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How to Set a Wedding Budget

Planning a wedding surely is exciting and terrifying – from choosing a wedding date, reception venue, wedding favors and suppliers, and wedding attire. All these can be fun and exciting, not until the discussion about the wedding budget comes on. But there is actually no need to fret! We have listed down below some of the things that are often overlooked when planning a wedding budget.

1. Wedding invites

Crafting your wedding invites surely is fun to do. We’re sure you’ve already planned your matching RSVPs, or maybe you even hired a calligrapher. However, allotting a budget for postage/stamps is something most couples tend to forget. These stamps may not be so pretty as compared to your envelopes and embossed invitations, but they do come in handy and are important when it comes time to mail those out!

2. Gratuities

Most people understand this as a “tip”. Although giving a tip is highly arbitrary and optional (but recommended), it is always worth it to give extra gratitude to the people who have worked far and beyond during your wedding. If you’re hiring a handful of wedding staff and suppliers, make sure to set aside enough amount of budget for the tip! 

3. Taste tests

How to Set a Wedding Budget

While you are looking forward to hiring a reliable and good-quality wedding caterer, we’re sure you are also prepping up for the much-awaited taste test and dry runs. Although most wedding caterers include the taste test in their service fees, there are still some suppliers who make this as a separate offer. The best option is to ask about the inclusions of their service and set aside a reasonable amount for taste testing.

4. Additional decorations and stationery 

How to Set a Wedding Budget

When you are envisioning your dream wedding theme and style, you may have overlooked the small details and decorations that must be budgeted too. These additional decorations may include table runners, candles, place cards, escort cards, and other small stationery pieces. While these things may still add up as the wedding preparations progress, it is best to allot a budget for them. 

5. Thank you notes

When all the merriments and well wishes have been said and done, giving thanks to your guests who spent their time and resources for you is always a good idea.  You want to thank them appropriately and everyone knows a thank you note in the mail is the way to do it. Thank you notes typically aren’t very expensive, but they do cost something, so they should be in your budget.

We at Mimi Ebichi Events take pride in treating our services as a wedding investment. We are committed to bringing blissful wedding celebrations to our valuable clients through our artistry, craft, and wedding planning experiences seasoned through the years. Book a FREE consultation with us today and let’s start this year by planning your wedding! 

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How to Plan an Intimate Wedding in 2022

There is no doubt that the pandemic has created a significant impact on the wedding industry today. Emerging trends and new wedding arrangements have come to life. With the health restrictions in place, most couples now prefer an intimate, romantic wedding over a grand, dreamy one. If you are considering a small-sized wedding for 2022, continue scrolling as we walk you through some of the tried and tested tips to plan for an intimate wedding in 2022

1. Finalize the guest list

Couples who choose to do an intimate wedding must plan their wedding guest list strategically. This means that you have to consider streamlining your guest size by limiting the attendees to your immediate family members and closest friends. A strategic way to do this is to create 2 versions of your guest list – one for drafting all the possible guests without considering the ideal guest count first. From there, create another version that already considers downsizing the guest number. This helps you carefully eliminate and select the people who can attend and those who can watch the live stream instead – yep, it’s another option you can consider!

2. Personalize your style

How to Plan an Intimate Wedding in 2022

Since this is an intimate romantic wedding, why not grab the chance and make it a little extra personal? Most couples prefer to do an intimate wedding mainly because it leaves ample room for authenticity in style and aesthetics. Make your intimate wedding a reflection of you as a couple!

3. Consider the wedding venue

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As it goes without saying, considering the size of your chosen wedding venue is equally important to decide to have an intimate wedding for 2022. With COVID restrictions in place, choosing the right wedding venue for your ceremony and reception has to be large enough to accommodate all your guests while still observing the proper health protocols.

4. Play and explore with seating arrangements

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As mentioned earlier, having an intimate wedding in 2022 leaves you more room to play with and explore your creativity – yes, even with the seating arrangements. You might want to consider having an extra-large round table (that’s appropriate for social distancing, of course) for 10-20 guests to fill more space. Or, you could have smaller tables with fewer guests with which you can still interact during dinner. The choice is totally up to you!

5. Enjoy and embrace the moment

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And lastly, we highly recommend you simply enjoy and embrace your big day! One thing about having an intimate wedding is that it allows you to bond and interact with your guests at a more personal level – so take this chance to do so! You deserve to have an immeasurably memorable day with all the months of preparation and investment in your wedding. 

We at Mimi Ebichi Events take pride in treating our services as a wedding investment. We are committed to bringing blissful wedding celebrations to our valuable clients through our artistry, craft, and wedding planning experiences seasoned through the years. Book a FREE consultation with us today and let’s start this year by planning your wedding! 

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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!

