Our Wedding Chronicles: The Reception

Our Wedding Chronicles: The Reception

Category: Our Wedding Chronicles


NOTE: I’m making a series of blogs narrating the events last year that led to our wedding on December 22, 2007. I’m making this to share to others and for me and my wife to always remember how we became hitched to each other. This is the sixth blog in the series.


This post was supposed to be an immediate follow-up to my previous post in the Our Wedding Chronicles series but for some reasons, it took me more than 2 months to do this.

After 2 hours of solemn wedding ceremony at the Archbishop Gerard Mongeau Chapel inside Notre Dame University, we arrived at around 11:30 AM at the El Manuel Entertainment and Convention Center for the reception. The place was large enough to accommodate all of our guests which were around 300. At the entrance, they were made to sign at our guest book and signature frame.

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At our entrance, we bursted balloons….

… and my brother Edan popped some confetti. Yippeee!

We were glad that almost all our invited guests made it.

Instead of the traditional doves, we released 35 butterflies to symbolize our entrance into a new life as couple.

The prosperity dance was next. Thanks to our sponsors and friends, they gave us around P25,000 total.

While the guests were eating, we had the slicing of the cake…

… and wine toasting.

Our wedding cake has 8 layers, each cake made of different flavor: fruit, carrot, chiffon, vanilla, mocha and chocolate. At the background is a projected butterfly screen saver. It enhanced the butterfly theme of our wedding. You can download a trial version of that here.

Here’s the cake topper customized by Asia Glass Palace.

We were then given a surprise video presentation made by my sister Bona and his BF Jo. It was nice and funny. Watch it below.

While the guests were eating, we went to each table to distribute our giveaways and have pictures taken with them.

Here are some of them…

… with my high school batch mates at Notre Dame of Kabacan…

… with our GEM – 2 office mates…

… with my lolo and lolas and some friends…

… with the Hilario clan at Cotabato City…

… with the choir, my former office mates at Notre Dame of Midsayap College…

… with Wendy’s high school batch mates at Notre Dame of Cotabato for Girls…

While the pictorials were going on, we were treated to beautiful music by Abs and Adil Casim, my neighbors and friends at our home in Kabacan.

Instead of the traditional bouquet and garter toss, we had this game where we encouraged all the single men to choose their partners (which must be also single of course). I and Wendy held this “thing” with strings of ribbons attached to it (please see inset picture below). The participants were then made to select one string. The pair who has chosen the longest string was put into the spotlight to reenact everything we did. Thank you to Sir Toto Anonat for this cool idea.

Our friends Rey and Maricel got the longest string. I don’t know if it was just a coincidence or destiny because they were eventually married a year later. Flashback to January 2007 at Ate May Ann’s wedding, I and Wendy were also chosen as the “second couple.”

After we opened the largest and smallest gifts given to us, our friends Jerome Rey and Malou gave us their good luck messages.

Before the guests went home, my father Dr. Antonio Hilario and I thanked all the guests who despite their busy schedules, they shared their precious time to witness our event.

I have not noticed it but I was told that my speech took me 10 minutes to deliver. Wendy had to endure standing for such a long time, hehe… You can also watch the video of my speech.

Final pictures taken…

… the very beautiful and lovely bride…

…Wendy’s family to which I also belonged now…

Please also read my related posts at my old site:

Our Wedding Chronicles: Pamanhikan
Our Wedding Chronicles: Engagement Ring
Our Wedding Chronicles: Invitation
Our Wedding Chronicles: Pre-Wedding Preparations
Our Wedding Chronicles: The Wedding


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14 Responses to “Our Wedding Chronicles: The Reception”

  1. Our Wedding Chronicles: Gifts and Giveaways | Says:

    […] a wedding, giveaways are typically given by the couple to guests at the reception party to serve as a memento of that occasion. Of course, we were not an exception to this. Would you […]

  2. Wedding Speech Site Says:

    You both look so cute :) And releasing 35 butterflies? Never seen that one. Anyways, looking forward to some wedding speech videos. Even if they are not in English language it’s always interesting to see facial expressions, gestures and hear the intonation.


  3. ark Says:

    @Wedding Speech Site – we wanted to do something different so we had a butterfly-themed wedding. My thank you speech took me 10 minutes but it was in vernacular. I’ll give you a link to it once I have uploaded it to youtube. :-)


  4. analyn Says:

    oi sayang di kami nakapunta ark. butterfly-themed pla ha? may mga butterflies pa. ang ganda din ng wife mo.


    ark Reply:

    Sayang nga, ganyan man talaga kayo, hehe.. Sympre maganda talaga, hindi nga ako makapaniwala na pumayag pakasal eh, hehe..


  5. Marianne Says:

    Your wedding has a unique concept. It looks neat and joyful too. Congratulations to both of you! :-)


    ark Reply:

    Thank you for the appreciation. :-)


  6. Stuart Maddocks Says:

    I enjoyed my visit and I’ll be back for more soon! You are a very smart person! :)


    ark Reply:

    Thank you. You are welcome to visit back anytime. :-)


  7. Rod Says:

    Very nice concept indeed!


  8. grahamford Says:

    ohhh nice info


  9. Ernesto Says:

    Bihira sa mga lalaki ang gumagawa ng mga ganitong klase na blog. Usually mga babae. Pero ang ganda ng pagkakagawa mo. COngrats sa inyo!


    ark Reply:

    May nagsabi na nga rin dati sa akin nian eh. Pero mas mahilig kasi ako magsulat kaysa kay misis eh. Salamat sa pagdalaw. :-)


  10. Kristyn Tarrence Says:

    This is a neat blog! Weddings are a life changing time and a good wedding speech is something that is always remembered.


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