Top Tips on Attending Wedding Fairs

It’s a special occasion – you and your partner have engaged and are planning to get married. But as romantic as they are, a good wedding ceremony needs good planning. Having a budget, theme, itinerary, and even checklist is a good start, but the wedding fairs out there are also awesome opportunities for couples looking to settle their wedding needs. Although you may have a rough idea of what to expect, here are some good tips to follow to make the most out of them.

Before the fair

Before you attend the wedding fair, these are some tips to help you get prepared:

Do research on the fairs

Although they are focused on weddings, no two wedding fairs are alike. It’s important to know which fair is the right one for you, as some wedding fairs might be larger or smaller than the others. So, decide beforehand on the type of fair you prefer to attend to know which ones can better fit your needs.

Once you have your priorities set, check out the latest fairs around you and see what their vendors have to offer for your wedding. Websites, galleries, and social media pages are some good ways of getting a rough idea for them. This way, you can decide if the wedding fair you’re planning to attend is worth your time.

Know what you want

After deciding on which fair to go to, try to gather the main ideas and theme of your wedding. This includes where and when you are getting married along with the style you are going for. Just like going shopping, your wedding budget will thank you for thinking this through.

As there will be vendors of all kinds present at the wedding fair, knowing your wedding needs can help you know what to look for. But then again, do be open to new ideas even if you are certain on what you want as the wedding fair might just have the improvement your wedding ceremony wants.

Have a floor plan

Even small wedding fairs can leave you unsure on where to go if you don’t know the layout. Fortunately, most wedding fairs have an online directory that lets you know which vendors will be present and where they are located. This will let you be more efficient in getting everything you need.

Likewise, you can also find any workshops or highlighted events taking place this way. You probably do not have enough time to visit every single exhibitor, so knowing where to go and what to do can help ensure a smooth day.

Decide on what to take with you

Try to think of a wedding fair as a large convention, which means you’ll likely be walking around a lot talking to different vendors. So, it’s a good idea to wear comfortable clothing and bring refreshments to avoid tiring yourself out. 

There are some essential items to bring with you as well, like your smartphone to take photos with and a bag to carry all the leaflets, samples, and freebies given by the vendors. Since there’s a good chance that the vendors will offer wedding deals and packages at the fair, also bring your cash, chequebooks, and debit / credit cards in case you need to make any important payments.

Decide on who is coming with you

While it isn’t wrong to go alone, bringing someone with you can be quite helpful as they can give you advice and help you make important decisions. The important thing, however, is to bring someone who is willing to go and has an opinion that you value. 

Besides your fiancé, there are a couple of options for your companions, like your siblings, close friends, parents, and even in-laws. You can even attend one wedding fair with your fiancé and another with your bridal party if desired. Just be sure not to bring too many people along as this can distract you from enjoying the fair and getting what you need.

During the fair

While you’re at the fair, these tips can come in handy to make it a productive day:

Be open to conversation

No one knows your wedding needs better than you do (except maybe your partner), so go talk to the vendors and share your plans and ideas with them. By helping them understand what you want for your wedding, they can get you what you need and even suggest new ideas to add to your big day.

Since details matter a lot in weddings, take your time and ask all the questions you have. But keep in mind, not all the vendors may be able to give you a full consultation, so get their contact details and schedule a follow-up appointment later on to see if they are the right fit for your wedding.

Take photographs

In most cases, a wedding fair should leave you looking around in awe, whether it is a stunning bridal gown or a super impressive wedding theme. Many wedding fairs have plenty of things worth taking photos of, so bring your smartphone or camera with you for those quick snaps.

Since wedding fairs often have plenty of new trends and unique ideas, you might just find one that you want to add to your wedding. By taking photos, you can provide a good point of reference to your vendors or suppliers to use later and get the best outcome for your ceremony.

Join a bridal workshop or seminar

If you’re looking for beauty tips or just need some pointers on perfecting the look, then you may find these sessions quite beneficial. You can find makeup artists, florists, and many other wedding experts giving out valuable advice and ideas.

Besides that, the wedding pros hosting these workshops also typically demonstrate their areas of expertise. For instance, you can see your desired hairstylist or photographer in action and the quality of their work right before your very eyes. Not only does this let you see if they are the right vendor to hire, you also get to ask any important questions you may have.

Look out for wedding packages and discounts

One great thing about wedding fairs is the opportunity for you to save up on wedding expenses. Besides making your wedding planning easier, they are also a more economical choice to settling all your wedding needs compared to getting everything separately.  

There is a catch to this, however, and it’s that you can usually only secure these deals at the wedding fair itself. With the large number of vendors at the fair, it would be wise to consider which vendors you want to hire before showing up with your chequebook to get them. So, be decisive and secure those deals before they are gone!

Get inspired

There is no limit to the amount of creativity that goes into wedding planning, and wedding fairs always have many sources of inspiration for you to pick up on. Unique and creative products, décor, and themes can be found everywhere during the fair, so look around to see what you can incorporate into your wedding.

If your wedding fair has a fashion show, they are a good place to get inspired for your attire as well. It’s not just for the bride and groom too – you’ll get to see glamourous models walk down the catwalk in all the latest wedding apparel. You can also talk to the designers of the clothes that you liked for further consultation afterwards. 

