How you can incorporate the color into your wedding
This week Pantone released 2022’s color of the year which had many creatives excited. Very Peri, a blue with violet and red undertones, is said to “display a spritely, joyous attitude and dynamic presence that encourages courageous creativity and imaginative expression.” Leatric Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute said “As we move into a world of unprecedented change, the selection of PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri brings a novel perspective and vision of the trusted and beloved blue color family, encompassing the qualities of the blues.”
If you’re feeling inspired by Very Peri like we are, here are some ways you can incorporate Pantone’s 2022 color of the year into your wedding details!
1. Floral arrangement and styling
Such a beautiful and lively color is easy to work into your event styling and bouquets. For summer weddings, think of bright colors to complement it like yellows, pinks, and greens. For more dramatic color combinations, you can look to plums, wine, and sage. Yes, it can even work with more minimalist design aesthetic if you want Very Peri to be your pop of color for arrangements. The options are quite endless, just ask your event stylist or florist and scroll down to see some arrangement ideas.
Love Very Peri and want it to dominate your wedding theme and motif? Have your bridesmaids and groomsmen wear the color! You can mix it with dusty blue and light gray for a gradient of colors or simply wear as is. Light colored suits for groomsmen would also complement this joyous shade well.
3. Ceremony arc
Too much color isn’t your style? Very Peri can also work with modern styles. Just see the ceremony arc we feature below. It can be the focal point of your ceremony that can double up as a photo area for your guests once the ceremony is done. Less can indeed be more even with such a spritely shade. Mixing it with gold gives the color a bit of warmth.
These days we see couples creating brand kits of sorts for their weddings where the style guide includes everything visual. Working Very Peri into your invitation art, wedding website and online communications, thank you notes, etc. is another way to thoughtfully use the color of the year for your wedding. Work with a friend who’s inclined to design and the arts to help you find color combinations and fonts that represent you and your fiancé. Another is to look around the web, such as this website that helps create color combinations.
5. Something blue
Pantone calls Very Peri a shade of blue, though many online identify it to be similar to purple. You could choose Very Peri to be your “something blue” for your wedding ensemble. Many brides love to wear a pair of blue shoes to follow this tradition, and it looks like we’ll be seeing more Very Peri bridal shoes very soon!
Which of these five ideas would you do for your wedding? Share this story now!
Photos from Amaze Paperie, Wedding Connexion, Wedding Forward, Elegant Wedding Invites, wedding-venues.co.uk, Justine Milton Photography, Ruffled Blog, and Pantone.
In case you haven’t heard, concept studios are the latest thing to come to content creation. But what does that have to do with a soon-to-wed couples? Because these concept spaces are the new spots to shoot your prenup photos. But that’s not the only thing that’s special about concept studios, it’s the versatility. Some can double up as wedding venues or even wedding prep venues. And of course for all these you get the same end product: absolutely gorgeous photos and videos largely thanks to all the natural light that fills its rooms. Perhaps that is thanks to the photographers and creative business minds who have put up these concept spaces. Because they know exactly what would look great in photos and videos, they are able to design spaces with such goals in mind.
Below are three new spaces couples are booking and turning into the perfect locations to serve their creative visions and ideas.
1. White Noise Creative Space
Where: Binondo, Manila
The Philippine Daily Inquirer describes White Noise Creative Space as a “rare airy studio in the city that calls to mind a chic New York apartment” and is owned by photographer couple Jeck (of The PaperProject) and Jam (of Kindred and Munchkins). It is located inside First United Building which was completed in 1928. The focal point of White Noise Creative Space is a large window that beautifully fills the studio with lots of natural light. And because it is owned by photographers who thought to design the studio based on how they would shoot, the space is supposed to serve the creative vision of the client. It is “clean, functional, and simple,” the couple says to Inquirer.
Want those relaxed just us chilling at home photo vibe but don’t actually have your own space yet? Balara Content Studio by Chestknots is the perfect prenup photo venue to book for that peg. You get a mix of both indoor and outdoor locations, lots of white walls and floors, gorgeous furniture, and fresh greens. Jayjay and Feliz Lucas turned around an abandoned property into the content studio, including a tiny bodega transformed into a tiny house with a roof deck. Balara Content Studio is fast becoming a favorite of content creators and creatives alike!
