A big thanks to the fantastic and talented photographer Kitsul Studio for his amazing style that created a world of comfort for our couple.
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Your bridal or wedding bouquet is an important element of your overall wedding style. The type of flowers, colors, size, shape, and styling of your bridal bouquet has to complement your wedding dress, as well as your hair and make-up.
At times, even the venue of your wedding, the type of ceremony or tradition, and the current season can also factor into your choice of bouquet. It can be customized to match the bride’s personality, as well.
Given these things to consider, what are the basic do’s and dont’s in picking a bridal bouquet? Read our ultimate guide to help you make the right choice.
Do choose your wedding dress before picking your flowers
This is the most basic guideline of all. Your wedding dress determines the kind, color, shape, and style of your bouquet. It should not overpower your wedding gown, the fabric details, as well as the silhouette. It should promote balance in your overall bridal look. So before meeting your florist, be sure to bring a picture of your gown.
Do pick the blooms in season
It’s not only cheaper to buy the flowers in season, but it’s also a sweet reminder of the month or season when you said your vows. In the years to come and as you look at your wedding photos, the kind of flowers you carried will instantly take you back to that romantic summer or rustic autumn season.
Do consider your hairstyle and the color of your make up
As in everything, balance is key. Your bouquet should not compete with the facial assets that you want to emphasize in your bridal make-up. Consult your makeup artist and florist on what hues can complement your look. If you will be using a headdress or hair accent, it would be great if it also matches your wedding bouquet.
Do consider the tone of your ceremony / cultural traditions
More traditional ceremonies normally go for more neutral, subdued hues. Less formal wedding ceremonies are more open to seeing huge and brightly colored blooms. If you are having a fusion or multicultural wedding, it is important to consider the types of flowers that are significant to your traditions.
Do choose a bouquet you can hold comfortably the whole day!
Because it is a bunch of flowers made especially for you, it better be easy and comfortable to carry the whole day through! Do check the weight, shape, and style of your bouquet. It should give you balance and promote good posture. Be sure it is something you don’t find awkward to carry around with you.
Do make it personal
Your wedding bouquet should bring meaning to you. You can incorporate sentimental items like a family heirloom or a personal accessory or a gift from your groom. If you have that something old, new, borrowed, or blue – ask your florist to add it to your flowers’ overall design.
Do ask your photographer to capture it well!
Your bridal bouquet is a great representation of your wedding. It can clue us into the theme and feel of your event. Be sure to ask your photographer to capture pictures of your wedding bouquet from various angles (with or without you holding it).
Don’t choose a trailing bouquet if your wedding skirt has the details
Since your bouquet has to work with your dress, be mindful of where the key design details are. If these are in your skirt, don’t pick a trailing bouquet that might cover it. Choose a size and shape of your bouquet that does not cover your waistline. But If you will be wearing a long veil and gown trail, you can go pick a more grandiose bouquet to match it.
Don’t ignore the exact colour or swatches of your bridal and bridesmaids’ dresses
There are many swatches of hues per shade of color. You might want to bring some excess fabric from your wedding gown designer and bring these with you when you meet your florist. Scraps of fabric from your bridesmaids’ gowns are also key in making sure the colors of your bouquet match the theme of your bridal party, too.
Don’t forget to hold it properly
Hold it just below your navel or belly button so that the shape of your waist does not get covered. Do not hold it too high or else it will lift up your shoulders and will look a bit awkward. So hold it lower than your waist and slightly away from your dress. Be relaxed and observe proper posture so you won’t look lopsided or tensed in any way when the photographer captures your pictures with the bouquet.
Don’t just toss it! You can preserve it!
While this tossing the bridal bouquet is a common tradition in wedding reception programs, you can still opt to keep it by using a bouquet preservation service. Ask your wedding planner for some options for this. Additionally, you can keep your flowers looking fresh by snipping a short portion of the stems and keeping it soaked in water during the evening. Delegate this task to a bridesmaid so you won’t forget.
Now, what about wedding flower colors? How important are they?
Flower colors can mean a lot of things – and differently too, for many cultures. You might want to check on your tradition before deciding on colors. Of course, it goes without saying that your wedding gown color, bridesmaid dresses, make-up, and theme are all factors to consider when selecting the shades of your blooms.
Here are some suggestions from teleflora.com.
Green wedding bouquet – green orchids, tropical flowers, green foliage, green hydrangeas, cacti and succulents, as well as fruit, can be incorporated into your bouquet.
TIP: For a dramatic contrast, pair black bridesmaid dresses with green bouquets. Or combine pink with the green flowers for a romantic Victorian look.