Try on the clothing

The special appeal about wedding fairs is that you get to conveniently try everything all in one location. Brides and grooms alike can find more than enough clothes to try on, so don’t waste this opportunity to get the perfect look for the big day.

Depending on the fair, there might also be vendors or designers that can provide you with your dream wedding attire on the spot. Also, for the brides-to-be out there, bring your heels and accessories with you if you plan to wear them with your dress.

After the fair

You have likely gathered much from the fairs, so these tips can help you in making the most out of them:

Go through the information you have collected

It’s likely that you have gathered a ton of cards, flyers, and brochures from the wedding vendors, so look through them and narrow down your options to the vendors you want to hire. If you have some favourites, follow up with them through social media or an email to discuss your wedding plans.

Just remember, if plans don’t work out with the vendor that you want, there is always the next one to consider. If you’re lucky, another vendor may have a better promotion than the others!

Follow-up appointment

Don’t forget the main reason you attended the wedding fair for in the first place. Once you have chosen the vendors for your wedding, just schedule a follow-up appointment with them and be on your way to realizing the wedding of your dreams. They might even have special promotions for you after the wedding fair.

Settle agreements in black and white

Much like doing business, having everything written down in black and white can keep you safe from any shady or unscrupulous vendors. In the event that your vendor does not deliver as promised, your written agreement with them can help you in getting what you are owed. Just be sure that the necessary info and details are included in your wedding vendor’s contract.

Other helpful tips

Even if you have bought your tickets to a wedding fair, other couples have likely done the same too. Since a wedding fair is like any other exhibition, following these tips can help you avoid the woes of attending a busy fair:

  1. Arrive early to avoid the headache of large crowds. Generally, it is better to attend the wedding fair early before the crowd builds up as having too many people around you can cause you to lose your focus. Besides having a more relaxed environment, arriving early can also get you better quality conversations with the vendors as they will likely be exhausted by the end of the day if you come later. 
  1. Create mailing labels for easier communication with your vendors. You will likely meet many different vendors asking for your information while at the wedding fair, so bring pre-printed labels with your contact and wedding info to skip out on having to rewrite your details over and over again. Besides saving time and effort, you could even enter gift draws and raffles with your labels.
  1. Create a wedding email before you attend the fair. If the huge number of flyers and brochures from the vendors didn’t overwhelm you, then the emails will. For that reason, it’s best to create a new email address dedicated to wedding planning. This way, your personal email address won’t get flooded with wedding emails that come even after you’re married!
  1. Dress comfortably. Since you’ll likely be walking around the fair for the whole day, put on your most comfortable shoes and clothing. Also, choose clothes that you can easily change out of as this will make it easier to try on any clothes that catch your attention.
  1. Eat before you go. Usually, food and drinks at wedding fairs can be rather expensive. So, go ahead and have a good meal before you attend and bring a bottle of water with you when you go to the fair. After all, this doesn’t mean you have to skip out on the free food and cake samples at the fair.
  1. Determine your budget. Even if you haven’t figured out the precise budget, it is a good idea to know your overall budget for the wedding to make things easier for both you and your wedding suppliers. Plus, try to be disciplined in your spending as you wouldn’t want to blow all your budget away on impulse purchases.

And now, for the last but most important tip – remember to have fun. Although it’s somewhat a part of wedding planning, there is definitely much to see and enjoy at a wedding fair. Whether you’re going with your fiancé or with your bridal party, it’s just part of the journey leading up to your wonderful wedding ceremony. If anything, just remember why you’re attending one in the first place – you’re getting married.

At the end of the day, the wedding fair can also be a way for you to celebrate the happy occasion with your partner and loved ones too. Hopefully, these tips will be of use in helping you get the most out of your wedding fair. Have a pleasant wedding!

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中式婚礼的终极清单

婚礼,是新娘和新郎最重要的日子。无论是什么形式,对即将结为夫妻的人来说,都是一辈子难忘的一个仪式。在中式婚礼中,新人需要投入大量的时间和精力来完成所有程序。为了帮助新人们快速了解具体的步骤,我们特意整理了一整套完整的婚礼筹备清单!

倒数12个月:开始筹备

求婚成功后,你们可以开始挑选婚戒。相信对许多人来说,婚戒对于两人的婚姻来说是极具意义的。市面上的婚戒公司非常多,你可以花一些时间仔细挑选最适合你们的预算&喜好的品牌。接下来便是需要到婚姻注册局注册,唯有经过了注册仪式,你们两人才能被认证为合法夫妻。

注册完毕后,你可以踏入最最重要的一步——婚礼计划。上至结婚主题、婚礼日期、地点、预算等等,下至列出每一笔开销的预算清单。繁杂的细节或许会让你备受压力,需要2人的互相配合才能顺利进行。如果实在觉得无法负荷,你也可以聘请专业的婚礼策划师来协助你完成整个筹备过程,减轻你的压力。

邀请来宾也是新人们非常头痛的一件事,毕竟要考虑到预算、人情世故、场地等原因,列出完整的来宾清单或许会需要花一些时间和心力。所以这个时候开始准备,绝对错不了。

接下来需要安排的就是婚礼场地。婚礼的场地几乎可以说是决定了你整个婚礼的氛围。然而,要找到一个完美的场地不容易,因此建议大家一定要提早找资料,尽快预定场地,避免喜欢的选项被别人订走。

