Gowns, Coats and Barongs at Divisoria - The Soapbox Filipina
Gowns, Coats and Barongs at Divisoria
You know of those times, when a wedding comes up, in the family?
You may not be part of the wedding entourage but as an immediate family member, you are required to don formal wear. ( some sort of uniformity in the attire, especially for the family picture)
Your budget does not permit you, to purchase designer gowns and expensive ready-made gowns.
Then, you go straight to the mall, only to find out —nothing suits you or your budget
You secretly wish for this:
But when kindness, courage and a bit of magic do not drop your way, you say, “wala akong isusuot!”
( which leaves your husband, like in my case, wondering : “why does my wife have nothing to wear – when all her clothes fill up our closet, practically leaving all my stuff out of it?”)
‘Day, hindi ka ninang, hindi ka din abay…
Mother of the bride?
Yeah, you now start “stressing”, like you were the bride herself.
I get that feeling often.
Most especially now that there are weddings going on, in our big family, these past years. ( two brothers got married already and this year, another brother will get hitched)
Did you know that Divisoria is not only the go to place, for wedding gowns but it offers great options, for inexpensive yet good quality gowns, barong tagalogs and coats?
They have available ready to wear gowns, Barong Tagalogs and coats.
Although coats and pants should be tailor-made, the ready-to-wear ones fit well, actually.
Check out the ones on my husband and my son: ( in preparation for another brother’s wedding)
ready-made coats for men have a price range of P800 to P2,000
ready-made set : coats AND pants for boys have a price range of P800- P1,200
If you have a design that is not so intricate, they have seamstresses there, who could create it for you, even within one week.
It is best that you hand her, the actual picture of the dress you want.( something taken from the internet, maybe)
With regard to the design, speak neither to the salesperson nor the owner of the stall, but to the seamstress herself.
Always look for the person who will sew the gown. If they say that their seamstress/tailor is not around, move on to the next stall.
You can choose the fabric too:
Here are my gowns made by seamstresses at Divisoria:
the melon-pink gown at P 1,200 and the peach-laced one at P 2,500
( and if you would like more of those glittering beadwork, just add P 500)
Here are the tailor-made Pina-Jusi Barong Tagalog of my husband and my son which they wore, during my brother’s wedding:
I remembered, we got the high-end ones ( as per Divisoria standards) but I cannot remember how much they cost.
The stalls are at two locations in Divisoria:
The 4th floor up to the 6th floor of The 168 Mall in Divisoria
The 3rd floor of The Tutuban Mall in Divisoria
Personally, I prefer the stalls at the 168 mall, since there is a greater number of them there, compared to the ones at Tutuban Mall.
But then, there were also pretty evening gowns at Tutuban Mall that I failed to see at the 168 Mall.
I suggest you allocate ample time, to visit both locations. Try to visit every stall. You see, one stall might have great chiffon gowns while the other would have gorgeous satin ones.
You have to be very thorough and specific.
And lastly, in true Divisoria fashion, you can haggle too!
update: during my brother Marco’s wedding at Mt. Malarayat Golf and Country club: