Friday, 24 January 2014

"YES!!", what now?

Okay, many people fancy a fairy tale wedding, a lot of ideas comes to mind, but, where do I really have to begin? First things first, what kind of wedding do I want? simple? grand? exclusive? But hey, how much are we willing to spend just to say "I do" to my partner? As for me, I discussed it thoroughly with him, after all he's the one who'll allot the budget for it. ;) Next question is, who will do the ceremony? A priest? pastor? minister? or a judge? I was raised as a Roman catholic growing up while Ken is a (kind of) Christian, and, many prospective guests comes from several religions. Thirdly, where do I want it to be held? A lot of people gave suggestions and recommendations so we went and asked. How much for the place? food choices? ambiance? availability? so we can have more ideas and weigh for pros and cons. Fourth, how many guests? who are they? Ken and I aren't celebrities nor politicians so not everyone needs to know that we'll tie the knot. Only few important people in our lives are invited such as close friends and family members.

This illustration might help in managing your guest list, didn't work for me.
*photo from instagram
Wedding attire? As for us, we do not want to spend a lot of money for the clothes that you'll only wear once. For the groom: long sleeved top under a blazer, a pair of trousers and a top-sider shoes, while the bride: long flow-y dress and peep-toe shoes. As for the guests, we chose two colours that most people already have so that they don't need to spend a penny to buy clothes just for the occasion. Wedding rings? Believe me, we looked around; shops, online, and even ring makers. Since we are modern and practical couple, we combined traditionally and modernised ring. Program and details? I took advantage that people dear to me and to Ken gathered all together in one place so we'll try to make the most out of it without breaking a bank, as much as possible we want it to be fun and unforgettable.

It's better to involve him in every step of planning and you'll be surprised with his ideas and suggestions.

Simple and intimate. Definitely not the wedding of the year, however, I am marrying the man of my dreams and that will make it a perfect wedding for me. Plus, all the people we love will be there which makes it my ideal wedding. 
Judge. Ken and I are not very religious people and a wedding is not about who will do the ceremony but mainly about the groom and bride. I am also sure that God blessed this relationship from the moment we rest our eyes on each other up until we breathe our last breath.
Event hall, early dinner. People close to me knows that I am not a very morning person and I love cramming (I know, I know). Like I've said, people came from everywhere so it is very convenient for everyone to start in the afternoon. The occasion is a semi-formal and it is very humid here in our country, no one is having fun while heavily sweating in a wedding (not unless you're in the dance floor) so we chose an air conditioned event hall.
Less than a hundred, at least. Up to the last minute, we can not be sure how many people will attend. At first,  we want it to be just with immediate relatives and friends which will make it at around 10 people each. While making the list of guests, we realised that both of us came from big families and made us think how friendly we were.
White and blue. I decided to wear a cream white dress and a combination of gray and white for the groom with green accents for both of us. No veil needed but I have my round bridal bouquet or i'll look like a guest, hahah!:D For the guests, we just asked them to wear something white or blue in any shade. We do not want people to use the motif as a reason for not attending.
a flow-y long dress with sleeves and a nude peep-toe shoes,  
Silver and plain. FYI: when fitting ringsyour dominant fingers are bigger than the non dominant so try them on your chosen finger. I recently found out that in catholic wedding, the priest will tell you to wear it on your right ring finger. However, we decided to wear it on the left since that's the only finger that has a direct vein connected to the heart. ;)
Ceremony and reception are held in the same location. The ceremony won't take more than an hour, so it'll immediately be followed by a traditional wedding reception. The program will be traditional such as pabuhos (showering the newly weds with flowers), cake cutting, wedding toast, bridal bouquet and garter catching, pasabit (guests will hang money on clothes while the couple is dancing). Click here for more wedding inspiration.
Also,sweet buffet is very popular nowadays so the guests can munch some sweets during the program and wont get hungry until the food is ready. And yes, I did not mention about the invitation cards and giveaways. We are not giving away invitation letters because people are everywhere and we do not have all year to wait for RVSPs so we just send out texts messages and made some calls for faster response. When it comes to giveaways, photo booths will do the trick. I do not personally keep little figurines or stuff with date and name of people who have invited me, in photo booths, you have the picture of the newly weds and the guests so they'll surely keep it, no waste! ;) 

Anyways, are you like me who's planning a wedding? I hope my ideas will be helpful to you. Or you are already married? share me what happened in your special day. And if you have suggestions, you are very welcome to comment below. thankYou! x
- May Lynne

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