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Wedding season is right around the corner and many brides have already started to pick out their bridesmaids for their bridal party.  If you have ever been in a bridal party before – you know what the true financial impact it can have on your very own pocket book.  For those of you who are new to this arena, we thought we would highlight a few things so you can be ready when your invitation to be bridesmaids occurs.

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The most common components of being a bridesmaid that one would typically think about would be the attire.  These would include the aesthetic components of being a bridesmaid.  This includes a few core elements:

  1. Bridesmaid’s dress, suit and/or attire –  The basic reality is, that most dresses that the bride chooses for her bridal party – bridesmaids will never be able to wear again.
  2. Shoes  – Hopefully the bride won’t pick mustard yellow, or some other colour you will never be able to wear again.
  3. Accessories – the bride will let you know if she wants necklace, bracelet and/or earrings.
  4. Hair stylist – no more fly away, unruly styles.  You will get all dolled up by the professional.
  5. Make-up artist – no need to worry about the jitters with make-up application because the professional is going to make you picture perfect.
  6. Perfectly polished nails; both hands and feet (especially if you are wearing sandals without hose).

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There are some other key factors that both bride and bridesmaids ought to consider:

  • Bachelorette party and/or bridal showers – Some brides end up having multiple parties and showers.  Therefore, it is best to be clear if there are financial contributions required for each event on behalf of each bridesmaid.
  • Destination Wedding – who is going to cover the cost of flight, accommodations and food for the bridesmaid that needs to travel to get to the wedding.
  • Gifts – is the bride going to expect a bridal shower gift and a wedding gift

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There is also one very important element that neither bridesmaid nor bride really considers and that is – time.  As a bridesmaid, if you have a very busy work schedule, or you are reliant on working as many hours as possible to maintain your position in a company – then you will need to carefully ponder over what amount of time commitment you will need to help a bride throughout the planning process.  Here are a few things that will require time:

  1. Dress and shoes – you’ll likely have to go for various appointments to try on dresses and shoes with the other bridesmaids.  Then once they are ordered, you’ll have fitting appointments to attend.
  2. Planning events – as a bridesmaid, you will likely need to help organize and plan events such as shower(s) and bachelorette(s).  How much time this equates to will depend on the number of events and the complexity of the events.  If the plan is to do more of a DIY event, then you’ll need to factor in time for shopping, making and assembling items, set-up and take down.
  3. Hands on help – the bride may need help with invitation assembly, tying favor tags, writing out place cards, assembling ceremony programs, etc.  Again, how many hours, will really depend on the complexity or intricacy of the components.

Bridal Party from Asian Fusion Weddings – Image courtesy of  www.EwanPhelan.com

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When you have a mixed cultural wedding, lines of finances can even be blurred further.  For Chinese wedding customs, the bride and groom pay for all the bridal party’s attire, shoes, accessories, hair stylist, make-up artist and nails.  However, the bride and groom do not purchase a gift for the bridal party members.  This would be the exact reverse for Western wedding cultures.  The bridal party would pay for all those items, and then the bride and groom would purchase a gift.  Essentially the dollar figure spent is exactly the same, but the funds are coming out of a different wallet.

 

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If you are in the predicament where you have been asked to be a bridesmaids, but simply cannot afford to either pay for all the attire and activities – and/or you are not able to contribute the amount of time that is needed to help the bride, then be honest with yourself and the bride.  Being best friends with the bride means that she will understand that you need to pay rent and make student loan payments.  Being best friends of a gracious bride means that she will thank you for being upfront and honest.  It’s best to stay as friends for life, rather than have no friendship at all after the wedding.

Bridal Party from Asian Fusion Weddings – Image courtesy of www.Ikonica.ca

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If you’ve got any bridesmaids concerns or questions, don’t hesitate to give us a ring at 416-918-3891 or drop us a line at services@asianfusionweddings.com.

 



Wendy is a Toronto WEDDING PLANNER whose specialty is “East marries West” weddings in the Greater Toronto Area, New York area, Vancouver area, Los Angeles area, Southern California and in the beautiful destination of Bali, Indonesia.

Whether you need wedding planning assistance or wedding day coordination, Wendy can help you design your most memorable wedding day. CONTACT HER today, she’d love to hear from you.



