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The Orchard Golf and Country Club

Publish On 2016-08-01 , 1:43 PM

A renowned place for corporate golf outing is now your partner in celebrating your most important occasions! 

The Orchard Golf and Country Club is a notable venue for golf competitions, but for celebrators, it is a stunning place for their occasion.It is just a 45-minute drive through the SLEX and the newly-opened MCX freeways to Dasmariñas. With its commitment to environmental conservation and sustainability, and its designation as a wildlife and habitat sanctuary, you will find yourself free from the urban stress.

It prides for its Banquet Hall, where you may invite up to a thousand of your guests. The elegant feel and fine touches of the area would be perfect for weddings, birthdays, debuts, anniversaries, corporate events and other special occasions.


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Park Place Village

Publish On 2016-08-08 , 1:56 PM

A wedding destination is nestled in the historic city of Imus—Parkplace Village! Even without going to the highlands of the province you may achieve the same feel of a destination wedding.

Located in the heart of Parkplace Village is its stylish Club House—designed to accommodate weddings, as well as other celebrations. With a winning accommodation packages, couples will have a blast in spending their most romantic event. Your guests will appreciate the natural homey feel of the venue because it is surrounded by residences offered for families.

Match this important celebration with a delightful partner in bringing the premium wedding cuisines, style and services—Town’s Delight. Bringing the most exciting packages for your event, you will have a great time choosing for the right items for your wedding. Aside from our strong position in Metro Tagaytay, our expertise extends even in lowland Cavite. With over 40 years in the industry, every occasion we cater is truly memorable.

There is no way that you would miss this place for your next event. Call us for one delightful event that you would keep for a lifetime.

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Rainy Day Wedding Must Haves

Publish On 2016-08-09 , 2:36 PM

When planning a rustic wedding or a country wedding most brides usually get control over the venue space, the wedding gowns and a few other key details but one thing no bride has control over is the weather. If you are planning a rustic or country style wedding you might find yourself checking the weather (obsessively) in the weeks and days leading up to your wedding (gotta love that 10 day outlook). Since so many of our readers love to plan outdoor weddings we thought it would be the perfect time to give a few ideas on rainy day wedding must haves! With a wedding, especially one that is planned for outside it is always best to play it safe and have these items on hand.

Personal Umbrellas

Wedding In The Rain


You don’t have to break the wedding budget to offer umbrellas to your wedding guest. The best thing you can do is buy a large stash and keep them at your ceremony & reception location. If Mother Nature takes over then you are covered but if the sun stays shinning you never have to bring them out and you might even be able to return if they are unused.


Wellies On Bride

You probably will not be able to provide Wellies or rain boots for all your guests but you should check the forecast and if rain looks like it may happen buy some cute rain boots for your bridesmaids, your flower girl, your mother and fiance’s mother and of course a white pair for yourself. Wellies can look great in your pics and are easy to switch in and out of as you move from one location to another. 


Hay At Wedding

Hay can be a last minute savor for a wedding that has been hit with rain. Adding a layer of hay to an outdoor location like a backyard wedding or a backyard rehearsal dinner can soak up the water and help to prevent mud from forming. You can’t exactly break out the hay if the clouds open and rain comes unannounced but it is something you might want to think about in the days before you wedding if you have had some weather come through.


This is something that actually came in handy at my own rustic wedding back in 2009 where no rain was expected yet we had a minor brief shower come through. Our dance floor got wet and thanks to a few college buddies of my husband they grabs some towels and cleaned off the dance floor. Having a stash of a few large beach towels really can help if something like this happens to you. Chances are these towels will not be seen by your guests so just grab a few from your own beach stash and keep handy.

Clear Plastic Tarp

For a very reasonable fee you can get a large clear plastic tarp and keep it on hand to place over items such as your ceremony chairs, ceremony floral arrangements, your aisle runner and just about anything else that might be wet. This hardware store find really is useful at backyard weddings or any places where you don’t have a full venue staff to help.

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How Much Do Weddings Cost In The Philippines?

Publish On 2016-08-16 , 1:50 PM

A Filipino wedding held in December at the Manila Cathedral in the Philippines.

Love don’t cost a thing, but weddings can cost a pretty penny. That might be one of the factors as to why fewer Pinoys are tying the knot these days — according to the NSO, the number of registered marriages has been steadily declining since 2009. There are so many expenses to worry about in life already, so setting aside a giant chunk of money for one day of celebrations might seem unreasonable.

