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Wedding Gifts: 4 Surprise Favorites of Brides & Grooms

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If you’re one of those people who prefer to give actual wedding gifts, then be sure to check out this list for thoughtful ideas that would please any bride and groom.  (You’re welcome!)

Though we can all agree that weddings are a lot of work for the bride and groom, their families, and their suppliers, the average wedding guest usually encounters a couple of puzzles along the way too.  There’s always the dress code to decode.  The additional color palette always increases the difficulty to the I-have-nothing-to-wear level.  Then there are the wedding gifts, which are sometimes as easy to figure out as Manila weather.

Deciding what to give the couple can be tricky, which is why many guests usually choose to hand over envelopes instead of wedding gifts.  Let’s face it, giving the bride and groom a check is not only less complicated, it’s also usually what they want the most!  But if you’re one of those people who insist on getting wedding gifts for sentimental or financial reasons, or if you were personally raised by etiquette guru Emily Post, then we’ve got you covered.

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Wedding Budget Basics: 4 Questions You Need to Ask

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Wedding planning can be overwhelming, but knowing these wedding budget basics can help you get to the big day—without going into debt or resorting to selling your internal organs.

You’ve got the ring and you’ve been floating on Cloud 9 for two weeks.  Then the big question hits you: How are we going to pay for all of this?  While planning a wedding can be seriously stress-inducing, realizing the fact that you need to pay for all of it is enough to cause a nuclear meltdown for the average couple.  Going through these wedding budget basics one-at-a-time is, therefore, necessary if you want to avoid an all-out Armageddon. 

During the exclusive #TopKnottersChat last November 16, Summer Reyes Carullo of VRC Creative gave our Twitter followers professional (and free!) money-related advice.  Read on for the second part of our recap, solely devoted to the wedding budget basics you need to know. Continue Reading →

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Trim Your Wedding Budget! 5 Unique Ways How

Trim Your Wedding Budget

During the exclusive #TopKnottersChat last Wednesday, wedding planner extraordinaire Summer Reyes Carullo of VRC Creative gave our Twitter followers professional (and free!) crucial money-related advice.  If you missed it, let us clue you in on how to best trim your wedding budget!

If money grew on trees, we might do a Cristalle and hire a party boat to shuttle our guests across Lake Como too.  But because spending millions to get hitched remains a fantasy for us, we’ll have to work, work, work within a realistic budget to make our dream wedding come true.  It’s not as bad as you think—when you know where to start cutting.  Here’s our breakdown of all the crazy creative things you can do to trim your wedding budget, brought to you by the #TopKnottersChat (Stay tuned for more!).

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Bali Destination Wedding: Easy Tips For Wedding Planning

Bali Destination Wedding, Mayad Studios

Considered by most as an exotic remote island, Bali is actually one of the top locations for destination weddings.

Aside from the romantic resorts and seaside views, there are two important reasons that make it a perfect location for a destination wedding. One is the abundance of wedding suppliers to choose from and the range of activities your guests can do while on the trip for your wedding.

Activities aren’t only a way to add excitement and have something to do for your guests. It is also a way to get your family & loved ones to connect and know each other better.  A wedding is a merging of two families, after all.  And Bali has a lot to offer in this regard.

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Wedding Memorial: How to Honor Your Dearly Departed

Wedding Memorial

How do we honor our dearly departed when they can no longer be with us on our wedding?  Having a wedding memorial or two is a heartfelt way of sharing this joyous occasion with them.

When news that Bongbong Marcos had walked Isabelle Daza down the aisle reached our Facebook and Instagram feeds, we all wondered why.  Then our collective hearts broke when we saw Bob Nicolas’ SDE, saw how the bride fought to keep her tears at bay.  Now we know: Belle’s dad had passed away just months before the wedding.  Her wedding memorial was having her dad’s closest friend give her away now that he couldn’t do so himself.

It’s every couple’s dream to have all their loved ones present during their big day.  After all, how many of us secretly wished that our own father-daughter dance could be just as epic as in the viral video above? But sometimes we have to say goodbye sooner than we’d like.  Here are five ways to help make up for that lost opportunity to have your dad dance to ‘N Sync’s “Bye, Bye, Bye” with you.

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Bridezilla, Begone!  6 Ways to Banish Wedding Stress

Everybody knows that the bride is always the most beautiful person in the room.

Maybe it’s the excitement of starting a new chapter of her life that brings an undeniable glow to her face.  But we also know that planning a wedding can be incredibly stressful—so much so that some blushing brides have been spotted transforming into a bridezilla instead!

The bridezilla is not an urban legend.  She is real and can sneak up on you when you least expect it.  So we asked married couples, especially brides, for advice on how to keep their inner monsters at bay on their big day.

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Wedding Day Regrets: 4 Things You Should Avoid

wedding day regrets

For many people, their wedding is one of the most highly-anticipated days of their lives. Couples spend so much—not just money—but time and energy to ensure that their big day unfolds like a fairytale.  But even though their weddings were a dream, many admit that there were some details that could’ve been better.  Some might dismiss these as minor. But for others, they have quite a number of wedding day regrets–and they’re speaking up so future brides and grooms can avoid them!

We asked real-life brides to spill their own wedding day regrets.  Take note and be sure to avoid these like the plague!

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10 Engagement Session Tips That Will Give You Better Results

Engagement Sessions are one of the most fun, exciting, tiring and sometimes stressful things couples will experience in their lives.

When we featured Emman & Myla’s Bedazzling Bolinao engagement session a while back, it seems the couple gained a lot of from that experience as they had a lot to say in terms of the tips they have for others planning for their own prenup session. This is also why we have this separate post just to share their insights. Hope you enjoy and find their rundown useful too!

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How To Maximize Wedding Fairs In A Day

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Wedding fairs are such a big help for soon-to-weds as they go about preparing details and hunting for suppliers.

What could be better than having a variety of wedding suppliers all under one roof?

While this is just amazing, it can be quite overwhelming too, believe me. Imagine going to a place where there are at least a hundred wedding suppliers to check out. But then, despite the fact that wedding fairs normally last 2-3 days, it’s likely that a couple would get to attend only a day of the fair due to busy schedules. Combing through hundreds of suppliers in one day with the self-imposed pressure of finding the perfect ones is not necessarily a walk in the park.

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4 Reasons To Check Out Joe San Antonio’s Bridal Collection

Bridal Collection, Joe San Antonio

Artistic style with the use of exaggerated motion, yet with clear details, to produce tension, drama, grandeur and exuberance aptly describes what Joe San Antonio’s latest Bridal Collection is about.

For most brides, one’s wedding day is that dream event where she can get to wear her dream gown and unapologetically be the center of attention. It’s a chance to be as simple or as dramatic as you want with your look on your special day.  For those who want to go a bit bold & dramatic yet sweet & romantic, there’s no need to look any further. Here’s a bridal collection from a very talented wedding couturier who not only creates beautiful gowns but is also known to easily make her clients feel at ease and surprise them with her customized designs.

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