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Contributed by Tina Relampagos
I don’t know if you noticed, but in the past three months your Facebook feed was overflowing with pre-nuptial photoshoots, destination weddings, and fashion designers credited for their beautiful gowns. Summer in the Philippines is smoldering but it’s more manageable than surprise rain shower. Why then is there such as thing as “June Brides” and why is June such a popular month still for weddings here and abroad?
Huffpost Weddings’ Sandy Malone found out that during the Roman times (I’m not kidding with this), they celebrated the goddess Juno – wife and also sister to Jupiter (I know, weird) – on the 1st of June. Juno oversaw the state and was goddess women’s lives; therefore, goddess of marriage and childbirth. Women honored her by getting married in June hoping that she showered them with luck and good wishes. There were also other practical reasons. According to Bride Tide, Regular bathing wasn’t a concern so an “annual bath” took place after spring – end of May to beginning of June. This was a very long time ago, thankfully, and was the best time to get married for obvious reasons. Even in Victorian times, hygiene was still the primary reason or masking bad hygiene that is. It was during this time that flowers are available for decorations and their scent masked…body odor.
June isn’t exactly the ideal month for getting married in the Philippines weather-wise, but we can’t deny that wedding is also about tradition and meaning. As you ponder on your upcoming nuptials or future wedding with Channing Tatum, let’s pay homage to the most welcome trend in Philippine weddings – gowns made by Filipino fashion designers. Here’s a look at some of the sought after artists in the industry:
If you’re not really signing-up for a wedding gown in the near future, you will surely be attending one soon. You know what that means? Wedding gifts. Don’t be a free loading guest and share your love to the newlyweds with these wedding gifts, gifts for the bride, and groom. How about you, who is your favorite local fashion designers for bridal, entourage and wedding guest gowns? Tell us about them!
Photos taken from websites, facebook and instagram accounts as linked in designer name and images.