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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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title pic Qualities of a Wedding Photographer

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This is a fact that every couple must realize.  Every young couple will be compelled to shell out a great sum of money to acquire the services of the best photographer for your wedding day.

One is assured of quality products to capture those lovable moments to be treasured in the years to come.  These are treasures to be seen especially by your children and grandchildren.  This is but one of the benefits of hiring an expert.  But there are a lot of benefits to think of in getting their services.

With a professional, one can expect clarity in your photos.  On such an occasion one cannot just leave it to relatives or friends who have taken photography as a hobby.  Never take chances and this is not meant to offend them.

The primary factor in choosing the service of a wedding photographer is their identity in the wedding photography industry.  Not all photographers may be good at taking shots for wedding photos.

There are photographers whose sole line of business is taking wedding photos.  And there are some who may be diversified be it graduations, birthdays or other occasions.   I recommend taking in this kind of photographer whose focus is only taking shots on weddings events.

This implies that they have received and have undergone a lot of training so their photos can be considered to be of the higher grade and quality.    This also means that a photographer has perfected its craft.

Further, a job of a wedding photographer is in a sense a job that is repetitive.   So bear in mind that every wedding where their service is required is a challenge in their profession.   And they try most of the time to bring out the creative juice to make a difference for every couples wedding day.

To every couple, the end result of every wedding photo should be an overwhelming stylishly beautiful and elegant product.  The photos must be able to speak to you like they are being written in a book…engaging, amiable and joyful for pleasant viewing.

Couples can search for profiles through advanced search options on the website.

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title pic Unsolicited Advice worth Taking

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The following are but some unsolicited advice on the budget and venue in the event that couple’s will encounter such thorny and sensitive issue.  What matters most at the end of the day are that issues are resolved with both parties satisfaction in mind.  It is both a win-win solution at hand.

Paying for a wedding

Question: “When confronted by the bride’s family regarding the expenses in the wedding arrangement, must the groom give its consent to pay all the bills incurred?”

Not too long ago, it is the groom and his family who shoulders almost all the expenses in a wedding arrangement.  Unless the groom is financially rich, to give his consent in covering all the expenses in the wedding arrangement may be okay.

To be realistic, given the economics of the times, who pays the bill is a matter of previous agreement among the parties concerned.  The present, the bride and the groom divide the expenses between themselves.  The young generations of today are now financially capable and are financially independent as to their resources.  They now take pains in the planning, implementing and paying for their own wedding.

The key to pulling off your dream wedding and starting a married life on the right foot is to set a realistic budget.  And definitely not a budget based on borrowed money.  Starting a married life in debt is not the best way to kick off.  If you need to borrow money be sure there is a plan in place on how you will pay it back.  Even though you have a credit card to charge it with, still keep track of your expenses in order for you to pay the bank.   When it comes to wedding, budget is the most important element to consider.

Picking a Venue

Question: “Your future father –in- law wants to have the wedding ceremony and the reception in your bride’s locale.  Must you consent to what he wishes for?”

This is a very sensitive matter that must be discussed with your partner to avoid any conflict in the end with your in-laws.  The ideal spot for both families is to pick a location that is centrally located where the ceremonies and the reception can be undertaken.  Focus the search on finding the venue that can accommodate comfortably all your guests and will match your wedding style.  Once a decision has been made that fits your requirement, stick to it.  Definitely this will come out to be a win- win situation to both sides as the site will not favor anyone as to the site’s proximity from one’s place of residence. A recommended spot is the St Pancratius Chapel or locally known as the Paco Park.  It has both the chapel for your ceremony and a wide and spacious park for your reception.  Just hope and pray that it’s a fair weather on your wedding day.  As a tip, give a dozen eggs to the contemplative nuns of the Monasterio de Santa Clara in Quezon City and write to them a prayer request for a fair weather.  It usually always works. ;)

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title pic Yourself as the Wedding Planner

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A question I would like to raise is, “Is there really a need to get the services of a professional wedding coordinator?”   The answer is it depends whether you want it regardless of the budget.

