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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 …

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Contract

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Contract – an agreement entered into by the couple and the supplier. It contains stipulations regarding the reservation of the date, requirements, crew meals, cancellation, and change of date among others. It also has the basic details of the wedding/event: names of the bride and groom, addresses, contact details, date, time and venue of ceremony, and time and venue of reception. The Contract should stipulate all provisions and requirements that need to be agreed on by the supplier and the client so that they can have a shared understanding of all inclusions and exclusions of the product or services being booked.

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Make Up

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Traditional make-up – refers to the application and blending of make-up using tools like brushes and sponges Airbrush make-up – refers to the application of foundation using an air compressor that blows particles of the liquid make-up on to the face

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Accessories

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Arrhae – refers to the coins that the groom ceremonially gives the bride; more often than not, there should be13 coins with the 13th symbolizing an extra month of bounty beyond the usual 12 months in a year Cord – refers to the binder that is ceremonially placed over the head and on to the shoulders of the bride and groom during the wedding ceremony. It can be made of cloth, ribbon, chain links, and the like. Ceremonial Veil – refers to the veil that will be pinned by the veil sponsors. It is rectangular in shape and big enough to cover the head of the bride and the backs of both the bride and groom. Bible – the holy book; part of most catholic and protestant ceremonies is the passing on of the Bible from the officiant to the bride and groom Note: Do purchase the Bible recommended by your religious denomination. Wedding Candles or Matrimonial Candles – two long candles, usually size E24, which are lit by the secondary sponsors during a Catholic ceremony and before a Protestant ceremony. Matches – two designed boxes of matches given to the candle sponsors so they can light the wedding candles …

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Kinds of Bouquet

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Bouquet – bunch of flowers, tastefully arranged and carried by the bride down the aisle Hand-tied bouquet – a combination of flowers and foliage tied together to create a bouquet Posy or mini bouquet – a smaller version of the hand-tied bouquet Cascade bouquet – from the handle flows the rest of the flowers going downwards, cascading in front of the gown Others:  Boutonniere – a small flower or handmade item attached to the lapel of a suit Corsage – an arrangement of flowers fastened via pins to the chest area of a dress or tied around the wrist of a lady

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Gown

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Silhouette – refers to the basic shape of the gown. A-line – the cut starts below the chest and makes the dress look like a capital letter A. Mermaid – the dress fits closely to the body until the knees where it fans out Trumpet – the dress fits closely to the body until the thighs where it fans out Ball gown – the most princess-type dress silhouette, has a waist, and balloons out from there Sheath – a straight type of dress; it hugs the body but has no waistline Fabric – the cloth used to make the wedding gown Chiffon – transparent cloth that’s delicate and see-through, light and flow Organza – similar to chiffon but stiffer in texture Tulle – looks like net Satin – cloth that’s shiny on one side Charmeuse – lighter, softer, and a bit less shiny than satin Mikado – usually heavier than 100% silk Taffeta – crisp and smooth and holds its shape well Shantung – similar to taffeta but not as finely woven Georgette – lightweight fabric but is not as sheer as chiffon Jersey – stretchy fabric with a matte finish Neckline – refers to the cut of the top …

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Rings

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Engagement Ring – ring given by a man to a woman whom he would like to marry Diamond Shapes Princess cut – cut like a square Emerald cut – like a rectangle with rounded corners Marquise – cut like a oblong but with a pointy top and bottom Heart – shaped like a heart Oval – shaped like an egg Pear – shaped like a tear drop Round – circle cut Wedding rings – bands worn by both the bride and groom during the ceremony Gold – the more pure it is, the more malleable; thus, for wedding rings, it is good to consider 14K or 18K gold since it has already been mixed with copper and zinc and will most likely stand the test of time without getting deformed White gold – gold is combined with zinc, nickel, platinum and silver to come up with the finish that is similar to silver Rose gold – gold is combined with copper to create the rosy color Silver – fine silver is not durable because like pure gold, it is malleable, that is why it is usually mixed with other metals to produce sterling silver which can be used for making …

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Groom Outfit 101

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Barong – embroidered formal attire for men, usually the base is pina or jusi cloth; thus, an undershirt is needed Suit – formal attire for men basically made up of a jacket and trousers of the same cloth/material; requires an inner long-sleeved shirt and a tie. Suspenders – worn to keep the pants in place (given that there are no belt slots)     Vest – worn on top of the long sleeved undershirt and under the suit jacket. This  makes the suit ensemble more formal and is     always worn with a necktie. Tuxedo – basically looks like a suit but has a satin lining on the jacket lapel, the pocket, and the sides of the pants/trousers. It is usually paired with a bowtie. Suit barong – a combination between a suit and a barong, a suit, because it is thicker than the usual barong, and a barong, because it has embroidery

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Hairstyle 101 + Hairpieces

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Tiara – refers to a metallic hair piece that resembles a crown Vine – a hair ornament that resembles an actual vine, a wiry stem with metallic leaves. Brooch – an ornament made of metal and semi-precious stones or crystals. It can be pinned on to a dress or it can be used as a hair piece.

