Divisoria has it all, or almost. Or yahhh maybe all including rows upon rows of dress shops and bridal shops. 🙂 Your expensive designer dress may have raw materials elements source from a store in Divi.
This is not surprising considering fabrics of all sorts are available in this hub as well as most raw materials you can think of. Remember the teleserye with Gretchen Baretto and Bea Alonzo which started with a scene of rolls and rolls of fabrics? Yep, that! (my bad I forgot the teleserye title)
La Gretta was a fashion designer whereas Bea started her humble beginning as a regular seamstress in a divisoria shop then this younger gal hit the jackpot and became the toast of the Manila fashion designing scene.
So why I am writing about this? This is because I am 100% satisfied and happy with my wedding gown and entourage dresses that I ordered in Divisoria. My friends couldn’t believe that Titus and I only paid P35,000 for the whole set of 1 bridal gown, 1 mother of the bride dress, 1 maid of honor, 1 bridesmaid, 3 secondary sponsor dresses. Look at the finish product!
I had my bridal gown and entourage dresses made to order from Jannah and Keith Boutique in 168 Mall. This shop is being manned by the owner itself Ms. Cherry Beruela, her able assistants headed by Ate Dolor. When I first met these two ladies I told them straightaway that I have no plans of dieting at all. I am not planning to diet, nope, nada.
**I avoided drinking coke for 2 weeks – this comprised the only diet I committed to.
When I picked up the dresses I had a chance to interview Cherry and learned that the reason why her shop turns out quality, well-made dresses is because of her long time exposure and experience working for a well-known bridal shop for 20 years. Her exposure to the wedding industry was enhanced further by her participation in hotels and wedding conventions bridal fares of the company she worked for previously.
Cherry Beruela of Jannah and Keith Fashion Boutique
After 20 years of working as an employee, Cherry finally took the plunge 7 years ago and started her own bridal and gown shop in 168 Mall Divisoria, Ate Dolor who was her workmate came with her. They specialize in made to order gowns, but they also offer ready to wear wedding dresses.
Today her shop is one of the busiest and in-demand wedding gown maker in the Bridal Section of 168 mall. You can find Jannah and Keith at the Basement of the Soler Wing of 168, near Robinson’s Supermaket. Stall address is LGE-05 (lower ground floor stall 5). The shop’s name after Cherry’s children.
Bridal dresses, Bridesmaid, Mother of the Bride For Sale in the 168 Mall Bridal Section
What I like about the service I’ve received is that Cherry is there to attend to customers. If you have special request or instruction, you will know right away if they can accommodate because she is there, present and able to answer queries and requests. On instances that she is out of the shop and in their workstation (still in Divi area), her assistants calls her up to be at the shop and in 15 minutes or less, she is there. Thumbs-up on great customer service!
Pulido pa ang trabaho!
Details on the wedding gown for sale in Divisoria Shop “Jannah and Keith”
For Sale Bridal Gowns Divisoria ~ RTW sample display
BRIDAL GOWN PACKAGE INCLUSION
My wedding gown package also comes with freebies – cord, 2 pillows for the rings and arrhae, coins, garter, wedding gown veil, veil for the secondary sponsor, bride’s pouch, hair accessories. Am a happy bride indeed!
I adjusted the pillows because our wedding rings and coins have personalized boxes made for them.
DESIGN and MEASUREMENT SUBMISSION
I requested my mom (Mother of the Bride), sister (Maid of Honor), cousin-in-law Kat (Bridesmaid), my friends Doi, Jenny and Leah (Secondary Sponsors) to submit to me a gown design that they like. These in turn I emailed to Cherry. We coordinated mostly via email and phone since I was based in Cebu and can’t make frequent trips to their shop. My sister and Doi submitted their measurements too since they can’t go physically to the shop, the others were able to go and have their measurement taken by either Cherry or Dolor.
