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WaW Wedding Tip Sheet: Ento Etiquette

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A friend is getting married! Yay! I’ve been asked to join the entourage? Yay! After the initial giddy feelings, you might ask, “What exactly is expected of me as a member of the entourage?” Allow us to answer your question.  It is becoming common for brides to ask their entourage to share in the cost or to shoulder the cost of their gowns. If budget is too tight, let the bride know so she can make adjustments in her entourage list. Giving her the cold shoulder or putting her in your “seenzone” list just makes the bride anxious. She doesn’t know if you still want in or out. So better to say so as soon as you’re told you need to shell out for your dress as your gift to the couple.  6. You might be asked to give a message/speech. Prepare for it. Don’t just wing it on the day. You will sound like you’re rambling and you might even cause people to leave. Instead, write your outline. Think of what should be in the message. Is it an inside joke? No need to include it. Is it a story that will make the other side appreciate the bride/groom, …

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WaW Wedding Tip Sheet: Guest List? RSVP? I am stressed!

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One of the most difficult tasks of wedding preparations is preparing the guest list. Why is it difficult? First, there’s the RSVP conundrum — some don’t know it’s a requirement to respond, while others simply ignore the need to respond. A few cultures also dictate that RSVP call outs/text blasts are rude and should not be done. Second, the guest list is a combination of so many individuals, emotions, and cultures. So there will be people asking to include others when you specifically gave a seat allotment already. There will be individuals who need to be seated as far apart as possible. Moreover, there will be people who need to be seated in front even if everyone knows they will leave right after eating. Third, the parents usually make their opinions felt when it comes to drafting the guest list. Stress comes in when space & budget constraints come into play. I’m sure you can think of other reasons. But let’s talk about possible solutions to stressors, shall we? Solution #1: Come to an agreement with your parents regarding the number of guests your space and budget can accommodate. Do this early on so that you won’t feel stressed when …

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WaW Wedding Tip Sheet: Invitations

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We’ve been receiving inquiries regarding the preparation of invitations; thus, we thought of writing a blog post regarding the essentials. Top 10 things you need to remember when writing and addressing your wedding invitations: Tricky point: What if you’re inviting a mayor to be your godparent and your wedding date happens to be after elections? What if he loses? What if he wins but for a different position? Response: Just write Hon. (short for Honorable) beside his name. That way, you won’t have to worry about whether or not he would win or change his position. Possible concerns: a. wrong spelling/wrong title b. they also invited other possible godparents or entourage members without telling you in advance c. you forgot to include your parents’ names or their appropriate titles Note: Some invite makers will ask you to sign a form that you read all the items of the invite and you agree that it should be the version that gets printed. Make sure you really read all words included in the invite. That way, no problem will arise later on when you get the whole batch of printouts. The most common way of presenting the names would be this way: …

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WaW Wedding Tip Sheet: Did You Include These In Your Budget?

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Often, one computes the budget according to supplier categories — food/catering, attire, coordination, emcee, photographer, videographer, sound system, projector, musicians, florist, etc. Because such is the case, other items that should be in the budget are forgotten. What are these items?   a) Crew Meals If you will take time to read every contract you signed, you will see this notation. You can get the headcount from the suppliers, or you can ask your coordinator to handle getting the headcount as well as the meal allowance requirement if you’d rather not provide the actual meals. If you will provide meals, you can just stick to getting the number of heads and the number of meals that need to be provided. Meal allowances are between 150 and 250 pesos per head, while actual crew meals usually range from 150 to 450 pesos depending on the source. Please inform your supplier within the week of your wedding if you are providing meal allowances and not actual meals. That way, they can incorporate buying and/or eating out in their schedule/timeline. (In all truth, this is hard to do given the fast pace of preps, but informing the suppliers ahead of time that they …

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WaW Wedding Tip Sheet: Anatomy of an Outdoor Wedding

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Out-of-Town weddings have become popular — in fact, too popular, that suppliers are so used to flying in and out of Manila or going on long drives week in and week out. What does it take to mount one? Let’s focus on out-of-town garden weddings. The ideal timeline would look like this: Friday Check-in at the Preps Venue Saturday Big Day: 6:00 AM – Wake-up and shower, have breakfast 8:00 AM – Start of make-up and hair (Usually there are more people for make-up during out of town events, this assumes bride + 4 to 5 ladies & 1 make-up artist + 1 hair stylist.) 10:30 AM – Arrival of photo and video teams (detail shots using paraphernalia in the bride’s room) 11:00 AM – Lunch delivery, distribution, and actual eating time for all (Count heads very well and order extra packs for unexpected heads; it might not be easy to order from a fast food outlet.) 11:30 AM – Dress up of all those included in the groom’s pictorial; lunch time of the bride 12:00 NN – Groom’s pictorial along with his side (including dress up & detail shots) 1:00 PM – Everyone should be finished with make-up, ladies …

