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Brides & Beyond: An Elegant Bridal Fair (August 2017)

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Think Pink Events is excited to bring you the 7th edition of Brides & Beyond, an elegant and intimate bridal fair. The event will be held on August 5-6, 2017 at the Enderun Tent in McKinley Hill. This is the perfect event for everyone who needs help planning their special day. At Brides & Beyond, engaged couples can find a host of tasteful and reliable wedding suppliers – coordinators, photographers, caterers, florists and stylists, invitations, giveaways, and much more. Couples can choose from either established, big-name suppliers like Pat Dy, Jason Magbanua, Madge Lejano, Nelwin Uy and Spruce Floral Designs, or from more affordable emerging talents in the wedding industry. Either way – you can expect to find great deals and discounts from our curated selection of merchants at Brides & Beyond. If you are a wedding supplier who would like to get up close and personal with thousands of engaged couples, get in touch with Think Pink Events for more details on how to apply. Mark your calendars on August 5-6! See you all there! For inquiries email bridesandbeyondph@gmail.com. You can also follow Brides & Beyond on Instagram @bridesandbeyondph for updates and promos.

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WaWparazzi: Alfred and Yasmine Vargas Prenuptial Shoot in Italy

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Beautiful prenuptial shoot in the romantic cities of Milan and Venice, Italy. Overall feel that we wanted to achieve was romance, elegance and old world charm. Congressman Alfred Vargas looked very handsome and his wife, Yasmine, was equally beautiful. To be able to achieve the perfect shots, the team started to shoot at 5:30 in the morning to ensure that the piazza will be almost empty. And oh how beautiful the photos turned out! Read more of Charisse Tinio’s WaWparazzi articles at 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 world’s newlyweds.

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WaW Before I Do – Speak the Language: The Five Love Languages

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Gary Chapman has given us a very effective tool for communication through his book called “The 5 Love Languages”. In a research he made as to how people express and feel “love”, he discovered that generally there are actually 5 different ways of showing affection. No wonder sometimes despite our efforts to make someone feel loved, we fall short. In many occasions, we do not actually speak the same love language. There are actually 5 languages based on Chapmans’s research (we’ve jokingly added a few more in our group): a. Touch – You feel most loved when you are being touched. You love hugging, holding hands and maybe even more (the skin to skin). When your spouse or fiancee speaks this language, learn to be PDA and avoid excuses like “I’m tired”. If making your spouse is important for you, then it’s not important whether you love touching or not, loving is giving and so you better be there when she needs one. b. Words of affirmation – Bible says the tongue is small yet powerful. It can build people up (encourage) or break people down (cause depression)… but for people whose love language is words, the effects are doubled …

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Bridal Blurbs: Learning and Musings from our Wedding, Part 1

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Before my husband asked me to marry him, I have been daydreaming about how I want our wedding to be. From saving the nice to haves and filtering it down to the bare essentials, the only thing constant to MY own wedding bubble is to finally spend forever with the love of my life. For 18 months since the proposal to the wedding day, we sat down, discussed, pencil pushed, and brainstormed to make the best days of our lives happen. See? Some couples plan for their wedding for one and half years, some even shorter or longer, only for the actual event to happen in just a matter of hours! Wedding planning is reaaaaally a tedious process, and it involves time, money, blood, sweat and lots of tears; and wedding planning will not only involve you and your partner, but also the whole family as well, whether you like it or else. Okay, so you may be reading this entry because you want to know what happens before couples walk down the aisle. I am writing this based on my experience, timeline, and length of preps, which will enormously vary per couple. Are you ready to bring me back …

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WaWies and their Wedding Rings

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Choosing your wedding rings is important because it’s a symbol of the commitment you will make on your wedding day to honor and love your spouse for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, ’til death do you part. Since your wedding ring is something you’d want to wear for the rest of your life, choosing one can be quite stressful. It has to be the perfect style for you and your spouse. Today, we want to inspire you to find your perfect wedding rings by featuring some of the ones chosen by your fellow WaWies. You’ll find an assortment of both traditional bands and other unique styles that will surely give you ideas on what to choose for yourself and your spouse.

