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How to choose a venue for your wedding

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One of the most important decisions you will make for your wedding day will be where to hold your wedding ceremony – will it be outdoors (like garden) or inside a church? With me, I originally thought that a garden ceremony was part of my dream wedding. This idea eventually changed as we dip our hands into the planning process. Most of our wedded friends suggested that having our ceremony in a church is much more convenient in terms of producing document requirements for our future kids’ school etc. Hearing about our future kids’ school requirement is not that appealing at that time, but after several discussions and deliberations, we kind of agreed to it — after all, Philippines is still dominantly a Catholic country.

Church it is! Once you have decided that it is going to be a wedding ceremony in a church, several other considerations will appear – will it be an intimate or a grand wedding? What kind of ambiance would you like to experience? What tone would you like to set for your dream wedding? Your answers to these questions will affect your choice of a church. Here are some practical considerations that will hopefully help you decide.

Paco Park Church

Sentimental Value

Choose a church that has some sentimental value, some connection or that has meaning to you or your fiancé. This way, you will feel thrilled to get hitched in a place that is special to you both.

We had 2 choices: St. Pancratius Chapel in Paco Park and Transfiguration Chapel – Caleruega in Nasugbu, Batangas.

Caleruega Church

When I first visited Caleruega Retreat House, also-known as Transfiguration Chapel way back when I was in high school, I knew it will be something special in my life. I was bowled over by its charming little chapel atop a mountain, its lush greenery, its quiet peaceful surroundings, cool climate and panoramic view.

Although there were rumors circulating during our HS retreat that there is a white lady in the chapel, the creepiest part of it is that the white lady was an abandoned bride. Her groom did not show up that caused her to commit suicide.

Despite the creepy white lady story (which didn’t bother me at all), this lovely chapel is closer to my heart. We visited it together once before and that gave it more meaning. I silently wished, hoped and prayed that someday we will go back here for our wedding.

We did go back, this time for our ocular visit, a delicate smile painted my face as I was reminded of my silent prayer. When we entered the chapel, I just knew this is the one.

Accessibility

Your church must be readily accessible, easy to locate, have ample parking space and is near your wedding reception venue. For out-of-town weddings, it is best to provide a map or directions included in your save-the-dates or invitations. Your guests will love you even more for it!

Ambiance

Do you prefer a day wedding or night wedding? Formal or a more casual wedding? In all cases, the choice of church will set the tone for the kind of wedding you desire.

In our case, we initially wanted a night wedding to have a dinner reception. But since we combined the idea of having a garden wedding and a church ceremony — Caleruega IS THE perfect spot for us! It allows guests to enjoy the greeneries just like in a garden, and it also adheres to the Pinoy wedding traditions.

Size Of Guests

Determine whether your wedding will be an intimate affair or a big one. This will help you in choosing a church that will accommodate all your invited guests.

Cathedrals or basilicas are suitable for such big weddings. Chapels, on the other hand, are apt for intimate nuptials.

Since we also desire to celebrate with an intimate group of families and friends, this petite chapel fits the bill.

Budget

Most churches charge a fee for weddings. Find out the associated fees from your desired church and compare it to your allotted budget. Also consider if the church includes flower arrangements, if not, consider the size of the church and the flowers required to dress up the venue which will add up to the needed budget.

Moreover, be aware of the rules and regulations as well as the limitations and restrictions followed in the church of your choice.

Find out if you can write your own vows; select your own readings; select your own songs; wear a wedding gown that suits your taste, even if it means it’s less conservative; throw rice grains or rose petals etc.

I hope this equipped you in finding and choosing your dream wedding venue.

Happy wedding prep!

*Originally posted in Brodude + Ladybabe Wedding Planner

When Uan Met Sally

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…which I originally thought as When Van Met Sally is a quaint, eclectic shop / cafe along Maginhawa St. in QC. I’ve passed by this shop a lot of times whenever we scout for new eats along Maginhawa or whenever I do make-up work at a friend’s studio.

When Uan Met Sally

The shop has this charm that will draw your attention even from the outside. One time before doing my make-up work, I stopped by this shop / cafe and explored what they have to offer. Every piece of item is such an eye candy. If you love artsy fartsy stuff, if you are looking for inspiration to boost your creative juices or simply looking for unique gift ideas, When Uan Met Sally is a must-visit place!

