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Harry Potter DIY Wedding

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I’ve always wanted a Harry Potter wedding but I was always scared it would look like a birthday party so we initially had a “Starry, starry night” theme; the colors are: Silver, Gray, Navy Blue, Royal Blue and White. However, the Potterhead in me wouldn’t shut up so six months before the wedding, I told my then fiancé that I can make a “Harry Potter” theme work. So we kept the colors which is “luckily” the colors of Ravenclaw which has been my Hogwarts house forever. We wanted to stay on budget so I opted to do the Harry Potter elements wedding by myself. I love DIYs and I felt that I can do this. The invitations were designed by my good friend Arni Santiago and I was the one to print, cut and glue the pieces together. After a few days and a couple of glues emptied, our Marauder’s map invitations were done!  For the envelopes, I always wanted them wax sealed so we bought a wax seal kit from Lazada. I always wanted a unique ring holder and my then fiancé told me I could make a golden snitch and I am so glad I did! And what …

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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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Jericho and Christine

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Jericho and Christine were married last Nov. 22, 2014. Motif and Theme We chose aqua because we are both divers so we wanted something close to the ocean. We also wanted our wedding to be timeless and elegant. What were your fears prior to the wedding? How did you deal with it? I was really worried about the attendance of the guests. A week prior to the wedding and there are still a lot who have not confirmed their attendance or those who gave very vague answers as to whether they are coming or not. In the end, we just made a safe estimate for the caterer and stylist on how many attendees are confirmed plus a buffer table for contingency. Good thing we trusted the advise of our wedding planner.   Church: Notre Dame de Vie Chapel- Fernbrook Gardens We booked the venue one week after our engagement. I have nothing but good words to say about Fernbrook and how our account executive, Kaira, handled our account. Sobrang dali kausap. We brought our own priest, too (my husband’s high school classmate) and had no problems with the chapel. Wedding Planner/ Coordinator: The 3rd Party Wedding Planners With more than 15 years in …

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The Story of the Php100,000 WaW Wedding

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“A Php100,000 wedding? Ang saya siguro kung sama-sama tayo sa isang wedding!” Over breakfast while at Abe’s Farm in Pampanga, these suppliers were chatting when an idea came to them. What if they work together in one wedding? Imagine 15 of the brightest wedding suppliers working taking care of one wedding. How lucky must the bride feel to have these amazing suppliers work on her big day! This simple idea started the ball rolling. It was an idea of a fun project to give one lucky bride to have her dream wedding for just Php100,000. This was a #wawlovinlimangfamilia history. After all the laughter and stories, we were positive we would definitely have fun working together. It would be efficient, too, since we all knew each other already. So we pooled common dates, thought of what we can contribute, and finalized a rate that’s a mere fraction of our fees combined. The Mechanics The mechanics were pretty simple. We wanted a WaWie to become the recipient of this promo because we also wanted to give back to WaW for being such a blessing to all of us. It so happened that it was the 15th year of WaW, thus, the choice of our promo name. Couples sent in entries, we read through them, and …

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Harold and Len

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Groom Harol and bride Len were wed in March 7, 2015. Len is one of the active members of WeddingsatWork YahooGroups. In this month’s WaW Weddings, we are featuring their wedding. Take a look at how to prepared for their big day. Motif and Theme I have always wanted a day garden reception. It seems more relaxed and more cheerful. I wanted it bright and sun so what better color to pick than yellow? What were your fears prior to the wedding? How did you deal with it? They say that sometimes brides-to-be will have nightmares about their wedding day. And yes, it did happen to me. I was afraid of not being able to book all the needed suppliers on time. I was afraid of rain, and that some of the suppliers won’t deliver what was agreed upon. Photo: Jeff and Lisa Photography They were the first ones I booked since I like their clean and non-pretentious shots. I booked them first right after I got engaged since I just fell in love with their shots at my friends wedding. Video: Joaquin Ambata It was my coordinator that suggested him. She said that what’s unique about him is he really makes an effort to make each of his videos unique, depending on the couples personality. …

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Through Our Fathers’ Eyes

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While the wedding day is probably the most exciting moment in a bride’s or a groom’s life, we probably can’t say the same thing for a dad. The day can be filled with mixed emotions. Excitement because there’s a new member of the family. Overwhelming love because all the people that he loves is gathered in one joyous occasion. At the same time, there’s probably a teeny bitty of dread because it feels like losing someone. In some cases, the dad may be either sick or has passed on. But even this may be the situation, couples still find a way to make them part of this beautiful milestone. Our love for our dads run deep. And today, Father’s Day, we show you how much dads love our brides and grooms. Bring out the tissues, everyone.