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Entertainment 101

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Full Band – refers to a complete set of instruments plus a vocalist or two — drums, bass guitar, electric guitar, keyboards, etc. They can generally play any song including those for party and dancing time. Acoustic Band – refers to those with no drums, generally, a percussionist takes the place of the drums. Other instruments generally do not need the use of electricity as well, i.e. an acoustic guitar as opposed to an electric guitar. Choir – refers to groups with several vocalists who specialize in blending their voices, usually they have a keyboardist or a guitarist with them, although some groups also sing acapella (without instrumentalists) String ensembles – refers to groups with string instruments (may include a violin, a cello, a viola, a double bass), a keyboard, and a vocalist or two.

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Entourage 101

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Entourage – composed of people who will stand as principal sponsors, secondary sponsors, bridesmaids, groomsmen, best men, and maidens or matrons of honor Principal sponsors – men and women who serve as the witnesses to the marriage contract, and who are deemed fit to guide the bride and groom in their journey as a married couple Secondary sponsors – 3 pairs of men and women who are assigned 3 different roles: first, to light the candles, one on each side of the couple; second, to pin the veil over the head of the bride and on the shoulder area of the groom, and third, to put the cord over the heads and on the shoulders of the bride and groom. The last two pairs will be asked to remove the veil and cord within the ceremony, before the final blessing of the priest, if it’s a Catholic ceremony. There is also a removal of the veil and cord during a Christian ceremony. Bridesmaids and Groomsmen – parties assigned to assist the bride and groom in various pre-wedding and wedding tasks Best Man and Maid of Honor – they are deemed closest to the bride and groom; often, they are requested …

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Styling

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Styling – refers to the process of having your area designed according to a certain theme or a certain palette of colours — it includes florals, props, linen, and the like. Full styling – often includes everything in the reception area, from the registration to the couples area and all the tables inside the reception pavilion. Pocket styling: Registration area – refers to the design of the table or the area close to it with props and florals to showcase the theme and tell people where they are seated. Photo backdrop/nook – refers to the area where guests can have their photos taken at the event — often, a Photo Booth, roving Photo man or an Instagram booth supplier is hired to take and print the photos taken here. That way, guests go home with a souvenir from the couple. If a Photo Booth supplier is hired, the client tells the Photo Booth not to bring their usual tarpaulin backdrop anymore, instead, they will be situated right in front of the photo nook. A photoman could be stationed there before he is asked to go around and take photos of the guests inside the reception hall. An instagram booth would …

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Parts of an Invitation

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Invitation – refers to the item given by the couple to inform prospective guests that they are being requested to attend the wedding of the said couple. The word “item” was used because invitations aren’t always in the form of enveloped cards, some are scrolls, printed on tumblers, printed on fans, printed as books, etc. The parts of a wedding invitation are: Main page – This page contains the names of the parents, the names of the bride and groom, the date, time, ceremony venue and address, and the reception venue and address. Entourage page – This page contains the names of principal sponsors, secondary sponsors, bridesmaids, groomsmen, best man, maid of honor, bearers, and flower girls. RSVP, Attire, and Gift Page – This page gives people RSVP information (name and number and/or email address of the one doing the tallying of responses), the deadline of sending responses, the attire requested for males and females, the notation regarding gifts (including registry information). Map – This page gives guests a general guide as to how they can get to the ceremony and how they will move from the ceremony to the reception venue. It comes in the form of illustrations with …

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Planners and Coordinators

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Planner – refers to the person who will assist the couple from conceptualizing the wedding, to the preparation and planning of the wedding. Coordinator – refers to the person heading a team that will help you prepare for and execute all wedding plans Usually the planner is also the wedding day coordinator who will execute all wedding plans On-the-day Coordination – refers to the package that requires the lead coordinator to have around 2 to 3 meetings with the couple close to the date of the wedding. This package assumes that the couple will take care of all the bookings themselves and will just turn over details for execution. Turnover Coordination – refers to the package that gives the lead coordinator the responsibility of helping the couple complete their roster of suppliers. It also accords more meetings and more assistance regarding details to be completed by the couple. Full Coordination – refers to the package that involves the planner/coordinator right away — from planning the theme to booking the suppliers to the actual execution of plans leading up to and on the day of the wedding.

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AVP 101

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AVP – refers to an audio visual presentation, includes but is not limited to the following: Growing-up slideshow/photo montage – contains pictures of the bride and groom in various life stages (as a baby, a toddler, a student, a professional, with family, with friends). It usually ends with a segment showing pictures of the bride and groom throughout the years of their relationship. Prenuptial slideshow – contains pictures taken during the prenuptial pictorial (if the instruction is to loop it, then sometimes, the audio is either muted or the editor/slideshow producer omits adding music to the slideshow before saving it) Prenuptial video – contains footage taken during the prenuptial shoot — usually a love story AVP or an AVP that showcases the theme of the wedding (travel, movies, vintage, etc.) Save the date video/teaser – a short clip showcasing what was done during the prenup, meant to entice guests to watch the full length video and attend the wedding of the bride and groom Opening Billboard or OBB – also a short clip or a teaser which plays only for about 1 ½ It is played before the grand entrance of the couple within the reception programme. It may contain …