Modern Brides: Five Unconventional Ways Modern Brides are Breaking Tradition

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“The true beauty of a bride lies in the eyes of the groom”-Author Unknown

Weddings have always been about traditions—or are they?

In this time and age, contemporary brides have long since forgotten long-held customs and traditions and have made several wedding practices of their very own. While some wedding practices are still deeply ingrained and have no signs of going away anytime soon, modern brides have made some of their traditions as well. Of course, while elaborate receptions for lavish brides as well as sophisticated catering packages for weddings are still customary, the way modern brides have been breaking tradition has recently been making waves.

Here are just some of the ways they do it:

1.) Wearing flats

Over the years, brides have always worn heeled shoes on their wedding day. Whether it is to make up for the height difference or simply because it affects a more proper and elegant posture in them, we do not know, but the practice has since the persisted—that is until one bride decided to forego the heels. In lieu of having aching soles at the end of the day, most brides would now ditch the heels in favor of flats. In this regard, they would be able to fully enjoy their wedding whether they choose to spend it dancing or entertaining guests. No longer are flat shoes reserved for beach weddings, but they are now considered as a pivotal addition to a modern bridal ensemble.

2.) Wear your necklace backward

A trend made popular by it-girl Jennifer Lawrence, wearing your necklace backward is perfect for brides who chose a wedding gown or dress with an open back. Give your bridal ensemble a more dramatic effect and flair by styling your hair away from your nape so that your back and your necklace is worn backward would be totally exposed. This is truly one contemporary look that breaks the mold and is sure to catch the eyes and attention of your wedding guests.

3.) Mixing and matching bridesmaids dresses

Gone are the days wherein a bride’s entourage would all wear a unique color which is basically the wedding’s motif. Today, modern brides would go for a wedding theme in lieu of a wedding motif. As a result, brides can now incorporate an array of colors into their wedding theme and successfully inject more colors to the apparel of their entourage. Today, weddings would no longer be in a single shade of blue but in a myriad of colors which makes for a more festive event.

4.) Making a statement

Modern brides are all about making a statement and breaking away from tradition. In this regard, bridal jewelry and the like are considered commonplace and usual. Brides would now try to look for an aspect in their weddings that would set them apart from others. Whether that may be sporting a necktie instead of adorning yourself with jewelry or featuring a scarf tied to one side would be totally up to you. In any case, it should be a feature that is distinct to your dress and would give your overall look a point of difference.

5.) Gothic Brides

While most conventional brides would still balk at the idea of wearing an all-black gown on their wedding day, some modern brides have found ways to inject a bit of this gothic theme and color into their dresses. For one, they might opt on wearing a darker shade of lipstick instead of a lighter toned one. Similarly, they can choose to wear their hair in a loose, braided up-do that would look more punk that it is pretty. Whatever their choice might be, they wish to give their looks an edgier touch.

 

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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.

Toner

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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.

Sunscreen

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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.

Serum

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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.

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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Tying the Knot? Here are Five Ingenious Tips to Read Before Buying Your Wedding Gown

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“On her wedding day, a woman should be certain she has found a dress that makes her feel confident and above all else, beautiful.”-Carolina Herrera

On any wedding day, all eyes will be on the bride as she makes her graceful walk down the aisle. With this in mind, it is only appropriate that a bride-to-be should be most meticulous and particular about the type of gown she wears on her big day. After all, a wedding gown is not only a dress a bride wears on her wedding day and selecting one is more than just a fitting, it is a memory in the making. For most women, a wedding gown could be the single most important dress they would ever wear in their lives–one that transcends all other garments she has and would ever have. So, if you are ready to hit the bridal shop, here are some tips to keep in mind to ensure you choose the wedding gown that suits you best:

1.) Have a price in mind

We all have our ideal gowns in mind, but at times the gown we dreamed of walking down the aisle in can be out of our price range. If this is the case, do not waste your time browsing that rack or even entertain the thought of buying it outright. Remember, you are not only spending for your wedding gown on your big day but on other aspects as well. Keep in mind; a dress budget does not only entail the gown itself but the cost of alterations, taxes, veil, shoes, lingerie, and jewelry. So, keep a realistic price in mind and stick to that.