Red wedding flowers – a white wedding dress and a classic red bouquet say all the right things – romance, passion and sensuality.
White wedding flowers – a classic choice for your big day. White symbolizes purity and innocence. White flowers go great with all dress colors.
TIP: If your gown is white and you don’t like the look of white-on-white, add a collar of dark green ruscus leaves to make the bouquet stand out beautifully.
Pink wedding flowers – feminine and pretty.
TIP: Try three different varieties of pink roses in the bouquet, the different hues and shades of pink will be gorgeous.
Purple wedding arrangements – dark purple flowers can sometimes be too somber for a bridal bouquet, but you can ‘lift’ the color by combining them with brighter colored flowers.
TIP: Dark purple combined with lime green and white flowers is stunning. The complementary color of yellow is also stunning when added to purple flowers.
Orange wedding flowers – a vibrant color scheme for those brides looking for something a little bit different.
TIP: It’s a great color for summer and autumn weddings.
Yellow wedding flowers – vibrant yellow wedding flowers are so bright and sunny, that they will make everyone smile.
TIP: Lemon and paler shades of yellow are softer and more romantic.
1. Hold it at the navel/belly button.
The rule of thumb when holding your bouquet is to put it in the right placement. Always place your bouquet at the level of your navel/belly button. This makes your dress and your bouquet well-coordinated, especially from different camera angles (trust us, your videographers will thank you). When your bouquet is held at the lower part of your body, it gives an accent and contour to your gown that you will want to highlight as you walk along the aisle.
2. Always be relaxed.
A big no-no when holding your bouquet and walking down the aisle is having tensed shoulders and arms. It is important to hold your bouquet in a relaxed yet firm manner. Having tensed arms and shoulders will make you look stiff and will instantly shut the confidence off. When this happens, it could result in poor video and photo outputs. So remember, just feel the moment and put on that confidence when flaunting your fits.
3. Highlight all the right parts.
When walking down the aisle, it is definite that your face should be the focal point. However, to achieve this, you should also incorporate your posture, gown, and bouquet. You do not want to hold your bouquet higher than your belly button as this makes your face the secondary source of attention only. But instead, you want to balance everything by making sure your face is directed in the middle (not too leaning) while your bouquet is held downward.
Mimi Ebichi is a professional wedding planner in the DC, Virginia, and Maryland areas. Our team has a wealth of experience and success stories in both local and international wedding events. We specialize in multicultural weddings. Our work can speak for itself.
As event designers, we deeply value relationships, culture, and trust. Hence, we strive to provide the most stress-free, and beyond-your-imagination wedding experience whether that is a hometown or a destination wedding.
The wedding coordinator is an essential player in a couple’s wedding. S/he is normally in charge of the venue logistics, wedding vendors, and time management, and ensures guests are safe and comfortable in the wedding venue.
In this blog post, we discuss in detail the roles and responsibilities of a wedding coordinator, and how you can maximize his or her service on your wedding day.
Also known as the day-of-the-wedding coordinator, this key person in your wedding team is tasked to tie up loose ends on the day of the wedding. S/he may not necessarily be the wedding planner who has organized the vision, nonetheless, his or her role is of utmost importance.
The wedding coordinator is mostly in charge of making sure the activities of the ceremony and reception are within schedule. S/he manages the venue and the wedding vendors. S/he creates contingency plans for weather changes and all other logistical requirements.
The wedding coordinator also acts as the host who welcomes guests, ensuring they are safe and comfortable from the parking up to their seats. For any unexpected challenges, s/he steps in and works in tandem with the wedding planner.
In the wedding industry, it is not uncommon to find that people use the terms wedding coordinator and wedding planner interchangeably. However, there are distinct differences in their roles.
It is important to know their specific duties so you can decide if you need a full-service wedding planner or just a day-of-the-wedding coordinator for your event. It also gives you an idea of what to expect from both wedding event professionals.
Here are their key differences in terms of responsibilities:
Execution of the wedding plan
The wedding planner is the visionary. S/he is the one in charge of creating the whole wedding plan and design from the ground up. On the other hand, a wedding coordinator is simply the person in charge of executing it on your special day. Given this, you should expect to meet your day-of-the-wedding coordinator 1-2 months in advance.
Vendor and logistics management
Once the list of vendors and venue details are turned over to the wedding coordinator, s/he will take it from here. The day-of-the-wedding coordinator will check on your vendors, venue, parking, and other logistical needs on that day.
Monitors timelines and floor plans
The creation of the wedding timelines and floor plans can be done by either the wedding planner or the coordinator. Once this is turned over to the coordinator, s/he will now be in charge of making sure this is followed and executed well.
