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title pic Sanctuario de San Jose Church Wedding: Simplicity and Elegance at Its Finest

Posted by admin on March 8, 2013

Wedding ceremonies are the lifetime covenants of “would be newly-weds”. As such, they must be made in heaven or if it’s sufficient to say, a royal one. Of course, those affluent scions of the Philippines will always have the Sanctuario de San Jose in Greenhills, East Village Mandaluyong City, as their top choice.  In its English translation, it is otherwise known as the “Sanctuary of Saint Joseph, the Patriarch”.   According to its ancient history, this most splendid and elegant wedding venue of the upper-class is architecturally designed and destined to be the “Shrine of the Saint Joseph”. Administratively, this wedding church of the high profile and Philippine jetsetters is run and supervised by the Oblates of Saint Joseph.

Sanctuario de San Jose Parish (Photo Courtesy:  Haydee Aoanan @maxxlv on Instagram)

Sanctuario de San Jose Parish (Photo Courtesy: Haydee Aoanan @maxxlv on Instagram)

title pic Things to Consider in Deciding on a Wedding Motif

Posted by admin on February 28, 2013

Selecting a wedding motif keeps the event in tune, creates better ambiance and atmosphere and it also keeps the guests motivated by the event. It also makes the soon-to-be bride who would be in the white flowing dress stand-out from the rest, which is how it supposed to be, after all, it is her big day.

Photo Courtesy: @ceaceacea on Instagram

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Deciding on the motif can also be a great bonding activity for couples. It can be exciting, a great topic of conversation and it can be the very first decision they need to make as a couple. But it cannot be too easy to do; here are some of the factors that couple should consider before finally making a decision:

Determine which culture in the world that represents your love best. Does the couple resemble a French love story or a fast-paced Tokyo style?  Is the couple more into Harana and the traditional Filipino courtship? Influences of different culture can be a factor in deciding which wedding motif suits the couple best.

Time is of the essence since colors can exude different effects in daytime or at night. Yellow may be great for outdoor weddings when it’s all bright, but it can be too unsettling when indoors matched with yellow shades of lights at the grand reception. It is also great if the couple can decide if they prefer past, present or futuristic lifestyles. It could resolve which shade of a particular color is suited for the grand event.

The location of the wedding also dictates a lot. A couple wouldn’t want to see metallic shades of red in the middle of a beach wedding. It is just unbearable and off. Instead, beach weddings can go for the subtle colors of the ocean or even paler shades of summer colors. No matter which color a couple picks, it is important that they consider imagining it in the chosen location of the wedding or else it would look more like a carnival or worse, a kaleidoscope.

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title pic Wedding Crew Meal Must-Haves

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Providing the wedding crew with meals for the whole day is part of wedding ethics. Although, it’s not actually obligatory, a couple should also be generous and kind enough to give a little something for the crew, even though it’s part of their job, it wouldn’t hurt to share a little of your happiness to the people who’s working hard to make sure a couple can have a great wedding experience.

Always… Always provide flowing coffee. The crew wakes up early, arrives a few hours before everyone else does and leave the wedding when everyone else has. It’s no wonder they need all the energy boosts they can get their hands on. A single cup of coffee won’t do either, give them lots of coffee, you would be surprised how this bittersweet drink could do wonders for your crew.

Provide them a clean and peaceful place to rest and eat. The wedding crew is not made up of robots that just need to change their battery to be up and running the whole day. They are people who can get weary in the middle of the day, so giving them a space to breathe and have a quick rest would really help them a lot. Just make sure that the place is near the wedding premises in case something comes up.

Be specific with the crew meal, as much as possible stay away from fried chicken and rice meals that most fast food chains offers. One, the crew doesn’t deserve to be fed chicken the whole day and second, there’s no nutritional value to making them eat chicken alone. You need your crew to function and give their hundred percent and no fast food meal could provide that. As much as possible, give them a balanced meal with protein, fiber and carbohydrates. If you can, give them a little treat as well, they’ll be very grateful for your simple gestures.

