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Filipino Weddings: Elegant Productions

December 1st, 2010 photos by Kelly Bik Photography
 
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All weddings are fabulous events. Filipino weddings are often elegant, anticipated productions with traditional elements reflected through the ceremony, with many opportunities to blend personal touches with tradition. Filipino wedding receptions are not so different from typical Western receptions, but there are special festivities that can be incorporated from Filipino customs for unique touches. The reception can be as traditional or as modern as the couple and their families like, and many of these customs can be adapted to a more modern light. The main things to remember as definite must-haves: Filipino wedding receptions are like great parties, with much dancing, music, and the best food. When Kim and Lisa got married this September, they incorporated their chic and unique sense of style through attire and red-carpet ambiance.  A personal touch at the ceremony included their dog walking down the aisle with Kim’s daughter Trinity, making it a true family event.
Make it a Production
A production is a sensory experience that tastefully and seamlessly blends countless elements creating an unexpected and exciting event. Mixing traditional Filipino customs with your own personal style and creativity will ensure that your wedding is the event that everyone remembers. The guests party until the end, not even considering leaving straight after dinner. Kim and Lisa envisioned a production that harmoniously incorporated a red carpet feel, romantic elegance, and lots of fun. The evening’s events transitioned from a traditional reception into a dinner production.The couple’s personal flare was incorporated into all aspects of the event, which made it truly theirs and surpassed their expectations and that of their guests.
  It’s In The Details
Romantic elegance was created by using the colour scheme as the theme of the event. The couple chose black and white with purple shades as their colours, allowing the design to play up a formal yet relaxed feel for a romantic setting. What better way to incorporate fun than through the details? Ambient lighting in shades of purple set the tone for a romantic, fun and elegant room, and oversized paper lanterns led guests to the dance floor and drew their attention to the head table in a subtle way.   An elegantly lit backdrop framed the large head table. At the top of the head table, a Memorial Table, exclusively designed by SAVVY, held pictures of the bride and groom’s fathers. This was an important component for the couple, as they wanted to feel that their fathers were there with them celebrating this amazing milestone.  All the tables were decorated with black on white taffeta runners, black butterfly chair covers, and satin sashes in grape and eggplant shades. The romantic centerpieces included orchids submersed in water and topped with chic floating candles. The bride designed the beautiful table tents that incorporated the menu and evening’s program.
  Fun, Fun, Fun!
Great music, great food and service, and a fantastic atmosphere creates a fun setting for all. An entertaining tradition you can incorporate is the money dance: originally a measure of a family’s wealth, the dance is now practiced to help give the newlyweds a prosperous start in their new life. Once the music starts, family members will start off the dance by placing money crowns or sashes on the couple, followed by other guests who will pin or tape money onto the happy couple’s clothing. Guests at Lisa and Kim’s wedding danced all night with the brief intermissions for the bouquet and garter toss and of course, the famous “de-panting” rite of passage for the groom. Guests loved the late night buffet which included fantastic Filipino delicacies like mini enseymadas, the cupcakes from their cupcake “Wedding Cake,” and their cookie wedding favors with the newlyweds’ picture on them.  Another symbolic Filipino tradition is the releasing of a pair of white doves during the reception, to symbolize a loving and harmonious marriage. This may be difficult to arrange depending on the reception venue’s rules, so think outside the box for other ways to incorporate the symbol. A pair of doves could grace your wedding invitations or the reception program instead. One other custom you may try to incorporate: breaking something during the reception is said to bring good luck to the newlyweds.
  Whether your upcoming event is lavish or intimate, make it your own event experience. A fabulous team, orchestrated by your Event Specialist, can ensure that your wedding reflects your unique flare to deliver a Stylish, Sophisticated Event.
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It’s likely that you will have a few guests who are not familiar with Filipino wedding traditions. Keep them included by creating descriptions of the customs in your wedding programs, to help them understand what's happening and the symbolism of the events.
 

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