But we Pinoys are very romantic, so we like our weddings. And having a wedding in this economy doesn’t have to be a burden. You just have to know your budget and plan around that. To give you a better idea, we’ve divided up wedding expenses into three categories: essentialsmajor, and minor. Read on and find out what expenses you have to prepare for to have the wedding of your dreams and start your life of matrimonial bliss:

The Essentials

Without these, you can’t have a wedding. These are the bare minimum expenses you will need.

  1. Marriage license. You will need to get this from your local registry office. The bride- and groom-to-be fill out this form together (he on the left, she on the right), and submit it to the municipal office. Fees vary depending on the city; for example, the total fee for Quezon City is P320, while in Cebu it’s P250. And if one of you is not a Filipino national, there will be additional fees, at around P1,000 depending on the municipality, and more forms required.
  2. Certificate of No Marriage. It does what it says on the tin — certifies that you are not married. Some churches require this. Philippine embassies can also request this if you’re getting married in a foreign country, and you’ll need it if your spouse will be filing for a fiancée visa on your behalf. This costs P415per copy (or $25 if the request is made from abroad) when ordered online from, orP195 if you go to a walk-in Serbilis outlet.
  3. NSO birth certificate. Some municipalities require an NSO birth certificate when you apply for a marriage license. This costs P140 from a walk-in Serbilis outlet, or P350 from
  4. Baptismal certificate. A must for church weddings, along with a confirmation certificate. The fees for these can vary. Churches require a “for marriage purposes” stamp on the baptismal certificate, so you can’t use your old one; you’ll have to get a new one.

Major Expenses

These are the major components of a traditional wedding. The cost of them depends greatly on your budget, taste, and number of attendees.

  1. Church. If you’re going to have a church wedding, you’ll need to prepare a lot of documents and attend a few seminars. But the big expense here is the fees for the church, which can vary greatly. For example, making a reservation at St John Bosco Parish in Makati costs P17,000 (without air-conditioning, P22,500 with). Meanwhile, Malate Catholic Church has an “economy” rate of P5,000 for weekday weddings — and if you’re a parishioner there, you can get a 50% discount on that rate. Some churches offer all-in packages. For P140,000, Mt Carmel Parish in Quezon City will provide invitations, flowers, catering, and photo/video services. A less expensive alternative is the kasalang bayan, or group weddings that are sponsored by the local municipality, sometimes in cooperation with a church, and are free.
  2. Reception. This will be the most costly major expense. According to, City Garden Suites Manila is one of the most affordable venues in Manila — their rates for a complete wedding package range from P44,750 (50 pax) to P167,720. The cost of a reception depends on how many people will be attending, the menu, and the venue.
  3. Wedding attire. Those on a budget can find wedding gowns for as low as P2,500. Boutique bridal stores offer dresses at a range of P15,000 – P40,000 and beyond. The cost of the attire will depend greatly on your style and budget.
  4. Wedding rings. These are a symbol of a couple’s eternal love, but they don’t have to be eternally expensive. Some local jewelry stores sell gold wedding rings from P8,609.50 each. If you want diamonds, expect to spend around P20,000 for the lowest tier. On the other side of the spectrum, you could spend almost P750,000 on a Etoile five-row band ring with pavé diamonds in platinum from Tiffany & Co.
  5. Photography and Videography. Of course, you’ll want to relive your big day with photos and videos of the event. If you want professional photography, basic rates can start at around P25,000. Video services can start at around P40,000. If you want to save yourself the trouble and get a package including both, expect to pay around P60,000 — and if you want extras like same-day editing or a prenup video, this will cost extra, starting at around P90,000 for an all-inclusive package.
  6. Makeup. Hiring a professional hair and makeup stylist for a wedding can set you back by as much asP20,000, depending on the stylist. Some packages are bride only (which can cost around P6,000), some include both bride and groom, and some include an additional two heads, such as bridesmaids.
  7. Honeymoon. If you go to a local honeymoon hotspot such as Club Paradise in Palawan, you’ll spend around P50,000 for a honeymoon package. If you want to go abroad, expect to spend even more.

Minor Expenses

These are the little expenses that can add up if not planned for. Not having these won’t kill your wedding, but they are nice to have.

