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When thinking of weddings, we immediately think of the damages. It will cost us the venue, guest list, gowns and suits, invites, food among other things. Then, there’s the theme to think about. A whimsical wedding at Blue Gardens, Quezon … Continue reading

Here’s a Mini Checklist Before You Walk the Aisle

This is a simple checklist to keep your head in the game. Preparing ahead of time is key to pulling off anything. Don’t sweat the small stuff and make sure no details are missed on during the big day. Continue reading

DIY Weddings: Five Tips to Make Your Wedding Event A Success!

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One of the most stressful events to plan is a wedding as there are so many logistics involved in creating a successful one. This is why engaged couples rarely take the do-it-yourself route, however when they do, it would take a whole lot of patience on their part and a touch of particularity and meticulousness that would ensure that their wedding event would be a success. Having a DIY wedding comes with many perks as for one, it gives your event that unique and personalized feel and more often than not, it gives your guest that sense of wonder of being at a distinctive wedding they have never been to before. This in itself would already make your big day memorable.

Of course, when couples do take this route, they need to understand that they cannot do everything alone. For one, it would probably be the best tack to leave the catering to the professionals for the wedding event unless they have a relatively small affair wherein a small potluck would be sufficient. One thing couples going for this route should consider is the fact that though they have elected to do DIY, they would also need to seek the help of professionals however minimally just so there is a streamlined flow during their wedding day. So, for those affianced couples considering a DIY wedding, here are a few tips to make your wedding day memorable.

TIP 1: HIRE A PROFESSIONAL PLANNER ON A LIMITED BASIS

You may have wanted to do everything by yourself but consider that hiring a planner (even for just a limited time) would eventually pay off. These professionals do not necessarily have to be with you every step of the way if you are truly considering on doing everything by yourself or are on a tight budget. What they can do for you, however, in a limited amount of time, is offer you creative ideas and options that would likely fit your budget which would all be largely DIY. These are the options that you and your spouse-to-be can pull off without so much of a direction and would not need a professional in order to accomplish. Going for this route would certainly save you a lot of time in planning and brainstorming wedding plans.

TIP 2: KNOW WHERE TO START

If you are really bent on doing it all on your own, you need a good place to start—an aspect in your wedding which would make the other facets of your wedding fall into place. To figure out what this is, it is best if you and your spouse-to-be first come up with an ideal budget for your wedding, look into how much you are willing to spend and how many people you would want to invite. These two are directly proportional to each other, so make sure they coincide and are in congruence to each other. From there, you would have a sense of what type of wedding would suit you best.

TIP 3: THINK TWICE BEFORE ENLISTING THE HELP OF FAMILY

The same advice goes for enlisting the help of your friends. Consider that someone who is emotionally invested in your wedding may lack the necessary objective judgment needed to handle the process smoothly. The reality is, you will have a lot of trouble voicing out your concerns and dislikes when it comes to scrutinizing the choices your relatives have made for you because you are constrained to play polite so as to avoid hurting their feelings. If you truly want to enlist the help of a relative or a friend, be discerning enough in doing so and make sure you are both clear on your terms as to what you want for your wedding.

TIP 4: ANTICIPATE CHANGES

No matter how prepared you are, there will be things that may go wrong and these are inevitable. However, this should not deter you from having a grand day, what you can do instead is to prepare adequately for this. Have contingency plans and be prepared for every scenario that may occur.

TIP 5: KEEP EVERYTHING IN PERSPECTIVE

Always remember that no wedding is perfect, and yours would not be either. However, that does not mean that there are no beautiful weddings and in fact, yours will be. Just keep everything in perspective, enjoy the planning process and remember that this is a one-day event and party and at the end of the day, regardless of whether something went wrong or not, you are still getting married to the love of your life.

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How to have a Minimalist Wedding

 

 

Large weddings are all the rage.

All the frills and add-ons with a huge wedding budget seem to be trending among couples nowadays. This comes with the exhausting stress of staging a big production and would inevitably lead to incurring debts should your spending exceed the allocated budget. However, for practical couples who wish to forgo all extravagance and lavishness and opt for something a little more intimate and more economical, why not try a minimalist wedding instead?

Besides, would it not be a more practical approach to splurge on your honeymoon and save on an affair that would roughly last four hours? Additionally, would it not be better to enter a union that is debt free and in essence, would be worry free from financial stress?  True enough, the perks and benefits of having a minimalist wedding are insurmountable but that does not mean your wedding is going to be less grand or memorable. No, you are still very much capable of having a memorable and wonderful wedding minus the hefty price tag, what is imperative is that you consider what is essential and important to you and your spouse to be. Of course, the wedding does not have to be stripped down to its barest essentials; the key is to strike a balance between what you want and need and striking an appropriate balance. And once everything is in place, you will soon food that you still achieved your dream wedding at such a lesser cost. So, for those of you thinking of having a minimalist wedding, eyes here and incorporate the ideas below into your big day.

Make decisions based on what you like as a couple.

And not to try and impress other people. Remember, the wedding is all about you and not about the guests attending your event. If you want to host a potluck event instead of having a wedding catering, then do not let anyone stop you from having it. This is your wedding and the choices you make should be because you and your spouse to be choose it to be so. Decisions based on what you have observed in other’s people wedding will result not only into a steeper wedding bill, but a less authentic wedding.

