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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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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.

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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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June Bride Wedding Dress Ideas

Every bride-to-be dreams to become a June bride at some point. Traditionally, the month of June is known to be the ideal season to tie the knot because it is a season that permits good weather conditions along with warm summer vibes. If you are planning to have your dream wedding in the month of June, here are the perfectly curated summer wedding dresses that you can cop!


1. The classic match

The classic lace and strap combination always flashes out a classy, posh look. When your wedding ceremony will be held during the daytime, this type of dress is perfect for you. It easily flatters your body contour without sacrificing comfort and ease in walking down the aisle.

2. For the bold and brave

Backless dresses are for the bold and brave. June brides always go for a lacey backless simply because it flatters every body frame especially the posture and contour of the hips and back. This is great when you are eyeing a photo angle like the picture above.

3. Spontaneous and fun-loving

If you are a rather spontaneous and fun-loving type of June bride, a mini wedding dress will incorporate the vibes that you want to give off on your big day. Floral accents in your wedding dress, plus your bouquet is a total pleaser that will complete the look. It is important to note, however, that there are certain wedding rituals or religious practices that are very particular in the dress code. 

4. Mix, match, experiment!

You can always mix and match, experiment, and go beyond the ordinary in choosing your wedding dress. A low-cut neckline with lace on the edges instantly flaunts a splash of elegance. With its body-contouring fit, it easily boosts the bride’s confidence by highlighting her hips and waists.

5. Go fresh and light

Another piece of elegance is this tie-around wedding dress that’s perfect for brides who want to flash a fresher and lighter look. This wedding fit is suitable for wedding themes that follow a rustic, romantic outdoor setting. What makes this dress stand out among the rest is the simplicity of its style yet a beaming touch of class and elegance.

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Wedding Reception Decor Theme Ideas

Choosing the perfect wedding theme is an extremely hard thing to decide on. What more about picking the right decor for the wedding reception? Below is a compilation of our well-versed wedding reception ideas and themes that have proven to suit every personality and wedding theme. Our best advice?

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1. Garden theme

What could go wrong in a garden-themed wedding reception? This close-to-nature venue gives off different vibes of serenity and intimacy with your guests. The only con of doing a garden theme is the unpredictability of the weather. But nonetheless, a reliable wedding planner and venue coordinator will take the proper precautionary measures in case the rain decides to visit on your day.

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2. Seasonal themes

Seasonal wedding reception themes are the perfect option for couples who are pressed for time in choosing the right wedding decor. Seasonal themes feature the present season during the time of your wedding. Whether it be winter, spring, summer, or fall, following through the different seasons of the year will bring the safest bet because it is the trend that everyone is familiar with. Just make sure to consult with your trusted wedding planner about the different styling and aesthetics for your chosen season.

3. Woodland forest theme

This type of decor is for couples who want to get that extra feel of the romantic vibes. Woodland forest themes with all the romantic candlelit arrangements will easily set the mood for your wedding reception; especially if you plan to hold it at nighttime. Typically, wedding reception themes that require outdoor venues signify a more creative and braver choice of decor.

4. Rustic country theme

All the vintage rustic feels in your wedding bring out the adventurous side in you. This wedding decor requires extra work of creativity and imagination especially with the overall styling of the wedding venue. The key to achieve this is to consult with a stylist and a trusted wedding planner to give you a wide variety of options to choose from. 

5. Classic white wedding

Of course, you can never go wrong with the classics. A classic white wedding is still among the top best choices of couples for wedding reception ideas. While this theme might be overused for quite some time now, a fabulous classic white wedding is best if your wedding theme is formal and has a large number of guests. For this type of wedding reception, the assistance and supervision of a wedding planner and venue coordinator are highly needed.



Mimi Ebichi Events understands how difficult it is to choose the right 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 personality. Book a free consultation today.

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How to Pick the Right Wedding Flowers: 3 Tips

Picking the right wedding flowers for your wedding is like a woman picking the right shade of lipstick – the more options, the more difficult it is to choose! Luckily, we came up with three handy guides on how to choose the right wedding flowers for your wedding.

#1: Learn the basics of wedding flowers.
Of course, you do not have to be an expert or a florist overnight (besides, that is impossible). But a bit of research won’t hurt either. It is important to determine what types of flowers are common during wedding ceremonies – roses, Lillies, daffodils, gerbera, and the like. Knowing the common types of wedding flowers will give you a hint of what suits your wedding theme and also the season of your preferred wedding date.

#2: Consider the physique and contour of your wedding dress.
And we cannot stress how important this is! It is best to decide on your dress before jumping into purchasing your wedding bouquet too soon. This is because you should consider the shape and length of your dress that would match your bouquet. For example, if your dress is a skirt, do not opt for a trailing bouquet. On the other hand, having a long train or a bustle at the back of your dress will suit a more flamboyant bouquet. If you are still doubtful about your own preference of mix and match, you may bring a picture of your wedding dress and present it to to your trusted florist.

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#3: Make it personal.
….And make it a reflection of you. You can start by incorporating flowers that have a personal or sentimental value to you. To add details, you can try to put accent by enjoining it with a classic brooch, a lace hanky, or a family heirloom jewelry.


Choosing the right wedding flowers is for the most part arbitrary and personal. This sends a message that wedding preparations should reflect a personal meaning and value to the clients and their guests.

In Mimi Ebichi Events, we strive to always put a personal touch in every wedding preparations that we do- from the styling, souvenir program, wedding exit, wedding receptions, table decorations, and many more.

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How Much do Wedding Planners Charge?


All wedding planners and organizers come at a price. While it is so often that investing in a good wedding planner is such a big investment to make, the amount of assistance and benefits that come with always outweigh the risks. As many of you might ask, how much do you need to shell out when hiring a wedding planner? We heard you loud and clear and so we made a brief heads-up on the pricing of these wedding planners!



It depends.
The safest, and always so often answer to this question is that it depends. When estimating the cost of hiring a planner, there are many factors that you need to consider. One, the season of your preferred wedding date and whether it is a peak season or not.

Second, the destination and theme for your wedding. These two factors will highly dictate the level of intricacy needed to pull off your dream wedding.

And lastly, the guest count. Logically, the bigger the guest count, the larger the demand for management and organization.


Package inclusions

When to Hire a Wedding PlannerTypically, wedding planners do not give you a price at first glance. As a courtesy, most planners would like to know your estimated wedding budget. From there, they will create a proposal on which services would suit your budget. Usually, this may range from a full wedding services package, wedding coordination package, ala carte service, and the likes. The best way to find out is to consult your wedding planner.

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Flat rate and percentage rate
Now for the tricky part, it is best that we consider each wedding as different in nature. Some weddings require distinct ideas, thus, requiring extra preparation and more helping hands. That is why it is so important to build a connection and constant communication with a wedding planner that can concretize your dream wedding in mind. In this way, discussions about the flat and percentage rates will be made easier and negotiable.

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Know the package that suits your needsWedding Planning Packages

Every planner has different package inclusions and a range of services. After doing careful and thorough considerations, choosing your package inclusions could also mean that you are having a picture of how much your budget could deliver to your wedding needs. However, there are several passionate wedding planners that will allow you for some add-ons and extra services. These planners weigh beyond gold!

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In summary, there are many things to take into account when estimating the cost of hiring a wedding planner. As a rule of thumb, it is best to scout for at least 3 wedding planners to have a different point of comparison.

In Mimi Ebichi Events, we take premium value to your wedding planning investment by making sure that we deliver only the best and what’s really worth your hard-earned wedding budget. We take pride in our commitment to fulfilling our client’s wishes through our events plannings and wedding services.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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