You have to make sure you document the big day and hire a professional photo and video team who are organized, patient, excellent, know their craft very well and are easy to work with. We hired Strong and Rachel Photography for our wedding documentation needs (in addition to my vlogging).
When it comes to your look for the big day, I believe it’s best to leave it to the pros. I’m no Kate Middleton (heard she did her own make-up for her wedding day) so I booked pro make-up artist Yang G. who is a friend and churchmate.
Our ceremony venue and reception venue was just one and the same place: our home church, Greenhills Christian Fellowship. The venue is significant because this is where we became friends, got to know each other, grew spiritually and served together in ministry. We booked Auditorium B (where the Sunday worship services are held) which had more than enough space for our 100 guests.
A wedding is a once in a lifetime event so it’s perfectly understandable why so much thought goes into what one would wear for a milestone such as this. The wedding attire usually eats up a significant chunk of the wedding budget but it got me thinking, must it always be that way? Is it a capital sin if we decide to scrimp on this one? Will the wedding not push through if i don’t spend at least 6-digits on my wedding gown?
A lot of us are pressured to keep up with what’s popular. Sure, there’s nothing wrong with the desire to get married wearing a beautiful, well-crafted gown. If you’re the sentimental type and have plans of having your wedding gown boxed, framed and displayed, if that makes you happy, go for it. For me however, I am averse to clutter. I wanted my wedding gown to be special but I also wanted to make sure it was something I could wear multiple times in different ways. In the video I talk about how I discussed my wedding gown details with my designer, Hanna delos Reyes and how Dave also had his own coat barong customized.
Hey everyone! Here’s another tip on what hubby and I scrimped on for our wedding: Printed wedding invites. Some couples may feel that this is something you can’t skip; again your wedding, your rules. I’m just happy that Dave and I agreed that we can do e-invites and allot the wedding budget elsewhere. It was easier for us to monitor our guestlist and it was also more convenient for our guests to confirm or decline.
After making a list of our essentials and nice-to-haves, it was easier for us to assess which ones we’d allot more money for in our budget. When you’re planning your wedding, it’s important to remember that:
1) advice from experienced wedding professionals is valuable but be discerning as well. There are some that I have worked with who put the welfare of their clients and fellow suppliers above all, and then there are those who have a different agenda.
2) seeking inspiration is good but ultimately, it’s still YOUR WEDDING, so your rules and preferences will take precedence. Don’t allow popular trends and peer/family pressure to dictate how you’re supposed to wed.
Hope this video helps you out. By the way, I didn’t discuss wedding coordination just yet. That’s coming up in another video.
After months of planning, meetings with suppliers and spreadsheet encoding, everything just seemed to fast forward to our wedding day. We had a quick wedding rehearsal with Pastor Larry (our officiating minister), our coordinator Ate Rose, my maid of honor Jirah and Maow, the best man. Honestly, I never gave the wedding ceremony choreography much thought. Iniisip ko lang–automatic na yan. I’ll do my slow bridal march towards Dave and Papa hands me over to him. There was more to it. Pastor Larry and his wife, Tita Joy coached us on the bridal march–where to look, how to carry ourselves. It’s so different from the Powers walk I learned in JRP!
Upon reaching the altar with my parents, I’d have to kiss them goodbye, Dave would have to pay his respects with a mano or a handshake and then my father formally turns me over to him. I swear, when Pastor Larry was describing that to me, I couldn’t help but tear up. I’d be the first daughter my Papa would give away in marriage. After the rehearsals, Dave and I agreed that we won’t be exchanging sweet, emotional messages nor see each other until the wedding day itself.