Chances are if you’re looking at this website you’re hoping your partner is about to propose. If you’ve got a hunch he may pop the question, here are a few of the subtle signs to look out for.
7 Signs He’s About To Propose To You
Firstly, when you usually bring up the subject of marriage, he either changes the subject or his eyes glaze over. However, you may have noticed he’s more engaged recently. In fact, nowadays he actually turns off the PlayStation to talk in more depth about it and what you’re interested in.
Has he suddenly got all enthusiastic about saving money and tightening his belt? This is particularly sketchy if he’s never really taken an interest in budgets and spreadsheets before.
So your favourite rings seem to have gone missing for a few days, but then mysteriously reappears in the same place. Suspicious? We think so.
BFFs with your dad
All of a sudden he has become best friends with your dad. Have you noticed a sudden increase of golf weekends and pints at the local? Manicure time.
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Acting out of character
Does your partner seem quite nervous or shifty lately? Is he more stressed than usual? We recommend you book in for that manicure. He could be getting nervous about dropping down on one knee.
Newfound jewellery expert
Has he become more interested in your jewellery collection? Has he asked about your favourite ring? Flippantly asked what size it is? We don’t need to spell this out for you.
Exciting phone calls
Finally, are your family paying a closer interest in you? More frequent phone calls from your over-excited mum? Maybe she knows something you don’t…
Whilst the signs may be there, we wouldn’t recommend you get your hopes set on it. If he’s booked dinner somewhere nice, manage your expectations, he will no doubt want to surprise you. Plus, the surprise is the best bit, you don’t want to ruin it for yourself.
Choosing wedding flowers can be a bit of a minefield but it needn’t be, simply enlist the help of a reputable florist to bring your ideas to life. From the bridal bouquet to buttonholes and blooms for the venue, flowers are a wonderful way to enhance the visual impact of a wedding. Take note of these tips for beautiful wedding flowers so you’re ready to impress your florist.
Top Tips for Beautiful Wedding Flowers
It’s easy to get swept up in the world of Pinterest and Instagram for wedding flower inspiration, but the costs can quickly spiral. Start with your vision, and scale back to save costs where you can. See more below.
Florist, Elizabeth Marsh, shared her insight on floral trends for brides-to-be:
“With trends towards bronze and copper tones, there is a definite move away from silver. Rose gold and brass hues are also popular. We’re seeing more use of succulents and unusual plants and foliage, which keeps costs down.
“Brides and grooms are also taking more interest in the visual impact of their reception tables, theming tableware with floral centrepieces. The power of the flower is now more important than ever”
How to maximise your budget and still have great wedding flowers:
Ingenuity in design – it is possible to break flowers down to the individual florets and place them nonchalantly to decorate a dining table, without blowing your budget. Branches and other sculptural elements that can be re-used, reducing the cost passed on to the customer.
Less is often more – Displays that include fewer flowers, often use them more intensely so that the impact is created by different means than a full arrangement containing multiple blooms. Filling every corner or available surface with flowers can be overkill. When this happens, the eye becomes overwhelmed and the brain can no longer take in the vision. The result is that the floral arrangement is not only expensive, but the impact of the flowers is actually reduced.
Seasonal Blooms – look for flowers in season, avoiding expensive transportation costs from far-flung corners of the world. There are likely to be very many seasonal options in your chosen colours.
A trend towards a simpler era – there is a certain charming naivety about some of the less expensive flowers. These generally tend towards the field flowers, daisies and grasses, tall wispy and romantic, which are quite on trend for weddings.
For 17 December, we’ve teamed up with Polaroid to give away the new Polaroid Pop instant print camera, worth £199.99.
If you’re a photograph devotee and love to capture precious moments in print, then the all-new Polaroid Pop is a festive must-have to bring your Christmas memories to life in iconic 3.5×4.25” Polaroid prints.
It combines a sleek, modern design and digital technology with the long-awaited revival of the classic 3.5×4.25” Polaroid instant print format. The Polaroid Pop is the perfect gift for older family members with fond memories of the original instant cameras or for youngsters with a love of all things retro.
The Polaroid Pop instant print digital camera features an integrated printer using ZINK® Zero Ink Printing Technology that produces full colour photos in the iconic 3.5×4.25” format with the Polaroid Classic Border Logo. It also allows for black and white or sepia prints if preferred.
The Polaroid Pop includes a traditional digital camera experience with its 3.97-inch touchscreen LCD, a 20-megapixel CMOS sensor and dual LED flash for high quality images, image stabilisation, and a 1080p/720p full HD video recording capability.
