Ask H&T: After I Get Married, When Do I Receive My Certified Marriage License?

I got married a couple months ago and haven't received a marriage certificate yet. Typically, how long this take? -Diana


This is actually a really good question because against all common sense, the county won't send you a certified copy of your marriage license. We know, it's silly. You actually have to apply to receive one and it's a bit of a tedious process!

Here are the instructions if you'd like to obtain a confidential license, and here are the instructions for a public license (how can I get a copy of my marriage certificate?).

Since it does require some effort, we always suggest ordering at least 3 copies for your files. It's good to have them on hand - you never know when you'll need them!

Ask H&T: How Long Does It Take To Get A Marriage License?

Our client Leeland asked: 
How long does it typically take to apply for and get a marriage license at the county registrar?  Debating how much time we need to set aside for this (and also how soon we need to do it - i.e., if we leave it to the week before the wedding, what chance this could go wrong)?

Hannah's answer:
When I got my marriage license at the San Mateo county registrar, we went as soon as it opened at 8 am and it only took 15 mins. The Santa Clara county registrar's office can generally be a little busier. Suggest avoiding the lunch time rush hour, but things move quite quickly in the mornings.

I would recommend getting it done as soon as possible or at least 2.5 weeks before the ceremony in case you run into issues. 

xoxo
H&T

Ask H&T: How Long Does It Take To Plan A Wedding?

Happy Thursday Honeys!

Our lovely reader Mingmui asked:

"Of course each couple is different, but what is the ideal time period to allow for wedding planning? And the shortest possible (for those procrastinators out there)? Is a month doable?"


Well Ming, we are believers that anything is possible! The typical length of an engagement in the U.S. is between 14 and 18 months. While some couples begin to plan as soon as the bride-to-be says "yes!", many couples wait a few months and just enjoy being engaged first.

The amount of time you should spend planning your wedding really depends on what kind of wedding and planning experience you envision. If there are certain venues and vendors that you have your eye on and want to obtain before their popularity takes them off the market, it's best to start securing those at least a year in advance. Similarly, if you're the type who likes to research every aspect, you'll need to allow plenty of time for this. 

If however you enjoy making quick, informed decisions, a shorter planning timeline is certainly possible! We've done full planning in as little as 3 months, and had such a great time doing it! We love helping our clients with the challenge of a shorter timeline. Even if any of you out there would like to try a month, we're up for it :)

We do recommend though that if you're going to attempt a short planning timeline, have either a planner or a team of willing loved ones to help you out. Don't wear yourself out before the big day!
x
H&T


Ask Us Your Wedding Questions

Hello Honeys!

We'd like to announce "Ask H&T Thursdays", where every Thursday we'll address a question from our clients or readers. Wondering what to look for in a DJ, how to tactfully tell that wedding guest that there are no plus ones, or what colors are popular right now? Ask us anything! Whether it's about planning, budget, style, or etiquette, we'd love to help satisfy your curiosities. You can send questions to us via facebook messages or wall posts, and you'll see answers start to pop up every Thursday. 

Stay sweet~
xoxo



Three Pre-Wedding Wellness Tips for the Bride-To-Be


For all of our brides in the midst of planning, we wanted to remind you not to forget about yourself and your health! With so much pressure leading up to the wedding, it can be easy to let stress overtake your wellness. We have guest blogger Andrea here from Luminous Body and Wellness to give you some tips on ways to be your most beautiful and healthy self on the big day:

Invest in your canvas:  Makeup is a finishing touch, not a solution. Healthy skin is the foundation for a beautiful and natural look.  Begin skincare treatments 3-6 months in advance and develop a relationship with a skin care therapist to avoid unexpected breakouts, reactions to products, or a dry and flaky look with your makeup application.  If you haven’t received a skin analysis in quite awhile, now is a good time to get started with a skin care regimen specifically for your individual needs.



If you are going to work out, do it right!  All too often I see women working out with incorrect form.  Lifting weights in an unhealthy way can bulk up the very muscles you wish to see lengthen.  If you want sculpted arms and elegant posture for your strapless gown…  Work with a trusted expert to guide you through your fitness routine properly.




Take a time out to relieve tension and stress.  Most people don't realize the effects that stress can have on your body and your skin. It's common for brides to experience high levels of stress throughout their planning process which can result in red, inflamed, and blotchy looking skin... not to mention feeling frustration instead of the enjoyment of getting married. Even a few short stress-relieving treatments can bring your focus back to what is really important, ease tension, and result in a much more relaxed experience leading up to your wedding day.



