6 Possible Wedding Trends in 2017

Another year means another batch of lovely of I Dos. Each year, more and more couples are planning their beautiful wedding but only a few weddings actually stand out. If you’re newly engaged and want your wedding to be a big thing this 2017, you need to keep up with the trend! We listed 6 wedding trends that we might see this 2017.

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Removable skirts

The trend in 2016 was full-length gowns ranging from Ball gown, sheath to A-line etc. With so many choices, brides are having a hard time to choose the perfect dress. Then, removable skirts arrived! Now, brides can wear a ball gown or sheath or even a cocktail dress without having to change clothes. It’s a possibility that we might see more of this in 2017.

Garden themed wedding

Garden weddings are not new to the wedding scene but a large number of garden weddings happened in 2016 and this might go on for a much longer time. Garden weddings have a large open space where you can freely design it the way you want it to be. It’s a combination of nature and your creativity to make everything work together. Here in the Philippines, one of the most popular garden wedding venue is in Tagaytay. The fact that it’s only 2 hours away from the Manila also makes it an ideal venue.

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Over-the-top decor

Simple and classy weddings has always been the popular themes, but nowadays, couples are looking for something different to make their wedding memorable and unique. That’s why over-the-top-decorations are going to be in-demand next year. Most of the couples are also taking advantage of the open space of the garden venue. Expect to see a lot of hanging decorations, beautiful, outstanding chandeliers, buffet table, and centerpieces.

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Statement earrings

In a wedding, the first thing we notice in a bride’s look is the dress, then the hair or perhaps the shoes but this year, we’re expecting to see more gorgeous earrings! Statement wedding earrings are perfect especially if your hair will be pulled up in a bun, it’s definitely a head turner and will be popular in the coming months.

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Metallic cakes

Metallic hues are starting to get popular and they’re not going away in 2017. You’ll see more brides choosing metallic colors such as gold, rose gold, silver and copper because they can fit anywhere especially on wedding events. These metallic cakes are combination of class, elegance and ageless beauty.

Creative Ice Breakers

Weddings are getting more and more fun and creative each year, so this 2017, expect to see out-of-the-box icebreakers and guest entertainment. From cocktail hours to photobooths, we’re looking forward for more creative food bars, photo walls and anything out of the ordinary.

These wedding trends are just possibilities and there might be other style or gimmicks that we’ll be seeing so it’s good to keep up to date and read our Tagaytay wedding blog regularly to get wedding tips and the latest trends in the wedding scene.

5 Reasons To Have A Garden Wedding

Congratulations and hello bride to be! Getting married is really exciting, but the most enjoyable (and stressful) part for many couples is the preparation and wedding planning. Though it can be daunting at first, always try to have fun and be creative. Ever since we were 5, we’re already dreaming of our beautiful perfect wedding. Just like what we read on fairy tales, we want our wedding to have the magical vibe of endless romance. If you have the same wish, then a garden wedding might be for you! Here are top 5 reasons why you should have a garden wedding at Tagaytay!

It’s beautiful

A garden is already pretty so there’s no need to worry about expensive decorations or over-the-top designs. The best thing about a garden wedding is you can make the whole venue simple or extremely unique. Whatever your desire wedding theme is, a garden will be a perfect venue for it.

There’s plenty of open space

A garden wedding can provide enough space to entertain your guests while waiting. You could put up a cocktail hour and have a mini bar. Perhaps a photo booth (photo booths are always a hit!), or a cute snack bar where your guests can hang out for a while. Sky’s the limit, anything you think that would be fun would fit. A swingset fit for your theme? Why not!

It can serve as the venue for both ceremony and reception

After the beautiful ceremony, it’s time to pack up again and move to the reception where chances of getting lost exists. The hassle of having two venues can be a nightmare, so why not have it in one place? At a garden wedding, that’s possible especially if the venue is absolutely made for ceremonies and receptions. Your guests wouldn’t have to worry transferring from one venue to another (plus imagine how much money you’ll save}.That’s why choosing the right venue for your Tagaytay wedding is very important.

 

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Great weather and natural lighting makes the best decorations

And the best wedding pictures! The cool breeze, aura, and beauty of nature adds the whimsical, and vintage vibe effortlessly while the natural sunlight can make your wedding photos extra stunning. Your guests will surely enjoy the cool weather and appreciate the gorgeous sunset.

It’s unique, flexible and creative

The ideal wedding venue is where you can have a blank canvas and turn it into your own style. You’ll have the chance of making your wedding extraordinary as garden venues can allow you to put more decorations and be unconventional. Unleash your creativity on how you want things to be done like adding more lights to trees and plants that can make the whole venue sparkle especially at night.

