Friday, March 30, 2012

Marriage contract tips

making it official!

Finally filed for our wedding license yesterday. We arrived at the municipal hall at around 4PM and we've yet to secure our sedula so it was rush, rush, rush.

Everything went smoothly from there. We passed all the necessary documents and filled-out all the necessary forms. Now, we'll just have to wait for the license to be released.

Yipee!! Another step crossed out on our to-do-list.

I was really worried because, we'll only be able to meet with our S.O. once we procured our license (per his requirement.) Our date was set in roughly about four weeks and given the holidays, I'm worried that we might be pressed for time because of it's release.

That's why I was so relieved when they told us that the document will be released within 10 calendar days. Woohoo! Atleast we'll still have three weeks just in case something goes wrong with the SO.

I'm not a fan of cramming. My h2b is and this causes a lot of heated arguements especially during this very stressful moment in our lives. But what I've come to realize is that help is always available. Our dear Lord will always take care of our needs. We just have to believe..


Here are some tips given to us by the civil registrar. You may find this helpful too. :)

  • Never sign the marriage contract without checking it.
  • Check the marriage contract thoroughly before signing. Make sure that all the data are correct such as spelling, address, dates etc.
  • When there's a correction, don't sign. 
  • When there's a correction, never agree to sign even if they tell you that they'll just ammend it afterwards.
  • When there's a correction and you both agreed to sign, make sure to check on it the following day and make sure that the ammendments have been made.

 Requesting for corrections once the document is forwarded to NSO is such a long process. It's better to make sure that everything is correct so that we don't have to go through that kind of hassle.


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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

budget-friendly Photographer and Videographer : How to find one

get the perfect shot!

Hiring Photographers and Videographers can be a costly aspect of a wedding.

Let's face it.. after all the gifts have been opened, the cake eaten, the last champagne drank and the final speech given, all that's left to us are the photos and videos that we can revisit again and again.

In spite of this, practical couples can still find ways to fit it in a reasonable budget. 

For us, we were blessed because my fiance is also into photography and his photography group agreed to cover for the prenup and the wedding. 

For those who don't have this liberty, don't fret, there are still ways. :)

Here are some tips.. 

pic courtesy of Eric Suarez

Scout your area - usually, those who command a very high price are those that are already well-known in the industry. Look for low-profile P/V and chances are their rates are lower. 

pic courtesy of Lennox Manuel

Scout photography groups - photography groups have a vast pool of talent and most of them are excited when presented with the opportunity to practice. The hunger to hone their craft gives them the willingness to shoot for a very minimal fee. Others would even agree for an X-deal.  

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Get a little help from your friends - chances are some of your friends are photography enthusiasts and would be really ecstatic to cover your event.   

Get a little help from your guests - Almost everyone has a digital camera nowadays. Set a picture taking contest such as I-spy to encourage your guests to snap on, and to give you copies after the event. ;)

Remember that quality photos can be obtained even by the most basic of cameras. ( I was able to prove this to myself when I saw our prenup shots that were mostly taken by various kinds of point and shoot digicams. Click here for the photos.) 

More than the technical skills and the equipment, what's also important is the capability of the photographer to capture something truly captivating and wonderful by seeing beyond the ordinary. 


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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

our surprise video

God is truly great and he showers his blessings abundantly.

Last Saturday, we went off to Quiapo for our photoshoot. Little did we know that God has an extra surprise for us. Not only did he make sure that the sun will shine all day, he also brought us a videographer.

This was totally unexpected and it was such a great and welcome surprise.

Thanks to Emmanuel Olvido for sharing his talents for us.

Here is the fruit of his labor..

And without our knowing, he also made us a slideshow. Isn't that just totally awesome?!

God will always send forth his angels. We all just have to believe.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Street photography themed Prenup

Finally done with our prenup photoshoot yesterday and my golly, it was such a blast. We had so much fun shooting and posing and spending time with friends.

Our location was in Quiapo all the way to Binondo. It was a prenup themed photowalk we set for our photography group, TPC Lente. ( They'll be the one to cover our wedding as well. )

Since h2b and I find the traditional prenup approach awkward, we asked our P/V to take candid shots instead. This way, we're able to relax, have fun and just let our personalities shine.

It was also very cost-effective in a lot of ways.

  1. The location was free, there was no time limit and the area coverage is vast. - The shoot started at 8am and we wrapped up at 4pm.
  2. We didn't have to bring any props since the location provides its own myriad set.
  3. We didn't have to hire an HMU - more than the occasional blush and my trusty lip gloss, I personally am not into make-ups and I chose to leave it at that for this photo shoot. It's street photography, afterall. :)

What's really awesome is the support of the group. We had 17 photographers shooting from all angles and a videographer to boot.

