Battling the “Bridezilla” in you

I first came across this term, “Bridezilla,” when I started planning my own wedding about two years ago while doing some research on the interwebs. The term is apparently coined from the popular monster movie, Godzilla, and the word “bride.” The “-zilla” suffix is added to the word “bride,” which would then mean something like “a monster bride.” This term is usually associated to brides who become so bitchy to everyone that others consider them “monsters”—in a figurative sense of course.

Too bad I lost the link to this online quiz which “determines” if you’re turning to be a Bridezilla or not. But, as we all know, stress can really trigger the monster in all of us. And planning your wedding, can be really stressful. I can’t tell you if you’re already becoming a Bridezilla, but here are some things that might help you not to turn into one 🙂 Read more »

A honeymoon destination: Baler, Aurora

How about doing something different for your honeymoon? Like learning to surf perhaps?

Photos and graphic borrowed from Ivan Henares

SEAIR has a special promo you might want to check out. For a discounted price, you can get a round-trip air fare to Baler, Aurora (Manila-Baler-Manila) for four days and three nights that already includes daily breakfasts, round-trip airport transfers, and half-day surfing lessons.

You can download the Baler Package Rate Sheet here, or go visit the SEAIR website for more details.

My Filipino Wedding blog advisory!

Just a head’s up, everyone! My Filipino Wedding will be inaccessible for about 24 hours this weekend. I’m currently moving the site to a different server, so it will take a few hours before the new nameservers propagate on the Net.

Don’t worry though, the next time this blog goes online after the down time, I’ll have some new stuff in store for you! I’ve been so out of commission for the past two months. My family just moved to a different house, and we’ve been really busy renovating and fixing stuff around here. So now that Marc and I are settled, you can expect new posts in the coming weeks.

Best wishes to all May brides! 🙂

A romantic Boracay honeymoon at Microtel

Boracay beachPrivacy isn’t really something you can expect if you get a hotel at the heart of the Boracay night life. You hear loud party people till the wee hours, and that’s really isn’t a very romantic setting if you’ve planned to consummate your relationship in Boracay for the very first time 😛 Notwithstanding whatever “activities” you newlyweds would like to do in bed, party noises make it difficult to sleep—which is something you might not like if you’re there for days of rest and relaxation.

If you prefer a quiet and romantic honeymoon at the beach, you might want to consider Microtel Inns & Suites at Diniwid Beach. It’s located at the other side of Boat Station 3, just about a few minute’s walking distance from Boat Station 1. And yes, it’s quite secluded. I know this for a fact—not only was I able to sleep soundly every night we were there, but I was also able to get some work done on my laptop. Read more »

Boracay honeymoon get-away

Boracay Island in Aklan is probably one of the most popular tourist destinations here in the Philippines. Tourists and city folk alike flock to these beaches every summer, usually to enjoy its famed beach nightlife. I myself have wanted to go there and experience that night life people so often talked about, but my hectic schedule made me want to crave more for quiet moments with my husband as opposed to partying till dawn.

Boracay beach sunset

Before choosing Boracay as a honeymoon destination (or even the spot where you’d like to have your wedding if you’ve got enough cash lying around), there is something that you should first ask yourself: Are you there to party with crowds or enjoy quiet and romantic moments with your husband? This matters a lot, especially when choosing the hotel you’d be staying in. Either you get one right in the middle of Boat Station 2 (where the night life is), or you get one on the far end of the island where it’s quiet and secluded. The same goes if you want to have a wedding in Boracay: it’s either party or privacy. Fortunately, I have been able to see both for myself. Read more »

Souvenirs weekend sale and a Boracay experience

First off, I’d like to apologize to those who have been sending me emails the past few weeks. We’ve had quite a busy holiday vacation, and just yesterday my husband and I came back from a great Boracay get-away! 🙂

Boracay beach

Marc and I joined the trip with a few Pinoy travel and photo bloggers, sponsored by Microtel Inns & Suites, South East Asian Airlines, and Zuzuni Boutique Hotel and Restaurant. I’ll be posting another separate entry about this soon (lots of pictures!) so you’d get a better idea of our experience and why you might want to consider their services for your upcoming wedding and/or honeymoon. Do watch out for my comprehensive review! 🙂

I haven’t been able to check my email much while at the beach (the sand and the blue waters seem to have an invisible pull on me! Hehe), so I was greeted with a pleasant surprise for you guys from Melissa of Truly Wedding Favors. They’re having a major sale this weekend! Read more »

Wedding favors from Truly Wedding Favors

Readers, take note: This is a paid review. But as I have said in my disclaimer, I’m going to be as objective as possible regardless of which.

Personalized coffee kitBeing a web designer by profession had somehow turned me off a bit from buying online. I guess seeing the production of a shopping cart from concept to execution just made me think twice before inputting my credit card info. It’s not because I didn’t have faith in online transactions, but it’s simply due to the fact that we have always found alternatives for shopping cart payment gateways because Paypal isn’t available in the country yet. It was the issues on Philippine banking laws that prevented us from having fully-functional Paypal accounts, which kind of makes you wonder if it really is safe to transact online. But ever since the Paypal ban has been lifted, I must say that I’ve been less paranoid about buying stuff online with my credit card—which makes my husband frown every time he got our credit card bill. Hehe.

So what does all this tech talk have to do with wedding favors? A lot. Well, in the case of this review at least, because what I’ll be reviewing is an online store for wedding favors: Truly Wedding Favors. Read more »

Downloads page added!

Finally, it’s ready. I have just upgraded this blog’s hosting plan, so I’m now able to host files without worrying about exceeding bandwidth.

The newly-added Downloads page of My Filipino Wedding will contain useful files you can use for your wedding. Basically, it’s a resources page. All files linked on that page are free for download (you don’t need to pay for the files to be able to use them), but a link back to My Filipino Wedding will be greatly appreciated.

Please note that you are downloading the resource files at your own risk. I’ve check the files for viruses (they don’t have any), but you can never be too sure.

I’ll be adding more wedding resource files in the future as we go along. For the time being, you can now download the Chocnut Label Template should you wish to create some for your wedding as discussed in my previous post.

“My US$3,000 budget wedding” #3: Get help from family, friends and connections

First off, I’d like to apologize for the delay on posting. I’ve been pretty busy with work and some personal stuff—my husband and I need to ready our things before our move. Anyway, let’s get back to business 🙂

I think it’s already quite obvious that you will have to get help from your family, friends and connections whether you like it or not—you just can’t do everything on your own. But sometimes, a bride can’t help but want to do everything, or at least take part on each and every single aspect of her wedding. That’s understandable. After all, it’s your most important day we’re talking about here. Just don’t forget you have to walk down the aisle, and not rolled into the Church in a coffin 😛

Our wedding “coordinators”

Planning a wedding is actually a bit similar to running a business—the lower the expenses and higher the profit, the better. You want to have the best wedding at the lowest cost possible. And just like in business, pulling a few strings can help you do just that. Read more »

Sweeten your wedding with personalized candies

Halloween is just around the corner, and I can’t help but remember the bucketfuls of candy my sister and I used to gather after Trick or Treat. Who said you can’t have candy (and personalized ones at that) on your wedding?

Personalized Chocnut candies

I have always been fond of Chocnut, a local candy distributed here in the Philippines. It has a flavor of peanuts and chocolate at the same time. I just really like it, so much so that I named one of my favorite dogs, Choknat! Read more »