Ways to ask your Entourage to be part of your Wedding

Asking people to be part of your special wedding VIPs – your Primary Sponsors (Ninongs and Ninangs), your Best Man, your Maid of Honor, your Man of Honor (for that extra twist), your Secondary Sponsors, your Groomsmen, your Bridesmaids and even the kids, both Bearers and Flower Girls – those who will play a vital role during and after your wedding can be quite nerve wracking. There is actually no specific answer based from our experience since it really depends on the couple and their “closeness” with the chosen potential Primary Sponsor. But remember before you act on it, think a lot of times if your chosen potential ninong or ninang will be really “fit” the role to stand beside you in front of the altar and vow to commit to God to be your second parents not only because your parents said so, or they’re politicians or probably the richest person/couple you know of but because they also embody great values and character traits that you guys respect. This is a huge responsibility that is way beyond the expensive gifts or the thought that you would be rubbing elbows with the rich and famous.

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Wedding Supplier Review: CHOCOLATE CONFECTIONS Souvenirs

There are a lot of souvenir suppliers but not everyone offers quality and affordability. Below is our supplier review for our Entourage Souvenirs — CHOCOLATE CONFECTIONS

  • Supplier Rating: 5/5
  • Mode of Communication: Email
  • Contact Person: Ms Maribeth Santiago

The box in red and black with gold ribbon by Chocolate Confections. Photo credit by one of our guests

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RTW, Rent or Customized Wedding Gown?


Credit: Mel Orlina

This has been a serious topic for me during my preps especially since we’re on a tight budget. But because I couldn’t really ask my ex-fiance about details things when it comes to my gown, I’ve asked my mom, my close girlfriends and a lot of women who have been married or is going to get married like me at that time. Unfortunately, they have different views about it which made me more confused. And every time I would go to the mall, to different wedding gown boutiques and ateliers, like Rosa Clara, Pronovias, to name a few, I would be more than confused. More so, whenever I would read blogs and see wedding videos of celebrities with their jaw-dropping bridal gowns! I’m always left with the question.. now what?!

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WAW Online Bridal Fair 4

The most anticipated and the only Online Bridal Fair in the Philippines takes place this week as W@W (Weddings At Work) launches it’s 4th Online Bridal Fair on June 21-23, 2017. Just like these past 2 years, all you have to do is to click the image to be directed to the site to book/reserve your desired wedding supplier. Awesome discounts, freebies and promos awaits! Interestingly, some of our awesome suppliers are also included! So better mark your calendars now! ❤️

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Who should really prepare for the wedding? Bride or Groom?

Brides lang ba dapat ang kikilos to prepare for the wedding?”

I have been asked about this a few times and kahit OC bride ako, the answer is NO. Here’s my take based from personal experience.

If you have the means, no problem with budget, hire the best possible Full Coordinator and let them do everything for you. You can just say yes and no at ganun din si fiancé mo. Kumbaga let your money work for you.

But, if you’re a budgeted bride like me, overseas based ka man or not, you need your fiancé to help you with everything.


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Common Wedding Miscellaneous Expenses

Wedding expenses can soar as high as 100% more of the budget that couples would initially prepare. Most likely this is from a lot of miscellaneous expenses that couples would sometimes forget to include in the initial stages of wedding budget costing probably because of too much excitement and confidence in themselves thinking that they won’t go overboard. But, realistically speaking, it’s rare for couples to go less than their intended budget after paying all the wedding expenses.

In a separate post HERE we listed the usual things that needs to be highly considered when doing your own Wedding Budget Costing. Below is a list of the most usual miscellaneous expenses that couples would tend to overlook or some won’t even want to include in their total wedding budget expenses. Because of this attitude, some couples would be shocked to know that their wedding expenses excel sheet would go overboard way beyond their own financial capabilities. Again, we strongly recommend to have your own separate wedding budget buffer/wedding emergency fund of at least 30% in cash/or in the bank that would only be touched in case you really need it on-the-day of your wedding.

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Bridal Bouquet Checklist

Flowers specifically bridal bouquets would always be part of a wedding even though not all brides like to have their bouquet fresh. But, since this will definitely be a centerpiece in a bride’s attire, aside from the wedding gown of course, choosing the best possible bridal bouquet is quite difficult especially with the tons of ideas all over Pinterest!

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My bridal bouquet by Gary Dacanay. Photo by Myio Okamoto

Based from my personal experience, it took me months to really decide on how my bridal bouquet would be like. Thankfully, I was able to get expert advise from my florist/event stylist, who really know what he’s talking about. For starters, below is the checklist that I used when decided for my once-in-a-lifetime bridal bouquet!

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