As for the pics, here are some samples.. can't wait for the rest!!!

pic courtesy of Eric Suarez

pic courtesy of John Rudio

pic courtesy of Chris Vergara

pic courtesy of Jojo Karingal

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pic courtesy of Isaias Orido Jr.

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pic courtesy of Chris Vergara

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All in all, everything went out the way that we wanted. And we couldn't be any happier. :)


More photos here.

Monday, March 12, 2012

The value behind engagement rings

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Last Wednesday, me and my fiance attended the prerequisite seminar at the municipal hall so that we may apply for a marriage license. The lecturer said something about engagement rings that totally caught my attention.

It was about engagement rings and how so much importance was given to its material aspect instead of the actual meaning behind the act. He mentioned how engagement rings are now valued depending on how big the stone is. Funny, because this has a long thread on GT too. This only goes to show how much we, ladies, put so much importance on this.

He mentioned how in Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, Mercedes, the heroine used a piece of string to serve as their engagement ring and how it was as important to her just the same.

I find this act very sweet and very poignant.

Here is the excerp from the book:

Dragging my beloved off, we spent the happiest afternoon, the most perfect night of our lives out on the beach. We swam together, shared conversation and a lovely meal, and then…I gave him all of my love. I gave him myself, and I was given him in return. As we rested before a fire he built himself, Edmond started to twirl his hair once more. Laughing, I bid him stop lest he go bald. He smiled, and continued conversing for a time. We promised that we had kept no secrets from one another, and Edmond murmured that as soon as he had the money to buy the ring, we would be married.

"I don't need a ring."

I pulled at a string that was part of the fringe of my shawl, and it snapped off. Drawing it around my finger, it became the ring that would show one and all I was to be the wife of Edmond Dant├Ęs.

"And it will never leave my finger. I promise."

And for some visuals, here is that scene from the movie remake. Scene starts from 4:00-5:20.

Engagements are more than the rock on one's finger. More than anything else, it is the agreement between two parties in love to commit to each other in holy matrimony. In the end, the commitment and the truth behind the feelings are what really matters.


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Friday, March 9, 2012

CD sleeves

Since me and my fiance both love music, we've decided that we'll give out CDs as our wedding giveaways. It will include the songs used during the big day.

That's why I'm so happy to run across this DIY tutorial at on how to create CD sleeves. Initially, we thought of just using jewel cases. This one is very cute though and would lend a more personalized touch on our souvenirs.

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This is great for musical themed weddings and not to mention very economical.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

the versatile mason jars

If there's one thing that I've come to love about this whole DIY stuff, it'll definitely be the lowly Mason Jars. I love the fact that it's very versatile, very nice to look at and comes very cheap.

Brand-new mason jars are available  at SM dept. stores or hardwares in malls such as ACE or HandyMan. However, these are more expensive.

The alternative would be to scour thrift shops in the metro. Mason jars in thrift shops are available in various sizes, shapes and colors which is handy for matching motifs. My favorite digs are the one in Cubao, right across Cubao Expo and the rows of thrift shops in Avenida. Be on the lookout for those Japan and Korean surplus shops as they are more likely to carry these items.

Better yet, visit the local junkshop and buy it from them. This is my fiance's suggestion and it's such a great money-saving move. Practicality at it's best.

I also asked my family to save the mason jars they used for special occasions. I especially prefer different mayonnaise jars since their form is very nice.

My inspiration:

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Flowers in season in jars simply tied with a twine or ribbon gives a rustic feel to the event. Those jars attached to the chairs in the ceremony is a different take on decoration.

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 Here, the jars are acting both as a vase and candleholder. Different sizes for different purposes.

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Empty jars of equal size tied with raffia twine and then pasted with the corresponding table numbers. Very pretty in it's simplicity.

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 Lemonade, anyone?

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 This one is very unique. Using the mason jars as photo holders.

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 Simplicity at it's finest. The different hue of the jar cast a beautiful glow from the candle's light.

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 This one is very ingenious. Using the jars as soap dispensers. This exudes a spa-like vibe.

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Nothing beats seeing flickering candles in an outdoor ceremony.

I can't wait to incorporate this in my own wedding!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

A mixed n' matched theme

Our wedding theme: Mix n' Match

Initially, we wanted to have a vintage, rustic, chic wedding theme. However, we found out that there are some things that we had to let go since it won't go together with everything else. As a compromise, we decided to have a Mix n' Match theme so that we'll be able to incorporate all the elements we wanted and still have a cohesive picture. We just want to throw in key points that make us who we are and this seems like the way to go.

