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Why Washington DC is the Best Place to Marry

There is no denying that Washington is one of the best cities to get married in. If you are looking for a sign to marry in this wholesome city, go for it! Today we are showing you reasons why weddings in Washington are surprisingly unique.

READ: Little Known Tips That Will Make A Huge Difference In Your Planning

Inclusivity

Washington DC is the inclusive community that we all need. Regardless of your political affiliations, they still give out your marriage licenses. This is an assurance that no matter where you and your partner stand, you can still get your license here. That goes to show that everybody, regardless of color, can get married in Washington!

Read: What You Need To Know About Changing Your Last Name 

Multicultural weddings in Washington DCEvery color, gender, and sexuality is recognized!

Since we mentioned inclusivity, Washington takes pride in recognizing the LGBTQ+ community by honoring same-sex marriages. That’s one whole major reason to get married in the best city!


Incredible accommodations

Booking hotels for your wedding guests will not be an issue at all. In Washington, you will never run out of room accommodations because there are literally hotels on every street!


Your guests would love the city!

If you marry in Washington, you will never have to worry about entertaining your guests. There are lots of museums, cozy rooftops, and five-star restaurants. You will never run out of things to do while you are in the city.

READ: Invitation Etiquette: Wording, Mailing, and Other Important Details

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Amazing wedding venues

Since Washington is the heart of museums, restaurants, backyard mansions, and romantic rooftops, choosing a wedding venue will be as easy as pie. There are literally many options to choose from, especially when you want to consider your wedding budget  and guest size.

READ: Things You May Have Forgotten To Put In Your Wedding Budget 

Diverse cuisine

Not only is inclusivity the best feature in Washington, but it is also the perfect city for when you want to do a multicultural wedding. Food in Washington is very diverse; so much that its cuisine fits just perfect for any culture-specific cuisine. You want to skip chicken or beef on your menu? No problem!

 

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Mimi Ebichi Events is not your typical wedding planner. We take pride in delivering the best multicultural weddings in Washington DC and nearby cities through our utmost commitment and immeasurable service.

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Planning Your Wedding? When to Hire A Wedding Planner

Wedding planning is not always about fun and excitement. In reality, wedding planning starts from deciding over a wedding budget to work on. While there could be many factors influencing your wedding budget, investing in a reliable wedding planner sets the bar.

But the real question is, WHEN do you need to hire a wedding planner?



Soon after you pop the big question.

Of course, this is the ideal setup. Soon after breaking out the good news to everyone, the next big thing is to start looking for the best wedding planner in town. The key point to remember here is that the earlier you seek professional help, the better.

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Investing in a wedding planner much early on the preparation will help you in making the first few major decisions that you are about to make for your wedding. These include the following:

+ choosing your wedding theme

+ choosing your venue

+ scouting for wedding vendors

+ drafting the guest list

READ: How Much is Too Much in Making a Guest List?

 

After deciding on a wedding budget

A more practical option is to hire a wedding planner after you have finally decided on a working budget (READ: Things You May Have Forgotten To Put In Your Wedding Budget). We know for a fact that your budget (aside from creativity and time management) is the backbone of the whole preparation itself.

Different wedding planners have different rates, but one thing is for sure – you should experience what your hard-earned money is for. So when looking for a wedding planner, you want someone who is:

+ Reliable when it comes to managing appointments and showing up on time.

+ Best at time management; someone who knows how to budget the timeline of events and pacing of the whole wedding preparation.

READ: Little Known Tips That Will Make A Huge Difference In Your Planning

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+ Superior when it comes to creativity and resourcefulness. A good wedding planner comes with an immeasurable amount of ideas specifically to suit your sense of style and creations.

+ Best at establishing good working relationships with vendors and suppliers.

+ Flexible and adaptive to any unforeseen circumstances (READ:
8 Wedding Horrors and How to Avoid (or Deal with) Them!) and changes in the wedding plans.

+ A good wedding planner has a set of plans A-Z just in case things would not work out as expected.

 

Before choosing a wedding theme

Now, this is a common mistake that most couples tend to overlook. Do not freak out on choosing the perfect wedding theme just yet! Getting professional help from a wedding planner will spare you from “over conceptualizing” your wedding theme. It is part of the wedding planner’s craft to conceptualize your ideas and styles in mind and wonderfully turn it into a wedding theme itself. 

Fairytale wedding themeNow that we have suggested all the ‘whens’ in hiring a wedding planner, the answer is simple – hire a wedding planner the soonest time possible. Investing in a wedding planner will provide you a proper and efficient flow in your whole wedding preparation journey.

In fact, hiring a wedding planner will give you the ultimate guide for the best wedding preparation ahead of you.

 

Mimi Ebichi Events specializes in the craftsmanship and wonders of planning, organizing, and executing well-laid-out wedding celebrations. We put value in our commitment to deliver outstanding results to satisfy the needs of our clients. While there is no such thing as an actual perfect wedding, we make sure to give back beyond the trust and investment you put in making us part of your big day.

