The National Statistics Office data showed that there were 202,614 civil marriages last year (2012), 35% of this were solemnized in the Catholic Church. I can proudly say that I am part of those statistics. Let me reminisce some of the processes that I personally went through to prepare for and face the the reality that my life as a bachelor will soon be over.
It all started with engagement. Honestly the proposal was not that sweet and spectacular as those posted on youtube or those themed and public engagements that are rampant in the world today. I hae heard and watched so much about thees engagements but for me as soon as I got the Ring, I rushed to see her and just popped the question inside the car in a very hot afternoon in May of 2011. She laughed and then cried and I guess happy because its hard to cry and laugh at he same time unless you have some screws loose which she doesn’t have.
A barrage of announcements and celebrations soon followed and after all that the real joys and pains of preparation slowly began to creep inside our heads (and pockets).
I began to be a denizen of Wedding fairs and Expos left and right. From the SMX Convention center, to the Tent of the Fort and to the Megatrade Halls of SM Megamall. Its an hour of at least walking around the the different displays and exhibits. You can see and fit wedding and engagement rings. Try to ride and feel the comfort of your Wedding car which varies from Benzes to Chryslers and Porsches. Talk to a designer regarding you and your entourage’s themed dress. You can talk to make up artists, listen to wedding bands and negotiate over your flower and table arrangements. You can load up on wedding cakes and caterers by trying some of their best tasting menus and treats. I know I did, especially when I chanced upon Ms Joy San Gabriel’s heavenly treats. From her cakes and her smooth and delectable marshmallow cupcakes plus her little bites of brazo de mercedes heaven (my personal favorite…actually all her goodies are my favorites). We got her cupcakes with topper as our “wedding cake”.
We traversed through the endless aisles and rows of exhibits Collecting a mountain of leaflets and brochures of different size and color along the way. My wife and I were in dire need of a caterer that’s unique and affordable. The big names of catering were all over the exhibits with their grand food tastings and unlimited freebies that will surely attract the untrained and gullible couples. We chanced upon a small but interesting caterer who captivated our taste buds with her unique pastas I think we taeted 3 different kinds of pasta which all tasted great.