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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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3 Reasons to Make Sure Your Wedding Smile Is Ready to Say “I Do”

 

As an experienced wedding planner, I can make this entire process easier and less stressful for my brides. After all, there are countless details to plan out, including the perfect venue, the caterer, the flowers, the wedding party, and the guests’ seats for the reception. I make sure you’ve found the perfect dress and made all the necessary arrangements for your out-of-town family so that you can truly enjoy your special day.

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Recently, one of my brides expressed some anxiety about the wedding day. She wasn’t getting cold feet, but she felt nervous. It turns out that she worried about how her smile would look and feel. She didn’t like a couple of her teeth, and she experienced tooth sensitivity. Are you in the same boat?  To help her feel more prepared, I recommended that she visit with her dentist in Falls Church before the wedding.

Here’s what I told her…

You don’t want to feel self-conscious

On your wedding day, you become the center of attention. How does that make you feel? If you have obvious flaws in your smile, the idea of so many people looking at you can fill you with fear or dread. In the months leading up to the wedding, you can have porcelain veneers made or get cosmetic bonding with your dentist to ensure that you like what you see in the mirror. Now is the time to correct any cosmetic imperfections in your teeth so that you can accept the spotlight with more confidence.

You want to enjoy the food and drinks

You’ve painstakingly chosen the dinner and refreshments to serve the guests at your wedding, and it would be a shame if you couldn’t have some as well. However, if you don’t address tooth sensitivity, a minor cavity, or another dental problem before the wedding day, it can put a damper on your celebration. Just imagine not being able to eat your own cake because of a sensitive tooth! If you have any dental problem whatsoever, don’t wait until after the wedding to resolve it. Take care of it right away so that you can partake in the festivities you have planned. 

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Along with the many eyes that will be watching you throughout your special day, your photographer will capture little moments of you and your sweetheart. When you look back at your wedding photos, the last thing you want to notice about your smile is that it appears yellow or dull, especially when just one appointment with your cosmetic dentist in Falls Church could brighten your teeth by up to eight shades. That’s significantly better than anything you’ll find in stores.

On your wedding day, the last thing you want to worry about is whether all the details are just right. Take the necessary steps to make sure your smile is ready, and I’ll take care of the rest! That way, you can create memories that you’ll cherish for years to come.

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At 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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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.

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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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When Is The Best Time To Get Married?

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Finding the right time to settle down into the family and married life is really a big leap of faith. For many of us in the late 20s or early 30s, the idea of entering a new chapter in our lives can be glaring and overwhelming. And while we are getting tired of the question “when are you getting married?” during family gatherings, a better question would be “when is the best time to get married?”

 

1. When you’ve finally peaked at emotional maturity.

A lot of people tend to compromise their married life because of, well, immaturity and repressive emotions. The ability to process and regulate your emotions especially during rough patches will determine how well you could possibly handle your marriage. Before you marry someone, it is best to consider that you are marrying them to become your lifelong partner and not your own therapist. By this, we mean that deep-seated hurts and unprocessed emotions need to be healed and processed so as not to be the cause of future conflicts.

 

2. Your spiritual life is stable.

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It really is important that you take your singlehood as a time to strengthen your faith. Likewise, finding a partner who has the same level of spiritual maturity will also go a long way. In the long run, your strong spiritual life will help you withstand whatever trials that will test your marriage.

 

3. You’ve grown contented with your singlehood.

Now, this is the part where everyone seems to miss out. Before you enter family life, make it a point that you have fully outgrown your life as a single person. By this we mean that you have had enough of those late Friday night outs, spontaneous drinking sessions with your friends, out of town trips with your bffs, and all that. One good reason to get married is that you have fully enjoyed and outgrown your life being single so much that you feel you are ready to take a big leap into the ‘next chapter’ of your life – more responsibilities, less of yourself and more for your family.

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4. You already have a stable career

Your career stability is also worth considering too. Once you are finally entering marriage, you would want to make sure that you have almost (if not fully) accomplished your own career goals and corporate ladder. Establishing your own career first makes it viable for you to prioritize your family life thereafter. Also, it is a must to evaluate if your career and finances are already stable that it makes you capable of sustaining a family.

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5. You and your partner are both independent from your parents.

By the age of 18, your parents have already let you live life on your own in a way or two. In the same way, This means that you are already capable of sustaining your lifestyle without financial help from your parents. At this point in your life, your parents are now considered as consultants.

 

6. You know your partner very, very well ENOUGH.

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While it is true that you will never get to see a person’s truest colors unless you start to live with them under the same roof, it is still essential to reassure yourself that you know your partner well enough to be your lifelong buddy. How does your partner act when s/he is mad? Is s/he empathetic towards others’ situations? Does your partner owe responsibilities for his/her mistakes instead of blaming other people? Remember that your partner will also be the parent of your children and knowing him/her will help you determine what kind of parents your children will be having. This tip still applies even if you opt to not have kids, as well.

