Bright bold colour combinations, from lush purple teamed with sunshine yellow to vibrant lime green paired with crisp whites are hot colour trends right now, just look at any shop window display this summer! Why not take inspiration from fashion trends and have fun with your wedding with these confident blocks of colour, no matter what season your wedding will be in.
Above image from www.onewed.com
Lime Green & White mood-board by The Wedding Company
Or…what about mustard yellow mixed with burnt orange for a modern take on a ’70’s retro combination?
Modern Mesa & Marigold mood-board and invitations by Bella Figura
We haven’t had the pleasure (yet) of orchestrating a wedding at Sevva, the 13,000 sq ft penthouse restaurant perched on top of Prince’s Building, but we’d love to one of these days! Great food, amazing terrace in the heart of Hong Kong… pricey drinks though.
Anyway, here are some images from their website to inspire you!
Their wraparound terrace has relaxed lounge seating and stunning views in the heart of Central.
Sevva, 25/F Prince’s Building, Central
Getting started on your wedding planning is a big first step!
When should we get started? What can a planner do for me? How does it all work? What are the charges? These are the most common questions that are asked at almost every consultation at The Wedding Company so we will endeavor to de-mystify the whole process.
Our clients are often but not always ‘Type A’ personalities. They know what they want (sometimes down to the smaller details, sometimes not) and need someone to execute their vision. They are highly accomplished, organized and want to be involved with the whole process with an unbiased third party to help them brainstorm and execute. Trouble is, they may be working in China or have a highly stressful job as a stockbroker, lawyer or a banker and don’t have enough hours in the day. On top of that, they are likely to be in the middle of an IPO or renovating their marital nest. They are looking for someone who understands their taste and efficiently gets things done so they can get the most out of the financial investment they have put into their wedding and enjoy it without stress. Actually, most of our clients fall into this category!
Couples who come to The Wedding Company for an initial consultation typically fall into the following phases of the planning cycle:
The Pre-Planning Stage: They may have just started planning their wedding in Hong Kong and have no idea where to start, when to get married, how many guests to invite and where to get married. These clients approach us up to two years in advance. We usually advise them to draw up a guest list first then book their venue and come back to us a year before their wedding date. Booking a venue is easier said than done, we completely understand. Good venues in Hong Kong on auspicious days are like gold dust in this town but that’s another topic altogether!
Getting Organized Stage: These clients may have already set a date/venue (a year ago) but its now six months before their wedding and they have been putting off the planning due to work commitments or mere procrastination. Now, their parents are breathing down their neck and their friends want details so they had better get started one way or another. In an ideal world, once you have locked in your venue and set your budget, couples should plan for a six to nine months lead time.
Panic Stage: Couples may or may not have gone through the above two stages but suddenly for whatever reasons, plans changed or they never actually committed to any vendors. Now, they need to get married urgently in the next 2-3 months and all their best-laid plans (if they had any to begin with) have gone out the window!
Throw in a mother-in-law or two (who has a completely different viewpoint), a stressful 15 hour day at work (or cramming for law exams..you fill in the blank) and a well-meaning group of married girlfriends or aunties with a ‘wealth’ of contradicting advice, its no surprise that each and every week we have a steady stream of potential clients who, no matter what their story is, simply needs help!
A competent wedding planner should be able to clearly identify the couple’s needs and offer them a well-thought out solution. Don’t be swayed by a company’s pretty website (a new planner in town simply uploaded all their favourite images from Style Me Pretty, not of their own work!), its a planner’s experience that matters.
At the initial consultation, we ask lots of relevant questions to get to know the couple and to determine the type of wedding and budget they have in mind so that we can propose the right fee and a sensible plan of action. We show our portfolios and outline the way we work and what we can and cannot do for a client (their seating chart for one!). We expect clients to ask us questions about the services we offer, our working method and how we add value. At the end of the day, it comes down to the right fit between planner and couple. Both parties need to feel that they are working with someone they can trust and communicate with effectively.
We have limited quantities of Elum Design’s beautiful keepsake stationery box filled to the brim with over 300 pieces of beautiful letterpress stationery. This has to be the ultimate desk set, perfect for someone who appreciates the gift of a hand-written note, so rare in the frentic pace of urban living.
Priced at HK$1300 each and available exclusively in Hong Kong at The Wedding Company.
Every now and again, we get a nervous groom on the phone or by email who wants to know if we can help plan the engagement proposal. Kudos to them to even admit they need help (we all know how hard that can be for some guys!) and so we thought we’d put a few suggestions out there to help these grooms-to-be along.
Proposal Tip #1: Stay true to yourself
Its hard enough to stay cool with the ring burning a hole in your pocket, imagine if you were even more out of comfort zone be it on a hike if you’re not a hiker , on a boat if you suffer from seasickness or dressed up to the nines in a fancy restaurant when you’d rather be in jeans and a t-shirt. She loves you for who you are, not who you pretend to be so stay true to yourself.
Proposal Tip #2: Remember Murphy’s Law!
The popular adage “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong” applies to proposals too! Make sure you have thought your plan out carefully and have your back-ups ready, be it an umbrella for sudden downpours, a quick getaway if she says ‘no’ (just kidding) or a ready, well thought-out answer if you intend to surprise her with dinner or other plans!
Proposal Tip #3: Let others in on it
Rope in the concierge, the valet parker, her parents, anyone to make it easier for you. Deep down inside, most people are hopeless romantics and will be thrilled to help you execute your proposal plan. You do have a plan, right?
Proposal Tip #4: Book a photographer
In the excitement of it all, wouldn’t it be great if you had a hidden photographer pop out and snap a few photos just at the right time to capture the look of utter joy on her face? This usually works but you have to be fairly confident that she will say ‘yes’!
Have you got any ideas you’d like to share with us? Don’t be shy, let us know and we will post your comments!