01 December 2010

Ninong Rex

Oooops, si BF? Hindi po, he's Rex Espinosa. Pangalan pa lang matapang na. He's one of my toughest uncle. I admit that takot na takot talaga ako sa kanya dati. Kasi akala ko laging galit. But once you know him, you'll know has a soft heart. He just want everything in the right place so all will be well. He's a good father and a husband. I saw him how he raised his family and his children, a very good disciplinarian. Kaya we chose him to be as our guide on our marriage life. Para kung magloko ako, yari ako :)

17 November 2010

Sand Ceremony

Sand Ceremony is as good as the unity candle ceremony. It uses, of course, a sand for this kind of traditions. Some couple uses two colors to represents the bride and groom, some uses three and the one color represents God. 

People believed that this was originated from Hawaii. They might have trouble in lighting their unity candle due to strong winds along their beaches. 

As easy as unity candle, couple just need a vase and colored sands for this ritual. This symbolizes that they are not 2 flesh but as one. That the two separate families will move in unity for the new couple. 

10 November 2010

Inspirational Board

It is mainly a collage of pictures. This is not only use for wedding but it is widely used for keeping the creators focus on their goals. 

There are two ways in doing it. First, you can do it literally on a board. Look for some photos, magazine cut-outs, buttons, ribbons, then paste it artistically on the board. If you don't want to be too messy, try to do it on photoshop or other computer programs. Just copy and paste the digital photos, type in some words and phrases, then the board will came to life. Less mess and more eco-friendly. 

Many wedding websites offers their help for the brides to design their wedding inspiration style board. Like Dessy, try to check out their site.

09 November 2010

Wedding Logo and Monograms

Some couples stressing themselves in looking and getting ideas for the theme of their wedding. Then, some have no worries on that, not because they have a wedding planner, it is because the wedding logo or monogram stands as their wedding theme. It can be printed not only on the save-the-dates and invitations, it can also reflect on cake topper, cupcakes, runner, souvenirs and so on.

Look at the pictures below.

That was the design I use to have an experiment on. This is what I have found in looking in some other posts...The Wedding Chicks.

03 November 2010

Ninang Zeny

She's not Evangeline Pascual, she's Zenaida Pascual, my ninang Zeny. She's my constant prayer warrior and my closest ninang. 
She never fails to send me text ng pangungumusta simula nung malaman niya ang number ko. Natigil na lang nung nagpunta ako dito sa abroad, pero she always tells mama to send her regards to me.
We are so happy when she said yes na gagawin namin siyang ninang sa kasal.

02 November 2010

Wedding Colors Meaning

Taken from LimeExchange

    Blue, Red and Yellow are primary, combining them in different strengths and lightness, we will come up with so many different colors. 

    In studies, colors  reflects and affects the personality of the people seeing and using it. Designers put in their mind how to harmonize those and how the people will react on the colors of their designed logos, webpages, even brochures.

As well in wedding,  motif is a essential part of the preparation. Couples look intricately on definition of each color they will use.

White this is common on wedding dress because it serves the meaning of purity, cleanliness, and innocence.

Black is a uncommon motif used on weddings, but nowadays, many people chose to have it for it symbolizes formality and sophistication. 

Blue known for calmness, royalty, tranquility. The bad side, it also represents depression and loneliness.

Red symbolizes love, passion, and power. It is a color of luck in China but it also represents war and blood.

Yellow is happy, sunshine, hope. In Japan, it is courage and royalty. Yellow is close to the gold that is gives to it the wealthy meaning. 

Green stands for money, nature, abundance, new life and new beginning. Jealousy takes the bad part.

Orange represents energy.

Pink shows the feminine side, sweet and harmony. It usually use in wedding flowers and invitations to soften the other colors.

Brown comforts because it the color of wood, stone, and earth. 

Purple creates the eye for luxury, spirituality, nobility, romance and sensuality.

    However no one proved that these colors affect their married life after using it as their wedding motifs or themes. Life after the wedding solely depends on the couple. 

22 October 2010

Unity Candle

This is the UNITY CANDLE used by Ate Rhiz. Very proud of her kasi parehas sila ni Ate Gail... mga DIY girls. They are very creative and artistic and doing such things. 

As per Ate Rhiz, there are only things we need for this candle.
          1. Candle 
          2. Gems 
          3. Flowers 
          4. Ribbon

Then the designing will be based on your artistic choice. Spending not more than Php400.00

For others, this is a very easy task, but for us na walang ka-art-art this is a big load. 

Happy Designing!

