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Last week, Carmen Luk from Devoted to You and I were invited to Focus Cantonese on Omni TV to speak about home decorating and styling tips for Chinese New Year.   The segment was based on our recent collaborative style shoot featured on Toronto Star on Saturday, January 28th, which was actually Chinese New Year day.

 

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Both table top designs were inspired by vintage Chinese porcelain that my late grandmother owned and we used growing up.  Chinese New Year is all about family, so being able to remember her in such a special way was very meaningful.  The place setting on the left was a more traditional style, with the Mun Shou Longevity porcelain pattern that was once very popular with Chinese families.  As this porcelain pattern is already in the red colour range, it was easy enough to pair it with more Western rental items like the gold beaded charger plate, gold rimmed stemware and gold flatware.  The overall look was further enhanced by a bright red table linen.  Many of these decorative items don’t necessarily have to be purchased; but available for rental purposes.

 

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On the right, we created a more modern colour palette inspired by the Ching Tung blue and white porcelain china pattern.  The vases were accented by beautiful pink blooms.  The blue and white porcelain pattern tableware is also quite common in Chinese households.  The blue and white chinaware has very on point and trend right.  This look can be reinterpreted for other celebrations such as bridal showers and baby showers.

 

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Many thanks to Nicole Richards for my glamorous look and helping me be camera ready!! Shout out to Secrets Floral Collection for providing the flowers on set.  Tableware by Event Rental Group and Plate Occasions.  Stay tuned for more photos of our photo shoot this week on our blog!

 

For now, here’s the interview in Chinese.  Yes, Carmen’s Cantonese is better than mine.  However, as a “jook sing” (Canadian born Chinese) – my Cantonese is conversational.  I also surprised all my family and friends; especially my dad who never misses seeing Kenneth.  OMNI was the last place that they ever thought that I would appear!!

 



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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Chinese New Year is just around the corner and this year is the Year of the Rooster, which is tenth out of 12 Chinese zodiac signs.  In Chinese culture, the Rooster represents fidelity and punctuality, for it wakes people up on time.

This year is already showing some pretty amazing things for us at Asian Fusion Weddings.  We start off the year with a bang!!  We were asked to be featured in the Toronto Star; Canada’s highest circulation newspaper.  They asked our team to showcase table top designs for Chinese New Year.  We were delighted to obliged.  The end result was not just one, but two stunning designs complete with sweets table displays.

The first was dressed up in the traditional Chinese colour palette of red and gold.  These rich and vibrant colours within the Chinese culture represent luck, fortune and prosperity.  The second table was decked out in a more modern Chinoiserie colour palette of blues, pinks and magentas.  Therefore if you don’t prefer the traditional colour scheme, there is another option in terms of decor.  Here are two photographs that depict our inspiration:

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Now before we provide you with a sneak peak of the images from this fabulous editorial shoot, we wanted to also provide 3 dining etiquette advice tips in case you are invited to Chinese home or restaurant for dinner.  Chinese New Year is always marked with multiple feasts hosted by many family and friends.  The celebrations last 2 weeks long and end on the 15th day where there is the Spring Festival.  The occasion is usually marked with a Lantern Festival.

Top 3 Dining Tips

1) Ordering food – Should you be at a restaurant and the option of ordering a dish is extended to you, try and order a dish that is different than all the rest.  Therefore having an assortment of dishes for all the guests to enjoy. To ensure that there is enough food for everyone, the general rule of thumb is to order the number of dishes equivalent to guest count plus one.  The final count of dishes should not be seven, as this number of dishes is reserved for funeral banquet dining.  Try and stay with an even number of dishes as an odd number bad for fortune.  For the authentic Chinese wedding banquet, it’s usually a traditional 10 course meal that closes off with sweet red bean soup and Chinese petite four pastries.

 

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2) Master the art of eating – as in Western culture, you should close your mouth to chew food well before you swallow it.  Try to minimize any noise when chewing food.  Avoid putting too much food into your mouth at a time as it provides the impression that you are impoverished.  Also avoid stretching your neck, open your mouth wide and extend your tongue to catch food you are lifting to your mouth – it’s really bad table manners. 

Should there be parts of the food that are inedible such as bones and such, use chopsticks or a hand to take them out of your mouth.  Then place those items on the side of the plate.  Do not spit them directly onto the plate or on the ground.   If you have sauce or food particles around your mouth, please use a tissue or napkin to wipe it away.  Do refrain from using your tongue and attempting to lick it away.

 

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3) Tea time tea is usually served as soon as you have a seat in a restaurant or at a host/hostess’ home. At a restaurant, the waiter/waitress serves you tea while you read the menu and decide what to order. The tea pot is then left on the table after everyone cups are filled. Guests then serve themselves.

When someone pours tea into your cup, you can tap the table with your pointer and middle finger – two or three times, showing thanks to the pourer for the service and of being enough tea. The pourer will stop pouring when this gesture is seen.  Take care not to overfill the cup with tea or fill it to the brim.  The cup should be about 80% full.

