All posts tagged: Wedding

The best wedding we’ve ever attended

My husband and I celebrate two wedding anniversaries each year because we were married twice, i.e., in civil (March 21) and at church (June 28). However, because he’s an expat in Singapore while the kids and I are here in the Philippines, we no longer get to be together on either of those dates since he started working abroad. And that’s when the real challenge began. First of all, our traditional celebration consists of me cooking a pasta dish (because we all love pasta) and buying a chocolate cake. (Depending on the budget and the availability of a babysitter, sometimes hubby and I would go out on a date.) The cake, however, is always a must! It’s the only thing that’s supposed to be a permanent fixture in our celebrations, especially after hubby has gone abroad. The girls would always sing us a happy anniversary song to the tune of “Happy Birthday” and they would blow the candles on the cake together. As we have fun–though not much fun, really, for obvious reasons–we make sure that we take …

Why I no longer wear my wedding ring

I recently unearthed five rolls of unprocessed films in one of our cabinets, which I readily took to a photo processing shop to be developed. I had the pictures copied to a disk, and while I was viewing them on my computer, I saw one that really caught my attention. It has my left hand wearing my long-lost white gold wedding band. I couldn’t remember why I had that picture taken, although I suspect that it must be because of the tattoo at the back of my hand that one of my daughters must have drawn using their gel tattoo pens. Nevertheless, I am happy to have this picture now, especially that it’s the only reminder I have of the wedding rings that my husband and I used to have. It has been three years now since my husband and I lost our wedding rings. I have felt more than once the silent scorn, the doubtful thoughts of other people around me, especially women, as they stare at my bare hands, wondering if I were truly and legally married. After all, …

Wedding Planning 101

I was on my way to building my new business, something that I have long been wanting to do: wedding planning. I would no longer be the wedding reception host, someone helping out in the registration, the bridesmaid, or even the bride, but the coordinator behind someone else’s wedding.  However, just when I thought I’ve already got it and my very first client, who also happened to be a good college buddy, and I have already started making some progress, she suddenly called things off. She said she couldn’t refuse her mother who insisted on organizing the whole wedding herself and threatened to disown her if she would not allow her to plan her big day. At first, I was very sympathetic. After all, her siblings were already married and she’s the youngest child. My feelings of sympathy for her turned to bewilderment then disappointment, however, as reality hit me. I tried not to let disappointment get the better of me. And I think, I somehow succeeded in doing that after a lot of praying. There are …