Pinoy Wedding Superstitions: Are You A Believer?

Have you ever been told by your elders not to do this or that upon learning that you are planning to get married? I think every Filipino couple who are about to get married can relate to this. Some elders can be lenient about it, but there are those who really insist and will get mad once you disobey. In this post, I gathered the most common wedding superstitious beliefs Filipinos, especially the elders, believe.

The couple's marriage life will be cursed if siblings get married or if the wedding pushed through despite a death in the family within a year. 

Gown-fitting should be avoided
The wedding may not push through if the bride fitted her gown so brides are discouraged (or, perhaps forced) from fitting their finished gowns. Fitting an unfinished gown (no beadings, buttons, etc. yet) is acceptable to some.

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Five Most Popular Marriage Books

Each time we get invited to attend a wedding, one of the first things that comes to mind is the gift we are going to give the couple. Filipinos usually give furniture, appliances and other household items for the couple to start their married life easier. Some would give gift certificates to spa, hotel accommodation and others.

One of the less common items given on a wedding day is a book. However, if it is about marriage and relationships, then it surely is beneficial to the couple.

There are many marriage books in the market today and we are sharing the top five popular books based on

Facing the Complexities of Marriage with the Wisdom of God

In previous books respected New York pastor and bestselling author Timothy Keller has looked at such diverse and topical subjects as the existence of God, our need to do justice, the meaning of Jesus' life, and the human temptation to make idols - all through the twin lenses of a biblical framework and an engagement with contemporary culture. In this new book, co-authored with his wife, Kathy, he turns his attention to that most complex of matters: our need for love, and its expression in marriage. Beginning with the biblical narrative, and its pictures of marriage that span the original ideal to the broken to the redemptive, he looks at themes of friendship and commitment; the completion of men and women in each other; singleness, sex and divorce; and ministry and discipleship within the context of marriage. This is a profound and engaging work that will challenge and inspire people in all stages of life - single, newlywed and married.

Author: Timothy Keller
Goodreads ratings: 4.43 out of 5 stars

A Practical Guide from the Country's Foremost Relationship Expert

With more than a million copies sold worldwide, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work has revolutionized the way we understand, repair, and strengthen marriages. John Gottman's unprecedented study of couples over a period of years has allowed him to observe the habits that can make--and break--a marriage. Here is the culmination of that work: the seven principles that guide couples on a path toward a harmonious and long-lasting relationship. Straightforward yet profound, these principles teach partners new approaches for resolving conflicts, creating new common ground, and achieving greater levels of intimacy. Gottman offers strategies and resources to help couples collaborate more effectively to resolve any problem, whether dealing with issues related to sex, money, religion, work, family, or anything else. Packed with new exercises and the latest research out of the esteemed Gottman Institute, this revised edition of The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work is the definitive guide for anyone who wants their relationship to attain its highest potential.

Author: John Gottman
Goodreads ratings: 4.18 out of 5 stars

Choosing your Wedding Date: Four Factors to Consider

So you finally said "yes!" to your love's proposal. Once your circle knows about the good knows, surely they'd be asking the question, "When is the big day?". Before you get caught unprepared, it would be great to think about it and decide early on. Apart from having an answer to the question in case someone asks, deciding on the date early will also give you ample time to get everything ready and achieve that wedding you've been dreaming for years.

Choosing a date shouldn't be that hard but there are some things you need to consider in doing so.

This is an important factor in choosing the date. Would you want your wedding day to fall on your anniversary as a couple? Or perhaps you want to exchange "I do's" with your partner on the day of his birthday? When choosing the date, it is best to determine what is the significance of that potential date to your relationship and to your lives in general. Of course you can always choose any random date but choosing a date that is significant to you and your partner will make the celebration more special and memorable.

San Jose Parish

A. Basic Requirements on Wedding Rites:

  1. Newly issued Baptismal Certificates of Bride and Groom with the annotation "For Marriage Purposes Only".
  2. Confirmation Certificate of Bride and Groom
  3. Marriage License from the Local Civil Registry Office where a party is a resident or the Marriage Contract if civilly married already duly registered in the Civil Registry Office.
  4. Ecclesiastical Banns or "Tawag" Announcement of Marriages in the respective parish of bride and groom for three Sundays.
  5. Bride and groom must undergo "Pre-Cana Seminar". Scheduled every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month 2:00 PM (one session only) or you can attend in other parishes provided you secure a certificate to that effect.
  6. Permit from the parish priest of the bride if she is not a parishioner of San Jose Parish.
  7. Foreigner applying for a marriage with Filipino citizen must have a clearance first from the Archdiocesan Chancery Office, Archbishop of Jaro.
  8. List of names of Principal Sponsors.
  9. 2x2 pictures.
  10. To fill up the questioners for the Interview and Canonical Investigation of the bride and groom.
  11. Canonical interview of the bride and groom by the priest.

Wedding Package: Casa La Granja

Wedding Package is 549.00 PHP per person (minimum of 100 pax)

  • Use of Moroccan Ballroom, Restaurant and Garden (weather- permitting)
  • Buffet lunch or dinner    
  • Overnight Stay at Casa La Granja’s Honeymoon Suite
  • Breakfast for the couple             
  • Bottle of Wine for Toast
  • Tulle Ribbon Motif on Chairs
  • Candles on the table
  • Linen tablecloths and napkins
  • Floral arrangements in buffet and dessert tables          
  • Use of Function Area for 5 (five) Hours
  • Free Use of Swimming Pool
  • Reception Coordinator                          
  • Use of PA Sound system w/ Lectern and Microphone
  • Mood Music and Wedding Songs during Mealtime

Wedding Package: Creativebox Photography

PACKAGE 1 - Php 97, 499

  • Unlimited shot 1000 ++++ (JPeg Files)
  • Selected 150 - 250 pictures for album
  • 100 copy prints 4r
  • One 12x12 imported digital layout for album (40 pages)
  • Two parent album
  • One 24x36 photo canvass with fitted frame
  • One 8x12 photographic guestbook (10 pages)
  • 120 pieces Thank you card
  • Pre-nuptials (Free AVP 4mins to 6 max) Projector with wide screen
  • Pre-nuptials (20x30 tarpaulin with frame)
  • Three photographers
  • Two videographers using DSLR
  • Three DVD master edited (cinematic highlights), one raw video
  • Onsite video (using DSLR (2 set cam), one editor, one video output)