If the teapot is empty, simply leave the lid slightly ajar on the pot.  However, do not place the lid on the table as this is bad form.  The wait staff will understand that this is the signal to refill the teapot.

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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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When couples start planning their weddings, they quickly become acquainted with how far their budgets will stretch and how easily wedding expenses add up.  Therefore, each couple will spend and splurge differently when it comes to the various aspects of their wedding.  At times there are going to be differences between the bride and groom as well.

Here are our top 5 suggestions for spends and splurges:

1) Alcohol – unless your guests at the wedding are all wine connoisseurs, then they are not likely going to notice that you are serving the venue’s house wine.  As the evening’s festivities carries on and guests are enjoying the delicious meal before them, the table wine will become the accent to the reception and not the focal point.  However, you will likely want to splurge on a signature drink during the cocktail hour.  This can enhance your wedding theme or make a cultural nod if you are having a multi-cultural wedding.

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2) Sweet Endings – wedding cakes do add appeal to the dessert table and some couple want it to take centre stage.  Spend enough to have a good cake presentation but not at the expense of having a dessert table.  Candy stations have now been surpassed by dessert tables.  It’s important to splurge a little bit here and include not just sweet items, but some savoury ones for your guests to enjoy as well.

 

 

 

3) Image team – photography has always been an important component to a couple’s wedding budget.  However, great cinematography is now something that couples should consider splurging on.  Capturing images with sound and emotion that can be replayed over and over is priceless.  From reliving the moments of your emotion filled vows, to seeing your grandparents twirling on the dance floor, and hearing the heartfelt speeches from your loved ones – you simply cannot do that with still photography.  It’s also incredibly easy to share highlights from your wedding with family and friends without them scrolling through endless photos especially if they weren’t able to be at your celebrations in person.

 

 

4) Floral and Decor – ensure that the ceremony area has some floral and decor details but appreciate that your wedding guests will only spend a short amount of time in this area.  Do splurge on the reception flowers and decor as this is where your guests will spend most of their time on the day of the wedding.

 

 

5) Transportation – you might need to have transportation to get back home or to a honeymoon suite in a hotel after the festivities wedding reception.  You can take a cab, get family to drive or even try Uber.  However, for the wedding day itself, it’s best to splurge and hire a limousine especially if you are planning on taking pictures at two or more locations.  You don’t want to waste your precious photography time waiting for people to park and walk to where you will be having the images captured.  This is essential when you are going to high demand areas and parking is not easy to find.

 

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Let us know what your wedding planning spends and splurges are going to be by simply commenting below.  Otherwise, if you need some help getting off on the right foot your wedding budget – please 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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  • January 18, 2017 - 10:39 pm

    Kelly Bara - These are spot on. I know I worried so much about alcohol. If people want to drink, they’re going to drink, and what was served that night won’t be the topic of conversation. Signature cocktails are so fun!ReplyCancel

    • January 18, 2017 - 11:55 pm

      admin - I really being able to help couples choose His and Her Signature drinks – they are so much meaningful to showcase their tastes!ReplyCancel

Some of our Asian clients are closely bound to seeking out the auspicious wedding date for their American Chinese or Canadian Chinese wedding, while others are not overly concerned.  The choice is really up to the bride, groom and their parents.  There really is no “right” or wrong answer as each couple and their family’s are unique.  However, this is usually the first step each couple and their families negotiates when considering an Asian fusion wedding or Asian inspired wedding.

If you are thinking about selecting an auspicious wedding date, then you might considering meeting a Feng Shui master.  Paul Ng is a local Greater Toronto Area Feng Shui master (WWW.PAULNG.COM) who helps couples select an auspicious date for their wedding.  His wedding date consultation appointments take about 1/2 hour and before you meet up with him, you will need the following information:

1) The bride’s birthdate (day, month, year and time)

2) The groom’s birthdate

3) The bride’s mother’s birthdate

4) The bride’s father’s birthdate

5) The groom’s mother’s birthdate

6) The groom’s father’s birthdate

Some couples hire us to plan their wedding after they have their date picked, while others book  our wedding planning services first and then proceed from there.  By seeking out the key professionals early on in the wedding planning process, you can be more assured that everything will fall into place for your Asian themed wedding.    

In addition to selecting this important date, Paul can also do “life readings”.  He helps forecast when and if any potential problems times lie ahead and how to counterbalance this issues before they arise.   An ounce of prevention is sometimes worth its weight in gold.



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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Here is the list of auspicious dates for weddings or marriages for 2017 which is the year of Rooster.  These dates are produced based on the Chinese almanac Tong Shu.  This is particularly important if you or your fiance’s family(s) are superstitious.  Should you or your fiance fall in the zodiac sign listed on the right hand column of each chart, then those are the dates that you should avoid getting married.

 

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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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