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WaWies on Their Prenup Locations – Part 1: Metro Manila

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The members of the WaWie community have always been generous about sharing their experiences in planning their wedding. We thought it’s about time we share some of them here on the blog. We surveyed some of the WaWies and asked them to share their prenup locations and photos. We received a LOT of entries, from local prenup locations to those abroad. For now, let us share with you those who had their prenup shoots in venues within Metro Manila. Stay tuned next week for WaWies On Their Prenup Locations – Part 2: Out-of-Town.

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#Uncomplicate2016

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Interested to learn more about wedding photography? Then you have to check out the #Uncomplicate2016 Wedding Photography Workshop, happening on November 15 to 16, 2016, now on its 3rd year. Learn from Toto Villaruel, Nicolai Melicor-Villaruel and the rest of the Team V! For more information, email uncomplicate2016@gmail.com.

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Wawparazzi: Paul Jake Santos and Kaye Abad Prenuptial Shoot

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When I look at Paul Jake Castillo  & Kaye Abad, I am reminded me of the quote “What is meant to be, will always find its way”. And just like their love story,  our experience on the day of their prenuptial shoot, was nothing close to easy – as it was raining so hard most parts of the day. But just like the quote, despite of the weather not cooperating, we were meant to have beautiful, effortless photos. Kaye as pretty as she is the first time we laid our eyes on her in “Tabing Ilog” as Eds ………. ………. and Paul Jake, as handsome as he is,……… ………. were at their most gorgeous because of their real happiness which radiates in every photo we took. Special thanks to the team behind this Official Prenuptial Shoot: #TeamNiceprint, RabbitHole Creatives, Mk Qua And Aries Manal, JayLizelle Santillan of Light and Sound Tech (LST Mobile) for the bubble machine and fog machine. Read more of Charisse Tinio’s Wawparazzi articles at www.weddingsatwork.com/category/wawparazzi/. Fan mode on high as WaW columnist Charisse Tinio brings us behind the scenes of the latest celebrity weddings.  Charisse, the business maven behind Nice Print Photo, delivers the juicy inside info on the entertainment …

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Dream Themes by the SM Group and Wedding Essentials Magazine

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SM Group and Wedding Essentials Magazine present DREAM THEMES, a roadshow featuring Wedding Essentials’ most coveted section in collaboration with some of the most sought-after event stylists, wedding suppliers and SM brand affiliates. Be inspired, as the premiere wedding magazine in the Philippines joins SM to give you a variety of tablescapes that will surely capture every bride’s persona. Choose from several of our themed set ups which will run in SM’s top city malls. FIRST LEG: SEPTEMBER 28 to OCTOBER 4, 2016 II SM MALL OF ASIA MAIN ATRIUM (across French Baker) Featuring tablescapes by Gideon Hermosa, Teddy Manuel, Joyce Aguilar and Michael Ruiz. For more information, visit Wedding Essentials Magazine on Facebook.

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WaW Before I Do: 3 Things I Hope You Are Doing In Your Marriage

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Monique & I both love traveling. We love traveling with our families (even if packing, waking them up is a pain) but also at least once or twice a year, we also make it a point to travel by ourselves. I know for many hands on responsible parents, this is a huge NO-NO! Kids should always come… right? But what if your marriage is damaged, won’t that affect your kids too? Saying No to “time alone” says this — if we focus on being good parents being a good spouse will follow. May I correct you? It’s actually the other way around. When you become a good husband or wife and your kids see it, you are actually modeling a good example for them to follow. So I’ve come up a list of three things that I believe every family should be doing so that your marriage will be strengthened and so will your parenting. 1. Pray together out loud – this may get intimidating at first and sometimes in our family, my kids Ezra and JD would actually even point fingers at each other on who would go first. First of all, I show them that it’s never a …

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Tadhana 2016 Bridal Exhibition and Fashion Show

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Wedding Essentials Magazine Philippines, the country’s top wedding guide for the modern Filipina bride published quarterly in Manila, is inviting everyone to their upcoming event called Tadhana 2016. Tadhana 2016 is a bridal exhibition and fashion show to be held on Saturday, October 1 at 5:30 PM, at the Fiesta Pavilion, Manila Hotel. For more information, email: weddingessentialseditorial@gmail.com or follow Wedding Essentials Magazine on Instagram and Facebook. You can also view the event page here.

