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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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