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Bride Diaries: Wedding Planning Chaos and Where to Find Help

One remarkable reality that we live by in the wedding industry is that there is no such thing as a PERFECT wedding preparation. Planning your dream wedding is not at all fun and games. While there are several bridal fairs and wedding magazines out there, a fact remains that there will always be unforeseen circumstances and obstacles to conquer along this wedding journey.

With our significant craft and experience at wedding celebrations every season, we are committed to making your wedding preparation fun and manageable as you begin to encounter 5 common wedding chaos as well as coming up with solutions to those.

1. Establishing Connections.

From our previous blog, we discussed the ways on how to jumpstart your wedding preparation after breaking out the great news to everyone. One of which includes scouting for a venue and seeking early professional help from a reliable wedding planner. Many wedding obstacles root back from the need of establishing strong connections to vendors, suppliers, and even venue coordinators. But first and foremost, those essential connections cannot alone be established without the help of a reliable wedding planner.

Your trusted wedding planner gains so many business connections and a wide network from previous wedding experiences – one that you could benefit from investing and trusting the craftsmanship of your wedding planner. Once connections are secured, it will be a lot easier to make certain negotiations (and even special wedding requests) along the way.


2. Drafting the Guest List.

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We have said it a thousand times before and we will say it again, it is important to draft TWO SECTIONS within your draft guest list. List A refers to immediate, non-negotiable guests while List B pertains to people whom you feel will not be much of a big deal whether they attend or not. List B is also considered as the waitlist wherein in case anyone from list A changes his/her mind, someone from the List B can take in the slot.

Dividing your guest list into two partitions will make it easier for you to have an early estimate for the number of seats to avail, supplies of food, wedding favors, and most especially the type of venue to rent.


3. The Wedding Budget.

In reality, discussing the wedding budget always takes place right after couples celebrate their engagement. For some, they already have a budget in mind even before popping the ‘big’ question. Everything, and we mean everything, draws back from the decided wedding budget to work on. This is the reason why discussions about how much money to spend on your wedding must be carefully considered among many other factors before setting up a date, venue, number of guests, and vendors.


4. Bridal Parties/Rehearsal Dinners

It is a common case among couples to be very preoccupied with the wedding preparations themselves. Often, they tend to overlook prepping up for a glamorous bridal party and intimate rehearsal dinner with their guests. Note that these two occasions are distinct from the wedding celebration itself which also require special attention and preparation. Bridal parties and rehearsal dinners call for a generous amount of time as well.

That is why it is very essential to invest in a wedding planner that is highly skilled in time management, scheduling, organizational tasks, and very keen on details. An efficient wedding events planner always makes sure that all errands and activities align together and is going right on track; even if it means preparing altogether for the wedding, bridal parties, and rehearsal dinners. Remember, your bridal party and rehearsal dinner will put a remarkable Impression on your guests with how much you have prepared for this big wedding celebration. Go and invest in the right people!


5. Last-Minute ‘Shockers’

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As we have mentioned, no matter how much couples put in the time, energy, and resources for their big day, a last-minute change of plans and unforeseen circumstances are always around the corner that seems inevitable already. A wrong hem in the gown, a sudden turn down of invitation from a wedding sponsor, a change of supplies from the vendors, an incomplete wedding favor, and all the ‘shockers’ you could think of during the last few days (or even hours!) before the wedding are the stories that wedding planners live by. Their grace under pressure to manage these turns of events weighs more than gold. Luckily, such chaotic wedding experiences harness them to always run for solutions and alternative plans – all for the satisfaction that their client deserves.

Mimi Ebichi Events specializes in the craftsmanship and wonders of planning, organizing, and executing well-laid-out wedding celebrations. We put value in our commitment to deliver outstanding results to satisfy the needs of our clients. While there is no such thing as an actual perfect wedding, we make sure to give back beyond the trust and investment you put in making us part of your big day.

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Groom Diaries: What to Do After Popping the Big Question


If you are a groom-to-be reading this post right now, congratulations! You have come to the right place.

Asking the ‘big’ question to her is challenging enough – it could have cost you a bunch of sleepless nights, what-ifs, several rehearsals in front of the bathroom mirror, asking your intimate friends for advice, and so on. Now that she finally said yes, it is time to take your word into action!

Below is the ultimate groom’s guide list that will help you know the next step towards wedding planning.


1. Let everybody know the great news.

Now that she finally said yes, it is time to have the ‘talk’ with both families. This conversation informs everyone in the family about your intention of a wedding. Apart from that, this talk discusses your possible plans on where and how to settle as a couple, as well as the wedding budget.

