DIY Wedding: Solemnizing Officer

Arguably one of the most important aspects of the wedding is for someone to officiate it! Since our families are of different religions–think four to five religions within our small group of twenty–we opted for a non-secular one.

However, we found out that a civil wedding is quite tedious in the sense that you have to pre-arrange for a schedule with the judge of the jurisdiction, AND need to be wed in his chambers. There’s a risk of not getting the time and date that you want, as it’s dependent on the judge’s schedule. From other blogs, the surest way to get the date/time you prefer is if you personally know (or know someone) the judge. As we’ve already decided on the place and the date, we weren’t going to take chances.

Through mighty Google, we learned that we can be wed by a solemnizing officer. The what? Continue reading “DIY Wedding: Solemnizing Officer”

DIY Wedding: Venue

DIY Wedding: Venue

When my fiancé and I eliminated Batanes as our wedding destination, I asked him for his second choice. I love the beach, but I didn’t feel like I wanted a beach wedding. It was then a choice between Metro Manila, or somewhere out of town. We have also decided on the date, which fell on a Tuesday. So that definitely was something to consider, given that it’s school season, and adult family members are mostly employed.

Without batting an eye, he replied with, “Out of town, definitely.”

“Where?” I asked.


After that conversation, I spent a couple of hours pondering and narrowed down our ideas and preferences: Continue reading “DIY Wedding: Venue”

Our Php103,000 DIY Wedding

Our Php103,000 DIY Wedding

Okay, I know that sounded like a scam. Or a clickbait title. It’s not. You read that right. We spent only 103,000 pesos for our small and intimate Tagaytay wedding INCLUDING payment for legal documents, and pre-wedding pampering!

In May of this year, we have just taken our first steps towards the minimalist lifestyle when my then-boyfriend proposed to me on a quiet beach. Shortly after the surprise and [hours of] shock have subsided, we talked about what our ideal weddings were.

Off the top of our heads, we both wanted an intimate, simple, and authentic wedding. 

I guess with the booming wedding industry here in the Philippines I’ve come to a point of feeling like weddings are now depicted as a spend-all-your-money-in-this-once-in-a-lifetime-event day rather than being centered on marriage, togetherness and the emotions that wrap around it. Continue reading “Our Php103,000 DIY Wedding”