Need we say more? Keep in mind that the venue is a big element in your wedding, If it’s too dull, crowded or plain it might ruin the whole wedding vibe. Just imagine how beautiful and romantic your wedding will be if it’s in outdoors. If you’re not convinced, just imagine how beautiful it would be at night.

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How To Plan A Retreat

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There are lots of reasons why retreats happen, while many seek to strengthen their relationship with God, some consider retreats to find something meaning and replenish their souls. It’s a way to pause and take a step back from life in a peaceful and nurturing environment. Some schools or businesses provide retreats for their students/clients for their own reasons while some others prefer to do it alone. Here are the steps to plan your own retreat.

Step 1: Define your goal

Ask yourself on why you’ll be having this retreat or why your group needs it. What do you want to achieve at the end of it? What’s your objective? It’s important to have a clear goal in mind because this will put direction in your retreat and lead you to a successful one.

Step 2: Consider how many people would attend this retreat

In any out of town activity, headcount is important so you could carefully plan everything from venue, lodging, to food and transportation. This will also help you assign people for logistics and make your planning a lot easier.

Step 3: Choose a name and the theme

Decide the theme first. Themes can be based on anything, is it about feminism? Bible verses? Soul searching? Anything you think you or your group needs. Then name it base on the theme. Giving your retreat a unique name can motivate more people to come. Don’t name it as simple as “Group 1 retreat” go for something unique and interesting like “Moving On Retreat” or “Dealing With Life Retreat” will surely sound interesting and catchy. Even if you prefer to do it alone, it’s still best to name your retreat to keep it interesting.

Step 4: Decide the time-span

Retreats can happen in a day, a week or even longer if you wish! If you’re going with a group, it’s better to make it around 3-4 days so it doesn’t require too many days off from work and it’s the average length of time when it comes to traveling, camping and other activities. This also depends on your goals and what you want to achieve.

Step 5: Choose a date

Committing to a date is not easy especially if you’re going with a big number of people. Have a meeting with them and find out which date best fits them. Don’t just decide immediately for your convenience, think about everyone who will go so they can all commit and come without hesitation. Also, give them time to file their leaves at work.

Step 6: Choose a venue

There are many retreat centers in the corner but make sure to choose the right one base on your goals, number of people and time-span. Also, look for the most peaceful one you can find, away from the city and distractions like a retreat house in Tagaytay, where the cool breeze and green environment can make your retreat experience more comfortable.

Retreats are meant to find balance in life as well as replenish one’s thinking, feelings and even strengthen your faith. Retreats can be done even if you don’t have any religion at all, its big purpose is to take a breath and gain something meaningful. Of course, what you had in your retreat should not be left behind, always remember your goals, experience and learnings and try to do it at least once a year. Have a happy retreat!

How to Motivate Your Team

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A team must always work together for a better outcome but sometimes it can be difficult to communicate with them. They find it hard to stick with deadlines and planning seems like a heavy workload so how do you motivate them to give their all at work? Here’s some tips to follow:

 

  • Trust and Confidence

 

Give your team especially new members clear tasks. Show them that you trust them and believe that they can achieve a certain goal. Once they feel appreciated and important, they’ll work harder than last time.

 

  • Responsibility

 

Part of trusting your team is giving them responsibilities. Allow them to work independently. Only take action when one of them encounters a challenge or is asking for clearer instruction on a unique situation. It’s important for them to be able to make their own decisions between difficult situations but that doesn’t mean you won’t guide them anymore. Just check them from time to time, asking if there’s any difficult problem. Keep reminding them how important your objectives are. They will take their job more seriously if they know that they are responsible for a certain task. They’ll be more determined and happy to get the job done.  

 

  • Challenge

 

Once they know their tasks, give them deadlines. Explain to them why you need this by tomorrow or how deadlines are relevant to their goals. Give each task a purpose and goal, that way, it will give them a clear direction on where they should be heading. The purpose of giving out a challenge is to hone them and make them competitive in a good way. They need to learn how to use their strengths  and be the best they can be.

 

  • Team Building

 

Making each of your members moving is great but now you need to make them work as a team. You need to motivate them to blend with each other and work in a harmonious way. The best way to do that is through team building. It’s important to find a good team building venue that will allow you to move freely and be creative and flexible.

Also, meet your team halfway; don’t just decide the details on your own, ask their opinions too. With team building, you’ll be able to give simple and fun tasks to them and see how they work together. Once the activities started, observe the problems on each group and see why some of them won and lost. Then that’s how you detect their next activity. Team buildings are not just fun games, the purpose if this is to strengthen your ties with one another, making each other feel like family so don’t forget to talk to them. Share your own stories, likes and get them to share their own experiences as well in order to get to know them better.

