Guestbook signing is often an overlooked wedding tradition, where guests write a little something for the newlyweds, making a beautiful keepsake for the couple by which to remember their most memorable day. At traditional weddings in Hong Kong, guests would sign their names in black pen on a long piece of red silk or In an accordion style book bound in silk. These days however, couples are getting more and more creative with the ways they would like their guests to leave their mark at the wedding, eschewing the traditional guestbook for other interactive ideas.
Rather than hastily scripting a few words on paper, why not write on the backs of puzzle pieces? This Etsy seller handcrafts her puzzles (send over your favourite photo from that pre-wedding shoot!), which also makes for a fun activity for your guests. Order ahead of time as production takes about 12 weeks.
One of our brides left Polaroid cameras on tables around the dinner reception for guests to self-snap and glue into blank albums. Expect plenty of silly pictures by the end of the evening.
Invite everyone to doodle your guestbook. A great idea if you’re expecting lots of tiny guests (with supervision of course!)
Have family and friends drop a note (such as their favourite memory of the both of you) in a treasure chest and stash it away, then dig it up on your first or fifth anniversary! We think it’s well worth the wait.
For couples who love to travel and expecting an international guest list, have well-wishers place these on a custom-made world map… They could either mark the place where they’re from, where they met the Bride or Groom, or their favourite country!
For a nervous Bride, there is nothing more terrifying than to wake up on your big day only to discover a glaring blemish on your forehead. Or, that you didn’t manage to shed those last few pounds as planned and now find yourself panicking about having to squeeze into that wedding gown, which was made one dress size smaller (and with no extra room to let out!).
Our planners here at The Wedding Company have all heard of these horror stories and know how important a healthy diet, exercise regimen and beauty upkeep play into giving you that beautiful “glow” on the day. Here are several tips to follow to get that healthy physique and gorgeous skin, plus some of our favourite treatments and products!
1. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, excess salt and sugar. Always — and we can never say this enough — drink plenty of water! Also, why drinking water may help you lose weight, as chimed by CNN’s Dr. Gupta.
2. Get a full 8-hour sleep every night and be sure to get to bed before midnight. The best of eye creams out there won’t do a better job of erasing under-eye bags than catching up on your z’s will!
3. Drink fennel tea. Fennel not only helps boost your metabolism and aids in weight loss, but also offers a myriad of other health benefits. Try making yourself some Iced Pomegranate-Fennel Green Tea and sweeten it with a bit of honey. It’s healthy & refreshing!
4. A glass of warm water mixed with 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar taken first thing in the morning. This folk remedy that has long been used is believed to help cleanse your digestive system and aid in weight loss.
5. Avoid erratic eating habits: Skipping a meal after a big, hearty one won’t do you any good, as your metabolism slows down to compensate for the lack of nutrients. Slowly cut back and always eat any food in moderation. Or, opt for 5-6 smaller meals a day to keep your metabolism up. Maintain a balanced diet of healthy foods, with lots of fruits and vegetables.
6. Exercise daily and in the mornings. This will help raise your metabolism throughout the day!
8. Get a facial (and other beauty treatments) every month or two leading up to your wedding. Just don’t suddenly try anything new in the weeks before the big day! Experience the signature Triple Oxygen Treatment from Bliss at the W Hong Kong for an instant healthy glow, or the 105-min Steep Clean (whose name doesn’t quite do it justice!) which promises to keep fine lines and breakouts at bay. Bliss also carries the amazing advanced skin care line by SkinCeuticals, which we highly recommend.
10. Lastly… A winning smile ensures that no one will notice anything else!
by Roanne | Image from Bliss
For those of you who missed the popular Wedding Showcase that we organized at InterContinental Hong Kong a few weeks ago, here are some photos from the luxury wedding fair of the year!
We wanted to take this opportunity to thank the team at InterContinental Hong Kong for their trust and support and a big thank you goes out to our incredible group of vendors and sponsors who tirelessly promoted the Fair to their clients, patiently filled out countless forms, attended briefings and spent hours on their booth design! We are honoured to be working alongside such talented individuals.