All images and video are stored safely on a micro SD card (up to 256GB). You can also customise your prints with borders, filters and digital stickers and connect to other devices via WiFi.
Polaroid is one of the most trusted, well-respected and recognisable brands with a rich 80-year history beginning with Polaroid instant cameras and film. Our range of products include instant print cameras, action sports cameras, smartphones, flat-screen TVs and emerging technologies that deliver the fun, instant gratification and value for which the brand has long stood.
Today, the Polaroid Classic Border Logo, rooted in our beginnings of instant photo sharing, serves to designate genuine Polaroid branded products. For more information, visit Polaroid.com.
Twilight. Darkness all around. As you breathe in the fresh morning air, you eagerly watch as the slit of light in the horizon expands throughout the sky, revealing emerald green plains and beautiful glittering pagodas as far as your eyes can take you. This is the ancient town of Bagan in Myanmar, one of Southeast Asia’s gems.
This wondrous region boasts thousands of temples and pagodas steeped in Myanmar’s rich history. Take time to explore off the beaten path after visiting the main attractions, and who knows, you may be rewarded with your own one-of-a-kind Instagram shot. Can’t wait to get started? Get ready to try these 15 Enchanting Experiences for Your Bagan Honeymoon in Myanmar!
P.S. In this series, we used Google Maps and created a list to share the places we covered for your convenience. Check it out here!
1. Hop on a Magical Hot Air Balloon Ride over Bagan
This jaw-dropping view unfolds as the hot air balloon rises in the air and the rolling landscape of Bagan unravels before your eyes. The beautiful stupas of pagodas that dot the area look like daytime stars. Definitely an experience of a lifetime. This sets visitors back at least US$300, but the glorious sunrise view you get in exchange? Priceless. The ride is weather dependent, hence do allocate some extra days for rebooking should the ride get cancelled. The hot air balloon season in Bagan begins in October and ends around mid April.
2. Snap the Perfect Instagram Shot in Bagan
Because of the rising tourist influx, the Myanmar government has started taking protective measures for their national sites by banning climbing on the pagodas. Nevertheless, Bagan still offers a couple of secret spots where tourists can take in a panoramic view of the peaceful landscape atop a pagoda. Below are some of the notable spots to take extraordinary Instagram photos atop a temple or pagoda!
Ohh.. the majestic hues of orange! Watching the sunrise in Bagan is an absolute must. Do so from any of the many temples and pagodas scattered around the area. Better yet, if budget permits, witness the golden sun cloak the lush green grass in an enchanting shade of amber while riding a hot air balloon. Opting to watch from the ground? Lowka Oushang Temple offers a decent lookout spot being relatively crowd-free. Google map link here.
Where to stay at Bagan: Amata Garden Resort Bagan
The poolside bar, meeting room, and outdoor dining at Amata Garden Resort. Source
Amata Garden Resort Bagan is located in New Bagan, a mere 5-15 minute drive from all the main tourist sites. The tranquil hotel sits on 6.9 acres of lush green gardens beautifully landscaped to match the natural flora surrounding the property. Each room comes equipped with a balcony where one can greet the amazing Bagan view each morning.
Enjoy a palatable meal al fresco style while lounging by the outdoor pool, where the restaurant serves continental dishes alongside local Myanmar delicacies. Perhaps even take a dip in the refreshing pool after a long day of sightseeing. Come nightfall, sum up a lovely day with a cocktail by the poolside bar.
We recommend having an expert’s hands knead away the tension in your muscles after days of temple exploring. The Nibbbana Spa offers traditional Myanmar massages as well as complete body therapies which will rejuvenate any tired souls, ideal for getting yourself ready for the next day.
Experience authentic Bagan hospitality at the Amata Bagan Resort!
Amata Garden Resort Phwar Saw Village, Thu Htay Kan Kwin, Kwin No. (1544) East New Bagan, Nyaung U District, Nyaung U Township, Bagan, Myanmar. 95 1 657689 | 95 9 73242536 | 95 1 665126 [email protected]
The Ananda Phaya is one of the last, and arguably the most beautifully preserved, of Mon architecture. Known as the most loved temple in Bagan, the Ananda Temple boasts a unique feature, the Sikhara, which juts out on top of the pagoda and is visible all around Bagan. Despite damages from an earthquake in 1975, the temple has been restored. After sundown, see it bathed in a mystic glow from several spotlights.
