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title pic Filipino-Themed Weddings Must Haves

Posted by admin on July 2, 2012

Philippine Wedding Cathedral

Philippine Wedding Cathedral

Most Filipino couples dream of the wedding at Manila Cathedral or any other historical churches or basilicas in the country that’s oozing with culture. But the location shouldn’t be the only thing that couples can do to have a sense of heritage on their wedding day: the key is to have that Filipino-look too. And here’s how:

Flowers can do magic when it comes to setting up an ambiance. The Philippines is home to many flowers that boast with beauty and aroma. Decorate the church with sweet-smelling Sampaguita or Ylang-Ylang, turn a simple reception hall into a garden filled with Gumamela and Waling-Waling, also known as the Queen of Philippine Orchid and make a bouquet out of Everlasting Flowers that symbolizes a love that lasts a lifetime, the native flowers wouldn’t only turn the ceremony into all-Filipino, it will also make the event seem like paradise.

The attire shouldn’t be left out from the theme as well. The Philippine national costume Barong Tagalog and the Baro’t Saya (Filipiniana) are world-class designs being praised by many fashion experts abroad. The simplicity and gentleness of the men’s barong paired with the femininity of the Filipiniana reveals more than beauty but also a rich and flourishing culture.

A wedding’s playlist is also very important in setting a mood and theme. To capture the very essence of the Filipino culture, choose to play all Original Pilipino Music (OPM) not only during the ceremony, but even at the reception. Playing both classics and latest Filipino songs would surely make the guests appreciate and grasp the wedding’s theme.

And lastly, every effort would not count if the food doesn’t complement the theme. Filipinos are foodies by nature. They enjoy a good meal and expect one during major events such as wedding. Be sure to get a Filipino food expert caterer that will serve more than Lechon and Bangus, but someone who can imprint the country’s history through every dish he serves.

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title pic Wedding Budget Survival

Posted by admin on June 24, 2012

Going about a wedding plan is stressful.  Here as follows are some tips to ease away headaches and perhaps just go with the motion and flow towards the wedding day.

You know very well that you are financially independent.  Consider this planning for a wedding your “Baptism of Fire”.    Understand what details are important to you.   So, set priorities.  Why, because it determines how you will go about in planning or allocating a budget while raising a family.  Since this is after all the end result of the celebration.

Wedding is a celebration to be shared to all and everyone.  Ask yourself, “What matters most to us?”  Determine if it’s a need or a want.    Then, decide on the top three (3) most important elements to be one’s priority.

In the top three devote much of the time and allocate the funds as needed.   Stick to a reasonable wedding budget.   Next, pick the least three elements, also as to time and expense.

In deciding your choices ask yourself practical and pragmatic questions.   Must the wedding go on a limited or unlimited budget?    Must the guest be limited or unlimited?     Must it be formal or an informal wedding?   This is just but some of the questions to be probed and asked about together as a couple.

Noticeably and perhaps admittedly, the Philippine culture gives much importance to parents in coming up with the least of guests to be invited.   These are you close kin’s or relatives, and close family friends.

Having decided on the number of guests on each side be sure to stick to it.   Your choice must be based on priorities and a lot of considerations.   Never feel a sense of guilt that the uninvited will be offended or overlooked.    Ideally, it should be on an equal number of guests.   This is, of course, the traditional set-up.

There is an option to deviate from the norm.   As young professional of today make your own wedding lists.   Be sure to trim them down and not to add up the guest list.   One needs a meeting of the minds in order to appease everyone.

In the reception, limit your dinner to three (3) courses but still amazing to the palate of your guests.   For sure you can still have a tasty meal on a budget.

A Filipino wedding is indeed a family oriented celebration.   It is a gathering of close friends and kin or a reunion of relatives.

So the number to show up and be counted should be done strictly, especially when you send out the invitations.   That is the importance of the RSVP.

Remember, a wedding need not be fancy.  In the context of the principle of matrimony the heart of the wedding is the vows said for each other and with a priest blessing your union.

It is this simplicity done in a sacred and holy manner, with all the elements of dignity and the charm of simplicity that matters.

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