倒数10-11个月:找到你的神队友

孤军奋战完成整个婚礼是不可能的。你该开始寻找你的婚礼神队友们啦!包括婚纱摄影、婚宴承包商、婚礼彩妆师、乐队等等。如果不希望错过你喜欢的神队友,就一定要提早预订。一生人一次的婚礼,当然希望一切都是自己最想要的样子。

相信大家都希望在婚礼上能展现最佳状态,皮肤管理、身材管理等都需要时间。这时候你可以执行一套从头到脚完整的美容计划。

大家都知道,婚礼上掌控节奏的人绝对非大妗姐莫属。她不仅熟悉一切繁杂的传统仪式,更能确保当天的流程顺畅无阻。所以,你也可以在这个时候开始寻找适合的大妗姐。

倒数8-9个月:确定主题

来到这个时候,你终于可以跟你的另一半决定你的婚礼主题了!从婚礼场地设计、到妆容打扮,都需要围绕着这个主题去计划。决定好主题,你就有了明确的方向,可以上网多看看婚纱、首饰、场地摆设等资料啦。

也许在寻找和尝试的过程中会让你感到沮丧,但市面上的选择非常多,请坚信你一定能找到最满意的选择。除此之外,你也可以在这个时候决定伴郎以及伴娘的人选。他们当天的装扮也需要符合婚礼主题,并衬托出新人的光彩。

倒数6-7个月:循序渐进

下一步就是决定婚礼当天的发型、化妆风格等完整造型。你可以在上网搜寻最新流行,也可以向你的造型师寻求建议。

到了这个阶段,你和你的伴侣也可以开始盛装打扮进行婚纱摄影了。随着一切顺利进行,拍摄婚纱照会让你跟伴侣更能感觉到婚礼的浪漫氛围,从紧凑压力的筹备情绪中抽离,两人一起留下最有纪念价值的甜蜜照片。

此外,婚礼请柬也是非常重要的一个元素。在这个时代,传统请柬不再是新人们的唯一选择。环保、美丽且方便的电子请柬,成为了许多新人们的新欢。你可以到artisensecard.com 上浏览选择自己喜欢的设计,作为全马最大的原创设计电子请柬公司,你一定能在上百种设计中找到最适合你的请柬。

同时,你可以为来自外地的来宾们预定酒店。这个贴心的举动绝对为来宾们解决了不少烦恼。

倒数4-5个月: 各单位协调

发出邀请函之前,你跟伴侣以及双方家人可以为来宾清单做最后的确认。由于场地和预算的限制,请一定要确保你邀请的人是你最希望出席婚礼的人。

跟来宾一样重要的,还有你的“兄弟”和“姐妹”团。在传统中式婚礼仪式中,嫁娶当天可少不了“兄弟姐妹团”的参与,赶快邀请他们成为你的神队友吧!

接着,婚礼当天的鲜花和交通都是必不可少的元素。无论是中式或西式婚礼,现场总是少不了象征浪漫&幸福的鲜花。当然也别忘了婚礼当天的婚车。再三提醒,提早预订绝对能让你避开遗憾,也能让你有空间面对一切突发状况。

倒数3个月: 加强亲人间的关系

婚礼的筹备工作已经基本就绪,婚礼当天的细节也一定要确保万无一失。详细列出时间线,并确认每一个活动的开始和结束时间。仪式在传统中式的婚礼中是非常重要的,在计划整个时间线的时候千万别遗漏这一点。

新人的父母是中式婚礼的核心,所以家人们一般需要遵循不少传统程序。举例,中式的订亲仪式是一个重要的环节,新郎的家人应该购买“过大礼”需要的礼品,而新娘的家人则应该准备“嫁妆”。两家之间交换礼品,是中式婚礼长期以来非常重要的习俗,每个礼品都具有一定的意义。

接着来到新娘们期待已久的——服装试穿。在每个环节安排好适合的礼服,确保你在大日子当天无时无刻都是最完美的状态。

为了节省时间和减轻工作,新人们可以在artisensecard.com购买专属的婚礼电子请柬。订购后只需3个工作天就能获得精美实用的电子请柬,只需一个链接即可轻松发送给所有亲友们。

倒数2个月:发出邀请函

是时候发出你所有的邀请函了。如果你选择的是传统邀请函,你需要提早寄出,或安排时间亲手将邀请函送到来宾手上。如果你选择的是电子请柬,那就简单多了。你只需要将链接发送给你想要邀请的亲友们即可。他们打开后可以看见所有信息,也可以直接点击RSVP回复,你不需要一个个打电话确认。。

接着,你可以再次确认妆发和礼服。不仅要确保礼服的贴合度,也确认所有首饰、妆发都搭配完美。随着婚礼越来越近,你跟伴侣可以确认晚宴的菜单。你可以跟家人一起试菜,再来根据喜好决定是否更换菜色。

倒数1个月: 确认&收尾

离大日子只剩下一个月的时间了,这时候可以选择适合的中式裙褂,并对礼服做最后一次的修改,以确保合身舒适。

下一步是和你的伴侣决定座位安排。为了平衡出席人数,且顾虑到场地限制,甚至各种复杂的因素,这很有可能是非常棘手的。建议你花一些时间,跟双方父母讨论,做出最妥当的座位安排。