Take note, however, that although the wedding budget can be a sensitive discussion, it is safe to just come up with an approximate working budget that can change as the preparation goes along. Deciding over a budget is a great determinant to the next steps that you are about to make for your wedding – the venue, date, guest list, wedding favors, and so on. In short, it all starts from your wedding budget.

Read: How Do I Plan A Nice Wedding On A Budget


2. Set the date! Set the wedding dateAfter breaking out the big news and deciding over a budget, the next decision to make is the wedding date. The wedding date is a pre-cursor to the overall timeline of the wedding preparation. It gives you an idea of how much time you have to make all the wedding errands too. Generally, it takes almost a year of preparation for a well-thought-out wedding celebration.


3. Hire a wedding planner.

Now that you have a wedding date already, it is now time to scout for the best wedding planner in town. Some couples even opt to hire a wedding planner as early as one week after the proposal. The rule of thumb is the earlier you get professional help, the greater the chance to execute the wedding preparation smoothly.

Hiring a wedding planner saves you from all the unnecessary stress – from the sudden change of plans, negotiation with vendors and suppliers, setting up appointments with the couturiers, venue coordinators, ocular venue inspection, sending out wedding invites, and the list goes on.

Think of your wedding planner as a one-stop-shop for all your wedding needs – from planning, negotiating, organizing the schedules, appointments, and event planning for your post-wedding celebration and honeymoon. Your wedding planner is also your creative director in terms of the most distinct and fresh ideas for a wedding theme and style. To cut the chase, hiring a professional and reliable wedding planner for the first weeks of your wedding preparation will make the tasks less overwhelming and more bearable to conquer.


4. Scout for the reception venue

After careful considerations have been made, scouting for a reception venue with your wedding planner is the best next move to make. In some cases, the availability of a venue can greatly affect or influence your preferred wedding date. There are even couples who are willing to adjust the date of their wedding just so they could reserve a date for a particular venue. In any case, it is best to consult with your wedding planner as she/he has a lot of venue ideas that would also suit your wedding theme and preferences.

Read: What To Consider When Choosing A Wedding Venue

This brief and concise groom’s guide list is meant to give you a grasp of how to manage the first few weeks of your wedding preparation. While it is inevitable to feel overwhelmed with huge tasks and major decisions to make ahead, the best choice regardless is to hire a reliable wedding planner that is capable of coming up with a timeline for the whole preparation journey.

The right wedding planner brings to the table a myriad of trusted wedding vendors and suppliers, is especially gifted in crafting diverse wedding themes and ideas across different cultures and settings, and has the experience of working under pressure.

If you and your fiance are hyper-busy individuals, all the more you should consider hiring a wedding planner sooner than later.

 

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The ULTIMATE Wedding Planning Guide for the Newly Engaged

“We are finally getting married!” is probably one of the most fascinating and exciting lines to hear and say. But after all the best wishes and congratulatory messages, what comes next? Below is the ULTIMATE guide for every type of brides and grooms-to-be we wish we had known.

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12+ months

No worries, we still got plenty of time…


1. Scout for a wedding planner, ASAP
After finally breaking the great big news to the whole family and friends, consider allotting generous time to actually scout for a reliable and well-experienced wedding planner. There are couples who deliberately hire a wedding planner the day after their engagement, some a few days after, and even weeks after the engagement. The thing is, the earlier you hire a wedding planner, the sooner you get professional help from the start of your preparation up until the day of your wedding. Most importantly, hiring a planner at a later month may cause you some major changes in the timeline of your wedding activities too.

Related: Why Should I Hire a Wedding Planner?


2. Do the ‘talk’
This conversation must include the preferred wedding date and discussions regarding the wedding budget. More so, it is best to decide as early as possible who gets to contribute to what. The tough talk about the wedding budget could be a lot easier if you break down the expenses into percentages and categories. For example:
Wedding reception: 50%
Wedding attire: 30%
Wedding favors and gift baskets: 20%


3. Come up with a wedding style and theme
Deciding on a wedding theme and style to follow will give a generous amount of allowance for revisions, mistakes, and overall changes in the wedding theme. Back from our previous blog, we have come up with a guide on how to pick the best wedding theme that would suit your style and ceremony.


4. Wedding dress and veil styles
Similar to the theme, early preparation for the wedding attire gives a lot of room for improvement, changes, and final touches. You do not want to be cramming over an unfinished hem or an oversized waist a few days before the big day. So as much as possible, deciding on what style to follow will lead to an early gown fitting and will allow you to ask for special favors and modifications on your dress.

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Related: All About Wedding Gowns


5. Choose who to include in the entourage
The entourage will play a very essential role in the whole celebration, most importantly in the ceremony itself. As early as now, contact your closest friends and family members whom you would like to include in your entourage, just so you can make unnecessary changes in the event that they could not come to your wedding day.


6. Ensure your wedding ring insurance as well as consider purchasing wedding insurance
This is something that most couples often overlook. Unforeseen circumstances are always around the corner during the wedding journey; that is why it is always best to invest in being secured and protected just in case an event happens where assistance and aid are needed.


