Sunday, June 29, 2008


Here's something I saw from the Philippine Daily Inquirer lately:

Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 06:02:00 06/29/2008

MANILA, Philippines -

518,595: Total marriages in RP reported in 2005

16: Percentage of those marriages registered in Metro Manila

1,939: Average number of marriages in a day for the month of May, the most preferred month for weddings in 2005

3: Estimated gap in years between the median marrying ages of grooms (27.5) and brides (24.7) in 2005.

P12,000 - P19,000: Estimated price range in pesos of digital photo services. Price covers the services of two photographers and unlimited digital shots to be stored in a CD.

P10,500 - P22,500: Estimated price range in pesos of video coverage services. Price covers the services of one or two videographers and, in some packages, the DVD copies as well as non-linear editing services.

P39,000 - P53,000: Price range in pesos of wedding photo coverage packages offered by local photography studios. These packages commonly include 600 to unlimited digital photos shot by two photographers, as well as albums and frames. Packages also include the CD of digital photos.

P49,000 - P100,000+: Price range in pesos of wedding photo and video coverage packages offered by local photography studios. These packages include the services of both videographers and photographers, as well as raw and edited video clips on DVD in addition to albums and frames for the photos.

P5,000 - P10,000: Rental rates for projectors with screens

P65,000 - P70,000: Estimated number of weddings planned across the United States on July 7, 2007, as estimated by David’s Bridal, the largest US retailer of wedding gowns

20,000: Estimated number of gowns delivered by David’s Bridal for brides in July 7, 2007 weddings

1 million yuan (est. $130,000): Reported cost of basketball star Yao Ming’s wedding to longtime sweetheart Ye Li in 2007

$12 million: Estimated value of the Diamond Wedding Gown, which was unveiled at the premier Luxury Brands Lifestyle Bridal show in February 2006. The gown featured 150 carats of diamonds, and is reportedly the most expensive wedding dress in the world.

1,000: Number of pearls on a wedding dress valued at $8.5 million. Touted to be the second most expensive wedding dress, it was unveiled in 2006 in Dubai’s Fashion and Diamonds show

$55 million: Estimated cost of Amit Bhatia and Vanisha Mittal’s wedding in 2004; Vanisha is the daughter of Indian steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal

$3.5 million: Estimated cost of Oscar-winning entertainer Liza Minelli’s and producer David Gest’s wedding in March 2002, the most expensive celebrity wedding on’s list compiled in 2007

Compiled by Kate Pedroso, Inquirer Research
Sources: National Statistics Office, Inquirer Archives, BBC online,,,,,,,,,

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