This photo and content studio is also by the founders of Nice Print Photography but is not exclusive to its clients. You can avail of studio only rental (exclusive or non-exclusive use) and choose which of its themes or concepts best suit your creative vision. Concept Space Manila also has VIP lounges to make prepping for your photo or video shoot comfortable. You may also book it as a wedding venue with two available options, a 9-hour use and a 14-hour use, but both are for exclusive use. Various backdrops are also available for your use which means that from the production point of view, there’s very little you’ll have to bring in or add in to Concept Space Manila.
‘They have impacted me to stand up for myself and comforting me with their music’
Jean Aubrey R. De Gracia has imagined her debut since she was young, but perhaps the exact theme of our once in a lifetime party was not something she could predict. Aubrey is a self-confessed baby Army whose debut theme came about spontaneously. “Being the type of person who doesn’t want to follow the trend, I was also uncertain if my initial theme was the final [one].” A simple suggestion from her mom turned into a Boy with Luv debut.
Below, Aubrey tells her account of planning for her BTS-themed debut and why she chose to celebrate despite the challenges of throwing a party these days.
What made your decide to celebrate your eighteenth birthday this way?
Since I was a young girl, I have already envisioned my 18th celebration wherein I know how I would like to present myself in front of the people. I wanted to commemorate a day for my legality even though many people were asking me to just travel and buy anything I want. My response to those people circles back to the thought that I could never bring back the time that I’ll turn eighteen. There would be no other chance to present myself formally because it is possible to do other things (e.g. travel) anytime in my life but commemorating my coming of age, it’s different.
I am blessed that I have supportive parents who gives me what they think is best for me. I am also blessed that God has bestowed me an opportunity to celebrate despite the difficult situation. I’ve put in mind that maybe it was the right time to celebrate my birthday because if it would be for the other times, it would have a different ending. Indeed, it was a dream that I will never forget.
Tell us about your debut theme. Why did you choose this theme? How did you bring it to life?
My debut theme focuses on ‘Boy With Luv’ which is one of the songs of BTS. From the title itself, it talks about a boy who finds happiness in the little things more than love. The lyrics speaks about asking how’s your day going and making the boy stronger than love itself. It is connected to their song entitled ‘Boy in Luv’ in the year 2014 where they sang about a boy who only knows how to love others and not himself. However, with the development of the BTS members themselves, they have grown to appreciate every small detail of what they have now.
Similarly, stepping into a new chapter of my life, I started to embrace reality and to recognize the people and the things I have. I became more grateful for what I am now and for what lies ahead of me next. I felt the lyrics when they presented how we are greater than love once we also pour into loving and appreciating ourselves especially the little things.
As a baby army, I am grateful that I was able to discover BTS. They caught my attention during the release of 'Butter' and the next thing I knew, I was searching up their names and watching interviews. They have impacted me to stand up for myself and comforting me with their music. It amazes me how they are advocates of the Love Myself campaign and are appointed as the special presidential envoy for future generation and culture. With this, I was even more moved and have this thought of having them part of my 18th celebration.
When we were planning this event, our theme was set as ethereal glam. It was focused on having the princess type and floral theme but all of us wanted more different. Being the type of person who doesn’t want to follow the trend, I was also uncertain if that was the final. I was having thoughts that I want to be unique and I want the theme to put an effect to everyone. My mom suggested if it will be okay for me if we’ll be getting an inspiration from BTS. I loved the idea. My coordinators, who are also an army, also agreed and we sorted out to have a specific song. We based the whole setup with the official music video of Boy With Luv. From the building to the design of the lights, it was all inspired with their official music video. My dad has also extended his support to follow the theme that I wanted and made sure that we will be able to highlight the ‘Boy with Luv’ setup.
My event stylist, Mr. Michael Ruiz, has also envision what he’ll be establishing for our designs. He explained that everything will be constructed from scratch. From the grand entrance with my name to the colorful stage and the hanging neon signs, it was in need of a heavy workload. He made sure that every detail goes the same with the official music video of ‘Boy With Luv’ as we are inspired to make this event unique and to center my love for BTS. There was also a ticket booth by the time you enter the venue which is similar to the music video. It is the best song to present myself.
If I will be dwelling with the album that is part of this song, it focuses on the concept of persona of Carl Jung which discusses how we project ourselves towards other people against the authentic self. It has a long road of discussion but I wanted to depict that in the past eighteen years of my life, there is always a time that I needed to rediscover myself and who I am as a person. I wanted to know myself better and find the courage to holding my strengths and weaknesses. As the title goes along, I believe I’m a girl with luv.
How did you feel on your debut?
