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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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Rustic Vintage Beach Wedding: Niza & Andoy

rustic vintage beach wedding

Having a beach wedding just two years after meeting each other may sound like an impossible dream for some. But for Niza & Andoy, this is their awesome reality. As Shawn Colvin’s ‘When You Know’ puts it, ‘when it’s clear this time you’ve found the one, you’ll never let him go.’ In this case, Niza & Andoy just didn’t let go of each other. With the vows they made, they never will.

Theirs is a wonderful story that aptly demonstrates how ‘love moves in mysterious ways’. Though it may seem that things happened pretty fast to be engaged a year after their first meeting and then get married a few months after, their story actually started years before that. It started at a time when neither knew that the other existed but they had a common prayer to as to what kind of partner they want to have for life. Of course, it was also made possible with the help of some very supportive, well-meaning friends who knew of their hearts’ desires.

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Favorite Wedding Movies: Our Valentine’s Binge List

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No date for Valentine’s? Or traumatised by the Feb. 14 traffic scene from years past?  We’ve got you covered! Read on for our list of favorite wedding movies to binge on!

We’re not ashamed to admit that we love a good romantic comedy.  Sure they may have fed our unrealistic fantasies about our own happy-ever-afters. Since then, we’ve aged and have finally come to accept that life is more complicated and not always as cute as a Joyce Bernal or Nora Ephron movie. But who says we’re not allowed to daydream about our love lives turning into a RomCom? Who?!? Let us share with you a few of the best and most over-played scenes in our heads from some of our favorite wedding movies.

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Wedding Fireworks: 4 Sparkly and Eco-Friendly Alternatives

Using wedding fireworks have direct impact on the environment and on our health!  Here are more eco-friendly ways to bring sparkle into your wedding.

We love firework displays for different reasons.  Some of us believe that having wedding fireworks will pave the way for a bountiful year ahead.  Others can’t help but wax romantic at the sight of rainbow-colored explosions against the dark of night.  But anybody who has ever plucked her eyebrows knows that beauty comes at a cost, and this cannot be truer than in the case of fireworks. 

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Charitable Wedding: 5 Ways to Give Back on Your Big Day

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It’s become a popular tradition among friends, families, and even workplaces to hold an outreach activity during Christmas season.  It’s our way of giving thanks for our blessings the past year—and for THE only blessing we will ever need.  But Christmas isn’t the only time you can give back.  Why not make your big day more memorable and meaningful by having a charitable wedding too?

Of course, most weddings already cost the couple so much.  But there are ways to have a charitable wedding without incurring any extra expenses.  Now if that isn’t a heavenly deal, we don’t know what is!

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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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Boracay Wedding: A Sydney Love Affair

Boracay Wedding, Love Train Studios

Theirs is a story of a gentleman from Hong Kong and a Filipina lass, whose love story unfolded in Sydney and was sealed by a beautiful Shangri-la Boracay Wedding.

Indeed, no matter how far away you both may be from each other, if you’re meant to be, love will find a way to bring you together.  Despite their different backgrounds — Arthur being from Hong Kong with a Masters in Accounting and Grace from the Philippines, who took up Nursing — they found each other as workmates in Sydney with a common interest in badminton.

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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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