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AISLE DO: FILIPINIANA-INSPIRED WEDDING DETAILS (PART 2) – NAPKIN RING SINAMAY

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In this column, Ernest Pascual of Bespoke Manila talks about how to DIY your Filipiniana-inspired wedding. With the help of Adrian Ardiente for photos, Ernest shows you how to add these personalized touches for your wedding. A Filipiniana-themed wedding is becoming more and more popular these days. Here are two great ideas to help you come up with a truly memorable fete. Napkin Ring This DIY project gives a more unified look for your table set-up. Here’s how to do it. Step 1: Cut some ribbons and sinamay. Step 2: Secure the fringed edges of the sinamay with glue stick. Avoid any skin contact with the melted glue. Step 3: Add a gold ribbon on top of the cut sinamay. Step 4: Decorate the band with buttons and acrylic stones. Bespoke Tip: Ask the caterer for a sample piece of napkin which will be used during the reception for you to determine the correct size of the napkin ring to be crafted. This DIY is the second installment of Ernest Pascual’s Filipiniana-inspired Wedding Details series. You can check out the first installment HERE.

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WaW Bridal Fashion: More To Love

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A few weeks back, I received a request from one of my readers to write something about plus-sized women and bridal fashion. A friend commented that this is a unique request but I actually think the opposite: being “plus-sized” is more common than we think. Sure, I have a lot of brides who vow to lose 10-15 lbs before their big day and mind you, they stay true to their word. But there are also those who prefer to be the same girl that their fiance proposed to, curves and all and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. In fact, it is a fine way to celebrate one’s natural shape. I do, however, believe that curvy women can look more fabulous if they just keep in mind the following: Mind the cut I have said this over and over again, it is more important to find a silhouette that suits you than to keep up with the trends. Whether you’re stick-thin or on the healthier side, you will always benefit from wearing a gown with a flattering cut. Have an enviable hour-glass figure? Make sure the gown is cinched at the waist. Short-waisted? Try an empire cut. Pear-shaped? Go …

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Bridal Blurbs: Bridal Fair Blues

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Bridal fairs are not new to me and my fiancé. Before we got engaged in 2015, we have attended a few while we were organizing his brother’s wedding in 2010, which is why I can say that we kind of knew what we want for our wedding even before he proposed. Couples who are planning to wed may scope out the wedding industry by visiting bridal fairs to benchmark how much they should spend for the most necessary supplier down to the littlest detail needed (or wanted) for their big day. Let’s admit it, some suppliers who are very visible online don’t come cheap, while some suppliers have little to no online presence at all, making it hard for soon-to-weds to see their sample works. A number of these suppliers take advantage of bridal fairs to showcase their products and/or services, and that’s where you and your partner should be to see their actual work. Bridal fair organizers usually announce their event at least three months before the actual date, so couples can plan their trips accordingly. Part of the planning process you need to do is to pre-register online. Why? While the door charge on the day of the …

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WaW Wedding Tip Sheet: Did You Include These In Your Budget?

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Often, one computes the budget according to supplier categories — food/catering, attire, coordination, emcee, photographer, videographer, sound system, projector, musicians, florist, etc. Because such is the case, other items that should be in the budget are forgotten. What are these items?   a) Crew Meals If you will take time to read every contract you signed, you will see this notation. You can get the headcount from the suppliers, or you can ask your coordinator to handle getting the headcount as well as the meal allowance requirement if you’d rather not provide the actual meals. If you will provide meals, you can just stick to getting the number of heads and the number of meals that need to be provided. Meal allowances are between 150 and 250 pesos per head, while actual crew meals usually range from 150 to 450 pesos depending on the source. Please inform your supplier within the week of your wedding if you are providing meal allowances and not actual meals. That way, they can incorporate buying and/or eating out in their schedule/timeline. (In all truth, this is hard to do given the fast pace of preps, but informing the suppliers ahead of time that they …

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WaW Before I Do: Becoming Closer

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We’ve organized the “Before & After I do” www.beforeidoworkshop.com 21x the past decade. Recently, I’ve been thinking, for couples who attend who are not fully surrendered to Jesus and for whatever reason do not read the Bible (either busy or they don’t believe in it) and perhaps some may even be there happy to pick-up a nugget of gold or two (selective in what they are to accept), what probably is the topic that they most find not clear or hard to swallow. Aside from the wife submitting to the husband, I guess it would be this diagram. What this says is, that if you want to be closer to each other, the only way to do this is to get close to God. Do you get the point? A non-debating Christian would probably agree, a normal Christian would probably ask some questions and a cynical person would ask the following questions: If you look at it at a normal person’s stand point, the questions do make sense and so in this article, I would like to give clarity to it and stress out why I believe this principle is correct. The main point in layman’s term is this: “You …

