Chapter Thirty-Eight: WE Beautiful Weddings 2008

20 October 2008 at 12:58 pm | Posted in Insights | 1 Comment
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[She Writes]

Why do I love bridal magazines so much?

There is so much cynicism in this world that I can no longer remember how many times people have scoffed when I told them I was getting married.  They would bring up issues on annulment and divorce, as if in an attempt to (though I’m sure not intentionally) destroy my idealistic thoughts on love and marriage.

The stories in the wedding glossies uplift my spirits.  When I read about unlikely love stories, and triumphs over the odds, I become more hopeful of our own love and our future together.

The latest issue on Beautiful Weddings by Wedding Essentials follows the 2007 style, with minor improvements.  The stories seem more heartfelt, and they’ve included a list of each couple’s key suppliers.

On the cover is Nina Corpuz’s marriage to Vince Rodriguez in the most romantic city in the world, Paris.

Inside, I saw features about the weddings of fellow w@wies Luzel and Sharon, whose preparations I read about in their posts on our online community.

Although I didn’t know them personally, I felt so happy for them.  I enjoyed reading their stories.

Maybe someday, our own story would be on the pages of a magazine and bring hope to other couples planning their life together towards forever.

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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 Twenty: SUMM-like-IT-hot!

9 June 2008 at 7:05 pm | Posted in Adventures, Bridal Events | 3 Comments
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[She Writes]

Themes & Motif’s Wedding Summit 2008 was held on a June day so hot I wondered if I’d lost track of time and were back in the summer month of April.

After dropping my Mom off at Greenbelt, I hied off to A. Venue Hall, which was along Makati Avenue.  Unfortunately, I forgot that the area of the street where the A. Venue was situated was one-way, and I went around in circles about three times before I finally arrived at the place – and I think I actually violated a couple of traffic laws getting there.

Luckily, I was able to grab a parking space at the lot in front of the building, which was previously occupied by a VS&F truck.

I’d been to A. Venue before – late last year when it was still under construction.  And even now, it seems to still be under a lot of development.

The lobby was nice and clean, as was the registration area, which I don’t think I ever saw busy throughout the day.

I blamed it on three things:

1. The Long Weekend – Everyone got up and went out of town.

2. Saturday – Most of the couples already visited the fair on its first day.

3. A. Venue – When they couldn’t find the place, people just gave up trying.

Nonetheless, I looked forward to a leisurely walk through the Summit, without having to squeeze between people.

I met up with Tina, who I got acquainted with through our wonderful online community.  She was having lunch at Josiah’s foodtasting session with and her husband, Archie, and sister, Valerie.  And she was kind enough to have me join them.  I didn’t eat anymore, as they were almost done and I had already tasted Josiah’s food.  And as it turned out, we shared the same opinion about the caterer.

So after a few minutes of chitchatting, we headed to the exhibit area.

The exhibit didn’t do justice to the event name.  With a title like the Wedding Summit, I was expecting a truly mountainous affair, much like the organizer’s claim to fame, the Wedding Expo Philippines.

It was a decent-sized fair, with a handful of great suppliers.   But had it not been for the company of friends, I may not have stayed too long.

Tina and Archie’s wedding was set for June 2009.  They’ve booked the essentials – the ceremony and reception venues, and were now treading the most head-spinning road of the process – selecting the best partner to capture their wedding day.  Much like us (or maybe just me), they have included the photographer in their list of priorities.

We went through the lot of photographers in the Summit.  We checked Nelwin Uy’s booth, and was surprised that his rates weren’t as steep as I’d imagined.  We also spoke to Kenneth Uy himself, who I initially didn’t realize was him.  And to think, I was babbling about how I’ve heard good things about Kenneth Uy, blah, blah, blah.  Thank Goodness I didn’t entirely put my foot in my mouth.  He was very nice about it, and even told me that we definitely made the right choice with Dino Lara.

Next, we came across the line of videographers.  Archie asked me about our chosen videographer, and seemed to be pondering the raves and rates I told him about.

They seemed genuinely interested in my opinions, or at least they were kind enough to pretend that they were.  But Tina later informed me through our online group that, amid my ramblings and babbles, I had actually convinced Archie to meet with Dino.  Hey, maybe they’ll even consider Threelogy.

As we walked further along, I stopped by Henry Pascual’s area and excitedly examined his set-up.  I again almost put my foot completely in my mouth, when I started chatting up the man sitting at the table who turned out to be Henry himself.  I couldn’t refuse when he asked me to sit down, so Tina, Archie, and Val went ahead.

Henry was much younger than I thought, and even nicer than I anticipated.  He was genuine, and clearly passionate about his craft.  He was definitely BFF-material, and seemed like a really dependable person.  I probably would have enlisted him to style our own wedding right then and there had his minimum rate of PhpXXX,XXX not brought me back down to Earth – HARD, and on my butt.

In any case, I was happy to have met him, and I just had to get a picture taken with him – because I knew at the back of my mind that I probably won’t see him again.  He even suggested using his set-up as the backdrop, and had a fellow exhibitor across his booth take the picture.

I caught up with Tina, Archie, and Valerie at the booth of Juan Carlo the Caterer, and found out that they had booked them!

We were talking about Juan Carlo the Caterer earlier and had both agreed that they had among the best food and service in the industry.  So I was almost as happy as they were that they had gotten them for their wedding.

Mark Abrea, the persistent banquet officer who always invited me to their food tasting events, was there and recognized me right away (probably because I’m always running into him at different bridal fairs).  He didn’t look surprised anymore, and he jokingly asked when I was going to book them.  The great thing about Mark was that he never pressured me to get their services, but was always keeping their company on my radar in case we were ready to make our decision.

Minutes later, Gie, another gal pal from our online community, and Weeya, a former officemate who had also joined the web group, started calling me for directions, and I met up with them.  Gie brought her friend, Tiffany, who she bumped into on the way to the Summit.  I clicked with Gie right away, because it was obvious that we were both kikay, highly excitable and adored being with people.

Coming back in, we filled out feedback forms for a wedding network called weddings and lifestyle (I visited their website only to find a blank page that says “Coming soon”), to get a cute keychain and nifty Bride and Groom button pins.

Gie was looking for a stylist, so we went our separate ways for  while – Gie with Tiff, and me with Wee.  Wee chatted up with Ate Lala, her cousin who worked with AdeB, one of the more popular limousine services.  She also paid a visit to 30fps, her videographer for her wedding in October.  Tina, Archie, and Valerie caught up with us at the 30fps booth to bid goodbye, and we promised to hang out again at the next fair.

We met up with Gie and Tiff again at the Goldenhills’ booth and checked out the shiny rings.  I felt I had to mention their company because one of the attendants was kind enough to snap a photo of us.

By then, Gie and Tiff had to run off, so Wee and I continued our sojourn through the Summit.  We came across Baicapture (which I had earlier checked out with Tina, Archie, and Valerie) and had our photos taken.

Photo booths were starting to click again as a source of wedding souvenirs, and Baicapture had one of the best deals I’ve seen.

After, we went back to Ate Lala and chatted up with her about Wee’s wedding.  We didn’t stay long, and we headed out while the sun was still shining.  Wee’s got almost everything done, and what a feat considering how short her preparation time was.  And she has pretty reputable wedding partners to boot.

While the Summit didn’t meet my expectations, that didn’t stop me from looking forward to Themes & Motifs’ next event, the Wedding Expo Philippines!

 

 


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