Here in the Philippines, rainy June is no longer wedding month. Getting married anytime from chilly December to freezing February is the new wedding trend and today, we categorize the different kinds based on what we’ve observed in the past few weeks. Since you’ll probably be attending a couple more before the love month ends, below we show what to expect based on how well you know the couple you're about to congratulate.
ARTISTA WEDDING 1
Marian and Dingdong Dantes at the Manila Cathedral (@therealmarian)
The Profile: For big stars who owe their success to their millions of fans, letting the supporters in on the day they say “I Do” is almost a non-negotiable.
The Peg: Marian and Dingdong Dantes
Venue: A cathedral or any church with an aisle long enough to stretch the bridal walk. Camera, rolling!
Wedding Car: Mercedes-Benz, BMW or Rolls-Royce
The gown: BIG with a train as long and heavy as a bus. Preferably by a designer living in Dubai.
Hair and Makeup: The same glam team who goes with them to all their advertisements, TV shows, and movies.
Entertainment: Gary V., Ogie Alcasid, the Philharmonic Orchestra or any big artist the TV station wants on the special. This is, after all, to be aired a week or two after.
Guest list count: Definitely at least a thousand (not including the camera men, photographers, and nine bishops)
ARTISTA WEDDING 2
Bianca Gonzalez got married in El Nido, Palawan before celebrating the reception at the Araneta Coliseum.
The Profile: The couple would rather have an intimate ceremony so they decide to take it somewhere far. But to appease their fans, they invented the now-essential “Manila Reception” where they can invite everyone else, including the camera crew that's doing their TV special. This is the hot, new trend.
The Peg: Bianca and JC Intal, Heart Evangelista and Sen. Chiz Escudero
The venue: The first venue is the beach destination where the actual ceremony will take place (has to be somewhere private and luxurious). Meanwhile, the Manila reception is anywhere that’s big and grand enough to fit friends, media, and even fans.
Wedding car: A classic Mercedes-Benz. Or, a boat.
The Gown: Naturally, there will be two frocks. One could be RTW (but really pricey) or custom-made by an international wedding designer. Ehem, Monique Lhuillier.
Hair and Makeup: The same glam team who goes with them to all their advertisements, TV shows, and movies. Pretty much like artista 1.
Entertainment: Their celebrity friends. Key Word is friends.
Guest List count: 200 for the ceremony and a thousand for the Manila Reception.
Bandmates Saab Magalona and Jim Bacarro got married in Baguio.
The Profile: The couple may be celebrities, but they don’t feel pressured to succumb to the norm. They can’t help it, they’re just cool that way. (Case in point: their wedding hashtag is a song lyric or the title of an indie movie.)
The Venue: Out of town but reachable by car. They love road trips!
Wedding car: A vintage Volkswagen or a bike.
The Gown: Pretty but not frilly, and definitely something light that would allow them to dance all night. This is designed by the bride’s close friend, who just happens to be a designer. Fashiony hipsters like Sassa Jimenez or Martin Bautista.
Hair and Makeup: DIY makeup, plus a flower crown.
Entertainment: No need to book anyone else - the bride and groom have their own band.
Guest list count: 300 to 500—the band mates all have plus ones, too.
The Profile: Models or fashionphiles who end up marrying business tycoons or low-profile bachelors.
The Peg: Kate Moss, Olivia Palermo, Vanessa Matsunaga, Maggie Wilson
The Venue: A quaint church located somewhere private and quiet.
The wedding car: Not really important. Maybe they can call Top Gear for help.
The Gown: Tea length, avant garde, and off the runway. These are either given or lent to them by their designer besties. No problem - they're model-size.
Hair and Makeup: The hair and makeup artist who the bride gossips with at shoots.
Entertainment: Their DJ friends.
Guest list count: 200. Just family and friends along with a few industry people.
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The Profile: The rich and IG-famous
The Peg: Paris Hilton (if and when she gets married)
The Venue: The family farm, hotel, or island.
Wedding Car: A carriage ala Cinderella if the stretch limo is not available.
The Gown: Lace, Swarovski, princess-sy—a lot like artista one-by the designer she read about in last month’s bridal magazine.
Hair and Makeup: Whoever her BFF used for her wedding.
Entertainment: A DJ they met from summering in Europe.
Guest list count: 800, inclusive of their parents' friends and designated #TitasOfManila tables.
Bonus: The videographer has to be Jason Magbanua. They even moved their wedding to fit his schedule.
Question is, what will your own wedding be most like?