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

Posted by admin on July 9, 2012

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 Philippine Wedding Money Dance

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Filipinos can be very traditional and during weddings, Pinoys become overly traditional as well. One custom that are practiced is the money dance. Although, lesser and lesser couples perform such tradition, it wouldn’t hurt to do it because it might be a great way to receive cash as gifts.

Traditionally, the money dance works by having the couple dance separately with other guests. Guests line up to dance with either the bride or the groom, but before they can dance with one of the couple, the guest should pin money on the bride/groom’s clothes.

The money dance can also be like the couple’s first dance at western weddings, the difference is while the couple dances, guests would pin any amount of cash on their clothes, on their aprons (or any garment the couple may wear for the guests to pin their money) or sometimes, the couple carries a basket where the guests can drop in their gifts.

It is believed that the money raised by the couple is lucky therefore it must only be used as a couple’s start-up fund. Whether the couple spend it on home furniture or a car, as long as it is for the betterment of the couple’s life then the money would bring in good luck. But if the money is used on something that is not for the marriage like clothes, liquor, among others then the money will bring bad luck to the marriage. And for Filipinos who can be quite superstitious, this is not a good way to go.

Some couples like to save the money and keep it in a jar. Most of them place it on the altar so that it can be blessed by God. Filipinos are also religious people and doing so, once they offer their start-up fund to God, God can also bless them with good and lasting marriage.

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title pic Wedding Gift Registry in the Philippines

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The idea of wedding gift registry in the Philippines is fairly new unlike abroad. But it may be the best thing that has happened for couples planning to get married.

Without such gift registry, couples could get the most unwanted stuff that they couldn’t really use, or worse, they can receive a hundred pieces of blenders (unless they are planning to put up a fruit shake business, this is a big disaster).  Also, couples who already invested in their home would probably have all the necessities at home so they wouldn’t really need another vacuum cleaner.

But gift registry can also take out a lot of pressure from the guests. Looking for a gist can be a hassle most especially if they are close to the couple. They wouldn’t want to end up with something the couple doesn’t need or like and it may be bad on their part. Through gift registry, the gifts would be something the couple needs and wants, so there won’t really be gift blunder stories to tell afterwards.

The best thing about the local gift registry is that it is available and offered on most major shopping centers and specialty stores. All the couple needs to do is to drop by the store, register the items and let the guests know about it. The guests on the other hand would do the shopping in a breeze. Just look for the items registered by the couple, pick the one that hasn’t been purchased yet and pay for it. Some gift registries even offers free wrapping and delivery on the wedding day.

Then there’s also the online gift registry. Couples can just view and register through the website’s catalog while the guests do the same. Most online registries deliver the items on the wedding day too. Just make sure that the website is legit and credible as the couple needs to protect their guests too because they will be paying the items and sharing sensitive information like their credit card information.

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title pic The Filipino Pre-Wedding Rituals

Posted by admin on July 7, 2012

No matter how modern a Filipino is, one way or another they still go through with the traditional pre-wedding rituals as practiced by the forefathers. The only difference is, the couple may not follow the same steps or even skip some rituals that they feel may be unnecessary.

Unlike the western counterpart, Filipinos do not dive in to the actual popping of question spontaneously. Filipinos like to propose a plan first; dropping in a few hints here and there to check if the woman does want to get married.  For Filipinos, doing a little background check and finding out how the woman’s thought of marriage first is better than unexpectedly popping the question.

Then when the guy feels more at ease that the woman would likely marry him; then there goes the giving of the ring. If the woman accepts (which is most likely since the guy already did the prior check), then a “pamamanhikan” shall be arranged. The “pamamanhikan” is the formal meeting of the two families to discuss the intention of the man, and the details of the wedding (if the woman’s family agrees with the plan).  Such event can be stressful for couples since Filipinos are family-oriented individuals and thus, the family’s thought on the marriage is always important.

Although traditionally, the guy’s “paninilbihan” or laboring for the woman’s family’s approval is done after the “pamamanhikan”, today such laboring is done prior to the first step. The guy usually labors for the family’s approval even at the point of dating so that when such event comes; it would be easier to deal with. And the woman’s family would less likely to disagree when the “pamamanhikan” happens.

If the immediate family already settles with the wedding details; couples are also expected to announce personally the plan to the elderly extended family (the grandparents and if possible, the relatives in the provinces or abroad). Although it’s not as formal as the “pamamanhikan” it is still an important ritual that couples do practice until now.

Finally, when everything else is settled, it’s time to meet the priest. The priest explains the duties and responsibilities of the couple as they venture into the married life. He may also assess if the couple is ready for such big leap and would offer spiritual guidance as well. It is also a pre-requisite that a couple confesses and come clean before the actual wedding as part of the wedding requirement of the church.

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title pic Emerging Color Combinations for Weddings

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A lot of Filipinos commit the mistake of choosing one specific color to lead the entire wedding motif.  And they end up with only one color at every corner of the reception, at the church and even on the sponsors’ attires. It becomes too hardly imposed that it takes away the romantic vibe of the event and end up looking like a campaign propaganda assembly.

Picking a motif doesn’t mean sticking up with one single color and making an effort to overdo it. It just means selecting complementary colors that looks well together and using it to create a great atmosphere for the grand event.

Black and white can be the most popular color combination of all time, it is so contrasting that it looks too well together. It is its extreme differences that make the two a great duo. With these two, couple can add in the extra color and still, it would still look good. Sometimes, nothing beats classic styles and essence.

