There are nine days to go before the wedding of celebrity couple Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera.
Dubbed the Royal Wedding of Philippine showbiz, the couple are in their final preparations for the big day, their schedules getting tighter.
The couple and their fans are excited for what will unfold on December 30!
Here are the latest entries in the Kapuso royal couple’s wedding diary:
November 26: Fans hold send-off party for DongYan
Production numbers and raffle games were organized by representatives of the fan clubs of DongYan at the Tejeros Call in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
Each fan club gave the couple a send-off gift.
“Salamat sa kanila at paulit-ulit ko talagang sinasabi na kung wala sila, walang DongYan. At gusto naming iparating sa kanila na kahit na anong mangyari, e, mahal na mahal namin sila,” were Marian’s grateful words for the fans.
December 3: Despedida de Soltera for Marian
A pre-wedding tradition in the Philippines, this is defined by weddingsatwork.com as “a send-off party held close to the wedding date in honor of the bride-to-be and hosted by her family.”
The butterfly-themed event was mounted by events stylist and designer Gideon Hermosa.
Aside from the Dantes and Rivera families, GMA top executives and friends also attended the event, where Marian wore a Francis Libiran creation.
December 5: Belo Medical Group throws the 6th Bridal Shower for Marian; Marian confirms wedding reception venue
Cristalle Henares of the Belo Medical Group organized this party for Marian, their #BeloBride.
Marian also confirmed to reporters present at the event that the reception for her wedding will be at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
A massive wedding deserves a massive reception venue!
Is the whole nation invited to the wedding?
“Hindi naman, pero gusto kasi naming maimbitahan yung mga taong nandiyan at nagmamahal talaga sa amin. Kahit gusto ko na lahat talaga nandoon, pero siyempre, hindi naman namin kakayanin,” Marian said.
December 6: Dabarkads’ Bridal Shower for Marian
And just when you thought Marian has had her last bridal shower, the Dabarkads at the "Juan for All, All for Juan" segment in Eat Bulaga threw another shower for her, and this one was officially the last.
Marian was touched by the Dabarkads’s gesture.
"Sobrang thankful ako na naging parte ako ng Eat Bulaga! kasi ang daming mga taong nakaka-appreciate ngayon sakin. Ang saya-saya ko kapag nagwa-'Juan For All' ako," she said.
She added that she was able to show people the real Marian through the "Juan for All, All for Juan" segment.
"Sabi ko nga sa sarili ko kahit magkaroon ako ng soap, kahit once a week, gusto kong mag-Eat Bulaga! kasi ang saya ko na walang pretension, walang script. Kung ano yung nakikita ng tao sa ‘yo, yun na yun," she added.
December 11: Caterer for the Wedding Reception was announced
Only sumptuous and delectable dishes are expected to be served at the wedding reception.
The DongYan wedding reception at the MOA Arena will be an Italian banquet, catered by no less than Chef Margarita “Gaita” Fores of Cibo!
Chef Gaita is also behind the restaurants Café Bola, Lusso, and Grace Park.
December 13: Entourage gown fittings continue
As the big day nears, the couple and entourage are busy with the final preparations.
Maid of Honor Ana Feleo and secondary sponsor KC Concepcion visited the atelier of designer Ivarluski Aseron for the gown fitting.
December 15: Invites are out!
December 19: Rehearsal dinner at Kitchen's Best Home Patisserie, Bonifacio Global City
In an interview with 24 Oras, the couple said that one of the topics discussed was security.
December 20: Marian's 8th bridal shower
Just when we thought she had her last official shower, the actress's future mother-in-law Angeline Dantes and her Ninang Jhulz hosted a Darna-inspired shower.
And the #journeytoDday unfolds...