20 October 2010

Ninong Afin

He's the buddy-buddy of my father. Kaya naging ninong ko siya sa aking binyag. All through out my childhood at kahit sa maging ganito na ako kalaki, he's always there to give me advice, or I would rather say silang mag-asawa. Mixed emotions nung nalaman ko na aalis ni sila for US of A sa October 25. Hindi na sila makaka-attend ng kasal namin. But we're happy for them kasi makakapunta na sila sa Tate. Matagal na rin kasi nilang pinaplano yun.

We decided na gawin namin siyang ninong because in my personal experience, he will try his best to guide us in our marriage life just as he guided me as my ninong nung binyag. Thanks, Ninong Afin.

19 October 2010

Ninong Ariel and Ninong Joel

They we're surprised nung nalaman nila na gagawin namin silang mga ninong namin. Ninong Joel even jested kung ninong daw ba sila binyag. Hehe.

Ninong Joel is my manager at Accenture. Ibang klaseng manager po siya. He's the type of person na hindi mauubusan ng positivity sa buhay. Kahit stressful sa work environment at maraming dapat na pag-ukulan ng pansin, still he's always on top of every situation. He also encourages me to strive hard sa work and personal life. At paminsan-minsan, I'm lucky enough to enjoy his perk, ang makisakay sa kanyang Mazda 3 :)

Si Ninong Ariel naman ang lagi kong kau-kausap kapag night shift ako. He always opens ideas kung ano ang pwede kong gawin sa career ko, at nagbibigay din ng insight sa buhay may-asawa.

Wilma and I  know that they are more willing to help us as we start our marriage life and still there as our journey continues.

17 October 2010


Flowers are beautiful, elegant, and the scent is outstanding, but, we must admit they are also expensive. Almost 5% of wedding budget goes to the fresh flowers decorations in ceremony hall and reception. 

Here, glad to know to cut some of the unnecessary expense that this may cost.

Kusudama originates from Japan. This is a folded paper flowers. Some of the bride use them as an alternate for their bouquets, aisle decorations and some were used to be their centerpiece. 

There are so few materials and  steps to do those flowers. 

Happy Folding :) 

14 October 2010

101010 - Pamanhikan - 101010

Dami bang food Sam?

Katula neng magulang y Abbey. 

Mama and Nanay


Original Plus All. 

11 October 2010

Gaano Ko Ikaw Kamahal

Armas - Lapuz Nuptial
10 - 08 - 10

   This is a good way to send the affection sa mga kamaganak na ikakasal dito sa Pilipinas. Very sweet, simple and entertaining. 

10 October 2010


This is a Filipino pre-wedding tradition where the parents of bride sends their daughter's hand to be part of another family. 

A festive celebration before the wedding at bride's home. All foods were prepared by the groom's family. Hereof, details for the wedding is formally set for discussion. Venue, guest list, and even budget were laid down between the two families.

As time flew fast, this tradition is also affected. Some chose to held the meet-up to some restaurants. 

Tradition like this is better be done, this is another way to show respect on both families.

08 October 2010

Groom's Room

You dated your girlfriend for a year or even a decade, then, you know its a perfect match. She shows the respect, politeness and love with your parents, and so are you to her family. 

You are sure you need and want her for the rest of your life, now the big idea of proposal is coming. If you are generous, ring with diamond may cost you a down payment for a car or even a condo unit, so it is good to watch for a big sale around the jewelry shops. 

After popping the ultimate question and she answered back a teary-eyed "YES", the bigger picture of happiness is on the way. 

Do you, my fellow guys, know that we don't just sit and look our brides to be rattled for the big wedding day? Here are some of the to-dos of the grooms, our responsibilities. check this out.

 1.  Make the pride to introduce yourself and your family to your soon to be in-laws.

 2.  Discuss the wedding with your fiancee. (date, location and the budget)
 3.  Fill in some sentences for your wedding website. (if you do have)
 4.  Choose your best man and ushers.
 5.  Start up the guest list. 
 6.  Visit your principal sponsors.
 7.  Discuss ceremony with the officiant.
 8.  Countless invites for food tasting.
 9.  Registry.
10. Marriage License
11. Plan for a unique honeymoon.
12. Arrange the bridal car.
13. Consolidate the expenses
14. Ready for the tux.
15. I do.
16. Put the ring on.
17. Deal seal.

07 October 2010

Bring in the Metals

    A metal with a Latin name of Aurum with chemical symbol of AU. Gold symbolizes power, strength, wealth, happiness, love, and the sun.
    Commonly used for making a jewelry. It was combined to other metals to add strength . Yellow is the natural color of this element, but, it can be turned into white, pink, green or even black, if putting some alloys.