 

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title pic Christ The King Church: The Grandiose Reflection of an Timeless Filipino Wedding

Posted by admin on February 27, 2013

The king and queen of hearts are mysteriously entwined together, to sing the sweetest harmony of love that is meant to last for a lifetime.  Then, it perfectly spells the right ingredients of trust and an undying commitment in order to come up with the “best recipe of love” of which any person can ever offer for the girl of his dreams. – A grand or simple  wedding. In this regard, it is logically true that to prepare for this momentous occasion is no joke. It entails creativity, hard work, the ability to cope up with the physical and psychological stresses that go along with it, without losing your composure and temper.  Prior to all of these initial steps involved in a church wedding preparation, these couples must carefully ponder about their respective financial capability, especially on the part the male gender. Of course, every Filipino couple wants to have a fairytale kind of wedding, right?  Therefore, the best choice of the most sought after wedding churches is a MUST.   In this respect, the Christ The King Church in Greenmeadows, Mandaluyong City, Philippines, tops the author’s personal list.

Christ the King Church (Photo Courtesy: Suzzie Ng @suzzieng on Instagram)

Christ the King Church (Photo Courtesy: Suzzie Ng @suzzieng on Instagram)

title pic Caleruega Church: The Eternal Transfiguration of an Endless Love

Posted by admin on February 26, 2013

Saying “I do’s” entails the warmth of love and lifetime commitment between two different persons, who had been accidentally smitten by the sweetest harmony of love and destiny without rational reasons. An altar date is the most endearing moment that couples eagerly await because of two major things: First, this is the moral and legal binding agreement  between two distinct individuals that is somehow an assurance that love conquers all in times of the most difficult challenges their lives, as husband and wife. Second, a marriage is their spiritual accord with God that they will both cherish one another in accordance with the holy covenant of the Supreme Being and the Roman Catholic Church. Prior to these irreversible vows, the meticulous but well-organized wedding preparations are necessary so as to make the man and woman of your dreams achieve the nirvana of human existence.  In this regard, if you truly wanted  a wedding ceremony that is  faraway from the busy and polluted cities of Metro Manila the Caleruega Church in Nasugbu Batangas is a must see wedding venue.

Caleruega Church (Photo Courtesy: @huygian on Instagram)

Caleruega Church (Photo Courtesy: Gian @huygian on Instagram)

title pic 3 in 1 Package: A Wedding, a Get-away and Reunion

Posted by admin on February 25, 2013

One of the most popular destinations in the Philippines is Boracay, located in the Visayas region of the country in the province of Aklan. The powdery white sands of the paradise capture the hearts of both local and foreign tourists; it is also the ideal wedding destination for the well-travelled couples.

Boracay Wedding (Photo Courtesy: Ann de Leon Perez @anndperez on Instagram)

Boracay Wedding (Photo Courtesy: Ann de Leon Perez @anndperez on Instagram)

But because of its increasing popularity, people assume that having a Boracay wedding is expensive and beyond budget. The truth is, it is expensive if you simply look at the figures of the billing statement before actually contemplating on it. Reality is, Boracay weddings may be the most affordable option a couple can consider.

A local wedding coordinator may charge Php250,000 pesos for a wedding package of 50 guests which includes ceremony in a church and reception, among others.  But despite the six-digit figures, the destination could also be the honeymoon spot. Boracay is such a romantic and sexy place; and staying there for the anticipated first night would not only be memorable, it would also be budget-friendly – no more extra plane tickets and it saves time too.

Another good reason is since most guests would have to travel to attend the wedding, so most probably only the closest people to the couple would be willing to attend. This is the best time to reunite with the immediate families of the couple and the beloved circle of friends. Sharing the precious event with an intimate set of people is the perfect chance for a reunion. It gives more time for the couple’s families and friends to bond with each other, after all from that day onwards those people would become families as well.

If that’s the case, then a Php250,000 budget on a wedding, a reunion and a honeymoon would not seem too expensive after all. Just imagine paying for three major events, for the price of one.

 

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title pic Taking Care of the Wedding Crew

Posted by admin on February 24, 2013

Behind every successful wedding is a dedicated and talented crew. And in these people, though always working behind the limelight is worth taking care of because the truth is, the success of a wedding relies on the happiness of the crew.

Wedding Crew

Wedding Crew

Yes, you may have paid the crew and it’s their job to work hard for the wedding, but it wouldn’t hurt to get them excited about it. These creative people get inspiration from their surroundings, and so if you allow them to be at ease doing their work and making them feel good about it, you can squeeze out more of their creative juices. You’ll never know, they may do something special for your wedding, with no extra cost.

First of all, make sure to provide the crew with meals. It may seem like an additional expense, but as a friendly gesture for doing their best to give you the wedding of your dreams is worth a few extra bucks. But be considerate, providing them with chicken meals from breakfast to till dawn is plain undeserved. Explore other options like asking favor from a relative to prepare the meals on your behalf, if not too much, you should also serve them a balanced meal with enough nutrients to sustain them for the day.