My sister’s dress fitted perfectly; Doi’s had a problem with the sleeves hemming because it was too tight and the cleavage area had to be adjusted by Doi’s mom because it was so deep. I think that there was a miscommunication somewhere with the submitted measurement that’s why there was a minor set-back to Doi’s dress. Other than these two aberyas, am so pleased that the dresses were made well and look fab!!!
Kat when she visited the shop for first fitting, she was ecstatic because her bridesmaid dress hugged her body perfectly. No adjustment was needed. Happily she texted us that she can bring it home right there and then, after just one fitting. She had another gown made in a different 168 bridal shop on the 4th floor a few months ago, and she had to come back four times to this other shop so they can adjust her gown to fit her well. But with Jannah and Keith, she only went twice, first to have her measurements taken, the next (and last) was when she first tried on the dress. 😀
VISITING THE SHOP
Our first visit to her shop was when my measurements were taken and we paid the downpayment of P10,000. The rest of the payments were on subsequent visits.
The second was when I fitted the dress skeleton lining. Cherry told me that it is up to me if I will wear or not wear a petticoat under the gown, in any case she’ll include the petticoat frame in my bridal gown box. Good thing because I used the petticoat. 🙂
The third visit was for my final fitting, the lace for the shoulder area was still not sewed in. At this time, my dress glided perfectly on my body but there was little allowance on the sides. I did not anticipate that in the weeks following the final fitting I’d gained and inch or two or more around the waists, waaaaaaaa lol.
The fourth visit was when we picked-up the dress; I did not fit it because you know, ang tradisyon.
On my wedding day, my gown was tight, lol, but this was my fault. I remembered Ate Dolor advising me on the final fitting that ‘wag na po dagdagan ang weight’ but I did waaaaaaaaa hehhehe but heyyyy my gown looks fab still! Weeeeee hehehe
*I’m one of those brides who really took to heart the tradition of never wearing your wedding dress once it’s done and with you. On the last fitting (with the missing upper body laces) the dress fit me to a tee, the next time I donned on the dress (now completed) was on the wedding day itself. My friends were aghast when they can’t close the invisible zippers fully on the waist portion hahaha.
This was one of my wedding’s memorable highlights. I was so nervous, the heart beating fast, the mind racing, afraid that I will faint at the church (the story shared by our church marriage center staff about one bride fainting during the ceremony because her dress was so tight played non-stop on my mind). My dress couldn’t be zipped properly! It was a funny moment, we were laughing with the sheer incredulity of it hehhe. When I calmed down, I was able to breathe normally. Finally, LOL.
Do I regret not trying on the dress when I picked-it up in their bridal shop in 168? A little bit, yes but just a little. =)
All these dresses are Proudly Made in Divisoria!
WEDDING DRESS PACKAGE EXPENSE
When it comes to wedding gown price, just give them your budget and your designs and they will work around your requirements. On my case, Cherry said that if I can increase the fee by P5000, from P35,000 to P40,000 there would be more elaborate bead work and details on my gown’s belt but my mind was already made-up that budget is only up to Php35,000. I can’t afford a more expensive gown hehe.
Cherry and her team have made wonders with dresses ordered from them! I totally love my belt too! It’s the highlight of my gown I say. =)
Missing in the picture that’s part of the package: My mom in her dress
Tulle, tulle, and lots of tulle were used on my gown. Hindi talaga sila nag tipid sa materiales. 😀
If you are shopping for your wedding gown and conscious about the budget, drop a visit to Cherry’s shop. Bring your own design or choose one from the wedding magazines on their shop. Cherry and her team of seamstress and embroiders will be able to create your dream bridal dress.
*They also make barong and suits for the men in your entourage.
Watch the first minute and last minute of this vid to see details of my wedding gown:
Wedding Dress Maker in Divisoria:
Jannah and Keith Fashion Boutique
Address: LGE-05, Soler Wing (near Robinson’s Supermarket), 168 Mall Divisoria
Mobile Number: 09177470647 or 09993734488
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Please mentioned you read about their shop here on Penfires pag magawi kayo dun. Wala akong komisyon ha hehehe am promoting because I highly recommend their shop and I want to help out future brides to find good deals. =)