Wednesday, May 2, 2012

My Wedding Checklist - More Wedding Themes

Here's the checklist that we used for our big day:

  1. Pamamanhikan
  2. Set the DATE of the big day!
  3. List of Godparents, Sponsors, and Entourage
  4. Your Wedding Theme: Color Motif, theme concept/idea, your wedding dresses - groom, bride, entourage, immediate family and sponsors 
  5. Your Wedding Ceremony:  Church Venue, Officiating Priest/Officiant, Required Documents, Ceremony Proper, Misalette, Choir/Quartet/Mass Songs, Paraphernalia, Wedding Vows
  6. Your Wedding Reception Venue: Caterer, Reception Menu, Reception Program, Your Wedding Cake Supplier, Reception Songs, Your Audio- Visual Presentation, Tokens and Favors for sponsors & guests, entertainer/s, program host/s, other wedding traditions
  7. Save the Date and Formal Invitations, Your Wedding Website
  8. Your Guest List
  9. Your Wedding Rings/Bands
  10. Important Wedding Suppliers: Florist, Photographer & Videographer, Designer, Stylist & Make-up Artist, Wedding Coordinator, Cake Decorator, Choir/Quartet/Entertainer
  11. Round of Parties: Bridal Shower and Bachelor Party, Engagement Party, Despedida de Soltera, Rehearsal Dinner
  12. The Honeymoon
Read on for some of my wedding theme ideas:

Princess Diaries

A princess/fairy tale/ happily ever after wedding theme is all about magic and drama.  You may incorporate the following elements in a Happily Ever After wedding theme:
  • princess ball gown for the bride 
  • tiaras for the bride and entourage
  • loooong veil and train - can be held by cute little flower girls while bride is walking down the aisle
  • butterfly release or rose petals sprinkles as soon as bride walks down the aisle
  • vintage car or horse with carriage transportation for the bride and groom
  • incorporate the theme in the invitation and wedding cake
  • carriage place cards which can double up also as wedding favors
  • roses and roses and roses!!!
  • fireworks display at the end of the reception program 
  • play love songs from famous disney princess movies
  • learn the waltz for your first dance!
  • grand entrance of bride and groom during the reception

Memoirs of a Geisha

Cherry Blossoms, the national flower of Japan, is considered to bring prosperity and goodluck.  Here are some top of mind ideas if you're planning a cherry blossom themed wedding:
  •  soft to deep pink color scheme and can be combined with chocolate brown
  •  break the all white gown with a silk sash and cherry blossom embroidered details
  •  Parasols can be used by the entourage in lieu of the usual flower bouquet
  • Wedding favors can be sandalwood fans or chopsticks
  • Decorate with japanese lanterns, you may opt for white japanese lanterns or lanterns of different hues
  • since the real cherry blossoms are hard to source (they only last 1 week) and not worth the price that you want to pay, you can create the illusion of having a cherry blossom tree in your venue by asking your florist to create paint a small tree branch brown or white, hang tea lights and place small pink silk flowers.  This tree can be the focal point in your wedding venue.  Rather than a traditional guest book, you can ask the guests to hang their wishes on this tree (see leftmost pic below). 
 We actually used this concept for our own wedding.  Printed some of our wedding icons on different colored special paper, punched the topmost part using a heart-shaped puncher and tied a ribbon at the end.  We placed these on the guest tables along with metallic pens so guests can write their well-wishes.  These were hung by the guest on our "tree of love".