Final walk-through of the ceremony and reception sites
In order to match the wedding timelines and floor plans to the actual venues, the wedding coordinator will do a final walk-through or visit the ceremony and reception sites. S/he will take note of any pertinent requirements like electricals, parking spaces, etc.
To tie up loose ends is one of the major duties of the wedding coordinator. S/he will be in charge of resolving emergencies such as missing supplies, weather changes, delays, etc.
All dinner and wedding rehearsals will be handled by the wedding coordinator. This is also a good time to check and discuss any unforeseen events that the wedding team may not have considered prior.
Welcoming of guests
The coordinator is the host who will welcome your guests as they arrive at the reception venue. Some venues have their own venue coordinator who takes on this role. S/he makes sure that guests find their seats, are comfortable and are well attended to.
In charge of everything on your D-Day
Finally, the wedding coordinator is the point person for everything on your wedding day. S/he may be one person or a team depending on your needs and the size of the guest list.
One important thing to note is to pick family and friends who are reliable and willing to offer service during your day. There are simple tasks that you can delegate to them. This is not just a way of helping you, but also a meaningful gesture that you can treasure from your friends and family.
Here are some tasks you can delegate:
For an overview of the complete roles and responsibilities of a wedding coordinator, here is a handy checklist that you can use:
The answer mostly depends on several factors such as the complexity of the wedding event, size of the guest list, vendor count, decor installations, and the entire wedding period. Some weddings cover the entire weekend or longer. For busy couples, they prefer to simply book a full-service wedding planner who will take care of everything from beginning to end. This way, there will be fewer worries about turnovers, transitions, or any missed detail that was not covered by your wedding planner. It can prove to be cheaper and more convenient, too.
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As event designers, we deeply value relationships, culture, and trust. Hence, we strive to provide the most stress-free, and beyond-your-imagination wedding experience whether you book us a full-service wedding planner or a day-of-the-wedding coordinator.
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Are you dreaming of a fun, and unique destination wedding? Destination weddings are a choice for couples who like a change in scenery, a thirst for adventure, or a desire to extend bonding time and activities with friends and family. It is also a nice prelude to a couple’s honeymoon. In this post, we write in detail about destination wedding planner tips, costs, as well as the pros and cons of having an out-of-hometown affair of a wedding.
Destination weddings are weddings held at a different location from the couple’s hometown. The wedding party and guests are expected to travel for the pre-wedding activities, wedding ceremony, wedding reception, and after-party events.
Destination weddings require detailed and advanced planning to make them happen. It can be in a foreign country or a local tourist destination. There are more things to consider when planning a destination wedding. Some key factors to consider are the costs, travel requirements, activities for everyone, and finding a reliable destination wedding planner.
One major reason to hire a destination wedding planner is to alleviate yourselves from unnecessary stress and emergencies due to one’s lack of knowledge, time, and local connections. In other words, it is essential for your own peace of mind.
Because destination weddings require more tedious work, it is important to hire a destination wedding planner who is reliable, detail-oriented, knowledgeable in this niche and has a portfolio to show in relation to destination weddings. It is good to ask for his or her destination wedding packages and costs.
Some of the responsibilities of a destination wedding planner include:
While destination weddings are a breath of fresh air, they come with both plusses and drawbacks. Here are some of them:
Intimate and more personal wedding celebration
Destination weddings give you the permission to not invite a whole bunch of people – only the ones you feel closest to.
Instant vacation getaway for friends and family
It’s a great way to extend bonding time together as you can also plan for some local or resort activities unique to that destination. This is why destination weddings are also called “vacation weddings”.
Wedding and honeymoon all in one!
You can go ahead and start the honeymoon right in that special place where you got married. That makes it lighter for the budget compared to planning for a separate honeymoon destination.
Amazing Wedding Photography
A backdrop of a beautiful beach, a mountain range, etc. can make your wedding extra memorable and impressive once the photo prints are out. The beauty of nature and outdoor lighting is a dream come true for your most cherished photos.
Now, let’s talk about the disadvantages of destination weddings. While out-of-town weddings are super great, there are some drawbacks, too.
Expect that not everyone can make it to your wedding.
Because it will usually require travel, not everyone can comply with flight requirements, schedules, etc. It can also be challenging for those with health issues.
Depending on the location, you will most likely spend for accommodation, food, and activities at tourist prices. If you will be transporting vendors and crew, additional costs apply.