When Uan Met Sally

This shop has clothes imported from Thailand matched with interesting and sometimes intricate handmade accessories. Another impressive sight from this shop are the hand-painted bag designs. Once you stepped in, it’s as if you are transported into a charming little old world full of aesthetically inspired designs. The shop itself boasts design inspired from birds and birds’ branches in a vintage-ly beautiful way hand-painted into their walls, doors, display cabinets and even on their menu.

When Uan Met Sally

Personally, this peacock-inspired handbag and crochet lace handbag caught my eye and my heart!

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If you want a quiet, relaxing place to be by your lonesome and do some thinking or writing, this can be the place for you. Part of their menu offerings are artisan’s coffee, tarragon tea, authentic Thai ice cream, sticky rice and mango, wine and cheese, panini and orange spice cookies.

When Uan Met Sally

If you want to check it out, the address is: 154-A Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City

To see more photos of the items and the shop, please view here. Enjoy!

Breakfast In Bed + Q Bistro dinner for My Birthday Boy

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My B celebrated his birthday last March 22 and this year, I planned to surprise him with a quirky, shabby-chic breakfast tray in bed! Yes, breakfast in bed served with so much love! Mushy! Ha! *wink*

breakfast in bed for birthday boy

Breakfast in bed menu — gourmet chicken ham Gypsy toast with honey, seedless grapes and full cream yogurt!

B had to work (at least half day) so I planned the 2nd half of my surprise at night — surprise birthday dinner at Q Bistro, located just beside his work building. *grin*

Cheers for the birthday boy

{ Cheers to my birthday boy! }

Q Bistro

My B's Birthday at Q Bistro

My B's Birthday at Q Bistro

I love birthdays, birthday cakes and making wishes so it’s safe to say that my heart go aflutter with all kinds of cutesy candles especially this sparkler candles!

Q Bistro is a contemporary restaurant that has this trendy “New York bistro-type” interiors and well-trained staff’s personalized service. The 4-course meal was sumptuous and a delight in our taste buds. Perfect for a cozy, romantic birthday dinner for my darling.

Trio of Oyster{ Appetizer. Trio of Oyster. An aphrodisiac, prepared in 3 ways }

Oriental Crunchy Wanton Cups{ Appetizer. Oriental Crunchy Wanton Cups }

Mixed Greens drizzled with Q Salad Dressing{ Salad. Mixed Greens drizzled with Q Salad Dressing }

Creamy Roasted Squash Soup with Chorizo Pate on Toasted Crostini{ Soup. Creamy Roasted Squash Soup with Chorizo Pate on Toasted Crostini }

Chicken Marsala with Gorgonzola Cheese and Truffled Mashed Potato{ Main Course – His. Chicken Marsala with Gorgonzola Cheese and Truffled Mashed Potato }

Q's signature US Roast Beef with roasted vegetables and Truffled Mashed Potato{ Main Course – Hers.Q’s signature US Roast Beef with roasted vegetables and Truffled Mashed Potato }

I really am a carnivore. A meat lover indeed. This roast beef is just tender, juicy and heavenly! Immediately after I finished it, I’m already planning in my head our next trip to this bistro just for me to have a taste of this heaven on earth dish. In fact I saw they have Spanish themed Roast Beef Buffet every Tuesday’s and Thursday’s. Shall we, B?

My B's Birthday at Q Bistro
White and Red Wine{ Hers and His wine }

My B's Birthday at Q Bistro
Q's classic Carrot Cake{ Desserts – His. Carrot Cake }

B’s birthday cake is their BEST CARROT CAKE I’ve ever tasted! I should meet Chef Ameera Katigbak Capay in person to compliment her scrumptious creations!

Tiramisu{ Desserts – Hers. Tiramisu }

Ours was not just a mere dinner, it was an ultimate dining experience — from the staff’s personalized service, to the cozy romantic little corner we were seated in, up to the sumptuous epicurean delight served in every plate. Perfect for darling’s birthday dinner, so worth raising and clinking our glasses to!

Q Bistro
G6 & G7 The Malayan Plaza, Opal cor. Topaz Road
Ortigas Center, 1600 Pasig
Phone: (02) 706 1668