for “Bioderma Wien” and got 2 apothecaries claiming to carry the brand. The first one I went to was a fail. They didn’t have it. The 2nd one I went to (Apotheke Zur goldenen Krone, Himmelpfortgasse 14 1010), which was located not too far from Kärtnerstrasse, has a good selection of Bioderma products. I ended up buying the 50mL and 250mL of the Sensibio H20. Oh, and an anti-perspirant too. The 50mL Sensibio H20 costs 7€ and the 250mL for 13.90€.

Also, I believe Jimmy Choo is opening up their own stand alone store in Vienna. I know this because I saw a job advertisement in LinkedIn. (I just feel like sharing this info.)