    A rare and lustrous silvery white metal, similar with platinum but has a bit darker tone. Some love because it is lighter than platinum.

   A hypoallergenic metal that won't irritate a sensitive skin. This metal is very durable, gems placed on it is secured.

    Classic, weightless, hypoallergenic, and highly resistant to corrosion. Its color is gray or black.

05 October 2010

Paulo's Masterpiece

    As usual, Abbey surprised me with these designs. So happy to see it, kasi you can feel his eagerness, happiness and excitement to marry me. 
  This is masterpiece ng cousin nyang si Paulo. I am so amazed kasi he is so creative and imaginative for our logo. 
  Thank you PM. We really really appreciate it.
  What we will use for our wedding logo? So hard to decide.  



     Well, Hazel is such wonderful  lady. Sya din ang gumawa ng video namin na ang reaction ng mga viewers eh nakakaiyak.

     Thank u Hazel for this  suggestion. Hope to see you soon.

04 October 2010

Hizon's Catering Grand Food Tasting

WHEN    :  10 October 2010
WHERE :  Oasis Special Events Venue, 169 Aurora Blvd San Juan
TIME      :   11AM - 5PM

  Someone from Hizon's Catering will contact you after completion and submission of the form. When we (I, Denise, and John) attended one of their Grand Food Tasting held in their main office along Quezon City, we went home so full for just tasting a small quantity of each meal. The  presentation was outstanding and you get a lots of freebies upon booking. You can haggle to a lower price pa nga eh.

I love their lengua and so cheesy lasagna. Hizon's should be on every soon-to-be's checklist. 

03 October 2010

Wedding Band or Wedding Ring

Wedding band or wedding ring is a pair of plain precious metals given during a wedding ceremony. Uniquely designed wedding rings were filled with different expensive and rare stones, some put their fingerprints on it, some with different shapes and designs. 

Wedding band or ring both symbolize that the wearer was married. 

This ring should be rarely removed, for it serves as symbol of love, trust and respect to each spouse. 

01 October 2010

Kasalan 2010 - October 15

  Can't believed this, they're on its 5th year.
Remembering the former company I was used to be employed. We are fond of going to different exhibits and we are actually participating too, showcasing the different export products.

  Once you step in on this gathering, surely, you will be overwhelmed by the imaginations of people behind those booths.

  Gatherings like this not only caters weddings, they also serve necessities on debut and even children's party.

  Here you can see the top photographers, showcase of cakes (you are so lucky if you'll get a free taste), nice affordable venues, sumptuous set of food by well known caterers, creative ideas for the invitations, want hassle free wedding.. event coordinators are all up, free trial make up is a must, so many gown to choose from, and this venue was filled by music by different performers. 

  Soon to be grooms and brides, save the date and this event will surely help you, as it help  me and Ate Gail. =) 

29 September 2010

Hath Not Power Over Own Body

1 Corinthians 7:1-5

   Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: [It is] good for a man not to touch a woman. 
   Nevertheless, [to avoid] fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. 
   Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.
   The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. 
   Defraud ye not one the other, except [it be] with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.

20 September 2010

Something old, Something new . . .

Something old, something new,
Something borrowed, something blue,
And silver sixpence in your shoe.

A British custom for their bride to wear or carry something of those above. It gives good luck for the married couple.

Something Old -  it symbolizes continuity for the bride's family. Most of the time, bride's mother lend her accessories/jewelry or even their old handkerchief for her to use during the ceremony.

Something New - symbolizes a hope for a bright future for the couple. The usual new item for the bride is her gown.

Something Borrowed - a thing borrowed represents that her family and friends can be depended on times of needs. Usually, the bride borrowed something from a happy couple who wants to pass down their good fortune to the new couple.

Something Blue - faithfulness, loyalty and love. Most couples chose to have a blue garter to represent this one.

A Silver Sixpence in Bride's Shoe - a sixpence is a coin from Britain. This is to send a good luck for their finances. They say that the coin should be on her left shoe to maximize the fortune.