A former dancer with the San Francisco Ballet, Andrea is located in the city but also does home visits. She even offers special bridal packages, so if your bridal party would enjoy a beauty and relaxation themed bachelorette party, or if you know a bride you'd like to treat, you can email Andrea at:
luminousdetails@gmail.com

Photo Credits: noelbass.com, Luminous Body & Wellness

Getting the Party Started Part 2: Tips from the DJ

Last time we had dance teacher Annemarie offer her insights into how to encourage people to get moving. Continuing our two-part series on creating great party atmosphere, we could think of no better vendor to shine the spotlight on than Jason Amarante of BIG FUN Disc Jockeys

Photo Credit: Nicole Anne Robbins


At the first wedding we did with Jason, our clients were leaning towards not having a DJ since they couldn't imagine their friends and family dancing. With Jason at the turntables though, every single guest was out on the dance floor, and they didn't want to stop even at the end of the night!

Photo Credit: Tim Sohn Studios







Let's get to know Jason a little more, and find out his secrets to getting the party started.

Quick Q's
Best Meal: homemade Portuguese-style chicken & rice dish prepared by my grandmother.
Best present someone has gotten you: my family threw a "celebrity-style" comedy roast for my birthday last year and invited a bunch of close friends. It was easily the best gift anyone has ever given me!
Favorite place to be: on the island of San Jorge, in the Azores, Portugal.
What do H&T stand for to you? two instruments you'd likely hear on a Motown song: harmonica & tambourine. 

About Your Craft
What inspired you to be a DJ? 
First and foremost, my life-long passion for music. I come from a large family that instilled a love of music from a very early age. My mom said I was banging on pots and pans in the kitchen and humming along to Hall & Oats in the car before I could even talk. That love of music took me on a journey which has provided me with opportunities to travel the country in a marching band, play piano at the House of Blues, and DJ for large crowds of people. Becoming a DJ was a natural progression for me, as I love the art of selecting playlists and playing them for a crowd. There's a special relationship that the DJ has with the dance floor, a feeling you get when you're feeding off the crowd's energy and the crowd is feeding off of yours. It's truly an amazing experience. It's what keeps me out there weekend after weekend, playing for diverse groups of people in all sorts of cool venues!


What's your favorite mood music for cocktail hour? 
This really depends on the demographic of the crowd. For many folks, some tasteful 40s-60s vocal jazz (e.g. Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald) really does the trick. While for others, something more contemporary really works the cocktail room - like modern acoustic rock. In the end, it really comes down to what will put that particular crowd at ease and make them feel like they're part of something unique and special, whether that be Jimmy Durante or Jason Mraz.  


Photo Credit: Tim Sohn Studios


What in your experience is the best way to let guests know that it's time to dance? 
That's an easy one: turning off the house lights!

Do you have a favorite couple's first dance song? 
I'm a huge Stevie Wonder fan, so I'd have to go with "Overjoyed" or "My Cherie Amour"! 

If the crowd seems shy or reluctant, how do you as the DJ or MC get them out of their shells? 
If I'm faced with a shy or reluctant crowd, I'll seek out the guests who seem to be the most fun and willing to let loose and I'll adjust my playlist to target them. I figure, if I can get the more sociable and outgoing folks participating, then hopefully, they'll attract the more reserved guests to the dance floor eventually.

Photo Credit: Tim Sohn Studios

When the crowd is starting to look a little tired, what's the best remedy? 
If I've been playing some really up-tempo music and the energy level begins to dip a bit, I'll switch up the genre or tempo completely on the crowd. You've got to keep things fresh out on the dance floor at all times in order to prevent ear fatigue and keep folks interested. It's actually my job to anticipate when the crowd needs a jolt of something new, and kicking in a song that's instantly recognizable, but different from the last tune, usually does the trick. 

What's your personal anthem? 
"September" by Earth, Wind & Fire. It's a timeless track and you can't touch a chorus like that! 

What philosophy do you use to guide your work? 
Rely on your instincts. When you've done as many gigs as I have, you've got to trust your gut when you’ve got a packed dance floor and it’s time to mix in the next song. And more importantly, do whatever it takes to make your clients happy. In the end, your reputation is everything in this business.  