Since it can be a new location for your family and friends, they may have to adjust to some climate or weather changes. Your wedding planner must be also ready to come up with contingencies in case of rain, etc. As for the couple, their bridal attire must match the overall climate and vibe of the place.
More specialized wedding planning is needed
Since destination weddings are a special type of event, the wedding planner is expected to be well-versed in the local requirements for holding a wedding, flight and travel information, knowledge and connection with wedding vendors, venues, etc. It is like having a wedding planner, a tourist guide, and a local official rolled into one!
The straightforward answer is it depends on the destination. There are some places where lodging is cheap, so that’s a plus. It is also advisable to go local in terms of selecting vendors. Visit in advance so you have some idea of costs like activities, venues, etc. It should be expected that travel expenses, wedding insurance, welcome bags, and some money allowance would have to be factored into your budget.
Mimi Ebichi is a professional wedding planner for multicultural events and destination weddings. Our team has a wealth of experience and success stories in both local and international weddings. Our work can speak for itself.
There is always something unique and memorable with multicultural weddings because of the blend of two cultures. Friends and family from both sides are present to share the same passion, beliefs, and traditions that remind them of home.
A multicultural wedding, also known as a fusion wedding is a marriage between two people from different cultures, ethnicity, or faith backgrounds.
Because of the nature of fusion weddings, it is not always easy to plan the wedding ceremony and reception. The wedding planning process takes on a more careful path to honor the two cultures that will blend in the event. If you are set on having a multicultural wedding for you and your soon-to-be spouse, here are some tips on how to combine your cultures together.
A wedding planner that specializes in fusion weddings is a huge help in navigating the whole planning process – taking into account the cultural sensitives from both parties, the type of wedding venues that can accommodate such an event, more ideas on design and decor, and all other necessities that need to be considered when planning for a multicultural wedding.
While couples may do this on their own, hiring a multicultural wedding planner will definitely save one’s time, effort, and money as you are provided with expert guidance in planning your culture-infused wedding.
To put everyone on the same page, it is wise to consult with both families on expectations regarding customs, traditions, attire, even the menu in the reception so as to honor your cultural backgrounds. After all, this is the heart of multicultural weddings. This is also a good time to discuss budgets and guestlists.
Having this information on hand, it will be easier to educate friends and families about your customs, as well as your religious institutions.
A touch of culture and tradition in both ceremony and reception is expected. Factor in the program of events, guest list size, vicinity to airports and hotels where your relatives may arrive from, and other specific logistical requirements to mount your multicultural wedding event. Again, the help of a specialized wedding planner is ideal in this stage of the planning process.
Other factors to consider in choosing a wedding venue are:
Modern couples of today opt for more streamlined, minimalist weddings. They are usually certain of what they like to see: clean architectural designs, neutral colors, with just the right hint of culture to represent them. Now, not everyone may know exactly what they want in their multicultural wedding, so sitting down with your wedding planner to voice out your vision is recommended. Your planner can then lay out the touches of culture and tradition that must be present in specific parts of the wedding – from the ceremony to the reception program, decor, menu, etc.
Some religions are okay with interfaith wedding ceremonies. Some, however, are mutually exclusive. Better to check with your religious officiants to know what is expected. Securing a date with your church is a wise idea to ensure your wedding date does not coincide with specific religious dates and seasons. Match this with wedding venue availabilities before making a deposit.
The last thing you want is for your guests to feel awkward about all these cultural matters. Setting up a website, and including details in the invitation about the information on attire expectations, food, customs, activities, etc. are necessary.
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When planning for a wedding, hiring a full-service wedding planner may have probably crossed your mind. Though it can be overwhelming to search through their services and identify which ones are essential for you, we have listed down some of the most vital services to spot on when hiring events and wedding planners!
The first and foremost step to break the ice in your wedding preparation is to hire a professional to help you. Your reliable wedding planner will help you develop an initial concept that entails the wedding theme, styling, and the overall feel of the event.
One of the most crucial stages in wedding planning is the planning and creation of a budget. Although it is expected that you already have a ball figure before actually hiring a wedding planner, seeking professional advice will give you insights on how to maximize and manage your wedding budget wisely. Hence, hiring a professional wedding planner includes availing their expertise in budget creation and management.
It is known for a fact that preparing for a wedding takes much of your time, and it may be difficult to juggle other responsibilities aside from the wedding preparations. But, wedding planners are there for a reason. Known to be the masters of time management, professional wedding planners take pride in their ability to squeeze in all pre-wedding activities within the allotted months of preparation. And because of that, there is no need to worry about missing out on an important wedding errand or running out of time!
