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6 Thoughtful Ways to Celebrate the Bride-to-Be

by Charlene Co

So, your bestie just announced that she’s getting hitched, which means it’s time to roll up your sleeves and make use of every inch of your Starbucks planner.

Because with every engagement comes pre-wedding activities and tasks that need to be done leading up to the big day—not to mention, planning the perfect gift to buy!

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Before you get caught up in your bridesmaid duties, take some time to celebrate the bride and your friendship. Here are 6 thoughtful ways on how to make her once-in-a-lifetime event even more memorable.

1. Host a casual engagement lunch/dinner

A lunch or dinner with the bride is a great way to gather her closest few and get the inside scoop about when and how her fiancée proposed, and of course, get close enough to see her engagement ring sparkle. We’re pretty sure she has one hell of a story to tell!


The well-loved F1 Hotel Manila brings a prepared by their F&B team.

Returning for another round at F1's covetable buffet? Look forward to well-curated spread with dishes by award-winning Chef Angelo Chubby Timban. They’ve got different stations for everyone to enjoy, from raclette to prime rib, pasta, sushi, and sashimi to name a few. Their deal for a Lunch or Dinner Buffet that's valid daily and comes with free-flowing iced tea is guaranteed to make your celebrations even more memorable.

F1 Hotel Manila
32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City
(02) 908 7888

Dine over a festive Filipino Dinner Buffet with the picturesque Makati skyline as your backdrop at the Firefly Roofdeck Bar of the City Garden Grand Hotel. It’s the perfect setting for intimate dinners with your closest few.

Firefly Roofdeck of City Garden Grand Hotel
8008 Makati Ave. cor. Kalayaan Ave.
(02) 888 8181

2. Organize a bridal shower

Whether it’s your first time or nth time, a significant factor to consider in organizing a bridal shower is choosing the perfect venue where all the guests can relax, let loose and enjoy the planned activities.


Celebrate in style at the The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences in Makati. Their deal for an Intimate Party for 10 in their spacious Loft is the perfect venue for your get-together and without you having to worry about corkage fees.

The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences
119 L.P. Leviste St.
Salcedo Village, Makati

For Inquiries & Reservations:
(02) 828 4774
Fax (02) 828 9141

Ready to belt out your favorite song? Prime Hotel in Quezon City houses the first rentable Virtual Reality Room in the country. Check out their deal for 2-hours of KTV or Virtual Reality, which comes with local beers and barchow.

Prime Hotel
70 Sgt. Esguerra Street
Quezon City

For Inquiries & Reservations:
(02) 962 8000
(0998) 868 0355

3. Have a slumber party just like old times

Girls just want to have fun! Paint the town red and retreat to a plush suite afterwards for a slumber party with the gang. A vibrant nightlife in these key areas of the city awaits you.


Nestled in the bustling Ortigas district, The Linden Suites offers elegant and homey spaces that allows you to move around freely. It also houses a Health Club fully decked with saunas and an indoor pool. Think of it like you’re having your own little spa party!

The Linden Suites
37 San Miguel Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig
(02) 638 7878

After an exciting night of bar hopping in the vibrant Poblacion district in Makati, take a stroll and retreat to your home for the night, The A. Venue Hotel. This stylish hotel is puts right in the center of the city’s hottest spots without having to travel far.

The A. Venue Hotel
7829 Makati Avenue, Makati

For Inquiries & Reservations:
(02) 773 3000
(02) 403 0808
(02) 662 3300
(0917) 881 1566

No one should miss out on the fun—including your furry-friend! Located in the quiet side of Quezon City, The Cirque Serviced Residences is a sophisticated haven that offers numerous lifestyle facilities to keep you busy throughout your stay.

The Cirque Serviced Residences
Circulo Verde, #70 Calle Industria, Brgy. Bagumbayan
Libis, Quezon City
(02) 368 4600
(0917) 837 1317

4. Plan a road trip

Take a road trip and getaway from the city. A quick escape is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the bride and help her relax a little before the big day. This memory with her closest few is one event that she will treasure forever.


Laze in hammocks under the trees, practice yoga, or head out to the beach and surf—sound like the ideal getaway to you? Then make your way to Kahanamoku Bed & Breakfast located in the quiet yet stunning side of Baler. Their Kahanamoku Suite for 6 is the ideal stay for a quiet getaway that will help the bride find her center.

Kahanamoku Bed & Breakfast
Cemento Beach, Barangay Zabali
Baler, Aurora
(0998) 857 4851
(0917) 833 9615

Escape the city bustle with a fun beach getaway at Coco Beach Island Resort in Puerto Galera. You’ll never run of things to do in the resort with their amazing 101 Activities plus, it comes with exclusive discounts with their 3D/2N Loft-Style Heritage Room deal for 6.

Coco Beach Island Resort
Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro

For Inquiries & Reservations:
Cathy, Guen or Apple
(02) 521 5260
(02) 526 4594

Let your hair down and take a road trip to the City of Pines. Its fresh breeze, chilly weather, and beautiful landscape makes the perfect setting to calm the mind. For a cozy stay with the perfect mix of comfort and convenience, we recommend Vybe Travellers Pad. Its 2-BR Suite for 5 offers curated spaces specially made for bonding moments with the gang.

Vybe Travellers Pad
84 Purok 5 Brentwood Village
Brgy. Manuel Roxas, Baguio

For Inquiries & Reservations:
Geraldine Bulak
(074) 620 5373
(0915) 943 6414

5. Pamper Her

When it’s crunch time and the days are becoming more hectic, emotions are running wild, and the wedding is only a few days away—that’s your cue to pamper her! Set an afternoon date to get your nails done or treat her to a soothing rubdown. Trust me, she will thank you for it!


For a quick pick-me-up, The Makeover Lounge in San Juan answers every girl’s beauty needs. You can sink into their ultra plush spa chairs while they refresh your tips and toes.

The Makeover Lounge
G/F 81 Xavier Residences, 81 Xavier St.
Greenhills, San Juan
(02) 577 2994
(0977) 832 5866

Nail&Co is a chic nail boutique in BGC that offers 5-star pampering at its best plus, its Marie Antoinette-inspired interiors make the perfect space to unwind and catch up with your bestie.

2/F Kensington Place, 1st Avenue cor. 29th St.
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
(02) 551 6508
(0915) 103 6233
(0996) 648 4442
(0908) 679 8635

The HUA Spa in Makati is a beautifully ornate spa paradise that boasts of relaxation in the finest luxury and comfort. With premium products and personalized service, they take pampering to a whole new level.

G/F Finman Center, 131 Tordesillas St.
Salcedo Village, Makati
(0936) 966 6002
(02) 833 1495

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About Charlene
Whether she’s jet-setting around the globe, wining and dining in a new restaurant, or basking in the sun at a hidden beach, Charlene Co—a PR and communications specialist and travel enthusiast— always makes the most out of each experience. She is passionate about exploring awe-inspiring destinations, discovering new cultures, and creating new friendships along the way.

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