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Last month I had the privilege of being on OMNI Focus Cantonese to speak about decorating your home for Chinese New Year with Carmen from Devoted to You.  It’s a program that is taped in the Breakfast Television and CityLine studio in downtown Toronto and broadcast in south western Ontario.

I had only ever been on camera once for an interview several years ago for CTV about the shark fin soup ban in Toronto.  Here are some tips to keep in mind when you are on camera.  Many thanks to Pepper and Light for taking photos during the taping.

 

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a) Ease of speech and share your expertise – In many ways, this experience was completely different than being on CTV.  For starters, it was all in Chinese.  Gulp!  Yep, Chinese is not my native language since I was born in Canada.  However, my Chinese is conversational enough that my bride’s and groom’s parents are really surprised that I was actually born in Canada.

Needless to say, there was some homework on my part before going on camera.  I needed to know what are the Chinese words for certain things like charger plate.  Funny enough, there isn’t a direct translation for charger plate in Chinese!!  Therefore, I could describe its function – a decorative plate where one places another plate on top.

My take away is to be prepared.  I was given the questions ahead of time by the TV anchor and generally scripted all the answers for Carmen and I.  Essentially, you want to come across as being the polished expert and not have trouble expressing your words due to nerves.  Therefore, rehearsing it before hand will also help you remember what you are planning to say even under pressure.

 

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b)  Sharing the spotlight  – Remember, the host of the program is there to help keep the momentum of the interview running smoothly and might even want to run things through with you right before taping; as in our case.  Therefore, there is no need to talk over the host.  He is there to share his spotlight with you.  Be extra polite because you are on someone’s else home turf.  You never know, if they like you – you might even get invited back for more interviews.

If you are part of a team, you will want to ensure that each member gets even coverage if possible.  Therefore, discussing it before hand what areas of focus each member will address would be very helpful.  Sometimes things just can’t be evenly divided 50/50 and that’s ok.  There’s room for everyone to receive recognition.

 

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c) Be camera ready and look the part – since we knew what our topic entailed, we decided to dress the part as well.  It’s important to know how the camera reacts to patterns such as stripes, plaid, check, etc.  Therefore wear attire that is professional in appearance.  Initially we were told that we were going to be sitting on stools.  Therefore short skirts were not something that we were planning to wear.  We didn’t want to feel too self-conscious about ensuring that our legs be crossed in a certain way.  We wanted to feel completely as ease while on camera.

Hair and make-up is a must for the camera.  My gorgeous look was created by Nicole Richard’s team.  I completely had faith that Nicole’s team would transform me.  They are the experts at what they do, so I simply told them that I was going to be on TV and they got to work.  I had complete trust that they would make me camera ready.  It’s no surprise, but even our handsome host had some on!

 

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d) Props and other items for display – since our TV interview was about decorating at home, we set up two place settings with coordinating linens that could be filmed.  We also provide photographs and video for OMNI in case they wanted to splice some extra things into the program.

Since we knew ahead of time how much time we would be given to set up, we brought what would be manageable in that time frame.  We were also informed about parking and loading in/loading out procedures that made it easy for us and for the TV crew.

When the table was completely set up, the camera crew then tested our microphones and looked through the cameras.  They told us where to stand, and then immediately told me how far I could move left and right because of the height of our menu card and the size of the floral arrangement.  So if you watched the interview on TV, you’ll now understand what I didn’t move much at all.

 

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e) Last but not the least, take a deep breath and enjoy the ride – this segment is only about 10 minutes long.  Time really ticks away quickly.  It actually took longer to set up than the interview itself.

 My best advice is to just be yourself and act natural.  Don’t chew gum on camera.  Don’t get distracted by the lights and camera.  Just simply focus on what the host is asking and give your answers accordingly.

 

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Since the interviewed aired, both my Chinese speaking friends and non-Asian friends have watched the segment.  I’ve watched the interview a couple of times just so that I can think about ways of improving things the next time around.  It was also pretty neat to surprise my dad in particular; since he watches OMNI Focus religiously.  It was definitely fun and loved every minute of it!!

 

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Wendy is a Toronto WEDDING PLANNER whose specialty is “East marries West” weddings in the Greater Toronto Area, New York area, Vancouver area, Los Angeles area, Southern California and in the beautiful destination of Bali, Indonesia.