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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!

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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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Top Wedding Trends in 2022

The wedding industry has gone through major changes for the past years. As the times were changing, wedding trends have also been dynamic and ever-changing. If you are a couple who is planning a wedding in 2022, here are the fresh, new, out-of-the-ordinary wedding trends to watch out for next year.

1. “Anniception”

Anniception or Anniversary Reception is perhaps something you have never heard of before but it is one of the big things to happen in 2022. This is a type of celebration where couples recreate exactly their wedding reception on the day of their anniversary. This trend is most suited for couples who postponed a grand wedding a year ago and opted for a micro wedding due to pandemic restrictions. Since health protocols steadily ease up, anniception could be one of your choices for the months to come.


2. Micro weddings

If your desired wedding location still observes health restrictions, a micro wedding is a great choice to celebrate with your loved ones in a really special way and in a safer environment. However, micro weddings are not just for weddings in the time of COVID-19. Some couples prefer micro weddings whether it is in a season of pandemics or not, simply because micro weddings are promising in giving you intimate, solemn, and warm celebrations with your closest knit of family and friends.

Top Wedding Trends in 2022


3. Monochromatic weddings

If you are looking for a classy and chic wedding color palette for the coming year, then a monochromatic wedding is the perfect choice for you. Be it for the dress, florals, foods, or invitations, monochrome color palettes go with about anything in your wedding. Although it focuses on just one color, it will not go out of style because you can play and explore with different varieties of shades and tones with similar colors.


4. Pre-wedding toasts

Pre-wedding toast deviates from the traditional wedding toasts that we all know. This toast is being celebrated during the rehearsal dinner or the night before the actual wedding ceremony. This gives couples and their closest bunch a great opportunity to give out intimate and less awkward speeches. Also, pre-wedding toasts provide ample time to hit the dance floor and catch up with the guests.


5. Destination Weddings

Destination weddings or getaway weddings is the top choice for couples who simply love traveling and going out on adventures. Celebrating your wedding out-of-town is a good chance to have a different scenery out of the usual. Plus, what’s better than a wedding and vacation rolled into one?


6. Multi-day weddings

While you are at it with the getaway wedding, might as well take this as a chance to spend quality time with your beloved guests. Multi-day weddings are coming into popularity because it gives you a weekend wedding experience where you get to have fun activities with your guests for 2-3 consecutive days prior to the actual wedding day. If you are the type of couple who is fond of hosting parties and brunches, this option is the best choice for you.

Top Wedding Trends in 2022


Mimi Ebichi Events is well versed in the Wedding trends for 2022 and knows how daunting it is to set up the appropriate wedding reception theme within a limited time. Even amidst the pandemic, our team commits to provide top of the class and distinct wedding ideas for every cultural taste, aesthetic appeal, and tradition. Celebrate your wedding with us and book a free consultation today!

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How to Plan a Wedding During Covid-19

Tying the knot in this time of pandemic offers so many challenges.

While things are now uncertain, questions like “what if” abound in the minds of marrying couples. But, it should not take the excitement away that comes with wedding planning. We have listed down some of the tips to consider as you plan your wedding during a pandemic.

1. Decide on the venue and destination.

DC and Virginia are among the federal states that lifted all capacity restrictions and fully reopened their city as early this June 11, 2021, and May 28, 2021, respectively. Your best option of hosting a wedding amid the pandemic is to have it outdoors. However, if you are still intent on holding your wedding indoors, choose a well – ventilated with ample space for your guests to move around.

2. Hire a Wedding Planner

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Planning a wedding at this time of the pandemic is tedious, to say the least. If there was ever the best time to hire a wedding planner, it would be now!  Book an appointment and a free consultation with us and we guarantee to scout the best wedding themes, vendor communications, fair contract negotiations, while we make your entire venue compliant with the latest local, state, and federal safety regulations and guidelines.

3. Opt for a micro wedding

 Now that weddings during the pandemic have created newer ideas in the wedding industry, some couples opt for a “minimony” or a micro wedding.  It is an intimate affair, usually with no more than 50 invitees. Although they still have the time-honored traditions that come with weddings, the guest size is smaller which is ideal during Covid -19.

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4. Livestream Your Celebration

If you have chosen a micro wedding and still want more friends and families to attend virtually, we recommend live streaming your wedding ceremony and celebration. Your wedding videographer will film the real-time happenings during your wedding and will post them into your preferred social media accounts. More so, your wedding planner can even create a virtual guest book so your friends and families can still send you warm messages even from a distance!

5. Specify and update safety guidelines on your wedding invites

Your wedding invite is the appropriate place to list the safety protocols and sanitation measures that you want your guests to observe while physically attending your wedding. This eliminates confusion by stating clear guidelines on wearing masks, social distancing, and handling of tokens. Your guests will appreciate being informed of safety measures ahead of time, thus giving everyone peace of mind while savoring the event. 

