Practical Weddings: Five Ways to Cater on a Budget


“Our lives are not in the lap of the gods, but in the lap of our cooks.” –Lin Yutang

Throwing an elaborate and lavish wedding is already expensive by itself.

In fact, an itemization of the things you would need to spend on from the event venue down to the catering would show you the extent of what you would have to be spending on. However, this is not always the case. Sure, you may need to cut down expenses here and there, but there is no absolute need to compromise what your dream wedding would be. One of the crucial aspects that make a wedding so expensive is the catering. After all, most caterers would charge you an exorbitant fee for every guest you would be feeding considering that they would be doing more than just serving your guests food. However, it is not so much that caterers would be charging their clientele with a premium but more on the fact that couples who do avail of their service do not know how to strategically plan their catering that they would end up having the best price possible.

Fortunately, with the recent rise of affordable catering, the thriving market has created a demand for exceptional catering service sans the exorbitant price. Today, affordable catering is widely available. If you wish to have catering that exceeds your expectations and stay within budget, here are some of the things you should consider:

1.) Know your guests

Have an estimate of how many guests would be attending your event. By having a rough idea of how many they are, you can accurately estimate how much food you would need to order with the assistance of your caterer. Overestimating the number of your guests might cause you pay a little more but that is at least a little better than not having enough food on your function. Moreover, it is imperative that you note down any dietary requirements or allergies your guests might have so that each and every one of them would leave fed and satisfied.

2.) Find the best caterer for you

The caterer selection process can be a bit overwhelming considering that there is a myriad of options available. However, it is best to choose the caterer who is comfortable with supplying you with the food you want and an event your size. Remember, established large-scale caterers might not be so receptive in catering a small function and might price you a premium just to cover your event.

3.) Skip the extras or at least keep it to a minimum

Sure, it can be tempting to go with a caterer that can provide you with almost everything that you need. However, do note that more often than not, these caterers would charge you a lot more than necessary considering that they are doing so much of the extra work. More often than not, it is more cost-efficient to just go with a caterer who provides solely food and look for other vendors for other elements. In any case, it is best to ask yourself whether you really need those extras. By choosing the services you avail of carefully and eschewing aspects you do not necessarily need, you can significantly reduce how much you pay.

4.) Find the right venue

The catering and venue aspect of your wedding event go hand in hand. Indeed, selecting the appropriate place to host your event can contribute to achieving your budget goals. Remember, your caterer would likely charge you a bit more if you selected a venue that does not come with the equipment they need to prepare their food. In this regard, it might be best to choose a venue that complements their hosting service with a catering one. Today, quite a lot of venues would offer you great deals on function rooms if you can guarantee a certain number of heads.

5.) Book in advance

This one is self-explanatory and needs no further elaboration. The reality is, the closer to the event you book, the more your caterer would charge you. Moreover, by booking ahead, you would give your catering partner and yourself a wide berth in planning a menu for your event.

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A Primer on A Modern Filipina’s Skincare Routine

Filipinas of today are a force to be reckoned. They are fearless game changers and high-achievers. They aim to explore the world and shape it according to the future they want for themselves and their families. They set goals and ruthlessly go after them so they could better themselves and their society.

To achieve all of this, they need tools that would help them sustain their health and vibrant personality. Their fiery spirit comes from within and radiates to their outer shell. The outer shell, which is the skin, covers the being and acts as a barrier against all the elements on Earth.

Thus, women need to protect their skin so it could continue to serve its purpose. Maintaining a reliable skincare routine boosts the skin’s health and appearance. Anyone can form a morning and night routine as long as they have the right products. Moreover, having an effective skincare routine will help achieve a glowing skin come your wedding day.

What makes a Skincare Routine

It’s essential to note that a skincare regimen’s target is to cleanse and moisturize the skin. You can skip the other steps of modern facial care, but you cannot forsake these two. Hence, you need to find a suitable facial cleanser and soap as well as moisturizer and body lotion for your skin type. Your skin needs to be ready especially since you started looking for the best affordable wedding venues in Manila.