I was overflowing with happiness during my debut. To be honest, we have been planning my event since December because I am originally born on February 24. Then, a situation came up where my dad cannot come home during February as he is working overseas. We scheduled a date during July so that we can match the arrival of my dad but all of a sudden an alert was raised in the Taal Volcano. It was a week before my event and our worries were heightened with the situation. Another thing that my dad also informed us that his departure was still not sure. In this case, we saw it as a sign that I should be able to celebrate my birthday with my family complete.
Thankfully despite all the changes, we were able to celebrate my birthday with my family complete. I am happy with the setup of the venue because the "Boy with Luv" theme came into reality. I was speechless that we were able to execute successfully the desired concept. I am happy that my relatives and friends were able to make time in attending to my debut. I know it is not an easy decision especially when the situation is still not well. I am also happy that finally I was able to commemorate my legality. It was a dream of a younger version of me and I hope I made her proud.
What are some of your highlights from your debut?
My favorite part in my debut program was my opening dance production. This is one of my grand entrance in front of the guests and I will be dancing to four BTS songs: Fire, Boy with Luv, Butter and IDOL. The plan was to have my dancers be present for the first few seconds of the song then I’ll be coming out of the led wall after. When I came out, my energy during that time was tripled and I was giving all I can while enjoying the song.
It was also the first time for other people to see me dance because I don’t do it a lot. In addition, I really appreciated how my co-dancers hyped me every time my body wants to give up. The guests were also cheering every time the beat drop so it may be tiring but it was worth it! It was also a great feeling as I showcase a different side of me and I had a lot of fun because I get to groove along to some BTS songs.
The second highlight goes to the time I dedicated a song for my father during our last 18th rose. He was my last dance and he had no idea with our plan that as he sways me a dance I’ll sing first a song for him. The song is entitled ‘Butterfly’ by Miley Cyrus and it speaks about a relationship between a dad and his daughter. The song has a significant meaning for me because during my 7th birthday, it was also the song that is playing for our dance. I practiced the song a lot of times because I don’t want to ruin the moment with me crying on stage but my emotions came first. With the last lines, I was not able to continue the song and I was just hugging my dad. It was difficult to make eye contact because I could feel myself bursting into tears. I was also moved on how we handed me a bouquet of roses and when I was crying, he tried to wipe my tears away.
The third highlight was during my 18 memoir wherein my friends with some of my cousins are tasked to share a memorable memory that they had with me. All I can say is how they all made me cry even more. Hearing our stories made me go back to the times that everything is normal and all of us could bond together. It was also a time that I appreciated how they see me as a person and as a friend.
The fourth highlight was when my parents made their speech by the end of the program. I felt their genuine love through their expression of words and it was a moment that I’ll cherish because they have extended their utmost gratitude for me and for all of the people who were part of the meaningful celebration. It is a memorable moment because as I was able to stand there with my two parents and they were able to share their sentiments addressed to me.
The fifth highlight also goes to one of my unexpected parts wherein we had a closing dance number and we would be encouraging the audience to take part with the song. The song is entitled ‘Permission to Dance’ by BTS and the dancers were inviting people on stage and I was startled to see my two brothers dancing along because they don’t do that! It was cute and memorable! We were able to close the program with joy and smiles along the people’s faces.
Any tips for debutantes planning their debut?
Find a reliable and competent organizer who would help you in transforming your ideas into reality. Make sure to look for someone trustworthy who assures every detail of your event will be synchronized with your vision. It is important that you get to know each of the supplier coordinating with your celebration because you need to be assured that they are the right people who will be contributing to the success of your event.
It is also important that you get to choose a theme first so that everything goes next in deciding the program, wardrobe and special production. Your theme revolves around what your debut will be like and you have to make sure that it is something that marks as ‘you’. Be unique when planning out other ideas and go beyond to what you have imagined. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and there’s no better chance to do anything you like except that day. Have a backup plan in case an unexpected situation came up. It’s better to be prepared rather than to feel stressed out when the time comes.
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This architect couple wanted a natural, raw, and laidback engagement shoot
Eugene Carlo Sta. Ana and Ma. Bernadette Adelaine Fandiño met and fell in love when their thesis was underway, which naturally meant their shared passions was a central theme of their prenup photoshoot. “We officially became a couple and our relationship kept growing while we passed our thesis, graduated, and soon started our careers and became architects,” the couple says.
Wacky and Vernie’s intimate wedding is set for early 2022. Wacky proposed to Vernie during their eighth anniversary as a couple. “It was all a blur, it was magical,” says the couple.