同样重要的是,要与婚宴供应商确认一切准备就绪,别忘了还有婚礼主持、乐团或其他人员。这时候别忘了购买给父母的礼物,以示对父母养育之恩的感激之情。

此外,确保你已经准备好“过大礼”所需的一切礼品。这个仪式在中式婚礼上是非常重要的环节,千万不可出错。

倒数两个星期:婚礼最后预备

所有的细节都似乎都准备就绪,这时候应该要最后确认来宾的答复,并把最后的来宾总人数告诉宴会承办商。同时,相信你跟伴侣都已经确认过你们的口味和喜好,无论之前经过几次修改,你必须在这时候为婚宴菜单做出最后的决定。

除此之外,记得把你的播放列表发给婚礼当天的DJ或者乐队。让他们有足够的时间准备你最喜欢的歌曲。

分配婚礼当天各项职责的负责人,比如签到座、摄影区和宾客留言簿等。把这些较为琐碎的任务委派出去,才能确保万无一失。

花点时间确保你所有的演讲稿都已经都写好了,简单的练习几次,确保不会怯场出糗。

倒数最后一周:告别单身

跟大妗姐确认婚礼当天需要准备的所有东西,确保仪式能顺利进行。这么多的细节需要照顾,你可能会因此感到压力烦躁。因此,记得准备一个婚礼紧急备用箱,备好湿纸巾、扣针、彩妆品等等,为突发状况做好准备。

最后,好好地告别你的单身生活。你可以安排婚礼美甲、脸部美容、全身按摩等疗程,好好放松身心、排除压力。你也可以跟伴侣一起享受与朋友们的告别单身派对!

根据中式婚礼的传统,最后一周需要进行安床仪式。这个仪式象征着这对新人婚姻美满幸福,也算是相当重要的环节。

婚礼即将来临,非常建议大家准备一份婚礼清单,只要根据清单上的项目,就能确保一切就绪,不怕到时候手忙脚乱。

婚礼前一天:大日子前夕

你婚礼的清单上应该都完成七七八八了。记得在婚礼前一天将婚车装饰好。接着,进行“上头”仪式。这个仪式象征着新郎和新娘告别往日,转变成大人,并对他们的婚姻表示祝福。

做完最后确认后,你得要好好的休息,获得充足的睡眠,迎接隔天的大日子。

婚礼当天:喜结连理

经过了这么长久以来的筹备,终于到了享受成果的时刻。这个属于你们,一辈子只有一次的大日子,象征着你跟伴侣踏入人生的另一个里程碑,从此相伴相惜。所以,做好最完美的打扮,记得放松,微笑,尽情享受每一刻。(即使很压力,也要记得挂着礼貌而不失尴尬的微笑)

祝福你们婚姻美满,白头偕老!!

The Variety of Themes For Getting Married

It is not too hard for most people to assume that weddings mostly share the same themes of white ball gowns and tuxedos with the ceremony taking place at a grand dinner. Certainly, some weddings incorporate that sort of formality into the procession, but not all weddings have to stick to this. Ultimately, wedding themes are unique and reflect the style that the bride and groom want to go for.

For such a special occasion, settling on the right theme is a big deal so read on to see how you can make each ceremony that much more special.

Modern

Opting to keep up with the times and get married the modern way? Not a bad choice since modern themes are becoming increasingly popular. A modern wedding theme can have clean lines, geometric shapes, acrylic décor, and contemporary table settings – anything that represents our modernized way of life.

Minimalism is one aspect of modernist designs and this can be achieved with decorative elements like lucite décor, polished stones, and greenery. Colour is also important and using white or monochrome colour schemes can help bring out the vibe of your décor. Another good idea is to mix up a neutral aesthetic with the bride and groom’s special twist to it.

Traditional

A traditional-styled wedding pays homage to the special and formal nature of the bride and groom getting married, so having the proper décor and vibe is especially important. 

Traditional wedding themes are rather formal, and the wedding should reflect that. Full sit-down dinners are common in such ceremonies and should be complemented with complete table settings and classic décor to accommodate the classy atmosphere. 

To match this exquisite theme, the venue should have fancy seating, ornate decorations, and suitable flowers. The attire should play into the theme as well, so the bride will typically wear a ballgown-style wedding dress while a tuxedo will fit the groom nicely. Naturally, a black tie dress code for your guests is perfect for completing the theme.

Romantic

What better way to celebrate getting wed with your partner than a romantic-themed wedding? Celebrate the love by choosing soft colour palettes, beautiful floral decorations, and elegant lighting to give the occasion that dreamy ambiance. After all, this theme’s focus is on reflecting the love between the bride and groom.

Venues add a lot to the romance factor, and a romantic venue with the right atmosphere can be achieved just by adding suitable décor and soft colours. For instance, having soothing lighting combined with lush greenery in an outdoor setting is something almost out of a fairytale.

For an added touch, spicing up the festivities with some romantic and non-cliché music can also help set the ambience for you and your guests. 

Alternative

Perhaps you and your partner want to be unique and stray from the usual traditional styles of weddings? An alternative wedding can be just as good as any other theme. The key to alternative themes is to have your own unique style, so don’t be afraid to explore new ideas. 

Going alternative lets you ditch the typical style of traditional white gowns and vibrant florals. Unique décor and different colour palettes from the usual are just some ways of making the big day a little more out of the ordinary. Make do without tradition by going for a theme that is imaginative and special. Fantasy, rustic, travel, celestial… the list goes on. 