A facial cleanser is milder and less damaging to the face than soap. The skin on the face is thinner compared to other parts of the body. It can easily have scars and tears from abrasive products. It also is prone to irritation from harsh chemicals of soap variants. Thus, you need to find a cleanser suitable for your skin.

To identify the one that works for your skin, you have to determine your skin type. You can read up on the composition of skin. There are various reading materials on print and online of the skin’s chemistry and related subjects. You can also visit a dermatologist, and a get a consultation for an accurate reading.

Your skin type also determines the kind of moisturizer that will solve your issues and problems. It will also dictate which ingredients work best to provide most of its benefits. Oily skin, for instance, benefits from water and gel-based formulas while dry patches need to lock in moisture.

Other Skin Boosters

Innovation paved the way for the improvement of skincare products. There are various types of cleansers, moisturizers, toners, and serum at Vertis North Mall that promise youthful glow, flawless skin, and anti-aging benefits. You can easily grab a product from a shelf or place an order online.

Most women take advantage of the vast selection of items to find an overnight solution for long-term skin conditions. However, the answer to their skin concerns lies on the consistency of use of a specific type of product as well as the right chemistry of ingredients that will work on the skin’s composition.

Other skin boosters such as toner, sunscreen and serum will double the power of your cleansing and moisturizing combo.


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Most Filipinas skip toning because some aestheticians claim it is unnecessary. Still, they are useful and serves as a back up after washing your face. Wiping the face using a wet cotton ball removes excess oil and grime. If you are exposed to pollution and other toxins on a daily basis, using a toner will magnet the gunk off the surface of your face and restore its natural pH level.



Daily exposure to the rays of the sun induces skin damage. You need to apply products that contain SPF even if you are indoors the whole day. Sun exposure promotes the formation of dark spots and deepens laugh lines.


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Serum may seem like fancy water, but it is true to its worth. It is a concentrated formula that contains rich formulations for specific skin conditions. It also boosts the effects of other products you apply to your skin and speeds up regeneration process.

Coming up with a regimen with the right products that are hypoallergenic, mild and actively cleanses the skin’s surface is the ultimate key to a spotless and glowing skin. Though the skin is a reflection of the body’s health, what you do on the outside equally affects your external body. Love your being, and you can be sure it will love you just the same.

It’s crucial to master the art and science of skincare routine before your wedding season. You can be sure that your skin is at its best when you walk down the aisle.

Wedding Fashion: Five Reasons Your Wedding Gown Looks Cheap

“I always tell brides to follow their instinct throughout the wedding dress experience. But I encourage them to keep an open mind in selecting their dress.”-Monique L’huillier


Without a doubt, the wedding gown is one of the most iconic pieces of apparel a woman will ever wear. In fact, it might be just be the most significant piece of clothing she will ever wear in her life. It is precisely for this reason that many brides-to-be find themselves increasingly pressured in choosing the perfect gown to wear on their wedding day. After all, as soon as they make that walk down the aisle and saunter towards the love of their lives, they can expect every eye in the venue to be on them. With all these considered, a bride channels her endeavors into ensuring she would not only look presentable on her wedding day, but her best as well—you do not get to have so many eyes training on you every single day after all.

However, some brides who are trying to negotiate with their wedding budgets tend to cut costs by making compromises. More often than not, those compromises would mean their gowns. While this is a practical tack, it is imperative that you should be aware that there is a big difference between what looks cheap but tacky and affordable but classic. Regardless of whether you spent a lot for your gown or not, you should aim to look elegant and sophisticated. In any case, it is best if you are aware what makes a wedding gown look cheap:

1.) It is too white

When it comes to choosing a color for your wedding gown, you do not really have much choice apart from the various shades you can get from white—and even then, that would be quite tough to do. However, there is such a thing as being too white. Bright, optic white can be a tough color to pull off and if the overall dress looks and feels more graphic than soft and romantic, there is a likely chance it would look cheap—in photos and in person.

2.) Made with low-quality synthetic fabrics

This should be a no brainer. Cheap material and fabrics make for cheap-looking dresses. Wedding gowns, especially ones that look all-poufy and are of the ball-gown variety require a lot of fabric just to finish. These gowns are usually made with expensive fabrics such as handmade lace, silk and the like. To have it cheaper, synthetic fabrics would be utilized and as you have guessed it, an abundance of these cheap-looking fibers on just one gown will inevitably make that gown look cheap.

