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Guidelines for choosing wedding entourage Are you a social butterfly and wants to invite everyone to your wedding list - or a detailed person who wants to carefully plan out your wedding entourage? Whichever category you fall in; we're sure you're going to complete your list with these tips! Remember: on top of all your wedding planning and preparations, your guests and your wedding entourage should be the priority because they will be the witness to the celebration of you and your partner! And after all, all soon-to-wed couples would always want to be surrounded by people they love to celebrate the union with them. It can also be our way of telling them we're grateful to all of them because we are where we are now through their help!Here is the list of a wedding entourage that may guide you towards a happy decision: Principal SponsorsPrincipal sponsors are the only people you need—legally. They are the witness to your weddings that will sign the marriage contract with you. Make sure to choose the people who know you and your partner well that they are comfortable to give you advice as you take them pleasantly. Go for the people you look up to especially their own married life. There is no perfect relationship, but these people might help you go through the hardships of a new chapter in your life.Secondary SponsorsSecondary sponsors may depend on the house of worship you are getting married in. In some churches, it is required to have three pairs for secondary sponsors. The roles of each pair involve lighting of the wedding candles before the rite, draping of the veil over the bride’s head and groom’s shoulder, and placing the cord over the couple. For most couples, they choose very close friends and family to take this position. This role is a little laid back compared to the hectic parts of bridesmaids and groomsmen.Best ManThe best man usually is the best friend (or a brother!) of the groom. He is the one that the groom always goes to when he has a problem, or he wants to tell the good news, too! The best man needs to prepare a speech for the wedding reception. Ah, don’t we just love it when guys get sappy? Of course, he is also the one who needs to plan the bachelor party!Maid of HonorThe maid of honor is the bride’s best friend (or sisters and cousins) who she trusts the most. The maid of honor is probably the busiest one among all the wedding entourage. She is not just responsible for taking care of the bridal shower, but she is also considered as someone who will help the bride all throughout her wedding process. Make sure you get the one who is not too busy to make time for all this! But of course, the right people will always go out of their way to be with you.Photo by: BG Bridal Gallery ManilaGroomsmenTypically, groomsmen are the groom’s closest friends and family. Most of them on the line probably know each other too because they are in the same circle of friends. Groomsmen help the groom in last minute errands he needs to accomplish. Also, they extend a hand to the best man to usher guests and escorts bridesmaids.BridesmaidsJust like the groomsmen, bridesmaids are the bride’s closet friends and family. They also assist you and the maid of honor if you need more hands in your wedding preparations. They may also hand out favors to your guests and may aid them as well. Remember to keep the number of bridesmaids and groomsmen equal. Maybe you can also consider being a matchmaker on your wedding day because who knows, right? Ah, you like the idea, too?BearersAs well as the secondary sponsors, your bearers depend on your house of worship. There are also three bearers to consider: the ring, the coin, and the Bible bearer. You can choose any children you have a soft heart with between three to eight years old.Flower GirlsFlower girls can be of the same age as the bearers. Normally, they are set to scatter flower petals on the aisle to prepare for your walk. Though these days, you can spice things up by letting them blow bubbles or hold wedding signs.Photo by Elsie's CollectionThe secret to having your perfect wedding entourage generally lies on the people you choose. Remember, go for the ones who are the dearest to you; those who have been with you through thick and thin because let us be real, that is what makes them special. These people that have seen the best and worst of you deserve the spot to your wedding entourage.
