Monthly Archive June 2012

Ilocos: Travel Back in Time

Entering Ilocos is like going back to history. It’s like being transported back in time, in certain eras of the country’s past, where each structure, each street has its own story to tell.

(photo from pinoybackpackers)

Ilocos is a region located in the northwestern part of Luzon, composed of the provinces La Union, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur and Pangasinan. It is one of the most notable regions in the Philippines, home to past presidents and national heroes, where many of the country’s significant events in history transpired. Thus in its heart and core remains relics and mementos of the past, enthralling us with symbols of the richness and diversity of the Filipino culture.

But what makes the split-provinces of Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte a favorite Philippine wedding destination?

(photo from hittnthetrail)

Ilocos Sur is known for the cobblestone streets and preserved ancestral houses in postcard-perfect Vigan City. The whole province is likewise filled with churches, monuments and heritage sites that are remnants of the Spanish occupation. Ilocos Norte, meanwhile, boasts of wide beach shorelines in Pagudpud and other towns, windmills in Bangui, Marcos Museum in Batac City, Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in Burgos, and big old churches all over the province, among others. In a nutshell, these two provinces offer us centuries long of the history of the Filipinos.

With all these attractions, soon-to-weds have come to love the charm and ambience of Ilocos.

Below are some of the invitations we’ve done for Filipino weddings that took place in the provinces of Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte.

This was crafted for the offspring of Ilocos Sur Gov. Luis Chavit Singson and Ilocos Sur Vice-Gov. DV Savellano. A mesmerizing scene in one of the streets of Vigan City was perfectly used as the cover photograph of this boxed wedding invitation for Ryan Singson and Patch Savellano.

Made also for an opulent wedding in Vigan City, this boxed wedding invitation exhibits Filipino ingenuity, with the use of Abel fabric to cover the ecru envelope box. The Abel fabric is the native woven fabric of Vigan City. Carlos and Janina both come from prominent political families in Ilocos Sur.

A wedding in Paoay, Ilocos Norte had this classic wedding invitation with sophisticated letterpressed borders and a striking yellow envelope lining. The wedding ceremony took place at St. Augustine Church in Paoay.

Some Ilocos churches famous for weddings include:

Ilocos Norte Churches

St. William Cathedral in Laoag City

(photo from Eric Subia)

Sta. Monica Church in Sarrat

(photo from Josh Cruz)

Paoay Church (St. Augustine Church) in Paoay

(photo from mynomadichabits)

Ilocos Sur Churches

St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral in Vigan City

(photo from Nueva Segovia Chancery)

Shrine of Santo Cristo Milagroso in Sinait

(photo from byaherangfashionista)

Nuestra Señora De La Asuncion Church in Sta. Maria

(photo from islasfilipinas)

Sta. Lucia Church in Sta. Lucia

(photo from ilocanosphere)

Ilocos as a wedding destination on the whole provides beautiful scenic sites, beach resorts and olden churches that can accommodate you and your guests on your wedding celebration. The mood in the provinces also offers a charming setting, especially for those who are having a Filipiniana wedding theme.

With the fascinating natural wonders, preserved historical sites and beautiful majestic churches, Ilocos will always be a favorite destination, not just for long trips and vacation but also for splendid Filipino weddings.

What Defines Indian Wedding Invitations

Indian weddings are known to be the most extravagant, most opulent weddings in the world. Their weddings are regarded as not just the union of two souls, but also of two families, and deemed as one of the most ritualistic affairs in Indian traditions.

And likewise, this kind of opulence and grandness are very well displayed in their wedding invites – the very first visible mark of the celebration.

Let’s take a look at the qualities and characteristics that make up an Indian wedding invitation.

Bright, radiant colors

Indian wedding ceremonies are usually very colorful. They choose bright colors to signify the tradition, festivity and liveliness of the occasion. In traditional Indian wedding invitations, bright vivid colors are a staple element.

This gleaming pocketfold invitation we made for Kunal and Michelle is comprised of four colors for the four events of their week-long celebration. In this design, beautiful paisley patterns and an icon representing Hindu god Ganesh were excellently used.

A stunningly magical look

Their deep respect for tradition, cultural heritage and national symbols deserve beautiful patterns, icons and details that can represent who they are as a people.

Take a look at the mystifying round icon we designed for Avani and Simha’s plyke brown pocketfold invitation. It provided a magnificent aura that brings you closer to the captivating culture of India.

A lavish ensemble

Because of the different kinds of celebrations that last at least three days to up to three weeks, sets of Indian wedding invitations often come in pocketfold or customized boxes.

Ordered with an itinerary card, welcome kit and menu, this pocketfold invitation set we crafted for Krishnan and Anita invited guests for a fun destination wedding in the Cayman Islands.

Classy, sophisticated appeal

Some Indian couples prefer their weddings in quite formal settings. In such cases, the wedding invitations can adopt the same traditional vibes, but executed in a classy, sophisticated approach.

This horizontal pocketfold invitation of Dhruva and Namita is an example. All white paper with abstracted paisley prints on the pouch and on the envelope lining – a little bit minimalist, but with the same opulence befitting a splendid occasion.

Indian weddings are predominantly defined by Hindu rituals and traditions, but since there are also seven other religions with each of their own wedding practices, the overall tone, style and celebration of Indian weddings may vary depending on the couple’s backgrounds and preferences.

Nonetheless, one thing remains distinctive of an Indian wedding invite: the suite is always a delightful display of love, commitment and national identity. And with Printsonalities’ full customization prowess, almost everything is possible for a grandiose Indian wedding.

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