Do you have openings for 2013/2014? 
I have a few open dates, but they're definitely filling up fast. I turn away a lot of potential gigs just because I'm so busy these days. 

What's the best way to reach you? 
I can be reached at jason@bigfundj.com or info@amarante-music.com. Please also check out www.bigfundj.com for more information (bio, equipment, rates, events, press)!


Getting the Party Started Part 1: 3 Ways to Get Guests Dancing at Your Wedding



Hello Honeys!

We often hear our couples express unsureness about whether or not their guests are "a dancing crowd". Nothing is less festive to imagine than an empty dance floor. We've asked guest blogger and friend Annemarie (Ree) Estess from The 8 Count (www.the8count.comto give us some tips on getting your guests dancing! Take it away Ree!


Photo credit: Alvaro Ponce 2012


Envision your ideal wedding reception.  The flowers smell sweet, the refreshments are flowing, and the atmosphere is joyous.  As the music starts rolling, you and your honey boogie down on the dance floor, followed by waves of guests eager to dance the night away.  

We would all love for the reception to flow in this fine fashion.  However, most of us have born witness to just how challenging it can be to build the party momentum.  Fortunately, there's no need to fear an uncomfortably-sparse dance floor.  We have a few suggestions for getting folks out of their seats and ready to rock.  

1. Dare to draw outside the lines for your first dance.  

We're not advocating that you seek the YouTube spotlight with a flashy routine, but we do encourage you to consider a dance style that suits your personality as a couple and that you'll enjoy using beyond your wedding day.  If you're investing in lessons or choreography, you may as well learn dance moves that you'll have fun with for many years!

The role of the first dance, after all, is to debut as newlyweds and kick off the celebration.  If you're clearly enjoying dancing together, the crowd will follow your lead.





 
2. Encourage your bridal party and close friends to serve as "dance ambassadors."

Dance parties are largely dependent upon critical mass.  Once you hit a certain threshold of people enjoying themselves on the dance floor, the more hesitant guests will join the fun.  

Bridal party members are the highest-profile guests, and therefore the best positioned to attract people to the dance floor.  Hosting a bridal party dance session just before the wedding day can help everyone bond and get comfortable with upbeat dance moves to show off at the reception.  You can also breathe easier knowing that you'll have a trusted cohort of ladies and gents to break the ice and keep the party from falling flat.  



 

3. Hire a pro to show your guests the moves.

Oftentimes we hear that guests would like to dance, but they just don't know how.  Hiring a professional instructor to lead fun, simple steps at your reception is a great way to get novice dancers out of their seats.  It also catalyzes the dance party in a much more unified manner, as everyone is able to connect over the same moves.  (And no, this isn't limited to learning the Electric Slide.)

Bottom line: a lively dance floor is largely dependent upon having key people set the tone (and having a timeless music selection, but we'll leave that to the DJ's post). Nothing gets guests more excited to dance than seeing the newlyweds and their loved ones let loose, share joy, and celebrate this beautiful step.   


Annemarie has been teaching dance fundamentals for over a decade.  She specializes in helping clients utilize the social value of dance, recognizing that it is one of the most engaging ways to meet new people, let loose, and enjoy the present. To talk to her about first dance choreography or bridal party dance lessons contact her at ree@the8count.com .

And watch her fun promo video here.

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Oh Valentine's Day! We love any excuse to celebrate love!

You certainly don't need to give a material gift to show someone you love them. But, if you're in the market, here are some of our favorite jewelry gift ideas (because I love jewelry - oh and because diamonds are a girl's best friend.)

These pieces are unique, have tons of personality and are of the highest quality. Feel free to drop hints, ladies!


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You know I'm a sucker for antique stones! These old cut stones are bead set in platinum octagon plates - a gorgeous and unique shape. The fine milgrain along the edges of the plates is a lovely detail. Jewels by Erica Grace is owned and operated by two ladies (Erica and Grace) who are experts in old stones and extremely reputable. Let us know if you want to be introduced!


(Langs is located in Union Square, SF)

This silver cuff bracelet is constructed in the classic Victorian style popular during that era. It is sweetly engraved in a simple floral design. I love substantial pieces and you could wear this special cuff every day, and dress it up or down.


(49% off!)

Rose gold plated silver earrings with a hammered disc and faceted moonstones. I love how these are sweet and edgy at the same time. Can be worn day or night!