Below, Wacky and Vernie share their love story and how they planned their “natural, raw, and laidback” prenup photoshoot.
We were introduced by Vernie's cousin who is Wacky's friend on her college graduation party but didn't get to really know each other until a few months later during a chance encounter. We started chatting and talking regularly about thesis to share ideas being that we had similar thesis topics. From there, our conversation grew and it became a daily thing talking about everything as we grew closer and closer together. Eventually we officially became a couple and our relationship kept growing while we passed our thesis, graduated, and soon started our careers, and became architects.
When did the proposal happen?
On our eighth anniversary, Vernie prayed at church. "God, I think I'm ready." The first time she realized that she is ready to take our relationship on to the next level, not knowing that Wacky has been planning to propose on the same day. We were having our usual anniversary dinner and while talking about the future, Wacky got down on one knee and suddenly proposed, it was all a blur, it was magical, Vernie answered "Of course”.
Natural, raw, and laidback. This is our original concept except for the regal set that was suggested by the photographer. So happy with how it turned out!
Why did you decide on this theme? Any special reason?
We always wanted our engagement photos to be as natural and relaxed as possible so that it can reflect who we are and our story. Architecture, car, road trips, and our love for sunsets!
Tell us about your wedding planning process.
Right after we got engaged, we thoroughly researched for our major wedding suppliers, checked their portfolios, and shortlisted suppliers that matches our taste. We then scheduled a meeting with them and shared our ideas and concept on how we have envisioned our wedding. We made sure that we booked all the suppliers that we are most comfortable with.
And more expert advice for a joyful wedding planning experience!
Wedding planning is a challenge, and planning one during a global pandemic is more so. Every one wants to save on money, time, and of course avoid stress. That’s why we asked expert and in demand wedding planners and coordinators to share their advice on how you can make the most out of what you have and have a beautiful and memorable wedding. Below are the advice from Christine Ong-Te, Kim Torres, and Path Production. We also got advice from other planners, here.
Christine Ong-Te says:
1. Brace yourselves.
"Thinking of Plan B in the pandemic, you have to brace yourself and you have to make sure you will be able to face the battle in case there’s going to be a different scenario–change of date, change of venue, change of size of guest list–so you just have to be ready. And always think positive, don’t lose hope. Having a small or intimate wedding might be the most special wedding you’ll ever have. So you have to make sure that you have positive energy, positive thinking. Just enjoy the planning, even if it’s like creating Plan B. What’s important is important is that you and your future spouse will be able to celebrate your life as a married couple."
"For example, with your suppliers, you need to learn to manage your expectations especially when you fail to notice that you’re expecting too much from your supplier when we (the client) ourselves did not invest as much in the first place. You need to learn to let go as well and you need to learn to trust your suppliers. With regards to your guest list, there are just things that are beyond your control. Sometimes your guests cannot commit especially during the pandemic. All of you have to do is make a Plan A, Plan B, and Plan C. You have to strategize. That way you’re anticipating things in the beginning, that way you won’t feel stressed. The bottomline here is that when you get married, it’s more on fun, more on relaxing, more on celebrating your love for each other. It’s not work, don’t think of your wedding planning as work. It’s more about enjoy and having fun in the planning, and trust your booked suppliers and timeline. Don’t overthink and don’t over plan."
3. Do not sweat the small things.
"Focus on your priority, on what you really need, trust your suppliers. There’s no such thing as a perfect wedding. Trust your wedding planners because they’re the ones who are going to move you around and tell you what’s steep one, two, and three and everything will follow as long as you have a credible planner. Leave everything to God and the professionals you hired for your event."
"You’ll have enough time to organize your schedule and avoid being the couplezilla, bridezilla, groomzilla, or familyzilla. This allows you also to save money because you can allot your budget properly without pressure. You can set aside money every payday. So you can organize and delegate your budget without pressure. More time, no stress!"
"Then trust them and be in love with them. No what if’s, no more changing of supplier, no more checking out others once you’ve booked the supplier you’re in love with. Invest in them, build a relationship with them. It really saves time, no more unnecessary activities like browsing rates. It saves money too, because when you change suppliers your down payments are non-refundable. When you have a good relationship with your suppliers, the more excited you’ll be to see them working for you on your wedding day. Everything will be casual, everything will be natural."