 

7. You cannot imagine settling for any less than what you deserve.

All marrying couples hold a belief that they no longer need to settle for less than what their partners are. If you have gotten to the same realization that the best life is lived with your current partner, then, by all means, it is a green flag over there.

 

Mimi Ebichi Indian Wedding Planner in VirginiaAt Mimi Ebichi Events, we make sure not to settle for less than your expectations by giving you a wedding that you so deserve. 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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10 Ways To Manage Your Wedding Guest List

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Coming up with an actual list of your wedding guests may not be as exciting as your food and cake tasting, picking your wedding gown, and all other much-awaited preparations during your big day. But fret no more, below is a fool-proof guide on how to manage your wedding guest list without being too pressed up for the time.

1. The first goal is to have an ACTUAL draft of your list.

Making the guest list can be messy and overwhelming to work with. But, the first goal in mind is to have an existing list that you can work on gradually. Don’t worry about having to cross out and add names from time to time. After all, that is the very purpose of your draft.

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2. Divvy up the task between the two families

One of the unspoken rules of planning a wedding is the division of the guest list between you and your fiance’s family. Traditionally, the couple takes charge of half of the guest list, and each set of parents gets a quarter of the guest list. So if you’re planning to invite 200 people, you’d get 100 guests, your parents would get 50 and your fiancé’s parents would also get 50. The most drama-free approach is to split the list evenly in three ways.

3. Categorize your list

If time still permits, there should be an assigned category that corresponds to your invited guests. Classify which guests are non-negotiable – those that you can’t imagine missing your big day. There are also guests that can be compromised too, those that you can spend time with other than your wedding day. The purpose of categorizing your guest list is to make it flexible for you and your partner to make necessary changes without having to over redo the entire list.

4. Be realistic about the number of guests

This is also in connection with the previous item. One common mistake during wedding preparations is how some couples tend to over exaggerate their guest list. Crunching the numbers isn’t the most glamorous part of wedding planning, but there is a figure you really can’t avoid: your guest list count. While it’s true that you and your partner want to share this very special moment with most of your loved ones, it is still important to keep track of your budget and the capacity of the venue. Each guest adds to the number of plates your caterer will prepare, favors, chair rentals and how much cake you’ll need. Choose a number that’s larger than your venue’s capacity and you’ll be holding your breath every time you open an RSVP. It’s much better to keep your number on the conservative side.

5. Come up with rules (and be sure to stick to them!)

Making a set of rules on who to invite can go a really long way in determining who your non-negotiable guests are. These rules exemplify the qualifications and justifications in picking out your desired guests. Some of the rules could be: “If neither of you has spoken to or met them or heard their name before, don’t invite them.” or “Not crazy about inviting children to your party? Don’t feel bad about having an adults-only wedding.”

6. Specify names on your response cards

Surely there would be guests who will cramp one to two more names on their RSVP cards. To avoid this awkward problem, the key is to actually print their names on the card with the specified seat allotment. If for some reason, you still get extra write-ins on the days leading up to your wedding day, you can politely tell them the deal that you would love to have everybody at your wedding, but you and your fiance have made budget and venue considerations.

7. Set-up healthy boundaries

And actually stick to them. Yours and your fiance’s parents will inevitably face hard conversations about finalizing your guest list; which includes crossing out some of the guests under your B-list. The key is to set up healthy boundaries within two families involved by making up a deal that is amenable to both parties.

8. It’s okay to not invite some friends and relatives

Setting aside some friends and family is never illegal. But, it should be consensual to both parties involved. Make sure to have a quiet, sit-down conversation with your fiance to avoid unnecessary drama leading up to your big day.

9. Don’t feel bad about having to invite a limited number of guests only

Fewer guests would mean a more intimate celebration! Don’t worry about not having a grander wedding celebration just because your guests are cut to a limited number only. It just doesn’t work that way. So long as the people included in your guest list are the ones who you treasure the most and can’t miss out on this milestone, then you are good to go.

10. You CANNOT cram the guest list. You just can’t.

Because wedding planning is not an overnight project, same goes to your guest list planning. Avoid cramming the guest list by deciding on it at the very start. As much as possible, we want to be eliminating all the unnecessary stress from cramping up the guest list at the last minute.

 

Mimi Ebichi Indian Wedding Planner in VirginiaAt Mimi Ebichi Events, we understand that there is more to a wedding than gorgeous decor and amazing entertainment. Knowing this, we strive to connect with your heart so that together, we can create a customized process and deliver an experience unique to you and your guests. We do not just organize your dream wedding, but we strive to make this life’s precious milestone worth the memories.

