Mac and I are blessed to have generous and talented friends. These videos were shot and edited for free.
Please watch til the end–these are actually two videos stitched into one. 🙂
Special thanks to Ogi Sugatan, Sandra Santiago, Ej Salcedo, Brass Knuckles, One Chemistry Films
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There are usually three stages to getting married:
- You fall in love.
- You get engaged.
- You get married.
In my case, there were four:
- I fell in love.
- I got engaged.
- I became a w@wie.
- I got married.
Step 3 was crucial in our wedding plans.
W@W or Weddings at Work is a website started by Benz and Abet Rana. The w@w yahoo group is composed of (mostly) brides who are planning their wedding. The group is a certified goldmine of information on Filipino weddings—everything from suppliers, to venues, to problems with future in laws are discussed by fellow brides.
I first heard about w@w through a former groom of a w@wie bride. I was ranting on how clueless I was about weddings—I wasn’t the type of girl who already had visions on how her wedding was going to be when she was still young. I literally had no idea where to start! He told me how the group had helped him and his wife when they were planning their wedding. Seeing how lost I was, he advised me to join.
I have to admit that I was skeptical at first. But a couple of w@w messages later, I was hooked. Until I joined w@w, I didn’t realize how much time and energy went into planning a wedding. We found a lot of our suppliers through recommendations by fellow brides. The sharing of ideas was nonstop—I was even encouraged to make our own “do-it-yourself” projects. Almost all the little “gimiks” we did for our wedding, we learned in w@w.
The best part about being a w@wie is that I could talk (or write) about our wedding plans all the time! There was no need to censor myself. I got to talk with fellow brides who actually knew and understood the things that we were going through. When a supplier started giving me a hard time, I just posted a rant in w@w and I got a dozen or more messages of support. When we finally booked our venue after months of searching, it was the w@wies who shared our excitement.
Thank you to the brides (and grooms) of w@w for the constant feedback and the generosity of ideas. And for the ones who started it all–Benz and Abet–a cyberhug and our eternal gratitude. W@W enabled us to plan and have the wedding of our dreams. We couldn’t have done it without you.
I am Hazel and I am proud to be a w@wie.
Bridal shoes: Nina (Rustan’s Makati)
Peso power: Php 1,800 (sale from Php 5,500)
It took me three months to find the perfect shoes. Finally found them at Rustan’s Makati ON SALE! Love them! High heels but really comfortable. Can’t wait to use them again. 🙂
Overall rating: 5++++
Groom’s shoes: Hush Puppies
Peso power: Php 4,000 ++
Mac is the type of guy who doesn’t wear leather shoes unless forced to. Good thing he found this pair of very comfy Hush Puppies that we both liked.
Overall rating: 5++++
DIY Projects: butterfly baskets, kissing bells, table numbers
Thanks to w@w, I learned a lot about making our own DIY projects. I actually enjoyed them! The butterfly baskets were something I thought of as an alternative to bridesmaid’s bouquets. The kissing bells were something I learned from fellow w@wie brides.
Other DIY projects: Invitation layout, table numbers, the menu.
These stuff made our wedding much more personal. I just wish I had more talent in arts and crafts because I certainly would have done more just to cut cost (sobrang kuripot ko talaga! haha!).