Like almost everywhere in the world, the wedding is among the most celebrated events in the Philippines. A Filipino wedding, its ceremony and the celebration that comes after, is an important milestone not only for couples but for their loved ones as well.
Given the importance of this celebration, couples go through meticulous planning and preparations in order to achieve their dream wedding. And because it’s specifically a Filipino wedding, there are a few cultural elements to consider.
Here are five steps to help you plan your Filipino wedding, wherever you may be in the world:
Know the purpose of your Filipino wedding
Getting married, yes. But what does that actually mean?
What does that entail? You’re in love and eager to start a new life with your partner, which makes it the right time to ask yourselves: what are the meaningful moments that we’ll remember forever?
To help you identify the purpose of your wedding, you can also consider the following questions. Is it to:
- Allow your families to get to know each other?
- Celebrate your two cultures coming together?
- Introduce your family and friends to who you are as a couple?
- Show up as your full selves to the people you’re closest to?
Pinning down a purpose for the big day will help make wedding planning easier as you navigate the logistics of each element. Think of it as your North Star—especially when challenges arise.
Venue and floral details from a Filipino wedding in California. Photo and styling from April Baytan.
Decide on your Filipino wedding’s vibe
The vibe is different from the wedding theme. How do you want your guests to feel when they join you on this day?
More importantly, how do you and your partner want to feel?
The atmosphere sets the tone for details of your wedding, so deciding this will be key to also make planning easier. Do you want to throw a big party and invite everyone and their nanay, lola, and barangay? Or do you want your wedding to be more of an intimate celebration?
Create your Filipino wedding guest list
Because it is a life milestone, you want to celebrate it with the people who matter most. Take note that your ‘do not invite’ list is as significant as your invite list, so you really have to think hard about it.
Something to mull over is that Filipinos tend to see weddings as big family parties, so make sure you and your partner are clear about expectations.
A traditional Filipino Unity Cord and Veil, designed and handcrafted by artisans in the Philippines.
Decide on your traditional Filipino wedding elements
In a traditional Filipino setup, the ceremony is very important. If you want to incorporate your Filipino heritage into your wedding day, consider these few things:
- Is it going to be a church wedding?
- Will you have the candle, cord, and veil rites and where will you source these Filipino ceremony accessories?
- What kind of Filipino food are you serving?
- Are you going to use Philippine-made decorations and materials?
- Are you wearing traditional Filipino clothing and accessories for the ceremony?
- Will you do the traditional money dance?
If you’re not hiring a wedding planner, Sinta & Co. is a helpful guide in planning your wedding and getting your ceremony essentials. Shop collections of Filipino wedding jewelry and ceremony accessories, and browse the wedding journal for stories on cultural traditions and Filipino customs.
Find Filipino wedding vendors who get you
After intention-setting and careful planning, the next step is to put your vision
into action! Look for vendors who’ll help you achieve your goals.
There are a lot to choose from to be honest, but go for those who can best represent you as individuals and as a couple. Your roster of wedding vendors will depend on your budget and style.
To help you start, Sinta & Co. curated a directory of Filipinx-owned businesses to check out:
- Wedding Planners and Coordinators
- Invitations and Stationery
- Filipiniana, Barongs, and Dresses
- Beauty, Hair, and Makeup
- Wedding Cake
- Entertainment (DJs or Emcees)
- Photographers and Videographers
Enjoy planning and go get your dream wedding!