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5 Things You Have To Consider When Choosing Your Wedding Colors Choosing your wedding palette isn’t as easy as you think it is because there are things to consider before picking one. The colors will determine the vibe you want your whole wedding to be from the ceremony to the reception. In order to pick the right wedding colors, we have gathered some helpful information that can help you, so read on!1. Think about the seasonAre you getting married in spring, summer, winter or fall?  If you choose a certain color that blends with the season, it is in no doubt will be beautiful.  For example, you are going to tie the knot during the winter; you can choose a dusty blue accent because it will complement the season.Photo Courtesy of: Ink Scribbler2. Consider your wedding locationYour location will also play a big impact on your color palette. Let's say you are going to get married on the beach during summer, opt for bright summer colors like peach and sage. This will get your guests in the mood and they will feel the summer vibes, too!Photo Courtesy of: Forrent3. Think of the mood you want to createIt is amazing to think that colors can define and create a mood.  If you want your guests to feel elegant and classy, choose black white and gold.  If you want them to feel chic and calm, go for spring or summer colors like coral, squash, and petal.Photo Courtesy of: Coco Dream Cakes4. Pick colors that you loveIt doesn’t have to be all matchy-matchy. Pick one or two that appeals to you the most and then pick other colors that will complement it.  Sometimes your palette needs a color that will make it look balanced.Photo Courtesy of: Discovery Primea5. Don’t forget to check the color wheel We were taught about the primary, secondary, and intermediate colors back in grade school and now it is time to use your knowledge about it.  The color wheel can guide you through the contrasting and analogous scheme.  And if you don’t have any ideas on what colors to pick yet, you can consult to your color wheel.Photo Courtesy of: Weddings at Splendido by LaderaFor more wedding theme ideas, browse BG Bridal Gallery's blog!
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What’s the Estimated Budget Breakdown When Planning a Wedding in the Philippines? Another year has come, and it can be the year you finally tie the knot! Whether you just got engaged or you’re getting married sometime this year, you probably have the wedding budget in mind. How much budget should you allot when planning a wedding in the Philippines? How can you make your dream wedding happen without breaking the bank?As a start, below is a wedding budget breakdown we curated to give you an idea of how much each wedding category costs—from the usual wedding venues in the Philippines to popular wedding giveaways. It could help you see the bigger picture, as well as the smallest details. Knowing the numbers can also help you plot techniques on how you can save without compromising the quality of the occasion.**This estimated wedding budget breakdown list is good for 100 guests or more**Legal Marriage DocumentsOf course, you want your marriage to be legally recognized. Papers and documentation would cost you a portion of your wedding budget and they are among the most essential things to attend to when it comes to planning a wedding in the Philippines. Whether it is a civil or church wedding, there has to be a marriage license. The requirements are as follows:Certified True Copy of NSO Birth CertificateAffidavit of Parental Consent or Advice (for couples under the age of 25)Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR)Certificate of Attendance in Pre-Marriage SeminarCommunity Tax Certificate or CedulaAll of these can sum up to PHP3,000 to PHP6,000, and it may depend on the location (and local government policies) of the church where you are getting married.Ceremony VenueSome churches only accept donations while others may require fees. Some packages for a wedding ceremony can range from PHP7,000 to PHP25,000. Cathedrals in more central or in-demand locations and those with air conditioning can have more expensive fees. Reception and CateringMost or at least half of the wedding budget goes to the wedding reception venue. You have to make sure that it can accommodate all your wedding guests, and that the food is enough for the whole party.Reception venue rental and decorations can cost from PHP35,000 to PHP150,000. The area and capacity of the venue would determine the cost. Meanwhile, your catering cost can sum up from PHP50,000 to PHP185,000. It will mainly depend on the headcount and the number of dishes that will be served.Various wedding venues in the Philippines have in-house catering and include a wedding cake, as well. In case your chosen caterer does not provide it, your wedding cake can cost PHP4,500 to PHP15,000. Videography and PhotographyMillennials often say, “Pics or it did not happen.” It seems trivial, but if you think about it, you would want to encapsulate your big day through photographs and videos. Living in a digital era, outputs for this are undeniably better than the previous generations. Your photos would be as clear as a good day, and the videos are surely not pixelated.Photo and video teams can charge from PHP35,000 to PHP130,000. Special inclusions of some wedding suppliers in Manila like prenuptial shoot, same-day edit, and aerial videos can make this more expensive. Wedding Attire for the Couple and EntourageYou probably have "the dress" that you have been dreaming of since you were a kid. A typical bridal store in the Philippines can offer wedding gowns for as low as PHP5,000 and as high as PHP150,000. For the groom, prepare to shell out PHP2,500 to PHP20,000. (PSA: Some suits can even cost up to PHP80,000!)Your wedding motif would only play out well and dandy if you have the entourage that will complement the wedding styles and design through their clothes. It can cost you PHP8,000 up to PHP22,000 and more if you have several entourage members. Browse through the popular wedding motifs and themes in the Philippines to get an idea on color combinations and entourage attire designs.Meanwhile, hair and makeup should be part of the overall look and outfit. These wedding professionals can charge about PHP7,500 to PHP30,000. It will also depend on the number of persons they need to prep and doll up. Wedding PlannerSome couples deem hiring a wedding planner as an additional expense. It seems costly, but this investment can actually take you a long way when planning a wedding in the Philippines.Wedding planners are professionals that can even help you find other wedding professionals that suit your budget. They know what they are doing, and you are paying them to get everything done well. Wedding planner fees are from PHP20,000 to PHP95,000.Some of them may help you find reliable