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12 Tips On How To Plan A Small Wedding One of the things people like about small weddings is the cut on costs, but there are actually a lot more to love about it.With a small wedding, you get to be more creative - with seating charts, wedding themes, decorations, and many more.Most importantly, you’ll get to create an enjoyable atmosphere for your guests.Surely, there’s a vast difference between planning an ordinary-sized big day compared to a small wedding.With that, we’ve collected these 12 helpful tips from our wedding planners in the Philippines to help you organize your small wedding.Once you’re done reading this, we’re sure you’ll be itching to get started with planning your wedding.1. Choose a Non-Traditional Wedding Venue Having a small wedding means you don’t have to fit hundreds of people into one venue.With that, you’re free to choose a more creative wedding spot.You could consider places like your first date, a coffee shop or library. You name it.It could even be a destination wedding.By nature, these types of weddings only have a small number of guests since there are only a few people can make it to places like the Caribbean, Palawan, Campaign Island, and many more. It’s time to get creative! You can start giving your wedding theme a twist, but that’s not the only way to get creative. Why not get a food truck? It’s unique, modern, and cool. The only downside to hiring a food truck is that it can’t handle big weddings. Luckily, you only have your eyes on a small wedding. Maybe there’s a local favorite that your guests love or perhaps you remember an old food truck that you and your fiance used to visit when you were still in college. Dishes like ice cream, pizzas, and tacos are sure to get the wedding spirit going.2. Not The White Dress Type? Opt For A City Hall Wedding Also Check Out: Quick Guide: The Ideal Wedding ChecklistMany girls like being the lady of the night.They love everything shiny and glamorous, but what if you’re the casual, down-to-earth type? No big deal. You can have a city hall wedding instead of going all out.Take a photographer with you as you head to city hall so that your wedding day memories can live on.What happens after?The party’s not over yet.After exchanging “I dos”, it’s time to take your friends and relatives to brunch.3. Don't Forget To Take Group Pictures On Your WeddingThere’s only one thing we love better than attending weddings: flipping through the photos.Taking a group picture seems impossible for a big wedding.With that, take your small guest list as an opportunity to make wonderful memories.We know what you love: the wedding dress, cake, the ring.Several years from now, you won’t be looking at your dress.You won’t be thinking about how your wedding cake tasted back in the day.You won’t even be checking if your ring still looks good on you.You’ll be looking at your wedding photos, remembering the people who went on your big day.4. Potluck Meal For Your WeddingAlso Check Out: 25 Drugstore Buys That Should Be In Your Bridal KitPotluck meals are parties or events where each guest brings their own dish.If you plan to have a super small wedding - like if you’ve invited family only, potluck meals are a fun way to get everybody together and bond.Not only that, but it also helps if you’re a little low on budget.In every family, there are people who are considered the baker or the junior chef.Grandmothers are usually pretty good at baking cakes or if you have an aunt who makes wonderful potato salad, we’re sure they’ll love to bring some on your wedding.Aside from the cut on costs, we also think this is a great way to make the celebration much more meaningful.5. Go For Out-Of-The-Box Wedding Venues Being able to invite only a small group of people on your wedding day is one way to make your celebration more meaningful, but you can still take it up a notch by having your big day at a rare venue.Your favorite coffee shop, bakery, or pet shop don’t typically hold weddings.Big occasions like this don’t usually fit in those settings, but if you have a wedding small enough, you might just get your out-of-the-box wedding venues.6. You Can Go All Out On Wedding EntertainmentAlso Check Out: 10 Ways To Make Your Wedding Dance Extra SpecialSince smaller weddings mean lesser spending, you can focus your budget on things that matter to you like entertainment or fancy venues.You can hire a professional pianist to make the celebration romantic.Getting the best photographer in town will bring you lasting photographic memories.Perhaps you want to spend all the extras for your wedding dress? Why not?It is your Big Day.Spend as much as you want on yourself and feel good about it.How about using those extras for your wedding favors and gifts?Your guests would love that!7. Focus Your Budget On Wedding Design Remember, small weddings mean fewer spaces and tables.With that, when it comes to the design of your big day, your imagination is your only limit.You can focus on the details.People usually focus on table design, but for small weddings, you have more freedom to decorate the spaces.You may want to look at plants, lights, fabrics, or anything else that can add to your wedding’s overall atmosphere.So, if there’s some familial ornament that you want to add to your big day, a small wedding is certainly perfect.Maybe there’s an heirloom that has been in your family for ages.Perhaps vintage china or hand-embroidered napkins.Design matters, but make sure that your venue doesn’t become overcrowded.Guests should have elbow space so that they can move freely and have a good time.You should also make sure that essentials like water, wine, and flatwares are accessible.Your guests shouldn’t have to roam the entire venue just to find them.Lastly, the centerpieces shouldn’t keep them from seeing their partners.8. Make Your Wedding Guests Feel Special If someone made it to your invitation that must mean she’s an important person in your life.While, you enjoy how your big day, you should also spend some time making sure your guests feel special on this fabulous day.It’s not so easy making people feel special if there