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Getting Married? You Can Sweat The Small Stuff, But...
26 Mar 2018IDEASBY SweetEscape

Dear Beautiful Brides and Handsome Grooms,

Congratulations, you have found the love of your life! After saying 'yes', here comes the exciting part: planning your wedding. You want it to be perfect, and you would not settle for less. After all, this is supposed to be the celebration of the love that the two of you share and intend to keep for the rest of your life. Go big or go home, right?

Of course there is nothing wrong about wanting a big wedding. However, it goes without saying that preparing this type of wedding is a challenging task and one that could provoke unnecessary arguments over the nitty-gritty. You start calling him insensitive and heartless for not being bothered about the choice of venue. He dubs you a fussy drama queen for wanting a type of dress that seems elusive to find. In the process, you might end up forgetting the joy that you're supposed to be feeling knowing that you will spend the rest of your life with the person you love.

by Kristanto for SweetEscape in Bali

This is an important time to be wise in making plans. Consider it as a warm-up before having to make countless small and big decisions in your marriage! For instance, instead of spending a big amount on money only on pre-wedding costumes and photos, why not keep it simple and go on a holiday trip where we could help you save up even more? We know a handful of destinations that might be perfect for you.

Remember that Friends episode when Monica and Chandler were getting married, but as it turns out, they fell short of the budget intended for the big wedding of their dreams? When Chandler stepped in and told her that he had in fact saved up a good amount of money over the years, Monica hastily asked him to spend it all on the wedding. They argued back and forth, before Chandler relayed all his visions for their marriage: four kids, a small place outside the city and a cat. Just like that, and Monica relented, opting for the smaller scale wedding too because she realized that she did not actually want a big wedding with a custom-made dress, a swing band or lilies; what she wanted was a marriage and a long future with her husband-to-be and their children.

by Kristanto for SweetEscape in Bali

The truth of the matter is, all the little things that you're so worried about now will most likely be forgotten in five years' time. What you will be left with are people and memories, especially memories of the people you love. And we will be more than happy to capture them for posterity!

We wish you the best of luck for your wedding and the rest of your married life! Remember: the wedding may be the event, but the marriage is [the journey]. And keep in mind that if you don't go big, you know you can always go home to each other.

With love,


by Kristanto for SweetEscape in Bali

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8 Things To Do This Holiday Season, The Filipino Way
17 Dec 2018IDEASBY SweetEscape

Filipinos are known for their long holiday celebration. Many traditions and new ways keep this season alive no matter which city or town you go. You won't run out of things to do (but your budget probably will!) when you celebrate the holidays in the Philippines through these activities:

1. Go Christmas shopping in bazaars.

It's this time of the year when massive pop-up year-end bazaar and sale events happen, so go ahead and take advantage of the markdown madness to complete your Christmas gift list.

2. Complete the Misa de Gallo.

How many masses have you attended so far? Get up early or spare an hour so you could attend the mass at night because as they say, completing the 9-day or -night series will make a wish come true.

3. Visit music and lights shows and displays around the metro.

As soon as the holiday season comes, many parks and tourist attractions open Christmas-themed shows that are perfect for all ages. These Instagram-worthy locations are usually free of charge, making them picturesque and cheery venues to gather with your friends and families.

4. Spread the holiday cheer through Christmas carols

It has been part of the Filipino tradition to gather in groups and sing either classic or remixed tunes as they go from one house to another. Just as long as you know the lyrics to the in-trend Christmas songs, you'll definitely get those coins, or if you're lucky, you'll receive bills from your kind neighbors!

5. Organize a reunion party.

Many Filipinos love merrymaking, so expect most of your December weekends, and sometimes, weekdays too, to blocked off with schedules of parties. It's also a time to meet the newborns or catch up with the relatives who you haven't spoken to for a long time. Make your reunion party more memorable and let SweetEscape photographers turn your moments into beautiful photographs. Special for this holiday season, get 50% OFF on your 2-hour photo shoot, anywhere in Manila.

6. Pick a gift for your "monito" or "monita"

The Filipino version of Secret Santa is a more exciting and interesting one because gift-giving is done in small batches. Whether the category's something big, something fluffy, something embarrassing, or something naughty, you'll surely go home with a smile on your face because your friend or officemate could surely find a gift to pull that category or theme off!

7. Go on a staycation with your family

For some Filipinos, the holiday season means quality time, without the hassle of preparing feasts or organizing parties. Some simply prefer staying in or booking an accommodation where they could all relax and exchange thoughtful gifts after a hearty meal.

8. Go for a quick holiday vacation.

To some who've been looking forward to a unique kind of celebration for the holidays, setting off to another country is an option. School or office breaks give them a chance to explore new places, making their holidays a more memorable one.

In times like these, memories are meant to be saved. Especially if you've waited long enough for your family to be complete this holiday season, don't miss the chance to document those moments — let SweetEscape do it for you.

SweetEscape now offers a one-hour photo shoot that'll capture your best holiday moments in 1-2 spots. Your edited photos will be ready in 3 business days, just in time for sharing with everyone else around the world. Learn more about our one-hour photoshoot here:


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