3.) It looks to sexy

Yes, you can be sexy on your wedding day. But do note that there is a stark difference between sexy and sultry. The former is cheap while the latter is relatively more acceptable. Sultry means off shoulder gowns, baring your arms and still managing to look classy. Visible corsetry, lace-up backs or fronts and extreme cleavage on the other hand are all looks and ensembles sexy brides would wear for Halloween.

4.) Your breasts have no room to breathe

We get it—you want cleavage. Yes, you can bare a little without giving it all away, the trick is not to mash your breasts together in order to give the illusion of a cleavage. The trick is to look like you fit your dress just right instead of looking like you are about to burst out of it. Remember, regardless of what you are wearing, fit is the most important thing—and when it comes to wedding gowns, it is all the more important.

5.) It has too much going on

Lace, beading, ruffles, gathered skirts, bows—your dress has it all! Why settle for one design when you can incorporate all of them into one dress right? Unfortunately, while you think it looks great, it is a little too much and may make you seem like you could not choose one design. Furthermore, your dress has no sense of cohesion and as a result, would not look visually and aesthetically appealing.

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4 Signs You Shouldn’t Be in A Wedding

Other people enjoy weddings. They marvel at the magic of the wedding vows and the solemnity of the affair. The feminine touches of the decorations and the well-coordinated theme are something that people look forward to seeing.

Unfortunately, not all people have a romantic bone in their body. These are the people who secretly hate other people just because they exist. They are not exactly the life of the party. But they are going to the wedding because of their love for the couple.

If you find yourself connecting to five of these signs, then you definitely shouldn’t be at a wedding.

  1. You judge everyone’s clothes.

It’s human nature to judge and comment on other’s people attire and sense of fashion. But if you’re endlessly doing it to entertain and keep yourself from sleeping, then you shouldn’t be there in the first place. The long speeches absolutely bore you to death. The corny jokes also make you wish the ground would swallow you alive.

  1. You would rather spend the day at the mall.

There are so many things you would rather do than witness the “first” kiss of the couple. You prefer to walk around the mall at Vertis North. You feel happier spending your hard-earned cash shopping for new clothes than wearing a drabby suit or ugly wedding dress. Heck, you would prefer snuggling with your furry friend rather than giving air kisses to the people that aren’t even your friends.

  1. You aren’t a fan of people, dancing, and well-wishes.

Just thinking of the people you have to meet annoys you especially if it’s your job to greet and usher them to their seats. It doesn’t help when there are rude guests or people with an attitude are difficult to handle. Then, there’s the dancing you need to prepare. People will call you a party pooper when you’re the only person seated once the DJ starts playing the tunes.

Most of all, there are speeches and well-wishes. Mothers, bridesmaids and a bunch of highly-sensitive people start to cry during the wedding vows and the long speeches. People need to chill out. It’s justs words.

  1. You hate photo ops.

Besides the shots from the official photographer, there are groufies and selfies to take. Isn’t one photo enough? Your face is aching from all the smiling and laughing. Moreover, your feet are tired. Some of your muscles are aching from bending so the camera can get a better angle. Lastly, you need to put makeup or fix your hair so you won’t look out of place.

  1. You always go for seconds, or you go to a drive-thru to get your fill.

Attending a wedding means free food, but that doesn’t mean you can get a full tank. Since the couple has to budget and make sure everyone gets their fill, the meals are controlled. They can be plated for you, or some servers will place the food on your plate. Besides the small portions, the menu may be composed of food unfamiliar to you or aren’t your cup of tea. Hence, you end up ordering a fast food meal right after the party.

Even without these signs, you would rather let the occasion pass than sit and watch the spectacle. You would rather sit one out for the team than be in front of the action. But after all these things, you would still be around to support a family member, friend and loved one on their special day.

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Beautiful Weddings: Five Signs You Have Found the Perfect Wedding Gown


“Just go in and try things on…things you may even think you would never wear in your life. Give yourself that freedom” –Vera Wang.