At Mimi Ebichi Events, your health and safety are our topmost priority, especially during these times. We are committed to delivering wedding services and management that will not compromise the protocols set for your wedding venue and reception. We make sure to be updated with the latest guidelines and COVID-19 restrictions to come up with fresh and better wedding arrangements for you!

Book a free consultation with us and start your amazing wedding journey today! 

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Is a Full-Service Wedding Planner Worth It? Here are 5 Benefits.

Planning a wedding is a tell-tale story of most married couples. As most of your married friends have already told you their own share of chaos and sweet victories during their wedding journey, wedding planning calls for the professional help from a seasoned wedding planner. While the benefits of hiring a wedding planner are worth every investment that you will make, considering investing in a full-service wedding planner is another story to tell.

Is a Full-Service Wedding Planner Worth It? Here are 5 Benefits.


What does a full-service wedding planner include?

Basically, a full-service wedding planning contract includes a carefully crafted timeline for the whole wedding preparation – from the pre-wedding, wedding, and even to post-wedding. This also includes a breakdown of the wedding checklist that you and your planner will need to accomplish.

Aside from that, a full-service wedding planning package also covers the management of the ceremony and reception location and the creation of a wedding theme or design scheme. Most importantly, a full-service wedding planning package gives you professional help in booking and negotiating with the different vendors.

Does a wedding planner save you money?

The answer is and will always be YES. Investing in a full-service wedding planning package saves you from the unnecessary expenses that most couples make when planning their wedding. Your wedding planner swears by experience on which supplies, vendors, locations, styling team, etc. will best suit your wedding theme and wedding budget. They know exactly what you are looking for without the risk of spending too much on a service that you plan to avail yourself of.


Why is it worth it?

Hiring a seasoned wedding planner for a full-service package is like getting yourself a cushion for all the risks that you might need to take for your wedding. Wedding planning entails a lot of risks to take, and seasoned wedding planners know exactly which of these risks are avoidable and manageable. For one, investing in a full-service wedding package saves you from the hassle of negotiating with the different vendors, let alone the time spent in scouting for one.

Furthermore, hiring a wedding planner also spares you from the nightmare of over or underestimating the number of guests that your chosen wedding venue and wedding vendor could accommodate.

Is a Full-Service Wedding Planner Worth It? Here are 5 Benefits.

Here are the 5 common benefits of investing in a full-service wedding planning packages:


1. Step-by-step action plan

A reliable wedding planner thrives with the gift of accuracy. It is a rule of thumb that a full wedding package comes with a detailed, accurate, and realistic step-by-step action plan from pre-wedding to post-wedding. You will not have to worry about cramping up last-minute wedding errands and adjustments during the days leading up to your big day. Your wedding planner knows which specific steps to take for each phase of your wedding preparation.


2. There is a clear wedding roadmap

And speaking of wedding planning phases, availing of a full-service wedding planning package entitles you to have a clear roadmap of the whole wedding journey. This will allow you to see the progress of your preparation and in which phase you are currently in. Not having a clear timeline and roadmap for your wedding puts you in a lost and confused situation that often leads to unwanted surprises and unnecessary chaos.


3. A full-service wedding planner is keen on details

Yes! Wedding planners are the number one event organizers. From pre-event to post-event, no details about your wedding will be missed nor miscalculated, not under their watchful eye. Their experience tells them which timeframe is appropriate for each client, and what inclusions are most fitting for a couple’s wedding budget. Availing a full-service helps you sleep better at night by not having to worry if you are missing out on a thing or two about your wedding.

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4. Their experience honed their creativity and styling skills

A full-service wedding package comes with a wide array of creative and styling services. This also includes careful planning of your wedding theme, wedding souvenirs, wedding exit, table settings, wedding receptions, and other elements alike. Not only will it help you relive and inspire your creative juices, but will also add in fresh ideas that you did not know were existing in the market. More helping hands, more new ideas!


5. Our clients are less stressed, happier couples

The key to determining whether to invest in a full-service wedding planning package is worth it or not is to always ask for testimonials. Ask any couple who have had a blissful, stress-free wedding and they will tell you right away that a good wedding planning experience is everything. These couples were extremely spared from the legwork, vendor search and negotiations, venue scouting, and outlining the whole wedding planning process.

As a seasoned wedding planner, Mimi Ebichi Events specializes in strategic planning for your wedding. We commit to delivering a full-service wedding planning package to help our clients ease their minds and have a relaxing, blissful wedding celebration. For us, your wedding experience is our priority. Know more about our services and book a free consultation with us today!

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