Philippine Wedding Trends: Celebration or Show Off?

*Guest Blogger Monique De Jesus shares with us her thoughts on whether Philippine weddings have become so taxing to the point of losing out on what truly matters when you are about to marry the love of your life. 

Before we share with you Monique's insightful blog on this subject, we'd like to weigh-in on the topic (if you have your own thoughts on this as well, feel free to leave it at the comments part below). We do agree with a lot of the things that Monique discussed about Philippine Weddings but we have this to add: 

 A Rebellious Bride should be able to make her own decisions--always remember that relatives, friends, forums, blogs, magazines, wedding expos, and suppliers can suggest all they want for your wedding but a Rebellious Bride is strong enough to form her own decisions, create her own wedding based on her own personality and her grooms. It's not about showing off but should be about celebrating one of the most special days of your lifetime. 

 A Rebellious Bride should absorb all the wedding ideas like a sponge but would not feel like she needs to do everything. A Rebellious Bride should be able to decide on her wedding essentials based on what she wants to do and not because something is "on-trend." Spend within your means but don't also scrimp on timeless investments that will last a lifetime. A wedding video/Same-day-Edit for instance, is not supposed to be included in a wedding just because it feels like a "requirement" --you get a wedding video and invest on it because that's the only thing that can immortalize your big day that you can watch and re-watch 'till you're 70. And there's nothing wrong with spending a little bit extra for that --again, not because it's "expected" but because you believe that it's truly an important element.  At the end of the day, if you are about to get married, the assumption is that YOU ARE A GROWN WOMAN. Nobody should be able to pressure you. And if somebody's pressuring you, we're here for you. 

And so without further adieu, here is Monique's blog entry: 

I have always envisioned my wedding to be intimate, surrounded by closest friends and family, perky, light, happy. When I started planning for our wedding months ago, I found myself overwhelmed by all the elements that are expected in a wedding here. Of course, I've been to several weddings before and even then I know that wedding trends here have just gone above and beyond what the essentials are. It felt like Filipina brides undergo peer pressure and this pushes them to put together this typical modern Filipino wedding - which is way beyond simple, by the way.

 My mom would always tell me, you do not need to have lots of money in order to get married. Thinking of what a typical wedding here is, that's impossible! But I know what she meant - what is a wedding for anyway? Go define it yourself. 

 Other than the church, the typical suppliers couples book for their weddings are: caterer, events place, hair & make up artist, hotel for preps, band, florist, stylist, couture, photographer, videographer, bridal car, cake designer, event coordinator, souvenir supplier, photobooth, mobile bar, etc, etc, etc. And then you have the pre-nup pictorial, save-the-date video, same-day-edit / SDE video, wedding film, wedding documentary, and all these stuff wherein photo and video suppliers can get the most out of your pocket. Kaching! All of these equate to a minimum of half a million bucks, and counting. 

 Is this difficult to pull off a simple wedding with all these trends nowadays? I guess we are afraid we will be judged if we do not adhere to the typical wedding set up. Hundred bucks per invitation card? Sure! Expensive bridal car to fit your theme? Okay! 100k worth of photo and video coverage to document the most special day of your lives? Totally worth it! - Or is it? If money is not a concern, lucky you. But if it is, think twice. Selling a property, getting a loan, sacrificing more important necessities just to have your so-called "dream wedding"? Think of the very reason you are getting married - to begin a married life. And what more would be left to begin a married life if the savings accounts are just all drained because of the wedding expenses? Let alone if you need to pay for the loan you got just to pay for the wedding. Not cool. Better re-assess that your goal is not just to show off. 

 Years ago, these SDEs, save the date's, pre-nup shoots, didn't exist. Now it's like a sin not to have them. Same with not getting a hotel for preps or not having a custom-made couture bridal gown. I bet they'd call you cheap. They'd think you don't have the budget. But really, who are they to judge? 

 You know, one of the perks of only having people that really matter to you on your wedding day is having no pressure of being judged. These people love you. These people should understand you and know that this day is a celebration of your love as a couple. These people are happy for you, and they only want to see you happy. They will celebrate with you no matter the venue, no matter the food, no matter what. This is the kind of people worth having on your big day. 

Where do this pressure really come from? 


 Of course, suppliers are running businesses. They will surely do everything to sell. They will make you think you NEED to have their products or services on your wedding even if you don't really do. It's called Marketing yes? 

Wedding Expos 

 Wedding Expos or Wedding Fairs is a business trend that is growing so fast in the country nowadays. It's crazy how couples respond so well to these expos. How could we not? All kinds of wedding suppliers can be found here and it's truly a wonderland for soon-to-wed couples. Suppliers here oftentimes offer promotions exclusive only to that particular wedding expo. You can only avail of it if you book them during the fair. But does that give you enough time to research on their outputs and customer feedback? Do you really need what they offer? So far I have booked only one supplier through an expo, and that supplier I am sure of. We didn't just saw them there and decide. In an upcoming expo I am planning to book another particular supplier. See, I am taking advantage of these expos - by getting discounts and freebies I wouldn't usually get if I book my suppliers outside of it, not the expo taking advantage of me. 

 Wedding Forums 

 There are several forums you can participate in and they are just so helpful for bride-to-be's like me in looking for good suppliers and valuable feedback about anything concerning a wedding. The forum participants become your best friends. They support you, help you, understand your every concern as a bride. You all share the same goal which is to pull off a wedding you have envisioned of since you were a little girl. 

 I am following a certain forum and I find it really helpful. However, sometimes I find myself slipping into the abyss of peer pressure interacting with co-members and reading all of the topics' posts. And I would remind myself about the true purpose of our wedding - it's a celebration of our love, together with God and the people who are part of our lives. Again, it's really how you would use these forums as a tool to help you find information and feedback that you need, not the forums manipulating you. 


 You're on your mid or late 20s and people around you are getting married one by one. You witnessed their wedding planning and you're part of their wedding day. This process is one that can really shape your mind of the concept of an ideal wedding, heck it's what you see, taste, feel, smell, hear. It's reality. Your friends who got married had the same experience, on top of what they learned from the forums, suppliers and wedding expos. And it's a cycle that goes on and on and on - shaping the concept of an acceptable wedding in the country and giving opportunities to businesses that thrive in this wedding industry. 

 At the end of the day, the couple has the last say. I admire couples for truly knowing what their wedding is for, and for not getting brainwashed and pressured by these trends, by not merely joining the bandwagon. 

 Remember, planning for your own wedding can make you vulnerable. It is a very special day that will happen only once and you want to make it as perfect as possible. We all do. But this vulnerability is what the wedding suppliers use to allure you into paying for more than what you really need for your wedding. Set a goal. Know what you want. My goal? Feel the love on my wedding day, from my groom and from the people who shared that special day with us. Dance the night away. Be merry. Guests be dead drunk. Everyone just happy. 

This is not just about cutting on cost, but realizing what the true essence of the wedding day is and not getting lost in the maze of material obsession. It is a celebration, not a mere event show off after all. ♡ 

*Guest Bloggers here in RB is defined as write-ups written by a third party contributor. It means that neither of the RBs wrote the actual article, but was allowed to be posted in the blog because the content was pre-approved by RB Kai & RB Mica as a "rebellious-worthy" content.
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