8. Be organized, and don’t be afraid to delegate.
"Use Excel Sheets and the power of digital. Real-time editing saves times instead of rewriting it! Google Drive Sheets are our best friends. You can avoid losing your files since everything is online. Make your own email address that’s separate from work. Learn to delegate, parang sa trabaho lang 'yan. Wedding planning is teamwork, it’s a collaboration of the couple and the suppliers."
9. Know what you want.
"It saves money, time, and keeps you away from stress because you can tell your suppliers what you want. Hindi ka lost, hindi din lost ang suppliers mo. Remember, hindi 'yung suppliers ang ikakasal. Kayo ang ikakasal, so you have to know what you want. You have to tell them what you want to see on your wedding or what you want them to execute. We can avoid repetitive work and wrong execution. Wrong execution leads to redoing things which means time and expenses lost."
10. Know your priorities.
"Know your reason for getting married and why you’re celebrating with a bigger or smaller group. If you want the grand feels or intimate mood, and think about what you want to remember in 10 years or more. Don’t let is be about pleasing your guests or anyone else. It’s a celebration of love between you and your partner as you embark on this new chapter together. Enjoy every moment. Minsan lang ‘to, one take lang ‘to! So happy wedding planning!"
It's not always going for the cheaper alternative, sometimes it's how you spend
Real talk only–an intimate wedding does not automatically translate to a smaller wedding budget. Yes, it can be cheaper in some aspects but it is definitely not free. Because we know that these days call for wise spending, we came up with tried and tested tips on how to cut your wedding budget considerably. Some of these tips just might surprise you!
1. Keep your guest list to a bare minimum.
The norm of intimate wedding and love in the time of a pandemic means it has become perfectly acceptable to do micro weddings. Gone are the days when you would risk offending friends and extended family if they were not included in your guest list. Perhaps there may still be a few comments but in general, you are likely to receive less flak for keeping your guest list lean.
You can cap your wedding guest list with a number you are comfortable with inviting, financially speaking as well as in light of health and safety protocols. Fewer guests affects many factors in wedding planning–catering, the venue, decor, documentation to name a few. And these suppliers often take up the bigger slices of your budget. That is why putting a cap on your number of guests is a major determining factor on your budget.
If you want to really cut down on your guest list and be sure to avoid possible side comments, stick to inviting only immediate families for both bride and groom’s side.
Locally grown blooms and greens are not just easier on the wallet, they are also friendly on our country’s economy! That’s two wins right away. If you are gathering pegs from international media or stylists, just ask your florist or event stylist how they can achieve a similar look but only using local blooms. Be flexible with the actual flowers and foliage and do not expect your stylist to use exactly every flower in the photo. Many of the beautiful arrangements we see online use flowers that are not locally available and this is one reason why floral styling budgets can easily balloon. Trust your chosen stylist to recreate the look and feel of your pegs–you will be pleasantly surprised at the magic they bring.
3. Go for the photographer/videographer coverage only package.
Documentation is another worthy investment in weddings. Some couples who want to trim the fat of their wedding budget opt for service only or coverage only package. This could mean different things depending on the supplier, but more often than not you will have the photo and/or videography team at your wedding and then turnover of all raw or digital files only to you.
If a friend or relative is a talented photo editor or video editor, they can edit your files. But if editing is included in your package with your photography and/or videography team, you will likely receive your digital files post nuptials. Printing your photos or creating an album can be done after your wedding and at your own pace.
This is another budgeting tip that involves working with your event stylist. If you are having an outdoor ceremony, your ceremony backdrop can double up as the focal point or photo area of your reception. Ask them if there is a way for you to maximize your ceremony decor or your reception decor. Gathered Creative Co. also shared another sustainable and money-saving tip at Themes & Motifs and Inspirations.ph'sLove Wins Live Forum - Amazing DIY Wedding Styling: give away your table decor as gifts to your guests (watch the episode for more tips on budgeting and styling –eds). Again, communicating clearly and honestly with your suppliers will allow you to come up with creative solutions to your concerns and constraints. Bring your questions to them, no matter how big or small!
5. Sell your wedding dress or buy a pre-loved one.
Hello, Facebook groups! If your membership to various communities and groups has not yet increased since this pandemic, we suggest that now is the best time to start! Apart from asking fellow soon-to-weds like yourselves on some tips and leads, you can also find all sorts of deals in these private communities. Some practical brides sell their wedding gowns, a smart way to minimize the actual expense of your gown. In the same way, many brides do not mind or even prefer to wear a pre-loved wedding gown for different reasons, some being sustainability or lessening the carbon foot print of their wedding and the ease on the budget is a bonus. You will also find in some of these Facebook groups the buying and selling of other wedding items too, from mother of the bride gowns, to candle, cords, and veils, even to wedding packages that were not used!