Eliminate the unnecessary and focus on what is important

This is essentially why you are holding a minimalist wedding. It is because you want to do away with the frills and other excess that big and grand weddings have. Remember not to get sidetracked by the suggestions of your family, relatives or friends and have a better resolve in deciding what is best for you on your wedding day. When you feel like you are about to be sidetracked, always remind yourself of which is more important to you—a grand ceremony or a better honeymoon with your soon to be spouse?

Have a budget and stick to it

Ideally, you should be well aware of what is important to you before you can have a budget. To arrive at one, determine the costs of each and every single of your imperatives and then add everything up. If you have a budget ceiling in mind, try to see if the total sum of your items listed would not exceed it. If it does, go back to step one and eliminate those that you have included that are unnecessary and if you are still way over your budget, determine the ways you may want to take to avoid going into debt ( taking a second temporary job, asking a family member to help out, looking for cheaper options, compromising, etc.)

Forgo Traditions

Instead of giving your guests a tangible invitation, why not opt to go digital instead? Take advantage of technology by emailing them or by orchestrating a Facebook event where all of your guests can congregate and intermingle online. Keep your guest list intimate and as much as possible limit to close friends and family members. Opt for a hassle-free reception without staff and have your guests serve themselves—the possibilities are endless, you just need to think out of the box.

Keep it simple

Having a minimalistic wedding is about not stressing the details and keeping everything modest yet inordinately beautiful in its own way. Whether it may be your décor, dress, reception, suit or whatever aspect in your wedding, remember to keep it low key.

 

Celebrating your big day does not mean you have to go broke for the rest of the days you will both love as a couple. Remember, there is beauty in simplicity and a certain uniqueness in weddings that do not try so hard and are unassuming when it comes to details. And who are we to tell if you might influence your engaged to try a minimalist approach to their wedding and start a new trend.

December Wedding Food Ideas

 

 

December weddings make for a lot of theme ideas.

You can go with the traditional winter wonderland theme or go with the obvious which is in sync with the holiday spirit and go for a Christmas theme. Well, whatever your theme may be, you may want to exploit the season by giving your wedding menu that would most certainly fit your wedding theme. Take advantage of the season by utilizing a delightful menu filled with mouthwatering food and dishes that are sure to keep your guests satiated, toasty and would inspire them to dance on the wedding dance floor.

Consider a visionary themed menu and break away from the traditional and ask your wedding caterer to craft you a menu like no other. From your hor ‘d oeuvres, your cocktails, and desserts, consider these top winter menu on your December wedding.

COCKTAIL HOUR BITES

Complement your wedding champagne with hearty food classics that your caterers can easily fulfill. Reminisce old times and take a fond trip down memory lane by asking your caterer to include whimsical takes on your childhood favorites. Ask your caterer to have waiters pass trays of scrumptious bites served in small portions such as spoonfuls of breadcrumb-coated mac and cheese, small forks of spaghetti and meatballs or Panini lollipops (Panini on a stick). Additionally, you can ask your waiters to serve appetizers such as soup on shot glasses with triangular cheese bites.

SOUPS AND SALADS

To stick with your winter or Christmas wedding theme, serving toasty and hearty soups is imperative and should be your first course. To start off with some of the wintry soup favorites, choose butternut squash with pumpernickel croutons, potato-leek coupled with amaretto crème Fraiche or a rich cheddar potato. Of course, you need to complement your soups with salads with extra seasonal additions such as cranberries, pears, and walnuts. Serve a combination of soup and salad at your wedding by having your caterer place a small bowl of soup on one end of your plate and salad on the other end. If you are serving your food buffet style, consider surrounding the bowl of soup with salad.

MAIN ENTREES

You wedding food should feature main entrees that are more inventive and gourmet if you want an appropriate winter theme option for your food. Main entrees should consist of classic filet mignon that undoubtedly remains to be a favorite, but complement it with roasted spuds on the side in lieu of mashed potatoes. Additionally, you might want to consider getting a risotto cake, wasabi whipped potatoes or a purple potato pancake. Or you might want to give your main entrees a fresh new spin by opting out of the traditional steak and potatoes idea and give your guests a tasting menu that would consist of six or seven small courses. This typically starts with a simple soup such as a pumpkin soup followed by a fish course such as baked salmon and finished off with a meat course like lamb chops.

VEGETABLE ENTREES

Of course, no wedding menu is complete without vegetarian options; you may have vegan guests after all. Instead of crafting a rather boring array of vegetable selections such as a plate of roasted eggplant and mushrooms, ask your wedding caterer to put equal effort into crafting a great vegetable menu as they did on the main entrees. Serve a jumbo Portobello stuffed with cornbread, wild mushrooms, and truffle. Your caterer can be inventive with pasta dishes as well by opting to use whole wheat, spelt or spinach in lieu of plain pasta.

JUST DESSERTS

Be crafty in serving desserts by utilizing self-service candy bars that would serve a dual purpose: dessert and a party favor. However, take it up a notch and adhere to your wedding theme by opting to choose an array of all white desserts. This can range from something as nondescript as white M&Ms; white chocolate covered strawberries, white cakes, white coated chocolate mints, etc. If you want to serve this as a party favor, have your guests scoop their favorites to take home with them in a clear take-out box embellished with you and your spouse’s initials and a logo that is fitting to your theme.

 

Considering a themed wedding? Then incorporate the changes above and give not only your wedding that stylish touch but your wedding food as well.