  1. Invitations. This can range from P15 each for a basic invitation, or much higher if you choose fancier options such as customized designs, letterpress printing, thermography, and others.
  2. Souvenirs. Shops like Papemelroti have souvenirs from P20 and up. If you buy in bulk from a vendor, you can negotiate a lower price.
  3. Gifts for sponsors. Don’t forget to show your appreciation for your sponsors with a thoughtful gift. You could get a bottle of wine for P800, or a personalized Filipiniana clock for P500.
  4. Accommodations. If family and friends are going to travel from abroad to the wedding, they’ll need accommodation. If you can’t house them all, you can contact a hotel for group bookings to get a discount on room rates.

Of course, our list above doesn’t include every single expense. So depending on what kind of wedding you want to have, you could spend as little as P200,000, or as much as P1 million and beyond.

If all these expenses sound like a headache, remember that it’s not the extravagance of your wedding that determines the happiness of your married life. Instead, think of the wedding ceremony as a simple celebration of your love. What’s important is your loved ones will be present on your big day and everyone is happy.


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11 personalized wedding gifts!

Publish On 2016-08-23 , 1:52 PM

When it comes to wedding gifts, it can be tough to find great ideas for couples who already have kitchen appliances and silverware. And what if they don't have a registry at all? For those in search of something special, here's a few personalized items that couples will welcome at every stage of life.

1. Matching travel accessories

Whether it's for the honeymoon or a future trip together, inspire the newlyweds to go on new adventures with a set of personalized passport covers and matching luggage tags. These colorful extras are both practical and posh. 

2. Portable picnic backpack

The 30-piece "Happy Couple Backpack" from Personal Creations gives new meaning to "take out." The customized carryall has everything they'd need for a quick getaway, including a detachable wine cooler. Plus, it can be embroidered with their names and wedding date. 


3. Belted beach blanket

When they're looking for some fun in the sun, the lovebirds will look forward to using Beach People's leather carrier — it can turn any bulky blanket, towel or even yoga mat into an easy-to-pack, easy-to-tote item. I suggest you upgrade the item even further with one of the brand's unique and chic round towels for a cozy, stylish spot on the sand.

4. Personalized pajamas

Here's a great gift that offers the newlyweds another reason to stay cozy under the covers. Monogrammed sleepwear is a great little luxury that most people won't splurge on for themselves. PJs from Pajamagram are as comfy as an old T-shirt, but add an extra bit of polish and sophistication. 

5. Bold bedding

Even if the couple already resides in a fully furnished home, odds are, their pillowcases are still fairly ordinary. So why not mix things up with witty designs like that say "Mr. Right" and "Mrs. Right"? (And, of course, their real names, too!) 

6. Matching mugs

And speaking of the aforementioned coffee or tea, I fell in love with a coordinating two mug set which says "I stole her heart" and "So I am stealing his." Adorable!

7. Breakfast in bed ...

Home decor website is a wonderful wedding resource with a plethora of present ideas. I sifted through the site and one of my favorite gift ideas is the "Single Initial Lucite Tray." Simple, sleek and perfect for sharing tea or coffee in bed on a rainy day. 

8. Smart stationery ...

If you've ever been married, you know that those thank you cards can be a tough task to tackle. Help the couple out by getting them joint stationery.

... that's extra personal!    

And if you're looking to add a unique touch to the stationery above, consider gifting a personalized address stamp in the shape and style of your choosing. PSA Essentials has over 200 options available in the stamp and embosser categories, so you'll be sure to find something that suits their taste.

9. New name art

While home decor can be a tricky gift item, there are still some safe bets. Architectural photo art that subtly spells out the last name of the new pair will match almost any decor. If you're not sure that the couple is planning a name change, you can always spell out a favorite city name, sports team or even the wedding date.

10. Cute countertop boxes

For the couple who loves to cook, a customized wooden recipe box will look oh-so-cute in their kitchen. Consider pre-filling it with some of their favorites (to go the extra mile, reach out to relatives and add in family recipes to make it extra meaningful!).

11. A get-out-there game

The "Date Night Bucket List" game makes a nice addition to any relationship by providing unique suggestions for fun outings. Once a date is completed, the couple marks it off on the included keepsake sticks, so that they can reminisce about the experience for years to come.


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