Sunday, October 5, 2008

musings of a bride to be

Okay. Here it goes. For the past week, I have been neck-deep in wedding details and I have not been able to take the time to write about everything that has happened.

Let's start from the beginning. James and I have been talking about marriage for a while. It has always been naman in our plans, we just didnt know when. This year, our talks about getting married has taken a serious turn. If it was up to James, we would have been married sooner. hahaha. I had no doubts of marrying him naman. The main reason why it took us a while to get back together was because I personally wanted to make sure that this is what I really wanted, na I was willing to work things out until the very end. But the thing is, we also agreed na after getting married, I would move to Japan to be with him.

I'm not gonna lie. It was probably the hardest decision I've had to make, definitely a huge leap of faith. But I was honestly amazed that I was actually willing to do it. That made me realize just how much I love James. I've always been the family's baby girl and it's definitely hard for me to leave the people and the life that I love so so much. But for some reason I was willing to take that huge leap, even I was surprised that I was willing to do it. I asked James to give me two years. Two years to slowly say goodbye to my current world. December 2010, that was our target.

And then one day, I dont know how or even why, I was sitting in the car with my dad and we started talking about marriage and weddings. Tapos he asked me, eh kayo ni James what are your plans? Ako naman, kwento kwento. As I was enumerating all our plans, it suddenly hit me, teka lang, I dont think I would need an extra year pa. I think I'm ready to get married na.
Weird, but at that time it just felt right.You guys should have seen the smile James had on his face when I finally told him that he wouldn't have to wait until 2010. hahaha. And then after that, everything started to happen in a whirl. I talked to my dad, tapos he told my mom and then suddenly I realized na this is it. It's official. We're gonna get married na. So James and I started making a few plans.

December was definitely a non-negotiable. We did not consider any other month. It's December, period. Birthday month kasi namin yun and we've always always loved December. So anyway, December 2008 was too close. We knew we could not pull off a wedding in less than a year, so we settled for December 2009.

Slowly, people started to know. What really surprised me were the opposite reactions of the people around me. My titos and titas including my lola and my parents were surprisingly very open to the idea. They all thought it was the right time, na I was of the right age. My friends on the other hand we're really shocked and kept on telling me that I was still too young. hahaha. Weird di ba? I honestly thought parents ko magsasabi nun sakin but my mom actually told me, " bakit ako magagalit, eh matanda ka na." ahahaha.

And that's when the madness began. I started browsing thru all the wedding related sites, just trying to see what is out there. Sa totoo lang, I had no plans of booking my suppliers just yet, gusto ko lang makita how the world of wedding planning was. And a few people started telling me, you know what, try to book na your church and your reception venue. I was like, huh? E ang tagal tagal pa. And they kept telling me, no no no, better start looking now. E di sige start looking daw eh. So yun I started asking around. OMG. San Agustin 26K (pag gusto mo i-open yung doors for a dramatic entrance another 1k), St. James 25K. Wala pang flowers yun ha. Waaaaah. Sakit sa heart di ba?

So anyway, I was veering towards Bamboo Organ. Very historical church, maganda sa loob and I like small churches. Not to mention na Tito ko yung parish priest, so plus plus points yun. I went home Saturday morning desido na mag-ocular sa Bamboo Organ. And then I get a call from Tita Aycie. She's my mom's friend and "the" wedding coordinator of St. James. She started telling me yung rates and all that pati yung mga dates na available. After the call, I talked to James. Syempre laking gastos nun eh.

Sa totoo lang, nagaalangan talaga ko gumastos ng ganun kalaki, considering na ang Bamboo Organ, 6,500 lang ang rate. But he told me na dun daw nya gusto. And I was like okay, let me talk to Tita Aycie again. After 10 minutes, we had a date already. Akalain mo yun. hahaha. Halos fully booked na ang December of 2009. And I called just in the nick of time cause 5 minutes after, somebody came trying to book a wedding for the same day that we chose. And she was willing to pay na right there and then. Pero syempre dahil malakas ako kay Tita Aycie, di nya binigay. hehehe.

So that's it:
December 18 2009, 2:30 PM.
St. James The Great in Ayala Alabang
can't wait. :)