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50 Golden Years for the Golden Couple

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I wrote this piece before the untimely death of my father on May 26, 2015. It’s unfortunate he did not get the chance to read this. This is a tribute to his marriage to my mom. -Abet Wedding anniversaries are not a celebration of perfect marriages. We all know there is no such thing. Rather, it’s a celebration of imperfect couples choosing to stay together despite the problems and imperfections. My parents, Boy and Perla Rana, should have been celebrating their 50th Golden Wedding Anniversary exactly today. But it was not meant to be. The date was June 7, 1965 when they exchanged I dos. But I guess it wasn’t a wedding the kind of wedding my parents had envisioned. Lumban Express My hometown in Lumban, Laguna played an pivotal rode in the marriage of my folks. It was the mid-1960s, way before I was even conceived, when my dad accompanied my mom to his hometown as she stood as ninang in the baptism of the eldest child (Ate Cecil) of my dad’s older brother (Tito Celso). Mom had to spend the night in Lumban before they head back to Aurora province where my mom’s parents stay. My mom then was staying in a …

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Toto and Nicolai

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We had a chat with recent bride, Nicolai, about her ranch-themed wedding, to her now husband, Toto Villaruel, held last March 18. She is not a W@Wie but she belongs to the W@W Universe. Nicolai Melicor Wedding Photography, herself a wedding supplier, is used to the hustle and bustle involved in a wedding preparation. We were curious about what it was like for her being the bride this time. The wedding was held at El Kabayo, Subic, a western-inspired venue in Pampanga. The wide open spaces of the ranch, surrounded by trees and white picket fences, was the perfect backdrop for Nicolai and Toto’s dream wedding. The entire wedding setup –from the dressing of the tree, to the six long tables that accommodated 50 people for each, from the invites and the calligraphy on small chalk boards, to the bean bags and art materials at the kiddie table, was a collaboration of many great artists from the industry who excitedly worked on making the couple’s dream wedding a reality. Every detail had a different supplier assigned, but all of them had one concept in mind. According to the guests, the styling of all areas were on-point to the theme which …

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Mom’s Unconditional Love

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Mum. Mom. Inay. Nanay. Mama. Whatever their names may be, moms will always be a big part of any bride’s or groom’s life. And no wedding will be complete without giving them honoring them. Today, Mother’s Day, we honor the women, who will always be our #1 fan.. Happy Mother’s Day!    

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Cecile and Lemjay

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Groom Lemjay Lucas and bride Cecile Jagua were wed in May 3, 2014. Many W@Wies from 2012 to 2014 know Cecile (and Lemjay). She was active at the Weddings at Work Yahoogroups and event went to meet-ups and parties. She was so active in the W@W community that Benz herself agreed to be their wedding ninang. It was no wonder she received the “Always Present” Award during the W@W Grand EB of 2013. Let’s take a look at how their wedding came to be: The Preparations Lemjay was based in Singapore, while Cecile was in Manila. Despite being in a long-distance relationship, this didn’t stop them from being hands-on in preparing their big day. Cecile joined W@W a month after getting engaged and the community provided her the sounding board she needed. “I found sisters/brothers na naiintindihan ako and no need to explain pa our two-year engagement.” W@W helped Cecile and Lemjay complete their roster of suppliers with reputable people since joining the community gave them access to feedback from fellow brides and grooms. Who are their suppliers, you ask? Read on. Church: San Antonio de Padua They booked Hacienda Isabella and asked for recommendations regarding nearby churches. San Antonio …