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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.

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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 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 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 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 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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