(price is for setting only, select diamond from BG's diamond inventory)

 
Hand-made bezel pendant with 16" fine cable chain for cushion cut diamonds. I adore bezels and you don't see them paired with cushion cut stones every day! Brian Gavin's craftsmanship is exceptional.

Wedding Budget Advice

Today, we're tackling budgets. Do you know "Mo Money Mo Problems" is one of my favorite songs? I digress...

While this isn't the most glamorous part of wedding planning, it's certainly one of the most important. I received this email from a friend recently:

"I'm trying to come up with a budget... I looked quickly at some venues but those prices vary A LOT from place to place. I know there's food / drink costs involved. The dress. The photographer. Arghh! That's when i started to panic because I really have no idea where to start..."

Here are some of my top tips.



1) Prioritize and be flexible: When you begin the budgeting process, all couples (no matter how big or small your budget) should sit down together and place the following list into three categories: "Very Important," "Negotiable," and "Not Important At All." By laying this out on the table, you can agree ahead of time that you won't mind spending more on important items if it means cutting back on others.


  • Venue
  • Food
  • Drinks
  • Photographer
  • Videographer
  • Live music
  • DJ
  • Other guest entertainment
  • Wedding gown
  • Bride’s accessories
  • Hair and makeup
  • Groom’s attire
  • Groom’s accessories
  • Bridal party flowers (bouquet, boutonnieres)
  • Flowers / centerpieces
  • Ceremony decorations
  • Reception decorations
  • Lighting (lanterns, candles, monograms)
  • Cake / Dessert
  • Stationery (invitations, table signs, programs)
  • Transportation
  • Favors


2) Venue Shopping: Your venue is going to be one of the biggest contributing factors to the look and feel of your wedding. Coincidentally, it is going to be one of your biggest costs. Start shopping and doing price comparisons early. Consider location, amenities and complimentary benefits. If you are set on getting married at a winery but have a limited budget, consider Livermore instead of Napa. If you want a ballroom wedding, look for hotels that include a honeymoon suite in the wedding package.

The Palace Hotel, San Francisco


3) Keep an Eye on the Guest List: Keep in mind that some costs are fixed (your photographer and dress will cost the same no matter how many people you invite) and others are charged "per guest" like food and beverage (F&B). When it comes to "per guest" costs, a growing guest list can really put you over budget.

For example, say I have $10,000 to spend on F&B. I invite 100 guests and sign a contract for a catering package at $100 per person. If my guest list grows by only 10 people, I'm already $1,000 over budget!

While it can be difficult, it's important to be strict with your guest list!

Courtesy of Martha Stewart
4) Budget for "hidden" costs: Many couples forget to include sales tax, delivery charges, and service charges in their budget estimates, which can be automatically added to your bill. With 8.5% sales tax in San Francisco and 20% service charge, that's almost 30% more than the original price tag!

We hope you find this helpful, honeys! Feel free to ask questions in the comments section.

Happy planning!
- H x

How to Plan Thanksgiving Dinner

Happy Turkey week! It's time to dig out your stretchy pants!

I moved to the US in 2002 and immediately fell in love with Thanksgiving. The food, the family and friends... the food.

Ever since then, I look forward to this Holiday all year. People ask me how I plan Thanksgiving dinner without breaking a sweat. The secret? Just like planning a wedding, the key to a fantastic Thanksgiving dinner is organization and preparation.

This is my foolproof plan.


Tria and I setting Thanksgiving dinner table last year

2 - 1.5 weeks ahead - Menu Planning / Reserve Your Turkey

Write out your menu. Tip #1: keep it simple! People won't have a better time if you have 20 dishes. My menu is:
- Turkey
- Stuffing
- 2 starch sides - mashed potatoes and candied yams
- 1 vegetable side - my fav is green bean casserole
- Gravy (yes!)
- Cranberry sauce
- 2 Pies - pecan and apple (Tip #2: if you have locals coming for dinner, ask them to bring pie! Less work for you, all the same deliciousness)

That's it! I always make cornbread stuffing but this year I think I'll try this variation with pancetta, apples and mushrooms.


Also reserve your turkey. I usually buy a fresh, range grown, organic turkey. Tip #3: Allow 3/4 pound per person. Schedule pick-up for the Monday before Thanksgiving.

1.5 - 1 week(s) ahead - Make a Shopping List / Go Shopping, Review Serveware

Make a grocery list of everything you'll need including quantities. I like to go shopping 1.5 weeks ahead of Thanksgiving. You could go the weekend before, but the grocery store will be CHAOS. I avoid it like the plague.

