Refining Your Guest List For Your Big Day

20 September 2018 in Inspiration

Let’s be honest, weddings are a hassle to arrange, especially big fat Asian weddings with relatives and friends spanning the world and waiting to attend in fashion. This can be said about most Asian events too and certainly trying to reduce the headcount for such special events is a tall order. While it is tough, this article will provide some ideas on how to cut down your list without needing wedding planners to do the job for you, and ensuring your wedding is in line with Government advice.

A useful tip is to livestream your wedding. Tech is huge and used in almost every area of life, so why not incorporate it on your big day, and make it accessible for relatives in remote areas. This innovative way of connecting with friends, colleagues and family, means everyone you would have otherwise invited can now experience your wedding and enjoy in a whole new way – in the comfort of their own homes. Take it to another level and invite your virtual attendees to make a sweet dish or savoury goods so they can enjoy while seeing the couple tie the knot. Attendees can also have their kitchen or backroom dance floor’s ready for a virtual dance-off with the bride and groom or guests on separate online break out rooms!

Another handy piece of advice is to have a child-free wedding. Open honesty and transparency are values you should not put to the side during this time. It will be appreciated by family and friends and in case it’s not, at least you’ve communicated in a frank and polite manner. Weddings typically last between 1-6 hours and more often than not, a bulk of the guests leave after the food is served, making the period of time parents are away from their children quite limited. As long as you communicate effectively, your guests shouldn’t respond in an adverse way. However, to caveat this, do prepare for negative feelings. Be sure to remind your guests this is mainly a result of the current circumstances (Covid-19) and express how much it means to you that they understand this isn’t something you really wanted. Also consider the health conditions of your guests. This can help in reducing your original guest list, as you want to avoid a close friend or relative spreading any symptoms or to see their condition worsen. In the digital age we are in, older relatives and friends can witness the joys via Zoom or Skype.

Another way to downsize your guest list is to consider your relationship with the various people listed in your original roster. As pedantic as it sounds, it is important to assess who you really want to be present on the day and who can participate via a digital platform. No two relationships are the same and evaluating the strength of your relationship with a work colleague you only started talking to a week ago, as compared to a close family relative, is an exercise worth conducting. Make two camps and decide who will fall into the ‘physical attendance’ camp and the ‘virtual invite’ camp. By doing this you will realise you have some non-negotiables and other negotiables who can still enjoy your wedding, albeit from afar.

Being clear and upfront are the golden principles in life. Whether you have friends or relatives from overseas or newly befriended colleagues at work or gym, inviting them virtually means everyone gets to relish your fantastic wedding.

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How To Host a COVID Friendly Party

20 September 2018 in Inspiration

The Covid era seems more than bizarre. Now protracted, it has overstayed its visit as the second lockdown is in full force across the country. There is little certainty about how the year ahead will look and the best bet is we are in this for the long haul. With this in mind, it’s time to get really creative about celebrations – whether that’s a birthday party, bridal shower, wedding party, Christmas party (by no means is this an exhaustive list). This article will provide you with a few tips to kick start your party and see your friends and family delighted even in these unusual times.

Needless to say, you must ensure all celebrations are in line with government guidance and restrictions. This means no overcrowding, refrain from inviting elderly or people who are in the high risk category. It’s best not to expose the most vulnerable to the malignant virus. Given that the rules are perpetually changing, be sure to keep up with the guidelines and laws for obvious reasons. I’m sure you’ve been informed countless times to use a bottle of sanitiser and this applies at parties too, except you’ll need a lot more to cover your guests. The options of celebrating out are almost non-existent, and thus throwing a party at home is the only suitable option. Be sure to abide by the rule of six and invite only those in your support bubble. To maximise the guest number (admittedly, 6 is a very small number for a rave) you might want to seriously consider a virtual party. This is your space to think laterally and come out with some seriously great ideas. You could send a link out to all your guests and stay celebrating online until your heart is content.

Pick a theme! It could be stylish and chic or something macabre although Halloween is over. I’m sure you get the point. You could blow up balloons and assemble a gateway of balloons, adorn your living room in pink satin ribbon or bunting running from one corner of the room to the other. Get your guests to join in on the theme to celebrate in spirit and unity.

Why not introduce some fun games and go into breakout rooms? Riddles, puzzles, an online teams disco party, or whatever you have in mind. With the advent of the internet and instant communication, any idea can come to fruition with the click of a button and some friends willing to have a fun time. Set the date in advance, notify your guests so they can register the special date in their calendars, and make a roster of games, songs and food. Have some light refreshments for the games and once the energy is going and your guests are almost ravenous, present your sumptuous party food and relish every bite. Have your guests cook one dish on your party menu and see everyone tuck in and enjoy a delectable lunch/dinner.

Introduce virtual activities on your zoom or teams call. Depending on your budget you could lead a ‘How to make an aesthetically pleasing cheeseboard’ class and watch your guests produce the masterpiece creation following your instructions. For a birthday party you could host a cupcake session so everyone bakes and has the opportunity to devour cake – a staple for every birthday party!

Bedeck yourself and throw a party to impress. With our catalogue of party service providers, there is no shortage of creative minds that can help you take your party to another level. Go ahead and refresh your zest for parties.

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Pulling of a Covid-19 secure wedding- how is it done?

20 September 2018 in Inspiration

 

In these angst-ridden times, many plans, personal and professional have been delayed and rescheduled. With the government publishing new rules on a frequent basis, it is a stressful period especially for those who had once arranged their weddings on a microscopic level, to now being confronted with their big day waiting in the wings. But no need to fret so much as this article will outline the latest rules and provide some ideas on how to simulate your grand wedding experience in this space.

As of now, the latest Covid-19 guidance for weddings states that no more than 15 people can attend, including the couple and guests. Anyone working at the venue is not included in the limit. In keeping with this, wedding celebrations must be conducted in a way that abides by social distancing guidelines and only sit down meals are permitted in a Covid-19 secure venue. Alternatively, outdoor spaces in venues could be used for an alfresco dining experience.

While the rules seem a slight bit dreary, it is not entirely impossible to have a fun wedding in style. Several wedding suppliers, from photographers to caterers and interior décor designers are still available and offering services to spruce up your venue of choice. An intimate and close knitted wedding consisting of those near and dear to you may just be the perfect environment for an endearing celebration. With the benefit of technology, it is possible to invite members from far-flung corners of the world to join you remotely on your special day. Livestreaming your wedding doesn’t seem outlandish but rather an innovative way to connect with family and friends who can’t be with you physically.

It is important to ensure you have all the necessary items in place to make the attendees feel at ease. To minimise risk of transmission, be sure to have hand sanitising stations dotted around the venue, deep cleaning before and after the wedding and venue staff wearing personal protective equipment (PPE). Go a step further and provide the guests with fancy masks (make sure they meet the safety requirements and not just fancy fabric) they can don, fitting in with the backdrop of the wedding. Customised masks that go with the theme of the wedding can be worn and taken home, and possible even serve to be a nice relic of an extraordinary wedding in rather extraordinary times.

In order to comply with the two-metres social distancing rule, you can place a clear sign stating that you’d like everyone to stay 2 metres apart. You can make a DIY design or get an elegant one made that ties in with your decoration. Using the two-metre rule to your advantage by spacing out chairs and tables seems creative and enables you to be quirky with the overall arrangement. With relatively few people attending your wedding, you can invest more in other big items on the wedding list such as more floral displays and more good quality, ravishing food. You have the liberty to be unconventional and pull of a wedding no one has attended before.

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