7. Rough guest list
A rough guest list is a messy (yes, you read that right) list of the many people that first come into your mind. It is okay to have a rough list with an enormous number of guests in it, because as the big day draws nearer, eventually you will have to cut down the list. What is important is that you have already drafted a good number of people that you want to celebrate with.


8. Plan ahead of time.
One shared belief of almost all wedding planners is to always be ahead of time. A couple of months away from the wedding celebration, these wedding planners already organize a timeline of activities, set schedules and appointments with suppliers and vendors, and put just about enough time allowance for unforeseen circumstances and sudden changes in plans. By and large, wedding planners definitely ace at the time management department.

10-11 months

Hustle, hustle, hustle…

1. Choose a venue
In venues whose location is strategic and very in-demand, we suggest that you book this 12+ months prior to your big day. This is to give you the chance and the privilege to choose a date and time of your choice.

Related: What to consider when choosing your wedding venue

 

2. Choose bridal and groom accessories
During the earliest stages of your preparation, you must have come up with a wedding style and dress already. With this, choosing the best accessories is no biggie for you at all. The reason why you should plan ahead of the time anyway is to give you a chance to scout for better jewelry stores and plenty of accessories that cater to your fashion.


3. Engagement photoshoot
An engagement photo shoot is one of the many ways of sharing your love and great news with your friends and families. This commemorates your life together as you welcome a new journey ahead of you. We suggest having an engagement photoshoot 10-11 months away from the big day while there is still not much stress from the preparations. You certainly do not want to cram a photoshoot that is 2 months shy away from your wedding!

Why invest in wedding videography

Related: Why You Should Invest in Wedding Videography


4. Book an officiant
Regardless of the type of ceremony that you plan to observe, the officiant may come from a referral, choice of the family, or of the couple, and other factors alike. With this, a wedding officiant can also have a hectic schedule which would likely require you to book ahead of time.


5. Establish connections with a wide array of vendors and suppliers
You may do so with the help and assistance of your wedding planner. By and at large, your wedding planner already has his/her own list of trusted and proven vendors which he/she may recommend to you. Establishing connections early on will give you the chance to negotiate certain packages and arrangements for your celebration.

Related: 10 Things Wedding Vendors Wish You Knew


6. Finalize the guest list
In one of our blog posts, we discussed the importance of List A and List B. in this stage of your preparation, you should have a final list of your guests already as this will serve as the springboard for sending out the wedding invites – most especially for guests who live outside the country.


7. Send out invites on the immediate guests
Now, this is another reason why finalizing the guest list is so important. When the list is already final and agreed upon by both parties, you can now send out the wedding invites to your immediate guests. Immediate guests are the people whose attendance at your wedding is strictly non-negotiable; this may include your parents, of course, childhood friend, high school or college best friend, closest cousins, and the like.


8. Establish a routine!
Prepping up for your wedding also entails disciplining yourself and your lifestyle. While it only takes 30 days to form a habit, some routines require a lot more time to establish. For instance, you could use this time to build up a sustainable fitness routine accompanied by a good skincare routine too. But most importantly, learning how to have a good night’s sleep is important to keep you productive and motivated for another preparation day.

8-9 months

Keep moving!


1. Scout and book hotel accommodations for out-of-town guests
Obviously, booking a room accommodation for your out-of-town guests will require you a hefty amount of time just for scouting alone. You would want to give your visiting guests the warmest welcome there is, so you need to make sure to get the best reservations for them ahead of time.


2. Arrange suppliers for wedding favors
Your guests will probably look forward to your wedding favors. 8 months prior to your wedding, you may want to start calling a pool of suppliers who could produce the wedding favors according to your chosen style and theme. Again, your wedding planner already has a personal list of the trusted suppliers in town and you may want to seek help and assistance for that.


3. 2nd rollout of invitations
Now that you have already sent out your invites to your immediate families and friends, it is now time to send your invitations to the next line of priority. The second rollout of invitations is dedicated to friends and some distant relatives whose presence at your wedding is more flexible. Meaning, whether they come or do not, it will not be that much of a big deal to you.


4. Begin planning the honeymoon
One of the most thrilling parts of this journey of course is the honeymoon. Take this as a time to go back to the places that you have always dreamed of going to as a couple. May it be a simple out-of-town trip or a round-the-world honeymoon, planning as early as now makes room for future changes in plans and itineraries.

Related: Honeymoon Destinations That Will Top Your Wedding

 

6-7 months

Great work! What’s next?

 

1. Discover hair and make-up style
Discovering the perfect glam for you requires the professional help of a stylist. Which by the way, can also be consulted by your wedding planner. A wedding stylist takes charge of coming up with the right style for your facial features and the overall look of your wedding suit and gown.