Also, allow them to have a breather every now and then. You may see some of your crew taking a five-minute nap or having a smoke in the alley at the back of the reception hall but it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are slacking off. They may need to rest for a while, most especially on the less delicate parts of the program.  Trust your coordinator and your crew that they are responsible enough to do their job, give them your trust because sticking your nose to every little detail wouldn’t just be rude it can also put a lot of stress on you more than anyone else.

 

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title pic San Sebastian Church: Asia’s First Iron Edifice and Paris-Inspired Wedding Church

Posted by admin on February 23, 2013

Love is a blissful state which harmoniously unifies two romantic hearts as one.  It is the most beautiful and lasting expression of human souls that emanate from the depths of their inherent emotions. As this feeling grows more intimate, it proceeds to a higher level which is legally known as marriage.  This new and exciting chapter in the life of a couple entails thrilling phases of their tedious preparations for a simple or grand wedding.

title pic Choosing the Right Catering Company

Posted by admin on July 10, 2012

I have always considered the wedding reception to be my barometer in determining the success of any wedding celebrations.  The motif of the wedding, the color or style of a bride’s wedding gown, the style of the wedding decorations or the beauty of the church where the ceremony was held are not the factors that are in my mind to consider it as perfect.

For one thing, it takes hours just attending to a wedding ceremony and it is but proper for a wedded couple to take their guests to a sumptuous treat.  The wedding reception is the most important part of the wedding celebration because it is your moment of bonding with your circle of family and friends.

Mind you, as I look at the food served it also speaks of the importance a couple gives to esteemed guests though close a relative or friend one had been.

First and foremost never take the serving of food yourself.  It requires expertise, experience and professionalism to be able to handle the catering of food.  I had the experience of attending one in my barrio and the caterer happens to be a pool of relatives and friends and the result of the reception is one big mess.

So, here are some tips to guide young couples in the selection of a wedding catering service.

Read the company profile to know the credentials of the catering service.    If it is one of your relatives or friends well then there is no problem about that.    But taking a catering service from out of the blue is another story.

Once a caterer has been chosen, lay down your expectations and ask whether these expectations can be fulfilled by them.    After which the terms to be stipulated on the contract so there would be no disputes in the end when it comes to payment.    One should give very clear instructions about your requirements.   I hate being shortchanged for a poor quality of service and a payment is demanded of me.

The food course must be suitable to ones palate, be it the old or the young.    Be considerate if there are friends of yours that are attending and with a different religious belief.

In summary, a reception is the finale to your production number.    Choosing a professional caterer that knows the intricacies in the preparation and the arrangement is the best option.

Most likely they have already anticipated some hitches that may likely have already happened that you may have not thought about.   But as professionals long enough to be in the industry they have already in mind contingency plans ready to be implemented.

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title pic Barong Tagalog for a Groom’s Attire

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As they always say, it’s the “Bride’s Day” and she gets undivided attention once she walks down the aisle.    Not wanting to sound like a voice of discrimination but it’s supposed to be a team.

The focus of attention should be given as well to a groom.  The groom must also be given the kind of attention in a wedding day.   In order for this to happen, perhaps the groom must also be equally conscious of his looks and what he wears.

One gets to notice that in most wedding scenarios the groom prefers to wear a colored suit or tuxedo.  Be it the color of black, blue, grey, white, etc.  Admittedly, it makes the groom look smart and somewhat sophisticated.

However, does the attire look appropriate and comfortable considering that the country is of the tropical kind of climate?   I can just imagine the heat and the sweat the individual is experiencing at that moment.

On an occasion such as a wedding day the groom must look cool, comfortable, formal and smart and so it is just right to come up with a perfect wear to attract the deserved attention of the crowd.

In a Philippine setting, the best attire for the groom to complement the bride’s realm of wedding gown is no other than the Barong Tagalog.    It is the country’s male formal dress as it portrays the individual’s nationalism also.   Just perfect for the groom.

The textures of the Barong Tagalog are made of banana fiber or pineapple fiber featuring hand embroidered designs.     A Barong will look good on a groom when it is matched with a dark colored pant.

As they are made of thin fabric and material it is therefore cool and just appropriate in a warm temperature.  Even foreign nationals wear it as it is appropriate to our climate.

Needless to say, a groom wearing the Barong Tagalog shows the individual’s nationalistic character.  Donning it boasts of a rich and ancient craft, hence an élan and a legacy as it is worn.

Wearing a national formal dress nothing can go wrong with the groom.

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