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Saying ‘Yes’ to Forever: The Dos and Don’ts of Holiday Engagements

The holidays are a time of joy, love, and family – the perfect setting for popping the question and starting your journey towards forever. But before you get swept up in the festive spirit and say “yes” to a holiday proposal, there are some things to consider.

The “Dos” of a Holiday Engagement:

Set the Scene: The holidays offer a plethora of romantic opportunities to propose. Imagine twinkling lights, crackling fireplaces, and snow-covered landscapes as the backdrop for your big moment.

Embrace the Tradition: Consider incorporating holiday traditions into your proposal. Propose under the mistletoe, hide the ring in a Christmas stocking, or make it a grand affair with carols and mulled wine.

Related: Planning the Perfect Christmas Proposal

Involve the Family: The holidays are a time for family gatherings, which makes it the ideal opportunity to involve your loved ones in your proposal. Get their permission, ask them to help with the planning, or even have them witness the moment.

Choose the Right Time: Consider your significant other’s preferences. Are they religious? If so, proposing on a special holiday might be meaningful. Do they prefer intimate moments? Choose a quiet occasion away from the crowds.

Focus on the Meaning: Don’t get caught up in the pressure of holiday perfection. Remember, the proposal should be sincere and reflect your unique love story.


The “Don’ts” of a Holiday Engagement:

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Rush the Decision: Don’t feel pressured to propose just because it’s the holidays. Make sure you’re both ready for this important step.

Overspend on the Proposal: While a little extravagance can be magical, prioritize a meaningful gesture over a lavish display. Your partner will appreciate the thoughtfulness more than the price tag.

Overshadow the Holiday: While your proposal is significant, remember that the holidays are for everyone to enjoy. Don’t overshadow other celebrations or traditions.

Forget to Plan: Even with the festive spirit in the air, some planning is crucial. Choose the location, practice your speech, and ensure everything is in order to avoid any hiccups.

Neglect the Ring: The ring is a symbol of your commitment, so choose it carefully. Consider your partner’s style and taste, and ensure it’s something they’ll cherish forever.

Holiday Proposal Ideas:

A cozy night by the fire: Light a fire, decorate with lights and candles, and propose while enjoying each other’s company.

Christmas morning surprise: Hide the ring in a Christmas stocking or under the tree for a heartwarming surprise.

A snowy walk in the woods: Find a secluded location with a beautiful wintery backdrop and pop the question amidst the quiet beauty.

A festive dinner party: Propose during a toast at a holiday dinner party with your loved ones present.

New Year’s Eve fireworks display: As the clock strikes midnight and fireworks illuminate the sky, declare your love and start your new year together.

Getting Engaged on Holidays

While a holiday engagement can be romantic and memorable, remember that it’s a significant decision that requires preparation and consideration.

Discuss your expectations and desires with your partner beforehand to ensure you’re both on the same page.

Let Mimi Ebichi Events Help You Plan Your Perfect Proposal

Planning a holiday proposal can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time. Mimi Ebichi Events, a multicultural wedding planner in the DMV area, is here to help you create a magical and stress-free proposal that celebrates your love story.

Our experienced team will help you design a proposal that reflects your unique personalities and preferences. We can handle all the logistics, from finding the perfect location to coordinating with vendors and family members.

We’ll ensure your proposal is seamless and unforgettable, leaving you with cherished memories for years to come.

Book a FREE wedding planning consultation with Mimi!

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Happy Holidays and congratulations on your upcoming engagement!

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How to Pick The Right Wedding Caterer

Choosing the right wedding vendors is no easy task. For most couples, it takes a couple of weeks, months even, on selecting the right wedding supplier and vendor for them. Thus, picking the right wedding caterer is no different at all. Since food is the total crowd-pleaser of any wedding, it is very crucial in the whole wedding preparation process. But don’t fret! Here are some tips on how to spot a reliable wedding caterer.

1. Wedding Venue Package

If your chosen wedding venue already comes with an in-house caterer, then this part would be easier for you. However, the downside of settling to a wedding venue and caterer package is that you have lesser room for negotiation. While your wedding reception comes with a venue-caterer package deal, you could still work your way around getting a nice discount or extras. Since cash is beloved by all, you could politely ask your caterer if they offer some valuable discounts or extras for clients like you who are willing to pay in full!

How To Pick the Right Wedding Caterer

2. Compare, compare, compare

It never hurts to come up with a considerable list of preferred caterers. This will allow you to carefully weigh in the pros and cons of each caterer on your list; especially in terms of their package deals, the quantity of service, the scope of service, and quality of food above all. The easiest way to do this is to interview them and do initial research by visiting their website. This would help you build up your expectations towards the particular caterer. 

3. Finalize your budget

The general rule is to never consider interviewing any caterer without a set budget and final guest list. All caterers would gladly offer you a package that would suit your guest count and budget, so it is best for both parties to meet at a common ground. This way, it would be easier for you to negotiate and even compare which caterer offers the best package for your needs. 