wedding suppliers in Manila and also offer packages with the essentials aside from planning and on-the-day coordination, so be sure to look out for great deals. Remember that they help solve any fiasco that may occur during your wedding planning. They think of alternative ways and are trained to be the creative companion you need. Wedding InvitesMost couples do not spend that much on wedding invitations nowadays, but they are still a key part of planning a wedding in the Philippines.With lots of ways on how to send a message around, some do not see it as a practical option. However, this can be one of those special memorabilia for your wedding, so allot at least PHP5,000 up to PHP27,000 for unique papers and designs. Alternatively, you can build a wedding website and use it as your digital invite. Wedding RingsNow, for the token that will bind your love together, wedding rings can cost PHP15,000 to PHP60,000 per pair. There are wedding ring designs now that are so inventive compared to the traditional looks and materials from decades ago. Make sure to choose what both of you love because you will be wearing those for the rest of your life together. Favors and GiftsFavors and gifts are the tokens for your invitees. You can give away personalized memorabilia or place an order on whichever gifts you want to hand out to your guests. Reasonably priced wedding giveaways for the common wedding themes in the Philippines can cost you PHP7,500 to PHP75,000 in total.You do not have to spend too much on it because your loved ones will appreciate it anyway. However, if you really want to show them their importance through these gifts, feel free to do so. Accommodation and TransportationHotel reservations and accommodations should be on your wedding budget list since you will need a place to prepare. Sometimes, you will also need to book rooms for your close relatives or entourage. Hotel rooms and services can cost PHP4,000 to PHP200,000.How far is it from where the ceremony happens? Be mindful of the location of your wedding venue, too. You can save transportation if it is just a walking distance. In case you need to pick up and bring your special guests to the destination of the wedding, transportation in major cities in the Philippines is from PHP14,000 to PHP25,000.Of course, do not forget the bridal car in the wedding budget because that will drive you down the road to forever. Bridal cars in Manila and other major cities are rented for PHP3,000 to PHP68,000.Another Chapter: The HoneymoonSome couples tend to include their honeymoon preparations while planning a wedding in the Philippines. You don’t have to if you think you already have too much on your plate.The estimated sum for the honeymoon is PHP20,000 to PHP50,000 in Manila. These numbers will definitely increase if you want a getaway like an out-of-the-country type of thing. Though doing “many-moons” can decrease the cost to some extent if you can do things DIY and in a more affordable way. Overall expenses are approximately PHP268,750 to PHP1,268,000.Remember that you can spend more on the essentials and less on the minor details depending on how you want the wedding to unfold. You can also choose simpler wedding themes in the Philippines that have less of the frills if you want to spend less. Also, there might be instances that can allow you not to spend on certain aspects because some of your relatives are taking care of it. These can help you save on your total wedding budget.After all, weddings are not about the price tags; the essence of it is in the intention. Extravagant weddings do not have to cost a fortune if you can find a way how to budget appropriately. If money is not a problem, splurge as you may. Otherwise, be practical and choose what suit you best. At the end of the day, it is your wedding, you have all the say when it comes to deciding about it.Disclaimer: All estimates are as of writing and may not reflect actual prices.Check out the handy infographic below, which you can use as a guide on the estimated budget breakdown for weddings in the Philippines.To know more about all the things you need to allot budget and time on for your wedding, download our free e-book, The Ultimate Guide to Planning a Wedding.
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Not a Fan of Garter Toss? You Can Try These Alternatives! Worried about the garter toss?  Being in a Filipino culture means we are not that liberated enough to show off our legs in front of many people even if it is a tradition, especially in front of our relatives!  So to save you from getting embarrassed and all (because not every one of us has the guts to do this in our big day) we have some alternatives that you might want to consider.  We assure you that you are going to feel relieved after reading these alternatives.1. Popping the balloonThis should be prepared a day before the wedding, place the garter inside a balloon, and place that balloon inside a bigger one, make sure that the balloon is thick enough so they won’t see where it is placed.  On the reception venue, the groom will pop the balloon with a pin while the bachelors look for the garter.  Photo by The Wedding Planner & Pauline's Floral Expressions2. Sling ShotThis is so easy!  The bride doesn’t have to wear the garter, she only needs to bring one on hand for the groom to slingshot it to the bachelors, and the one who will get it will do the job.  Easy peasy!3. Breakaway BouquetThis may sound new to your ears.  If you would like everyone to receive a bouquet for your wedding ask your florist to make a breakaway bouquet, it is a type of flower that’s been tied with little bouquets to make it one.  So when you throw it everyone gets a part!Photo by Trends and Threads by KD 4. Give it as a presentIf you have someone you adore or has been a big help throughout your big day, you can definitely give your bouquet to her as a present, be it your mom, your sister, your best friend.  5. Display it You can actually keep your bouquet to yourself if you want to!  Some brides are framing up their wedding bouquets so they can make it as a wall décor in their house or hang it in their bedroom.  Because one of the most memorable bouquets that you will have in your life is your wedding bouquet and it is worth keeping!Photo by Lauren Jessika Events
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Manila, the capital of the Philippines, is a densely populated bayside city on the island of Luzon, which mixes Spanish colonial architecture with modern skyscrapers. Intramuros, a walled city in colonial times, is the heart of Old Manila. It’s home to the baroque 16th-century San Agustin Church as well as Fort Santiago, a storied citadel and former military prison. Also, known as one of the most popular metro manila wedding destinations for its classic architecture and ambiance.

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