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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, …

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WaWparazzi: Luis Alandy and Joselle Fernandez Wedding

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Things I loved about this wedding : – The venue is breathtaking, with the lush greens and beautifully decorated by Gideon Hermosa. It couldn’t get more romantic than that! – The beautiful romantic gown of the bride, Joselle, made by Jazel Sy. It was a very feminine and flattering cut, with the French lace that made the gown soft and just so pretty. – How the rain stopped just when the wedding was starting. God’s hand was really felt all throughout. – The beautiful rustic setting at the reception area with touches of “The Notebook” inspired prenuptial shoot. This was seen in the kind of guestbook made by Niceprint + the boat gallery of prenuptial photos. Simply wow! – The handwritten note/ vow of Luis Alandy. When this was posted, everyone loved how sweet the message was plus how beautiful his handwriting is! – Their sweet gifts for each other. Luis gave Joselle a complete series of TV show Friends, which happened to be Joselle’s all time favorite. Joselle, on the other hand, gave Luis a surprise painting she made herself. Such a sweet act isn’t it? – The simplicity of the cake – naked, effortless and just simply pretty. …

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Press Release: Brides & Beyond – An Intimate Bridal Fair

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Think Pink Events brings you their annual intimate and most elegant bridal fair – the 6th Brides & Beyond, where only the finest names in the wedding industry both established and upcoming have gathered to be, happening on April 1-2, 2017 at the Enderun Tent, Mckinley Hill. What couple doesn’t dream of a perfect wedding day? The Brides & Beyond team would like to make sure that only the top photographers, videographers, coordinators, florists, jewelers and wedding services in the business are made available to couples in preparing for their big day. We have gathered the biggest names in the industry such as Team Pat Dy, Jason Magbanua, Nelwin Uy, Spruce Floral Designs, Madge Lejano, The Delightful Miss Joyce and much more to give only the best experience a couple can get! Moreover, we are bringing back the #BridesAndBeyondMyDreamWedding campaign wherein you can get free services from the above mentioned suppliers. If you have the resources and ingenuity to deliver exceptional products or services to our couples, shoot us an e-mail at BridesandBeyondPH@gmail.com to apply. Or if you are looking for a curated list of suppliers that offer discounts and special packages for your big day, mark your calendar and …

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WaW Before I Do: The Importance of Wise Counsel

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There was a guy working in our office who discovered that his wife was cheating on him.  He called me for some advice and after hearing him out I told him to give his wife a chance but to make sure she is repentant and that the affair was over. He started crying and said “I’ve asked advice from so many friends and all of them said the same thing — leave her! but after hearing you, yours made the most sense.”  So, he followed my advice and got back together. Proverbs 11:14 says “Where there is no guidance the people fall, but in abundance of counselors there is victory.” Not only in Marriage but anything that we do, it is always good to have good advisors around you. You can never be too good or too experienced to not need one.  And a trusted adviser, gives us a third person perspective about the situation and shows us our blind spots. Here is a sad fact: There are no schools (at least in the Philippines) that offer courses on how to be a better husband, wife or parent.  So, who or where do you go to for advice? With the # of cases of broken families, sometimes we can only look into what we’ve seen …

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I Do In The Sky Bridal Fair

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Known for its scenic location and being equipped with complete entertainment complex, Skyranch records an average of 30,000 visitors per day during peak seasons – summer and yuletide seasons and 10,000 patrons per day during the peak off season. Given these huge number of guest, Skyranch is a strategically perfect location to market your products and services not only to the local guests but most especially the to soon-to-wed couples who will visit the first ever bridal fair series at Skyranch. This bridal fair will help soon-to-wed couples make their dream wedding in Tagaytay more easier by showcasing most trusted and reliable hand picked suppliers from the area. Top notched wedding suppliers as well as fast rising, fresh and brand new suppliers will be present in this bridal fair. Enjoy lots of freebies and prizes to be given away, including the FREE HONEYMOON TRIP in SINGAPORE!

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WaWparazzi: Lloyd Birchmore and Valerie Bangs Garcia Nuptials

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The wedding was held last January 24, 2017 in Asya Premiere, Boracay. Lloyd and Bangs met in the beautiful island of Boracay some 2 years ago thus, it’s just a perfect idea to have their wedding in the same island. The wedding was just full of love. Hearing their vows, what struck me most was: The wedding ends their long distance relationship as Lloydi is London-based. Soon after the wedding, Bangs will join him and settle in London. Valerie and Lloydi suppliers: 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 world’s newlyweds.