Spell Saab

I had a couple of things in mind when I was thinking of what to give our guests to thank them for celebrating our special day with us:

  1. What would I like to receive as a wedding guest? For example, I didn’t want it to be a framed photo of Jim & I because I personally wouldn’t want a framed photo of my friends being all lovey-dovey. Where the heck would I put that? On my bedside table? No thanks.
  2. It has to be something useful so guests won’t just throw it away and let it go to waste.

I want to take the time to talk about the souvenirs we ended up giving our guests.

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It was a very simple no-nonsense thank you bag but it was made with a lot of love with the help of our very awesome friends.

I decided on a room fragrance spray because both Jim and I love that stuff haha we can’t say it enough: good-smelling rooms are a game changer! When you come home to a home that smells great, it just makes all the difference in your mood. So I collaborated with one of my bridesmaids, the very beautiful Janna Tee, whose family company is in the business of manufacturing bottles for perfumes. She offered to make perfumes for our guests as her wedding gift to me and Jim and that’s when I thought of making room fragrance sprays instead! We met up and she brought different testers so we could decide which scent to go with. I definitely wanted the spray to smell like a forest. Our wedding was to be held in Baguio so I kind of wanted it to be like “Baguio in A Bottle” or something. Janna was so very helpful and sweet and she even brought different kinds of bottle designs. It was such a huge help <3

She said their company could print on the bottle directly but I had a different idea! I was thinking of going for an apothecary feel for our brown bottles.

vintage apothecary bottles

My peg for our bottle design

I contacted CJ De Silva-Ong and asked if she would be game to design it for us. Being the awesome person she is, she gave us the go signal and asked what we wanted to put on the label. The next question we tackled was: what would we call our fragrance? Okay, this is so random but Jim & I always break into song. Like, always. And one of the songs we like to sing out of nowhere is Pirelli’s Miracle Elixir from the Tim Burton movie Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (yeah you can click it for reference). Funny because the “miracle elixir” from that movie allegedly makes hair grow back but it’s actually made of piss. We think it’s just really hilarious. Rest assured, OUR miracle elixir is NOT made of piss!!! Hahaha. The result is a beautiful label exactly as I imagined it:

Artwork by CJ De Silva

Artwork by CJ De Silva-Ong

I really wanted to put “The Bedroom’s Greatest Defense Against The Dark FARTS” hahaha but I thought that might be going too far. As you can see we also included things we love as ingredients. So perfect huhuhu! Then I asked one of FrancisM Clothing Co.‘s partners, Willy Velasquez, where they get their stickers printed and he hooked me up. Superb!

The next project was a mini-album called Jim & Saab Save The World. Heehee. The idea was for them to play it on their ride home from Baguio the next day. The recording was fairly easy, we got it done in 2 weeks with the help of our best friend and Cheats band mate Ernest Aguila. I wanted CDs that looked like vinyl records but couldn’t find any locally so I had to order 350 pieces from Amazon.com. And since I am a psycho control freak who didn’t want anybody else to do things for me, I personally burned each CD and while the next one was burning, I would write the label by hand. I actually really enjoyed doing it! Yay, arts and crafts!

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The craft paper used for the CD backing and the small thank you card were scraps from our friend Kim Haw’s paper company. It’s also the same craft paper I used for the inside of our invitations. I’m very thankful we got to recycle in the process! The THANK YOU label was made by my Dymo label maker. So 90s. So hip~~. Lelz. Shout out to my girls Lauren Young, Victor Young, Nyko Rodriguez and Candy Gamos for coming over and helping with the labels and more!!

The bags, tiny clothespins, and the twine used to secure the CD were bought by our ninang and one of my mom’s best friends Cecille Aganon. I personally wanted to get the stuff from Divisoria but she said she was going anyway so she was taking photos and canvassing materials for me. I chose one that perfectly fit our CD and bottle. It came together perfectly! Thanks again to tita C!

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The tracks in our mini-album were songs we both liked and wanted to cover. Here’s the playlist, I hope you enjoy it. It may not perfect but we had a blast making this so it’s pretty perfect to us xxx

Our souvenirs mean so much to us because just like our whole wedding, it was made out of so much love, time and effort by ourselves and our loved ones as well. Thank you again to all who helped us! We love you!!!

