We’re tying the knot! Now what?
Happy holidays lovebirds! Feeling the December chills lately?
When everyone else is busy wrapping presents and preparing their menu for Christmas Eve, tons of couples out there are also running around jumping from one location to another, searching for the perfect venue, hardworking suppliers, and yeah, you can think of more. And if you’re one of them, well congratulations ‘coz you’re reading something that could give you some tips for your upcoming super special day. Consider this as an early gift because our team loves you guys very, very much! So gather your fav pen and your notebooks or pretty pink papers ‘coz you might get something from what I’ll be jotting down below. ;)
Before you go all excited in booking the suppliers you need for your big day, you must first do some research (tons actually!). Why the heck do you need to do this? You just need to search the net for suppliers and book your heart away, right? Right? Well, no. Really. Trust me.
A great way to start is to familiarize yourself with terms that suppliers usually use. Like for example, our team offers video services like Onsite/Same Day Edit Video, Prenuptial video, Wedding films, Aerial videography, etc. etc. etc… If you do not recognize these terms, well mate, you have a long way to go so better start your day the Google way. ;) Read. Read. And read.
Websites, emails, and social media sites play an important role in the wedding industry today. Most suppliers promote their business and communicate with their clients through these channels. Use these tools. Research. Read client reviews, feedbacks, and comments because the supplier’s previous clients are your best source of information. After all, you have to make sure that you can entrust your special day to these people. There are actually tons of websites and bridal pages you can visit, and you can also join in on forums for wedding preps. Don’t be afraid to chat with other future brides and grooms like you. Share your thoughts with them and you’ll be surprised to find out that you are learning from them too.
You can check out these sites and indulge yourself to more wedding ideas! (I know. You’re welcome. ;))
For those who are a bit tight on the moolah, be wise on your budget and prioritize like a pro. If you want a gorgeous gown or a “swabe” groom’s suit but don’t have the budget for a designer, search on the internet or search Pinterest for ideas and designs. There are dozens of styles to choose from. You just have to look for a talented “manang or manong mananahi” to make your dream gown or suit become a reality. You can also run to the all-time favorite shopping spot of many, “Divisoria”. I have met a lot of brides who purchased their wedding gown in Divisoria. Why not right? What I have heard is that they offer a variety of gowns from the simple-looking ones to the “mala-Disney Princess” type of gowns. Cool huh? You just have to be ready to search and haggle.
Another tip to stretch your budget is to “D.I.Y.” your way to your wedding. I know it sounds scary, but for those couples who want to cut down on their expenses, DIY-ing is a fun and good idea. You can make a lot of stuff for your wedding, from bouquets to invitations, or cute souvenirs and signboards. It’s also a great way to add some personal touch to your wedding day. You can ask your partner to do it with you. Consider it a test of teamwork for you and your hunny-bunny. You also get the chance to bond, let’s say a cup of coffee or hot chocolate while creating your wedding invitations? I’m pretty sure you’d love that. You just have to get your creative juices flowing and you’re good to go.
Here’s a photo of my DIY during one of the bridal fairs we participated in. We didn’t have enough time to prepare and we were actually short on the budget. Most of the stuff we had in our booth were borrowed and handcrafted. But we survived! Lol!
Be wise on choosing where to put your budget into. You just need to learn to prioritize and pay close attention to the stuff you can cross out on your list. Do you really need to spend that big on your wedding shoes? Or do you really have to buy an expensive Eau de toilette when you can actually spend the money on your hotel room or add it to pay one of your suppliers. Be practical but wise. Don’t spend too much on things that won’t probably last long. Keep this thought in mind, “Things end, but memories last a lifetime.”
You’re having a great time with DIY and visiting stores for your wedding essentials. You’ve booked your suppliers for your big day and you’re all pumped-up crazy to just walk down the aisle and say “I do”. But wait, have you talked to your coordinators? Did you meet your videographer and photographer? Have you visited your couturier? Did you talk to your parents or relatives about the plans you’ve made for your wedding? Should you be doing all of these? The answer to that is a BIG YES! You see, communication plays a big part in making your dream wedding come true.
One of my husband’s favorite thing to do is to talk or chat with our clients. He likes getting to know more about them. What’s their favorite food, where do they usually hang out or what’s their favorite thing to do. He would spend time with the couple or the birthday celebrant or their relatives, so he can have an idea of how to create a story for their video. We once did a prenup video of a couple who were both from Batangas and are coffee lovers. They told us they were willing to do a mini-movie for their prenup. So we did! (You can watch their mini-movie below ;))
Your suppliers are your biggest helpers on your wedding and it’s important to let them know what you want and what you don’t like. Chat with them regularly. Talk to them about your ideas and ask them for tips on how to execute your plans flawlessly. You’d be surprised to have gained new friends in them.
Aside from talking with your suppliers, there are important people in your life whom you should be sharing your wedding plans with, and they are your families and friends. There are times when your parents or relatives could get a little or very insistent in including traditions in wedding programs. Should you say yes? Well, it’s all up to you and your partner. But, if you guys prefer the modern approach on weddings, you could talk to them about what you really want. If however, you find yourselves arguing about the issue, try incorporating your family traditions without sacrificing your own happiness. Again, you can run to your suppliers or friends to help and give you ideas on how to squeeze in those traditions without cutting out your plans. So communicate. Communicate. Communicate!
Okay. Now that you’ve got some tips for your big day, I’m gonna be leaving you guys a video that gained a sweet spot in my heart. This wedding is something you’d fall in love with. All the emotions and messages are enough to melt your heart. I got teary-eyed too when Shim read Erica’s letter for him. Just soooo sweet!
So, I’ll talk to you busy bees again soon! I promise to share with you my top 3 favorite Tsiboy Mallari Event Filmmaker 2017 weddings before we welcome year 2018. Feliz Navidad amigos!