5. Pursue Cooler Weather (and a Grand View) at Mt. Popa
48km away from old Bagan, a fort-like structure sits atop a mountain peak. Introducing the Taung Kalat Monastery, with its commanding presence overlooking the lush greenery below. Nestled among the flora is the Popa Mountain Resort, offering a panoramic view of the Taung Kalat Monastery. If you are experiencing some pagoda-chasing fatigue, this is the best place to just sit back, relax, and just be. Get lost in your thoughts as you float in the infinity pool watching the sunset.
After re-energizing, it’s time for more temples! Sulamani Guphaya, also known as Sulamani Pahto, was built in 1183 during the rule of King Narapatisithu. This elegant temple is just 1.5km southeast of ancient Bagan in the Minnanthu region. The Sulamani temple has two storeys and a square layout with terraces on the top floor. Terracotta plaques depicting Buddha’s early life, called Jataka tales, can be found hanging by the entrance.
Shwesandaw Pagoda was constructed almost a thousand years ago in 1057 by King Anawrahta when he finally captured Thaton. He had this circular monument made to serve as the centrepiece of his brand new kingdom. This pagoda was also referred to as Ganesh or Mahapeine, named after the Hindu god with an elephant head, of whose images once adorned the terracotta plates and statues at the five terraces of the temple. The top of Shwesandaw Pagoda is a multi-tiered spire, known as a hti, which is shaped like a mini umbrella.
8. Get a 360-degree view of the Bagan Plains at Bulethi
Bulethi Pagoda used to be one of the favourites when it comes to climbing up and enjoying the magnificence of the Bagan plains. Access to its staircases has been restricted recently, but that does not mean the pagoda itself isn’t worth seeing. Located very close to the centre of the plain, enjoy a 360-degree view of the two thousand temples and pagodas of Bagan. Bulethi is also a popular spot to watch the sunrise, so come early if you want a good spot. Look up and marvel at hot air balloons gliding gently up the skies!
9. Watch the Shwezigon Paya Light Up the Night Sky
The brilliant golden zedi of the Shwezigon Pagoda serves as the primary worship site of the town of Nyaung U. This particular pagoda is known for Myanmar’s most important nat or spirit. Three tiers of balconies peppered with Jataka enamelled plaques rise up at 160 feet, and another 160 feet makes up its stupa, all of which are surrounded by a gated wall. The Shwezigon Pagoda was built by King Anawrahta and added on to by King Kyanzittha. There is a 13-foot bronze Buddha image in each direction – north, south, east, and west. While its shimmering splendour dazzles in the morning, it is equally beautiful at night when lit up by spotlights.
10. Stand where a King was Chosen at Htilominlo Pahto
One can’t help but spend some time taking in the intricate exterior of this ancient pagoda. Standing 150 feet tall, Htilominlo temple is named after the prince was chosen to be king using a white umbrella. Legend states that King Narapatisithu had his five sons stand in a circle right where this temple stands. Placing a white umbrella in their midst, whichever son the umbrella points at will be king. Htilominlo was the lucky chosen one, but history states that he was more into books and knowledge than ruling a kingdom. When you visit, be sure to check out the carvings of female creatures from Myanmar myths.
Built in the 12th century by King Narathu, Dhammayangyi is steeped in dark history. Its mammoth size is said to house walled-up inner passages that no one knows the uses for. Apparently, this structure is the king’s attempt to pay for his sins – murdering his father and brother. He also killed one of his wives for performing Hindu rituals. The Eastern entrance serves as the main entry point, while images of the Gautama Buddha and Maitreya Buddha are visible at the west side.
12. Try Your Hand at Haggling at the Mani-Sithu Market
Head to Lanmadaw Road and follow it to the end to get to the Mani-Sithu Market. Open from Monday to Saturday from 6:00am to 5:00pm, get a fill of Burmese souvenirs and local snacks here. Looking for lacquerware but have limited budget for authentic ones? You can find very high-quality faux lacquerware in this market. You may also buy the material for making a thanaka here, which is a face mask worn by the locals.
Lacquerware is probably the “it” souvenir to get in Myanmar. You will see many of these in the local markets as well as in other parts of Myanmar, but authentic lacquerware is actually a speciality of Bagan. If you are looking for the real thing, visit lacquerware workshops like Mya Thit Sar or Bagan House Lacquerware Workshop in New Bagan. Here you can watch locals make the elaborate pieces, starting with the bamboo base and layering glaze after glaze before painting on finishing embellishments using needles. An authentic Bagan lacquerware piece can cost up to a few hundred dollars, so line up your pockets if you are looking for one.