Whether you need wedding planning assistance or wedding day coordination, Wendy can help you design your most memorable wedding day. CONTACT HER today, she’d love to hear from you.



 

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This is a particularly sweet Valentine’s for us this year.  Our incredibly talented team pulled together an amazing creative Chinese New Year style shoot in less than 2 weeks!!

Not only did we have a phenomenal creative team, we were also shown so much love from a vast array of wedding industry professionals, wedding blogs, wedding planning websites, and so many others from around the world.  We really want to express our love and gratitude to everyone involved.  For those of you who love video, then you’ll love this video created by Summerfield Films.

 

 

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Concept design Asian Fusion Weddings in collaboration with Devoted to You

ProducerAsian Fusion Weddings

Associate ProducerDevoted to You

Photography Pepper and Light

Cinematography Summerfield Films

Floral and DecorThe Social Rose

Modern Asian theme sweets tableTruffle Cake and Pastry

Traditional Asian theme sweets tableLe Dolci

Stationery Maison Maquette

Modern Asian table top rentalsPlate Occasions

Traditional Asian table top rentalsEvent Rental Group

Chair rentalsDivine Furniture Rental

Linens – Around the Table

Custom Tray of TogethernessEPD Engineered Plastic Design Inc.

VenueEstates of Sunnybrook MacLean House

Chinese tableware – Wendy’s private collection

 

Hugs to NICOLE RICHARDs for my glamorous look and helping me be camera ready!!

 

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And to my dearest husband as well as my 3 kids, I never thought this is where our family would be  – but what an incredible journey it has been!!  I love you guys more than I can say.  And honey, look I got to wear my wedding shoes again!

 



Wendy is a Toronto WEDDING PLANNER whose specialty is “East marries West” weddings in the Greater Toronto Area, New York area, Vancouver area, Los Angeles area, Southern California and in the beautiful destination of Bali, Indonesia.

Whether you need wedding planning assistance or wedding day coordination, Wendy can help you design your most memorable wedding day. CONTACT HER today, she’d love to hear from you.



 

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It has been a whirlwind of activity since Toronto Star (Canada’s largest nationally circulated newspaper) engaged Wendy in an editorial Chinese New Year style shoot.  In just under 2 weeks, we had to design, plan and execute this richly detailed photo shoot.  We were asked to create two table top designs that were each distinctively unique, but still reminiscent of Asian style and flair.

The second look was created using a more modern muted palette of blue, pink and white.  The inspiration came  from Wendy’s grandmother’s Ching Tung blue and white porcelain pattern.  Its beauty has also captivated the hearts of those in the West for many generations. The French call it “blanc de Chine”. There are various blue and white porcelain patterns which lend themselves to a Chinoiserie feel in design and decor.  This is currently a really hot trend.

With this more modern setting, Wendy collaborated with THE SOCIAL ROSE to create a floral masterpiece in a more garden style.  We think The Social Rose created another phenomenal tabletop centrepiece design!!

Wendy worked really hard to garner as much exposure for the team’s shoot as much as possible.  We are extremely grateful that so many other media outlets loved the team’s work.  Thank you to Toronto Star, Elegant Weddings, EventSouce, OMNI Focus Cantonese, Calgary Bride, Real Wedding Canada, Cultural Wedding Planner, Strictly Weddings, Edbury Collections – UK and Her World Plus – Singapore for featuring our team’s talents.

Here are the gorgeous images from the Chinese New Year’s Shoot as  captured by PEPPER AND LIGHT.  Please give a huge round of applause to our amazing team…

This modern Asian inspired table designed was featured on a rectangle table.  This was deliberately chosen as most Western dining tables and Western restaurants are rectangle tables.  Wendy paired white chairs that have a Zhen vibe but having a modern style.  This design could easily be translated for a bridal shower, a pastel water colour theme wedding or even a baby shower.

 

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The beauty of the blue and white porcelain pattern, is that you can mix and match.  It doesn’t need to be the exact pattern.  In fact, it’s best not to be matching things identically.  The key design element is that the patterns are similar, with the tones and hues of the blues being similar.

 

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As this design was meant to have more of a garden feel, the floral blooms used are hydrangea, roses, garden roses, ranunculus,  and berries.  They flowers were arranged in a more loose and organic feel.

 

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We then also matched charger plates hand crafted from Italy, and a blush pink water goblet to emphasize the tones of blues and pinks.