 

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Top 10 Biggest, Most Common Mistakes that Brides Make

Top 10 Biggest, Most Common Mistakes that Brides Make

Don’t fall into these common traps of wedding planning mistakes.

Wedding planning is both an exciting and exhausting process. It is pretty understandable for couples, especially the bride, to miss a thing or two during the planning stage, on the day of the wedding, and even after the event.

To give you a heads up, here are the top 10 biggest, most common mistakes that brides make. Be sure you don’t commit them by downloading it as a checklist during the course of your wedding planning:

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10. Failing to factor in extra costs in your budget

Especially for the reception budget, most couples think on a “price per head basis”. However, not all wedding catering packages are comprehensive. Music, venue decorations, the reception bar – these things may not be part of their service. Be sure to check. At the same time, extra services you need like transportation for guests, welcome snacks and drinks for arriving parties, etc. need to be factored in.

The best strategy is to set a budget, list down all expenses in super detail including miscellaneous items, and assign a percentage of the budget to each.

 

9. Not considering the venue first before buying your bridal dress

Most brides have a dream wedding gown on their most special day. However, most fail to match it with the venue of the event or ceremony. You might be inclined to wear a wedding dress with long, cathedral trail… but your wedding venue is set on a simple garden setting. The dress is overwhelming and a mismatch. So before purchasing or selecting a bridal dress – consider the place where you will have the ceremony.

 

8. Choosing accommodation and venue that are too far from the airport

If you can’t help it, at least provide ample transportation for arriving guests from overseas. They have spent a considerable amount of time and money on your special day. You can reciprocate the gesture by anticipating their needs such as providing convenient transportation, accommodation, welcome snacks and beverage after the flight.

 

7. Not considering your guests’ dietary restrictions

Our team is known for staging the best multicultural weddings in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. And we know for a fact that couples do invite their friends who are not from the same ethnicity or culture they belong in. In this regard, it’s important to also consider their dietary restrictions. Same goes for your guests with certain food allergies, and the like.

 

6. Forgetting to feed your suppliers or vendors

You can book food suppliers who can provide affordable packed meals for your photographers, event coordinators, and other vendors who are working round the clock on the day of your wedding. You don’t want to starve your team so they can deliver the experience you want to achieve.

 

 

5. Not setting aside time for hair, makeup, and dress rehearsals

Surprisingly, some brides (especially those tight on time), forego doing the rehearsals for hair and makeup, and even the dress rehearsal! The result? They don’t achieve the bridal look that suits them the most – unless you are confident to do your own makeup since you know what looks best on you. When you miss the rehearsals, there’s a greater chance of things not going as smoothly (and as timely) as you expect it to be – plus the anxiety it brings you. So plan ahead and make time for these.

 

4. Allowing a huge time gap between ceremony and reception

When the ceremony and reception are held in two separate venues, there is usually a bigger time gap between these two parts of a wedding. It may leave your guests bored, uneasy, or worst: hungry! So either you reduce this time gap, or make sure you provide something for them: maybe an entertainment number, cocktails and snacks in the lounge area, or an activity they can do while transitioning to the next part of the event.

 

3. Crash dieting

Very popular among time-strapped brides! We all know how unhealthy, not to mention stress-inducing this can be. So instead of spending only a month in diet and exercise, do it in a more sustainable and achievable timetable: at least 6 months before the wedding.

 

2. Showing up late!

One of the worst things that could happen to you is showing up late on your own wedding day! Whether it’s for the ceremony, reception, rehearsals, meetings, on-the-day preps: Being late puts you at a disadvantage. It also makes everyone a bit uneasy instead of enjoying a more relaxed feel of the experience. Understandable, we know there are certain factors that can come into play which could result in delays, but the key here is proper planning and time management.

 

1. Not hiring a wedding planner

Honestly, the best way to avoid all these big (and small) mistakes is to hire a wedding planner. Whether it’s for the whole planning process or just on-the-day, what’s important is you have someone or a whole team who is on top of the situation. You don’t need to put out every fire that comes out. Your wedding planning team will be there to cover all the bases.

 

Mimi Ebichi | The White-Glove Wedding Planner for Busy Couples

Mimi Ebichi Indian Wedding Planner in Virginia

If you’re looking for the right team to put together a very personal, heartfelt, and luxury wedding, contact Mimi Ebichi’s team of wedding specialists in Virginia, DC, and Maryland to make your dream wedding come to life! We have a comprehensive list of wedding vendors who can cater to your personal requests – especially for the busiest couples who need a dependable hand on their wedding planning journey. Contact us here.

 

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