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How to Pick the Right Wedding Flowers: 3 Tips

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

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

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

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


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

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

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How Much do Wedding Planners Charge?


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



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

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

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


Package inclusions

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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Honeymoon Destinations That Will Top Your Wedding

Planning the honeymoon is always fun, especially if it’s somewhere you’ve been dreaming of going. If you don’t already have a particular destination in mind, here’s a great list of some of the top spots for your newlywed getaway!

 

 

Hawaii

There’s so many choices when it comes to Hawaii, which is probably why it’s always a fan favorite. Whether it’s the big island, or one of the more private beaches, you can’t go wrong with the beaches, surfing, and tropical paradise.

 

Costa Rica

If you’re a couple that loves hiking, ancient ruins, or just wants to experience it all, then Costa Rica is for you. Zip line through a tropical rainforest in the morning and relax on the beach in the afternoon. There are ruins to tour and nightlife to enjoy, and plenty of sights to see.

 

Paris, France

They don’t call it the “City of Love” for nothing. If you want romantic lights, cafe lunches with wine and pastries, and plenty of museums and shopping, then you’ll absolutely enjoy Paris. Check out must-see sights like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre and then spend the evening on a Seine River dinner cruise. This city definitely doesn’t lack romance!

 

Bora Bora

If you really want something tropical, you can’t beat this island. With crystal clear waters that come right up to your bungalow, and rainforests and waterfalls that will take your breath away, this honeymoon will have you never wanting to leave!

 

Canadian Rockies

If mountain landscapes are your thing, then you can’t beat this view. Whether you go when everything blooms in spring, the colors change in fall, or the mountains are capped in snow in the winter, the view is absolutely incredible. Stay in a cozy mountain cabin and enjoy all the local Canadian towns.

 

Santorini, Greece

Talk about a picture-perfect postcard. The colorful buildings that Santorini is known for are a site you can’t get enough of. Not to mention the cliffs and volcanoes that will leave you breathless and the local markets that will make you leave with more than you came with!

 

No matter where you head to celebrate your new love, make sure to take tons of pictures, and plan a lot of excursions and experiences. After all, you’re celebrating!!

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What You Need To Know About Changing Your Last Name

You’re finally married, the honeymoon was wonderful, and now your finally back home as newlyweds! This means it’s time to do the not-so-fun stuff, like changing your last name. Don’t let it get you down though (and don’t put it off!) because it doesn’t have to be a hassle. Get your paperwork together in advance, and follow these tips, so that changing it after the wedding is a breeze.

Marriage License

You’re going to need this as proof that you actually got married, so make sure you crossed your T’s and dotted your I’s and have the official copy you need.

 

Social Security Card

This is the first place you should start. You’ll need to fill out the appropriate form with the Social Security office, and make sure that you have your current card and birth certificate with you when you apply.

 

Driver’s License and Passport

Now that you’ve got your social security card taken care of, it’s time to go to the dreaded DMV and change that license. This is a great time to update that address too if you’ve moved in with you new sweetheart. You should be able to get the application for the passport change online. Make sure you take the marriage license in for these!

 

Employers, Insurance, and Banks

You’ve taken care of the identification items, so now make sure you update your banking information, credit cards, insurance, and any W-2 information with your employer. You’ll want to get these done as soon as possible, so that there aren’t any issues with your money spending or when tax time rolls around.

 

Everything Else

Sure, the official stuff is done, but don’t forget everything else! Newsletters, store rewards cards, memberships and subscriptions, and social media are just a few of the places you may want to update that last name!

 

Congratulations! You’re officially a Mrs.!

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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