Celebrate your big day with guests online via a beautifully packed meal
If you are livestreaming your wedding and want to celebrate with your guests remotely, sending them beautifully packed delicious meals is a thoughtful way to share the love. Many couples who are not ready to host a gathering or can only invite a handful understandably think of translating the reception experience in each home so we came up with our list of caterers, restaurants, and food suppliers who can give your big day that special touch. Gatherings are also only allowed in GCQ and MGCQ classifications which means an online gathering for your reception is the best option for LGUs in tighter restrictions.
Remember that an actual zoom party isn’t required–you can livestream your ceremony and send them a boxed meal they can enjoy on their own. It can also be a way to say thank you to special people on your guest list who might not be ready to attend your ceremony, such as principal sponsors or children entourage. Another consideration: these picks can also provide you meals for your pre-wedding zoom parties!
Below are seven options, including experienced wedding caterers, restaurant favorites, and a way for you to reach loved ones all over the Philippines!
Exactly what the name suggests–these meals are tailor made for zoom parties! If you’re having a zoom reception, you can still treat your guests who are sheltering at home with Bizu’s favorites like the Salmon Rockefeller Gourmet Set (P1,250) or the 10 Hour US Roast Beef Gourmet Set (P1,155). If you are not looking for a heavy meal to treat your loved ones with, try the Afternoon Tea set (P1,000) or the Petite Graze Box (P1,950 for 2-3 PAX). These are also beautiful gifts to send to your principal sponsors or other loved ones even if you won’t be holding a zoom reception. Bizu is running a 10+1 promo and we highly suggest working with wedding caterers if you are ordering a big number of boxed meals.
Just this month, K by Cunanan launches its Celebration Boxes for all couples and clients who want to celebrate online. Choose from any of the caterer’s party sets “and have a curated box of delightful goodness delivered to you and to your loved ones.” Just like any of these boxed meals, you can order and send the Celebration Boxes for just about any special occasion–or even just to elevate your next online get-together! Visit K by Cunanan’s site to know more.
This beloved wedding caterer began to offer food trays in 2020 and today via hizonsfoodshop.com, couples can either avail of its Family Feasts or Bento Box Packed Meals. Family Feast can start at P2,600 for 5-6 PAX including Apple and Nuts Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing, Baked Cheesy Lasagna, California Roast Chicken, Apple Braised Pork Belly, Steamed Rice, and Rocky Road Brownies. Bento Box meals start at P275 and go up to P415, which includes California Roast Chicken, Pork Salpicao, Spaghetti with Pesto Sauce, Pickled Vegetables, and Salted Caramel Brownies. We love that we can do all our shopping via a website!
Want to treat your guests to a surefire hit or perhaps even provide a bit of nostalgia remembering the days when you used to meet up at restaurants? That’s likely what you’re going to get when you opt for the Cibo EATalian box, which includes different iterations of the restaurant’s bestselling appetizers, starter, main dish, and drink. A medium box is P1,795 per box while a piccolo or small (set of 4) is P2,975. Non-meat eaters will enjoy the Lean.Light piccolo choice while young guests will love the Club Bimbi Meal (P1,295 or P1,479). You can order via the website and schedule it in advance to get more things out of the way before your big day!
If you want a particular cuisine that played quite a role in your love story to be part of your big day, Passion Cooks’ Set Menus will do the trick. It offers Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Mexican Set Menus starting a P2,900 for 3-4 PAX. Passion Cooks also offers a Vegetarian Menu starting at P2,700 and three options for its favorites, PC Faves 1, 2, and 3. Ordering from its website is also possible and you can easily add on desserts and pastries like Old Fashioned Buttermilk and Cheese Donuts, Matcha Green Tea Cupcakes, and Mini Naked Cakes.
We love this new of option especially because you can now send your relatives and friends all over the Philippines–from Agusan Del Sur to Zamboanga Del Norte to be exact–a treat with just a few clicks. McDonald’s lets you choose form 10 set menus and you can also schedule when it will be sent. Whether it’s more reflective of your personality as a couple or an add on to your treat for your guests, we’re sure this option is worth considering as well! Bonus: Breakfast menu is available on Send to Many. Who doesn’t love McDonald’s Breakfast?
