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Weddings During and After the Holidays: Yay or Nay?

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

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

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


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

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


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


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

Read: 10 Things Wedding Vendors Wish You Knew


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

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How do I Plan a Nice Wedding on a Budget?

By the time that you are reading this, you are probably bombarded with a lot of questions in your mind. Aside from the fact that you are flying high with ecstatic visions of a blissful wedding, the responsibilities that come with wedding preparations may overwhelm you a lot. As the days go nearer leading to the big day, the anxiety gets bigger and more real, especially in the budgeting department.

Fret no more, because we have narrowed down some helpful tips in pulling off a budget-wise yet intimate wedding celebration for you.


1. What kind of wedding do you really want?
It is best to determine the type of wedding, to begin with. When you envision your wedding, what do you see? A sacred ceremony at the church? An intimate exchange of vows in the garden? Or a spontaneous celebration at the beach during sunset? If you need a little more inspiration to pump up your creativity, think about all the weddings that you attended before, seen on television, scrolled through on Pinterest, and the like. However, do not get all fed up with all the details just yet. The goal here is to focus on how you feel about the type of wedding that you want to consider.


2. Have the “talk”.
Both parties who will shell out money for the wedding need to have a serious, sit-down conversation about setting a total budget. In this way, you will become well aware of the types of services to avail of and vendors to negotiate with. While setting a budget surely is a tricky task, it is a lot easier if you could do a breakdown into categories and figuring out what percentage to devote to each category. Say, for example, 55% goes to the reception, 12% for the ceremony, and so on. Also, this might be your first experience budgeting together with your future spouse, what a priceless experience, right? Learning the importance of honest and open communication in the money department is going to lay the groundwork for managing your finances once you are married.

Read: How Much is Too Much in a Wedding Guest List?


3. What is non-negotiable?
Once you have made the percentages, take time with your fiancé to contemplate on the things that are nonnegotiable for your wedding. This can start with coming up with a top-three must-haves for your big day. They can be a garden ceremony, an outdoor reception, or a live jazz band – anything you deem is VERY important to the both of you.


4. Make room for allowance
Once you have set a wedding budget, it is best if you could give it a little allowance too. As we all know, there will be unexpected expenses along the way and your budget will determine how well you could attend to such expenses. Take these expenses into consideration by putting the extent of range into your budget. This way, you have the flexibility to handle any sudden expenses. Lastly, your wedding celebration is a huge event that demands extensive planning, that is why it is helpful to determine what you can get for a certain dollar amount. What does $5000 get you? How about $10,000? $15,000?

Read: Things You May Have Forgotten in Your Wedding Budget


5. Determine your venue wisely.
Considering the reality that the venue eats up the largest chunk of your budget, a simple outdoor venue can do the trick for you. If you are a couple who does not mind having a very simple yet intimate reception, you can host this ceremony at your home, your parent’s home, or a park nearby. The point is, an outdoor ceremony in your own space creates a personal meaning that eliminates the need for a grand, elaborate one.

Read: What to Consider When Choosing a Wedding Venue


6. Contingency is key.
If you do decide to have an outdoor event, make sure to have at least three backup plans in case things do not work in your favor. The unpredictable weather can dampen your day, so make sure that you come up with a handy plan B or equip the place for it to become rain-proof.

Mimi Ebichi Events give utmost value to your celebrations – whether big or small. We not only plan your big day, but we also make sure to provide a contingency plan for the most unexpected events along with the preparations. For our team, your hard-earned money deserves a celebration that is worth the memories and a lifetime.

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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.

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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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How Much is Too Much in Making a Guest List?

The preparation for your big day is no big joke. In reality, it can be any couple’s greatest nightmare if not managed properly. While most preparations seem pretty easy and exciting, drafting a wedding list is an exception. This task can sometimes induce stress and overwhelming pressure to both families involved. And while it is so tempting to invite jampacked people on your wedding day, here are the reasons that tell you to think otherwise!


