March 20, 2012

Archbishop Tagle Criticizes Couples with Wedding Gimmicks

From CBCP News
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle urged the faithful to avoid practices that depart from sacred rites. Tagle reiterated that many Filipino Catholics have been treating the sacraments as no longer celebrations of faith.  The deeper spiritual meaning of wedding rituals and events has been lost.

“Sometimes the faith is the last thing we focus on in the sacraments. The sacraments sometimes become mere social events or just cultural tradition with faith being the last thing we consider,” Archbishop Tagle said during the Manila Archdiocesan General Pastoral Assembly last March 3 at the Paco Catholic School Auditorium in Manila.

Tagle slammed couples who insisted on incorporating “gimmicks, paborloloy and ka-ek-ekan” in their church wedding to make the ceremony more dramatic. But Tagle managed to lighten his discerning sermon by injecting bits of stand-up comedy, drawing laughs from the crowd.

Archbishop Tagle recalled how he once received a letter from a couple asking permission if their dog can serve as the ring bearer for their wedding. He then questioned what the dog had to do with faith and what has become of marriage nowadays.

The Manila Archbishop also once reminded a bride about the dress code inside the Church, to which the bride retorted, “Why does the Church still interfere with that? You are not the one who’s going to pay for my gown”. He explained to the crowd that what you are wearing and the symbols you use should speak of your faith.

But the best punch line came when he shared how he once attended a wedding ceremony that was delayed for 45 minutes. When he questioned the groom why they were behind schedule, the wedding planner remarked that the butterflies that were supposed to be released while the bride walked down the aisle were not delivered on time.

Archbishop Tagle mentioned these to challenge the faithful in line with the upcoming observance of the Year of Faith in October.

“This is one great challenge for us during this Year of Faith. Our liturgy and sacraments, sadly, sometimes are no longer a celebration of faith. Sometimes faith is the last thing that is being given attention to when it comes to the sacraments,” he said.

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Tubeza, Philip C. “Archbishop Tagle urges removal of frivolities from weddings, other rites”. Inquirer News. Posted on March 4, 2012. Retrieved March 12, 2012 from

March 13, 2012

Twitter Saves A Couple's Wedding

Couple Lauren Lane and Daniel Welch have been looking forward to their wedding day when  something horrible happened to them weeks before their special day – their wedding venue went bankrupt.

The couple had already shelled out £4,500 for their  wedding venue Chewton Place in Kyensham, UK. Their initial deposit included the cost of the ceremony and dinner reception for 150 guests.

With thousands of pounds worth of savings lost, the bride-to-be made an appeal to Twitter. With a desperate plea for help, Lauren tweeted "Help needed with aspects of our wedding after venue goes bust with 6 weeks to go and with our £4.5k!"

Her bridesmaids and friends all took part in the campaign by tweeting the same message. When celebrities Davina McCall and Dannii Minogue retweeted the same post to their thousands of followers, flocks of wedding suppliers were more than willing to help the engaged couple out.

The tweet that saved a wedding. Photo from

The childhood sweethearts were overwhelmed by the offers they received such as wedding clothes, a pair of gold wedding bands, jewelry and a three-tiered chocolate cake. A make-up artist, a wedding photographer, and a new wedding planner were also willing to offer their services for free or at a reduced rate.

Thanks to the power of Twitter, Lauren and Daniel were able to push through their wedding. Aside from suppliers from the wedding industry, well-wishers helped made their day special. The couple received an estimated
£10,000 worth of freebies, thanks to Twitter followers.

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.com thanks the following source for this article:

Whitelocks, Sadie. “The wedding Tweeting saved: Couple’s big day rescued by
£10,000 celebrity Twitter appeal.” Mail Online. Posted on March 1, 2012. Retrieved March 7, 2012 from

March 2, 2012

Vera Wang Launches Wedding App

Wedding gown designer to the stars Vera Wang launched a new app to help engaged couples plan their wedding. The new app for IPad, IPhone and iPod Touch is called Vera Wang on Weddings and contains everything a couple will need to help plan their special day.

Screenshot of Vera Wang on Weddings App from
The Vera Wang on Weddings app encourages couples to find their own style and theme for their wedding by providing images of wedding dresses, wedding stationeries, bridesmaid dresses, table settings, floral bouquets, jewelry and even wedding favors. There are over 1,000 images from the app library with snapshots from real weddings to look at. People who download the app will also be happy to know that they have an option to save their favorite images as well.

There are also over 100 articles related to wedding planning. Aside from inspirations for a dream wedding, the app also allows couples to keep track of meeting with wedding suppliers, come up with the final count of guest lists, and take note of RSVPs.

Vera Wang has designed many gowns for celebrities and prominent people around world and has finally decided to compile her immense knowledge and experience with weddings.
“I would like a bride to take this app as a suggestion, as encouragement to find out who she really wants to be and how she wants to get married. I hope that what I do … makes this job just a little more pleasurable and a little bit easier for the bride.” Wang says.

The app is free to download now but beginning March 1, 2012, those interested in downloading the app will have to buy it for $9.99.

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.com thanks the following source for this article:

Anderson, Peter. “Vera Wang wedding app launched to help brides and groom plan the day”. Wedding News. Posted on February 23, 2012. Retrieved February 26, 2012 from

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