Saab

49 Comments

  1. Reply

    Veronica

    April 13, 2015

    You’re the coolest (hippie) couple ever! (Please tell Jim nalang. Hehe) yay for The Everly Brothers cover!

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      Saab

      April 13, 2015

      Hahaha thank you!xx

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    yan

    April 13, 2015

    ang gandaaaaa! you have such great taste in everything!

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      Saab

      April 13, 2015

      Thaaaaaanks!!!

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    Katrina

    April 13, 2015

    Yours is the most heartfelt celebrity wedding ever! And can I just say that your love story is my dream relationship? Hahaha! Stay blissfully in love. :)

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      Saab

      April 13, 2015

      Awww thank you so much <3<3<3

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    Jamie

    April 13, 2015

    Wow! Super handcrafted pala sila! And I though printed lang yung vinyl sticker sa CD with the texts, sulat mo pala talaga siya! OW EM! And the smell is really nice. Kebs kung medj ulit-ulit heehee pero I’m really glad I’m one of those who received the souvenirs. Thanksie Saabiee!!

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      Saab

      April 13, 2015

      You’re welcome!!:)

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    Ley S.

    April 13, 2015

    Soooo coool. <3 The CD and recordings are the best part! Glad we could have a listen, too. :D

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      Saab

      April 13, 2015

      Thanks, Ley!:D

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    Paula

    April 13, 2015

    OMG that kunyar-parang-vinyl CD is such a great and cute idea! Grabe i love all your wedding ideas! It’s also nice that you get to recycle and the product is so beautiful! Gusto ko na tuloy magpakasal, parang ang saya mag plan! Haha x

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      Saab

      April 13, 2015

      Masaya pero mahirap rin hehehe :D Good luck!!

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    arelalala

    April 13, 2015

    SAAAB! Love you! <3 <3 Love your DIYs! I didn't know you have that in you.

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      Saab

      April 14, 2015

      <3<3<3 YES!

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    Nica

    April 13, 2015

    I’m a sucker for DIY crafts. You are such an inspiration. And tama ka, dapat talaga useful na kung magbibigay ng souvenirs. Para iwas clutter. ^_^

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      Saab

      April 14, 2015

      Yay, DIY!

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    quenna

    April 13, 2015

    wedding goals!!
    this is such a cutie!!
    i did the (almost the) same for my debut invitation and souvenirs (i gave away cacti hehe)! :3 it was boho-themed.
    continue filling the world with your love xoxo ゚・✿ヾ╲(。◕‿◕。)╱✿・゚

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      Saab

      April 14, 2015

      <3<3

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    MeryllKK

    April 13, 2015

    OMG As I listen to the playlist, tagos sa tenga ko ang pagiging inlove nyo sa isa’t isa. Awwwwww <3 #ForeverFan

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      Saab

      April 14, 2015

      Hihihihihihi :D

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    mel

    April 13, 2015

    Why are you so cool?

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      Saab

      April 14, 2015

      Thank you :”>

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    Roch

    April 13, 2015

    awesome souvenirs! cute, useful, and eco-friendly. <3 congratulations on your wedding! (kahit mejo late na haha)

    PS. i really really LOVE your blog. sana may app sa appstore ng spellsaab. para madaling magview. haha!

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      Saab

      April 14, 2015

      Thank you!!:D

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    Grems

    April 14, 2015

    Best wedding souvenirs ever!! I don’t want to finish the Elixir bottle but I use it everyday because it makes my room so cozy and I get good dreams! Huhuhuhahaha. And wow, the bottle’s label is made by one of my favorite artists – CJ De Silva. Heehee! Also, I was thinking “parang katunog nung The Strokes ang ‘Evening Sun” nung hindi ko pa nalaman na covers pala lahat. Hahaha lels! I thought you two really composed the songs because you both look so inlove with each other and you have the “ability” to compose such songs. Haha! I still feel so appreciated that I received this in my mail <3<3<3 Thank you so so so much, Saab!!! <3

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      Grems

      April 14, 2015

      ALSO, I AM SUCH A SUCKER FOR DIY STUFF. Arts & crafts forever!!