1. Budget
The budget allotted for your wedding pretty much determine the whole figure of your guest list. Obviously, inviting lots of people entails additional costs in the food, venue, and other vendors alike. So before you dive into making a guest list, finalize a working budget that was agreed upon by you and your beau.

Related: 10 Ways to Manage Your Wedding Guest List


2. Venue
The size of the venue also determines the carrying capacity for your guests. The venue’s ventilation, lighting, parking capacity, table, and chair provision are the key factors that should help you decide on the number of guests that you want. As much as possible, we try to avoid saturating the venue with too many guests that will only lead to everyone’s discomfort and dissatisfaction.

Related: The Difference Between A Wedding Planner and A Wedding Coordinator


3. Guests’ residence
The two factors mentioned are the basics and rules of thumb for every wedding preparation. But your guests’ residence is also a thing to consider when inviting them. If your guests live from miles away, it is best to consider their living conditions (and practically, their financial capacity) to make it to your wedding day. On the other hand, if you have guests who live in nearby cities, assume a roughly 80% chance they will show up on your big day.


4. Manpower
Now, this is also very crucial. If you plan to invite 100+ guests, make sure that there are enough hands to accommodate them accordingly. We do not want the guest number and limited manpower to coordinate the whole event right? So again, it all boils down to the set budget of the couple. A bigger budget means more room for people, and more people to help you organize and coordinate your guests.


5. Two lists
Another rule of thumb in the wedding industry is making 2 lists for your guests. List A includes the people who are ‘non-negotiable’ guests. These are the guests that will be invited regardless of the circumstances. Usually, your A-list is your immediate family and closest friends. Meanwhile, List B falls under people who can be invited, ONLY under the condition that there are still enough resources to spare off. Practically, these are the people whom you may have lost contact with over the past years or relatives you barely know. Typically, couples send out invitations much earlier for List A and much later for the List B.


6. Set boundaries
And STRICTLY adhere to them. After considering all the factors above (especially your budget), you should have set boundaries by now, and actually follow them. While it is so tempting to add a ‘little bit more’ to the list, keep in mind that you have boundaries for a reason. It is important to assume that each of your guests will possibly bring a plus-one at your wedding. Therefore, the temptation to dive into adding ‘extra’ guests beyond your list will cost you beyond your means. In the long run, this will cause you so much distress.

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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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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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Why Should I Hire a Wedding Planner?

A Do-It-Yourself Wedding is every couple’s dream and nightmare rolled into one. While you can only do as much, putting out so many tasks in your hands can lead to a catastrophic and stressful preparation when handled poorly. One of the things that you MUST invest in is hiring a reliable, efficient, and versatile wedding planner. These are the reasons why a dream wedding is always paired with a good wedding planner.



1. They are god-sent. Period.

Behind every perfect wedding out there is a busy-bee wedding planner. Wedding planners are problem-solvers, they sort out all issues and also foresee how to prevent them. These issues vary from the pre-wedding, the wedding itself, and even up to the post-wedding celebrations. You may not realize it now, but having a wedding planner is like getting a ‘third eye’ at the backstage of your wedding celebrations. They provide the most honest advice and full-time assistance; they simplify things so that tasks can be bearable for you along the way.

2. They are so into detail.

As mentioned earlier, your wedding planner is your ‘third eye’ behind the stage. They take care of all the big and small details of your wedding, from gathering the entourage to finding that one missing candle for your candle bearer. Your wedding planner literally takes on the ‘umbrella’ tasks and roles of your wedding preparations that you may foresee before, during, and after your wedding. They take care of the things that may be minute and non-existent to the couples in their wedding preparations.

3. They are the kings and queens of organization skills.

When you first plan your wedding, an overflow of ideas plays in your mind. These ideas may naturally be unconnected and abstract at first. Your wedding planner sorts out these ideas to make them concrete and feasible ones and gradually execute them from there. Not only do they project their organization skills, but they also supplement your ideas with their creative minds based on their craft and experience.

