Chapter Thirty-Seven: Latest Bride’s Yellow Pages

20 October 2008 at 12:33 pm | Posted in Adventures, Insights | Leave a comment
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[She Writes]

I love the new Bride’s Yellow Pages by Weddings At Work.  The style is similar to their latest Wedding Primer. Clean, classy and sassy!

The BYP’s masterminds, couple John and Benz Rana.

W@W’s organizing a couple of exciting endeavors – an exclusive event and a new publication!

Their new ad is right – word-of-mouth is the best marketing strategy!

Our suppliers have ads here too!

It’s much thicker now.  And there are a lot of new information.  Kudos to the creators of W@W!  Thank you, John and Benz!

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Chapter Twenty-Nine: W@w@wee!

12 September 2008 at 12:02 am | Posted in Adventures | 2 Comments
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[She Writes]

A few months after getting engaged, I joined an online community for soon-to-weds called w@w, derived from the website www.weddingsatwork.com.  Weddings@Work is an Internet-based resource for Filipino weddings.

I heard of w@w years back, but I couldn’t remember exactly where.  I can only recall being given the 2003 w@w Wedding Primer, which was the maiden issue.  And this is how I learned about the website.

Although the suppliers we’ve booked so far were not “influenced” by the community, learning about them from real couples who had actually experienced the way they worked during their own weddings helped reinforce our decision.

In my case, the community became my wedding planning companion.  Being the typical uber excited bride that I was, I could think and talk about nothing but the wedding for a number of months.

My mother – and probably even my fiance’s mother – had visibly grown weary of my constant chatter about the wedding even though they tried their best not to show it.  I completely understood that.  They had so much more important matters in their minds, and I knew it was torture bothering them with my girlish dreams of a fabulous wedding.

My fellow w@wies were my lifesavers.  They were not only happy to hear about our wedding plans, they also shared my excitement just as I shared in theirs.

About a month ago, one of the website founders, Ms. Benz Co-Rana, requested designs for the site’s button pins.  Bragging rights go to the creator of the selected design.

I decided to submit a design, not because of the bragging rights, but because I wanted to give something back – no matter how small – to the community that provided me a haven for my bride-ness. I ended up making several:

 

And I was so happy when Benz announced that one of my designs was chosen!

She sent me the final product…

… along with another pin designed by a fellow w@wie

… and a copy of the latest Wedding Primer!

 As much as I love the Primer though…  

I have quite a lot more than an average bride needs.

Nevertheless, I love the publications of w@w and try to collect them all.

Yes, I think I am a “certified w@w addict.”

If you’re planning a wedding in the Philippines (or anywhere else in the world, for that matter) and wish to find inspiration or information on Philippine-based resources, log on to www.weddingsatwork.com.

If you are a bride or a groom, I highly encourage you to become a member of the W@W community through http://groups.yahoo.com/group/weddingsatwork/ and gain an active support group during the preparations.

Chapter Fourteen: A Lull

9 May 2008 at 8:40 pm | Posted in Insights | Leave a comment
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[She Writes]

However much I refused to believe it, my family (particularly my Mom) told me it would come eventually.  And it did.

Because we had already taken care of most of the major aspects for our nuptials, I am finally experiencing my first lull in wedding preparations.

My cousin told me that when she was planning her wedding, she had been fired up the first few months, stagnant the next, then excited again later, and so on.  It was a rollercoaster of moods, and my Mom said that I would experience the same thing.  I didn’t believe her during the first few months after our engagement, when I could barely contain my eagerness to finish all the wedding details.  But now, the initial excitement is beginning to fade, albeit slowly.

I still flip through pages of Wedding Essentials and Metro Weddings, but just absentmindedly and almost purely for bathroom reading. I dig up flyers from previously attended fairs and scan the WeddingsAtWork Primer and Directory, but only occasionally and randomly.  I discuss wedding details within our online community, but not even about our own.

For this blog, I realized that I was starting to draw a blank. So I’ve decided to dedicate the next few chapters to stories that would re-inspire myself about the wedding planning process.  And hopefully, others will become inspired as well.

Typically, to motivate herself about wedding preparations, it may seem that the most logical move for a bride would be to surround herself with images of breathtaking receptions, beautiful gowns, and lovely bouquets.

But I guess I’m not typical bride.  Instead, I decided to surround myself with breathtaking words, beautiful thoughts, and lovely insights about love.  The love that is being celebrated in a wedding is no ordinary love.  It is a love so strong, it must be shared to the world; a love so confident, it commits itself to eternity; a love so meaningful, it has God at its very core.  To realize that you have been blessed with such a love, well, nothing can be more inspiring than that.


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