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Martha In Manila

The international wedding mag of choice just went local.
Martha In Manila The international wedding mag of choice just went local.

Oh you lucky, lucky brides-to-be! If you haven't checked the magazine stands lately that only means you haven't gotten yourself a copy of Martha Stewart Weddings, Philippines. That's right, the local franchise of the popular wedding resource has finally released its maiden issue.

So here are Style Bible's top 5 reasons why you should head to the nearest bookshop and news stand to grab a copy.

1. Easy Access
As Martha Stewart Weddings Editor-in-Chief, Tata Mapa puts it, "the local edition maintains the Martha Stewart standard but makes it tailor-fit to the Filipina." There's nothing better than knowing that all the ideas that are packed into the mag can easily be yours because the featured suppliers are based in the Philippines.

2. Gowns, Cakes, and so much more!
There are just too many options for everything but the magazine is beyond helpful. An extensive number of bridal gown styles are featured. There's a special spread by Fashion Editor, Rorie Carlos, showcasing gowns that can be worn two ways. This fits in perfectly with the current trend of being all covered up at the altar then showing more shoulder at the wedding party. All this plus beautiful cakes, couture wedding purses, pretty invitations, and everything else you'll need for your wedding.

3. The Wedding Workbook
If there ever was a wedding checklist for dummies, this would be it. The eight-page spreadsheet lists everything you need to do and plan—from your budget and guest list down to the list of photos that need to be taken. It even starts with a timeline that notes the things that need to be done starting 6 months or more before the wedding to the days after.

4. Well-Sorted Resources
The directory of bridal resources has all the necessary information any baffled bride would need. By necessary, we mean that there are no superfluous descriptive narratives that make every supplier sound the same. Only contact information and price ranges are listed to help readers make informed choices. Helpful tips, like how to hire a photographer, or reception must-tries, are interspersed with the listings to give you ideas before you even pick up the phone.

5. Win Prizes
You might actually get your dream wedding for free if you sign up for one of the in-mag promos. Every month until the next issue comes out in March 2009, a special wedding-related prize will be given away. Does winning a wedding dress by Rajo Laurel or the beautiful Classic Confections cake on the cover strike your fancy? You'll have to get a copy to see what else you can win.

The premier edition of Martha Stewart Weddings, Philippines is now available for P295.

—Isha Andaya, Managing Editor