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WAW Wedding Tip Sheet: Anatomy of an Evening Wedding

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While some chose a morning slot and others went for the popular afternoon slot, you decided to go for an evening ceremony slot. What’s the usual timeline? Let’s tackle the 7PM ceremony time since a lot of churches reserve their 6PM slot for angelus, the rosary, and a public mass. What is good? a) If you’re not getting a peak date, you might be able to get away with just checking in early and booking your rooms for just a night instead of the usual 2 nights of other time slots. b) People might be willing to go to your ceremony and reception even if it’s a week night because they can still go to work for half the day or even the whole day then just go to your event after work/school. (Staying on and finishing the programme might be a different story though, especially if the next day is a school/work day.) c) This time slot is good for those who want intimate weddings. Since it’s not a common time slot, the couple can invite only those who are really close to them — the kind who would be willing to sacrifice and sleep late. d) You can …

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WaW Wedding Tip Sheet: Anatomy of a Morning Wedding

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While many would opt for a 10:00 a.m. slot, I decided to focus this post on the most ideal time slot, the 9:00 a.m. ceremony. What’s the usual timeline? Read on. What details do you need to take into consideration? a) Your attrition rate could be higher when you get their responses via your coordinator’s RSVP report. Why? Because this time slot requires everyone to wake up pretty early and if your wedding is on a weekend, some may not be willing to get up even earlier than they would on a week day. Nonetheless, if you really wanted an intimate gathering anyway, the lower number of attendees would be ideal. b) If your wedding is on a weekday, you will have to brace yourself for traffic, so you may need to allot more time for travel between the hotel and ceremony venue & between the ceremony area and the reception venue. It will help to book places that are really close together. c) Note that the early preps would most likely require you to have extra space for your entourage to have their make up done there in your hotel. Maybe a 2-bedroom suite would be better than a …

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WaW Wedding Tip Sheet: I am speechless!

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Since I really spend time preparing reception programmes with my couples, I am often asked about what should be included in the final speech and who should speak. Let’s tackle the question on who should speak. I feel both should be given airtime. However, the longer message should be delivered by the one who can communicate better. I know that seems blunt but you have to admit, it is also practical. Think of one of the basic tenets of communication: the medium is the message. While you’re debating with your spouse-to-be regarding who should have longer airtime or if you can divide the message equally, let me tackle the actual contents of the message that should be delivered during the final speech. First, let me point out that it’s always better to have an outline. That way, you won’t veer off course, say something you will regret later, and ramble on and on. It will help you stick to your division of labor as well, so one does not end up saying what the other one has been planning to say all along. What’s in the outline? 1) Thank God/your creator, without whom, you would not be here today. 2) …

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WaW Tip Sheet: The Perfect Wedding

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They say “the perfect wedding” is a myth. Before you can have the perfect set of suppliers or ensure perfect weather, you will need first and foremost, the perfect couple. How do you become the perfect couple? Let’s take it from those who have already achieved that status. a) They are the ones who researched for suppliers before booking. They joined a reputable online community like Weddings at Work to get feedback from fellow couples before making decisions on whom to book. c) They dutifully did their part as a couple by filling out templates, being fully present during meetings, and properly labelling all turnovers. They also did RSVP call outs and text blasts (either on their own or through their coordinator) and they worked on their guest list with much focus, despite it being one of the most difficult tasks of a couple prior to marriage. d) That way… on the day… they can let go and let God. They can smile with immense joy because they know they are in good hands. They can let little things pass without betraying frustration or disappointment on their faces. They are mature enough to know that things can only be as …

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WaW Column Wedding Tip Sheet: How does one start preparing for a wedding?

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Editor’s Note: This is former Wedding Coordinator extraordinaire, Darlene Tan-Salazar’s very first entry for WaW Wedding Tip Sheet. The Wedding Tip Sheet are practical tips on how to plan, coordinate and organize your wedding efficiently. Did you just get engaged? After the initial high of the proposal comes the daunting task of planning for the wedding and your life together as husband and wife. How does one start planning for a wedding? Below are some suggested steps: A.Inform your parents of your plan to get married before all other details. Avoid planning in secret. Have them say their two cents at the beginning. That’s easier than having to deal with changes when you’ve already prepared and booked a lot of suppliers. Important Note: Join the Weddings at Work community so you can get feedback from real couples regarding your plans and prospective suppliers. B. Decide on what kind of wedding you want to have — intimate, mid-size, or big; within the metro or out of town; formal or laidback. Scout for suppliers to have a general idea regarding how much they cost, then plan, and make a realistic budget before even booking anybody. C. Decide on your ceremony venue. The …