Finding the perfect wedding gown is about as difficult as finding the one special person you want to spend the rest of your life with. Indeed, the endeavor involves a lot of considerations and decisions to make and may even be fraught with complications—such as the ideal dress not making a particular church’s dress code. On top of that, you have a myriad of options to choose from which makes the entire process all the more challenging. There are limitless designs from ball gowns to bias-cut gowns that choosing one might seem like an impossibility. However, there are ways of narrowing the search and knowing if the dress you are trying on is “the one” for you.

Here are several of those tell-tale signs:

1.) You do not want to take it off

An excellent cardinal sign of your ideal gown is that once you have donned it on and observed yourself in the mirror, you do not want to take it off. While trying on wedding dresses makes you appreciate each gown’s beauty in their own way, there is just something about one particular gown that sets it apart from the others in a sense that you cannot wait to picture yourself with it. In fact, you cannot wait how it would look with the full ensemble—veil, flowers, hair, makeup, shoes, and accessories—on.

2.) The tears start flowing

Putting on the perfect gown gives you that overwhelming feeling of euphoric excitement. In fact, the feeling it gives you is pretty close to the sense of elation you felt when you said “Yes!” to marrying your husband to be. If you feel yourself tearing up when trying on the dress, then it is the ideal gown for you. However, if you are not much of a crier, if any of your family members or friends would shed a few tears upon seeing you (or even the stylist himself or herself), then that is a good sign.

3.) You truly feel like a bride

Yes, you have the ring, the date, and the fiancé but from where you are standing, the wedding seems ages away and seems like a vague concept to you until you have a particular wedding gown on. Putting on the right wedding gown would not only give you a sense of jubilation, but it would also give you that realization that you really are getting married and that this is going to be it.

4.) You start using superlatives

Of course, every gown is beautiful in its own way, but the perfect gown for you would be so incredibly gorgeous to you that you would only be using superlatives when describing it. If you suddenly catch yourself proclaiming things such as “the most beautiful gown in the world” or “the best gown I have ever laid my eyes on,” then you have probably found your second soulmate.

5.) You do not want to try any other dresses on

The gown you have tried on might be the first or fifth or even the twenty-eighth gown you have worn for that day, but once you have worn it, you suddenly feel like no other gown compares. In fact, you are just about ready to cancel all the other dress or fitting appointments you have made as you have found the dress of your dreams. To you, there is simply no other dress the world can offer that is just as beautiful and as stunning as the one that you have on you. In this regard, you can safely say that the search for the perfect gown is over.


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Wedding Planning: Four Things Your Wedding Planner Does Not Want You to Know

“Weddings are not about spending the least amount of money or the most amount of money; they are about spending good money on the elements that are most important to you and your partner.”-Kristi Richardson

Wedding planning is, no doubt, a process littered with tricky situations and peppered with crucial decision-making scenarios. Indeed, the logistics are never quite straightforward nor are they always the same. To be successful in this endeavor, many brides-to-be would elect to seek professional help in the form of wedding planners. Wedding planners, for their part, have a particular expertise and flair in pulling weddings together. In this regard, they can be considered somewhat of a pro in planning weddings and are incredibly helpful in planning out the nitty-gritty details of a wedding. As a result, the bride can breathe and relax on her big day and would not be more stressed and anxious than she already is.

Choosing a talented and skillful wedding planner is not easy, and it is best to approach this attempt with your eyes wide open. While some wedding planners opt to be as transparent as they can be with their clients, there are less scrupulous planners who would rather keep essential details from you. In any case, here are some things that your wedding planner would not want you to know to determine whether what they kept from you is for your own good or for their bank book.

1.) Something will go wrong

With so many elements and aspects involved in a wedding, it is virtually impossible to pull it off flawlessly. In this regard, it would be inevitable that something would not go according to plan—no matter how meticulously you have planned their entire thing and regardless of how adept your planner might be. However, not all snags are major, and you can hope that it would be something insignificant such as the groom’s tie or something negligible. Similarly, you should also put into mind that there are no perfect weddings, just beautiful ones.

