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Clark and Millie: 3 Life Lessons You Need to Learn Now

Clark and Millie

Early this week, the internet was abuzz with the story of a groom who couldn’t make it to his own reception, and the bride who stayed by his side ’til death did them part. Read on for real love and life musings from the story of Clark and Millie.

Clark and Millie first met in 2003. He was eighteen, and she, twenty-three. Over the course of the next year, they had a child and got married in civil rites but, before long, Clark had to leave for the US, only getting to visit his family every two years. Clark had long promised to Millie that they would get married in front of the altar. On July 12, 2017, he made sure that he would keep his word—even if it would be the last thing he did.

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Bridal Fair Cheat Sheet: 6 Steps to Conquering Your Next Fair

bridal fair cheat sheet

Keep your sanity at your next fair with our bridal fair cheat sheet! You’re most welcome.

No matter how much you’ve looked forward to your special day, there will come a point during your planning stage when the music fades and you feel like giving up. Our guess? That point came while agonizing over either your guest list or your suppliers. So we’ve taken upon ourselves to compile our very own bridal fair cheat sheet, and hope it saves you some money on painkillers. As for your guest list, well, that’s another story.

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Choosing A Bridal Gown For Your Body Type

Choosing a bridal gown

Most brides will attest to this: one of the most important decisions during wedding planning involves choosing a bridal gown that is just perfect for you. We asked a few industry insiders for advice to help you (finally) decide on yours.

The perfect wedding dress sometimes seems more like a mythical creature when you’ve tried on twenty, thirty RTW gowns and find you still cannot make up your mind between that princess ball gown or the sexy lace mermaid dress. Some brides have worn two dresses on their big day—probably because they couldn’t decide on just one. But for those of us who can’t afford that kind of luxury (because we need to be practical adults every once in a while), choosing a bridal gown that will flatter our God-given features seems almost impossible.

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Solenn and Nico Show Us 5 Ways to Recognize True Love

Solenn and Nico, Jason Magbanua

Can you imagine a time when Solenn and Nico didn’t know each other? Yet now they seem perfect together. We’ve dissected their wedding film for signs to recognize YOUR true love. Remember to keep your eyes open because he/she might just be lurking around the corner!

On The Top Knotters, we feature weddings and engagements—so-called success stories in the department of love. But anyone who has ever attempted to get into a relationship or even just had a crush has most likely also felt the soul-crushing effects of heartbreak at least once in their life. It’s all sorts of salt-in-your-wounds, I-can’t-stop-bingeing-on-ice-cream, my-life-has-lost-all-meaning painful! And when it reaches such a low, we start doubting if we will ever find love again or if, indeed, love exists for such imperfect human beings such as ourselves.  Enter, Solenn and Nico.

We’ve all seen them pull pranks on, poke fun at, and profess undying love for each other on their Instagrams. So how can we not believe in divine providence when we consider the truth that, ten years ago, Solenn and Nico didn’t even know each other? And now look at them: they’re inseparable!  It must be true love.  So we’ve taken it upon ourselves to dissect their wedding film (which was as spectacular as can be expected from Jason Magbanua) to discover the secret to recognizing true love when it comes for us, bow and arrow and all.

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Juday and Ryan Show Us 7 Ways to Keep the Flame Burning

juday and ryan

Juday and Ryan, who are celebrating their anniversary today, are showing us what real #RelationshipGoals look like—and how to achieve that!

It takes a lot to make a marriage work and last. And we mean A LOT. So whenever we see a more mature couple holding hands or going out on Fridate nights, we can’t help but wonder how they managed to still be in love after all those years—when sometimes we feel like strangling ourselves when the hubby forgets to put the cap on the toothpaste tube, or when the wife keeps nagging us to do just that. Juday and Ryan (surnames optional), who celebrate their eighth year of being married today, are just one of the celebrity couples whom we look to for this kind of #relationshipgoals inspo.

Though their marriage is still relatively young, Juday and Ryan have shown an admirable sense of maturity throughout their journey as a couple. So now, upon the release of the wedding video from their seventh year anniversary and renewal of vows, we’d like to share with you our thoughts on how the couple has kept their marriage strong all along. Read on for our breakdown and to watch the film by Jason Magbanua below.

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Bridal Makeup Battle: 5 Professional MUAs Compare Airbrush and Traditional Makeup

bridal makeup

To be or not to be? To airbrush or not to airbrush? These are just some of the questions playwrights and brides have been asking themselves for eons. Let these five in-demand makeup artists guide you towards the light!

