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10 Tips on Planning a Wedding in A Short Time

Confessed your love but scrambling to get a ceremony together on short notice? Then this is the guide for you!

Admittedly, wedding planning can be a pretty overwhelming affair, especially when you are the wedding planner with less time than you would like. But it’s not totally impossible for we have put together a list of helpful tips for helping you plan the wedding of your dreams!

How short is considered “a short time”?

While there’s no strictly-defined timeline to follow, many couples typically start planning around one year or so before their wedding day. Beyond that, anywhere between 3 to 9 months before the wedding would start counting as a short engagement.

Although it does mean you get to be married quicker, you’ll have much less time to get your preparations in order. This can make wedding planning a lot more stressful if you don’t have a good plan for covering everything.

Here’s how you can start:

1. Have an organized plan

There’s not a lot of time to “see how it goes”, so think clearly about what you and your partner want at the wedding. 

Like a big project, you should start by creating a wedding timeline and prepare a checklist. Make a list of things you have to complete by a certain time, such as to buy your wedding  dress, finalize the guest list, what sort of venue you are going for, and the type of meal for the wedding.

Also, determine your budget and come up with a wedding budget plan! Wedding costs in Malaysia can range anywhere between RM20,000 to over RM100,000 depending on the scale.

All in all, you should only start making wedding arrangements after you have a good idea of how your wedding will go.

2. Settle the legalities at a less busy place

Registering a marriage can sometimes be a lengthy process, especially during peak wedding seasons. For this reason, it can be a good idea to find a less busy place to register your marriage, like a church, temple, or association by Assistant Registrar of Marriages instead of a JPN office.

This is the most important step to complete as the registration of marriage (ROM) is compulsory for you and your partner to be legally married, so look to make your appointments for registering your marriage ASAP to ensure that you have enough time to properly plan your wedding.

3. Book early!

If you’re planning to have the wedding in a fancy restaurant, ballroom, or hotel, get your venue booked ASAP! Many wedding venues aren’t always available on short notice, especially the more popular ones, so you should settle that along with the date and time first.

This goes for hiring caterers, stylists, musicians, photographers, and DJs too as they usually require bookings in advance. So, be sure to reserve them early on to avoid any disappointments!

4. Consider different invitation types 

Generally, you should send out your wedding invitations around six weeks ahead of the wedding day if possible. This is so that your guests can comfortably make plans for attending, especially for the ones who are out of town or overseas.

In the event that paper invitations can’t make it to your guests in time, consider opting for digital invitations and wedding cards instead! Not only are they a lot quicker to create and deliver without sacrificing any quality, but you can also confirm RSVPs way sooner through digital invitations.

5. Get some extra help

There are a lot of things that go into a wedding, and it can be overwhelming even for couples who prepare well in advance. 

Consider hiring a wedding planner if it all seems too much to handle as they have the expertise to handle the ins and outs of your wedding. You can also bring your family members on board for some extra helping hands too. 

If you find yourself needing more guidance, consulting friends who have already married on help and recommendations can really help lead you in the right direction. Adding to that, you can even ask questions in Facebook wedding groups or online forums to get some advice.

The more help you have, the easier it’ll be to get your wedding on track. 

6. Keep things simple

Having specific needs or wants will only use up the little time you have, so try to keep things simple for your wedding and avoid being too picky.

If anything, an easy way to have a quality wedding without settling for less is to go for an all-inclusive wedding package. This way, you won’t have to spend too much time planning and sifting through all the details.

7. Don’t mull over decisions

With all the things that go into a wedding, it’s rather easy to be unsure of what you should decide on, such as the wedding decor, scale, and theme. This especially applies when you’re taking in input from your parents, friends, and relatives all at once.

For this reason, it’s very important to have someone responsible for making the decisions for the wedding. Whether it’s you and your partner, your parents, or both of you, be decisive and quick in calling the shots. Whatever your decision is, just stick with it and move on to the next thing on your list! Remember, it’s harder to make changes when time is short.

8. Attend wedding shows

Finding and sourcing for the right wedding planners, vendors, stylists, and so on can take up a lot of precious time. If there’s a wedding show or bridal expo going on, go ahead and attend one as you can get all your wedding shopping done conveniently in one place!

Not only can you find almost everything you need at one, but you also get to meet every vendor face-to-face as well as save on time and money.

9. Be prepared to compromise

As doable as it is, weddings planned on a shorter notice often don’t have the luxury of choice. A lot of wedding planners, vendors, professionals, items, and even wedding dresses often require orders to be made well in advance.

For this reason, it’s in your best interest to accept that you might have to make compromises here and there. But don’t be averse to the idea of seeking alternatives, though! You might come across something that’s even better than what you originally had planned.

10. Remember to have fun

Wedding planning can be stressful, sure, but try not to forget about having some fun while you’re at it and don’t stress yourself out about the minutiae of your wedding. Keep your head up and your mind on one important fact – it’s your marriage!

If anything, this is a once-in-a-lifetime occasion, so might as well make it all the more of a reason to have fun planning the wedding!

Final thoughts

It’s not impossible to plan a wedding in a short time! All it takes is a little extra thinking ahead and decisiveness to put together a ceremony that can be just as good as any other. As long as you cover the important steps and use your time wisely, you can well be on your way to having a wonderful wedding even with less time to plan.

If you happen to need some wonderful wedding cards for your wedding, give @card a try! Masterfully created by yours truly at Artisense, you’ll get to impress your guests with awesome designs while also getting to enjoy the cost-efficient and convenient factors of a digital card!

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12 Wedding Meals in KL, Selangor, and Penang to Deliver to Your Guests for your MCO Virtual Wedding!

If there’s one thing no wedding ceremony can do without, it’s food! Doesn’t matter if it’s buffets or plated dinners, an occasion as special as a wedding needs good food.

With the MCO going on, that certainly is the case as weddings will have to be done with everyone apart. Even so, you can bring the wedding meal to your guests all through delivery! 

For your viewing pleasure, we’ve compiled a list of restaurants and food vendors in KL, Selangor, and Penang that you can choose from for delivering meals to your beloved guests!

Why delivering wedding meals is the way to go now

As of 10th August, wedding ceremonies are still a no-go as per the Phase 1 and Phase 2 SOPs of MCO 3.0 (check this site out for the SOPs of each state!). It’s a bummer, but it is for the sake of keeping everyone safe and healthy.

For this reason, virtual weddings are becoming the new option for couples to host their wedding ceremonies. In an interesting turn of events, a Malaysian couple has even taken to hosting a massive drive-through wedding to keep their guests safe!

There’s still the question of the food, however.

Since everyone can’t feast together in one place, that’s where deliverable wedding meals come in. It’s convenient, it’s fast, and it gets food to every one of your guests’ doorsteps. This way, everyone can still celebrate your wedding with good food all in the comfort of their own homes!

With Malaysia being a haven for food, there are plenty of food providers to get your meals from. To couples with most of your guests in Selangor and KL, you also get an added benefit as many food providers in Selangor and KL are able to deliver throughout both areas so feel free to browse around! 

For the Kuala Lumpur area:

1. Botanica + Co

Nothing brings the joyous feelings of a wedding to your guests more than some hearty food!

Located in Bangsar South, Botanica + Co is offering its delectable range of meal choices for delivery, one of which includes their selection of family combos and platters that’s perfect for your guests to enjoy.

The platters are available in an assortment of sandwiches, pastries, soup bowls, salad bowls, and cookies, which are all made with finesse and the best ingredients for a perfect taste.

Bring these wondrous dishes and more to your guests by ordering at https://botanicabangsarsouth
.beepit.com/ordering/?type=delivery

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2. EQ Kuala Lumpur

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Looking to get a little lavish with the wedding meals? Then share the taste of EQ’s gourmet dining with all your special guests!

One of KL’s top hotels and home to restaurants like Kampachi EQ, Nipah at EQ, and Étoile Bistro at EQ, EQ’s menu is comprised of exquisite top-quality food that covers Japanese, local, and Western cuisines, one of which includes their herb-crusted rack of lamb. 

Celebrate your big day to EQ’s gourmet food today by emailing dineateqkl@kul.equatorial.com, calling +6012 278 9239, or WhatsApp-ing at https://wa.me/60122789239

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3. Pullman Kuala Lumpur City Centre Hotel & Residences

Get the celebratory mood going by bringing out the bento boxes and barbecue!

With 28 different types of bento boxes to choose from, you’ll get to bring a variety of great tastes  like Western, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and Malay from the Pullman Kuala Lumpur City Centre hotel to everyone’s homes. 

Should you need something even more mouthwatering, Pullman KLCC’s Asian and Western BBQ sets pack plenty of succulent meats to sate just about any appetite.

These meals are available daily from 11am to 7pm. Order via WhatsApp at https://api.whatsapp
.com/send?phone=60162903864
or by emailing restaurants@pullman-klcc.com.

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4. Little Black Pastry Box

Befitting of a wedding’s sweet and romantic atmosphere, a lovely pastry box would do quite nicely!

With exquisitely made macarons, mousse, chocolate ganache and other sweet treats, Little Black Pastry Box is your ideal place for getting chic pastry boxes that will sooth any guest’s sweet tooth.

Each pastry box offers its own unique variety of pastries and confectionery for true enjoyment.

Order your pastry boxes by visiting https://littleblackpastrybox.com/ 

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5. Aliyaa

A traditional wedding feast is nice and dandy, but a Sri Lankan feast delivered to your doorstep is how you spice a wedding up!

Specializing in Sri Lankan cuisine, Aliyaa offers a wide range of appetizing dishes for a truly wholesome feast. Crabs, meats, rolls, soups, rice, kottu, curries… you name it, there’s plenty to choose from. Not to mention the authentic Sri Lankan desserts like watalappam too!

Plus, there’s also the Aliyaa Experience multi-course meals that contain a little bit of everything, which is perfect for sharing among guests.

Aliyaa is available for delivery every day from noon to 8pm. Orders for pickup or delivery can be made on www.aliyaaathome.com. Feel free to call them at 017 883 3738 if you need help!