 

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We also opted for a more modern and sleek white and gold statement flatware.  Again, mixing modern elements with more vintage ones like the china and the glassware.

 

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Again, what a fun modern interpretation of stationery for Chinese New Year.  We love the firecracker that has the lucky money rolled up inside!!

 

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This gigantic Ferrero Rocher chocolate presentation in its own custom lucite is a fabulous parting favour for your guests.

 

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What a fabulous sweets table display!!  Hitting all the colour palette tones of blues, pinks and whites, yet including the symbolism associated with Chinese New Year.

 

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We can just imagine all the guests ooh’s and ah’s  of delight when they see this delicious sweets table after  dinner.

 

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We absolutely adore the Rooster medallions on these cupcakes for Chinese New Year.

 

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The flowers on these cupcakes look to exquisite to eat!!  The macaroons are detailed with the Chinese character “Fook”, which means fortune and good luck.  Things that are wished for in the coming year.

 

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Wendy is a Toronto WEDDING PLANNER whose specialty is “East marries West” weddings in the Greater Toronto Area, New York area, Vancouver area, Los Angeles area, Southern California and in the beautiful destination of Bali, Indonesia.

Whether you need wedding planning assistance or wedding day coordination, Wendy can help you design your most memorable wedding day. CONTACT HER today, she’d love to hear from you.



 

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It has been a whirlwind of activity since Toronto Star (Canada’s largest nationally circulated newspaper) engaged Wendy in an editorial Chinese New Year style shoot.  In just under 2 weeks, we had to design, plan and execute this richly detailed photo shoot.  We were asked to create two table top designs that were each distinctively unique, but still reminiscent of Asian style and flair.  The first look was created using the traditional palette of red and gold.  The inspiration came  from Wendy’s grandmother’s Mun Shou Longevity Chinese porcelain pattern.  With this more traditional setting, Wendy asked The Social Rose to create a floral masterpiece in an Ikebana style.  We think The Social Rose created a phenomenal tabletop centrepiece design!!

Wendy worked really hard to garner as much exposure for the team’s shoot as much as possible.  We are extremely grateful that so many other media outlets loved the team’s work.  Thank you to Toronto Star, Elegant Weddings, EventSouce, OMNI Focus Cantonese, Calgary Bride, Real Wedding Canada, Cultural Wedding Planner, Strictly Weddings, Edbury Collections – UK and Her World Plus – Singapore for featuring our team’s talents.

Here are the gorgeous images from the Chinese New Year’s Shoot as  captured by Pepper and Light.  Please give a huge round of applause to our amazing team…

This traditional Asian inspired table designed was featured on a round table.  This was deliberately chosen as most Chinese families would eat at home or in Chinese restaurants at round tables.  Wendy paired black chairs that have a Zhen vibe but  also had  a mid-century modern style.

 

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The floral arrangements featured deep red roses and cymbidium orchids.  Popular blooms for Chinese weddings as well.

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We showcased gold flatware, gold rimmed stemware and gold bead charger plates to accent the gold floral vases.

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Chinese households used the Mun Shou Chinese porcelain china pattern a lot in the past.  These were from Wendy’s grandmother’s china collection.

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We adore this modern chopstick holder presentation – simply yet striking.  It can be easily incorporated at a Chinese wedding.

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If you are going to be having formal dining celebrations, then it would not be complete without having custom made menus that are wrapped in material that mimic ostrich skin!

 

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We love the 3D laser cut paper rooster that adds the perfect touch to the sweets table, and check out those Fuji Apples!!

 

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Sweets table displaying things that would be symbolic to be eaten over the Chinese New Year 15 day festivities.

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The Tray of Togetherness is another symbolic presentation of meaningful foods to each over Chinese New Year.

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Chinese New Year celebrations would never be complete without the Lucky Red Envelopes!!  Custom made ones are definitely more stylish.

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Wendy is a Toronto WEDDING PLANNER whose specialty is “East marries West” weddings in the Greater Toronto Area, New York area, Vancouver area, Los Angeles area, Southern California and in the beautiful destination of Bali, Indonesia.

Whether you need wedding planning assistance or wedding day coordination, Wendy can help you design your most memorable wedding day. CONTACT HER today, she’d love to hear from you.



 

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