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title pic Planning a Beach Wedding

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The Philippines is home to many beautiful beaches, it is a sanctuary of breathtaking sceneries. Having a wedding right there on the powdery sands of the warn shore that snuggles in between the ties, would be the perfect setting to start a long lasting commitment. But planning a beach wedding requires more time and effort. Even the weather seems to be a great factor and so couples who want it, may need much time on their hands for the planning process.

Beach Wedding Philippines

Beach Wedding Philippines

Unlike traditional weddings where the seats, tables and caterers are available left and right, beach weddings may not have the same luxury. Although many resorts have readily available facilities and equipment for the occasion, couples may still need to talk with several suppliers like photographers and florists for the extra fees they may need to charge for the travel.

Then there goes the season. The Philippines is a tropical country which have the best summers and the worst rainy season. No matter how excited the couples are to get married, they need to consider the month least likely to rain like the usual summer season from February to May. As for the time, sunsets are always the best time. Aside from the fact that it sets the best romantic mood, it is also the least humid making it the most convenient moment for the occasion.

Couples should also allot more time for the preparation. Most weddings require six months for the well-planned traditional weddings but for beach weddings, it may require longer than that. It would also entail a lot of out-of-town trips to the location for pre-wedding preparations and oculars. A couple should also prepare spending a bit more since beach weddings require more staff and since it  requires travel, some of the most important guests’ transportation might be expected to be handled by the couple.

The good news is, since it is a beach wedding, it is less likely to be formal. The guests wouldn’t be expected to wear extremely formal dresses and suits, instead, the wedding could go with a hula-inspired reception where everyone can just let go and have a good time.

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title pic On Choosing the Wedding Church

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Wedding Church

Choosing a Wedding Church

All couples dream of the happily-ever-after weddings on a magnificent and classical church. But the place’s beauty shouldn’t be the only thing that a couple needs to consider. A lot of factors should be lay down before finally saying, “Yes, this is the church for us!”

Location is still the first thing to consider when picking up the church for the wedding. It should be close to available reception areas, it should be accessible (unless the couple wants an out-of-town trip and it would just be wise to check in a hotel for the event), and lastly, it should be near the guests too. It might be the couple’s day but they also need to understand a wedding wouldn’t be as special if the people close to their hearts couldn’t be there to witness it.

Another factor to consider is the cost of the church. Weddings are the best reason to splurge but in today’s economy, it is better to be practical. Always make a budget, which most wedding coordinators would do, but if the couple is handling it on their own, always put into consideration which parts of the wedding needs more budget, and which parts can be cut down a bit.  The couple may be ready to splurge and be a runner-up for the wedding of the year, but after all the glitz and glamour; a married couple should also have enough saving left.

The least factor couple considers is the parking space, but in fact, it should be one of the most important. Just imagine a wedding of 300 guests with only 10 parking slots. That would be a disaster. The guests would have to park on their own spots a few blocks away, walk all the way to the church, and then walk back to the car to get to the reception. Of course, the couple have their car right there waiting, but be sure the guest would have a good time as well. They are there to celebrate with you, if they are put into so much hassle, it wouldn’t be impossible for them not to be in a celebratory-mood afterwards.

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title pic Top 3 Unconventional Wedding Spots

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Couples today are getting more and more unconventional. Some like to jump off a plane while saying their vows and some even like to swim underwater with marine life witnessing their love.  Unconventional weddings are the new trend, but excluding the too extreme options, couples can have other options that may not be too traditional but still remain sacred and solemn.

For the couple who is environmentalist and appreciates the great outdoors, the La Mesa Eco Park is the best bet. The 33 hectare environmental wonderland offers five different areas, all of which presents a view that could make the couple more at par with Mother Nature. And since it’s only located in Quezon City, couples wouldn’t have to go on a long trip to get close with nature. It wouldn’t cost too much as well since the park offers its facilities starting at Php 5,000.00.

La Mesa Eco Park Wedding Venue

La Mesa Eco Park Wedding Venue

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title pic Post War Wedding Churches

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The ravages and turbulence of the Second World War have brought back the wedding sites to its prominence for the elites and the common populace to choose from.   However, the existence of the parish churches, the towns and provincial churches steadily became their practical choices through which past generations of couples marched down the aisle.

