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There’s gonna be a wedding!

There’s gonna be a wedding!

Before you get too excited, let us stop you – no, it’s not gonna be our wedding this time. If it was, you know you’d all totally be invited to that shindig and it would be nothing short of epic. But anyway…

As you may know, in 2 weeks time we’ll be dusting off our passports for the first time in 21 months (that in itself is just crazy, huh?!) to revisit Singapore and also to spend some time with my family in Northern Mindanao in the Philippines. Originally the purpose of our visit to the Philippines was a sombre one – simply to spend time with my sick grandmother – but now there will be a much happier event during our 48 hours in Surigao.

Barong.

Kieron's Wedding Attire - A Barong.

We’ll be attending a traditional Filipino wedding.

That’s right – my parents, who have been in the Philippines since early this year, have decided to renew their wedding vows on Saturday April 9 after 27 years of marriage. Not just that, I’ll be performing the best man duties at their wedding and Amy will be one of my mother’s four bridesmaids.

And for those of you who know a Filipino, you can guarantee that this is not going to be a small event! While we’re not completely sure of the exact details, we know there’s going to be at least 160 people in attendance (if not plenty more!), a live local band performing, plenty of great food and hopefully plenty of San Miguel flowing at the reception that night.

We also know what we’ll be wearing on my parent’s special day. For me, I’ll be rocking out in a Barong - an embroidered formal garment of the Philippines. Check out the pic to the right, you know you want one!

Meanwhile Amy has a tailor-made dress made from 10 metres (33 feet) of fabric that weighs in at a whopping 1.5kg (3.3lbs). Just wait until you get to see it! She’ll also be getting her hair and make-up done by a professional make-up artist over there prior to the wedding which she’s very excited about.

Staying with my family in Talisay City on our last visit to the Philippines gave us quite the authentic Filipino experience but this just raises it to a whole new level. Keep checking in at Don’t Ever Look Back for photos and stories in mid-late April! Or better yet, subscribe to our RSS feed or get our posts direct to your inbox.

Have you experienced a traditional cultural event in another country such as a wedding? If you have, what was it and how was the experience?

Barong Photo: Wikimedia Commons

9 Comments

  1. Posted March 21, 2011 at 2:40 am | Permalink

    I’ve never been to one but an Indian friend of mine told me that her wedding lasted 3 days. Non stop. Crazy! Can’t wait to see Amy’s dress. I’m sure it will be beautiful.
    jill recently posted..Last Day of Work – Shouldn’t this be fun

    • Posted March 21, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

      Wow, 3 days? I’ve seen videos of my family’s wedding and the nuptials go for hours. Lucky my dad, an Aussie, has said there’s no way he’s doing that because it would get way too hot in the church haha.

      We’ve got Amy’s dress here but will save the photos until after the wedding. It’s very different, but the sewing work that has gone into it is amazing and all for $25!

  2. Posted March 21, 2011 at 3:07 am | Permalink

    That is just sweet! You guys are going to have a blast- you know Filipinos throw really great parties especially weddings.
    Grace recently posted..How I escaped a dangerous scam!

    • Posted March 21, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

      We can’t wait! Gonna be great fun – though I’m a little disappointed that they haven’t got a karaoke or videoke machine for the event! Haha.

  3. Posted March 21, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like fun! I’ve attended a wedding in India and that was just a blast. I have a lot of Filipino friends so I know you guys are going to have a good time too! Wish I could come and share in the festivities! And of course, the food! =)
    Connie recently posted..The MUST Have Item for Hong Kong

    • Posted March 21, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

      We flew pretty cheap from the Philippines to Hong Kong on Cebu Pacific in 2008! I’m sure my parents wouldn’t mind adding a couple more to the guest list! :)

  4. Posted March 22, 2011 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    Eeeee!!! How exciting! =) Weddings are a fantastic way to experience culture and just have an excellent time. We’re attending one in Buenos Aires in May and can’t wait for it. And it’s so special that it’s your parents – that must mean so much to you. Amy’s going to love being spoilt as part of the ladies’ bridal party – I know I felt like a princess during the photo shoots and hair/makeup sessions leading up to our wedding. Have a wonderful time =)
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  5. Posted March 24, 2011 at 2:53 am | Permalink

    Sounds like fun! Can’t wait to see the photos from that one!
    Annie recently posted..Blog4NZ–A Leap of Faith in Queenstown

  6. Posted March 30, 2011 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    How fun! I’m with Amy- I’d totally be looking forward to getting my hair and makeup done!
    Laura recently posted..Montage Monday- Pringles Flavors Abound in SE Asia

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