2. Meet with the chosen officiant to discuss the ceremonial proper
After finally deciding on an officiant, arrange a meeting wherein you get to discuss the plans for the ceremonial proper. Your officiant must also be made aware of your allotted time for the ceremony itself. This way, any sacrament and/or rituals can be carefully planned out in accordance with your desired schedule.


3. Constantly communicate with vendors and suppliers
By this time, you should be practicing constant communication with your chosen vendors and suppliers, most especially with the ones concerning the rentals. Vendors who offer rentals on chairs, linens, lighting, and decor for the venue must well be coordinated from the start of the reception and up until the last minute of your after-party celebrations.


4. Cake and food tasting

Wedding Cupcakes African WeddingCake and food tasting is what’s really exciting in this whole preparation journey. Make sure, though, to decide first on which caterer to hire so as not to draw confusion among different caterers during the cake and food tasting.


5. Book ceremony musicians
Simply because they too have hectic schedules! Wedding bands and other artists also have gigs and booking throughout the year so it is best to notify them earlier.


4-5 months

All set for our final touches!


1. Finalize flower arrangement for the wedding party, attendant, venues, cake, etc
…and make sure to notify them of the final date of your wedding as well as the overall schedule of the program


2. Book honeymoon flights and hotels
…just in case a hurricane might occur! Book your honeymoon arrangements way ahead of time so you could spare yourselves from the hassle of running out of slots, available rooms, and tour schedules. Plus, it is also best to consider the season when choosing a honeymoon destination.


3. Prepare the wedding favors and welcome baskets for guests
This task also demands you to coordinate with a handful of suppliers and wedding vendors that are best to craft different wedding favors in accordance with the theme. Most of the time, wedding favors and welcome baskets go together. A wedding planner also takes charge in scouting for a one-stop-shop vendor who could supply the needed number of wedding favors and welcome baskets.


4. Prepare the playlist to send to the DJ/ band
They need a rehearsal for that too!


5. Arrange the rehearsal dinner and guest list
Rehearsal dinners are not just a plain wedding simulation. Rehearsal dinners are sort of a celebration, too. It celebrates intimate moments with you and your closest guests as you all look forward to a new chapter beginning the next day – your wedding day.


6. Book the venue for the rehearsal dinner

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The venue for the rehearsal dinner will greatly depend on the number of guests invited for that night. Plus points if you could also invite the officiant to the rehearsal dinner!

3 months

We’re almost there!


1. Finalize honeymoon plans
… and coordinate with your travel guide and/or travel agency


2. Finalize ceremony and reception seating
… which must be thoroughly discussed during the rehearsal dinner. Finalizing the seating arrangement during the ceremony and the receptions are only possible if the guest list is already finalized and all the guests have confirmed their attendance on the big day.


3. Finalize hair and make-up with the official stylist
3 months from the wedding day, your stylist may come up with minor changes to your make up and hairstyle. Typically, your glam team will start to practice the makeup application and fix your tresses within the allotted period of time for the preparation. If the preparation for the hair and makeup takes up about 2-3 hours, then your glam team will practice at the same given time.


4. Purchase the guestbook, flower baskets, ring bearer pillows, and toasting flutes
Minute details like these are already being taken care of by the wedding planner. Unless, of course, you have special requests upon the purchase of these things mentioned.


5. Finalize the program for the reception and after-party
The first person to consult with this one is your wedding planner as he/she creates the overall wedding program and day-to-day activities. Aside from the wedding planner, make sure that the masters of the ceremony or the host get to be well-informed about the flow of the program in the reception.

2 months

Into the crunch time…

1. Rough draft of wedding vows
Pro tip: practice reading it out loud in front of the mirror! It manages stage fright and shyness to public speaking.


2. Review the ceremony details and reception program
…and inform your wedding planner as soon as you want to have changes with the schedule.


3. Apply for a marriage license
Make sure to secure a marriage license with two to three extra copies in the event that it might get misplaced and/or the original copy was damaged.


4. Final dress fitting with the entourage
This fitting determines the type of adjustments needed for the whole entourage including the brides and groomsmen.


5. Make arrangement and reservations for your bridal party
Your bridal party and the bachelorette’s party are some of the celebrations that your guests will surely look forward to. For the bridal party, you may want to treat your beautiful ladies to a spa day paired with a good manicure and pedicure to top it off. If the bridal party goes over 10 people, an early reservation is a must to avoid crowding with other customers. Plus, you get to reserve the whole place exclusively for your party.

1 month

Last call!


1. Confirm and follow up
During the last 4 weeks of your rollout, you must dedicate the time left in confirming the date, time, and location to vendors and caterers. Aside from that, this is also the time to confirm and finalize your honeymoon reservations.


2. Pick up
The last 4 weeks of your wedding preparations are also allotted for the pick up of your wedding rings and marriage license. Normally, a month earlier is recommended so as to give time for any correction in the personal information included in the marriage license.