4. They ease the stress and anxiety that comes from the wedding prep.

Although unavoidable, the service and expertise provided by your wedding planner somehow ease the glaring amount of tasks and responsibilities that come from planning a wedding. For instance, these planners will provide you with a pool of vendors and suppliers so you won’t have to spend so much time scouting for them one by one. Not only do they provide you with connections, but they also take charge of communicating with them. Think of them as a one-stop-shop for your dream wedding.

5. They make everything seem ‘doable’

No matter how much a certain task can seem huge and impossible, your wedding planner divides the labor into bite-sized pieces so you can digest it one by one. All credits go to their training, skills, and experience that will provide you with a service and pool of connections so you won’t have to spend so much time and effort on achieving that dream wedding. They create a roadmap or a timeline of events for the duration of the preparation to avoid cramming and overlapping of tasks. These people manage to take it to step by step as you go near the big day without compromising their quality of service.

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6. They will save you a LOT of time.

As you may not know yet, your wedding planner will do most of the talking and negotiation to all your chosen vendors, suppliers, and basically the people involved in your wedding. They spare you a lot of time doing these errands and you’d be surprised to know how they do it even better and faster!

7. They stick and work with your budget.

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Wedding planners are also known for being the most resourceful person in the room. They make do with whatever available resources they have (and even more!) without sacrificing your budget. Working on a budget demands careful planning and excellent negotiating skills to achieve the kind of celebration that comes with it. This can be a difficult task so it is best that you leave these in the hands of your professional planner who can adapt to your timing and budget.

8. Results are always guaranteed.

You may want to consider hiring a planner based on the word of mouth – a referral from your friend who was recently a client of the said planner, a famous influencer whose wedding inspired yours, or a family or friend who had been a colleague of that wedding planner. These prior clients and encounters will help you initially assess a wedding planner’s skills, etiquette, and creativity. More often than not, a wedding’s outcome can already speak volumes for the skills that you are looking for a wedding planner.

9. They bring value and distinction.

When you hire a wedding planner, the overall outcome of your celebration becomes more intricate and well-spirited to all the people involved. You will leave your beloved guests with the impression that this is a well-thought-of wedding and that they deserve to be one of the few people who witness it.

10. They make sure that your wedding is truly a celebration.

Your wedding is a turning point in closing a chapter in your life and entering a new one. Naturally, the preparation comes with bombarding tasks and responsibilities. When you invest in a reliable wedding planner, you allow yourself to experience your dream wedding into a genuine celebration and not merely a bunch of tasks and social responsibilities that you just have to get by and get it done. This is the common cause of the wedding journey. The months nearing your big day can make you feel like the preparation and wedding itself is nothing but a chunk of overwhelming work that you have to fulfill in settling down to marriage.

Mimi Ebichi Indian Wedding Planner in VirginiaAt Mimi Ebichi Events, we uphold the value of making our clients our top priority. We believe that you deserve to enjoy the celebration you worked hard for in and return it by delivering and offering full assistance to all your wedding needs.

 

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10 Things Wedding Vendors Wish You Knew

Behind every great wedding is a team of competent and reliable wedding vendors. Choosing the right pool of wedding vendors for your big day is an essential decision that could make or break your celebration. After all, they are the ones responsible for executing your dream wedding as smoothly as possible. We all know that wedding planning is not a walk in a park. It is, perhaps, a strange journey in the jungle out there. However overwhelming the preparations could be, having a set of ideas and questions to keep in mind before meeting up with a wedding vendor does the job.

Below are some of the things to think about ahead of time before your meeting. Believe us, your wedding vendors will thank you for this.

1. Make a shortlist of your preferred vendors first.

Before you even entrust your wedding to a vendor, you should take the time to meet a few set of vendors first. Of course, you do not want to work with people you are not comfortable with. A general rule of thumb is the least number of weddings that a vendor could cater to, the higher the priority. But keep in mind that this is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’. Everything depends on how important the vendor’s service is to you. Say, for instance, if you have been aspiring to wear a certain designer bridal gown or a particular band to play at your ceremony, then you would be willing to line up among their list of scheduled priorities/events.