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6. PichaEats

Getting good-tasting food is one thing, but why not help those in need too with PichaEats!

Founded in 2016, PichaEats is a food business that actively partners with chefs from displaced communities, like those of Palestine, Syria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. As such, they offer a unique menu that lets you get a taste of flavours around the world along with dishes of the Middle Eastern style.

Made with passion, PichaEats’ seasonal specials, family sets, rice dishes, snacks and desserts will make for a heartwarming and authentic wedding meal at home. Plus, you get to support the self-reliant refugee communities while you’re at it! 

Show your support for PichaEats and their chefs by getting your meals today at their website https://pichaeats.com/en/

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For the Selangor Area:

1. Sushi Takumi

Who says staying at home means you can’t have your fave Japanese food? Not Sushi Takumi!

Located in Petaling Jaya, this classy sushi restaurant serves up an assortment of quality chirashi, sushi, and donburi. Prepared only with fresh premium ingredients including caviar and foie gras, you won’t be leaving any guest disappointed with these meals.

What’s more, you get to enjoy complimentary delivery when you spend RM500 and above!

Takeaway and deliveries are available daily from 12pm to 8pm. You can place your orders via WhatsApp at +6018 356 6725

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2. Sheraton Petaling Jaya Hotel

Even a virtual wedding deserves some 5-star meals. And that’s where Sheraton Petaling Jaya’s got you covered!

Specially curated with Japanese and Fusion cuisines in mind, Sheraton PJ is offering lunch and dinner bento sets for delivery with fulfilling dishes such as seafood, rice, and the like. 

Alternatively, there’s also the coffee break menu for getting your fix on sweets and savoury foods.

A minimum of 10 orders will be required for ordering. Enquiries and orders can be made by contacting the Sheraton Petaling Jaya hotel at 017 228 6183 or emailing to Sheraton.PetalingJaya
@sheraton.com

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3. Xiao by Crustz

A wedding meal doesn’t always need steak and wine – finely-made pastries can do just as well!

With a tantalizing selection of croissants, danishes, sandwiches, and various other pastries, Xiao by crustz’s pastry box has all the variety and none of the mundaneness for your virtual wedding. 

And of course, couples seeking a posher meal for their guests would easily find the LILY High Tea Set as the most ideal choice.

Both sets are available for delivery only from Friday to Sunday. You can place your orders online at www.xiaobycrustz.com/online-store.

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For the Penang area:

1. Macalister Mansion

What better way to celebrate the joyous occasion than with the aptly-named “Happiness In A Box”?

This delightful meal box by the luxurious Macalister Mansion hotel offers a pleasant combination of sandwiches, quiches, scones, tarts and more for satisfying your sweet and savoury taste buds. Plus, there are also bi-weekly new menu surprises when you order!

Need something more filling? The Hale and Hearty meal for two is a sublime 3-course set comes with a French Roasted Organic Chicken that’s paired with salad, dessert and more for a gratifying wedding meal at home.

Both meals require a minimum of 1 day pre-order and will only be available for delivery during MCO 3.0 so make your orders today by calling +604 228 3888 or WhatsApp to +6012 526 1630!

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2. Communal Table by gēn 根

When it comes to weddings, you can’t go wrong with bringing some local flavour to the food.

With selections like Afternoon Tea, Happy Box, and Meal Box, rest assured that all your guests will be eating fine on your big day thanks to Communal Table by gēn 根! 

Menu choices include burgers, bao, rice, and a wide range of sweet and savoury treats. Don’t worry, the portions are made with 2 to 4 persons in mind so there’s plenty to go around!

Get these sensational meals delivered to your guests by ordering at 012-578 3323 (one-day preorder in advance may be needed for some meals).

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3. Garden Lebanon Restaurant

Want a cultural twist to your wedding meals? Then you might wanna give Lebanese cuisine a try!

Located in Tanjung Bungah, Garden Lebanon Restaurant has been offering delivery for delicious middle eastern food throughout Penang. Menu items include tagen, pizza, rice, pasta, and side dishes all wonderfully prepared the authentic way.

Also, you get to enjoy 20% off for ala carte items and free delivery in certain areas of Penang thanks to their current MCO promotion.

Let your guests have a taste of fine Middle Eastern food by calling or WhatsApp-ing at 04-8917228 or 012-6113004 today.

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All in all, we hope this list comes in handy in helping you plan for your wedding meals! Even if you and your guests are all at home, food delivery makes it possible to have a good meal in celebration of your virtual wedding.

While we’re on that note, if you’re having trouble sending out wedding invitations the traditional way, @card is the solution to your problems! 

Professionally created by a team of in-house designers, @card’s large selection of wedding card designs, plentiful features, and digital nature make it the perfect choice for getting all your beloved guests together. Have a happy wedding!

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How to Attract New Customers in 2021 – The Easy Way

Customers are the bread and butter to any business, that’s a given. Everywhere, customers keep businesses afloat by buying products, signing up for services, and offering their support. But the big question is, what is the secret to getting customers to choose you over your competitors?

Seeing as there are so many types of businesses out there, there is no magical, one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to attracting new customers, even in 2021. Fortunately, however, there are certain tips and secrets that can make it easier to bring in new peeps to your business. Let’s get started with some.

The 10 universal tips to see your business booming

Although the tactics to successfully attract customers certainly vary from business to business, there are some tips and tricks that apply universally to all businesses. Whether you are an owner of a new café, convenience store, or boutique, the following steps below can prove quite beneficial to helping you get those new customers coming in.

1. Get some referrals

Since businesses revolve around customers, you can definitely turn your existing customer base to your advantage by asking them for referrals. Thanks to how effective word of mouth can be, this makes referrals potent tools in getting you some new customers.

The most straightforward way to do this is by talking to satisfied customers and clients to see if they know anyone that might be a potential customer. For instance, consider asking your existing customers to spread the word for your business to their friends or family members. Or, you can also have them refer your service to friends who need help with a problem that you can fix. Chances are they will be able to direct some good prospects to you this way.

Additionally, this is also a great time to put your business cards to use by handing them out to your existing customers, especially if you have digital ones like @card. With your business cards in hand, your customers will be able to recommend your business by sharing them with others in their social network or circle, paving the way for more customers for you. 

2. Networking

Every business has an industry that it belongs to, and networking is an important step in expanding your reach and attracting customers – the more people know about your business, the more customers you will get. Hence, don’t skip out on networking!

The primary reason behind networking is that it allows you to meet new people. There are a couple of good places to start networking in, such as reaching out to personal contacts and joining networking organizations or events. It might seem daunting, but it’s not as bad as it seems with the right approach!

Moreover, when engaging your prospects and clients, do make it a point to forge good relationships and bonds with them by giving them a personalized experience and focusing more on how you can help them. A name card is awesome for this purpose, especially digital ones like @card as not only is it convenient, but you can easily share them via your phone while also allowing you to showcase your business in a more visually-pleasing manner.

3. Have a visible presence online

Nowadays, getting customers isn’t done by just spreading the word to people on the street or handing out pamphlets anymore. The future is now, and online platforms like social media are a new frontier for seeking out new customers, so go ahead and leverage new technology!

Like it or not, a business’s online presence is no longer an option these days – it’s a requirement. Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or something else, many people reside on these platforms, making it a great place for attracting many new customers once you make your business visible to them. Worry not, getting started on social media is not too hard of a task.

Furthermore, having a presence on search engines is also quite important as many people utilize online searches to find new products, services, or businesses. Seeing as how Google is the biggest search engine, setting up your business on Google should also be a priority. It might take some setup and tweaking, but the results can be well worth the effort.

4. Work with others

Although the business world is also home to your competitors, that does not mean you can’t work with other like-minded businesses! With the right people, partnerships and collaborations can help promote your business to other audiences and rake in new customers.

The key to doing this right is to identify brands that would make good partners. Don’t jump at the first opportunity of a collaboration when it happens; you should ideally find a business partner that can pair well with your business’s strengths. 

For instance, a mutually-beneficial relationship would be something like a sports equipment brand working together with a gym or a food supplier collaborating with a restaurant. It has to complement your business to attract potential customers.

With the right partner at your side, you’ll get to see many more new customers.

5. Reach out to old customers

Not all customers will stick with a particular business forever, and that’s just a part of the business game. Fortunately, this does not necessarily mean your former customers are gone for good – it doesn’t hurt to try reaching out to your old customers to get them back.

Inevitably, customers may sometimes choose to move on to another brand or competitor for a variety of reasons. Nevertheless, this does not mean they’re bound with their new choices forever; go ahead and contact them to see if they are interested in returning to your business. The mere act of reaching out might just be enough to have them give your business another shot. You can even add a special offer or discount to seal the deal. 

Don’t worry, at best you will be seeing your old customers again and at worst you might just get a “no, thank you”. It’s not the end of the world for your business.

6. Come up with good content

If you have creative ideas to explore, this is the time to do so! Quality content is a huge boon for attracting customers, so get those brain juices flowing and create good content.

There are many ways to come up with interesting or engaging content, but relevancy is the most important bit here. Whether you are coming up with your own social media content or sharing content by others, make sure they are relevant to both your business and your customers as you really don’t want to waste precious time and effort on irrelevant content.

Not only will good content attract new customers, but this will also help keep your current customers engaged and stay loyal to your business in the long run. This especially applies if your content is shareable as it’ll pave the way for even more new customers.

7. Offer promotions or discounts

If there is one thing that will lure customers in, it’s a good discount or deal. Owing to the simple fact that people love it when they can get stuff for cheaper prices, think about offering promotions, discounts, and deals to really get customers lining up for your business.

Promotions can take form in many different ways, one of which includes sales promotion, and this can be readily adapted to fit any business needs. For instance, if you are an online seller for household products, here are a couple of offers that your customers will enjoy:

  • Discounts (e.g., 30% off their next purchase)
  • Buy 1 free 1 promotions
  • Free shipping
  • Coupons for certain items

There are many other types of promotions to do as well, so feel free experiment to see which ones fit your business model best. Just remember to tread carefully when doing this as you don’t want to give away more than you can handle.