3. Final dress rehearsal
One month can go by very swiftly. With that, you must take this time for your final gown fitting together with your shoes, accessories, and undergarments. More so, your dress rehearsal will have the presence of your stylist and the person who will do your hair and make up on the actual wedding day. The dress rehearsal is a good simulation of what it would be like during the actual wedding so as to give you an idea of the flow and pacing.


4. Thank you notes
Your very little spare time during the final stages of your preparation is dedicated to writing thank you note cards as a form of appreciation to your guests.


5. Final vows
Of course, if you got the time for writing thank you notes, you must also make time for rehearsing and doing the final touches to your wedding vows. Spontaneity is always nice, but stage fright must be conquered too!

2 weeks

We are all set!


1. Give the final headcount
Two weeks shy from your big day, your guests may or may not have already confirmed their attendance. You may want to follow up with the guests who have not called back yet. But nevertheless, take this as a sign to give the final headcount to the caterer, and consider those who are confirmed as the guests who will definitely be there. This will help the caterers accurately estimate the amount of food that they need to prepare.


2. Final look

Final look of the bride
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In the remaining days or so, you should have already contacted your reliable hairstylist to do your final haircut and hair color; or perhaps a color retouch for your hair.


3. Delegate the wedding duties
Assign a group of people whom you think will be responsible and reliable enough to handle last-minute wedding errands and duties. Such duties include arranging the gift tables, guestbook, assisting the guests towards the parking spaces, calling in the rentals for additional chairs, send directions to the bridal car driver, and other guests, and so on. It is also best to delegate someone to return or drop off the wedding suit and gown at the laundromat or rental.

1 week

Inhale, exhale…


1. Make final payments to the vendors and personnel
Whatever amount you have agreed upon, we recommend settling your payments days before your wedding to avoid unnecessary stress on your end. 


2. Give final instructions to the photographer and videographers
…before they give their last touches for the same day edit and the video souvenir.


3. Prepare wedding clothes
Have someone to assist you in prepping up your wedding clothes, one that is probably knowledgeable in ironing out the creases on delicate garments.


4. Prepare wedding day emergency kit
You could coordinate this with your wedding planner because he/she is well-experienced for some wedding day blues and emergencies. These emergency kits may include some medicines, band-aids, bobby pins, and safety pins.

A day before the big day


1. Deliver the welcome baskets and wedding favors at the venue
… and make sure they are similar to the headcount!


2. Attend the rehearsal dinner
The rehearsal dinner is also a way of giving thanks to your guests who have also become part of this wedding journey. This could be an intimate dinner with your bridesmaids and groomsmen together with your closest families. The rehearsal dinner is a pre-celebration for the big day.


3. Sleep early!
You do not want to be late on your own wedding!

 

The big day

It is actually happening!


1. Have a heart breakfast to pump you up
The ceremony will probably take much longer, also taking into account the travel time going to the reception. With this, it might get you weary and exhausted even before the reception. Get yourself just the right hearty breakfast that would fuel your energy and keep you intact the whole day.


2. Take your time to prepare

bridesmaids westfield marriott dulles weddingRelax and stop worrying! Your stylist, hair and makeup artist, and your trustworthy wedding planner will take over the rest of the day. Your duty is simply to savor and celebrate the moment.


3. Give the wedding rings and officiant fee to the best man/maid of honor
This task could also be handled by the wedding planner herself. But sometimes, there are brides who opt to personally hand out the rings and fees to the best man or maid of honor.


4. Relax and be at the moment!
After almost a year (some even take more than a year) of hustle and preparation, you deserve this day with nothing but sheer happiness and celebration. So go and celebrate this journey with much joy and contentment!



Mimi Ebichi Events specializes in the craftsmanship and wonders of planning, organizing, and executing well-laid-out wedding celebrations. We put value in our commitment to deliver outstanding results to satisfy the needs of our clients. While there is no such thing as an actual perfect wedding, we make sure to give back beyond the trust and investment you put in making us part of your big day.

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The Truths About Wedding Anxiety (yes, they exist!)

Wedding preparations can be fun and exciting until we get to the hardest parts. With a lot of pressure and expectations to manage, deadlines to beat, and payments to be made, wedding anxieties can be just around the corner. Worry no more because there are ways in which such anxieties can be managed. Read below:

1. A little anxiety is healthy.
According to the president and CEO of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America Jerilyn Ross, a little anxiety is perfectly normal and healthy. Good anxiety before your wedding day may cause you to become more driven to focus on what needs to be done, to take some action, and bring about results for a specific time. You may turn this worry or fear to take in concrete actions in prepping up for the wedding.