Casual

Planning weddings the traditional way can be a rather rigid affair, especially with all the formality and tradition that goes into conventional weddings. Do away with all that by opting for a casual wedding instead, which can be just as beautiful.

Although casual weddings have a more relaxed approach, this does not mean they are any less special. A casual wedding should have a comfortable atmosphere that everyone can enjoy stress-free, so having the wedding outdoors in a cozy setting like a garden or courtyard can be a great idea. Also, you can change up the wedding’s décor, setting, and food with a casual twist like classic lighting and comfort food for best results.

Forest

An outdoor ceremony with Mother Nature is always a lovely idea. There is a special bliss in getting wed in a forest surrounded by trees, flowers, and other natural elements. What’s more is that you already have much of your venue planned for you by nature itself. 

For this theme, forest weddings are best held in an environment with nice trees, flowery elements, and mossy backgrounds. For added flavour, you can switch up the venue’s setting with decorations like branches, foliage, candles, and lanterns for that special feel. If anything, having a beautiful wedding arch of flowers, wood, and leaves will also be sure to impress.

Movie theme

Feeling like saying your marriage vows in a movie-themed ceremony? Then this is the wedding for you. Movie-themed weddings can draw plenty of inspiration from all things film-related for a unique and passionate occasion.

Be creative and express your passion for film during the ceremony, such as for the venue, food, and music. One way to get that cinematic feel is to have a film awards-style ceremony for the glamor. This theme can be quite grand, so roll out the red carpet and consider a black-tie ceremony in a theater with movie-themed décor and popcorn to leave your guests starstruck.

Garden

When it comes to outdoor weddings, a garden ceremony will not let you down. Many couples will enjoy the gorgeousness that a garden venue provides and having extra flowers with woodsy elements can do wonders in adding to the setting’s atmosphere.

Many garden wedding venues are beautiful enough on their own, and you can get some inspiration from the garden itself to spice up your ceremony. Flower-themed table decorations, floral accents, and hanging lights around trees are great elements to add for that outdoor feel. You can also make your own decorations and signages to place around the ceremony for your guests. 

Fairy tale

Couples wanting a fantasy-like ceremony can go for a fairytale-themed wedding as it has magic written all over it. This theme can be breathtaking with the right creativity, so go wild with ideas from your favorite fairy tales and marry as a prince and princess.

Whether your inspiration is Cinderella or Snow White, fairytale weddings can have decor like fancy tables, candles, books, and even antiques. Fairytale weddings also have a few venue options, and a ceremony in the woods can be just as good as one in a grand ballroom. To top it off, you can also bring out the iconic rose from Beauty and the Beast for a stunning decoration.

The conclusion

In the end, these themes are just some examples that you and your partner can follow. Of course, there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to wedding themes, so be creative and set your own style. After all, it is your special day!

What to Expect at a Wedding Fair

A wedding is a momentous occasion for any couple tying the knot out there. Since it’s a big event, proper wedding planning is the first important step to take before you can enjoy the ceremony. For that, a wedding fair is just the right place for you to go.

Wedding fairs provide couples with the opportunity to meet photographers, bands, wedding dress designers, florists, and many others. Besides that, there are some benefits to attending a wedding fair too, like affordable wedding packages, consultation, and discounted services. Here in Malaysia, there are plenty of wedding fairs for all the brides and grooms out there. 

Here’s what you can expect:

  1. Convenient meeting place

Wedding planning can be tiring if you’re unsure on who to consult. But the good thing is that many different wedding vendors and suppliers will be showing up at the fair, with each one focusing on their own category.

With all the wedding experts conveniently gathered in one expo, this lets you build connections with them and find the one that fits your wedding needs best. This also makes your consultations and decision-making easier thanks to everyone being around in-person.

2. One-stop wedding solution

Ordinarily, planning weddings the old-fashioned way can take up a lot of time, especially if you need to travel around for tasks and appointments. At a wedding fair, you can save up on time and effort and get most of your wedding planning done in one place.

There are many options to choose from for sourcing your wedding’s attire, food, accessories, and décor. Couples on a budget can also look out for attractive offers and wedding packages at wedding fairs.

3. The latest wedding trends

Just like lifestyle trends, weddings have their own latest trends too. This means you can draw a lot of inspiration from wedding fairs into your own ceremony. Besides, the exhibitors at the fair might also showcase interesting ideas that you didn’t think of.

4. A wedding fashion show

Some wedding fairs may have a wedding fashion show, which lets you admire the bridal gowns and tuxedos in all their beauty. With the models walking down the catwalk in the latest fashion trends, this is a good chance for you to find the look you want.

Take some photos of anything that catches your attention, and this can help you in perfecting your wardrobe for the big day. If you’re lucky, the vendors at the fair can even get you the look that you want.

5. Plenty of information

Even if you’re attending just for fun or to do some research, a wedding fair comes with plenty of business cards, brochures, and flyers for you to take home. This lets you digest the information and options you have before making any important decisions for your wedding. 

Plus, you can also gather the contact details of the wedding fair’s suppliers and have further enquiries or consultations later at your own pace.

6. A fun and interactive experience

A wedding fair isn’t just all work and no play. With all the fair’s glamour, you can think of the event as a big party for you to attend. Plus, the best part about attending a wedding fair is getting to experience things first-hand.