17 September 2010

Wedding Traditional Beliefs

Folklore - The traditional beliefs, practices, customs, stories, jokes, songs (etc.) of a people, handed down orally or behaviorally from individual to individual. - http://urbanlegends.about.com

Superstitions - An irrational belief -- i.e., one held in spite of evidence to the contrary -- usually involving supernatural forces and associated with rituals. - http://urbanlegends.about.com

In this high-tech era we have, Filipinos beliefs didn't fade. Maybe, Filipinos are afraid to have a bad luck in their married life. Here some samples of "Kasabihan ng Matatanda".
1. Wag magligpit ng lamesa habang may kumakain - Kasi daw hindi makakapagasawa ang maiiwan sa hapagkainan.
2. Wag isukat ang trahe bago ang kasal - Kasi daw baka hindi matuloy ang kasal. (Paano malalaman kung maliit o malaki ang pagkakatahi)
3. Bawal maglakbay sa malalayong lugar ang magpapakasal. - Lapitin daw ng disgrasya ang mga ito.
4. Biyaya ang ulan sa araw ng kasal. - Paano naman yung mga kinasal ng summer? Kawawa naman sila.
5. Pagsasaboy ng bigas ay magbibigay sa bagong kasal ng maalwan na buhay. - Parang nagtatapon din ng grasyang bigas.
6. Bawal ang sukob - Malas daw.
7. Bawal magsuot ng perlas ang babae sa kasal - Magiging miserbale daw ang buhay magasawa.

Those were only 7, but bet on it, there's a lot more. It is up to the couple if they will believe those or not.

Wedding Ticker

This is an image that updates automatically to count down a specific event. This is a cute way to let the world know the remaining number of days up to your wedding day.

Here are some sites that offers a those free.

14 September 2010

Flowers are Everywhere

Calla Lily symbolizes magnificence and beauty. White Calla lilies combine these two attributes with purity and innocence associated with the color white to make it the perfect choice of flower in a Wedding bouquet.

Bird of Paradise symbolizes joyfulness. It also symbolizes magnificence. It can also be used to indicate exciting and wonderful anticipation.
Amaryllis This flower is symbolic of splendid beauty. It is also used to indicate worth beyond beauty.
Alstroemeria flower is symbolic of wealth, prosperity and fortune. It is also the flower of friendship.

Anthurium symbolizes hospitality. It is also used to indicate happiness and abundance.

Aster symbolizes patience. It is also indicative of a love of variety. It also symbolizes elegance and daintiness.

Bouvardia symbolizes enthusiasm. It is also used to indicate zest for life.
Carnation symbolizes pride and beauty. A red carnation symbolizes love, pride and admiration; a pink carnation symbolizes the love of a woman or a mother; a purple carnation  symbolizes capriciousness; a yellow carnation symbolizes disdain, rejection or disappointment; while a white carnation symbolizes innocence and pure love. A striped carnation conveys refusal.

Chrysanthemum symbolizes fidelity, optimism, joy and long life. A red chrysanthemum conveys love; a white chrysanthemum symbolizes truth and loyal love while a yellow chrysanthemum symbolizes slighted love.
Daffodil symbolizes regard and chivalry. It is indicative of rebirth, new beginnings and eternal life. It also symbolizes unrequited love. A single daffodil foretells a misfortune while a bunch of daffodils indicate joy and happiness.
Daisy symbolizes innocence and purity. It conveys loyal love and “I will never tell”. Gerbera Daisy specifically conveys cheerfulness.
Gardenia symbolizes purity and sweetness. They indicate secret love. They convey joy. They tell the receiver you are lovely.

Gerbera specifically conveys cheerfulness.
Gladiolus  symbolizes strength of character, faithfulness and honor, remembrance.
Heather Lavender symbolizes admiration, solitude and beauty while white heather symbolizes protection and indicates that wishes will come true.
Hyacinth symbolizes playfulness and a sporty attitude and in its extreme rashness. Hyacinths also denote constancy. Blue hyacinth stands for constancy, purple for sorrow, red or pink for play, white for loveliness and yellow for jealousy.

Iris symbolizes eloquence. Purple iris is symbolic of wisdom and compliments. Blue iris symbolizes faith and hope. Yellow iris symbolizes passion while white iris symbolizes purity.
Lilac symbolizes youthful innocence and confidence. White lilac symbolizes humility and innocence, field lilac symbolizes charity while purple lilac symbolizes first love.
Orchid is a symbol of the exotic beauty. It symbolizes refinement, thoughtfulness and mature charm. It also symbolizes proud and glorious femininity.
Rose symbolizes love. It signifies love in its various forms. Its symbolism varies based on color, variety and number.
Sunflower signifies pure thoughts. It symbolizes adoration and dedication. It is symbolic of dedicated love. It is however also symbolic of haughtiness.
Tulip signifies a declaration of love. It also symbolizes fame and perfect love.

Pillow of the Rings

Hear ye! Hear ye! The ring bearer is here! But do you know how trendy now the pillows of the rings are? Samples below to present the rings to the aisle.