2. Everything seems to be ‘that important’.
It’s kind of funny how even the smallest and simplest of things tend to be magnified once couples decide to get married. This is because a simple glitch or disagreement all add up to the new fear of “what ifs” in the future. For instance, your car tends to lose its tires 8 months before the big day. Although for most people, this is no biggie stuff; but for you who is about to tie the knot 8 months from now, you tend to worry about having your tires loosen up on the day of your wedding. Funny as it sounds, but this dilemma really does happen for soon-to-be-weds.

Tip: Why You Should Hire a Wedding Planner


3. Make a list.
A golden rule when preparing for your wedding is to make a timeline or roadmap for the wedding preparation. Wedding planners have their systematic way of drafting a timeline that would suit your hectic schedule. Most wedding planners organize the tasks into bite-sized pieces that would fit into a month, week, and day. This is another reason why it is always best to invest in a reliable wedding planner because their organizational skills make them capable of managing schedules, appointments, and making it to the deadlines.


4. Focus on what’s on the table.
This may sound very contradicting, but the key to fighting off the urge to worry and overthink is to focus only on today’s errands. It really helps if you put all your efforts and brainwork only into what is currently on the table and not so much into the future tasks. In this way, turning your tasks into bite-sized pieces will spare you from being anxious and overwhelmed.

Related: How Brides Can Cope: Weddings in the Time of a Pandemic


5. Your wedding is not a one-man team.
Your wedding is DEFINITELY an outcome of team effort and coordination. You have helping hands around you that can do some of the tasks and errands. Your wedding planner handles the scheduling, negotiation, and coordination among different vendors and suppliers for you. Investing in a reliable events planner is vouching for a team itself already because they already established networks across different sellers who offer different specialties and niches.

The key takeaway here is that you are never alone in your wedding preparation journey. There will be helping hands and a team to guide you for every step of the preparation.

At Mimi Ebichi Events, we not only offer complete wedding packages, but we also cater to a larger niche by specializing our craft in multicultural weddings. For more unique wedding ideas, shoot us an email at Hello@mimiebichievent.com or visit our blog.

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8 Wedding Horrors and How to Avoid (or Deal with) Them!

Whether you like it or not, wedding mistakes are very common in the industry. Albeit there are things beyond your control throughout your wedding journey, there are loopholes that you can avoid upfront. Much to your surprise, even the most organized couples make mistakes during the wedding planning journey. Today, we will talk about how such mistakes can be avoidable, or how to deal with them anyway.

1. Going beyond your budget
You can (and chances are, you will) be guilty of this! Imagination is the limit when planning out a wedding. However, the downside of this is the tendency to go over the initial budget by booking too many vendors and suppliers, and later on realizing the overwhelming costs accumulated. The right way to plan a wedding is to set a strict budget before even planning. This budget will be the grounding rule for every decision that you have to make.

Tip: Why You Need to Hire a Wedding Planner

2. Letting other people decide for you
We guess we won’t have to explain this much to you. Although it is nice to hear suggestions from your closest ties, the final call still rests upon you as a couple. The soon-to-be-weds gets to call the shots for which kind of wedding party, theme, or ceremony they will be having. The danger of letting other people decide for you is the possibility of unnecessary blaming when things do not go the way as planned.

3. Centralizing your fashion budget solely on The Dress
Say you have set $1,500 for the wedding outfit. This $1,500 will be dispersed in the veil, accessories, hair and makeup, dress alterations, and sometimes even mannequin rental. Not to mention the tax and handling fee on top of the dress and suit too. The point is, although it is very tempting, do not put all the fashion budget solely for purchasing The Dress as there are many other factors to weigh in too.

4. Sending out invitations too soon
We understand that you are very excited to tell everyone the good news, but do not send out the save-the-date cards yet until you have finalized your guest list. Moreover, invitations are sent out eight to ten months prior to the big day, and only to those people whom you are positive will be invited and will actually attend.

5. Late bookings
Booking late for hotel accommodations is the number one common mistake of couples. Do not leave the task of securing room accommodations for out-of-town guests to the last minute of your wedding. If you plan to marry during the busiest seasons of the year, it is a must to book in advance (a year in advance is the safest move). The 8th-month mark of your wedding planning signifies that you should now have finalized the hotel arrangements for your guests and include the important details in their invitation cards.

Tip: What to Consider When Booking a Wedding Venue

6. Not hiring a professional wedding videographer
Some couples overlook hiring a wedding videographer simply because they are yet to realize the significant roles of videographers during their wedding day. Although it is tempting to believe that all your guests will more likely bring a camera with them and capture every important detail of the celebration matched with your Instagram hashtags, it could never compensate for the service of a professional wedding videographer. From our previous post about the importance of investing in a wedding videographer, we mentioned that your videographer is well equipped with coordination of motion to best capture the day without you having to exert much effort anymore.

7. Not asking enough questions
And this could also apply to those couples who ask the wrong questions too! One of the skills of a professional wedding and event planner is the mastery of negotiation and communication with various vendors and suppliers. Hiring a wedding planner will help you ask the right questions when dealing with vendors and suppliers. This includes (but not limited to) availing their bundle package, seasonal sale, service discounts, and sometimes even modifying some of their package inclusions.

