Did you know that Las Vegas celebrates 120,000 weddings in a year? And did you know that the Vegas Strip (see below) has the most number of hotel rooms per square area anywhere in the world?? That two facts make Vegas one of the most exciting places in the US and the world to get married in! Imagine saying "I Do" where you’d see the Eiffel Tower with a pirate ship, a volcano and a beautiful show fountain nearby -- yep, all in one city! As the people in the desert state of Nevada say, it’s only in Vegas baby! ^_^ The big question: is getting married in Las Vegas for you and your partner?
If you want to get married quickly and have some fun immediately after, then Vegas is for you! Think Britney Spears marrying her childhood sweetheart and getting divorced mere hours later -- kidding! Hehe! :p Anyway, the primary draw of a Las Vegas wedding is that its cheap. You can have a complete wedding ceremony for a few hundred dollars in a quaint chapel and have Elvis Presley perform the ceremony for you. Plus if you're short on time, some wedding chapels even accept walk-in couples! And less than an hour later, you can start your honeymoon -- fast, easy and convenient!
However, if you're the traditional type, a Las Vegas wedding probably is not for you. Though the place can be a great honeymoon destination -- think of all the themed casinos with slot games, poker tables and other machines you can spend your money on! :p Plus there are amazing shows like the awesome Cirque de Soleil's LOVE or shows from your favorite performers like Celine Dion and Barry Manilow. And if you want some cultural lesson, you can go to the Springs Reserve and learn all about the history of Las Vegas. Yep, this glittering city of Nevada really has it all! Perfect for destination weddings and honeymoons if you're into F-U-N!
Firstly, being in mommy mode most of my life "trained" me not to get bored spending 24/7 at home. Even during my hectic days in medical school I still did some cooking, cleaning, taking care of our dogs, and doing other household stuff. And when I took a 1 year hiatus after graduating from med school (and before I took my Physician Licensure exam), I further honed my housewife skills. My parents were not living with us due to my dad's work, and I had a 5-room home, 10 dogs and 1 spoiled brother to take care of. Housework was easy-peasy for me. While most "modern" women don't like cleaning and cooking, I adore it! =)
And then I got married. I now have 2 guys to take care of :p Hubby and I initially planned that I'll spend the first year of our marriage at home and take specialty training after October 2009. But then I got pregnant around July! We had no plans to have kids until after 3-5 years of marriage so we can really save up for our kid, and now this. Our best-laid plans just got awry! Since I was pregnant, I had to say goodbye to specialty training. I could do it but I don't wanna stress myself and our sweet baby =) And that's why, until now, I'm still a SAHM! Needless to say, homebody me is loving it! ^_^
- 530am: wakeup & cook breakfast
- 6am: eat breakfast with hubby, see him off to work then I check my emails for urgent stuff
- 7am: back to sleep
- 10am: wake up, do household chores, eat morning snack, play with our pups & dogs
- 11am: watch TMZ / Insider Edition, go online (Facebook / Twitter, work, play in online casinos for real money, read med stuff)
- 12nn: watch CSI / Jay Leno Show / Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, eat lunch, feed dogs if I feel up to it (if not, just play with them), wait for hubby’s call =)
- 1pm: TV is off, laze / work online or sleep or read new books & mags
- 3pm: watch 7th Heaven, still online, afternoon snack
- 4pm: prepare and cook dinner, check what’s needed to be done in our home
- 530pm: watch local news, prepare for hubby’s arrival (wives should smell good when their husbands arrive! hehe)
- 630pm: early dinner, cleanup kitchen, feed dogs, watch national news
- 8pm: HAPPY HOUR! anything goes here =)
- 10pm: hubby’s bedtime, I’m usually still watching AXN shows
- 11pm-12am: my bedtime
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I’ve been receiving lots of inquiries about Davao weddings and honeymoon in the Philippines so I’d thought a post that links to all my posts about these. What I wrote are by no means comprehensive but I hope it will be able to help you =)
WEDDING UPDATES (in order of published date)
Our Engagement Announcement
Davao Wedding Fair (Candor and Bliss)
Our Save-The-Date Cards
Our Wedding Invitation Prototype
Davao Pre-Cana Seminar (just a quick post)
JUNE Wedding Update
NO JULY and AUGUST Wedding Updates — very busy with my Physician Licensure exam
SEPTEMBER Wedding Update (1 month to go!)
