A Quick Guide to Planning a Civil Wedding

There are many reasons–whether practical or personal–why people choose to marry civilly. You may be cutting back on expenses, or perhaps you are pressed for time, or maybe you and your partner are from different religious backgrounds or even not religious at all.

Whatever the reason, civil weddings are a legitimate option for those seeking to join together in marriage, reap the benefits that the State offers married persons, and of course to publicly declare your commitment and love for one another.

Here’s a quick guide to understanding civil weddings and how to go about putting one together.

A Quick Guide of Planning a Civil Wedding

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This Dusty Blue and White Wedding Looked so Classy and Elegant!

We’ve been seeing a number of modern minimalist and trendy garden weddings lately, but this couple shows us that classic glamour will never go out of style. We especially loved the combination of dusty blue and white! A two-toned color palette is a great way to achieve a look that is both simple and sophisticated. With elements like the exquisite florals adorning the ceiling, the white candles on the tables, the bridesmaids’ dusty blue dresses, and the gorgeous 4-tiered wedding cake by Naked Patisserie, every detail was consistent and in-theme. The couple also chose to honour each other with quality rings from J’s Diamonds. What an elegant wedding! You can see all the beautiful details by scrolling through these shots from Nice Print Photography.

This Dusty Blue and White Wedding Looked so Classy and Elegant!

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Photographer: Nice Print Photography and Exige Weddings / Videographer: Jason Magbanua / Ceremony Venue: St. Michael the Archangel Parish Church / Reception Venue and Caterer: Sheraton Manila Hotel / Bride’s Dress: Hannah Kong / Bride’s Shoes: Aldo / Groom’s Attire: Paulo Lazaro / Bride's Makeup Artist: Lei Ponce / Bride's Hairstylist : Diana May Nalog / Entourage's Hairstylist and Makeup Artist: Lyn Makeup Artistry / Bridesmaid Dresses: La Sposa / Cake Baker: Naked Patisserie / Event Stylist, Flowers & Decor, Bouquets : Gary Dacanay / Church Florist: La Portoflora / Invitations & Stationery: Kenneth Uy Invites / Band and Ceremony Musician: Infinite Soul Acoustic / Host: Gino Lopez / Favors: By Box PH / Favors: Instamug / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Events by Miss P / Cocktails: Gabrielle's Appetizers and Desserts / Lights and Sounds: LST Mobile / Photobooth: Wattyshots / Bride's Accessories: Rose & Crown PH / Jewelry: Swarovski / Rings: J's Diamond

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What Type of Wedding Invitation Works Best for Your Guest List?

It can be a real challenge, in this age of too many choices, to decide what type of wedding invitation to send out to your guests. There are online services that send out digital invitations (still lovely to look at, though impossible to hold), Facebook event invitations, casual text message invitations, or even calendar invitations via Google Calendar.

As someone who loves anything and everything to do with paper and print, the choice was easy for me to make when I was planning my wedding. The process of having a design put together by a graphic designer, working with a printer to choose paper stock, and going through a couple of sample prints before giving my approval was a real joy for me. Although sending out the invitations was a bit of a logistical struggle, it was nothing I personally wasn’t willing to go through. I also supplemented my invitation with a Facebook event (created well in advance, this also served as our “save the date”), just so I could ensure our guests were regularly reminded of the details.

Still, not every bride will be the same, of course, and not every set of guests will have the same needs. The default response to this dilemma of what kind of wedding invitation to employ is usually connected with the age of your guests (i.e. Titos and Titas receive print, while young guests don’t mind a casual digital invite), but in reality the approach is best treated with a little more nuance than that. With information coming at us from every direction and in so many different modes these days, how do we make sure we are heard?

Let’s take a look at the different types of invitations, the pros and cons of each, and who they’ll likely work best with:

Print, Digital, or Personal: Let’s Talk About Your Wedding Invitations!

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This Unconventional Bride Wore a Gray Wedding Dress and She Looked Stunning!

Jan and Roz aren’t your traditional couple and their wedding wasn’t a traditional one, either. And this is exactly what made their wedding special, intimate, and memorable. Though based in Bangkok, Jan and Roz planned their wedding in the Philippines seamlessly and were keen to make every detail meaningful. So Roz made sure that her suppliers were people she knew personally. Her dress, which was made by a former schoolmate and friend, sported a flowy gray tulle facade, taking inspiration from her ashy-gray bob and eagerness for comfort. The gown perfectly complimented her entire look and made her personality and elegance shine on her wedding day. Her bridesmaids’ dresses in blush (also made by a friend) were pieces Roz wanted to make sure they could wear and reuse in the future. While their wedding had no program (not even a cake!), the couple exuded comfort, grace, and a contagious positivity that made all their guests have the best time. Scroll on to see an exclusive interview from the bride herself and photos perfectly encapsulated by Proudrad!

This Unconventional Bride Wore a Gray Wedding Dress and She Looked Stunning!

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Photographer: Proudrad / Videographer: Cinemaworks / Bride’s Dress: Aunchalee Boutique / Bride’s Jewelry: Lily Jewelry / Makeup Artist: Creations by Lourd Ramos Salon / Flowers & Decor: Love Rosie Flowers / Catering: K By Cunanan / Invitations & Stationery: Kasali / Band: Sound Salad / DJ: DJ Joey Santos

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QUIZ: Am I Ready To Get Married?

Do you suddenly find yourself surrounded by friends who are either married, getting married, or thinking of marriage? It makes you think and wonder to yourself if this whole marriage thing is for you too, right? Today, we designed a fun quiz that will help you gauge if the big “I Do” is for you, or if you should consider giving it more time and thought. Enjoy!

Quiz: Are you ready to get married?

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Your partner wants to go out with his/her friends on a Friday night without you, you would…

When your partner is hooked on a new hobby that you think is a waste of time, you…

You’ve been saving up for months to buy something expensive for yourself, but it so happened that your significant other’s birthday is coming up! You would…

You saw your partner liking his/her ex’s Instagram photo. You…

When you hear about dating stories, you feel…

When making future plans…

When your partner brings up the topic of marriage, you…

When you haven’t heard from your partner for 5 hours straight, you…

When you receive good news, the first person you tell is?

Do you think you’re a better person because of your partner?

Am I Ready To Get Married?
You are more than ready! You've been planning your wedding unconsciously in your head!
Surprisingly, yes! Maybe you weren't expecting it, but you're actually a-okay to walk down the aisle (sans the jitters)!
You might wanna give it some more thought. You're still hedging about lifelong commitment, and that's okay!
You're still enjoying your life so far! Nope, not yet ready to give it up.