There are millions of pages and threads devoted to discussing bridal makeup. If you’re not careful, you could get sucked into a time vortex just reading one article after another. But since time is gold and we have limited supplies of both, we thought you’d like to hear from some of the country’s most sought-after makeup artists and get the answer once and for all. Airbrush or traditional? It’s not as easy as you would think. Read on for precious insights, straight from our Top Knotters! Continue Reading →

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Delicious Wedding Favors: 5 Homegrown Goodies You Need to Try

delicious wedding favors

If you love food (and you should, unless you’re a robot), then you need to consider giving away these delicious wedding favors on your big day! Here are our suggestions curated from five homegrown brands.

There’s no denying it: Filipinos love to eat! Most of our social activities are centered around the dinner table. And *sigh* with the inadequate number of public spaces such as parks or libraries, our go-to hangouts have become cafes and restaurants. But even though we sympathize with you and your expanding waistlines (trust us, we know the feeling), we can’t keep such good stuff a secret much longer. Here are five delicious wedding favors you might want to try, all from proudly Filipino companies. Get them for your ninongs and ninangs, or just try them out for fun! They won’t disappoint. Pinky promise.

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Before I Do, Go Bargain-Hunting! At the 28th B.I.D. Wedding & Debut Fair

Before I Do

Who wouldn’t get all giddy and excited at the thought of marrying the love of your life? Who?!? But Before I Do can happen, a lot of preparations (maybe a few debates over where to sit your constantly inebriated distant uncle) need to first take place. If you want to be a savvy bride, you can’t miss the 28th Before I Do Wedding and Debut Fair! April 1-2, 2017 at the Megatrade Hall 1 in SM Megamall.

Why go to bridal fairs?

Orchestrating your dream wedding can take its toll, not only on your bank account, but also on your time. Naturally, you want to get the best suppliers that suit your needs. Most couples take a long time reviewing portfolios, doing taste tests or ocular visits, and the like. Going to bridal fairs is an efficient way to meet the ones you’re already considering, but also to survey all the suppliers out there. After all, you might be missing out on some gems if you just rely on the super popular ones!  What’s more, suppliers usually offer insane discounts when you book them at bridal fairs! If that isn’t smart spending, then we don’t know what is.

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Gifts for Men: 4 Unique & Quirky Gifts He’ll Absolutely Love

Everybody knows looking for gifts for men can be tricky. So here are a few unique and quirky, mostly DIY gifts that our male readers themselves confess to absolutely loving!

We love Love as much as the next person. But Valentine’s and other special occasions have sometimes got us scratching our heads.  For one thing, getting THE perfect gift makes us feel like high school students trying to build an egg parachute to be thrown over the fourth storey window.  You only have one chance lest everything breaks apart…  Okay, so nobody serious actually breaks up over crappy gifts, right?  But it’s a sincere desire to make the other feel loved that drives us on this quest. So we decided to help our readers out by coming up with this list of unique and downright quirky gifts for men; your guy will thank us!

Now you might be asking, why gifts for men? Well, just because we’re also a bit in love with all things Korean, we wanted to share this little trivia with you. In Korea, Valentine’s Day is traditionally known as Red Day, wherein it’s the women who usually give chocolates to the man in their life.  Although the practice has since evolved, we’re taking inspiration from this tidbit for our Valentine feature.  We asked our male friends and readers to tell us the best gifts they ever got that made them feel extra special and loved. Below are some of our favourite answers. See which ones you can take inspiration from!

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Wedding Videography Greats: 3 Pros Reveal Their Favorite SDEs

wedding videography greats

What happens when you ask professional wedding filmmakers to name their favorite SDE apart from their own? They remind you who the wedding videography greats are!

Last week, we rounded up some established and up-and-coming talents in the Wedding Videography industry to add variety to your Vimeo playlists. (Read the viral article here!)  This week, we asked some of these very talents to select their favorite wedding SDE from 2016.  The catch? It had to be from someone other than themselves. In the end, it was as if these pros were choosing their bets among the wedding videography greats of the Philippines.

We’re NOT saying this is a definitive list of the best in the business.  Art is subjective, we all know that.  But we have to admit that the names that popped up on this list didn’t surprise us so much.  After all, these filmmakers have been widely considered as wedding videography greats by so many print and online publications, as well as award-giving bodies.  Without further ado, we’re listing them here in alphabetical order so you don’t accuse us of playing favorites!

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