Sneak Peak of our Prenuptial Pictorial
My Trial Wedding Makeup Photos
Food-Tasting Photos in Grand Regal Hotel (1 week to go!)
HONEYMOON POSTS (out of 10 days)
Day 1 and 2: honeymoon chronicles: makati/laguna
Day 3 (part 1): honeymoon chronicles: makati food pornography
Day 3 (part 2): honeymoon chronicles: sea creatures and robots
Day 4: honeymoon chronicles: chapel and kitchen
- I got married last October 2008 and we so much fun! ^_^ Being Catholic, we can't have an outdoor garden wedding which was what we wanted. The good thing is, we found St. Francis church whose altar backdrop is a garden! Perfect! =) Our reception had a fairytale / pink butterfly theme and we loooved it so much.. All the people we love (200+) were there and the food in Grand Regal Hotel was awesome! Overall, mess ups aside, Labsie and I had the best wedding we could ever had! ^_^
2. What age would you encourage your children to get married?
- I won't necessarily encourage them. Maybe they want to stay single so.. Whatever they want, I'll support.
3. Who got married at the last wedding that you attended?
- Basil and Gladys (June 27 this year), the bride was a college friend of mine and I was one of the bridesmaids =)
4. Do you enjoy weddings and receptions?
- I enjoy the food, decor and program (especially if it has fun games)!
5. Have you cried at a wedding?
- Nope.. Not even in my own wedding. LOL! Scared that my makeup will be ruined, hehe!
6. Would you prefer a lavish event or a intimate ceremony?
- Intimate! Less money to spend :p
7. Have you ever been in some one’s wedding party? If yes, do tell.
- Yes, I was a bridesmaid recently.
8. Does a wedding make you happy and sentimental or grouchy and skeptical?
- Happy and sentimental! =)
9. Why do you think our divorce rate is so high?
- Divorce rate is high because people just don't believe in "What God had put together, let no man put asunder." =(
What I liked about the whole wedding ceremony (it wasn't a Catholic ceremony so things were new to me) was the pastor's sermon. I picked up a lot of marriage tips that will surely help me and my hubby in our married life. The top two "tips" that I'll remember for the rest of my life are these: NEGLIGENCE is a marriage killer and NOURISHMENT is a marriage builder. Under the latter is to stay with your partner for the first two years of your marriage. Gladys married a pastor and the pastor who officiated the wedding said without qualms that the groom should not take any heavy pastoral duties in the early part of their marriage. I wholeheartedly agree with this! In fact, this is the reason why I didn't rush into medical residency after passing my Physician Licensure exam last year. For me marriage is a lifetime commitment that supersedes my career.
The officiating pastor also said that the couple should stay together always if possible. He said that if there's no need to work abroad, don't! Stay with your spouse and your family. Again, I agreed with him on this. I know so many married couples who are well off financially and yet they take Nursing (and other courses that makes it easy for them to go abroad) just so they can earn dollars. But to what end? More money? Is money really more valuable than being with your family? -_- The pastor was really a good speaker: he was funny, articulate and his sermon carried a lot of weight. I'm sure he'd do well in HR consulting Mexico, LOL! You know how it is working in the Human Resources department, you gotta be firm with labor decisions but at the same time fun and cool with the workers. I must say being a pastor is great training for working in HR or even the management! Anyway, to Basil and Gladys -- have a happy marriage and love each other always! ^_^
I wanted a quaint chapel with a beautiful garden in a quiet town with elegant interiors and a gorgeous altar where we will say our vows.