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WaW Before I Do: Be Quick to Listen (Communication Part 2)

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Communication is very critical in Marriages or any relationship for that matter. I actually heard a leader say, “There is no such thing as Generation gap, only communication gap!”. Which come to think of it is actually true. Generation gaps would be omitted if only people would learn to speak up and listen. I recently started studying Counseling in Asian Theological Institute because now, counselors (yes, all kinds even marriage counselors) are required to take a board exam and get a license before counseling others. One of the subjects that we took (so far) focused on developing the skill of listening. This subject made me realize how a poor listener I was. As our final paper, we were required to listen to a counselee for 10 minutes, record the whole conversation and transcribe it (not easy!) while only practicing listening skills. The only times we can open our mouth was to share our empathic understanding (if I can even remember what that means), reflect their feelings, track what they said, paraphrase what they said or summarize. Three times my professor had to ask me to redo it because I was not listening enough! Unbelievable but very revealing. I believe many …

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Wedding Destination: Pampanga Year 9

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Looking for a bridal fair in Central Luzon? Then heads up! THE GRANDEST BRIDAL FAIR in Central Luzon, Wedding Destination: Pampanga Year 9, will be gathering the most sought-after and respected wedding and event suppliers in Pampanga and Central Luzon on July 14, 15 and 16 at the Event Centre, SM City Clark. Admission is FREE!!! For details, contact 0917-8139475 or email: eventsandconcepts@yahoo.com.

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WaW Wedding Tip Sheet: Guest List? RSVP? I am stressed!

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One of the most difficult tasks of wedding preparations is preparing the guest list. Why is it difficult? First, there’s the RSVP conundrum — some don’t know it’s a requirement to respond, while others simply ignore the need to respond. A few cultures also dictate that RSVP call outs/text blasts are rude and should not be done. Second, the guest list is a combination of so many individuals, emotions, and cultures. So there will be people asking to include others when you specifically gave a seat allotment already. There will be individuals who need to be seated as far apart as possible. Moreover, there will be people who need to be seated in front even if everyone knows they will leave right after eating. Third, the parents usually make their opinions felt when it comes to drafting the guest list. Stress comes in when space & budget constraints come into play. I’m sure you can think of other reasons. But let’s talk about possible solutions to stressors, shall we? Solution #1: Come to an agreement with your parents regarding the number of guests your space and budget can accommodate. Do this early on so that you won’t feel stressed when …

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WaWies and Their Wedding Shoes

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In planning a wedding, it’s natural for brides and grooms to be very concerned about the look of their wedding gown and suit. However, the wedding gown and suit are not the only important parts of your wedding outfit. Your wedding shoes can make or break your wedding day look. If you have no idea yet what type of shoes you want to wear on your wedding day and where to find it, get a little inspiration from these awesome variety of wedding shoes from some of your fellow WaWies. Submitted by: Ardin and Meg Tuason Bride: Nine West – Php 5,000 (approx.) Submitted by: Daryl and Jacque Parakikay Bride: Heatwave SM North Edsa – Php 2,499 Submitted by: Arvin and Jennifer Maranan Bride: Nina Shoes New York (Vinnie Color: Ivory Luster Satin) – $99 (About Php 3100 after discount, bought online at Amazon.com for a lower price during Black Friday Sale) Groom: Brown Genuine Leather Shoes from Frank Williams – 169 SGD (89 SGD = ~ Php 3100 after discount, bought it at lower price during Chinese New Year Sale in Singapore) Submitted by: Jerico Fernandez & Vanessa Bernardo Bride: Shoes by Veluz (included in the package) Groom: Kenneth …

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WaW Before I Do: How Do I Better Connect

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Have you ever experienced talking to someone on your mobile phone and then going inside an elevator? Right before you enter, you know that you need to give the other party a heads up that there is a great chance that you will be disconnected. Have you ever wondered — What is it with elevators? Is it the steel casing? Is it the solid solid shafts that houses the elevator or is it where elevators are usually located that makes the signal hard to reach cellphones? Whatever it is, technology has not advanced itself enough to secure an established connection in elevators. Surprisingly, many marriages are like cellphones inside elevators. After so many years, the husband & wife are still disconnected. I recently told someone that there is a huge difference between hearing and listening. The former being involuntary and the latter requiring some sort of focus and attention. You might be right in front of me, and you may even be looking at my direction but it doesn’t mean you are listening. Before we go on further — on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being always clearly heard and understood — how do you rate the connection …

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Bridal Blurbs: Why You Need an Efficient Wedding Coordinator for Your Wedding

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When my husband and I got engaged, we knew more or less what we want done on our wedding day. We just needed someone to help us put these ideas together to make our big day uniquely our own in an organized manner. Not only did we ask around for recommendations, we also researched and considered our preferences in searching for THE dream team. Prior to meeting our coordinator, my husband and I sat down and discussed our non-negotiables as a couple, and individual preferences for our big day. We also pooled ideas from family members, friends, and previous weddings we attended to know what we like (and we don’t like) for our wedding and the after party. As soon as we were settled, we discussed our inputs with our wedding coordinator. We booked an on-the-day coordination because we took charge in booking and dealing with all our suppliers. Yes, we planned our wedding during lunch breaks, down times in the office, after work, and during the weekend, and had the coordinator run the show. It was tiring but it was all worth it! I know a couple who opted to hire a coordinator to help them with some of …

