They say that your wedding is the start of a brand new life for you and your husband-to-be. The celebrations, the special occasions, the social events– those are all just the beginning. For even as you put together everything you need for your dream wedding, you will be learning a lot more about each other, from the most trivial quirks to the most important details.
How you each prioritize, or manage finances, or solve problems are some of the very useful things to know during your wedding planning stage, sure. But even more, mundane stuff from preferences in food, music, or decor, and even how you entertain guests or interact with each others’ family and friends also come into play.
Brace yourself for an exciting bridal fair this July 6 to 8, 2018 at Megatrade Hall 3, SM Megamall for the 33rd Before I Do – Wedding and Debut Fair! It is the longest-running intimate bridal fair of its kind, with over 70 vendors, each with special promotional offers exclusively for soon-to-weds.
Event vendors such as Diamond with Love Jewelry Shop, Elaine Celestino-Makeup Artist, J’s Diamond Jewellery, GQ Mobile Bar, Mick Perez, Les Alajeras, Cactus & Canvas, andProject Bliss Life Stories are all eager to be of assistance in helping you plan your big day. Also featured are fellow exhibitors Manila Diamond Studio, Gemline Jewelry, Studio 1 Photography, Coco Melody, Make Up by Miss A, Nelsy Ernst. Pro Make Up, Bounce Events Ground, Robert Camba Catering Services, Print & Co., Photoman, and AMI Jewels who are all giving great discounts and freebies for on-the-spot bookings.
Tosca & Xavier’s story could very well be a plot for a romantic movie aptly entitled ‘Melbourne to Midlands’.
Imagine a young Filipina moving to a Melbourne to pursue her career. Fairly new to the city, she meets a Fil-Australian guy in a club one random night. They eventually get to know each other better and find out that they’re so different from each other. Yet despite everything, somehow, they just hit it off and love blossomed. Fast forward to 9 years after, they find themselves back to their roots, saying their ‘I do’s’ in the scenic Madre De Dios of Tagaytay Midlands.
Staying connected is important, especially to help you get through that definitive first year of marriage (aka The Paper Year). We’ve consulted Lissy Puno, a Singapore-based counselling psychologist and marriage guru to give us some tips on how to preserve or rekindle that connection with one’s spouse.
Recent close encounters with (not the third kind but with) newly married couples reminded us of two things. One: adjusting to married life is often difficult and poses a very real threat to your sanity (can we get an “Amen”?). And two: it’s been months since we promised a follow-up to this article on the challenges newlyweds face. For both, we are truly sorry. But don’t stay mad at us for too long! We’ll try to make it up to you by sharing these tips for staying connected with your spouse as relayed to us by Singapore-based counselling psychologist Lissy Puno.
There’s no doubt about it: Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding was an affair to remember. If you’ve got the fiancee, we’ve got the hacks to help you recreate their royal affair for your own wedding. Read on!
When Prince William got married to Kate Middleton in 2011, the internet went rabid with posters that said, “Keep Calm. Harry’s Still Single.” We were definitely not calm as we watched the live telecast of Harry and Meghan’s wedding last night. In fact, our collective hearts were completely aflutter at the sight of our beloved prince finally getting married—to a woman who dared to give love another try. Sigh. Happy ever afters do exist. Tiwala lang!
“I want to spend the rest of my life with this woman”
These were the words that were running through Benjie’s mind when he finally decided he is ready to pop the question. Criselda was taken by surprise when Benjie brought her to a place that had a special significance to them. It was one of the very first few places they went to for their dates which has now become the backdrop for their memorable Sofitel marriage proposal.
“I wasn’t expecting the proposal that night. I actually thought that he just forgot to buy me a Christmas present and decided to take me out to dinner instead.”
Benjie and Criselda were high school mates and college course mates but Criselda was one batch lower. They have worked together as part of an art committee during college but their friendship never grew from there. It was only when they got reintroduced to each other that they were able to reconnect, get to know each other and got closer. After a year, they officially became a couple.
Some would say that college is the best time of one’s life. You’re old enough to have a certain level of independence, young enough to have the energy to study, party, engage in extra curricular activities, even work on the side for some. But something that can make college life all the more fun, memorable & exciting is when you actually find your college sweetheart and lifetime love.
So, it’s no surprise that Joven & Thesa wanted to relive and capture this significant chapter of their lives for their prenup session. This is the time when they first met and became friends.
“It’s where the foundation of our love began. Our ‘College Sweethearts” theme depicted our young love that matured over time”
They say that home isn’t a place but a person. Perhaps this idea can be extended to weddings too, wherein it’s not the wheres and whens but the whos that matter most. Mil and Pam’s intimate wedding is proof that a milestone is still a milestone—no matter how many people there are to witness it.
In Philippine culture, the word “family” conjures up images of relatives down to the fifth degree (or further). So wedding parties often range from big to grand to half the population of New Zealand. While we’re sure plenty of couples have wanted to have an intimate wedding, very few actually go that route.
Meet Mil and Pam, a couple who enjoys exploring the world together. They celebrated their fifth year of being together with a trip to Japan—and ended it with a proposal, a picture-perfect jump start to a new chapter in their lives.
But the couple wanted to walk the road less-traveled. That is, they wished to celebrate such a momentous event within a tight-knit circle. And when we say tight, we really mean it. Can you imagine inviting only TWENTY people to your wedding? That probably only covers your siblings and parents right? But Mil and Pam prove that intimate wedding and Filipino can exist in the same reality. Read on for the scoop on how they accomplished such a feat.
Organizing a wedding is a cinch compared to the many challenges facing just married couples. To help you get through that definitive first year of marriage, we’ve consulted Lissy Puno, a Singapore-based counselling psychologist who is also a marriage guru in her own right.
Most just married or soon-to-wed couples are level-headed enough to know that married life is nothing at all like Cloud Nine (operative word: most). But the reality is, you’re never truly prepared for that first fight, first scream fest, or first walk out. So while we might not be there to literally hold your hand through the difficult first year of marriage (we have our own lives you know), we’ve taken it upon ourselves to do as much as we can to help.
Just Married: When the Honeymoon Ends
Marriage is a walk in the park. That is if the park were the Grand Canyon, and you’re forced to carry a 60L backpack while walking barefoot through the whole thing. In short, it’s friggin’ hard!!! And the first year is the hardest. Fights can start even before the honeymoon ends—and over the smallest things too!
“We had our first fight over salted egg. My husband was used to it being sliced, but where I came from, we peeled ours.” – Babes
“I was leaving for a work trip. My wife had taken a dump but the flush wasn’t working. Because I was feeling so much pressure at work, I ended up shouting at her over it. There was a lot of crying. I ended up missing my flight and rebooking for the next day. We laugh so much about it whenever we remember that fight.” – AE