 

  • Be the Example You Want Them To Be

 

It can start with the simplest things like following the rules or being late. Don’t tell your team to arrive on time if you can’t do the same. Set a good example of them. If they’ll be used to the fact that you arrive early before them, they’ll surely avoid slacking and get themselves arrive on time. Remember to don’t do to others what you don’t want to happen to you; there’s a difference between being a boss and being bossy. Learn to respect everyone because that’s how you gain respect as well.

 

  • Communication and Transparency

 

Hierarchy can’t be helped in team projects but keep in mind that ideas can come from anywhere, even from the bottom. Make sure to include them in brainstorming sessions and listen to what they have to say. You’ll be surprised to hear different ideas and perspectives on the project/issue. Also, never leave what you learned from the team building. Make it a habit to talk to them at least once in awhile and ask about their work, if there’s any difficulties or anything they want to voice out. Maybe they want to try working in a different department or maybe they have suggestions to make the project or even the company better. Never underestimate your team as you don’t know how much of an asset they can actually be.

All of this boils down to transparency. If you’re transparent with your team, they will be too because with that they can assure that you trust them and they can trust you. That’s an important part of building a better communication within your team.

Keep in mind to engage everyone in every issue and project. Be a leader not a monster. If you follow these tips, you’ll see results in no time. Remember to appreciate your team’s effort and work but know their limits too. Instead of pointing out their weakness, pull out their strength instead. Encourage them to be the best they can be.

How To Write Beautiful Wedding Vows

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Everything’s all set for your Tagaytay wedding, you hired a photographer, picked the centerpieces and booked your  Tagaytay wedding venue, now comes the hard part, writing your vows. Writing your vows can be fun or quite hard for some but don’t worry, here are some tips to get you started. Though  it may seem too much but you’ll be thankful once you’re in front of the altar and in 30 years from now.

 

  • Read lots of examples

 

Perhaps the hardest thing about writing a vow is the introduction. You just don’t know where to start. So that’s why it’s great to read a lot of examples before you start. Get examples from movies, TV shows and real people then narrow your top 5 favorite. Once you’ve done that, you can study their style, tone and what made you drawn to them.

 

  • Agree on a tone and format

 

First of all, you need to talk to your fiancé about whether you’re both comfortable writing vows. Consider your religion, tradition, cultures like if there’s a certain format your religion follows because those are the important details that you always have to keep in mind. Then agree on the tone, format and personality of your vows. Will you write it in English? Do you want to insert some humor or do you want to make it poetic and see your guests cry? Whatever it is, it’s good for you and your partner to have the same tone. Remember, you’re marrying each other means you have to be in sync all the time. You’re a team.

 

  • Write notes about your relationship

 

Go back to your lovely memories and jot them down on a scratch paper. Jot down everything you can remember, good times, romantic times, even the bad ones that lead you to fall in love much deeper. Highlight the important ones, the climax of your relationship and why did you decided to get married. Once you have everything jotted down, it’ll be easy for you to re-arrange them, edit them and add some details. These notes will be the outline and guide in writing your vows.

 

  • Make it personal

 

It’s okay to copy more than half of the example vows that you read but never let someone else’s words over power yours. Your vow still needs to sound like you, feel like you and must come from the heart. Be sincere and add your own twist to those vows.  Also, avoid clichés as much as possible. Learn to rephrase famous lines like instead of saying “Love is kind and patient” say something like “I will love you even if it takes you forever to get dressed”.

 

  • Take out anything embarrassing, inappropriate and difficult to understand

 

It maybe your special day but the people you invited in your wedding is still part of the moment. Avoid anything too cryptic like code names, inside jokes, inappropriate moments. Just imagine listening to your vows a few years from now or try to fit in one of your guests’ shoe and imagine how your vow will sound to them. If you’re okay sharing your vow before hand, have a close friend or relative read it and listen to their opinions.

 

  • Shorten your vows to one to two minutes

 

A long vow can make a drag. You don’t have to put your whole love story to it. Just highlight the important points. Have an intro, body (very important point) and closing (can be your promises).

 

  • Write at least one to two promises

 

Promises are the most important part, that’s why their called vows for a reason. You can go general to something specific. Just make sure these are something that you can live up to.

 

  • Say it out loud

 

Practicing your vow loud is great to avoid tongue twisters, difficult words to pronounce and long sentences. It will always sound different in your head so reciting it is a must to see what else is needed to be edit and rephrased.

Some vows have lots of revisions, but don’t fret because it will be all worth it, you need to make sure you take it seriously to avoid embarrassment and regrets. Make your vow meaningful by being yourself and being sincere. It’s not bad to read examples as a way to guide you or as a jumpstart but make sure you grab the wheel. Keep in mind that the best wedding vow will always come from the heart and soul. Congratulations and have a happy wedding!