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Wednesday, January 29, 2014


Thank you for visiting my website! I promise to write more, it's just that I'm preparing for one of the most important days of my life --our wedding-- which is this coming month! Yay!

Will write soon!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Deciding On The Best Time for an Outdoor Wedding in Manila

Caution: Please do not depend solely on weather forecasts as there's always a possibility of rain especially here in the Philippines. This is just my way of choosing a wedding date since I badly wanted an outdoor wedding. =p 

The first thing I did was to go to Meoweather to check Manila's average weather report by month. I reiterate that I have no idea if these online sites are accurate, so aside from their report, I did a countercheck with my first-hand experiences of living in Manila for 28 years.
Check-out the Average Rainfall Column

Based on the chart, Feb March and April of each year received the lowest daily and monthly average rainfall. 

Now, since the Philippines has a tropical climate in general and there are months were humidity is really sickening, we had to go consult the chart once more and check which among the three (3) selected months had the coolest temperature: 

Tada! February it is!

But hey, I was still a bit skeptical about this. Yes, February may have received the lowest rainfall, but there still IS rainfall! Now, we're going to look at the historical weather report on Feb. 27 (we want our wedding date to be on the 27th) in a span of ten years just to make sure that the chance of rain on that exact date is low. For that, let's visit Tutiempo

...Unfortunately, I couldn't seem to find an option to view all Feb. 27's from 2004 to 2013 in one go, so I had to list it down one by one. Here's the result:

Oh well, there's still a 10% chance of rain. Guess we'll have to look at tent suppliers after all! Phew!

Now that we're done with selecting the date, how about the best time to have a glimpse of the sunset? Let's seek TimeAndDate for this: 

So anytime around 6pm I guess!

Conclusion: We're looking at FEBRUARY as the wedding month since it receives very little rain + the weather is not that scorching hot. The 27th is okay, and if we want to catch the sunset for the post-nuptial shots, the ceremony and dinner should come between 3-9PM. All we need now is to keep our fingers crossed and to not forget to offer a sun dance on the day of the wedding. =p

Monday, July 22, 2013

Metro Manila Wedding Churches With Reception Venues

Perhaps I've watched too many Hollywood movies that I wanted my wedding ceremony and banquet all in one place. Perhaps my mind is subconsciously screaming: "Hey aren't you a rebel bride?!", that I wanted to deviate from the norm.

See, it's convenient for everybody as there's almost no travel time from one place to another. Also, less chances of hearing our guests complain about starvation as we took our sweet time taking post nuptial photos and going to the reception venue -- well, we'd still take time, but not as long as it usually is.

Anyway, we're both conservative Roman Catholics so it is a must to marry inside a church. For that reason, we were left with really few options when it came to choosing a wedding church and a reception venue. At first we really wanted to do it in Paco Park as the ambiance fits our theme, but we're scared of what the weather's gonna be like in December so we had to find something else. After a couple of months and a lot of healthy debates with the h2b, we were finally able to agree on a certain location. The reception area is not actually within the church's vicinity, but it's just a 3 minute walk. 

Meanwhile, here's our list in case you're also looking for the same set-up:

Church NameReception Venue
Archbishop's Palace Big Chapel
Shaw Blvd. cor. E. Rodriguez,
Mandaluyong City
Nearby Venues: The Green One, Secret Garden, The Legend Villas, The Garden, Palladium, Prestige Tower, Rainforest Park, Grand Villa Resort, Valle verde, Malayan Plaza Roofdeck, Emar Suites Roofdeck, One San Miguel Roofdeck, D Venue, Jade Palace, Prestige Tower 9f
Sto. Nino de Molino Church
Molino, Cavite
Nearby Venue: Paradiso Terrestre
Bamboo Organ 
Las Pinas
In House: St. Joseph's Gym/ Hall/Minipark or Nearby Venue: Bali Garden
Christ the King Church
Green Meadows
In House
Immaculate Conception Cathedral Church
Cubao Quezon City
In House
Malate Church
Malate, Manila
In House: 3rd floor of the Remedios Jubilee Mission Center (RJMC)
Mt. Carmel
Aurora Blvd, Quezon City
In House
Nature's Church
Las Pinas
In House: PJP Hall/ Nature's Café
Our Lady of the Abandoned
Sta.Ana Manila
Nearby Venue: Jardin de Isabel
Paco Park Church 
Paco, Manila
In House: Half-Garden
San Agustin Church
In House: Courtyard
Shrine of Jesus
near Mall of Asia, Pasay
In House
St. Andrew Church
Kalayaan Ave. Bel-Air Makati
In House: Jubilee Hall
St. Francis of Assisi Chapel
Fernwood Gardens, QC
In House: Courtyard Garden
St. James The Great Parish Church
Ayala Alabang Village, Muntinlupa City
In House
St. Jerome Emiliani
near ATC, Alabang
Nearby Venue: Leslie's Alabang
St. Peter 
Commonwealth, QC
In House

In case you have any questions about the rates or the contact numbers, do leave a comment or send me an email. I didn't include the rates that I've gotten as they keep changing and I was not sure if it's ethical to post it out here.

Update as of 24July2013: Due to some circumstances, we decided to move our wedding date within Q1 of 2014. It's my parents' 30th wedding anniversary which falls on Jan. 1, and they're planning to have their renewal of vows. We didn't want to steal their thunder, so better to move ours instead (as if we can move their date hehehe). In short, we might actually change our venue as well. =)

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Wedding Color Chooser

I'm finally done choosing our wedding colors! Remember that on my last post, which you can view here, we were having a really difficult time building our own wedding palette. There are just so many combinations to choose from! Good thing I came across NearlyWeds.com, a neat website which helps you build your own wedding palette. 

Here are your two options:

1. Build Your Own Palette - You may build your own wedding swatches from scratch by choosing among the different color ranges, bases, and tints respectively.

2. Create Palette Based on Existing Images - Here, you may create your own palette based on an existing image or URL that already contains the colors that you like. Perfect for those collecting sample designs online.

Sample Image from BeforeTheBigDay

Swell right?! So I won't hold you back any longer. Go on, give it a try. =)

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Vintage Wedding Palettes

Ever since, our dream wedding theme has always been vintage. We just love old stuff! Black and white movies, film noir, classic novels, the architecture, the fashion, Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Humphrey Bogart, sepia, et cetera! There was no problem at all in choosing a theme -- well we still have to decide what kind of vintage we'd want to channel (say shabby chic, rustic, Hollywood, rat pack, kitschy), but at least it's all vintage.

Here are some vintage palettes we're having a hard time choosing from:
Peach+Coral+hint of Green from HillCityBride
Aqua+Orange from BridalMusings

Red+Black+White from OffbeatBride
Mint+Coral+Soft Pearl from MintStudio
Red+Mint+Pink from MarthaStewart

Greens+Blues+Peaches+Marigold from TheBohemianBride

Seafoam+Coral from WedCoupon
Teal+Aqua+Dusty Rose+Blush from Elizabeth Andres

To help us select the perfect wedding palette, we'd have to take into consideration the season (in Philippines it's just either sunny or rainy), the existing colors in the booked wedding venue (to make sure it'll blend in), the photography and video styling and of course, we should be able to find materials in those colors.

For now, we're still pretty undecided, but we're gearing towards those warm colors with a hint of blue, green, peach and coral -- basically a combined version of those colors above.