2.) Start Early

Look for a wedding gown or dress at least six to eight months prior to your wedding day. But if you tend to be indecisive or are a picky shopper then add a couple of months more to that. Take note: a custom gown takes longer to make than the ones you can find off the rack—especially when they are heavily embellished. So, choose while it is still early as if you put it off for too long, you would either end up with a limited selection or make a quick purchase you might regret later.

3.) Consider the Dress Code

If you are getting married in a church, there might be religious restrictions you have to follow on what kind of wedding gown or dress you can wear. Consider these attire guidelines and make sure that you adhere to them in selecting a gown. After all, you would not want too many alterations on your gown should it not be allowed or worse, be asked to cover up as you walk down the aisle.

4.) Know What You Like

Your wedding gown or dress should be a reflection of you and your preference. If you have no idea what you truly want in a gown, you can start by perusing wedding gowns on the web and find one whose style resonates your own. Similarly, you can also take cues from your venue, theme and season of the day you are getting married to narrow down your choices. Eliminate silhouettes and fabrics that would look out of place in a venue such as poufy and bulky gowns in beach affairs as an example.

5.) Bring Your Accessories

Before your wedding day, it would be ideal if you had a rough idea of how you are going to look like when you walk down the aisle. While saving the full impact as a surprise on the day itself is done by most brides, this does not mean you should dismiss trying on the gown with your accessories either. You may opt to wear the gown sans your full bridal makeup when you are still trying it on, but it would be a good idea to know how it would look with the rest of your bridal ensemble such as the veil, the shoes, and the appropriate undergarments.

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Personal Checklist: Getting Best Value Caterers for Your Wedding!

Your big day’s fast approaching, and you’re doing the final check of the event must-haves and must-dos – guest list, events place, technical support, program flow and performances.

There is just one more thing left – a catering service.

Food and beverage are make-or-break factors that can dictate your event’s success, and as a host, getting a reliable one that provides competent service and delectable food is a MUST.  Have a quick look at this sample checklist you can use to narrow down your options!

Word of mouth recommendations

An online search may be faster, but when it comes to the real deal, talking with actual customers is still a better choice. Call a friend or colleagues who have hosted an event before and list down some of the catering services they recommend.

Caterers who leave your friend nodding in satisfaction will most likely be your thumbs up choice.

Food & Beverage

How else can you decide if their menus is a go without actually tasting it? So go ahead, give the service a call and schedule a tasting day. Highly commended ones are more than willing to do this for you. Ask them to prepare their best or request a cuisine. Bon appétit!

Chef  & Staff

Before, it’s about looking for services with the LONGEST years of catering experience. Now it’s more on the BEST CHEF & STAFF in town. The length of years a company has in the industry doesn’t necessarily translate to the tastiest food variety.

If you want appetizing selection fit for the occasion and nutritional requirement, a top-of-the-line chef is your go-to pick!

Attention to details

While caterers are the primary in charge of providing your event’s menu, always be reminded that you are the boss. You’re the ones who provide the theme and specifics the service would need in preparing their menu. It’s always an advantage to go for those who show the willingness to listen to your request, ask relevant questions and provide you with the best available alternatives.

Event Specialty

‘Aren’t all caterers the same?’ You ask.

Yes and no. Yes, they both offer food for a variety of occasion, and no, they don’t specialize on an entirely the same nature of events.

Some services specialize in huge gatherings such as company parties and seniors prom. Others focus on smaller events like family reunions and exclusive birthday parties.  There are even those who only cater to event deliveries and don’t have the setup and staffing included in their package.

Enjoy the smooth flow of the celebration and pick the service that specializes on the occasion you are hosting.