are about 200 of them.You need to spread your resources among all your guests, but since you’re having a small wedding, you get to focus your attention on a smaller group of people.With that, you can make your rehearsal dinner more elaborate.You can book a luxurious hotel.We think your guests will be more than happy to receive an invitation from you to stay with them.Maybe you can also prepare welcome boxes and gift baskets for everyone attending your big day.Provide transportation options or perhaps, create personalized favors as giveaways.9. Plan Wedding Side Events All Around The City Also Check Out: 5 Instagrammable Destinations for Your Honeymoon This 2018!People are usually used to weddings being all about the ceremony and reception, the exchanging of vows, the march down the aisle, but we’re sure your guests would love to see some twist in the celebration.What if you could organize some side activities?Maybe you’re getting married in a magnificent city.You could set up sightseeing to make the event more enjoyable.You can go a scavenger hunt.Divide the team into teams and let the fun begin.10. Organize An After Party For The Wedding Reception Weddings are a wonderful time.When you’re the one wearing that gown coupled with the nicest shoes, it feels like you don’t want your moment to end just yet.Maybe you can extend it a bit further through an after party.It doesn’t have to super fancy.Just make sure there are food, lights, and good music.It’s time to hit the dance floor.Dance while you can.Celebrate your moment.Don’t forget the drinks for later.11. Write Your Own Wedding Vows Having a small wedding is one way to make your big day more meaningful.You got an amazing wedding venue.Everyone you love is there to celebrate with you.There’s just one thing left missing: a more personalized wedding vow.It makes perfect sense.You decided to have a small wedding because having a smaller group makes your big day feel more special.Now, why don’t you try making your vows unique and special?It doesn’t have to sound like something Shakespeare has written.Just be yourself and say exactly what’s in your heart.12. Make Your Wedding Vow Ceremony Private Some couples like to be surrounded by lots of people while others prefer a more private celebration, but let’s not forget the people who lie in between.They want the best of both worlds: a party with their friends and an event where there is only the two of them.If that sounds like your kind of wedding, you may want to make your vow ceremony private, away from the eyes of your guests.It’s one way to make things more intimate between you and your partner.Maybe there’s a mountain that you really want to hike with your fiance.Apart from your intimate moment, you’ll also get to bond before you are officially announced as husband and wife.Don’t worry.You can recite your wedding vows to your guests soon after so everyone can celebrate with you.
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5 Ways For A Harmonious Wedding Planning With Your Partner The wedding caterers are booked. The cake is ordered. You’ve got yourself a pretty nice wedding venue. You should be in your favorite spot admiring how wonderful your wedding planning has turned out, but instead you’re in your room crying because you’ve gotten caught up in one of the most common pre-wedding fights. Of course, we’re citing a worst-case scenario here, we think it is something that you still want to anticipate. After all, it could happen. Expecting the worst will help be more prepared for wedding planning. As a bride, you know how excited you can get when it comes to your wedding. It’s actually the same thing with your fiance. With all the excitement in the air, arguments are unavoidable. You might recall that tiny voice inside of you saying “is this the end?” every time you fight with your fiance. Let’s just say that this little voice gets louder and louder the deeper you get into wedding planning. It can make you anxious if you weren’t expecting it. Luckily, there are countless ways to avoid the most common wedding fights, but before that, we need to answer the question: what are the most common wedding fights? 5 Most Common Causes Of Wedding Planning DisagreementsThere’s no way pre-wedding fights are going to feel good. As a matter of fact, it could even be devastating for some couples. However, psychologists say that pre-wedding arguments is a good sign that good things are about to come. In the early phase of a new relationship, we always try our best to please the other person. We try to make sure that our fiance only has an eye for us. It’s a stage where both parties are still trying to build a bond for a stronger relationship. It’s the time when the two of you try to learn more about each other and how you can be a better partner for the other. However, along the way, there’s sure to be some fights and struggles, but it’s all good because it’ll help you grow and turn into your best selves. With that, if you go through some pre-wedding fights, this could be a great sign that you’re in for quite a happy marriage. Anyways, here are the 5 most common wedding fights. 1. The Wedding Planning Decision MakingIt's never easy to keep things organized, but perhaps one of the things couples struggle with in terms of wedding planning is the thought of two decision makers. With that, one of them would usually try to do their part while the other tries to keep things in harmony by letting his fiance decide on the major aspects. However, when one is planning for a wedding, she doesn’t usually want to do everything all by herself. She also wants her fiance to be involved. With that, arguments can sometimes arise. The guy would then feel attacked. He’d complain about how his fiance is mean to him from the start of the wedding planning, in an attempt to reverse his fiance’s behavior. In this case, if you’re the aggressor, you just have to tell your fiance how you feel about making all the decisions about the wedding planning. Tell him that you also want his sentiments about how things are turning out. If you’re the victim, you can tell your partner that you just want things to work out, which is