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WaW Before I Do: To Vow or Not To Vow

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I’m saddened that some churches actually do not allow vows. Think about it… What’s the point of not allowing it? Does it make the wedding too long? Are we doubting the couple’s capability to know exactly what to say? Does it make the wedding too dramatic? Whatever the reason is for not allowing, I think the reason for why we should outweighs by far why we shouldn’t. For me, vows are sacred therefore is the most important part of the ceremony. I always tell the photographers that I train – there are 2 parts of the wedding where you can anticipate the most tears – the bride’s entrance and the personal vows. I don’t think I need to expound on why. It was a touching moment when a friend of mine actually asked me to help him organize a surprise renewal of vows in Boracay. One of the things that he said for his vows was “I have to admit, when we first got married, I was merely repeating what the priest said but did not mean any of it. Now I want to give you my real vow.” Everyone was in tears specially the fact that all those around them …

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WaW Wedding Tip Sheet: Ento Etiquette

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A friend is getting married! Yay! I’ve been asked to join the entourage? Yay! After the initial giddy feelings, you might ask, “What exactly is expected of me as a member of the entourage?” Allow us to answer your question.  It is becoming common for brides to ask their entourage to share in the cost or to shoulder the cost of their gowns. If budget is too tight, let the bride know so she can make adjustments in her entourage list. Giving her the cold shoulder or putting her in your “seenzone” list just makes the bride anxious. She doesn’t know if you still want in or out. So better to say so as soon as you’re told you need to shell out for your dress as your gift to the couple.  6. You might be asked to give a message/speech. Prepare for it. Don’t just wing it on the day. You will sound like you’re rambling and you might even cause people to leave. Instead, write your outline. Think of what should be in the message. Is it an inside joke? No need to include it. Is it a story that will make the other side appreciate the bride/groom, …

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Events: Weddings & Debuts Bridal Fair

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The Wedding Library’s Weddings & Debuts Bridal Fair 2018 is already set to be held on February 16, 17, & 18, 2018 at the Megatrade Halls 1, 2 and 3 at SM Megamall. Entrance is FREE! Just text your name/s to 0917-8877248 or register here. Also, get a chance to win P 10K for coming and P 100K for booking. See www.weddingsanddebuts.com.ph for more details.

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WaWparazzi: Arthur Solinap and Rochelle Pangilinan Wedding

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Here are the highlights that everyone loved about the wedding: Oh, what a beautiful gown by Michael Cinco! Everyone were at awe with Rochelle’s gown. The details were just so exquisite. The song presentation of Ogie and Regine were just so beautiful. Star studded event! Almost the whole cast of Eat Bulaga were there, including the Ninongs TVJ – Tito, Vic, and Joey. Fireworks display right after they went out of the ceremony area was so magical. The reception venue was so beautifully designed by Michael Ruiz. It was truly elegant and enchanting. The same day edit video moved and inspired so many people! In fact it reached almost 1M views in just 12 hours. The vows of Art and Rochelle moved so many to tears. Must watch video above! The bride looked so radiant and stunning. Juan Sarte did her beautiful make-up. The groom surprised the bride with a lovely song number, “The Way You Look Tonight”. The bride, on the other hand, surprised the groom with a spectacular dance number, specially prepared by Rochelle along with her ex – Sex Bomb dancer friends. The beautiful invitations with lasercut tree design plus a wooden box engraved with their wedding …

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(WaW Before I Do) Coming Clean: Starting the Marriage with a Clean Slate

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As part of the church requirement in getting married, we attended a pre-marital seminar with our mentor and discipler Edric Mendoza. In one of the sessions, Edric told us about the importance of entering into the marriage with a clean slate and asked if there was anything that we had to admit to each other. We both paused, Monique looks at me as if saying “Do you have anything to say or divulge?”. I find myself confessing “I have kept this a secret but I have a child”. She closes her eyes and puts a little smile on her face and says “with whom” and I replied “it was with the one from my second affair. He is 5 years old now.” Our discipler acted really cool as if it was no big deal and mediated “Thanks Jong. How do we move on from this?” and I said “Well, I’ve been supporting the kid but I’ve never seen him. I dread the day when the boy grows up and looks for me and asks how come I’ve never been there for him.” Monique calmly replies, “if he is really your child, then it is the right thing to support him and …

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Bridal Blurbs: Learning and Musings from our Wedding Day (The Big Day)

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(Note: Read Bridal Blurbs: Learning and Musings from Our Wedding, Part 1) My mom woke me up at 6:30 AM. I had time to take a bath and eat a very hearty meal, thank goodness for breakfast buffets! The very first supplier to arrive was my HMUA team. I was still having breakfast when she called, and it was just 30 minutes before the 8:00 AM call time. After breakfast, we went upstairs to my room and set up the make-up stations for the female entourage. I have already changed to my blue romper, and everything was happening in a blur. We started primping up at 8:30 AM, and just in time, my lovely coordinator arrived, then my florist, who came with my beautiful tulip-and-rose bouquet. My room was abuzz with people coming in for styling, taking footage and photos, so I sat back and just enjoyed the moment. After all, I have properly turned over our things to our very efficient and reliable coordination team. Come lunch time, we ordered food from the fast food chain just across the hotel. My bridal assistant handled it well, from coordinating its entry to distributing it to my family. However, there were …

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Events: Here Comes Thy Guide Bridal Fair (Season 2)

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Visit and book Tagaytay’s Premiere Wedding Suppliers this October 14 & 15, 2017 at Tagaytay International Convention Center (Plenary Hall) entitled “2017 Here Comes Thy Guide Bridal Fair”. Door opens about 10AM- 8PM. FREE ADMISSION. Some of the reasons you don’t want to miss joining Here Comes Thy Guide Bridal Fair! From the moment you enter, you know you are in for a special day! Save the date. Meet and book your event supplier in Tagaytay. Don’t miss this fabulous wedding planning experience brought to you by: ​Stat Events and Trends; Creating the happiest memories! Register now at www.herecomesthyguide.com.

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Events: I Do In The Sky Season 3

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Come & Join the most talked about Bridal Fair in the South!!! I Do in the Sky Bridal Fair Series. Experience the Biggest and the Grandest Bridal Fair as SP Events and Mgt./Shuttersteve Events bring to you not only the top of the line wedding suppliers of the south but also the fast rising yet affordable, elegant, good quality and competitive wedding suppliers that will be perfect for your once in a lifetime event. I Do in the Sky Bridal Fair showcases the vast variety of choices from your desired venues, hotels, caterers, couturiers, florists, make up artists, photo and video, invitations, souvenirs etc. Make your wedding preparations and planning easier and exciting with I Do in the Sky Bridal Fair, the Biggest and the Grandest Bridal Fair in the South on November 18-19, 2017, 9 am – 9 pm at Skyranch Tagaytay. Just pre-register online and GET A CHANCE TO WIN A HONEYMOON PACKAGE IN SINGAPORE!!! To register and for more information and updates, follow I Do in the Sky on Facebook/Instagram: @idointheskyweddings and Twitter: @idointhesky or contact # 09959873854 | 09274836142.

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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 …