Some popular wedding churches worth mentioning in those post war golden peacetime years were the Church of St Vincent de Paul, better known as San Marcelino Church, the Ermita and Malate Churches.

The Church of San Vicente de Paul was built in the year 1912, the fiftieth (50) anniversary of the arrival of the congregation of the Vincentian priest and brothers to our shore, alongside with the arrival of the Sisters of Charity.  Previously, it was built as a chapel in the year 1883 and became a parish church of the district of Paco from 1898 to 1909.

Malate Church

Malate Church

Malate Church is a baroque style of architecture which faces the waters of Manila Bay.  It is one of the oldest churches built outside the walls of Intramuros by the Augustinian Recollects in the sixteenth (16th) century.  The church undertook a series of re-construction and repair starting in the year 1762 to 1763 when the British took refuge after attacking Intramuros. By the year 1868 it was damaged by a strong typhoon and lastly, the damage it took during the Second World War of which it was restored to its present condition.

Ermita Church evolved from hermitage housing with an image of the Blessed Virgin Mary known as Nuestra Senora de Guia (Our Lady of Guidance) in the late sixteenth (16th) century.   Ermita district gained prominence as the area teeming with American residents and eventually setting up such pronounced establishments as the Army and Navy Club.

Stories are told by the older generation during the hard days of the Japanese occupation, the churches of Ermita and Malate were favored sites of wedding celebration sans celebrations of a grand scale.  There were times when couples had to rush saying “I do’s” before they get caught by the sound of the air raid siren.

At present, these churches representing our culture and history are in demand for couples with the taste and love of antiquity and classic ambience.  Though old fashioned in their choice of sites for their wedding feasts, it seems these churches still intensifies one’s emotional experience if a wedding celebration is to be planned..

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title pic Marrying Month in the Philippines: December and June

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Marriages in many parts of the world follow a pattern in scheduling their date with the altar in keeping in tune with the rhythm of seasons.

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Young brides of yesteryears and perhaps also of today are thrilled to be called as “June Brides”.  In the Philippines the marry month of June for couples to schedule their wedding day was influenced with the coming of the American colonizers.  Thomasite teachers intermarried with their fellow American colonizers or brought their mates over from the mainland for a summer wedding in our country.

The name of the month of June as it is called was derived from an imaginary character of the classical mythology namely, Juno.   Juno is the daughter of Coronus and Rhea, sister and wife of Jupiter and Queen of heaven.    She was an exacting and jealous wife, taking severe vengeance upon the numerous mortal maidens of whom Jupiter became enamored as well as upon their offspring.  She was the mother of Mars, Vulcan and Hebe. In the Trojan War she was on the side of the Greeks.

It was the Romans, too, who named the thirty days after Juno.    June as the month of weddings appears divinely ordained.    She was the patroness of marriage and fertility and by extension of wealth and finance.    Worshipped as Juno Moneta, she held court in Rome at her temple which inevitably was the Roman mint.  Weddings purposely celebrated in the month of Juno hope to secure for the bridal pair an abundance of her blessings, a well stocked nursery and a bulging purse.

Hence, a  knowledge of the classics and an acquaintance with the imaginary characters of ancient mythology which have been such an inspiring influence to writers of all ages, have greatly added, too, to one’s enjoyment of literature, art and conversation.

However, it seems that among the customs and traditions, the month of December and not June is the marrying month.   The rationale is that after the harvest season is over there is enough money to spread and spend with the celebration of the Christmas season and likewise enough money to spare for the wedding feast.

December also happens to be the special month of husband and wife, father and mother, home and family because its feasts are a celebration of marriage and parenthood.      The Sunday after Christmas is the feast of the Holy Family, with special blessings for husband and wives, fathers and mothers.

How long a relationship will last as a family is of utmost importance than a wedding feast.  And probably, regardless of the month and season, the lasting relationship of married couples is far more reaching than the glitters of gold and money one has in their possession.

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