8. Generate good publicity

Publicity is one of those few things in business that can top advertising in getting new customers. In practice, a good article or story about your business is a lot more memorable and credible than a carefully-crafted ad, so consider generating good publicity a priority!

There are several approaches to get publicity for your business, but one easy way that works for businesses of all sizes is to get involved in some volunteer work or charity. Avoid doing it the plain, boring way, though! You can try taking on ideas that are unique and different, like:

  • Donating items of value (like food, books, toys, etc.)
  • Fundraising (with your own neat twist like a contest)
  • Training sessions or workshops

By giving back to society in a meaningful way, you get to foster a good image for your business to the public, and customers are simply attracted to a business with a good image.

9. Know your competition

One of the biggest obstacles to getting new customers is when a competitor gets them first. For your business to succeed, keeping track of the competition is crucial as this allows you to capitalize on opportunities to bring more customers to your business instead.

Every business has its own competitor to watch out for. If you run a computer hardware store, keep an eye out on other similar stores and their strategies in getting customers. For example, if they are running a promotional campaign, study their approach and take note of its success and effectiveness. This can help you better plan a unique strategy of your own.

By keeping tabs on how your competition operates, you will be better equipped to come up with an approach that’s original and effective to attract customers you want.

10. Don’t become stagnant

The business world is a fast-moving place, and those that fail to keep up rarely see success, if ever. It’s important to remember that existing customers don’t last forever and getting new customers is an inevitable process. Thus, don’t get stagnant in running your business.

Lack of innovation, overreliance on old strategies, not employing new tactics… stagnancy can be caused by many things, such as complacency. Whatever the reason is, don’t let it get to that point – always look for new ideas and initiatives to keep your business moving.

Put simply, don’t stop preparing for the worst even if you have found a strategy that works. Seeing as how the pandemic has shut down numerous businesses that failed to pivot, always seeking new ways for success is the key to keeping your business afloat in the long run.

At the end of the day, attracting new customers is not an impossible task. 

It might take some innovation and creativity depending on your business, but the main factor for success lies in being what the customers want. Similar to how one would rather pick something that’s fresh and interesting, business owners should also strive to make their business the best ones among the competition. 

While the tips above are no guarantee for success, they should still come in handy for getting some of your customers’ attention heading your way.

First Impressions in Business Meetings

First Impressions in Business Meetings – The Dos and Don’ts

In the world where clients, investors, and businesspersons come together for business, there’s nothing more important than a good first impression to seal the deal. Like it or not, how people feel about you are all based on first impressions, and this can be hard to change once they’re formed. For this reason, getting it right the first time is crucial. 

As you’re essentially meeting someone new, leaving a favourable impression requires some finesse and knowledge. Speaking appropriately, presenting your best self, acting professionally and so on, the key here is to present yourself in a way that others will like and appreciate.

While there are no set number of rules to follow, here are some handpicked dos and don’ts that can come in handy for tackling your next meeting with a business prospect.

Dos

Whether you are meeting up with a simple business prospect or a super important client, it is still a social meeting between you and another party. Although each encounter may vary, here are some general rules to follow to land that good first impression.

1. Present yourself well

Just like going on a date, no one appreciates meeting up with someone that doesn’t put effort into presenting their best selves, especially for first-time encounters. As such, strive to present yourself well by dressing appropriately and looking sharp.

Depending on the person you’re meeting, here’s a general rule of thumb for your dress codes:

  • Meeting high-profile businessmen? Formal attire fits best.
  • Have an appointment with clients? Semi-formal works well.
  • Seeing an artist or musician? Casual attire may suffice.

Besides fashion, it’s only fitting that you complete the look with the right smile and body language. This applies to both men and the ladies, so remember to have a warm smile, stand tall, and make eye contact as it will help the other party feel more comfortable and be at ease.

Also, presenting your best self doesn’t end there – you should also leverage the latest digital tech! Since the Internet is king nowadays, your online presence matters just as much too, so do strive to look your best on social media and online platforms. 

If that’s done, you can step it up a notch by having a good digital business card in your arsenal, like @card

With plenty of features to boot, your prospects can easily check out your company’s social media and website through @card and connect with you after the meeting. This is great for first impressions as it paints you in a positive light as a tech-savvy person!

2. Have a good and positive attitude

Nothing kills a first impression faster than an unpleasant attitude, so strive to have a good and positive attitude with everyone you meet. After all, your attitude shows through your actions.

Naturally, you won’t come across someone who is agreeable or fair every time, but having a good attitude will help you combat that and keep the meeting from going sour. In the same vein, strive to be confident as it shows that you are approachable and can be a good person to work with, which are good traits to have in business.

Although positivity and confidence are certainly important, this doesn’t mean that you should forget to be open and authentic. Sure, wanting to project the “perfect image” is understandable, but that doesn’t mean you should pretend to be someone you are not, so try to be your best and truest self. People respect someone who is as honest as they are nice.

3. Have good conversation etiquette

When you meet someone new, appearances form one part of a first impression, and the way you speak forms the other. This makes having good conversation etiquette quite important if you want to be viewed in a good light.

Proper wording choices and pronunciation aside, it’s important to remember that a good conversation revolves around both parties, so look to prevent your conversations from getting one-sided. Even if you are doing most of the talking, you can still be a good listener by taking the time to listen to what the other party has to say.

Moreover, a good conversation is not filled with distractions. Everyone enjoys a smooth-sailing conversation, so pay attention and stay focused on them – keep your phone away, don’t let your mind go adrift, and maintain eye contact. This will show you are focused only on the person you’re talking to, which helps pave the way for a much better relationship.

4. Demonstrate professionalism

A person who acts professional will always triumph over someone who seems like they’d rather be somewhere else. As befits the business world, always look to be professional whenever you’re interacting with someone, especially for first-time encounters.

In practice, acting professionally basically boils down to being a nice and reasonable person to others. Much like how one should treat others well, the facets of professionalism that one should practice include:

  • Be polite 
  • Be respectful
  • Be punctual

Furthermore, the business world also calls for good and proper conduct. When meeting a prospect or a client, try to understand their needs first before explaining what solution you have to offer. In the event that you are unsure of something, do make it a point to politely inform your other party that you will discuss the matter with your team. Altogether, this does wonders for your first impression as it demonstrates your competency and professionalism.

Don’ts

When it comes to the don’ts, the rules are similar to how you should avoid behaving like an undesirable person in real life. As a professional, you wouldn’t want to make any avoidable mistakes that might garner disapproval. Here are some to look out for:

1. Act like a nonprofessional

It goes without saying that failing to demonstrate proper and professional behavior in the business world will quickly get you the disapproval or even contempt of many. No matter who you’re dealing with, always try to avoid acting unprofessionally at all costs.

The premise to this is simple – a professional environment has no room for spiteful or bad behavior. As a professional, it’s paramount that you show good manners and mindfulness in what you say:

  • Don’t sound condescending.
  • Don’t complain.
  • Don’t make unfriendly or offensive remarks.

Besides saying the right things, it’s also quite crucial to never interrupt someone when they’re speaking either as this will make them feel that their opinion is unimportant. Likewise, remember to never say something inappropriate or offense either! As long as you can show some civility, you will be well on your way to a more positive first impression.

2. Get distracted

Nothing annoys a person who’s speaking more than a distracted listener. Not only does it show that your attention is drifting away, but it also reflects poorly on your part by giving others the impression that you think they’re unimportant. So, try to avoid getting distracted.

For the most part, keeping your focus on your listener lies in keeping distractions at bay. The easiest place to start is to avoid playing with your phone, but you can also stay focused by:

  • Keeping your mind off other things.
  • Listening intently.
  • Avoiding multitasking.
  • Confirming what the other party has said.

With the right amount of concentration, you’ll be on your way to much better communication, which leads to better first impressions. Nevertheless, here are some other helpful tips that can help bolster your focus in your future conversations.

3. Keep your phone on

If you have not kept your phone on silent mode, now is the time to reconsider this! A promising meeting can be quickly shot down by an unwanted phone call or text message. So, just like in the cinema, strive to silence your phone in all your meetings whenever possible.

Thing is, receiving an audible notification on your phone can disrupt the flow and atmosphere of your business meeting. Unless it’s an absolute emergency, notifications that can wait till after the meeting include:

  • Emails
  • Text messages
  • Social media platform notifications
  • Unimportant phone calls

Remember, professional behavior should not have phones as a concern. Out of respect for both your self-image and whoever you are meeting, just silence your phone. 

4. Be unprepared

Undoubtedly one of the biggest mistakes to make, being unprepared will make a first impression anything but good. A lack of preparation reflects incompetency and becomes apparent rather quickly, so do yourself a favour and always be prepared.

Thankfully, unpreparedness can be tackled by taking the time to prepare properly. As you’ll likely be unfamiliar with the person you’re meeting, doing some research beforehand will help you get a better grasp of who they are. When researching, here are some things to look for:

  • Their background
  • Their career / profession
  • Their company & its background
  • Personal interests

By having a better feel for who you’re meeting, you will find it a lot easier to navigate a conversation with them and stay on track. 

While you’re at it, don’t forget to bring your most important item along either – your name card. No business meeting is complete without it, but if forgetting them is an issue, consider getting an @card instead! With convenient links and QR codes available, you won’t have to worry about forgetting your cards!

Together, all this preparation will do wonders for your first impression as it shows the effort and dedication you put into meeting someone.

At the end of the day, first impressions are a big deal in the field of business. Acting like a professional is the norm here, and those that fall short in acting like one will quickly find themselves at a disadvantage. As impressions can be difficult to change after the first one, it’s certainly in your best interest to get it right the first time, because trust us when we say that you don’t want your first meeting with a client to be your last. Good luck with the meetings!

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Why Digital Business Cards in 2021? How it helps your business.

In this day and age that we live in, almost anything and everything that we use has now gone digital – even your business cards! With the introduction of digital business cards, printed name cards are no longer the only way to go for impressing and connecting with prospective clients. 