The only positive side that I see in a wedding planner is that they serve to take care of the creative side of the wedding ceremony and reception.  They serve as a temporary alter ego though not on the personal note, to remove the tension on the part of the couple towards their altar date.

Though you may not be an expert and a professional in the creative side of things, I believe everyone is gifted so the best judgment will be one’s personal intuition and artistry.   It may just appear too simplistic or unattractive to one’s guest and visitor, what matters is that it has a personal touch to it.   The ceremony must suit your personality and so the details one has listed can be followed in accordance to your requirements.

So what does one do at this point?  Since planning a wedding should be scheduled months ahead with enough time at your hands, do some research.  Surf the internet and look or browse into several books.  These could assist and give some information and ideas regarding a wedding activity.

Being your own planner, couples can save a lot on the budget.  One need not worry about paying a professional fee.    Also, you can determine some alternatives in the event some things come up to be costly to affect your budget.

The following are some useful tips to organize and plan which can be adapted and amended to suit your needs.

Label every folder with the following details;

  • Budget – keep a budget sheet with assumed prices vs. actual prices and who shall take care of the payment
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title pic On Music: Wedding band or a DJ

Posted by admin on July 9, 2012

Music sets up the mood and it dictates the environment of the event. In weddings, even though the crowd may be hypnotized with the romantic vibe, it is still best to have someone playing a little music to spice up the party.

There are two options to choose from when it comes to wedding reception music. One is to hire a DJ and the other one is to get a wedding band. Either of the two is alright but it really depends on many factors like the size of the wedding reception venue and budget, among others.

Hiring a DJ may be the best for couples on a strict budget. They would cost less and would have thousands of songs available. The newly-weds or the guests can even request for a song and most likely, the DJ has it on his list. Another great thing with DJs is that the music never stops and would continuously be playing all throughout the night. The only problem is when the couple gets to hire an autopilot DJ; a DJ that works in routines and thus, can get a bit boring.

Hiring a wedding band on the other hand, can be a great option too, most especially with Filipinos who love live music and sing along. A band almost never fails to entertain a crowd big or small and the sound quality always beats that of a DJ. The band can also fit a theme of the event and even change their tempo every now and then. The downside however, is that a band would be too loud most especially if the venue is small, the band would also need to rest every once in a while, and lastly, a band can cost a small fortune that should be considered when planning out the wedding budget.

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title pic How to Pick the Host of the Wedding Reception

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All the wedding preparation and the actual wedding can be a lot to handle and that is why having a great time at the reception is not just an option, it’s a must! And to keep the party started (and moving) a great host is what any wedding reception needs. The question lies is how to choose the right one to make sure everything would be great as the day unfolds.

First of all, get a host or emcee with a wedding experience. Keep in mind that a wedding reception will be filled with many mature guests (parents and grandparents) and not all of them may be liberated. A wedding host should know how to be entertaining for all ages. It is one thing to be funny; it’s another to be respectful.

Make sure the host knows the program flow. If the couple gets an experienced wedding host, it’s more likely that the host knows how a usual wedding reception flows. But if the couple wants to add segments which doesn’t normally done in weddings, then make sure the host has a copy of the program flow, the script (if the host wouldn’t do his/her own) and the important names (with photos, preferably) to remember. How disastrous will it be if the host refers to your “ate” (older sister) as the mother, now that would be ugly!

Although not really mandatory, but it’s best to hire a host who has a knack for singing too. A singing host can do wonders like make dull moments entertaining through singing along with the guests. If the couple chooses to hire a DJ, instead of a band, a singing host can really help a lot when it comes to entertaining the guests. A DJ can only do great with coming up with the best playlist for the night, but Filipinos like to sing and to sing it live. Having a host that can sing along with the crowd keeps the ball rolling.

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title pic How to have a Wedding on a Budget

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Life in the Philippines isn’t as easy as before and a wise couple would really put a strict budget on their weddings and just put the rest of the extra money on savings. But keeping it simple and affordable doesn’t mean a couple should settle for less. The couple would just need to be more active on the preparation and crossing out on hiring a wedding coordinator, for one and just do the work on their own.