2.) Some of the vendors are probably her chums

Established wedding planners would already have a list of vendors they prefer to work with. If you wish to work with other vendors, it is best to stipulate this before you sign any contract. By choosing your own vendors, you can often get a better deal and quality—you would just need to do a little research and price comparison first. Seasoned and established planners would refer esteemed vendors—after all, a planner’s reputation would also be on the line. However, some planners might refer less qualified vendors who are still trying to build their reputations in the industry. With this in mind, it is best to consider a wedding planner who encourages you to keep your options open.

3.) They might not be as qualified as you think

Majority of wedding planners are already experienced in the field and have already developed an expertise in handling weddings. However, there are also handfuls few who are still trying to break ground in the industry. With this in consideration, how do you determine which one is which? After all, becoming a wedding planner does not require a license nor are any permits necessary. In this regard, it is best for brides to check with multiple references and review their past work samples. After all, some unsavory wedding planners are known for inflating their qualifications just to be hired.

4.) You can probably do it on your own

Some brides already possess the talent and flair for planning a wedding. In fact, it might be a second calling of all sorts and may even be considered as an avenue for showing off your budgeting skills and flawless taste. However, with stress and anxiety on top of the planning process, a bride may want to take a breather and let a wedding planner handle it all. But if you think you can pull it off on your own, you can save some cash and have a wedding that truly reflects who you and your husband are as a couple.

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Wedding Daze: Motivational Quotes to Keep You Going During Your Big Day


“The real act of marriage takes place in the heart, not in the ballroom or church or synagogue. It is a choice you make—not just on your wedding day, but over and over again—and that choice is reflected in the way you treat your husband or wife. –Barbara De Angelis

Without a doubt, planning a wedding can be an incredibly exhausting experience. There are just so many aspects, and elements consider that more often than not, the logistics of holding a successful one would be blurred. In fact, you might feel the excitement building up months, weeks and even days to your wedding—only to be stifled by the amount of stress and anxiety you are going through. Not to fret, however, experiencing a reasonable amount of stress and anxiety is normal—recommended even, so long as you can keep a good handle on it. After all, your wedding day may be the most pivotal moment in your life, and in this regard, you and your spouse would be the center of attention for the entire duration of the day. Considering that most eyes will be on you on top of the pre-wedding stress you will inevitably encounter, it is understandable to feel a bit shy and uneasy.

To ensure you keep on going through your day, here are some of the best motivational wedding quotes as regards love, unions, and marriages. Read them before you make your way down the aisle to give you that much-needed confidence-boost.

1.) On uncertainty

“Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness, of hatred, of jealousy, and most easily of all, the gate of fear.”-Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

2.) On falling in love

“There is a big difference between falling in love with someone and getting married. Usually, after you get married, you fall in love with the person more.”-Dave Grohl

3.) On loving your spouse

“To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage.”-Chinese Philosopher, Lao Tsu

4.) On commitment

“There is a higher form of happiness in commitment. I am counting on it.”-Claire Forlani

5.) On getting real with marriage

“In marriage, there are no manners to keep up and beneath the wildest accusations, no real criticism. Each is familiar with that ancient child in the other who may erupt again. We are not ridiculous to ourselves. We are ageless. That is the luxury of the wedding ring.”-Enid Bagnold

6.) On happiness after marriage

“Happy marriages begin when we marry the ones we love, and they blossom when we love the ones we marry”-Tom Mullen

7.) On finding the ultimate happiness in marriage

“To find someone who will love you for no reason and to shower that person with reasons, that is the ultimate happiness.”-Robert Brault

8.) On possibilities

“Weddings are important because they celebrate life and possibility.”

9.) On being in love

“You know you are in love when you cannot fall asleep at night because the reality is finally better than your dreams.”-Dr. Seuss

10.) On getting real about love

“Love is a promise; love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear.”-John Lennon

11.) On the effect of marriage

“Getting married for me, was the best thing I ever did. I was suddenly beset with an immense sense of release, that we have something more important than our separate selves, and that is the marriage. There is happiness that can come from working towards that.”-Nick Cave

12.) On who you should marry

“You do not marry someone you can live with—you marry the person who you cannot live without.”-Unknown

If ever you feel jittery and have qualms right before your wedding day, let these quotes serve as your beacons of enlightenment and allow them to give you that extra nudge of encouragement for your big day.


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