4. Food tasting is a must!

How To Pick the Right Wedding Caterer

Before signing the contract with your chosen caterer, make sure to have a food tasting first. It goes without saying that no matter how good the deal was, the quality will always be the real deal. Consider your caterer as one of your wedding investments that require time and careful planning. Remember that the food in your reception will always be the crowd-pleaser. 

At Mimi Ebichi Events, we are proud of our commitment and dedication to providing the quality of service that our clients deserve. We put value in our clients’ investment in hiring a wedding planner by giving them the best and memorable wedding experience ever. Let us be a part of your dream wedding by signing up for our FREE consultation today! 

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How to Plan Your Wedding Reception: 5 Top Advice

A nice wedding celebration will not be complete without a fun-filled and well-prepped wedding reception. For most couples and their guests, wedding receptions are one of the most-awaited parts of a wedding. So, what better way to plan a wedding reception than to learn from the wedding expert? 

1. First things first!

Finalizing the wedding date is the first step before actually scouting for a wedding venue. Your wedding date plays a significant role in planning your wedding reception because it will determine the availability of the wedding venue. For instance, since the time of the year greatly affects the availability of venues, it is easier and recommended to plan a winter wedding because this is not a peak season. This gives couples ample time and freedom to prepare and choose their desired wedding reception venue. 

2. Determine your budget

As it goes without saying, couples should agree on a ball figure before going down the details of the wedding reception. The whole wedding celebration, not just the wedding reception, circles around the wedding budget. This will help couples to carefully plan and select which vendors to hire, which location to choose, and all other elements needed for the wedding reception. So before jumping into the decisions, finalize the wedding budget first! This will spare you from going overboard and overshooting the budget. 

3. Consider your wedding guest list

How to Plan Your Wedding Reception: 5 Top Advice

You would not want to choose a reception that cannot accommodate all your guests. To prevent this from happening, make sure that the guest list is partially finalized before availing of a wedding reception venue. Your reception should be fun, comfortable, and as worry-free as possible. Therefore, choose a date and place where all your guests will be accommodated and available. It is also important to note that now that we have stricter health protocols, wedding receptions should comply with the minimum health protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

4. Food is also essential!

How to Plan Your Wedding Reception: 5 Top Advice

And of course, one of the most important elements in your wedding reception is the food. Food is the total crowd-pleaser, so it is very important to carefully select the menu for the wedding reception. Make sure that it will feed all the guests including the wedding staff and all other manpower. Be careful though, as some foods are perishable and could not contain their freshness over time. Choose a menu that’s delectable and fresh for the whole duration of the reception. 

5. Seek professional assistance

Wedding receptions are very crucial in any wedding celebration. That is why it is important to invest in a reliable and seasoned wedding planner. A trusted wedding planner takes charge of managing the day-to-day processes and overall preparations for the wedding ceremony as a whole. It is important to seek professional assistance from a trusted wedding planner because they’ve got experience in project management which includes laying out the right timetable, choosing the best wedding vendors, and scouting for the perfect wedding reception venue. 

At Mimi Ebichi Events, we value the trust of our clients by giving them only the best wedding – from preparation to post-celebration. Through our years of service combined with a passion for weddings, we are proud to make our clients the happiest couples during their big day. Be one of them and book a FREE consultation today! 

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Are You Planning a December Wedding? Here are 5 Tips

December is packed with celebrations, food, and family time. But did you know that it is also one of the most sought-after seasons of the year to tie the knot? If you love everything that makes the Christmas holidays very special, then you have all the reasons to have a December wedding! Below are some tips on how to pull off a wedding in a season of merriment and festivity.

1. Choose a reliable wedding venue

Outdoor or indoor winter weddings do not matter. However, you must be ready should Mother Nature decide to shower a blizzard instead of snow onto your event graciously.  If the temperature drops and the only option is to hold the entire event indoors, make sure that your chosen wedding venue is capable to hold the ceremony up way to the reception portion. Plus, partying inside and peeking out on a chill day makes a sense of coziness that will bond you and your guests. 

Are You Planning a December Wedding? Here are 5 Tips

2. Monitor the weather and traffic conditions 

Bad weather means horrendous traffic; so be updated on the possibilities of travel hazards and make sure to inform your valued wedding guests beforehand. It is also important to take note of the extra time for travel to your ceremony no matter how near or far they are coming.  Lastly, make them feel at ease regarding their vehicle parking slots.  You do not want them to shovel a pile of snow before taking off from the event.

3. Secure a wedding insurance

Winter weather, especially during the Christmas season, is always unpredictable and therefore could be challenging.  A blizzard can ruin most of your wedding preparations. Because of this, it is best to seek advice with the help of your trusted wedding planner on securing a wedding insurance policy. 

4. Make your wedding guests feel comfortable

Are You Planning a December Wedding? Here are 5 Tips

One of the things that you have to consider when having a Christmas wedding is the comfort of your guests. Your guests may feel a little chilly during the wedding reception. To address this, make sure that the wedding venue is warm and cozy enough to make your guests feel comfortable. It is best to seek the advice of your reliable wedding planner and venue coordinator for heating amenities like fire pits to make the place cozy. 