Here’s another crowd favorite that you can recreate at home. Wildflour and Little Flour offer trays of your favorites like Beef Tapa (P520), Dagupan Bangus Belly (P520), Danggit (P450), and Dried Pusit (P450), etc. You can order via Wildflour To Go, the Wildflour app, or even Grab. If you’re skipping the route of a meal, you may also gift guests with Mystery Box, a curated box of Wildflour’s delicious pastries.
With a smaller guest list comes the need for smaller spaces. Now that intimate weddings are the norm, you may want to consider venues that were once quite unimaginable for a wedding if you had a 300 pax guest list. Choosing a smaller venue like a restaurant can give your wedding a cozier feel and might be a wiser option than celebrating at home, since you can be assured that safety protocols will be followed and mandated by the venue. You can also cut back on dressing up the venue as restaurants are already designed beautifully, versus complete transformations of blank spaces or homes.
We rounded up eight of our favorite restaurants that accept private functions and weddings. Find out which of these could be your intimate wedding venue!
What could be more comforting as you gather your nearest and dearest than a melange of our favorite Filipino dishes? XO 46 Heritage Bistro serves treasured recipes from all over the country with the goal of keeping the Filipino Heritage alive. Apart from its gorgeous interiors, this restaurant–particularly the S Maison branch–is loved by couples for its Manila Bay sunset view. It can be the perfect setting for both a ceremony and reception, or an outdoor reception.
Here is another beloved restaurant for gatherings and intimate weddings, even before the pandemic. Romulo Cafe also serves up a dose of history together with “good old-fashioned Filipino food”. The cafe, named after Carlos P. Romulo, remembers the days when he was ambassador and entertaining diplomats in their home with his wife Virginia’s recipes. Romulo Cafe has locations in Quezon City, Makati, and Alabang.
Where: New Manila, Tomas Morato, Mandaluyong City, and Pasay City
Lola Cafe offers event packages that start at P650 per head which includes soup, vegetable, starter, pasta, rice, fish, chicken, pork, and dessert. Its different venues can hold 40-80 pax during GCQ, depending on the specific location. Merienda package is also available at P450 per head and you can easily add on or upgrade your package with favorites like US Angus Rib Eye Roast, Truffle Lengua, or Prawns in Aligue. Lola Cafe offers a convenient package that includes already includes basic sound system and projector and screen. A minimum of 15 guests is required to avail of the package. To know more, visit Lola Cafe’s site.
Hail from the southern part of the Philippines? Palm Grill serves authentic cuisine from Southern Mindanao, “specifically Zamboanga, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi”. If you’re simply just a foodie and lover of all our cuisines, consider Palm Grill located at Tomas Morato for your wedding! The restaurant has hosted wedding ceremonies and receptions during the pandemic and couples love mixing its sleek black and wood modern interiors with soft details fresh or dried flowers and a bit of foliage.
Love a good Spanish meal? Mateo’s Restaurant is well-loved for its take on the cuisine, serving favorites like paella, lingua mushroom sauce, and callos. Get started with their tapas, like croquettes con chorizo, gambas, or calamares. Mateo’s Restaurant is also known for its desserts so you may want to look into including your wedding cake in your package. Visit Mateo’s Restaurant Facebook page to see more of their recent intimate weddings.
Neil’s Kitchen located at Westgate Alabang is a neighborhood favorite. It is popular for its Singang Paella Grilled Pork Belly and Bagoong Paella with Kare Kare. Couples and families have chosen Neil’s Kitchen to host their intimate celebrations long before the pandemic so the restaurant is no stranger to special events. Because it is located inside a commercial complex, parking will also be easy for your loved ones.
For Fine Dining option, Blackbird at the Nielson Tower will not disappoint. Private dining is available at certain areas of the restaurant like The Cabin, which can seat up to 12 guests in one long table or the Garden & Terrace depending on weather conditions. The Grill Room, where sunlight pours in during day time complements the restaurant’s art deco interiors and would look lovely over a lunch reception. Exclusive use of Blackbird can be arranged via Jonathan Migné at email@example.com.
Looking for a space with a bit more quirk? The Frazzled Cook might be your perfect match. The restaurant is loved for its “international cuisine with quirky home-cook style” and its interiors match the entire concept. Couples have booked The Frazzled Cook for both their ceremony and reception and some have opted to elevate the restaurant with floral styling. You can get just the right mix of the relaxed homey feel with the elegance of a milestone event here at The Frazzled Cook.