But will everything stay fresh, you ask? Keep celery crisp by wrapping in aluminum foil. Everything else should keep just fine.

Tip #3: Pull out all your serveware and use sticky notes to map out which dishes will go in what. If you are short on anything, you still have time to go buy it!




1 week ahead - Make Food Ahead of Time

Tip #4: Break cooking into stages. It's reduces so much stress! Make a list and check things off as you go. This is my schedule.

5 days ahead - Make pecan pie and pate brisee for apple pie. Pecan pie keeps very well if you wrap in plastic wrap and store in fridge. Make 2 pate brisee discs, wrap tightly and store in fridge. Active prep: 1 hour.



4 days ahead - Make cranberry sauce. This is an easy do-ahead. Store in an air-tight container. Active prep: 20 mins.



3 days ahead - Pick-up and prepare turkey. Brine or marinade (whatever your recipe calls for) and store on bottom shelf of fridge. Use neck to make turkey stock. Store in air-tight container. Make mushroom béchamel for green bean casserole. Store in air-tight container. Active prep: 1 hour.

2 days ahead - Trim/peel/cut all vegetables. Assemble green bean casserole, place in casserole dish and refrigerate. Store rest of veggies in individual air-tight containers. Cut potatoes and yams into cubes, cover in water and refrigerate separately. Dice bread for stuffing. Bread can sit on counter overnight to dry out. Active prep: 30 mins.

1 day ahead - Make stuffing using vegetables you pre-cut day before, place in casserole dish and refrigerate. Make apple pie using 2 pate brisee discs you made ahead of time. Once cooled, cover lightly with plastic wrap or cake dome. Active prep: 1 hour.

The Big Day!

5 hours before dinner - Take turkey out of fridge and let come to room temperature for 45 mins. Set the table.

4 hours before dinner - Put turkey in oven! A 12-14 pound turkey will take 3 - 3 3/4 hours to cook. Take pecan pie out of fridge and let come to room temperature.

3 hours before dinner - Cook potatoes and yams. Mash (or whatever your recipe calls for) and keep warm over low heat.



2 hours before dinner - Make gravy using turkey stock. Keep in thermos until ready to eat. 

1 hour before dinner - Take turkey out of oven and let rest for 20 mins. Put stuffing and green bean casserole in oven to heat. Transfer yams to casserole dish and place marshmallows on top.



20-30 mins before dinner - Broil marshmallow topping on candied yams casserole. Pour gravy into gravy boat. Put cranberry sauce into serving dish. Take stuffing, candied yams and green bean casserole out of oven. Put mashed potatoes into serving bowl. And carve the turkey!



Tip #5: Don't forget to enjoy yourself and be thankful! I'm thankful for a wonderful year, my amazing husband, my family and friends, our amazing couples, and of course, my wonderful business partner, Tria.

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Planning!
- Hannah x

Photos courtesy of foodnetwork.com, designboom.com, simplyrecipes.com, savorysweetlife.com, smittenkitchen.com, thepioneerwoman.com, marthastewart.com, myrecipes.com

How to Plan a Kid’s Birthday Party

My gorgeous nephew turned 2 last week! In true Wong fashion, my sister and I started planning his birthday party months ago - I mean, planning is fun, after all! We realized quickly that while there would be a few kids at the party, most of the guests would actually be adults - family, friends of my sister and her husband, the babysitter etc.

So we wanted to make sure we planned an event that was catered to children, but that was elegant and fun for adults too!

Here are a few tips…

1) Pick a theme and let it guide your food, decorations and favors. This makes planning easy and will even give your guests an idea of what kinds of gifts to bring (they’ll thank you!) Our theme: Planes, trains and automobiles!
“Wheel” lollipop favors for the kids. We made this into a little centerpiece
Plane and train pumpkins centerpieces
Homemade birthday cake. The plane, made by my talented sister, is carved rice crispy treats covered in fondant

2) Choose one brightly colored decoration you can use in multiple places for big impact.  We found automobile foam stickers and stuck them onto construction paper cutouts. They are super cute and you'll see we used them everywhere! We also made and hung paper chains from the ceiling.
Red and green jello "stoplights." To add pizazz to food, we glued the stickers and cutouts onto toothpicks