8. Too many people on the guest list
Another classic horror story for soon-to-be-weds is inviting too many people on their wedding day. Always keep in mind that your guest list, as well as your venue’s maximum capacity, should always match up, with respect to your budget. Of course, we cannot invite 500 people if we assume a maximum capacity of only 200. As much as you would want all of your friends and families to witness your big day, there are factors (budget, venue, accommodations) that we have to consider. Read about making a checklist when drafting out your wedding guest list here.

Making mistakes throughout the course of your wedding preparations is perfectly inevitable and normal. While some may easily pass off as no biggie, there are things that are best managed with the help of a professional wedding planner instead.

Mimi Ebichi Events is committed to giving you quality service and assistance from the onset of your wedding preparations up to the moment of your send-off. With Mimi Ebichi, we value our customer’s satisfaction by giving them more than what they pay for – creativity, reliability, and efficiency in service.

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The Difference Between a Wedding Planner and a Venue Coordinator?

It is very common in the wedding industry to confuse (and sometimes interchange and overlap) the roles of a wedding planner and a venue coordinator. Although they must work hand in hand, there are still distinct roles between the two that we should be knowledgeable of.

1. The wedding planner sees the bigger picture.

A wedding planner’s scope of work runs throughout the whole course of the wedding. From pre-wedding to post-wedding arrangements, he/she takes care of literally everything. From planning your wedding theme, guest list, suits, souvenirs, bouquet, and up until your wedding video compilation. Your venue coordinator, on the other hand, is one of the many important point persons that your wedding planner must coordinate with. In some cases, couples have limited interactions with the venue coordinator (except of course when they first check out the said venue), because the wedding planner is the one who does most of the talking and coordinating. This is the reason why clients spend more time working with a wedding planner. Think of it this way, your wedding planner is like a one-stop-shop wherein they are tasked to relay your messages to all the other vendors and services for your wedding. 

 

2. There is a clear distinction of interests. 

Generally, the wedding planner is employed by the clients, while the venue coordinator rests upon the employment of the venue’s management alone. Simply put, the wedding planner protects the client’s interest, while the venue coordinator is more concerned with the interests of the venue and its owners. 

Related: Why Should I Hire a Wedding Planner

 

3. A wedding planner develops your ideas into reality.

Your wedding planner is in charge of conceptualizing your visions and ideas about your wedding. He/she strategizes a plan and executes the plan accordingly. For some instance, a planner can even conceptualize a whole design that translates into a design team. his/her experiences and expertise pulls out a designer hat that can make a full experience of design. 

 

4. A planner works out within your budget. 

Even at the onset of your wedding preparations, your planner already works within your allotted budget for the wedding. With this in mind, the planner assists in venue selection and vendor recommendation. A planner makes sure to recommend vendors and venues that suit the budget of the couple.  

 

5. A wedding planner sticks with the event calendar. 

As some of you may already know, a planner is the one who creates and maintains planning and events calendar, checklists and assigns duties as needed. More than the organizational skills it requires, the wedding planner is expected to keep track of schedules, attend meetings, tasting, rehearsals, and on-site inspections.

 

6. Your wedding planner is your partner in negotiation. 

A wedding planner’s craft is more than their weight in gold. Particularly, they constantly review your contracts and negotiates when necessary. They are the go-to persons when it comes to negotiating with other vendors. 

 

7. The venue coordinator takes charge of your reception. 

While we mentioned earlier that the wedding planner has the most chunk of work, the role of a venue coordinator is essential nonetheless. A venue coordinator takes charge of the reception area (in some cases, even the place of ceremony) by ensuring that the place is ready – rain or shine, the electricals are safely working, there is proper ventilation and lighting, there are enough chairs, the tables are all sturdy, and the caterers come on time. Simply put, your venue coordinator takes care of the minute details of the wedding reception that your wedding planner may have missed. 

 

8. Your venue coordinator is your host. 

Think of it this way, your venue coordinator is like a host that welcomes your guest to make them feel like home during your wedding reception. The host makes sure that everybody is safe and comfortable. Your venue coordinator also takes the role of managing the time for celebration and packing up and also ensures safe parking spaces for you and your guests. 

 

9. Both of them work hand-in-hand

Although these two have a very distinct scope of work, they share one goal in mind, and that is to give you your dream wedding that you deserve. During the wedding ceremony, your wedding planner coordinates with the venue coordinator to prepare for your arrival at the venue. Much more than that, they make sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible when you arrive. 

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At Mimi Ebichi Events, we specialize in full service (white glove) wedding planning and also offer wedding management services for the couple that has no time to do it all. We pride in building and maintaining meaningful working relationships with venues and vendors so our mutual clients enjoy a seamless event. 

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