14. Visit the Two Beautiful Nat Siblings at Tharabar Gate
This ancient structure was built in 849 AD by King Pyinbya and is the only one left standing out of the 12 gates. The name Tharabar means “shielded against arrows”. Legend has it that this ancient gate is guarded by two nats, or Myanmar spirits. When you pass through the gate, on one side you will see the brother, known as “Lord of the Great Mountain” or “Lord Handsome”. On the other side is his sister, “Lady Golden Face”. It is said that a cowardly king was scared of the brother, so he married Lady Golden Face to lure the brother out. Lord Handsome most certainly came for his sister, and the king burned him at the stake, prompting Lady Golden Face to jump into the fire with her brother, with all but her face getting burnt.
15. Check out Local Life and Culture at Minnanthu Village
Minnanthu Village is the perfect place to get a truly authentic encounter with Myanmar people. The villagers are very friendly, accommodating, and will help show you around. Over here, you can watch women spin and weave cotton, make lacquerware, prepare local cuisine and other things you will not normally get to experience as a tourist.
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Every young girl dreams of a wedding that would perfectly narrate their love story or fit their personality. What kind of wedding are you planning? Are you planning a vintage-inspired one? What about a laid-back beach wedding? Or maybe something that is both classy and luxurious? There are a number of themes that you can choose from when it comes to weddings. There are also plenty of options when it comes to wedding venues, so it is important that you choose both wisely. Keep in mind that your theme should go with your venue. To help you find the perfect wedding venue that would complement your chosen theme, we documented this list of the Top Wedding Venues in the Philippines to Suit Your Wedding Themes.
Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu
Movenpick Hotel in Mactan Island, Cebu is a great choice especially if you are considering a beach wedding. This Mediterranean-inspired beachfront hotel is ideally located a few kilometers away from Mactan Cebu International Airport. It has a contemporary vibe, making it ideal for the young and modern couple. What’s great about Movenpick Hotel is that they offer plenty of locations for weddings. One of them is the Ibiza Beach Club, a premier venue for the most sought-after events on the island.
El Nido Resorts in Palawan offer nothing but the best when it comes to weddings. Made up of 4 different islands —Apulit, Miniloc, Lagen, and Pangulasian— the resort offers various settings that you can surely have for that most awaited day. For once, you can opt to get married on a cove near a lagoon that’s enclosed within limestone walls or at a white and dreamy sand beach.
Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa is the only international five-star resort in the area, making it an ideal location for a beach wedding. You can exchange your vows at a pavilion that has a breathtaking overview of nature. You can have the reception on the beach afterwards, where you and your guests can dine under the stars.
Hill Creek Gardens is a tranquil sanctuary located in the rolling hills of Tagaytay. It sits amidst a 3.2 hectare working coffee farm and a private family estate. It serves as a popular destination for couples who wish to have an intimate garden wedding. This is because the area is quite secluded and has a natural rustic ambiance on it. Check out their wedding packageshere.
Just 30 minutes away from the busy Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City lies The Mango Farm – a 2.5-hectare property that is home to over 200 fruit-bearing trees that are mostly mangoes. Found alongside Kingsville Court in Antipolo, this farm is a great place to have a nature-inspired or an al fresco wedding. The Mango Farm is surrounded by gazebos and patios, making the whole area seem like a very relaxing park. At night, the place is extra romantic and elegant because of the capiz drop lights that hang on the trees and strategically placed spotlights. You might want to check them out if you want to have that magical evening wedding.
Tagaytay Highlands is a great place to visit if you wish to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Found in the scenic city of Tagaytay, Tagaytay Highlands is a “members-only” recreational and residential community that’s overlooking Taal Lake and Taal Volcano. A beautiful chapel called “Madre De Dios” is found inside the area. It is a quaint, air-conditioned chapel on top of a hilltop that you will surely come to adore.
Only three hours away from bustling Metro Manila lies the blissful shores of Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort in Batangas. If you’d like to walk down the aisle with white sand between your toes and a flaming sunset as your backdrop, this is the place to be. Set amidst 24 hectares of rolling hills, Stilts Calatagan boasts three beautiful beaches. Harmony Beach is a long stretch of coastline lined with open huts and beachfront cottages where you can bask in the sun and enjoy lots of activities. Serenity Beach has big trees and wooden tables and benches, perfect for hosting weddings and romantic proposals. For those craving for some quiet time, Destiny Beach is a haven with its Instagram-worthy rock formations and intimate atmosphere.