Certainly, digital business cards are not a totally perfect tool, but their flexibility and customizability are enough to make them a valuable addition to almost any business. Still have some doubts on whether you should get one? Read on and we might just convince you otherwise!

Why are people switching to digital business cards?

Before digital business cards came along, business cards were created on paper cards. Designed in the all-too-familiar rectangular size, these pocket-sized cards made rather impressive tools in getting one’s business noticed by others and are still used even to this day.

Nowadays, advances in technology mean that business cards are no longer restricted to small paper cards as digital business cards become a growing trend. Here are some reasons why:

  1. Paper business cards can be a hassle to bring and keep

As professional as it is, carrying your own stack of printed business cards does come with its own drawbacks. For starters, it’s all too easy and common for someone to forget to bring their business cards along. Additionally, paper business cards can easily get lost or unorganized by your recipients, especially if they have many other business cards to keep.

By using digital business cards, you can easily send them out through your devices without worrying about forgetting to bring them or your cards being lost among others.

2. Contactless is the new norm

In the wake of the pandemic, the trend of giving out paper business cards is falling out of favour as going contactless becomes the new norm for everyone to keep themselves safe.

Since digital business cards are fully contactless and can be shared with anyone from anywhere without the need for any physical contact, many people are making the jump over to digital business cards as the preferred medium for approaching others nowadays. 

3. Environmentally friendly

As their name implies, paper business cards are made with paper, and the amount of trees needed to create paper-based business cards does not make them very environmentally friendly considering how often paper business cards are thrown away.

In contrast, digital business cards are fully digital and do not require any printing nor paper to be made. For this reason alone, digital business cards are the superior choice in terms of helping the environment.

4. Constantly reprinting name cards can be draining

Whether it’s due to a typo in contact information or just your staff members needing updates made to their cards, reprinting business cards can cost you a lot of money, energy, and time. As such, digital business cards are a better choice as you can readily make any changes to your cards without the need for reprinting.

Although paper business cards continue to be used today, digital business cards are growing increasingly popular for some of the reasons above. Since they can be adapted to fit most needs, digital business cards can be readily used in place of traditional business cards for almost any business purpose.

How can digital business cards benefit my business?

Assuming you’re thinking about getting a digital business card, here are a couple of benefits that you can net for your business by having your own card: 

1.Unlimited sharing to prospects at minimal cost

When you hand out business cards, paper business cards can only reach as far as the number of people you hand them out to. Digital business cards, on the other hand, can be easily shared to a lot more people at no extra cost!

In a business context, this makes digital business cards particularly useful for expanding your business’s reach to more people; for instance, you can easily connect with thousands of prospects with just the minimum cost of creating your business card. Plus, those who have your digital name card can easily reshare it with others who might seek your services, which further helps increase your reach.

2. Provides a visual showcase of your business

Whether you’re a budding entrepreneur or just a simple business owner, a good visual showcase for your business helps you stand out and impress your audiences. Given the number of visuals you’ll want to display, a paper business card is not the most ideal tool for showing off your business’s visual side – you’ll need a digital business card.

By using a digital business card, you can easily include eye-catching photos and video about products and services you offer to give the audiences the most impressive glimpses of your business.

3. Effective for networking

Although paper business cards are commonly used, their effectiveness as a business tool for networking tends to be disadvantaged by high costs, a lack of functions, and limited room for creativity. In contrast, digital business cards do not have this setback as they can be easily outfitted with various buttons and features for the benefit of your recipients.

With plenty of buttons like Save-to-Contact, WhatsApp, social media, and even appointment booking to choose from, these features can prompt your recipients to take action, encouraging them to know more about what you do on social media and so on. This way, you can network much more effectively with just one digital business card.

4. Leaves good impressions

Nowadays, it has become a trend to take the digital approach for many things. In a business context, following the current trends can help set a positive image for your business as it shows you are up to date on the latest happenings. 

As such, using digital business cards can help leave a good impression on your audiences as prospects would see you as proactive and trendy for adopting the digital approach.

All things considered, a digital business card can be just as effective as, if not better than, a paper business card. Seeing as how its digital nature gives it an advantage in lesser costs and easier sharing to others, this makes digital business cards a viable choice to just about any business out there.

So, what should you include on a digital business card?

Unlike paper business cards, digital business cards can accommodate a lot more information plus a variety of digital features and functions. These include social media, email, and product or service portfolios in addition to the usual contact details found on a traditional business card. Here’s a quick rundown for what you should include:

  • Social media: Social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are all the rage now, so look to include your personal details on them into your digital business card. If your business card allows it, you can even integrate these platforms into your card to boost your business card’s functionality.
  • Email: No business card is complete without adding your own email address, but how about stepping things up by being able to send emails from your digital business card? For the more corporate folks out there, this feature can come in super handy for sending out emails quickly and conveniently.
  • Product / Service portfolios: No matter the business, a good portfolio to showcase your products or services can really help you leave better first impressions. This is particularly helpful for professions like barbers or skincare specialists as you can include a portfolio that proudly displays your handiwork and achievements.

Of course, there are plenty of other features and functions that you can add to your digital business card, so feel free to add whatever else you need. Don’t worry, a digital business card has a lot more creative space to work with compared to a paper business card.

How do I share my digital business card?

In fulfilling its business purpose, a digital business card needs to be easy to share to others. Fortunately, sharing a digital business card is rather similar to sharing content online – you are just a few clicks and presses away from sending them to everyone.

  • Share buttons: The most straightforward way, a “share” button can be added to almost any digital business card. With a press of a button, you can share your digital business card to anyone, anywhere.
  • Links: Similar to website links, a digital business card can also be shared with others via URLs. By using links, your recipients can view your digital business card with just about any device that has a browser.
  • QR codes: One of the most direct ways to get your digital business card seen, this is a great option for business owners that have a storefront – just display your QR code front and center and your visitors will be able to scan and view your business card with ease.

At this point, you should be well convinced that a digital business card is a cost-effective and easily shareable medium that can fulfill most, if not all, of your business’s networking needs. 

If you’re looking for good card options, @card is a great choice that comes with all the benefits and functions that have been listed above! Created and refined by professionals at Artisense, the @card is a digital business card that is on par with the best ones out there on the market.

Why @card?

Customizable, adaptable to a variety of uses (even weddings invitation!), and available in a large selection of designs, the @card is a versatile digital business card created by Artisense. Flexibility and convenience aside, the @card has a few distinctive features that help it stand out from other business cards. These include:

1. No app downloads needed

Some digital business cards may need a special app for it to open and run properly, and this can be rather inconvenient (and annoying) for people who don’t have it.

Fortunately, this is not a problem for @card as it is built in a way where it can be readily opened and viewed on any device, which means no additional apps need to be downloaded to open it. 

2. Everything you need in one package

Thanks to the number of resources available online, it’s definitely possible to create your own digital business card from scratch. Only thing is, this can be quite a long and tedious process, especially with the research needed.

With @card, you can save up on all that time and effort as @card comes with a large variety of designs and templates that can be easily customized to fit all your needs. From formal and geometrical designs to more chic and colourful ones, our extensive selection has designs for all sorts of different industries. Just pick your desired design and we’ll provide you with your very own ideal digital business card.

Depending on your needs, @card is the most comprehensive solution for getting a digital business card thanks to its multitude of functions, customizability, and ease of use. If budget is a concern for you, @card is available in a basic LITE series and a more complete version that comes equipped with extra features like appointment forms and many more.

Now that we have reached the end, what would your verdict be? Would you consider getting a digital business card or perhaps stick with the classic paper ones? Or maybe use both? Considering the number of pros they have, having your own custom business cards can be the most worthy asset in helping any business grow and prosper!

After all, in a time where business cards are making the leap to the digital side, you’ll need a digital business card that properly caters to all your needs. So, have your own personally customized digital business card today with Artisense. With a team of dedicated professionals at our agency, @card is nothing short of the best for your business.

10 Tips for a Budget and EcoFriendly Wedding

10 Tips for a Budget & Eco-Friendly Wedding in Malaysia

It comes as no big secret that weddings are not the cheapest affairs in the world. It is not uncommon for newlyweds to rack up rather hefty expenses when organizing their wedding ceremony, especially for more extravagant ones. 

What’s more is that weddings may not be very environmentally-friendly either – paper materials, leftover food, flowers, disposables, and even party favors just become waste after the event, which is bad for both your wallet and the environment.

If you are looking for some budget wedding ideas or just some tips for hosting an eco-friendly wedding ceremony in Malaysia, congratulations! You’ve come to the right place. While you might have to make some compromises, a budget wedding can be just as elegant as any other wedding. Without further ado, here are some helpful tips to help you get started.

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Hosting a wedding that is friendly to both your wallet and Mother Nature isn’t too hard – the key here is to look for areas that can stand to be less expensive and more eco-friendly, such as for the wedding attire, food, venue, and gifts. Fortunately, there are plenty of alternatives for you to choose from for these items.

1. Embrace preloved

While it is understandable to want the best things for your wedding, going for preloved items instead can be a solid choice if you are hesitant on getting everything brand new. Since weddings are typically large affairs, there are dozens of preloved wedding items that you can get, like ROM dresses, wedding gowns, accessories, reception props, and many more. The main benefit to preloved items is their lower prices. If you don’t mind their secondhand nature, this means you can get branded items for as little as half their price! Finding sellers of these items is rather easy too: just head on over to any online marketplace (like Carousell) or online selling groups on Facebook (such as Preloved, Malaysia Wedding related group) and you will be able to find whatever you need. With a bit of luck, you can even get a nice ROM dress for less than RM100 by looking for the right seller.

2. Rent!

If there’s one thing that is cheaper than buying, it’s renting, and for one-time occasions like weddings, this can help save you a lot of money. If you are looking for wedding items to rent, one good tip is to rent the more expensive ones like wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses as they can cost a sizable portion of your wedding budget, especially if they are bought.

The reason behind this is simple: wedding dresses are expensive. Because of their exquisite and labor-intensive nature, the average wedding gown can generally cost up to thousands, and this may not really be worth the money considering that the bride usually only wears it for the big day. 