Most decent weddings in the country could cost on an average of Php 250,000.00 but if a couple is really good with balancing and maintaining a budget, they can spend as little as a Php 100,000.00. But in order to do this, it requires a lot of work, some elbow grease and the help of others (maintaining a good relationship and a strong network could be helpful in this situations).

One key in lowering the costs of the wedding is to keep it simple. Go with the saying: simplicity is beauty. After all, the wedding should be solemn and not the tamed version of the Mardi Gras. So as much as the couple can, it is wiser to book simple reception venues and put a limit as well on the number of guests to invite.

Cutting down on the professional fees could also help a lot in minimizing the expenses. Instead of hiring a celebrated photographer, just assign your best buddy who has a knack for taking photos (who also happen to own a nice SLR). How about not hiring a caterer and just rent out the catering equipment and supplies and just assign the couple’s moms and aunts to cook for the wedding?  Sometimes, the perfect chefs are the one already there in the kitchen as the couple was growing up. It might be a little extreme, but it can be a good option to consider.

Then there goes the wedding gown and suit. Of course, most brides would want the 100 meter veil flowing down the aisle as she walks to the altar. But let’s face it, not everyone is born a royalty. Instead of having the gown made by a wedding dress designer, just purchase a ready-made dress and try to accentuate it with accessories.

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title pic Top 3 Out-of-Town Wedding Spots Near Manila

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Couples who live in Manila may be dreaming of the out-of-town weddings but doesn’t have the luxury of time to go too far, it might be because of work, guests or they just don’t want the hassle of long trips. The good thing about Manila is its perfect geographical placement, where most people can get to great destinations in just a little less than three hours by land.

One of the best places to get married is in Antipolo in the province of Rizal. How romantic is it to get wed under the thick blanket of stars over-looking the night lights of the crowded Manila. Not only is it just a few hours away from Manila, Antipolo also offers a great selection of venues for the wedding reception. As for the church, Antipolo is also home to many churches that a couple can easily visit for an ocular, but it may also be good to include as an option that famous garden wedding of Antipolo.

Going south, Tagaytay is another fine option which prides itself with the magnificent view of the Taal Volcano, a usual tourist destination. The cool breeze of the overlooking reception halls and churches gives a romantic vibe to the occasion. It’s also the best place to have a solemn and peaceful wedding usually best at noon with the famous volcano as the backdrop.

For the couple who cannot seem to get enough of sun, then drive a little further and they will reach Batangas. Batangas is famous for their fine sands and breathtaking beaches. Couples can decide to have a beach wedding or get wed to the famous and historical Caleruega Church. It can also be the best spot for an intimate honeymoon, not only will the couple save a lot of time (since they are already there), they can also save money on the travel expenses since Batangas is just a three-hour drive.

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title pic Pamamanhikan: Between Engagements and Weddings

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In the western culture, when a guy pops up the “will you marry me?” question and the girl says “yes”, wedding plans soon rolls out. But in the Philippines where people have strong family ties and great respect for the family’s opinions, before even reaching the step one of planning the wedding, the guy almost usually need to seek the approval of the girl’s family first thus the “pamamanhikan”.

Pamamanhikan is nothing like the “meet the parents” set-up since most Filipino women introduces the guys they are dating even before they officially become a couple. The Filipino family is very strict and protective of the girls in the family that’s why from the start; they expect the guys courting to have the courage and respect to introduce themselves and their intentions towards the girl.

Pamamanhikan is when the guy together with his family (parents and siblings) visits the home of the girl, to formally announce his intention to marry the girl in front of his family. Sometimes, the pamamanhikan affair may also be done outside like in a reserved venue or restaurant. The guy would invite the rest of the important family members and make the announcement there. Once the family accepts, the wedding’s important details are settled at this point and become a family decision instead of the couple’s alone. These are common situations seen in Filipino weddings or any other important events in one’s life: any preparation and decision always becomes a family affair.

Another traditional practice is the gift giving. The guy’s family usually brings something for the girl’s family as a gift in exchange of their approval. The practice is almost similar to the dowry practice in some cultures.

At this point, a guy’s great relationship with the girl’s family prior to the announcement would come in handy. Since it would be a great foundation for a smooth sailing wedding preparation and married life.

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