Besides its abundance of shorelines, this resort also has several unique accommodations. On our first night, we stayed in their signature floating cottage called Dreams. This cottage hovers over clear blue water on stilts, giving you an uninterrupted view of the glittering horizon. You can even dive right into the water from the deck! We enjoyed the breakfast buffet out on the patio surrounded by the wonderful sea breeze. On our second night, we transferred to Eternitree, a traditional Filipino-style hut nestled on sturdy branches of a giant tree! This tree house accommodation is honestly unlike any other. It can fit three people and the height gave us a magnificent view of the surroundings.
One thing that we highly recommend is their in-room massage. The expert hands of the masseuse kneaded all our tension away, leaving us so satisfied that we requested for another session the next night! As for activities, we had a lot of fun riding ATVs through rugged ATV course.. The sandbar tour, which involved riding and snorkeling out of a Philippine outrigger boat, was also enjoyable.
For your wedding or honeymoon, Stilts Calatagan will customize a package that’ll fit your dream ceremony. The high level of attention that the staff gave us made this stay one of the most comfortable we’ve had. Indeed, Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort’s island paradise vibe makes it the perfect escape that’s not far from the metro.
Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort Barangay Sta. Ana, Calatagan, Batangas Makati Booking Office: 1F SGV II Building, 6758 Ayala Avenue, Makati City Office Hours: Mondays to Saturdays (9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) Telephone Number: (+632) 967-0820 Mobile Numbers: (+63917) 5863343, (+63917) 5807653, (+63917) 5237777, (+63908) 8662254 [email protected] Website
Eastridge Golf Club
Nestled on top of the rolling hills of Rizal at approximately 200 meters above sea level is Eastridge Golf Club, a 72, 18-hole championship course that is filled with natural and man-made attractions like cascading waterfalls and various rock formations. It offers a stunning view of the Laguna de Bay, Ortigas & Makati Skyline and the alluring mountain ranges that surround the place. Aside from being a great place to play golf, Eastridge Golf Club is also an ideal location for sunset weddings.The lush greenery of the course will make a spacious area for you and your guests. They also have other facilities (including function rooms and a swimming pool) that you can use for your reception.
Perched on the top of a cliff in Diniwid Beach, Nami Resort serves as a tropical paradise that’s located between the sea and the sky. It resides in a more secluded location compared to the other luxury resorts found in Boracay, making it the ultimate location for an intimate wedding. You can even opt to tie the knot outdoors along with the clear blue sky and the glistening sea as your background.
Planning a sunset wedding? If so, we suggest that you have it at the Diamond Hotel. Located in the heart of Manila’s business and leisure centers, this deluxe hotel offers a glorious view of the iconic and magnificent Manila Bay sunset. They also have luxurious and comfortable areas for your reception. These include the Grand Ballroom and Constellation Events’ Place, which are both located on the 27th floor.
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, formerly known as the Westin Philippine Plaza, is a great place to have for your big day. Aside from being accessible to and from iconic churches (like the Malate Church, Manila Cathedral and San Agustin Church), it is also close to shopping centers (like the Mall of Asia for instance) – making it a lot easier for you to grab some last-minute wedding needs. However, what makes the hotel an excellent choice for weddings is the beautiful backdrop that it provides. Couples can take snaps of the area’s tropical gardens, lagoon swimming pool, mini-golf and tennis court.
The Casablanca Private Mansion is one of the most ideal locations to host your dream wedding. Located in the heart of Tagaytay, this resort provides an exquisite atmosphere for your special day. They also offer a breathtaking view of the Taal Lake and the Taal Volcano.
Club Balai Isabel is a great choice if you are looking for a wedding venue with a picturesque view. Located in Talisay, Batangas, the resort is located near Taal Lake, offering a magnificent view of the Taal Volcano. It is surrounded by lavish greens alongside the area’s vintage-style architecture. Know more about their wedding package here.
Located in Indang Cavite is Hacienda Isabella, a quaint farmhouse that is surrounded by fruit-bearing trees. It is owned by pop singer Kuh Ledesma, who filled the place with reproductions of antique furniture. Named after her daughter, Hacienda Isabella is a 4-hectare property with an airy, elegant white house —which your wedding party can use to prepare. What’s great about this venue is that its rate is very budget friendly.
Manila Hotel\’s Maynila Ballroom is a great place to have a grand and luxurious wedding. Designed by Leonardo Locsin, Philippine National Artist for Architecture, the place exudes sophistication and class with its five-meter high hand-carved narra arches, hand-painted ceiling and massive capiz shell chandelier framed gracefully by an Arabesque canopy. In addition to that, this 630 square meter ballroom in Manila Hotel can accommodate 300 guests.
