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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’

How to prevent unforeseen events in a wedding

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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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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Weddings in the Time of the Coronavirus Pandemic: How Brides Can Cope

 

We all know weddings come with a hefty amount of time for preparations. Regretfully, there are several wedding preparations and celebrations that had to be cancelled because of the ever alarming global pandemic COVID-19. And while we are all in panic mode worrying about our loved ones and essential supplies, this could also be a time to contemplate and make necessary modifications about your much-awaited wedding!

1. An efficient response team is a must.

For big events such as weddings, it is very essential to have an event planner who quickly responds to crises such as this. An efficient event planner must come up with an alternative game plan regarding rescheduling of the wedding itself and the adjusted meetings with the caterers, florists, and other allied vendors. 

 

2.Have a quiet, sit-down talk with your partner

Now that time permits, you and your partner can finally come up with a major decision for the wedding in response to the COVID 19 precautionary measures. It is best to come up with a list of your pros and cons regarding the decision that you have to make. This constitutes the discussion about what is at stake – health, financial investment, effects of postponement or cancellation, and safety of everyone, etc.

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

 

3. Coordinate with your connections and support system

Review your event insurance and contact the company to know more about their certain policies on the possible venue shut down. Their policy regarding the insurance will most likely influence your decision to postpone or push through with the given date of the wedding. 

 

4. Draft a heartwarming and well-thought-out email to your beloved guests

As heartbreaking as it could be, it is best to inform your guests about the necessary changes as early as now. Trust, they will appreciate your decision at this time. Just make sure to acknowledge their anticipated response regarding your decision. 

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5. Exercise, exercise, exercise!

Home quarantine is a perfect avenue to chill, eat, and sleep the whole day. Beware though, as this may also be a time to give in to your laziness and procrastination. We do not want to make unwanted alterations to our wedding gowns at the very last minute! Your big day is a once in a lifetime moment, and you want to make sure you are at your best and healthiest state.

 

6. Have open communication lines with your event planner

After you have gathered the pros and cons, contacted your connections, visualized your careful decisions about the wedding, it is very important to inform your event planner to get an action plan going. An early heads up will prevent unwanted changes in the venue and other wedding arrangements. At Mimi Ebichi Events, we make sure all alternative action plans are well coordinated with the people involved and thus will not put your wedding at a compromise. This stressful time of pandemic calls for immediate and efficient planning that we, Mimi Ebichi Events deeply uphold. 

 

Mimi Ebichi Indian Wedding Planner in VirginiaAt Mimi Ebichi Events, we believe that we are at our best in giving you a wedding that’s as smooth as how you wanted it to be. We understand that this is a significant chapter of your life that you are about to enter and we want your celebrations to be nothing but blissful.

 

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Wedding Gowns

Wedding dress shopping is an incredible experience, and one that many brides have been excited about for for years. Whether you plan to visit every store around with your entire bridal entourage or find a couple small boutiques with your mother and maid of honor, it’s important to go in with an idea of what you’re looking for. Before we dive into the different silhouettes, here are a few important terms to remember when it comes to wedding gowns:

 

Bodice: This is the top of the dress, from the waist (which depending on the dress may not sit on your actual waist) up.

Skirt: The bottom of the dress. Typically made of tulle, organza, satin, or the like.

Embellishment: This is the “decoration” on the dress – think beading, lace, or even flowers.

Train: This is the length of the skirt where it drags the ground behind you. You can find gowns with no train, an extremely long one (cathedral), and everything in between.

Now that we’ve got those basic terms down, let’s talk about the fun stuff!

The Ballgown

This is what you think of when you think of fairy tales. It usually has a fitted bodice, and then flairs out at the waist (either naturally or dropped, meaning slightly lower than your natural waist) that flows into a large, full skirt. Great for a dreamy, romantic look.

 

The A-line

With a fitted bodice like the ballgown, the A-line also flairs at the waist into a much smaller skirt. The skirt typically resembles the shape of a letter “A” (hence the name), and gives off some of the look of a ballgown, without all the weight and poof.

The Trumpet

The bodice of a trumpet is much longer than the previous silhouettes, which accentuates the bride’s figure more. It typically flairs out at the hip into a fuller skirt, giving it a more dramatic look.

 

The Mermaid

Much like the trumpet, the mermaid has a much longer bodice, but it goes all the way down to the knee, showing even more figure than the trumpet. It typically gives a much more modern and dramatic look, since the skirt flairs so suddenly.

The Sheath

A sheath gown is much narrower than other silhouettes. It flows straight from the neck all the way to the floor, and can be very fitted, or have a little more give to it. It’s great for showing off your figure with a much simpler look.

 

The Tea-Length

If you’re dreading the thought of a long wedding gown (maybe even just for the reception), a tea-length silhouette is an option. This can be narrow like a sheath or have a fuller skirt, but usually falls between the ankle and the knee, making it less formal and easier to walk or dance in.

If you’re looking for the right team to put together your Multicultural wedding in DC, Virginia, and Maryland, contact Mimi Ebichi’s team to make your dream wedding come to life! We have a comprehensive list of wedding vendors who can cater to your personal requests.

 

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