Share your story on My Filipino Wedding!

I’m finally beginning the process of revamping this blog (I know, I know, it’s been soooooooo long!), and part of the plans is making you, our readers, play a part in it!

I started My Filipino Wedding during my bride-to-be months in the hopes of easing the pre-wedding jitters and help others in their preps in the process.But here’s the thing… I’ve been married for five years already. Though I’ve been attending the wedding celebrations of my friends every now and them, it’s still not the same when you’re the one who’s actually getting married. The story and experience are different.

So, for the upcoming revamp of this blog… I thought it best to open the site for contributions: stories of real-life brides/grooms-to-be and newly-weds. If you’d like to share your experiences before (engagement), during (planning), or after your wedding, simply contact me (Gail Villanueva) through kutitots(at)gmail(dot)com and let’s talk. Even if you’re not a good writer but would still like to share, just indicate it in your email so I can come up with questions for a feature about you 🙂

See you guys soon! In the mean time, please add our newly-created Facebook page for updates regarding the revamp and for other concerns.

The bridal car that never came

It’s been almost a year since my last post. Sorry about that, I’ve been pretty busy with my day job and other blogs. That’s why I’m opening this blog for contributions… If you’re interested, feel free to send me an email! 🙂

Funny, the first post I’ll made after such a long hiatus would be this. But you see, something like this shouldn’t really happen — there are so many ways it could have been avoided, and yet, it still happened.

Last December, my husband and I attended the wedding of our friends, Aileen and Jay. As a guest, we were very impressed with the way their wedding turned out. Not surprising really, as Aileen and Jay were very hands-on in planning their wedding. Everything went smoothly, save for one: their bridal car did not show up. Read more »

Martha Stewart Weddings Bridal Fair

Martha Stewart Weddings Philippines Bridal FairOn March 28 and 29 (this coming weekend), Martha Stewart Weddings Philippines, the first international edition of the leading magazine resource for every bride, will be holding a bridal fair at the East Pavilion of the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

Aside from the usual exhibit booths of wedding suppliers, there will also be a series of talks by experts and some big names in the wedding industry soon-to-wed couples will surely appreciate. From being a “perfect” hostess to tips on diamond buying, the series of talks will run by the hour in the afternoon of the fair dates. There will also be a fashion show featuring the collection of Federick Peralta on Saturday at 6PM, while Sunday’s activities will culminate with a raffle where attendees can get a chance to win prizes from exhibitors and sponsors, and a trip for two to the United States.

To be part of this bridal fair, simply present a copy of the March 2009 issue of Martha Stewart Weddings Philippines or by registering online to get free entrance.

Unique preps: Spa movie theatre pre-wedding party

When I first asked Francis, owner of Blue Water Day Spa, about what they can offer for brides-to-be, he didn’t hesitate and told me that bridal showers are a common thing at his family’s spa. Not surprising, considering how stressful wedding planning to be. A day at the spa with the girls is a sure way for a bride-to-be to take a breather and relax.

Blue Water Day Spa theater

Recently, Blue Water Day Spa opened its first spa movie theater in Ortigas Avenue. This trendy new spa can accommodate 55 people at a given time, equipped with a Spa Theater, Couple’s Rooms, Common Rooms, Locker Rooms, and a Sauna. The Spa Theater, by itself, can accommodate 28 people at the same time. Read more »

SEAIR “I love you very much” Special Valentines Promo

SEAIR Boracay, Coron, and Batanes Promo

Here’s good news to all lovers and friends, South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR) has announced its Valentines promo – Manila-Boracay-Manila and Manila – Busuanga – Manila Buy 1, Take 2 promo or a Manila-Batanes-Manila Buy 1, Take 1 promo which may be booked only at The 16th Travel Tour Expo- “TRAVEL IN STYLE” 2009 on February 6, 7 and 8 at SEAIR Booths 85 & 95, SMX Convention Center, Seashell Lane, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.

For only PhP 14,344 (“I love you very much”), travelers could spend a romantic getaway at the island paradise of Boracay or Coron on a Buy 1, Take 2 promo or at picturesque Batanes on a Buy 1, Take 1 promo.