Another great wedding venue that you can find in Indang, Cavite is the Red Ginger Farm and Garden, popularly known as Balay Indang. Initially, a retreat house for the family friends of the owner, the resort has now become a favorite spot for various events. Balay Indang would actually make a charming location for your special day. The place has a relaxing and tranquil atmosphere that your guests will surely appreciate. Moreover, it also has cobblestone walkways, zen gardens with fountains, a gazebo, a swimming pool and a fish pond.
Enderun Colleges in McKinley Hill may not be the first thing that would pop into your head when you think of a wedding venue. It’s a school after all, but it is actually quite popular among the marrying crowd. This is because the culinary institution has a beautifully manicured lawn that can serve as your wedding venue. Its elegant architecture makes the place classy and special. You will also be happy to note that their in-house chefs can make your food mouthwatering than ever – a treat that you and your guests will surely enjoy.
Take a trip back in time at the country’s first and only heritage resort by the sea. Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, which can be found in Bagac, Bataan, is the perfect venue a wedding that has both Spanish and Filipiniana vibe into it. The heritage park is filled with Spanish Colonial buildings, stone houses, and cobblestone streets from the 19th century. Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar also has a very peaceful and tranquil ambiance because of the area’s majestic mountains, expansive rice fields, and the running river. Know more about their wedding packages here.
If you wish to have that enchanting rain forest feels on your wedding day, you can take a look at the beautiful Fernwood Gardens. Located in the heart of Metro Manila, the area is known for its lush and tropical ambiance. Tthe place is surrounded by various floras and faunas. They specialise in holding events like weddings, debuts, kiddie parties, promenades and corporate events.
Antonio’s, a fine-dinning restaurant situated in Tagaytay, is an ideal venue for an intimate restaurant wedding. Outside of it is a beautiful garden that’s perfect for solemnization ceremonies while the inside of it has a cozy and homey ambiance – making it the perfect setting for your reception. Owned by Chef Tony Boy Escalante, the restaurant is known for serving delicious dishes.
Along Horseshoe Village in Quezon City lies a hidden paradise known as Lemuria Gourmet Restaurant. This fine-dinning restaurant serves Mediterranean-inspired dishes that are made from scratch – but what makes this place perfect for weddings is the ethereal secret garden feel that the place provides.
Located on the ground floor of the Manila Hotel, the Champagne Room would make a great reception venue is you are going for a European-inspired wedding. The restaurant is decorated with French-style chandeliers and glass palm trees, making the place look very classy. It is also filled with mirrors and paintings. They also serve gourmet dishes like Salmon with Yogurt Sauce.
Located inside Intramuros is Casa Manila, a replica of a colonial mansion from the late 19th century that is filled with furniture and furnishings from the Spanish era. Outside this estate is a patio that has lovely fountains and a granite pavement that can serve as a venue for all sorts of occasions. Check out this place if you wish to add a Hispanic touch to your special day. Intramuros, Manila, Metro Manila (02) 527 3135
San Agustin Church
Just opposite of Casa Manila is the very historic and iconic San Agustin Church. Known as the oldest church in the Philippines, this place was deemed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, under the collective title Baroque Churches of the Philippines, together with 3 other churches in the country. Calles Gen. Luna and Real Manila, Intramuros, Manila (02) 527 4052
Baluarte de San Diego Gardens Intramuros
Baluarte de San Diego, also residing in the Walled City, is an Al fresco garden venue with history dating back from 1586. Considered as one of the oldest forts along Intramuros, this place can also serve as a great venue for a traditional Filipiniana outdoor wedding. Sta. Lucia St, Intramuros, Manila, Metro Manila 0917 569 1015
Nestled below the Zambales Mountain range in the eastern part of Subic Bay is Subic Bay Yacht Club (SBYC) – a luxury resort that can serve as the perfect venue for a romantic yacht wedding. The place offers chartered yacht services, which you can book if you wish to tie the knot at sea along with the mountains and clear blue skies as your witnesses.
Manila Yacht Club (MYC) is one of the oldest yacht clubs in Asia, having been around since 1927. Located around Manila Bay, this members-only yacht club offers a glorious view of the iconic sunset. MYC is another great venue for a nautical or sea voyage inspired wedding, especially if you wish to have it around the Metro.
