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Investment on ” Weddings vs. Marriage ” (A Photographers Point-of-View)

Did you ever plan ahead what you want to happen for your wedding? Weddings have always been an exciting moment for couples planning to get married. I’ve met a lot of ladies who are already thinking and planning, who to get for the most awaited day for a woman’s life (And by the way, these ladies are still single). They’ve searched-the-net-till-dawn, hunted and stalked their fave suppliers. Some even “googled” if they (suppliers) are single in relationship status or not. (I know right??? sigh… the wonders of search engine terms feature of wordpress haha). Some couples have been very meticulous and wanted to get the “perfect” style for their pictures, make-ups, gowns, flowers, invites, and other wedding details. Budgets for weddings sometimes overshoot from 500k to a million just to have their perfect dream wedding. (Husbands-to-be, i feel for you… ) . And I do agree… This is just a once in a lifetime event for couples and it is their right to choose or spend for suppliers who would gladly make their wedding extra special and memorable.

But recently, I’ve encountered clients who backed-out and cancelled their weddings for unfortunate reasons. Imagine, just a month before their wedding?. I know and am aware that prepping up for the wedding is stressful enough to push and pull couples closer or farther away from each other. That’s why as a supplier, we always encourage our couples to enjoy the preps because if they don’t, they won’t have anything nice to look back to.

Hmmm, makes you want to think, if we have invested a lot for our dream wedding, shouldn’t we at least, spend as much and invest for our “Marriage”?

Marriage Counseling and Relationship Workshops are two of the best suggestions I can think of. Who ever said, you should just avail them when you have problems? Cars are sent to “casas” for check-ups , why not do a check-up on your relationships as well?

Ask yourself: What is the worth of your marriage compared to the worth of your wedding?

As a Christian, my sure bet for a marriage to work out is to check how both your relationship is with God.

How about you? Have you ever thought of investing more for your marriage than for your wedding?…

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  • Emy - November 19, 2010 - 12:39 pm

    i totally agree with you on that las part… God is and should only be the third party in any marriage, so bring Him in during planning. It would make a big difference. I for one did not get all suppliers I wanted due to budget constraints or schedule conflict but nonetheless the wedding will only be as perfect as you make it. I am definitely enjoying the preps, simply because it’s like a project I am doing with my husband-to-be… in the future when we look back… I’m sure we will not talk about the money we spend or what we did not do but rather than the experience and memories we will treasure for the rest of our lives! Kudos to supplier’s who help their clients to make it a fab memorable day!

  • Dominic Barrios - November 19, 2010 - 12:44 pm

    Hi Emy, thanks for dropping by… Yep! I agree on what you just said.. God bless on your wedding and Advanced congratulations 🙂

  • Don Juan A. - November 22, 2010 - 12:38 pm

    That’s exactly what I told my former fiancé, now my wife, but she knew me too well… She knows I was just being stingy. Haha.

    Kidding aside, I totally agree with you. It broke my heart when I found out a couple of my friends did not push through with their weddings (one broke it off the day before the wedding). My wife and I are not the perfect couple but we continue to work on our marriage every single day.

  • Dominic Barrios - November 24, 2010 - 2:36 am

    It’s really depressing to hear failed relationship stories. But what’s more depressing than marriages that was left broken?
    Don Juan, just continue to pray for your marriage always… Our efforts are not enough compared to what God can do to help us.

  • Yvette Sarmiento - February 1, 2011 - 6:57 pm

    I totally agree with you. I’ve witnessed very simple weddings yet they were much celebrated because we knew what the couple has gone through and how much they have invested in pleasing God in their relationship.

    Keep up your articles. You are a different kind of wedding photog 🙂

  • Dominic Barrios - February 2, 2011 - 2:11 am

    Hi Yvette, Yeah… I really love simple weddings too… we covered weddings who have 30-50 guests only but you can feel that these people are the ones who really care for the couple… I hope weddings are as simple yet intimate as that. 🙂

    Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts… Have a great day..