Paper chains and helium balloons make any party festive!
3) Offer foods both kids and adults will love. Everyone loves pigs in a blanket, but it’s nice to offer something just for the adults too, like a beautiful cheese plate. If you’re offering PB+J sandwiches for the kids, offer a more grown-up turkey club for the adults.
Pigs in a blanket served with mustard and ketchup
Cheese platter for the adults
Milk for the kids among beverages for the adults
4) Make three dishes; assemble and buy the rest. This will keep you sane and remember, your friends won’t have a better time if you make everything from scratch! We made: chocolate pudding, pigs in a blanket and jello stoplights. We assembled: vegetable crudité with hummus, PB+J sandwiches, a cheese platter, and fruit salad (using pre-cut fruit). We bought: sandwiches for the adults from the local deli. Easy and delicious!
PB+J sandwiches in airplane cutouts
5)  Get creative with presentation! Even something as homey as chocolate pudding and PB+J sandwiches can be food for a fancy occasion. We served the chocolate pudding in elegant individual cups (found at any party store) and made airplane cutouts from the PB+J sandwiches.
Individual chocolate pudding cups for kids and adults!
Your family and friends will have a blast and you will too!

Happy planning!
- Hannah


















10 Tips for Planning a Cross Cultural Wedding

We love the San Francisco Bay Area’s diversity. More and more couples today are multicultural – one in 10 married couples are now interracial, an increase of nearly 30% since 2000!

Courtesy of Tim Sohn Studios
A cross cultural wedding requires more planning and finesse than a single-culture wedding. Not only is it important to blend customs and traditions – it also requires a deeper understanding of cultural nuances such as family dynamics and what is considered appropriate (and inappropriate) behavior at weddings.


Here are our top 10 tips!

Know that this is your wedding. Be confident in your decisions! You may not be able to make everyone 100% happy, but your families will appreciate your efforts and intentions. At the end of the day, they’ll be thrilled when they see you walking down the aisle!

Educate each other and your families on important cultural traditions, customs and what is considered appropriate behavior at weddings. Discuss expectations; communicate openly, respectfully and often. You may even want to consider pre-marital counseling to help you dive into this important area of your lives.

Make a short-list of customs and traditions that are meaningful to you, or that you think your family and guests would enjoy. Once this is done, it’s easier to think about how and when to incorporate them into your wedding.

Don’t try to incorporate too much at once. You don’t need to include every tradition from all the cultures in your family. If the cultures you’re combining are drastically different, consider incorporating one or the other into different parts of your wedding. To honor both South Asian and Hispanic cultures, for example, you could host a mehndi party after your rehearsal dinner and incorporate the lasso tradition in your ceremony.

Courtesy of  Capturing the Light
Photography (Toronto)
Consider honoring both ethnic and religious customs in your ceremony. Some officiants and religious leaders are open to conducting joint ceremonies. They can also work with you to incorporate ethnic customs. To honor Korean culture in a Catholic ceremony, for example, you could discuss incorporating elements of a kunbere, like sipping wine poured by the mother of the bride, with your priest.

Be creative in incorporating culture into your attire and food as these are two of the strongest sensory elements your guests will experience. To incorporate Japanese and Italian cultures, for example, a bride or groom may choose to wear a traditional wedding kimono during the ceremony and serve a family style Italian meal of their favorite dishes at the reception.

Consider a modern twist on old traditions to make it truly yours. A Chinese tea pouring ceremony is traditionally held at the home of the bride and groom’s parents prior to the ceremony. However, if it’s important for your guests to experience this tradition, why not incorporate it into your reception as an extension of your cake cutting?

Choose venues that will allow for the customs you’ve chosen to honor. You’ll want to ensure your venue can accommodate structures like a mandap or huppah if required for your ceremony. And if a traditional Greek Kalamatianos dance is a must at your reception, you’ll want to ensure the venue allows amplified music. Don’t forget that religious centers may even have specific rules and/or required classes.

Explain cultural traditions to your guests. If you’re having a multicultural wedding, chances are you’ll have guests who are familiar with one culture, but not the other, and guests who are not familiar with either culture. Consider explaining the significance of traditions in your programs, on your menus, or by asking your MC to make an announcement. Your guests will appreciate it and feel more involved.

Be yourself. Cultural traditions and customs are important, but don’t forget to let your personalities shine through. Wedding location, colors, specific food dishes, song selection and stationery are just a few of the simple ways you can personalize your wedding. It’s your big day so make sure it reflects you!

Happy planning!
Hannah & Tria / Honey & Twine