So, unless you are keen on keeping your wedding dress for sentimental purposes or for your future daughter, renting is the better choice from a financial standpoint. Just be sure to do your research to get the best prices and you’re all set.

3. Have sustainable meals

Although weddings are a joyous occasion for you and your partner, this might not be the same case for Mother Nature. The truth is that weddings tend to produce a lot of waste, and food is one of them. For this reason, having sustainable meals for your wedding can go a long way in saving both your money and the environment.

Depending on your wedding arrangements, you can opt to have a buffet instead of a typical wedding banquet for you and your guests. Besides being comparatively cheaper, you also get to save money thanks to the buffet’s lower staffing costs. Plus, a wedding buffet will generally produce less food waste compared to a plated dinner.

But if your wedding calls for a banquet-style meal, you can still be eco-friendly by being selective with your menu options (such as not having shark fin soup) and having your wedding planner or caterer offer more local and seasonal dishes instead. By choosing fewer exotic dishes and a more sustainable cuisine, you get the best of both worlds of affordability and being eco-friendly.

For Chinese couples, there is also the matter of the wedding buffet that is normally held at home. If you’re the host, you can keep your eco-friendly game up encouraging your guests to bring their own containers and cutlery for a “green” party. Not only does this let you all have a guilt-free meal without any waste, but your guests also get to take any leftovers home with them if there happens to be too much food!

Also, you can go the extra mile and donate any excess food you have to those that are in need. You can check out What a Waste, a dedicated team on a mission to rescue surplus food and distribute them to the needy. Just reach out to them on Facebook or Instagram in advance with details of your wedding banquet or buffet and they’ll arrange the logistics to save any of your  excess food. 

After all, why not help others out too while you save the environment?

4. Take the wedding venue outdoors

For most couples, weddings often take place in large event rooms or banquet halls. Although this provides a posh atmosphere, this grandiose setting is not very eco-friendly as a lot of energy is used for the lighting, air-conditioning, and ambience. As such, one good way to reduce your carbon footprint is to just ditch the indoor wedding venue and host the wedding ceremony outdoors!

Aside from using less electricity, getting married outdoors provides for a relaxing and natural atmosphere that everyone can enjoy. When planning an outdoor wedding, you can adorn your venue with a variety of flowers, greenery, and trees to really nail that outdoorsy feel. 

Plus, there is a growing trend for couples to say their vows when surrounded by nature, which also provides the perfect backdrop for getting the most gorgeous wedding photos outdoors.

5. Do away with paper invitations

Nowadays, almost everything has gone online, and you should do the same with your wedding invitations! Put simply, paper invitations won’t do you or the environment the best favors as they can be quite costly and essentially becomes wastepaper after your wedding. While they do make fine outlets for showing your creativity, e-invitations are just as good for this.

The main advantage to using e-invitations is the trees you will save from not needing any paper cards. This is especially helpful to the environment because printed invitation cards have little room for mistakes as any big changes or corrections just means having to reprint the invitations all over again. 

By using e-invitations, you can easily edit and share your invitations to all your guests with additional features to boot – which @card has it all! With a large variety of wedding designs, head on over to Artisense to get the perfect e-invitation for your wedding today!

After all, time is money for many couples busy planning their wedding and going for e-invitations is just a lot more economical compared to sending invitations the traditional way.

6. Have a smaller guest list

Before you invite all of your beloved friends and family to your wedding, you might want to remember that large guest lists mean more costs and effort for you and your partner. If you’re looking to be thrifty, one good tip is to cut down the number of guests to a more manageable number. For instance, consider having a guest list of 125 people instead of 250 for a medium-scale wedding. 

By inviting lesser guests, you get to cut costs all around and also free yourself of the burden of dealing with too many people. The environment will also thank you for this as lesser people means you will produce much lesser waste compared to a large-scale wedding. Plus, a smaller guest list is not all that bad either since you get to spend more time with the people you have invited.

7. Settle for natural confetti

In a way, weddings can be thought of as big parties, and what party is complete without its confetti? If you fancy the idea of having guests throw confetti as a blessing at the wedding, try using natural confetti instead. This lets you cut down on the pollution that paper or plastic confetti can cause without missing out on the fun.

To create your natural confetti, you can use materials like leaves, dried flower petals, grains, and even birdseed for all sorts of combinations. The confetti can be mixed and matched based on your wedding theme and you can either create them on your own or purchase them from various shops and online sites. 

Beautiful yet eco-friendly, natural confetti blasts make for stunning displays at any wedding with just the right hint of nature.

8. Go practical with your party favors / gifts

As the bride and groom, your party favors are small gifts to show your appreciation to your guests for attending the wedding. These gifts don’t have to be boring, so try going for something practical and meaningful instead.

If environmentally friendly gifts are your preference, you can look for plantable favors like potted herbs, succulents, and seed packets for your guests, which make thoughtful gifts that lets them do their part in helping the environment. If edible gifts are more your style, you can also choose to give snacks like chocolate bars, handmade jams, honey, or coffee beans from local businesses. 

By choosing the right products, you get to save money and help both your local businesses and the environment all at the same time! 

9. Consider which flowers to get

In Malaysia, flowers add an important touch to many weddings, whether it is for the wedding bouquet, car décor, floral arches, or even venue décor. But the downside to these beautiful flowers is the cost – the bride’s bouquet can cost up to RM300 to RM400 each while floral décor can reach up to the thousands. 

If you are not keen on paying heavy prices for your flowers, one good tip is to source them from your neighborhood florists instead, who may likely have your desired flowers at lower prices. There are dozens of florists around that have flowers as beautiful as any other.

It is also worth noting that flower prices can vary depending on the type and season as certain imported and non-seasonal flowers are naturally more expensive. For this reason, looking for flowers that are in season can certainly help cut your costs. But if that is not feasible, replacing those pricey blossoms with lookalikes in similar color palettes works just as well.

10. Live within your means

When it comes to weddings, couples may often plan the ceremony with their friends and family, and this can sometimes lead them to make decisions that are not the best for their wedding. If overspending is a concern, striving to live within your means is a very effective way to keep your budget in check.

While it is normal to want the perfect ceremony, the important truth to remember is that this is your big day. You do not necessarily have to select the most expensive items for your wedding, nor do you need to take up every suggestion that others might have. 

For instance, consider skipping the Chinese wedding traditions if you and your parents have a more modern outlook. Similarly, you will do just fine without those imported ampoules that your makeup artist so sorely insists on. 

At the end of the day, taking a money-saving and eco-friendly approach to planning your wedding can be a lot of fun and our list above covers only a few of many ways to do it. 

But if wedding planning has you stumped, Artisense’s specially-curated wedding checklist is perfect for all you Chinese couples out there to ensure you have everything you need from the planning phase to the big day itself!

Although weddings are indeed super special occasions, that does not mean you have to go all out with your spendings as a budget wedding planned with the environment in mind can still be as fantastic as any other wedding ceremony. 

After all, this is your wedding, there is no harm in doing what you know is best for you and the environment.

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10 Wedding Planning Tips Couples Need to Know

For many people, weddings are an understandably big affair, and there is a lot of planning that goes into making sure everything is smooth sailing for the big day. Why wouldn’t there be? Someone is getting married, after all! It should be as perfect as it can be.

But as happy as the occasion is, the large amount of wedding preparations to take care of can make it rather easy to overlook something important. Whether you’re a couple looking to plan your upcoming wedding or just looking to make sure you’ve got everything covered, here are some essential wedding planning tips that every bride and groom needs to know!

Tip 1: Have a plan and wedding budget (and stick to it!)

If there’s one thing that you don’t want to plan at the last minute, it’s your wedding. Expenses, venue, food, transport, wedding attire, guests… all these can take a lot of time and money to prepare for, so unless you’re planning on having a simple and low-profile ceremony, you should definitely have a proper wedding plan and budget early on. 

When planning your wedding, having a wedding checklist can help you stay on track with how the wedding will take place, where it’s hosted, who’s coming, and other important details. This goes for the wedding budget too – once you have a budget in mind, you should carefully plan how that money will be spent. In practice, it’s best to prioritize handling the more important wedding elements like the wedding reception over wedding favours. 

By planning early, this can save you a lot of headache in case things go wrong. But most importantly, be sure to stick to all your outlined plans and budget because nothing kills a wedding mood faster than planning mishaps and money troubles!

Tip 2: Utilize online tools & applications

The Internet is pretty massive nowadays, and there are plenty of online tools and applications that can be well-utilized for your wedding. Whether it’s for creating planners or tracking expenses, these are great additions to make your wedding planning experience a lot smoother.

Depending on your needs and preferences, you can readily find these applications on the Google Play Store, Apple App Store, or standalone websites. For example, WeddingHappy allows you to plan all of your wedding’s elements in an organized fashion. On the other hand, Mint lets you easily keep track of all your expenses and spending in a single app. 

But of course, there are loads of other tools and apps out there too so go ahead and make use of them! With a little bit of digging, you can find some useful ones that will help you greatly.

Tip 3: Join the wedding community

With how much prep a wedding needs, it’s normal for couples to have some uncertainties here and there. In cases like these, it can be quite helpful to leverage the Internet to your advantage by joining Facebook groups and connecting with wedding communities online for getting some good insight from others.

From answers and suggestions to your second opinions and personal thoughts, these online groups and communities have plenty to share to help point you in the right direction. Wedding vendors and other married couples can be easily found on these platforms, so ask around for recommendations to get the best ones for your wedding.

On a side note, if you’re looking for a more comprehensive platform to connect with the wedding community, wedding fairs are awesome places to visit that have pretty much everything you need. Just be sure to check out some of these tips before attending one.

Tip 4: Refine the wedding menu to your own tastes

More often than not, many couples tend to be so caught up in their guests’ food preferences and dietary requirements that they end up with a menu that others would enjoy more than themselves. While it’s certainly nice to be considerate, you should definitely have some of you and your partner’s favourite dishes on the menu

The best way to create a menu that everyone can enjoy is to diversify your menu options. For instance, including different cultural dishes in your menu is great for appealing to your guests’ tastes. But try not to stress too much on this, though! C’mon, this is your wedding, not a food drive, so go ahead and create a menu that you and your partner will enjoy.