Liability insurance

Regardless of the event type or size, we want to see the best of it and make our guests satisfied. But whether we like it or not, bad things happen at times. Surely, we wouldn’t want to bear the responsibility of answering for damages incurred by our caterer, right?

Before saying yes to a deal, verify the presence of insurance including its coverage. This protects you from any liabilities in case the service incurs some errors resulting to guest accidents and the like.

Contract details

Lastly, read and understand the contract. It’s a requirement, and all catering services are mandated to offer this to their clients. The contents may differ, but the salient points such as the cancellation policy, damages, additional payment, and inclusions are all detailed in this document.

Don’t hesitate to raise points of clarification when you find vague conditions you find hard to understand. Be informed. It’s safer that way.

Special occasions will not be complete in the absence of food and beverage. Create a checklist of the most recommended services and drop them a visit!

Wedding Vows: Creating Meaningful and Sentimental Vows

 

 

You can choose the most romantic place to hold you wedding in or have all the incandescent lights shower you as you read your vows out in Solea Garden, but nothing is more romantic than composing your own wedding vow for your wedding day.

Writing out personal wedding vows has become a recent trend among many weddings, and from how the audience reacts, it makes for a much more sentimental wedding. This has been a better and much more romantic alternative to the traditional vows read out during the ceremony as it encapsulates all the emotional hurdles, feelings, successes the couple experience and that by itself makes the ceremony even more memorable and poignant. In fact, reading out personal wedding vows to each other may be the most romantic aspect of any wedding at all as it is like reading a love letter aloud to your spouse-to-be in the midst of an audience—a personification of your pledge to love them. Unfortunately though, writing these vows are easier said than done and more often than not, some of us are not gifted with the flair of writing. And though it matters not how you write it but rather what you write out, some can still find themselves lost and stumped.

Well, if you are in hopes of composing a personal wedding vow, take a look at the steps you can undertake below in order to give your spouse-to-be that memorable, poignant and meaningful wedding vow.

FIND INSPIRATION AROUND YOU

When you are stuck in a rut or cannot seem to find the inspiration you need for writing out your vows, then go ahead and seek for it. Read true to life love stories online, soak up on some romantic poetry, and look at wedding readings, songs or even greeting cards. Utilize vow books that feature words of love used by other couples and utilize inspirational quotes regarding love. Be creative when seeking inspiration, you may use your fiancé’s favorite cheesy movie line, a line from a love letter you wrote—the possibilities are endless. Remember, inspiration is hardly evasive when it is truly sought for.

ASK YOURSELF THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS

Sometimes all it takes to get you writing personal wedding vows is to think of these key questions:

*What made you fall in love?

*How did you meet?

*What do you love most about each other?

*What does marriage mean to you?

*What are your dreams, promises and intentions for your married life?

The answers to these questions can give you unique and personalized insights that you can incorporate into your own wedding vows. Apart from that, you can also share a personal anecdote of your life as a couple. This will give your audience a better understanding of who you and your spouse-to-be are as a couple. Additionally, you can paint a better picture for them about how you two fell in love.

CONNECT YOUR WORDS TO YOUR FEELINGS

Before scrawling your first draft, take a moment alone and try to reconnect all the magic and emotions you had felt when you decided that you wanted to get married to the person you are marrying. Think back to the day that made you realize that your fiancée was the one, that this was the moment. Think of the excitement you experienced on the day you got engaged. Immerse yourself in these feelings and let them aid you in writing your vows.

SPEAK FROM THE HEART

Beautiful words and carefully crafted letters are all for naught and mean nothing when they do not come from the heart. AS you are writing your vows, let the sentiments come deep from within and since it is your wedding day after all, you are welcome to share whatever you heart desires. Vows do not have to be perfect nor long nor entertaining, but they do have to be real. Remember, these personal wedding vows are not for your audience’s benefit but for your spouse-to-be, so make sure it is his or heart you are touching and melting foremost.