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While a chilly, snowy wedding photo session certainly isn't everyone's idea of a fun pre-wedding activity, we're willing to bet that at least most of this year's winter brides love a good snowfall. After all, why pick a winter wedding date if you don't want to take advantage of the unique attributes of your season? Just like we encourage you to snap photos with the best fall foliage, embrace the fresh spring air, or pose in the summer sunshine, we're here to tell you that snowy wedding photos are pretty much the best.
While you might have a few uncomfortably cold minutes, they're well worth it to capture all the beauty your wedding season has to offer. Whether you choose to meet in a snow-covered field for your first look or simply snap a few candid moments with your bridal party in freshly fallen powder, there are tons of creative ways to capture beautiful wedding photos that include the seasonal spirit. Consider throwing on a pretty faux fur or jacket, a cozy scarf or pashmina, or even stepping into a trendy pair of boots to stay cute and comfortable.
You shouldn't worry too much about your wedding dress, either. After all, it is frozen water, and assuming you won't be outside too long, the likelihood of it melting and ruining your bridal ensemble is fairly slim, but certainly something to keep in mind. We suggest shooting your indoor photos first, before heading out for the snowy shots.
Still need convincing to embrace the winter weather? Browse 25 stunning snowy wedding photos below.
For most of us, the festive season means one thing; a free pass to eat what we want without the guilt. But what about the brides-to-be on their wedding diet?
Wedding Diet: Top Tips for Slimming Brides This Christmas
For those who are concerned about weight gain over Christmas, you can stop fretting. Ramsay Health Care UK, experts in weight loss surgery and their team of nutritional experts provide their top tips on how to maintain a trim waistline this party season.
Be wise with alcohol
We all know alcohol can be a real barrier when it comes to shifting those unwanted pounds. If you enjoy a tipple or five, you’ll know the cravings are the aftermath- as much as the hangover. If you find it easy to stay on track throughout the week but enjoy a tipple at the weekend then no doubt you’re concerned about all the boozing over Christmas.
The biggest downfall of binge drinking is the hidden calories. The average women needs 1,500 calories per day to lose one pound per week, according to Authority Nutrition. With that said, a glass of wine alone can contain up to 160 calories and 600 per bottle. If you’re a lover of white wine, consider soda spritzers. If you like a mixer, opt for sugar-free mixers with your spirit of choice. This will drastically save you calories.
Another tip is to drink a glass of water between each beverage to help prevent you from feeling too dehydrated.
Don’t Over Spend
Don’t be tempted to over buy. When shopping, be realistic about the amount of food you will actually consume. There’s no harm in being safe, but the chances are if it’s leftover and in the cupboard, it’s probably going to get eaten.
More than one in ten of us (11%) believe that fatty foods are much cheaper than fruit and vegetables, which isn’t always the case. The average cost of getting five portions of fruit or vegetables per day is £2.50, making the holidays a great time to introduce more fresh produce into your diet.
Be your own host
There’s no doubt that you’ll be invited to a wealth of parties throughout December and New Year, but you won’t know what’s going to be served up. Consider hosting your own event, where you won’t feel pressured to polish of what’s on your plate and be tempted to indulge. Perhaps serve your dinner on a smaller plate to manage your portions better.
Make small change on Christmas day, such as serving a vegetable-based soup to start. Have turkey as your main meat and grill the rest to ensure as much fat as possible is drained. Opt for a homemade fruit pudding for dessert too.
In a recent survey of 1,200 UK adults, 29% of us blamed ‘lack of willpower’ for not eating well, so it’s important to keep your main aim at the front of your mind. Try to set yourself smaller goals this Christmas, and remember that any progress is good progress.
If you have previously lowered your caloric intake, perhaps up this a little once or twice per week to avoid the urge to overindulge. If you do happen to go over, make up for this by upping your activity level (a crisp winter walk can be just as relaxing as sitting on the sofa).
Lastly, don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Remember it’s Christmas and you should be having fun. People are most likely to overeat when they are bored (40%), so just make sure you keep busy and active to ensure you burn more calories than you consume, to avoid the Christmas pounds.
If you’re planning a winter wedding, we have plenty of hints and tips to help get you started. There’s plenty of scope for you to play around with themes and ideas, plus the colder months lend themselves perfectly to elegant and romantic weddings.
Decorate Your Winter Wedding With these Decorative Ideas
Start with candlelight for a simple way to create a warm and romantic atmosphere. When teamed with gilded mirrors and gold hurricane vases you’ll achieve a beautiful glistening and glamorous effect for each tabletop.