The iconic white marble staircase gets a makeover with an ivory chiffon ‘tunnel’, dappled lighting and pretty flowers sponsored by Blooms n’ Blossoms
Creative and inspiring invitation designs from Limetea Design Studio
One of our highly talented floral sponsors, The Wood
The Wedding Company’s booth at the Fair!
Our ‘other’ booth featuring letterpress invitation designs from Elum Designs
Our favourite wedding cake!
Live ‘mannequins’ modelling the latest gowns accented by gorgeous bouquets from Solomon Bloemen not to mention the stunning pearl jewelry by Paspaley
There’s even a video, click on the link below
We have a great team here at The Wedding Company and our staff truly are our biggest assets. Like little elves, they shadow our planners in the choreography of a wedding (which, for some of our brides, could take up to a year!). With so many events to juggle and details to oversee, their extra hands and detailed follow-up help ensure everything runs like clockwork.
Today’s post features one of our Assistant Events Coordinators. Don’t let her petite frame and sweet smile fool you: This girl’s no fledgling. From keeping clients updated on a regular basis and negotiating contracts with vendors, to cueing the wedding processional music and fetching the mother-in-law’s sister’s husband for the group photo, she diligently carries out every task with flair. Here, she tells us a little more about her role and how she got into the business.
The youngest member of the TWC family
Can you tell us a little about yourself? How did you land the role at The Wedding Company?
I am an Anthropology fresh graduate from University College London. During the seven years spent studying abroad, I evolved from someone who never appreciates unfamiliarity (and therefore crying practically every day in the first few months!) to someone who gets excited with novelty. My previous internship in the Public Relations field testified that I enjoy doing things that are somewhat different every day; eventually I decided to explore into the event/wedding planning profession. Coincidentally, I came across The Wedding Company with a working culture of “no two days are alike” and I thought, “Perfect!”
On the Day setup: a wedding favour (homemade biscotti!) for each place setting
In your opinion, an events coordinator must be (fill in the blank)?
An events coordinator must be committed. You have to be wholeheartedly dedicated to the event/wedding in order to master the role of an events coordinator. It is almost as if you are coordinating your own wedding in that you constantly try to find the best options for the couple, but having to think one step ahead so as to offer guidance during the planning process. You also have to be able to think on your feet on the day!
Lunching at Tim’s Kitchen
What is your favourite part(s) of a wedding?
My favourite part of a wedding is always the wedding ceremony, especially when the bride and groom are exchanging their marriage vows. You might wonder why that is, since the vows are often times very similar except for the names of the Bride & Groom. Yet whenever I see the groom nervously reading his vows with a shaky voice, or the eyes of the bride watering as soon as she hears “so long as we both shall live”, I always end up with gleeful tears.
Overseeing a wedding cocktail reception.. There she is!
If you could plan a wedding at any venue of your liking and anywhere in the world, what and where would it be?
I know this sounds silly but I have always imagined planning a wedding underwater; somewhere with white sandy beaches, deep blue seas and turquoise reefs. Surely there would be a great deal of challenges but I believe a scuba diving wedding experience best depict the relationship between a loving couple – romantic and breathtaking!
Putting together a mood board for a client
For a bride-to-be starting to plan her wedding, what single piece of advice would you give her?
Limit the number of guests. Whilst every bride want as many friends as possible to see how beautiful she is or how chic and elegant the décor is on this very special occasion, the more guests there are the less time she has to interact with them. Limiting the guest list also keeps your budget on track.
We received these beautiful macaroons from one of our sweetest Brides-to-be
Please share your advice with those looking to get into wedding planning.
If you are interested in wedding planning because of its sociability, think twice. Being a wedding planner is both sociable and unsociable. Yes, you get to meet a lot of new people, but at the same time you spend a large amount of time in front of the computer – often at hours when your friends are at dinner gatherings or your family is off having weekend breakaways. Wedding planning is undoubtedly fun, but just make sure you know what you’re getting into!
Interview by Roanne
Just a quick post to let you know that the Shopbop Wedding site has debuted! With brands such as Thakoon, Lela Rose, Halston Heritage not to mention 3 days delivery by DHL to Hong Kong and bridal specialists on hand, its just another option in case you can’t find what you’re looking for here in Hong Kong! Click here!