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Aisle Do: Filipiniana-inspired Wedding Details (Part 1) – Table Number

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In this column, Ernest Pascual of Bespoke Manila talks about how to DIY your Filipiniana-inspired wedding. With the help of Adrian Ardiente for photos, Ernest shows you how to add these personalized touches for your wedding.   A Filipiniana-themed wedding is becoming more and more popular these days. Here are two great ideas to help you come up with a truly memorable fete.   Table Number One of my pet peeves as a coordinator is to see table numbers which do not jive with the theme. Imagine, your event stylist has gone through the difficulty of creating a beautiful tablescape only to be spoiled by the generic-looking, ugly table numbers. Here is one way of numbering your tables which is suitably used for a Filipiniana-themed wedding. Here’s what you need: Here’s how to do it. Step 1: Paint some white glue on the number and carefully place glitters on it. Make sure you brush off and gather the excess glitters. Set aside and let it dry. Step 2: Cover one side of the illustration board with gold wrapping paper. To do this, use double-sided tape covering all corners. Cut the excess wrapper. Step 3: Cut sinamay according to size and …

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Bridal Blurbs: Nifty Apps You and Your Fiancé(e) Can Use While Planning Your Wedding

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Note from Mimma Benz: Am happy to have on board as our columnist, Kassy Pineda. She’s a Wawie who will write about her adventures and experiences as bride. Her first article is lifted from her Tumblr Account talking about how to survive in this digital age of planning. Please welcome Kassy to the WaW Fam! Here’s the scenario: You (or your fiancé[e]) own(s) a desktop or a laptop, or if you two are of the techy kind, you own a tablet. Because seventeen or more years in school and/or work requires you to be equipped with basic knowledge of tinkering around MS Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, you use these applications to help plan your wedding. But, alas! Your twelve-year-old laptop crashes…on the ground. Your desktop tower suddenly refuses to cooperate because of that motherboarding motherboard. Or your tablet gets stolen. Did you keep all your updated files in a USB or did you back it up on a hard drive? No? Darn. Okay. Something similar happened to me a few days back. You see, I’ve been using my work laptop for my personal use (sorry, boss!) since I turned over my six-year-old Macbook Pro to its new owner, my colleague’s …

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Crafty Party Inspirations At A Handmade Affair

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Note from the WaW Team: Check out this one of a kind event that doesn’t only focus on wedding planning alone but on planning for other parties, gatherings and occasions as well.  Add a touch of whimsy and alternative to your gatherings with A Handmade Affair: Crafty Celebrations & Wedding Expo! Happening this August 20 and 21 at the Bridgetowne Tent along E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave, QC, expect creative inspirations to make affairs, from kiddie parties to weddings, the stuff of DIY dreams. Don’t miss out on these: Top L-R: Nikki Garcia, Artsy Cutsy, She Dreams In Ink; Mid L-R: Pulseras by Kim, Make It Blissful, PrintCafe; Bottom L-R: 400 Lux, Space Garden, Indigobaby A Weekend Filled With Workshops Learn calligraphy, paper flower making, photography, journaling, watercolor, bento making, dish garden making, amigurumi, and paper cutting! We’ll also conduct talks on jewellery making, breastfeeding, and baby wearing. Add that DIY touch to your celebrations with these workshops. Free slots are being given away, so sign up now to join! SIGN UP FORM: https://goo.gl/9pfbB8 Thanks to Nikki Garcia, Make It Blissful, PrintCafe, Bossmarx, Space Garden, She Dreams In Ink, 400 Lux, Pulseras by Kim, Artsy Cutsy, and Indigobaby for the workshops! …

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WaW Before I Do: 10 Financial Tips Before Getting Married

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1. The Great Huddle Find a time to sit down and discuss all financial matters between you and your fiancé. In this huddle session, you are to be transparent regarding your financial status. It’s like presenting your Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) to each other. Here you can have a clear picture of how much each one earns, spends, invest and in some cases what kind of debt you will be marrying into. This meeting is a MUST because it gives you a framework of the life and lifestyle you will be having as a married couple. 2. Seek a Financial Counselor to see how to merge your finances We are strong believers in seeking help to build a strong foundation of marriage. You may want to attend financial learning seminars like the Family and Finance Seminar. You can opt to sit with a financial adviser to help give you direction and can help build a 5- year plan for your family finances. 3. Set up your first budget as a couple. You can start putting down both your monthly income in an excel file column (make sure its net of all taxes and benefits such as …