Rich and luxurious colours and textures also work well this season. Try plush velvet serviettes, sequin table runners (get one in rose gold right here) and deep burgundy and navy accents. For subtler supporting colours, try shades of taupe, antique white and natural linen.
If your venue has a selection of tables and chairs available to use, or you’ll be hiring them in yourselves, the warm tones of dark woods will enhance the rest of your decorations to best effect at this time of year.
You might associate the sweet fragrance and pretty colours of flowers with summer weddings, but they are absolutely as essential in the colder months, too. Again, keeping to a colour scheme of opulent, jewel-like tones will add the warmth and grandeur that makes a winter wedding feel truly magical.
Add Some Greenery
Garlands of greenery add natural texture and look especially good in the wintery half-light when paired with the silvery blue shades of eucalyptus. You’ll spend more time indoors, so use garlands to highlight your venue’s amazing features, like a sweeping staircase or a fireplace.
With early nightfall, a winter wedding is the perfect call for sparklers. Hand these to your guests to use when you and your new husband make your big entrance. When it comes to wedding sparklers, bigger is always better, you don’t want your guests standing around with a small dead sparkler. Buy some giant wedding sparklers here.
Christmas Competitions day Sixteen: Win a Team Hen Subscription box
For 16 December, we’ve teamed up with Team Hen to offer one lucky winner the opportunity to receive a three-month subscription of their brand new Betrothal Bride Subscription Box, and a gorgeous Katie Loxton Bride Pouch, totalling over £100.
Every month the creative geniuses at Team Hen curate and send you a theme-based box, brimming with must-have wedding products.
For this prize you will receive a 3-month subscription, which includes a Hen Party Box, a Wedding Day Box and a Honeymoon Box.
Some boxes are designed to help you plan and prepare for the big day, while others are designed to pamper you.
All of the boxes include at least 7 full-sized products, including a personalised item each month, which will delight and surprise you, from your engagement, through to your wedding day and beyond!
Each box also includes an envelope of flyers and discounts for recommended wedding business.
The Katie Loxton Bride Pouch is the ultimate accessory for your hen party and wedding day. The bag measures 16cm x 24cm, the perfect size to hold your hen party and wedding essentials whilst you dance the night away.
This is such a versatile product that can be used long after the wedding, and will hold special memories of your big day. The bag also makes a lovely gift for your favourite bride-to-be. The pouch is made from high quality vegan (faux) leather.
Team Hen was established to offer Brides and their Squads modern hen party accessories, activities and ideas.
Founder and creative director Danielle quickly realised the limited options for party accessories after organising her best friends Hen party; everything was garish, tacky and over the top.
This inspired her to start Team Hen, a one-stop destination where Brides- to-Be can throw a hen party that’s as classy and stylish as they are!
For more hen party and wedding essentials, head over to www.teamhen.co.uk, where you can browse their amazing selection of products.
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There’s no better time than Christmas to pop the question but how do you pick the perfect moment to propose? Here’s how to make the most of this magical season and make it extra special.
5 Reasons To Propose This Christmas
Proposing to the love of your life is possibly the single most nail-biting experience one could ever face. The stress of getting that one special moment right can be the biggest decision you will ever have to make. If you’re thinking of asking for your partner’s hand in marriage, now’s the perfect time to decide just how you’d like to do it.
The Perfect Christmas Gift
This Christmas, express your adoration with the perfect gift that symbolises love, commitment and desire – and that is with the diamond engagement ring of her dreams. Nothing says ‘I love you’ more than a girl’s best friend. Present it on Christmas morning, during a walk or over breakfast in bed.
At a Special Gathering
If you’re a confident person and want to show everyone just how much your partner means to you, why not propose in front of your friends and family around the dinner table? Alternatively, if you want that special moment just to be between the two of you, pop the question in private and then make the announcement later in the day. Let everyone be part of your joy.
The Christmas Glow
There’s no denying that the Christmas period holds a certain magic in the air. Why not pop the question while you’re putting the finishing touches to your decorations? That way, your first selfie as an engaged couple will be in front of all those sparkling lights.
Now amongst all the emotive reasons to propose, we have to enclose at least one practical suggestion and that, of course, is money. One of the many great things we love about Christmas is its winter sales. Whether it’s been a good year for you or not, we all love a sale, so why not take advantage and buy her dream engagement ring at a fraction of the cost.
New Year, Fresh Start
The end of the year often represents a time of growth for many couples. With a few weeks away until the New Year, resolutions tend to occupy our minds. Why not take that leap of faith and look forward to the next step that love can bring by binding it all together with a lifelong commitment.