Although researching your wedding suppliers online is convenient, a wedding fair lets you see the wedding vendors in action. With all the fashion shows, food caterers, and musicians around, you’ll get to settle all your wedding needs while still having fun.

Plan the wedding of your dreams amid the RMCO!

With big events and exhibitions cancelled due to the MCO, many Malaysian couples are understandably disappointed by this year’s lack of wedding fairs, but you can always prepare in advance for a ceremony next year. As such, couples and brides-to-be everywhere will be delighted to know that the KLPJ Wedding Fair and TCE Wedding Expo will be taking place this year!

Both wedding fairs will be taking place at Mid Valley Exhibition Centre in Kuala Lumpur in September and November. Various bridal houses, photography studios, and other wedding-related services will be available at these expos for all the attending couples to make their weddings a dream come true.

While a wedding fair is a good place to settle wedding needs, try not to forget that it’s also a place to enjoy yourself and celebrate the mood. So, go ahead and take in the fun and atmosphere of the fairs while planning the wedding of your dreams.

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The Ultimate Chinese Wedding Checklist

Ah, a wedding, the biggest day for the bride and groom. The wedding celebrates the union of a couple and is an understandably big deal for many people. In the case of Chinese weddings, a lot of time and effort goes into the process to make sure that the ceremony is a success. No surprise there! Traditional Chinese weddings are built on tradition, so here is an ultimate wedding checklist to ensure that your once-in-a-lifetime wedding is the best it can be!

12 months before: Time to start planning

After the marriage proposal is accepted, the couple can proceed to picking up their wedding rings. It’s an old custom, but one that remains meaningful till this day. The next important step is to register your marriage with your local department. This is important to letting the state legally recognize you and your partner as a married couple.

Once you are legally married, you should set about planning how your wedding ceremony will be conducted. There are many details that go into this part, such as the date of the wedding, the type of wedding ceremony, budget, and so on. Detailing your expenses and costs is just as important as sticking to it, so allocate accordingly. Then again, if you need someone to help you navigate the planning, you can always engage a wedding planner to guide you through the process.

Of course, a grand wedding ceremony is not complete without its guests. Compiling a guest list is rather important since it’s likely you can’t invite everybody, especially with your budget and wedding venue to consider.Likewise, a good venue is just about the biggest decision that you need to make. From the number of tables to the ceremony’s theme, the venue is the setting for your big day and will affect the vibe and atmosphere for everyone involved.

10 – 11 months before: Forming your team

The next step is to gather the people you’ll be working with for the ceremony. A wedding is a momentous occasion that usually happens only once in a lifetime, so it’s a good idea to book important people like your photographer, videographer, caterer, DJ/band, and make-up artist in advance.

Certainly, you should also look extra special for your special day. Establishing a fitness and beauty routine can go a long way in creating beautiful memories and photographs of your wedding. It’s not a gender-exclusive thing, so brides and grooms should do their best in perfecting that wedding-day look.

Perhaps one of the most influential people present at your ceremony will be your “dai kam jie”. Also known as a wedding chaperone, you and your partner will need to decide on which “dai kam jie” will be the right fit for your wedding. Since she will be guiding you through the wedding’s ceremonies and rituals, discuss with her thoroughly to make sure things go smoothly.

8 – 9 months before: Setting the theme

Now that you have your important people with you, the next step is to decide the wedding theme and look for everything. Every wedding ceremony is different and unique to the couple, so gather inspiration and find a special theme that resonates with you and your partner.

With the theme decided, shopping for your wedding dress / suit and accessories is the next step on the checklist. Although some trial-and-error may be involved, there are plenty of choices out there to satisfy even the most ambitious couples. Do try things on early to avoid any issues with perfecting your wedding-day attire.

Also, don’t forget about your bridesmaids and groomsmen. Since they are attending to the bride and groom, their outfits should be well-coordinated and fitting to match flawlessly with the wedding.

6 – 7 months before: Making progress

Once you have planned out the ceremony, the next step is to explore wedding-day hair and makeup styles to complete the look. You can research new styles online to try or ask your stylists for recommendations.

By this stage, you and your partner can also get to dressing up for taking your wedding photos. With the ceremony’s planning well underway, taking them at this time can let you get them ready and perfect by the big day.

In this modern age, traditional card invitations aren’t the only way to get your guests coming as e-invitations are a solid alternative. Getting these designs isn’t too difficult as artisensecard.com allows you to browse for all sorts of wedding e-invitation designs. All the professional quality with none of the hassle of traditional invitations; plus, a good invitation card design can help reflect the theme that you are going for.

While you get the invitations’ designs done, you can also book hotels for those that come from out of town. It’s a thoughtful gesture that your guests will not only appreciate, but also make things easier for everyone involved.

4 – 5 months before: Coordinating tasks

Before sending out the invitations, this is also the time for you and your partner to finalize the guest list. Since the venue and budget has been planned, be sure that the guests you are inviting are people that you actually want in attendance.Much like choosing your guests, you should also choose you and your partner’s most important people for the occasion – your ‘heng dai’ and ‘ji mui’! The lovely bride and groom always have their bridesmaids and groomsmen by their side for the big day, so choose the ones that you feel are deserving of this honour.

