This April, ABS-CBN artists Coleen Garcia and Billy Crawford will officially tie the knot in a beach wedding.
Coleen shared some details of her wedding preparations in an exclusive interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Enterainment Portal) last February 13.
Less than two months before their wedding, the Kapamilya couple admitted to feeling the pressure especially now that many important details are yet to be finalized.
Like most couples, one of their main concerns was deciding who to include on their guest list.
Coleen explained, "We really don't [want] to leave anyone out and right now, [but] it's looking impossible kasi may makakalimutan talaga.
"It's hard to invite everyone you know lalo na if you're talking about people who you've lost touch with, or not as connected with now as you were before.
"It gets challenging in that way, pero all the people we're connected with now, it's easy to take care of that.
"Pero yung mga for example family members na ang tagal mo nang di nakasama or friends you've known since way back.
"It's hard to remember if you don't see each other anymore also."
THE BEACH WEDDING. Their guest list aside, other important details of their wedding have been ironed out.
Coleen is grateful for her Maid of Honor, Ria Atayde, and her wedding planner, Ycoy Sitchon of La Belle Fete Weddings for helping her execute her dream wedding.
This is probably why Coleen never had any bridezilla moments.
She narrated, "Right now, si Ria, my Maid of Honor, si Ria Atayde, she's on top of everything.
"She's pretty much planning my wedding na with my wedding planner and I'm so grateful for that.
"Kasi yun nga, wala kami masyadong time and everything, and she knows naman what we want.
"My wedding planner and Ria both know us very well so tama lang na sila yung nagpa-plan kasi alam nila yung taste namin.
"At the same time, you know, I wanna be surprised also. I don't want to plan it down to the very last detail.
"Kasi kung ganun, kung may hindi masunod, e, di alam ko agad."
Coleen continued, "I don't wanna clip the wings also of all of our suppliers.
"Because I believe in all of them, magagaling silang lahat, and we chose them for a reason.
"So I want to be able to see that, I want them to be able to surprise us.
"And that can't be done if, you know, I'm hovering over every single detail."
With this much trust on their wedding planner, PEP.ph asked Coleen what made them pick Ycoy and her team of event organizers at La Belle Fete Weddings.
Coleen explained, "Nung una kasi, when we first got engaged, we got so many offers.
"We got so many recommendations as well, and then I Googled top wedding planners.
"Wala siya dun, pero I'm really addicted to researching.
"So Google ako nang Google until I came across their site.
"And their portfolio is really the one that spoke to me na, 'Okay, magkasundo kami sa style, magkasundo kami sa lahat.'
"So I planned a meeting with her and looked even deeper into her portfolio, ang ganda. I really believe in her talaga."
Meanwhile, the couple sought the help of event stylist Gideon Hermosa to style their wedding venue.
Coleen added, "Siya din ang ganda ng portfolio niya. Ang dami niyang sobrang nagawang maganda.
"So right now, I just have so much faith in them."
When asked what their wedding's motif will be, Coleen said they picked "beach colors."
The 25-year-old actress further explained, "I don't want anything overpowering kasi siyempre, kung maraming guest, maganda na may pagka-unison sila.
"Pangit kapag may colors na nag-i-stick out and everything.
"And hirap din magbigay ng single color lang because not everybody naman will be able to follow that so we're trying to find something everybody can wear."