This couple from Bulacan shared an important lesson when getting married—save up for the future.
Bride Paola Bernardo Garcia said she received the “best” wedding gift from her groom Ploy Thadeus Garcia during their intimate Christian wedding last January 16 in Bulacan.
Paola received from her husband a necklace and two passbooks with savings amounting to P1 million.
“Oh my God, pera nga! One million ‘yan. Wow! San galing ‘yun? Ang dami ko nang pera!” Paola was heard saying in the wedding video.
Ploy said that the money will be used for their future family. “Nag-come up ako sa idea na ganun kasi parang gusto ko maging inspirasyon sa ibang tao.”
“Kasi sa panahon ngayon, dapat maging praktikal tayo. ‘Yung mga blessing na natatanggap natin, dapat ginagamit natin ng tama. Kasi syempre pag sinasabing kasal nandun ‘yung gastos kaya from the start pa lang nagusap na kami na dapat ‘yung budget ganito lang tapos di natin kailagan magpakasal ng bongga,” he added.
The couple noted the importance of managing finances before and after the wedding, to plan for a better future as husband and wife.
“Hindi natin kailangan i-please ‘yung ibang tao. Hindi mo kailangan magpabongga ng kasal. Mag-show up. Mas importante, galing tayo sa pandemic, mas OK na maging matalino tayo sa paggastos,” Ploy said.
Paola said a portion of the P1 million came from their savings as a couple.
“Savings namin na natira since pinili namin na mag-intimate wedding lang. Then na shock lang ako kasi nagawa lang niyang one million. So ‘yun’ yung surprise. Hindi ko alam paano niya nasaktong one million. Kasi less than one million or maliit na portion lang ‘yung natira sa sa savings namin. na para nga sa baby tapos para dun sa obligasyon ko,” Paola shared.
The couple said that they decided to conduct a small gathering for their wedding day. They only had 30 guests during the ceremony.
The wedding only cost them P300,000 as they wanted to save up for their future.
“Parang maging praktikal lang na hindi mo kailangan magpakasal nang bonggang-bongga Para ‘yung ibang savings mo, pera mapunta sa mga ibang pang priorities,” the couple stressed.
Paola said she didn’t expect her husband’s wedding gift, given that they’re both “kuripot.”
“Maipon po talaga siya, tapos ano medyo kuripot. Actually, kuripot kaming dalawa. Kaya nagulat ako kasi iba ‘yung kakuriputan kasi nabuo niya ‘yung one million, ‘yung portion nang ganun lang ng savings namin,” she recalled.
The two met in 2016 at a pharmaceutical company where Ploy was working as an engineer while Paola was an intern.
A few months later, their relationship became official. In July 2021, Ploy proposed marriage to Paola after being in a relationship for five years.
Paola and Ploy now enjoy their married life while managing their business. They plan to have a baby soon.
As of writing, the uploaded video on social media has already garnered more than 1.1 million views.