5. A Candle-lit Wedding Theme

Winter weddings never go out of style with a candle-light theme! Aside from its elegance, it is very sustainable and friendly to the environment.  Plentiful candles with great wine and a hearty meal will also be an instant crowd-pleaser. It will truly add an extra wintry romance paired with smooth jazz, romantic music playing in the background.  

 

Planning a winter wedding can be truly magical and romantic given the snow and cozy feel that can create memorable stunning photos. At Mimi Ebichi Events, we believe that weddings should be celebrated with bliss and elegance no matter what the season is! We specialize in making your wedding celebrations special and worth the investment. Book a free consultation with us today! 

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Getting Engaged During the Holidays: What to do Next?

It is not a secret that Christmas time is the best chance to pop up the big question. It is not only a season of merriment and joys but also a season of romance! While celebrating your wedding engagement during the holidays sounds exciting, there are still some factors to consider. Below are some of the tested and proven tips on how to pull off a wedding engagement amidst the Christmas rush.

1. Make it intimate and personal. 

For most couples, Christmas Eve dinner is a good time for a wedding proposal because this meal enhances the wonderful holiday feeling.  You have the choice to have it witnessed by your loved ones and close relatives to their delight or have it expressed in an intimate dinner for two. 

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2. Make your New Year’s Day one for the books

A proposal with a big bang on New Years Day is another bright tip on getting engaged during the holidays. Any engagement happening on or right after midnight is considered a New Year’s Day engagement- and we know that a lot of couples like to jump-start the new year right with a kiss, cuddle and dance amorously with a proposal!

3. Use the holiday season to spark your creativity

Proposing during the holiday season inspires you to get creative and unique in coming up with a wedding theme. The wide array of Christmas seasons and holiday pegs will give you plenty of ideas on how you want your wedding reception to be celebrated. 

4. Look for collaborators or accomplices 

Getting Engaged During the Holidays: What to do Next?

Having a reliable bunch of people to help you keep things secret is a good thing to consider. A sibling or a best friend just knows the right approach leading to a proposal that your sweetheart would love. Or perhaps, a close buddy can be the best guy to set up the scene and cues before popping the question! 

5. Dedicate everything, every moment  for the engagement day

Getting up in the morning with great anticipation of what’s going to happen on your upcoming proposal scene is enough to keep you excited and energetic all throughout the day.  Never leave a dull time after proposing, hop right away to a place for yourselves and enjoy the rest of the day or evening.  Or If you are too excited to announce your engagement, try a day when you’ve got a waiting party to head to later on.

However you plan your wedding engagement, one thing is for sure – it has to be special, personal, and romantic! We at Mimi Ebichi Events make every moment special – from the wedding engagement, wedding preparation, up until the wedding day itself. We are committed to bringing you a blissful and unforgettable wedding experience with a touch of our craft. Book a free consultation today! 

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Weddings During and After the Holidays: Yay or Nay?

There are couples who opt to celebrate their love during the most wonderful time of the year. Sure, this is a time for merriments, festivities, and all the people are in celebratory mode. Indeed, weddings during the Holiday season bring about a distinct mood and bliss.

However, there are also cons that need to be considered. As much as the season is one of the happiest times of the year, it is also the season where people spend the most money on. Here are the following possible scenarios that you may want to evaluate before deciding to have a Christmas and post-Christmas wedding:

1. Everyone is a busy bee
Holidays are meant to reconnect with families and friends. Because reunions and year-enders are just around the corner, people are busy with their last-minute shopping, buying presents, prepping up meals, and other preparations alike. The Christmas season is also a time where most of us have hectic schedules. Because of this, there is a good possibility that some guests might regretfully turn down your wedding invitation simply because of their busy schedules. You may want to consider that some guests may spend their Holidays out of town with their families which makes it extra difficult for them to attend your wedding.


2. Rates and Availability of Services
There are vendors and caterers that charge at a much higher rate during the Holiday season. If you are on a tighter budget, then the Holiday season might not be an option for you. Some caterers and vendors also spend their Holiday breaks, and you may not get the desired date that you have initially planned. Plus, you will be just one of their enormously many clients during this season that which may compromise some of your expectations of these vendors.

Read: How Do I Plan a Nice Wedding on a Budget?


3. Availability of the Venues
As mentioned in the previous item, vendors and caterers work under great saturation and pressure during the Holiday season. Venues for receptions are of course, under no exception at all. It may be difficult to book a good venue for your reception during the Holiday season because of the huge demands of clients. Usually, some venues are already fully booked for December just about 6 months prior to the Holiday season. Add to that is the threat of Covid. So that means, there might be less availability of venues to choose from.


4. Your wedding might just be one of their ‘to-do’ lists
The harsh reality is, celebrating your wedding during the Holiday season might not get the spotlight it deserves. For one, people are busy with their own Christmas celebrations with their families, and some may opt to just stay at home due to pandemic health concerns. People would be busy thinking about their own Christmas celebrations in this challenging time and this may cause them to give secondary attention to your wedding.

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In Mimi Ebichi Events, we make sure to give you only the best of celebrations and services for all seasons of the year. We are committed to delivering efficiency and quality of wedding planning services, simply because we value your once-in-a-lifetime wedding celebrations.