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WaW Before I Do: Keep Your Marriage on Fire

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Have you ever thought about Fire? Fire is good for cooking. It keeps you warm when it’s cold. Fire allows cars to move & planes to fly through combustion. However, Fire also burn properties down that results to huge losses and when you touch it without proper protection, it causes pain and even death. So what is it that determines whether fire is good or bad? During the Before I do Jumpstart event where we shared the stage with fabulous suppliers like Ian Cruz (Video), Darlene Salazar (coordinator), Alex Ruelo (Photographer), Madge Lejano (Makeup) and our very own Benz Co-Rana, we talked about Marriage being on Fire. For those who missed it, this article is for you. The fact is, Marriage is really On-Fire ! I shot a celebrity whose father was an actor as well and he said on TV “I don’t understand why my daughter has to spend so much money getting married when they will just separate a few years later. They should have just eloped!” Imagine that statement!!! Today I am proud to say that these couple are still going strong. There is a deep problem today especially if you came from a broken family yourself. …

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WaWies and Their Wedding Day Make-Up

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All brides deserve to look their very best on their wedding day. After all, it’s one of the most important days in their lives. Of course, part of a bride’s look is the perfect bridal gown. But, her hair and make-up are also of utmost importance in showcasing her bridal beauty. Hiring the best Hair and Make-Up Artist (HMUA) then is key! Below, some of our beautiful WaWies share their wedding day make-up and hairstyles, as well as some details on the HMUAs they hired. For more features on our WaWies, please click the links below:

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Bridal Blurbs: Planning a Millennial Wedding in a Traditional Environment

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I have attended a few weddings as a child; almost all of these were as a flower girl. There was one wedding I remember every bit of detail—shiny, puffy-sleeved bridal gown with colorful trimmings, teased bridal hair, and the grand entrance of the couple with swords and flames and, uh, a marching band? My flower girl attire was a beautiful satin gown with semi-puffed sleeves and little flowers on my chest, and oh boy that dress made me itch so much! That’s ’90s wedding for you, from a six-year-old flower girl’s perspective. Flower girl circa 1993. I never thought about how my wedding will look, how I want my wedding dress, or what decors to have until I opened a Pinterest account in 2011. All I knew about weddings back then were the traditions that came with it and its significance in legally binding a relationship between a man and a woman, and more recently, between two individuals regardless of gender. It would be fitting to call our wedding a millennial wedding. I would like to define it as a wedding custom-fit for the couple, cutting out “unnecessary” traditions and keeping ones that matter, and adding a touch of technology, …

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WaW Before I Do: Do your duty!

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We want to get intimate with you in this article by discussing a very beautiful act and yet a highly discreet topic: SEX. You see, during the wedding, the guests brings their gift for the newlyweds as their way of helping them start off their married life. God gives more than a gift. He gives the newlyweds the blessing of sex. Sex here is not the taboo one but a beautiful way to become one with your spouse. It is the best form of communication and intimacy. I know many (not all) couples already pre-opened this gift and tried it before the wedding. This gift may not excite them as much. But for many who waited – this is precious because sex is a true form of worship to God under the blessings of marriage. On their wedding day God gives them their blessing to go forth and multiply. We’ve heard about it and probably watched it in movies… husband asking the wife for sex and she gives excuses like “I’m tired” or “I have a headache” or vice versa. Whenever Monique and I do counseling, one of the first questions we ask is “How is sex life?”. This usually …

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Press Release: Weddings & Debut Expo – Wedding Planning at its Finest!

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Because we know you can’t wait to plan that perfect wedding, Weddings & Beyond will be bringing you The GRANDEST Mid-Year Wedding & Debut Expo for 2017… Weddings & Beyond, Wedding & Debut Expo on May 06 & 07, 2017 at The MEGATRADE Hall, SM Megamall. Expect nothing but pure fun, excitement and hassle-free wedding-planning for you and your partner as we roll out new trends offered only by the best suppliers in the wedding industry, all in one roof! Weddings & Beyond has committed itself into making wedding-planning fun, easy and memorable for all our guests. We always thrive to serve all our clients’ needs, so we have come up with different ways to make your trips to our wedding expos worthwhile. And who doesn’t want freebies? At every Wedding & Debut Expo, Weddings & Beyond will be giving away free Weddings & Beyond Wedding Directory Magazines. Consider it your ultimate source book of wedding suppliers, the W&B directory magazine is published annually and contains a comprehensive listing of wedding suppliers, their works, and helpful tips and articles about wedding-planning. In this way, you can bring part of the exhibit with you at the comforts of your home. So, …