2. Familiarize and specify your ideas.

Prior to your meeting engagements with the vendor, you must have a clear picture of what your wedding would be like. In this way, it will be much easier for you to scout for a vendor who caters to the same idea, taste, style, and experience that will suit your needs.

3. Adhere to the plan, always.

As much as you dread making last-minute changes and cram your big day, wedding vendors are no exception at all. Although you pay for their services, you do not want to be impractical and inconsiderate to your vendors by changing your theme every week closer to your wedding; especially if your vendors are already done with the previous preparations.

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4. Respect and follow the working hours.

Your wedding vendors are also employees like most of us. And just like any other, they have a life of their own outside the business. Although it is very understandable to panic as your big day gets closer, there are working and reasonable hours to follow. It is highly discouraged to call your vendors in the wee hours of the night to ask for something that can wait until the next day.

5. Negotiate reasonably.

Negotiate Reasonably

We know that wedding preparations can be costly. And just like any other couple out there, you want the lowest price with the highest quality as much as possible. Although there is nothing wrong with negotiating, keep in mind that the price is determined by their experience, reputation, and the quality of the service that they known for. Their talent and skills are the things that cannot be bargained, and you do not want to insult your potential vendors by asking them to cut their prices by half outright, especially if you haven’t taken the time to check their branding and reputation just yet.

6. Transparency is key.

Your vendors will truly appreciate it if you become transparent with your budget first off. In this way, they can offer you better ideas and packages that will suit your budget. Skipping this very important step entails the possibility of offering you the highest quality of service there is; and of course, a price tag that matches it.

7. There is so much more than asking for a discount.

One thing that’s less commonly known to couples is the alternative (and much better!) way to bargain with your vendors. Instead of asking your vendor to reduce their price, you can ask for more services or products. For example, ask for more reception hours or if you are dealing with catering, ask for more variety of desserts.

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

8. Make sure that everything is written in your contract.

Being crystal clear about your contract protects you and your vendors. It is very important to put everything, we mean everything, in your contract. A carefully-written contract will help you avoid conflicts in the long haul just in case something does not go as planned. A contract must cover even the minute details of your wedding such as:


a. Detailed descriptions of everything you ordered: size, color, dimensions, time of arrival, quantity, quality, and who is responsible for what.


b. In addition, it should also state the person in charge of both the vendor’s side and your side.


c. You also want to double-check everything especially the non-refundable deposits and retainers.


d. If there are changes that were made along the way, make sure that everything is clearly written on the contract.


e. Lastly, beware of the terms regarding social media posting and copyright issues. There are photographers and wedding planners who often post their work online and print publications.



9. There is an ethical way to complain.

Just like any customer, you have the right to complain about a service that you willingly paid for. Likewise, it is your vendor’s responsibility to fix the issue right away. However, you should also bear in mind that there is a proper way of addressing your concern and make your message come across. Although it is very tempting to post a bad review of your vendor online, especially with the advent of social media, it is a must to address the issue privately firsthand. Tell them the exact problem as you are also entitled to ask for a solution. Keep in mind that your vendor’s business supports their livelihood and feeds a number of families out there. Giving honest and constructive feedback will not only save the vendor’s reputation but yours too; as it may also reflect on your anger-management area.

10. It is not that hard to thank a vendor.

It is not that hard to thank a vendor

At the end of the day, gratitude and a satisfied client are two of the most priceless things for any wedding vendors in the city. You don’t have to do the extra mile to thank your vendors for pulling off a once in a lifetime event. Your simple shoutout during your reception, or allowing your photos to be used in their platforms, or simple handwritten notes or postcards, or just by simply referring them to your family and friends can go a very long way in supporting the wedding and events industry.

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