Tip 5: Don’t be shy to ask for help

Sometimes, you just can’t handle planning an entire wedding all on your own! If the enormous number of things to handle doesn’t overwhelm you first, the stress and pressure likely will. For this reason, getting some assistance from friends, family, and even wedding experts can really help ease the burden off your shoulders.

With everyone by your side, it can be a good idea to delegate tasks to split the effort and get things quicker. Looking for wedding suppliers, handling wedding errands, setup… these can all be handled together with your wedding party and family members for better efficiency. It’ll be even better if they happen to specialize in handling such things!

Alternatively, you can also consider hiring a wedding planner (here’s why you should!). They have the expertise to help oversee your wedding’s preparations, offer valuable input, and ensure that everything is going smoothly. While this might cost extra, the peace of mind a wedding planner can provide is definitely well worth the price.

Tip 6: Settle on a good wedding theme

In wedding planning, having a theme is a good basis for deciding your wedding’s concept. There are quite a few popular themes out there, which include modern, traditional, rustic, and outdoor ones. 

Since a wedding theme cohesively ties your wedding’s colours, aesthetic elements, and décor together, you should settle on one that resonates with your personality.

When it comes to choosing a theme, dreams are a good place to start brainstorming in as many people have their own ideal vision of their wedding. You can even draw inspiration from your hobbies and personal interests; Interested in magic? Fairytale wedding it is, then. Outdoor life is more your thing? Marrying in a luscious forest sounds perfect. 

If all else fails, giving a common wedding theme your own personal touches is always a solid idea.

Tip 7: Be selective and realistic

It’s easy to get carried away with planning a wedding, especially if you have a grand ceremony in mind. But unless funds and logistics are not a concern for you, you should definitely try to be realistic when planning what you want your wedding to have.

One thing that you should always be selective with is the guest list – try to ensure that the number of people attending is one that you can handle, even if it means having a smaller list. Furthermore, this also applies to wedding preparations as well, so don’t bother yourself with DIY elements, meal requests, or décor ideas that are too time-consuming or exotic. 

Bottom line: be smart and practical with the things your wedding will have as you really don’t want to be burning all your energy on something like creating 1,000 handcrafted invitations.

Tip 8: Hand out e-invitations instead

Every wedding needs its invitations, but you don’t necessarily have to invite all your guests with expensive cardstock. Consider helping save the environment (and money too!) by using e-invitations instead!

In comparison, e-invitations have a much greater advantage over paper invitations in terms of functionality. Image galleries, RSVP functions, and additional buttons can all be easily added, but the biggest benefit is flexibility – you can readily make any changes as needed without having to reprint the paper invitation card!

Plus, e-invitations can look super stunning too without the constraints of paper, and here you can find some professionally-made e-invitations by Artisense.

Tip 9: Go easy on following trends and traditions

Always remember the number one rule about weddings: they are meant to celebrate your marriage. For this reason alone, you should be planning your wedding your way, so don’t jump on wedding trends at random just because other people do it.

Don’t take this the wrong way, basing your wedding style on trends and traditions can be good, but your wedding should be reflecting you and your partner. So, rather than sticking to an uninspired wedding style that everyone has seen before, add your own personal touches that meaningfully sets your wedding apart from others. 

By having a well-thought-out ceremony, you and your guests will have a much more fun and memorable time. 

Tip 10: Relax and unwind before the big day

While it’s normal to stress over getting your wedding to be perfect, you definitely should not forget to take care of yourself too! 

Wedding planning can be emotionally draining and tiring, and all that stress can really get to you, so go ahead and treat yourself to some well-deserved rest and relaxation before the wedding day comes.

Whether it’s a trip to the spa or just a quick getaway, the key point here is to take a break and refresh yourself. Taking a break around a week or two before the wedding is a good time to do this; anything to take your mind off the wedding. This way, you’ll be more rested and much less stressed as the big day approaches.

No doubt, weddings are pretty big affairs that can leave just about any couple stressed, but these wedding planning tips above should come in handy when you get around to planning. 

Just remember, weddings are meant to be a happy celebration of you and your beloved partner’s marriage, and that should be the primary motivation that guides you in how you choose to plan the ceremony. With all that being said, go on ahead and plan your wedding the way you’ve always wanted to!  

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10 UNIQUE Wedding E-invitation Card Ideas in 2021

Hooray! You and your partner are getting married and all the preparations for your big day are well underway. A wedding is one of the most memorable occasions in a lifetime, and it can be truly memorable to celebrate your marriage in the company of others.

If you’re inviting guests, you will need a wedding card to get the big news out. But who says that fancy printed invitations on cardstock are the only way to go? Wedding e-invitations can be just as unique and wonderful as any physical invitation so read on for some ideas!

E-invitations? What about paper wedding invitations?

While it is true that paper wedding cards can let you come up with some wondrous designs, this comes at the cost of more time, money, and materials to produce them compared to e-invitations.

Although e-invitations lose out on that physical touch, they have an advantage in being more flexible to design, easy to share, and cheaper to create while also saving the environment. Plus, it’s becoming trendy to go digital for your invitations nowadays!

Idea 1: Modern

Modern Digital Wedding Card Wedding Invitation

In a modern design, minimalism, simplicity, and sleekness are ideal qualities to have. Compared to traditional designs, modern designs are typically less extravagant with ornate or highly decorative elements being used more sparingly; clean lines, geometry, and metallics make up most modern designs instead.

As for colours, white, black, dark blue, and grey are good choices, but any colour will do fine so long as the composition looks modern.

To keep with the modern feel, try to avoid any exaggerated or fussy elements that might take away the clean look, such as highly elaborate patterns and textures. With the right amount of minimalism, your wedding e-invitation card will look clean yet subtle and sophisticated.

Idea 2: Elegant

ELEGANT Digital Wedding Card Wedding Invitation

A graceful design of grandeur and detail, elegant themes are ornate, fancy, and feature a lot of delicate elements. Unlike the more subdued tones of modern design, elegant designs are clean-looking but more bold and powerful in their aesthetics – floral elements, lace patterns, and gleaming colours are commonly used examples of these. Together with an elaborate typeface, the end result is one that is brimming with class and chic.

Feature-wise, the elegant theme also goes well with the multiple functions that e-invitations have. If your wedding ceremony is particularly grand, adding the right photos and videos to the wedding card can create a truly wondrous aesthetic that is sure to impress any guest.

Idea 3: Rustic

RUSTIC Digital Wedding Card Wedding Invitation

Embracing the comforting and rugged aesthetic of nature, the rustic theme is a superb way to bring the beauty of the outdoors into your wedding invitation. Earthy, wooded, and natural elements are the biggest part of rustic designs, so don’t be afraid to have some rough edges and textures in your wedding card.

Since nature is a big part of this theme, muted, neutral colours like green, brown, and turquoise are more preferable. After all, comfort is a big thing about going rustic.

If you’re adding photos and videos to the wedding card, arrange them in a collage or scrapbook fashion to really convey that natural feel – bonus points if they are taken in a garden or outdoor setting.

Idea 4: Fairytale

FAIRYTALE Modern Digital Wedding Card Wedding Invitation

Fairytale themes are brimming with magic and fantasy, and the creative possibilities are limitless for bringing your favourite fairytales into your invitations.

Depending on your wedding theme, you can add snowflakes, stars, sparkles, magical spells, and just about any fantasy design element as you see fit into your wedding card.

For couples that plan to marry like a prince and a princess, it can be a great idea to add some common fairytale tropes into your wedding card designs. For instance, prefacing your wedding story with the classic “Once upon a time,” line and the right images can add the magical touch you need.

Idea 5: Floral 

FLORAL Digital Wedding Card Wedding Invitation

With flowers being one of nature’s most beautiful gifts, using floral designs as the centerpiece of your wedding invitation card is always a classic choice.

Planning a romantic setting? Pink tulips are perfect. Marrying in a luscious green garden? Feature some hydrangeas. Plus, floral elements are super flexible to work with for any wedding design.

While floral designs aren’t a new fad, they are still nonetheless a potent visual element that can naturally spice up your designs with colours, energy, and life. Couple that with your wedding card along with wedding photos and you’ll have a lovely design that everyone will enjoy.

Idea 6: Cultural

CULTURAL Digital Wedding Card Wedding Invitation

If your wedding is taking a traditional approach, taking inspiration from your culture can be a fun and unique way to create your wedding invitations.

Since each culture has its own unique aesthetics and style, you can incorporate traditional auspicious colours, patterns and motifs in your wedding card design. For instance, many Asian cultures have their own distinctive elements that can add a cultural touch to your designs.

Since wedding invitations are meant to reflect the couple, you can definitely blend traditional design principles with your own style in your wedding invitation, such as adorning your photos with traditional elements. After all, the invitation is for everyone to celebrate your big day.

Idea 7: Alternative

Modern Digital Wedding Card Wedding Invitation

Not all wedding cards have to just look pretty with the same ol’ themes – bringing your beloved passions into your designs can work too!

Whether your passion lies in music, movies, or even art, you can borrow plenty of design elements from these themes; vinyl records, film reel, and eye-catching graphic design are just some examples. For creative themes like these, holding back on creativity is not how you celebrate your big day with a bang.

As artistic themes don’t adhere to traditional design conventions as much, you can customize your wedding invitations to better reflect who you and your partner are as a couple. Rather than a rigid, formally written invitation, you can word it more freely as you see fit.

Idea 8: Traditional Chinese

Modern CHINESE Digital Wedding Card Wedding Invitation

Although many couples are planning their weddings in a more contemporary fashion nowadays, getting married the traditional way is never a bad choice.

For a traditional Chinese wedding, a typical wedding card would feature the auspicious colours of red and gold, the double happiness symbol, and plenty of Chinese artistic elements. Likewise, Chinese calligraphy is a staple for designs like these, which creates a distinctive design that reflects Chinese culture.