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    Trina

    April 14, 2015

    Grabe, ikaw na talaga Saab. Super loved you and your husband’s cover! It felt as if I’m listening to Chvrches x a British indie band. <3 So much love!!!

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      Saab

      April 15, 2015

      NAKS thank you <3

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    Camz

    April 14, 2015

    Great ideas Saab! Also, Such Great Heights is hart hart. I’m not a big music fanatic myself, but it’s one of those songs that I just love listening to. My favorite line is the first: “I am thinking it’s a sign that the freckles in our eyes are mirror images and when we kiss they’re perfectly aligned” <3

    Awesome, thoughtful giveaways. I also wouldn't want a random glass figurine to give on my wedding.

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      Saab

      April 15, 2015

      Thank you!!!:D Hahaha glass figurine :))

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    Monique Headstrong

    April 14, 2015

    I love how artsy and crafty your souvenirs are and you too Ate Saab!!! Art and love rolled in one! x

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      Saab

      April 15, 2015

      :):)

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    J

    April 15, 2015

    That warm, fuzzy feeling once I played your songs. Seriously, muntik na akong umiyak.
    I can totally feel the love from the music. Happy for you.

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      Saab

      April 15, 2015

      Awww thank you xx

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    Boracay Photographer

    April 15, 2015

    Wedding souvenirs today are very creative. Couple can find great deals and at the same time, come up with great ideas like this one. This is really nice and eco-friendly. A must recommend to couple who wanted to get married real soon!

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    Jecca

    April 18, 2015

    Ang gandaaaa ng tracks!! Huhu I want to put it on loop pero imposible. Thank you for sharing, Mr. and Mrs. Bacarro! <3

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      Saab

      April 20, 2015

      Glad you like them!!:)

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    Pat A

    April 19, 2015

    I feel like I love you even more now that I know you like (or at least listen to) The Strokes!! Akala ko nagkataon lang na I’ll Try Anything Once ung kanta sa same day edit ng wedding niyo. <3 <3 <3

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      Saab

      April 20, 2015

      Non-negotiable bride and groom demand: WE GET TO CHOOSE OUR WEDDING VIDEO SONG. Haha. Hello, I LOVE The Strokes xx

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    toni

    April 20, 2015

    ayaw ko maniwala sa last line mo. ang perfect eh… kakaiyak huhuhu

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    toni

    April 20, 2015

    i mean last line before the songs :)

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      Saab

      April 21, 2015

      Awww thank you!

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    Jae

    April 23, 2015

    I’m so honored to have received these wedding souvenirs from you (plus a personal note) before I left for the US, Saab! It’s interesting to know how you came up with the Miracle Elixir, and if I may share, my husband loves it, too! He always sees to it that he sprays some just before we went to bed. Feeling ko nga may pampatulog factor siya kasi marerelax ka agad ‘pag naamoy mo eh. Hahaha!

    Thanks again for sharing these, Saab! <3

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    lace

    April 30, 2015

    Such Great Heights is such a cool song. Originally sang by Postal Service though.

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      Saab

      April 30, 2015

      Oh I always thought it was an Iron and Wine original, covered by The Postal Service! Other way around pala.

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    A

    April 30, 2015

    hi saab! you and jim had a very nice wedding! and those souvenirs are awesome! but i am just so curious what did jim gave you on your wedding day? i know you gave him a guitar. lol :) is that a makeup palette?

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      Saab

      May 6, 2015

      Thank you :) It was a replica of a monolith. Got the idea from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey :) It was engraved with “To Saab my monolith – to infinity and beyond” it’s open to interpretation but I take it he’s trying to say I made him evolve <3 Which is so strange because my wedding vows had a line that likened him to a newly evolved Pokemon lelz

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    Maru

    May 1, 2015

    Huhu. I love everything about this. After hearing the Such Great Heights cover, the original sounds very wrong na. Haha. You guys are so awesome I’m crying unicorn tears right now.

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      Saab

      May 6, 2015

      Hahaha thank you!!!

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