Wedding planners are there for a reason or two – and most of the time, their connections really do matter! When you hire a reliable wedding planner, that trust extends up to the wedding vendors that they recommend, and you just know that these vendors are the seasoned experts in the wedding industry! This aspect spares you from so much worry about hiring the wrong team of suppliers, and your wedding planner may even help you come up with good contract negotiations!
Who wants to stress about the venue and event on their very own wedding day? You certainly do not want to picture yourself stressing about the insufficient number of chairs while in your wedding dress. Hence, hiring a professional wedding planner saves you from unnecessary stress by managing the logistics needed for the venue and the overall event.
At Mimi Ebichi Events, we make sure to take care of each and every wedding preparation for our clients – just what any couple would dream of. As masters of creativity and time management intertwined, we make your dream wedding come to life. Book a FREE consultation with us today!
We all know for a fact that the wedding industry is ever changing and dynamic. If you are one of the many couples who plan to tie the knot this year, we know you just can’t miss out on the top wedding theme ideas for this year, so here’s a little treat for you as we start your journey on wedding preparation!
We know that vintage-inspired weddings have been around for quite some time now. But with the Bridgerton series hitting our screens, everyone just can’t get enough of the signature pastel and Prussian blue colour palette. This elegant combination can be further infused with lush green foliage and touch of florals to balance out the wood colours.
What better way to welcome your guests than capturing their five senses with the colours, sounds, tastes, scents, and textures of your wedding? Begin with glamming up your wedding invitations by adding a touch of texture with canvas, dry-pressed flowers, or velvet materials. For the wedding reception starters, welcome your guests with cocktails and special appetisers. To add some personality, you may experiment with different dishes of original flavours with spicy notes in the meal for an unusual effect.
For a couple who wants something above and beyond a traditional wedding, a chic wedding theme might be the one that you’re looking for. This elegantly fashionable theme is all about staying on top of trends and taking bold risks – with all the minimalists and mid-century modern designs emerging from the market, there are just a lot of options to pull off a chic wedding.
If you’re trying to tie the knot during the summer season, then a cosy, outdoor Moroccan-themed wedding might be just the perfect fit for you. This kind of wedding theme is abundant with vivid colours, intricate lanterns, flowering fabrics, and elaborate linens. If this appears intimidating and overwhelming for you, minimalist versions are also popular from this line.
Beach weddings have never been off the list from the trending wedding themes every year. Especially now that people have been staying indoors because of the pandemic, many couples want to get that breath of fresh air from having an intimate, romantic beach wedding. What’s good about this beach wedding is the versatility and ample room for creative exploration – you can even combine it with any of the wedding themes mentioned above!
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Planning a wedding can be both exciting and daunting – from choosing a wedding date, reception venue, wedding favors and suppliers, and wedding attire. Then comes the discussion about the wedding budget. No need to fret, we’re here to help! We have listed down below some of the things that are often overlooked when planning a wedding budget.
Crafting your wedding invites surely is fun to do. We’re sure you’ve already planned your matching RSVPs, or maybe you even hired a calligrapher. However, allotting a budget for postage/stamps is something most couples tend to forget. These stamps may not be so pretty as compared to your envelopes and embossed invitations, but they do come in handy and are important when it comes time to mail those out!
Most people understand this as a “tip”. Although giving a tip is highly arbitrary and optional (but recommended), it is always worth it to give extra gratitude to the people who have worked far and beyond during your wedding. If you’re hiring a handful of wedding staff and suppliers, make sure to set aside enough amount of budget for the tip!
While you are looking forward to hiring a reliable and good-quality wedding caterer, we’re sure you are also prepping up for the much-awaited taste test and dry runs. Although most wedding caterers include the taste test in their service fees, there are still some suppliers who make this as a separate offer. The best option is to ask about the inclusions of their service and set aside a reasonable amount for taste testing.
When you are envisioning your dream wedding theme and style, you may have overlooked the small details and decorations that must be budgeted too. These additional decorations may include table runners, candles, place cards, escort cards, and other small stationery pieces. While these things may still add up as the wedding preparations progress, it is best to allot a budget for them.
When all the merriments and well wishes have been said and done, giving thanks to your guests who spent their time and resources for you is always a good idea. You want to thank them appropriately and everyone knows a thank you note in the mail is the way to do it. Thank you notes typically aren’t very expensive, but they do cost something, so they should be in your budget.
We at Mimi Ebichi Events take pride in treating our services as a wedding investment. We are committed to bringing blissful wedding celebrations to our valuable clients through our artistry, craft, and wedding planning experiences seasoned through the years. Book a FREE consultation with us today and let’s start this year by planning your wedding!