Also, be sure to book your florist and transportation for the wedding. Similar to Western-style weddings, the flowers – usually a bouquet – are symbolic of happiness and satisfaction in marriage while the wedding cars are a big deal in Chinese wedding processions, both for tradition and getting around during the wedding day.

3 months before: Strengthening family ties

With the wedding’s logistics mostly set, the itinerary for the big day itself should not be missed out. A timeline detailing the events should be carefully laid out, such as when each event begins and ends. Also, ceremony formalities are very important in Chinese weddings, so they should be considered accordingly while planning.

The couple’s parents are central to Chinese weddings, so there are some traditional procedures for their families to follow and prepare for. The betrothal ceremony is a significant one where the groom’s family should purchase a grand gift (过大礼) while the bride’s family should purchase a dowry (嫁妆). These gifts are to be exchanged between the two families and has been an important custom of Chinese weddings for a long time.

The next step on the checklist is one that brides out there will surely enjoy – dress fittings. It is important to schedule a dress fitting to make sure that your beautiful wedding dress is ready and perfect when the big day comes.With all the time and effort going into preparing for the wedding, couples can now choose to purchase specially made wedding e-invitations at artisensecard.com to save some time.

Just purchase your own design and you can send out professionally-made invites to all of your beloved guests in no time.

2 months before: Sending out the invites

Having your wedding e-invitations ready means you’re ready to invite your guests to your big day. The benefit of sending e-invitations is that you can save on costs and effort while getting the invitations out faster. Plus, you don’t need to worry about wasting any invitation cards.

By this time, you can get back to trying out those hair and makeup ideas you have explored. Trials for wedding hair and makeup are just as important as your dress fittings, so do schedule your first dress fitting to find that proper fit for your wedding dress. 

As the wedding draws nearer, you can also confirm your dinner menu for the ceremony. A wedding tasting can also be conducted to let you taste the menu items and make any changes if you so desire.

1 month before: Adding the finishing touches

With the big day a month away, this is the time for a final fitting for the wedding dress and Chinese kwa (裙褂). After the first fitting, subsequent fittings and dress alterations will typically help perfect the dress and ensure a snug fit for the bride.

The next step is for you and your partner to plan and decide on the seating arrangement. This can be tricky due to having to balance the number of guests attending, their seating, and the venue’s layout. Thinking this through and discussing this with your parents and parents-in-law can be a good idea.

It is also important to confirm with the vendors that everything is in order along with the emcees, musicians, and any other persons for the wedding day programme. Likewise, it is a great idea to purchase gifts for the parents and wedding party to celebrate and show your appreciation for them.As with Chinese weddings, you mustn’t forget the important tradition of Guo Da Li (过大礼). Even now, Guo Da Li remains an important ceremony to signify the groom’s family formally proposing to unite with the bride’s family. Thus, the prepared gifts should be exchanged in accordance with the ceremony.

2 weeks before: Final preparations for the ceremony

Everything is almost in place, so confirm the RSVPs for those showing up and give the final guest count to your caterer. While you’re at it, this is also the right time to confirm your banquet menu. It is likely that you already have a feel for what you and your partner would like to be served at the tables, so decide on a completed menu that suits your tastes and budget.

Besides that, do send your playlist to your DJ or band by this time as well. This will give them enough time to prepare for your favourite songs and music at the ceremony.

The ceremony’s last few steps call for your wedding day duties, such as a gift table and guest book. Do delegate them accordingly as they are small but important things for you and your guests to leave a nice gesture.

Now that the ceremony is ready, take some time out and make sure that all your speeches are written and well-prepared. After all, a well-delivered speech adds a lot to the wedding’s special atmosphere.

Final week: Saying goodbye to the single life

The last step for you to check off is to confirm with your “dai kam jie” about the wedding day’s itinerary to ensure everything goes smoothly. With everyone and everything in place, this means your wedding is ready to go and the only thing left is for it to take place. It can be emotionally overwhelming, so do prepare a wedding day emergency kit with items like wet tissues, makeup, cosmetics, and so on for any potential mishaps.

By this stage, it is time to bid farewell to the unmarried life, so go ahead and treat yourself to a manicure or pedicure along with any eyebrow or facial treatments and massages to lift some stress. You and your partner can also have the customary bachelor or bachelorette parties with your friends to celebrate the occasion.

As is with Chinese wedding tradition, the An Chuang (安床) ceremony should be conducted in the final week as well. A rather important tradition, this refers to the setting up of the matrimonial bed and is meant to bless the bride and groom with a blissful and harmonious marriage.The wedding is almost here, so it is a good idea to prepare a checklist for all the wedding day items to make sure everything is ready and there are no issues with the ceremony.

The day before: The big day is almost here

You should have crossed off everything on this wedding checklist by now, so check that you have everything that you need. Since the wedding is tomorrow, send your wedding car for decoration before you go for your hair combing ceremony (also known as ‘Shang Tou’ 上头). Being one of the important Chinese wedding traditions, it represents the bride and groom’s transition into adulthood and a blessing for their marriage.

Now that everything is prepared, it is time to get some sleep. With such a big day ahead of you and your partner, sleeping early is definitely a good idea.