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We asked four husbands how they helped the loves of their lives to cope with the changing guidelines
The stress of planning an intimate wedding or any major event during a pandemic is indescribable, as most soon-to-wed couples say. It is not enough to create plan B. For many, they go up to plan C or even plan D. And even then, things still will not go according to plan. Perhaps that is the most certain thing about pandemic wedding planning–change.
So we asked pandemic grooms, now husbands, how they helped their brides manage the stress that comes with planning an intimate wedding in these times. Most were just as stressed as their brides, and thankfully we have seen that all were more than willing to take the lead when necessary to keep their brides stress-free on their big day.
“To be honest, Carrie wasn't stressed till two days before the wedding date. The first time she cried about the wedding was a day before. We thought we were going to lose our third venue and the wedding was less than 24 hours away. I just told her not to worry about it and that I'd take care of it. What I really did was ask help from both our families and delegated tasks as they wanted this day to happen almost as much as we did. I reminded her that it wasn't the time to be emotional since we were getting married in less than 24 hours. We still had lots to do and we decided if we just kept on moving, everything would work out. Thankfully it did!” –Luis Hernandez
“Since I understand that wedding planning can sometimes be overwhelming, I helped her by reminding her to pace, take her out on dates (...coffee) to give her a breather, and to ask her from time to time if I can help her with anything.” –Earvin Ong
“Both of us were pretty stressed out during the entire process. One thing I always made sure we both were reminded of was the fact that we're on the same team. Make sure to know when she’s getting more stressed than you are and volunteer to handle a specific part of the planning, with her approval of course.” –Timmy del Rosario
All of Dex and Joy’s wedding planning for a year was thrown off course because of the country’s first ECQ which extended into MECQ. Both their tinghun ceremony and wedding were affected and as Joy describes her husband’s efforts after they were “crushed” by the changing quarantine classifications, “Good thing Dex stepped up his game.” Here’s what Dex did when he asked Joy to just come to their wedding.
“I only had 5 days to prepare everything again. Luckily, I know quite a number of friends who do catering and so I was able to pick one for our date. Fortunately, all our suppliers were still willing to push through despite the MECQ. Since it was all moved to our place already, we just had to do some extra sanitation procedures (wearing of face masks and shields, using UV light and air purifier to disinfect the whole house) to be sure that the venue is safe for everyone.” –Dex Ong
Thank God for teamwork and partnerships! Intimate wedding planning during a pandemic is definitely giving couples a head start in strengthening relationships. Here are some thing we at Inspirations.ph suggest you can do to help each other in these times:
Keep dating each other. Make sure to steer clear of wedding planning when you do!
Be honest about how you feel. When it’s becoming too much or too heavy to carry, let your fiancé/fiancee know how you feel. If you know how they can help you, ask! Allow this experience to teach you how to communicate when there’s pressure.
Surprise her or him. Try to find small and simple ways to brighten up their day, especially when you know there are days that are going to be tougher than most.
Is there anything we missed out on? Let us know how you are coping with wedding planning stress!
In the international scene, bridal houses were not able to showcase their collections via the traditional runway shows. However they naturally still found ways to share their creations amid the challenge of the global pandemic. Because as we know, love does not stop and weddings cannot be cancelled.
Fashion houses like Amsale, as reported by Vogue.com, gave its clients the option of virtual try-ons. And many bridal dress shops have already adapted to the digital boom brought about by quarantine.
Brides already began to embrace minimalism following Meghan Markle’s wedding to Prince Harry, but with the Covid pandemic safety protocols this meant couture (or hand-sewn and embellished gowns) shows could not be done. This pushed forward dresses that highlight beautiful fabric and architectural cuts. It is also fitting for intimate weddings and weddings at home.
Practicality has also become a trend at a time when we have all become extra conscious of our expenses and have had to deal with financial restructuring. Galvan created the White Collection, where pieces are multi-use. You can buy a white suit or a sheath dress for your courthouse or as we call it, your civil wedding, and then use it later on for another special occasion. Or the reverse! Perhaps another occasion calls for a white ensemble–who says you can’t wear it to another event before your wedding day? Multi-occasion pieces is a great way to make your wedding more sustainable.
Didn’t think of wearing a bow at the back of your wedding gown till recently? These exaggerated details add drama to a gown and can become the focal point in the absence of beadwork and embellishment. A mullet skirt for your wedding day? Why not! Brides are also letting loose and including more playful details into their gowns as intimate weddings take a more relaxed tone.
Scroll down to see the latest in international bridal wear for some inspiration!