Our inspiration:

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 The backyard setting with different colored chairs are really lovely.

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 I soooo love signs. Chalkboards, cardboards, wood, it really doesn't matter. The quirkier the better.

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Bridesmaids wearing shades of the rainbow gives the wedding party a certain oomph. The bride's non-traditional gown is also very lovely.

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 Cupcakes of various flavors, toppings and color just brings out the sweet tooth on everyone.

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 Dining on tableware with different designs give a very laidback feel.

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 Entourage wearing not just different colors but of various lengths as well.

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 Multi-colored chairs is such an eye-candy.

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 Beautifully mixed n' matched chairs.

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The dresses can be of different cuts as well.

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A very relaxed feel.

Pretty! Pretty!

Pearl bouquet

In line with my goal to use as less real flowers as possible, I'm now halfway through my DIY pearl bouquet.

My inspiration was this..

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For my bouquet, I used pearls and added some crystals for that added shine. I've been working on this for about a month now. It's fairly easy to make and not too tedious. I'm just taking my time that's why it took me over a month. If done religiously, it can be finished in less than a week.

For those who want to make their own here's the items I used:


  • wire (the thinniest one available at the local hardware stores)
  • floral wire used for sugared icing flowers
  • pliers
  • a strand of pearls (available in Quiapo craft stores)
  • a strand of crystals
  • ribbon (color of your choice)
  • rag


  1. Cut the wire - it should be twice as long as the actual desired bouquet length. Mine was about 2 feet since I want my bouquet to be a foot long. I also made allowances just in case I decide to shorten it afterwards.
  2. Wipe the wires with the rag to make sure that they're not dusty.
  3. Get a wire and insert it in the hole of a pearl.
  4. ease the pearl into the middle of the wire and twist both ends of the wire in the opposite direction to lock it into place. 
  5. twine the dangling wire part together to form a single intertwined pearl stalk.
  6. repeat the process until the desired heaviness is achieved. 
  7. cut the floral wires in about 3 inches in length.
  8. use the same process for the remaining pearls and crystal, this time using the floral wire. 
  9. attach about 1 or 2 pieces to each pearl stalk for more volume. 
  10. cut the bottom edges for a more equal length.
  11. tie the whole handle with ribbon to hide the wires and for a much easier grip. 

Happy preps everyone. I'll post the pics as soon as I'm done.

Friday, March 2, 2012

wedding movies

Saying that wedding planning is stressful is such an understatement.

To momentarily forget the anxiety, here are some feel-good movies to feed the bridal craving. 

  • License to wed
  • When in Rome
  • 27 Dresses
  • Because I said so
  • The Corpse Bride
  • Love, Wedding, Marriage
  • The Princess Bride
  • The Philadelphia Story
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding
  • My Bestfriend's Wedding
  • The Wedding Date
  • Something Borrowed
  • Made of Honor

pop it!

Grab a bowl of popcorn, a big bottle of coke and the most comfortable pillows. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Flowerless wedding

the beauty of flowers
Flowers are nice. Most of us ladies enjoy receiving them once in a while. However, wedding-wise, I personally don't find them practical.

Like everything else that is in line with weddings, flowers, too, can be pretty expensive depending on it's availability and aesthetic value. Additionally, if the wedding is somewhat close to special events that require flowers like Valentines and All Souls Day, the prices hike up considerably.

For something that will just wilt, get bruised and eventually be thrown away, this feels like throwing money down the drain and this does not sit comfortably with me. Additionally, if any member of the bridal party has allergies, using real flowers might be a no-no.

A great alternative to give a wedding a different twist while saving on floral expenses would be to go floweless (real flowers, that is.)

Most alternatives would have to be DIYed but for those brides who have spare time on their hands or their weddings are still  a few months away, here are some ideas for pulling off a flowerless wedding in all aspects of the event.

The Bouquets and Boutonnieres  - these are the most seen and noticed flower arrangement during the ceremony. This is because, everyone on the bridal entourage holds or wears one. Some alternative materials that can be used instead are:

  • paper
  • buttons
  • beads
  • fabric
  • shells
  • artificial flowers

The Ceremony - whether it be in a church or outside, decorations are still needed to give it a personalized touch. In lieu of flowers, using materials to compliment with the chosen theme may be the way to go. Some examples are:

  • twigs, birdcages, photo frames for a rustic theme.
  • tinsel, christmas balls and stars for a christmas wedding.
  • musical instruments for a music themed wedding.
  • postcards, tickets, suitcase for a travel theme.

The ideas are endless and the choices are varied. With a touch of creativity and the willingness to DIY, a flowerless wedding is truly possible. 


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