preludes vol 6: tanis the shadow years (no front cover) - P10
* vol 2: wanderlust (tas, flint, tanis) - P130
* vol 5: steel & stone (tanis, kitiara) - P130
war of the twins (1986 first printing artwork) - P120
the second generation (children of the heroes of the lance) - P150
dragons of summer flame (chaos war, 600+ pages long) - P180
dragons of a new age trilogy (dragons ruled krynn when the gods left):
* vol 1: dawning of a new age (small tear at upper right cover) - P100
* vol 3: eve of the maelstrom - P120
bertrem's guide to the war of souls vol 2 (short stories) - P130
defenders of magic trilogy vol 1 - night of the eye (with plastic cover) - P120
heroes vol 3: weasel's luck (torn covers) - P10
In the photo above, local soccer player Luca Ceccarelli kisses his wife Irene Lanforti after getting married at the Casa in last June 1, 2009. They are the first couple to ever marry there. SWEET! And if you want get married in Juliet's balcony, here are the rates: a normal civil wedding license in Italy costs about 45 euros ($64) but for non-European citizens the Verona license will cost nearly 900 euros, with EU non-Verona couples paying approximately 700 euros.
Sunnypoint Function Plaza was established in 1995 and is located in Maa, Davao City. The company is known to be a specialist in arranging weddings, debuts, anniversaries, and birthdays. They offer everything from favors to reception to accommodation to gowns to hosts, etc, etc. It's no wonder why busy couples or debutantes hire them to arrange their special day.
Aside from a one-stop wedding (or occasions) package, you can't also beat Sunnypoint Function Plaza's freebies, gimmicks, and price. If I weren't so OC about my own wedding, I would have chosen them -- they give the best price value for all the services they offer! And no, I'm not paid to write this, I just want to inform the people of their positive points =) Anyway, here are Sunnypoint's wedding packages:
Wedding Package A (most expensive)
Clarissa Hall Venue (smaller of the 2 halls)
50 persons - P62,000.00
100 persons - 75,000.00
150 persons - 88,000.00
200 persons - 101,000.00
David Hall Venue
100 persons - P80,000.00
150 persons - 93,000.00
200 persons - 106,000.00
250 persons - 119,000.00
300 persons - 132,000.00
350 persons - 145,000.00
400 persons - 158,000.00
Food (12 Entrees)
bread, soup, salad, appetizer, beef dish, pork dish, chicken dish, fish dish, pasta, vegetable dish, dessert, steamed rice, bottomless drink
Wedding Package B - 10 entrees
Wedding Package C - 8 entrees
Wedding Package D (cheapest package)
Clarissa Hall Venue
50 persons - 38,000.00
100 persons - 51,000.00
150 persons - 64,000.00
200 persons - 77,000.00
David Hall Venue
100 persons - 56,000.00
150 persons - 69,000.00
200 persons - 82,000.00
250 persons - 95,000.00
300 persons - 108,000.00
350 persons - 121,000.00
400 persons - 134,000.00
Food (6 Entrees)
bread, soup, beef OR pork dish, chicken OR fish dish, pasta OR vegetable dish, dessert, steamed rice, bottomless drink
SunnyPoint Function Plaza website
Phone: (63) (82) 2440562 / 2441736
What is scary in all of these is that cheating these days need not be physically consummated. You can chat with someone over the internet, share your daily life, tell him all your marital problems, grow close to him, and yet since you have never met him personally, you had never sex with him. So you assume it's not cheating. But it must be said IT IS STILL CHEATING and this type is called as having an EMOTIONAL AFFAIR. Very deceiving but as destructive as sexual affairs. As I'm not an expert on this topic, I feel these articles would be more helpful to you than paranoid me prattling about cheating:
** CNN: Could you be having an emotional affair?
People enmeshed in nonsexual affairs preserve their "deniability," convincing themselves they don't have to change anything. That's where they're wrong. If you think about it, it's the breach of trust, more than the sex, that's the most painful aspect of an affair and, I can tell you from my work as a psychiatrist, the most difficult to recover from.
** Oprah.com: I Thought I Could Trust Him…
"Each night after the kids go to bed, my WH (wandering husband aka the one who cheated in the marriage) and I have time together to just sit and watch TV. And of course, that's when my questions start. And his lack of answers. Every night."
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