Since tradition is a big focus here, it is advisable to observe some of the Chinese etiquette when creating and sending your invitations. The wording is particularly important here, so make sure all names, dates, venue details, and other information in the wedding card are properly written and arranged.

Idea 9: Outdoorsy

OUTDOOR Digital Wedding Card Wedding Invitation

Wedding ceremonies don’t always have to take place in a grand ballroom or event hall as there are plenty of wonderful outdoor locations to get married in.

Gardens, forests, beautiful hills, and beachside all make spectacular backgrounds for a good design thanks to their natural scenery. Similar to rustic themes, outdoor-themed are best made with earthy colours like yellow, white, green, and brown along with cursive typefaces for that natural feel in your wedding card design.

Depending on your chosen outdoor setting, you can consider adding elements of nature that fit. Besides flowers, wreathes, and greenery, there are loads of other natural beauties like stars, snowflakes, coral, and so many more that can be used to great effect in your wedding invitations.

Idea 10: Artistic

ARTSY Digital Wedding Card Wedding Invitation

Sometimes, a little artistic flair is all a wedding card needs to be perfect.

Whether it’s beautiful abstract art or a highly exquisite style, an artistic design can be created in many different ways. It’s not just pretty backgrounds and layouts either – good typography can be quite captivating in your wedding card too. Compared to the other themes, there is a lot of creative freedom for artistic designs so feel free to experiment with all sorts of colours, typefaces, and layouts.

One good thing about artistic wedding invitations is that they can be used for any wedding theme. From formal black-tie weddings and elegant traditional affairs to romantic and casual outdoor ceremonies, there’s a beautifully illustrated design for every couple out there.

Digital Wedding Card Wedding Invitation E-Invitation

In the grand scheme of designs, these are just some of the many possible ideas for creating your wedding invitations.

Thanks to digital technology, every couple can now find a design that suits them with a lot more flexibility and functionality with much lesser time and money spent. For instance, choose from a selection of more than 300 wedding-themed designs @card E-invitation and have your wedding card done in 3 working days. Sending wedding card to your guests has never been so easy with just a link, unlimitedly!

Not to worry too much about the “perfect wedding invitation” as there is no right or wrong way. The most important thing here is that your invitation gets all your friends and family together to celebrate your wedding.

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5 Steps to Starting an Online Business from an Offline Business

In the hustle and bustle of business nowadays, business owners are increasingly embracing the online world as the new business platform. Although offline businesses still have their place and importance, making a move from your traditional storefront business to an online one can be quite rewarding when done right, which is proven by a lot of businesses during the lockdown. Only question is, how do you successfully start an online business? While the fundamentals of setting up shop online aren’t too complicated, here are a couple steps worth following for smoothly transitioning to the online business world.

Online businesses VS offline businesses

Although traditional offline businesses do get to enjoy the benefits of a brick-and-mortar store (being able to view products in person, immediate purchase, easier returns, etc.), online businesses have the advantage of being able to serve a lot more customers anywhere without being limited to one physical location. While there is no strictly better business type, starting an online business does offer you greater flexibility, lower downtime, and lesser operating costs – all good traits that help you in serving your customers better.

As an online business runs differently compared to an offline one, these 5 steps below are the first you should take:

Step 1: Have a website or landing page

Behind every online business, an online presence is what leads customers to buying their products and services in the first place. As such, building a website or landing page is an important first step to letting your customers find you online. 

When building your business’s page, there are several steps that you can follow for a more effective website. In practice, your website’s design can range from simple minimalistic designs to more creative and unique ones depending on your business needs. Regardless of how you choose to build it, it is super important for your website to be able to get your customers’ attention – most people on the Internet have a short attention span, and it takes no more than a few seconds for a customer to grow uninterested in a boring website. With the number of online businesses out there, you have to stand out to be successful.

For this reason, look for a layout that conveys your message or selling point clearly. Design-wise, this means you should stick to using only one or two fonts with the appropriate colours and backgrounds for a cleaner website interface. This applies to any additional functionalities you plan to add too; videos, audio clips and any interactive features should all help deliver your message and not distract from it. When done right, your website will have a clear core message while still being well-designed and easy to navigate.

But since creating your own website can be complicated, it does not hurt to have someone else do it for you instead. Together with the right server host, ecommerce, and SEO, a good website will have online customers flocking to your business in no time.

Step 2: Get your own digital business card

Since meeting face-to-face isn’t feasible or encouraged in times of pandemic, you will need some way of promoting your online business without relying on handing out little paper cards. This is where digital business cards come in handy as they can make awesome promotional tools for your online business.

Contrary to popular belief, business cards can do more than just provide others with your contact details as you can customize them to market your business as well. With their compact nature, digital business cards can concisely present your brand and its message to better approach new customers. Together with their digital format for easy unlimited sharing, a well-made digital business card can greatly increase customer awareness of your business in the long run.

Similar to your website, your digital business card should look to set your business apart from your competitors. Fortunately, digital business cards have much more creative space for you to work with, allowing videos, audio files, social media buttons, and many more functions to be added. Not only does this give you more information to show, but you also get to add special touches to leave a good lasting impression on your customers.

If you really want to perfect your digital business card with little hassle, look for @card – which features more than 200 designs created by professional designers! After all, a digital business card does take a little more skill and effort to create compared to regular printed ones.

Step 3: Plan your social media presence

Nowadays, not having a social media presence essentially means turning dozens of customers away from your business. With the huge scale of the Internet, finding the right social media platform is key to reaching your customers and boosting your popularity and sales.

A lot of people log on to social media nowadays (and we mean a lot!), and this reason alone provides incredible business potential. Depending on the nature of your business, you can connect with your audiences through various platforms like Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. 

The type of content matters here too – articles, images, videos, infographics, interactive elements, and polls can be adapted to creating your online business presence. But like everything else on the Internet, being original and unique is how you stay ahead of your competitors.

While setting up your social media presence isn’t too hard, there is some strategy involved for it to be effective. For starters, create a plan to gauge what are your goals and objectives; do you want to attract more customers or boost your brand awareness? Once a plan is laid out, you should also consider which platforms are the most suitable for your business; how well do they help achieve your goals? Researching your audience is also important as this lets you know how they spend their time online so you can plan your social media strategy more effectively. 

As utilizing social media properly for business can be tricky, it might take some time before its potential starts to show. Even so, it’s a good learning process that every business owner should take when moving to the online world.

Step 4: Get active & manage your content

Once you have set up your business presence online, the next step is to keep it fresh and interesting for your audiences to enjoy. To do so, posting quality content on your online platforms is a great way to keeping customers interested in what you have to offer.

The premise is simple: good content gets a customer interested in your business, and they might even become a customer if engaged enough. From a business standpoint, having quality content on your website or social media page lets you build stronger relationships with your customers, improve brand recognition, and attract new potential customers – all of this means more revenue for your online business. Because quality content is so valuable, it makes sense for successful businesses to come up with engaging content that keeps audiences interested and staying for more.

While finding quality content for your websites and social media can be a little challenging, feel free to experiment with ideas as this is helpful for figuring out the types of content that resonate better with your audiences. 

If you happen to run out of original ideas, blogs, industry news, informative or entertainment posts, memes, photos, and videos are some common types of content that many audiences will enjoy. Just give these content ideas your own personal twist and you’ll have your own original content right there. 

Although you are running an online business, staying active and coming up with quality online content is a tried-and-true way of maintaining your engagement with your customers. With some creativity, this can be one of the most fun ways of growing your business online.

Step 5: Sell your products at an online marketplace

Now that you have almost everything set up for starting your online business, the last step is to plan how your products and services will be sold. For that, you will need a proper marketplace or ecommerce platform to get customers buying your goods.

When it comes to selling online, many buyers can be found on online marketplaces, especially popular and reputable ones like Shopee, Lazada, and Facebook. Since an online marketplace allows sellers and buyers to meet in a single online platform, this makes it a good choice for business owners that want to reach more customers with convenience. But if this isn’t feasible, starting your own ecommerce platform can be a good alternative by letting you conduct all your business on your own website. Either way, a proper platform for letting your customers make their purchases without hassle is quite important.

If you plan to sell on an online marketplace, most marketplaces will require you to register an account to start selling your products. During this time, do take the time to consider their terms and conditions along with any fees charged for selling on the platform. On the other hand, if you decide on going for the ecommerce route, you will need to outfit your business website with an ecommerce platform, payment service provider, internet merchant account, and a number of other technical requirements in order for it to handle transactions safely.

Whichever you choose, an online marketplace and a dedicated ecommerce platform both have their benefits. Even so, do try to make the right choice by selling based on your business, products, needs, and objectives.

To sum it up, these are just five essential steps for starting your online business from an offline business. While there are also many other things that go into conducting your business on the Internet, the most important elements all revolve around creating your own unique presence online among the competition. With the right preparations, your online business can be just as lucrative and successful as any other brand!

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Premarital Screening 101 for Couples

Congratulations! You and your partner are well on the way to starting the married life together and the thought of starting your own family already seems quite likely. But as compatible as you and your partner may be, health may be another story entirely. Because of this, premarital screening is an essential step that every couple should prioritize before getting married.

In practice, premarital screening is a test that assesses a couple’s overall health along with any health risks that they may have. This is important to a couple’s family planning as it lets them know and prepare beforehand for any risk of transmissible diseases that might affect each other or their future offspring. If you are unsure of which diseases to look out for and where to have your screenings done, read on to find the answers below!

The essential health conditions to know of

Just like genetics, everyone’s health can vary greatly from one another, and this makes it important for you and your partner to have a proper understanding of each other’s health condition and any underlying issues. A premarital screening can cover all this, which is especially important to family planning as your genetics and overall health can potentially affect your children as well.

1. Thalassemia

A hereditary disease, thalassemia is a blood disorder that causes the body to produce an abnormal form or inadequate amount of hemoglobin. As hemoglobin is the protein molecule in red blood cells that carries oxygen, thalassemia results in excessive numbers of red blood cells being destroyed, leading to anemia. 