The airline uses a fleet of Dornier 328 and LET 410 aircraft for the flights to Boracay. The Dornier 328 is a state-of-the-art 32-seater twin engine turboprop aircraft which allows SEAIR to fly its passengers from Manila to Caticlan in only 35 minutes — the fastest flight to Boracay offered by a local airline. Dornier 328s are also used for the Batanes flights, which assures passengers of the fastest flights to this northern paradise at only 1 hour and 20 minutes. The airline has the most number of flights to Boracay.

SEAIR is the nation’s second-oldest airline and has flown almost 3 million passengers to 11 local destinations including Busuanga, Puerto Princesa, Romblon, Clark , Zamboanga , Jolo, and Tawi-tawi. In November 2008, SEAIR launched its first international flight to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia .

For inquiries and reservations, please call SEAIR at (632)8490100 or book online at The SEAIR ticketing office is located at the La O’ Centre Bldg.1000 Arnaiz Ave. cor. Makati Ave. Makati City , Philippines . For packages please call SEAIR Leisure Escape Packages at (632) 8437308.

Wedding Expo Philippines 2009

Wedding Expo Philippines 2009

Save The Date for the Grandest & Most Prestigious Wedding Fair of 2009:

(7 – 8 March 2009, The PICC Forum, CCP Complex)
5,000 sqm Wedding Wonderland….
1,001 Fine Wedding Ideas…
300 plus Wedding Suppliers…

For free admission, you must pre-register on their site.

The 7th Ultimate Wedding & Debut Fair

Just a head’s up to all brides-to-be:

There will be a wedding and debut fair starting today, 27 September 2008 till tomorrow, 28 September 2008 at the Megatrade Hall 3, 5th floor, Building B in SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.

Though I would still recommend searching in the internet for wedding suppliers and combing through wedding digests/directories, wedding fairs can also be a good way to find suppliers—especially those with busy schedules. Read more »

Rain-themed weddings: Making the most of the rainy season

Here in the Philippines, July usually marks the start of the rainy season. It’s not uncommon to have showers every few days, and because of this, Filipinos have learned to be cautious and prepare for the upcoming rains (ie. Repairs for roof leaks are usually done during the summer in preparation for the upcoming rainy season).

With expected showers and usual rain problems, would you still have your wedding during the rainy season? I honestly don’t see why you shouldn’t.

So how do you make the most out of this otherwise “gloomy” weather? Simple. Have a “rain-themed” wedding! Read more »

Online Bridal Shows

This is a sponsored post, but this is one of those sponsored posts that you’d also find interesting.

We all know how difficult it is to plan a wedding. The easiest way out is probably to just hire a wedding planner to do all the legwork, but I’ve always been a hands-on type of person. I don’t want to be limited to what a wedding planner tells me and just do things on my own. But as I have said in my post about wedding planners, hiring or not hiring one will really just depend on you—and the time you have.

I was lucky to have the time to plan my own wedding. That’s one of the perks of running your own home-based company—you have the luxury of scheduling your work hours, and the hours you’d like to spend planning your wedding. I did my research on the Web, and just called up and met those I even considered getting. My husband and I also visited bridal shows and expos just to be sure we’re getting the best deals possible. It doesn’t hurt to canvass as much as possible, but the thing is, it can be quite tiring.

What if you can “visit” bridal shows and expos online? Read more »

One lucky person will win six SEAIR gift-certificates to Busuanga!

We are giving away not one, not two, but six SEAIR gift certificates to Busuanga to one lucky person! This is the biggest give-away of My Filipino Wedding and the SEAIR Adventure Club ever! You and five friends can fly to Busuanga with six SEAIR airfare gift certificates up for grabs!

SEAIR has been providing the longest-running uninterrupted service to Busuanga, and now provides the fastest flights with its Dornier 328 aircraft.

So how do you join? All you have to do is tell us why you want to go to Busuanga via SEAIR, by Friday, 20 June 2008, at 8:00 p.m. You can use your personal blog, Multiply, Friendster, or any other social networking site, or any website for that matter for as long as your entry has a link to the SEAIR website. The entry which best captures the attention of our judges will get the 6 gift certificates!

To let us know you joined this contest, post the link of your entry as a comment in SEAIR starts 35-minute flights to Northern Palawan Like the previous raffle, make sure you place your full name in the name field since you will need a valid ID to claim the tickets if you win. The winner will be notified by e-mail so make sure you double check your e-mail address before submitting your comment. Tickets will be valid from now until 15 October 2008. Good luck!