The wedding day: You may now become husband and wife

With all the months of planning and preparations completed, now is the time for you and your partner to enjoy the wedding. This occasion is a special one, marking the day where you can now spend the rest of your life with the one you love dearly. So, get dressed, look your best, and remember to relax, smile, and soak in every moment! (If you’re otherwise stressed, faking your smile is not a wrong thing to do.)

Have a happy marriage and may you love and care for your husband or wife for the rest of your lives!

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Why Online Invitation Card Is The New Trend

Paper Invitations have become an acceptable form of traditional invitation for many years. In fact, we have always assumed that invitations will be made from paper without giving much afterthought. 

Traditional invitations can also provide a physical touch through an assortment of paper grain, grunge, smooth, coated or embossed among others. In other words, paper texture can convey a sense of elegance, refinement and other qualities beyond to whoever receives the invitation. 

As more and more papers are digitally stored, many people however are considering the digital form for their e-invitations. Aside from paper-saving and eco-friendly benefits, there are other benefits for using the paperless.

Paperless is becoming a major trend in new events; most people are already seeing the real benefits. If you hold an event, you may put in a thought to shift from traditional to modern digital to capture the multiple benefits provided for your convenience. 

The e-invitation card is timely, fluid and is distributable by e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and digital messaging platforms like WhatsApp. 

RSVP which is just a click away involves minimal effort. This only takes minutes before it’s all over. 

Many people are interested in stunning e-invitations due to chestfuls of eye-catching images and visual effect (even more, personalisation) or if you’re artsy enough you can use your own creativity and skills as well. 

Virtual e-invitation cards allow send-offs with date and time details. Users’ minds will be at peace because it arrives on time for multiple time-sensitive events.

It’s easier to update or amend the e-invitation by just replacing the contents. For paper invitations you’ll need reprints and may suffer from a  late send-off.

Moreover, last minute invitations pose a challenge for paper invitations. High cost will be charged to the sender to speed the invitation to guests.

What’s more, it’s time to be contactless when social distancing is practiced. It helps to contribute to slowing the spread of infectious transmission.

The world is doing everything in less time at a faster pace. Snail mail invitation will be fading away in the near future to make room for a quicker mode of invitation.   

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Virtual Business Card vs Traditional Business Card

Many of us who haven’t experienced a virtual name card are curious. Most wanted to know how they differ and how it feels like to own one to impress our contacts and people that we meet on different occasions. Let’s take a look and check it out:

Traditional cards are printed on paper medium but digital cards reside on digital medium. Printing of traditional cards consume paper and ink compared to digital name cards which consume power.

Waste is inevitable with traditional cards. No waste occurs with digital name cards – all you have to do is delete and save it on digital medium.

Traditional cards have limits, but digital name cards can hold more informative contents among others, text, collections of photos and visuals and YouTube files.

Wear and tear can happen with traditional printed name cards whereas digital name cards are virtual and don’t get torn and tattered.

Follow-ups tend to be lost in a mountain of tasks with traditional printed cards. Digital name cards make it easy to follow up on business contacts as it’s just a click away.

Making a change or update? With digital name cards, it’s easy to store; amend and save the new version on phone, various digital mediums or online.

Digital name cards are contactless. They support zero contact during the pandemic.

It’s easily searchable and shareable through e-mails, social media and other forms of digital distributions.

Price of printed cards may go up if resources become depleted. Digital name cards stay unaffected by change in price.

No worry of having to remember bringing and restocking traditional cards along. The one thing the card owner will ever need is a mobile phone!

You can say digital name cards will require Wifi, but current infrastructures have led to Wifi being available in many places e.g., cafes, shops, restaurants, shopping complexes and hospitals.

With digital name cards, human touch is lost during exchange of cards like handshaking, welcoming, handing over cards with both hands and other traditions. 

Having viewed the differences, the disadvantages for traditional cards tend to exceed that of digital name cards. It has come to a point that digital name cards have turned out to be unbeatable!

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Do we still need business cards? Why or why not?

Do we still need business cards? Why or why not?

A Digital Name Card as its name implies is virtual. With this, it’s possible that a single link is all that’s needed for networking. At the same time, it acts as a key to networking, letting others know who you are and what you do and more. 

Digital name cards are about informative contents like personal identity, one’s trade or profession, portfolio, personality and visions. Also, corporate culture, website, videos, vouchers and social links that could be added to cards; these are only the tip of the iceberg.

Cards for services we don’t need and reprints incur paper waste when discarded. It’s reported that an estimated 18 mil acres of forest are lost each year to paper production; 20 football fields in 1 minute (source: https://www.tonerbuzz.Com/facts-about-paper). 

With paper cards, follow-ups tend to get lost among a mountain of tasks. With a digital name card, follow-ups are just a click away.

For privacy, the card can only be viewed by people who receive the link. Non-recipients will not be able to see the information.

Incidentally, with the pandemic, it’s never a better time to initiate contactless. For example, scanning QR codes has become a practice in among others supermarkets, shops and restaurants. 

Recipients will be delivered a link sent directly to them that’s downloadable. By opening these links, they are able to contact the owner or make enquiries as the new leads. 

Having cards in their phones means people no longer have to remember to carry cards and restock supplies.  

This new experience has a state-of-the-art feeling with a decent price to alter awareness of one’s personal and corporate identity that showcases.

Say goodbye to old fashion traditional cards; demand for contactless is rising in the new normal!  

Think Digital for a Winning First Impression!