why you try not to compete with the decisions that have already been made. Assure your partner that if you need to voice your opinions or make the decisions from there, you’re always willing to do so. 2. Going Overboard The Wedding Budget It’s easy to say that you’re going to stick to your wedding budget from the start but if you haven’t started to lay out your budget from the beginning, there is certainly going to be loopholes whichever way you turn to. Once you start buying your wedding essentials, it can be hard to actually stick to your budget if you didn’t try to plan it all along. By planning your wedding budget, what we mean is breaking down all the wedding expenses you’ll have from the beginning up until the end. While your wedding budget starts to slip out, arguments about money will suddenly start to arise. Sure, you can always resolve things after, but wedding planning would be a whole lot easier if you could avoid this kind of argument from the beginning. One of the best ways to avoid is through careful planning of the wedding budget before you start preparing for your wedding. 3. Distribution of Wedding Planning Tasks No one wants to feel like she’s the one doing all the wedding planning tasks. It doesn’t feel good to have all your wedding planning efforts unappreciated either. While it's practically tradition for the bride to plan the wedding, the groom also plays a vital role in the entire process. When the groom's decisions doesn’t go with how the bride wants it to be, things do not always end in a good note. The groom might feel like he has already done all that he could, but sometimes the bride wants a different color. She may want to put the table on the other side. She may not be contented with how the decorations were spread across the wedding venue. Anything could happen. With that, they start to argue. To avoid this kind of argument, you may want to put everything in paper. Start with the things that are most important to you and compare notes with your groom. With that, expectations can be clear on both sides. 4. In-Laws Getting Involved In Wedding Planning Everyone would be excited about getting married, but the couple usually isn’t the only one. There goes your parents. His parents. Your cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents. There’s even your second cousin’s best friend who insists that you should go with this particular wedding color. Both your families are getting to know each other. Great, but it’s certainly sparking a whole lot of pre-wedding arguments. It’s one thing to have two decision makers in wedding planning. However, things become hard when all your relatives are voicing out their opinions as well. The key to this kind of argument is to hear out everyone’s suggestions and decide from there if it’s something you really want for your wedding. Make your family members feel that you’re always open for suggestions, but make sure that you remain to be the decision maker in your wedding. 5. Whether To Spend On Wedding Fixings Or HoneymoonAs a bride you care more about the outcome of your wedding more than anything else. With that, you prefer to spend most of your wedding budget on fixings such as the wedding venue, invitations, wedding dress, among others. Your soon-to-be-husband, however, wants most of your wedding budget to go on the honeymoon. In this case, the best thing you can do is sit down and talk about it. Go for the decision that will benefit both parties. We want you to be beautiful and glamorous on your wedding day, but if it’s that important to your groom, know that the honeymoon is something that both of you can enjoy. 5 Tips On How To Make Wedding Planning Work With Your Partner We’ve already explained how you can avoid the most common pre-wedding fights when planning your big day, but to some it all up, here are the things that you need to do to make sure that your wedding will push through without any kind of fights.1. Ask for His Opinion For Important Wedding Planning Decisions There is no rule in the wedding book that says that planning your wedding should be shouldered by the bride alone. It is like a stigma that lurks in weddings. Remember that asking your partner will make them feel you need them. Do not push him in the corner while you're planning your wedding by yourself. Make sure that he is beside you in every step of the way. 2. Achieve Your Dream Wedding Through TeamworkWhen planning your wedding, there are things you should do individually and there will always be tasks that are better accomplished through teamwork. Your groom does not have to go with you in picking up the bridesmaids’ dresses, but if he really wants to, there's no reason to refuse. Also, do not forget that when you assign tasks, trust your partner to do it well. When planning your wedding, there is really no need to micromanage because both of you wants the best for your wedding. After all, trust is the foundation of every relationship. 3. Go With a Reasonable Wedding Planning Time Frame When it comes to wedding planning, tasks should fit both of your schedules. If the two of you have day jobs, you need to decide on a timetable that won't affect your work schedule. You can also decide whether you want to take a leave, but this can put a dent in your wallet. Take into consideration that wedding planning requires spending a lot of money. 4. Explore All Your Wedding Options Say, in the middle of wedding planning, you saw a venue that you liked, but your partner didn't feel the same way about it. Don't quarrel. Weigh the pros and cons first. Then, try to look for other venues. Who knows? Maybe you'll find a venue that the two of you can agree on. 5. You Can Always Hire Someone When deciding over things as important as planning your wedding, you'll probably be more influenced by emotions rather than critical thinking. Hiring a professional is like getting a referee. They will be objective about what the best options are. Maybe this way, you can decide in a more logical manner.
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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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