Choosing the best Church

As a young girl, I dreamed to have my wedding held at the oldest Church in the country. But most often than not, dreams are rarely practical unless you’re really rich—we aren’t rich. There really are some things that you need to forgo when you’re tight on the budget.

Marc and I selected St. Ignatius Cathedral in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City for practical and sentimental reasons. We got lucky—it’s not often that the Church you pick will have both kinds of reasons. Normally, it’s just either of the two. Read more »

Wedding Planners: to hire or not to hire

Yeah, that is the question. Should you or should you not hire a wedding planner? Allotting budget for a wedding planner is something that you and your fiancé should carefully talk over. Unless you’re incredibly rich and five-digit payouts don’t mean a thing to you, hiring a planner can be quite expensive.

The first thing that you need to know is what exactly a wedding planner does. In the 10 months of my engagement, I’ve received quite a lot of proposals from wedding planners. And they offered me three options: Full Coordination, Semi Coordination, and On-the-Day Coordination. Read more »

The Pamanhikan tradition

The Pamanhikan is a popular pre-wedding tradition among Filipinos. It probably dated back from the Spanish era (I really wouldn’t know), but regardless of which, it’s still being practiced today albeit sometimes informally. When I say “informally,” I meant that there are quite a number of variations done on the Pamanhikan of today—it has somehow already adapted to the modern times, and modern day of living.

Back then, Pamanhikan is the Filipino pre-wedding tradition where the families of the bride and the groom meet and plan the wedding. The romantic representation of this tradition would be the groom and his family formally asking the bride’s family for her hand in marriage. On a practical note, the wedding budget, the guestlist, and all other sorts of important details are discussed during this meet-up. The bride’s family hosts this event, and traditionally the groom’s family brings a gift for their hosts. Read more »

Hello World. Gail welcomes you to My Filipino Wedding!

The title says it all; I’d like to welcome all of you to this newly installed blog.

I’m Gail Dela Cruz-Villanueva, and I’ve recently tied the knot with my best friend, Marc, last 25th of November. My husband and I were on a tight budget (we were the ones paying for our wedding expenses), so we had to do the planning on our own and find the best but affordable suppliers for our wedding. Not to mention there were certain family issues (that gave us huge headaches) we had to deal with. It wasn’t easy—Marc and I were very stressed a week before our wedding—but we can now proudly say that we’ve learned a lot from the whole experience.

According to a fellow blogger, our total expenditure for the wedding and reception was actually quite low in terms of today’s standards of not-too-simple wedding with 200 guests. That’s actually where I got the idea for this blog. I had intended to write a series of posts on how we were able to keep our expenses to approximately P155,000 (really, it’s possible) and still have our dream wedding, but I’ve learned so much with the planning that I thought it would be better to have an entire blog out of it.