At a genetic level, thalassemia is caused by a defect or mutation in the genes that control hemoglobin production. The disorder comes in many forms, and the severity depends on the genes that a person receives from their parents; there is a greater risk for a more severe form of thalassemia if both parents have the defective gene. Since thalassemia is inherited, a premarital screening can help you determine the risk of passing the disorder to your children.

2. Hepatitis B

As one of five types of hepatitis, hepatitis B is a serious infection of the liver and comes in two different types – acute and chronic. Acute infections can cause fatigue, vomiting, jaundice, and stomach pain while chronic infections may lead to cirrhosis or liver cancer. However, not all  newly infected individuals appear sick as some do not show symptoms while others do. 

Being a viral infection, the illness is caused by the hepatitis B virus, which is mainly transmitted through blood or other bodily fluids from an infected person, but the virus can also be transmitted from a mother to her child if she is infected. Since not all infected individuals have symptoms, a premarital screening can check to see if you are infected or a carrier. Fortunately, hepatitis B can be prevented with a vaccine, so look to get yourself vaccinated to keep you and your partner safe.

3. Blood sugar before meals

For most people, blood sugars are often at their lowest before meals are taken. Testing this is one way to tell if you have diabetes or if your blood sugar levels are abnormal. But normal blood sugar levels vary from person to person, so check with your doctor for a more accurate assessment.

In regards to family planning, checking your blood sugars before meals can serve as a reference for monitoring the risk for gestational diabetes, which is a condition that raises a mother’s blood sugar levels during pregnancy due to hormone changes. While gestational diabetes generally does not cause major symptoms, it can lead to a higher risk of pregnancy complications. But the good news is that the condition can be prevented by eating healthy, staying active, and maintaining a healthy weight.

4. Rubella 

Rubella, also known as German measles, is a viral disease that mostly affects the skin and lymph nodes. While it usually causes a distinctive red rash, most people generally experience mild symptoms like a fever, sore throat, and fatigue. However, rubella poses a primary danger to pregnant women as it can cause congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) in developing babies.

If a woman is infected with rubella during pregnancy, serious consequences can occur to the unborn baby, which includes miscarriages, stillbirths, or severe birth defects. Fortunately, both rubella and CRS can be prevented by taking the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, but care must be taken for the timing as it is important for women to get pregnant only 3 months after vaccination to ensure that the body has all the antibodies needed.

5. Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)

Caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), AIDS is a primarily sexually-transmitted disease, but can also transmit through contact with contaminated blood. In infected individuals, HIV attacks the immune system and weakens the body’s resistance to disease, which makes a person more vulnerable to other illnesses. This can lead to AIDS within 10 years if left untreated. 

Sadly, there is no effective cure or vaccine for HIV, but couples can take steps to prevent it by going for health screenings and following preventative measures like safe sex and not sharing needles. Since it has the potential to affect you and your future family, screening yourselves for HIV is not something you want to miss, especially for women planning on having children.

6. Syphilis

Another sexually-transmitted infection, syphilis is a bacterial infection that can lead to severe long-term problems if left untreated. Syphilis infection has four stages (primary, secondary, latent, and tertiary) and each one has different signs and symptoms that get progressively worse if the disease is not properly treated. For instance, tertiary syphilis can damage your internal organs and systems.

While there is no vaccine for syphilis, penicillin, an antibiotic medication, is effective in treating syphilis in its early stages. Since it can easily spread between partners through sex, couples should also screen for syphilis to ensure that they are not infected. Diagnosis of syphilis is typically conducted through blood tests (such as VDRL and TPHA) to confirm if a person is infected. 

7. Rh blood group

In human blood group systems, there are 4 main types of blood – A, AB, B, and O. But there are actually 8 blood groups in total as each of these groups can be either Rh-positive or Rh-negative. For people who are Rh-positive, their red blood cells have a protein called the Rhesus (Rh) factor or the D antigen, which is not present in those who are Rh-negative.

Most people are Rh-positive, and the only way for someone to have Rh negative blood is to inherit at least one Rh-negative factor from their parents. This is especially important for pregnant women as Rh incompatibility may occur – mothers who are Rh-negative that are pregnant with a Rh-positive baby can cause the mother’s body to produce antibodies that will travel through the placenta and attack the baby’s blood cells, which is known as hemolytic disease of the newborn (HDN). As this can have severe consequences on the baby, going for an early health screening is key to preventing this.

8. Urine test

Urine tests, also known as urinalysis, are tests taken to assess the overall health of your body’s urinary system, such as your urine glucose and urine protein index. These tests are also important for monitoring conditions like kidney dysfunction and urinary tract infections (UTI) as they can cause permanent kidney damage or even death without proper medical attention.

Moreover, urine tests are particularly essential for monitoring a pregnant woman’s risk for certain complications, namely gestational diabetes and preeclampsia. During pregnancy, most women may experience a higher glucose level due to hormone changes along with other physiological changes. As these pregnancy complications can threaten both the lives of the mother and the baby, going for early health screenings can be effective in preventing them from becoming an issue.

9. Semen analysis

Couples that are planning on having children should not skip out on taking a semen analysis as this is important for evaluating a man’s fertility. These tests are taken by a doctor to determine how many sperm are there, how they move, and what their shape is, which are all factors to consider if a couple is having trouble conceiving a child.

For men undergoing a semen analysis, remember to abstain from sexual activity for 3 to 5 days before the test is taken to ensure better accuracy of the results. Alcohol, certain supplements, and medication should also be taken with a doctor’s advice in mind as they can affect the quality of the semen sample needed for the test.

List of places in Selangor & Kuala Lumpur to get your screening done

If you and your partner are living in or near the heart of Malaysia, then you’re in luck! There are plenty of hospitals and clinics throughout Selangor and Kuala Lumpur for getting your premarital screenings done. With most places offering special packages and deals that cover many of these health checks above, here is a list of places that are worth considering:

Note: All prices listed were collected in January 2021 and may be subject to change. Please contact the relevant outlets for more information.

1. LifeCare Diagnostic Medical Centre

Covering blood tests, urine tests, and many more, LifeCare offers pre-marital screening in basic and comprehensive packages that can be completed in approximately half a day (4 to 6 hours). 

For more information: https://lifecarediagnostic.com/packages/medical-check-up-packages/

Price: RM259 (female; basic package) / RM249 (male; basic package) / RM489 (comprehensive packages for male and female)

Location: 5, Jalan Kerinchi, Bangsar South, 59200, Wilayah Pesekutuan, Kuala Lumpur

2. Columbia Asia Hospital – Petaling Jaya

Columbia Asia Hospital’s pre-marital screening package is inclusive of a full blood test and screenings for hepatitis B, HIV, and venereal diseases. Further add-on tests are also available.

For more information: https://www.columbiaasia.com/malaysia/hospitals/petaling-jaya/
packages/pre-marital-screening

Price: RM119

Location: Lot 69, Jalan 13/6, Seksyen 13, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

3. Subang Jaya Medical Centre (SJMC)

While SJMC does not have pre-marital packages, there are many other health screening packages available for couples to choose from. These are divided into basic, comprehensive and premium with different prices.

For more information: https://www.subangjayamedicalcentre.com/health-screening

Price: RM499 (basic package for males & females)

Location: No. 1, Jalan SS12/1A, Ss 12, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor

4. Pantai Hospital

Spouses that plan on being mothers can consider the screening and maternity services at Pantai Hospital. This covers blood tests and screenings for hepatitis B, syphilis, HIV, and glucose throughout all three trimesters in pregnancy, which also includes comprehensive screenings for the baby.

For more information: https://www.pantai.com.my/Maternity-Services

Price: Available upon consultation

Location: (Selangor)

  • Pantai Hospital Ampang: Jalan Perubatan 1, Pandan Indah, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Pantai Hospital Klang: Lot 5921, Persiaran Raja Muda Musa, 41200 Klang, Selangor, Malaysia

5. iHEAL Medical Centre

Pre-marital screening packages for both partners are available at iHEAL Medical Centre. The package covers full screenings for blood and infectious diseases like Hepatitis B and C, HIV, and rubella. Results will also be made available on the same day.

For more information: https://ihealmedical.com/get-check-get-married/

Price: RM1,388 (two persons)

Location: Level 7 & 8, Annexe Block, Menara IGB, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

6. Sunway Medical Center

With options for couple or individual testing, Sunway Medical Center’s pre-marital screening packages cover a full blood count and tests for venereal diseases, hepatitis B, and HIV. For both packages, couples and individuals are not required to fast before the screening. 

For more information: https://www.sunwaymedical.com/pre-marital-screening/

Price: RM550 (couples) / RM299 (individual)

Location: 4th Floor, Tower A, No. 5, Jalan Lagoon Selatan, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

7. BP Healthcare

The pre-marital packages offered by BP Healthcare cover a wide range of tests that includes  a full blood picture, hepatitis B screening, lipids profile, urine tests, infectious diseases screening, and many more. These packages are purchased online with the link below and may be redeemed at all applicable BP Diagnostic and Specialist Centres.

For more information: https://shop.doctor2u.my/details?id=56

Price: RM360 (1 pax) / RM700 (2 pax)

Location: All applicable BP Diagnostic and Specialist Centres.

8. Ever Link Fertility Centre

Male partners looking to have their semen analyses done can consider Ever Link Fertility Centre, which specializes in reproductive medicine / fertility and obstetrics & gynecology services.

For more information: https://www.everlinkivf.com.my/

Price: Available upon consultation

Location: Unit G-2 Level Ground, The Podium Tower 3, UOA Business Park, No 1, Jalan Pengaturcara U1/51a, Seksyen U1, 40150 Shah Alam, Selangor

All in all, premarital screening is just one of many important steps that every couple should take for the sake of their marriage. As health issues can pop up when one least expects it, going for early screenings is an effective way to keep you and your partner’s health under control, especially if children are concerned. While our list above covers the main tests that most people should take, there are also other conditions that you should keep an eye out for. As the saying goes, prevention is always better than cure.