Beach weddings are big on ocean shades with yellow. The combination gives out a happy vibe which is perfect for humorous couple. It also gives out relaxed feeling, not too much intimidating that guests could just let loose and have a good time. In the Philippines, where beach weddings are popular, this color combination also is quite famous.

For an intimate indoor evening wedding, the magenta-blue-green combination is a great fit. For one, most evening reception has yellowish lights, which reflects best with the three bold colors. Since it is also night-time where pale shades can go unnoticeable, bold colors give out a strong look even from afar. This combination is great for power couples who are leaders in their own respect.

For the opposite poles effect without being too bold, the combination of peony and nickel shades are the best bet. The contrasting masculinity and femininity of the colors works so well together, and it represents the bride and groom as well. Even with the differences, the two colors bring out the best of each other.

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title pic Planning a Beach Wedding

Posted by admin on July 3, 2012

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 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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title pic Classy Wedding Gowns on the Budget

Posted by admin on June 24, 2012

Are you preparing the biggest day of your life?  Weddings are surely something we all dream of – walking down the aisle and showing the world how glowing we are on the day of our wedding. Wedding Gowns seem to be one of the highlights of this event.  It is what all the guests are waiting for to see.  Wedding gowns have been a status symbol of the bride, or if not, it symbolizes her personality.

Long time in the Western Country, white gowns and dresses were only worn in mourning.  In 1840’s white wedding gowns set a status symbol when Queen Victoria  married Albert of Saxe-Coburg, not just because a Queen has worn this color of gown but because being white that it cannot be easily cleaned so that means it can be worn only once.

Wedding Gowns

Wedding Gowns

Wedding gown designs have evolved from simple and conservative to extravagant and daring.  But only one comes into the mind of a bride, her gown has to be classy and beautiful but she has to stick to her budget.  So, where do we find Classy gowns on the budget?

There are actually many dressmakers who offer designing and making the gown on a package.  This package often comes together with the gowns of the whole entourage.  Price depends on how many pairs will be made.  You can get the design you want that fits your budget.

Are you a bride that has a little time left in preparing for your big day?  Try ready made beautiful wedding gowns and scout the area of Divisoria where you can find ready made gowns.  The price range is from 3,000 pesos for a satin made gown.  A sequined and more detailed gown complete with a veil and other accessories may cost up to 6,000 pesos.  For practical purposes having a ready made gown is a best choice.

The bottom line is that the price of the gown you will be wearing down the aisle is not a big deal.  Wedding day is just one day of your married life, and that is what’s more important above all.

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title pic Romantic Beach/Outdoor Wedding

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Every soon to be married couples try their best to have a solemn and romantic wedding venue to set everyone’s mood and to make their guests feel the love they have for each other.  That is why churches are decorated with beautiful flowers.

Filipino Catholic couples are now open to ideas such as bringing their wedding outdoor and still celebrate the matrimony with a Catholic priest.  The wedding venues evolve to having it celebrated on beach resorts and after the wedding rites, everybody would not go elsewhere for the reception. The guests may even enjoy the water after the reception and a wide variety of “gimmicks” can be done to entertain the newlyweds and the guests like having a fire dance performance or a hula dance.  Miles away from a traditional wedding is having everyone travel after the wedding rites in the church to the reception hall, have a little celebration, and maybe have a singer/performer serenade everybody.

Fun and unique souvenirs may also be given away following the beach motif, like flip-flops or beautifully crafted seashells.

But of course, budget wise, beach weddings are twice as expensive as having a traditional one.  Since most couple would need to have their guests travel from the city to the beach resort.  Sometimes an accommodation for everybody would also be needed since the occasion would eat up their time for everybody’s preparation.

Good thing is that some beach resorts offer a package for wedding ceremonies and reception which has an accommodation for everybody too!  Try the beach resorts at Batangas where the sand is white and the water is clear.  Taal Lake and Taal Volcano is a romantic set for wedding also.  Most of them would offer the whole resort for private use on the date of the wedding.  This costs less and more fun!

Tagaytay Wedding

Tagaytay Wedding

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title pic Pro’s and Con’s of Getting a Wedding Package

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Wedding Packages

Wedding Packages

In our busy life today even women do not have an ample time to plan for her wedding unless you take the planning for a year or so.  Most of the soon-to-be brides are working girls as most women are now career oriented.

That is the reason why most businessmen find holding a wedding package very profitable in the Philippines because it serves as a one stop shop for the bride and groom. It is easier for the bride and the groom in planning for the wedding because all they have to do is to meet up with the wedding coordinator for few hours at least once a month for other details that needs confirmation from the soon to be couple.

Most wedding package comes with a wedding planner. It is one of the pros of getting a wedding package.  You can have the wedding ideas that you want and someone will make the negotiations for you.  You just need to tell your ideas, select your choices, and wait for everything to materialize.

There are wedding packages that comes as is. If you would like to add or eliminate something from the package, the price may change.  A complete wedding package starting from the pre-nuptial photo shoot, invitation, wedding rings, choice of the wedding venue, gown and barong of the whole entourage, flowers, sound system for the reception, photography and videography catering services, wedding cake, bridal car, souvenirs, honeymoon venue may cost from 50,000 pesos to 200,000 pesos, depending on the number of guests and the materials that will be used for the wedding.

The downside of getting your wedding in a package is that you won’t have a chance to get the supplies at the lesser cost.  Some wedding packages will not even allow you to change the set of package so another disadvantage is you sometimes won’t be able to achieve the ideas you have.

Whatever you choose on how you want the preparation, it is important that you do not go beyond the budget but still have that nice wedding you have been dreaming without any hassle.

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