  • Chad - July 22, 2011 - 12:02 pm

    Hello! I just want to inquire regarding your wedding rates/ packages for January 24, 2012 in Saint Pancratius Chapel. Thank you and more power!

  • Dominic Barrios - July 22, 2011 - 12:14 pm

    Hi Chad, sent you an email already… Thanks and God Bless!

  • Shirley - August 10, 2011 - 12:56 pm

    Hi! We are planning to have an exchange of vows (celebrating our 5th year wedding anniv) on March 2012, and would like to check for your rates. Please send it to my email.

  • hazel banez - January 28, 2012 - 6:51 pm

    hi, please sebd me your wedding rates for january 2013. thanks!

  • Dominic Barrios - January 28, 2012 - 11:59 pm

    sent you my packages already Hazel… Thanks…

  • Jackie Beltran - February 12, 2012 - 12:27 am

    Hi! Could you please send me your wedding packages? Thank you!!!

  • Jacqueline - April 18, 2012 - 5:05 pm


    Hi…could you please send me the packages/rates of full wedding coverage (Photo & Video) here in my email address? or

    thank you in advance…godbless..

  • EMJAY - June 4, 2012 - 8:06 pm

    hi! kindly send me your rates/packages for full photo coverage only… wedding in 2013… thanks a lot.

  • rochelle garcia - June 21, 2012 - 6:22 am

    Requesting for your wedding package rates. Thanks.

  • Dominic Barrios - June 22, 2012 - 1:00 pm

    Sent you an email already Che.. Thanks…

  • Helen Paulette Tapire - June 23, 2012 - 9:22 am

    Before we started planning for our wedding, I and my fiance underwent a series of marriage counselling sessions with our pastor. In our congregation, no couple could marry unless they went through counselling. It’s very important that the couple realize their preparedness for marriage, because it’s a covenant between God and the husband and wife. And while a wedding is very significant in the lives of the couple, it’s just a one-day event. Marriage is to last for a lifetime.

    After the discussion, we realized for ourselves that we are ready to be married, that’s the time we started planning for the wedding.

  • Bernadette Pangilinan - June 26, 2012 - 10:08 pm

    Hi, can you please send me your wedding packages

    Thank you

    Love ur work;)

  • Gladys - July 12, 2012 - 3:25 pm

    Hi kindly send me your wedding packages asap 🙂

  • Dominic Barrios - July 12, 2012 - 3:52 pm

    Hi Glady’s

    just sent you my packages. God Bless!

  • Dominic Barrios - July 12, 2012 - 3:52 pm

    Thank You Bernadette… God Bless!

  • Ivy Pe - July 28, 2012 - 11:36 pm

    Hello, please send me your rates for a 2014 wedding please! Thanks!

  • Dominic Barrios - July 29, 2012 - 7:57 pm

    sent on email Ivy 🙂

  • MJ CADAG - September 8, 2012 - 4:32 am

    hello! kindly send me your rates, wedding in 2013. thank you!

  • Jean - November 8, 2012 - 11:36 pm

    Hi, pls send me your rates for Y2013. Thanks!

  • Dominic Barrios - November 9, 2012 - 2:16 am

    sent you my packages through your email. Thanks.

  • Tin - January 28, 2013 - 11:12 am


    Please send me your wedding package rates for April 2014.


  • Dominic Barrios - January 29, 2013 - 11:57 am

    Email Sent Tin. Thanks.

  • Sheng - January 30, 2013 - 4:08 pm

    Hi! Please send me your wedding rates (including pre-nup) for 2013.

    thanks. Godbless.

  • Dominic Barrios - January 30, 2013 - 4:30 pm

    Replied to your email. Thanks Sheng.

  • joyce - February 9, 2013 - 5:26 am

    hi,can you please send me your wedding packages. thank you..

  • Phyra - September 22, 2013 - 3:52 pm

    hi!.. could you please send me the packages/ rates of youre full weeding coverage? photo and video. here in my email adress.

  • ghee - September 27, 2013 - 4:55 am

    kindly send me you rates fo wedding packages for 2014? als how much is your oot charge if its in batangas. thank you! — ghee

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