How to Manage Your Traditional Parents When Planning a Modern Wedding

Times have changed, and weddings have evolved from the time your parents got married. And though some parents have open minds about new ways of doing things even when it comes to your wedding, others insist on sticking to old ways. Brides today oftentimes find themselves in stressful situations when planning a modern wedding alongside their very traditional parents. Here are some tips on how to go about it. We can’t promise a smooth-sailing experience, but these suggestions will surely help!

[From: A Heartwarming Cream-Colored Wedding at Hyatt Regency Shatin / Photo: MC Photography]


(1) Communicate

[From: Traditional Blush-Themed Wedding at The Marco Polo / Photos: ]


In all relationships, communication is key. Hence, it is vital also when it comes to working with your parents and in-laws during wedding planning. Be honest and open with the things you want but also be open to their ideas and suggestions. Make a conscious effort to understand where they’re coming from and let them know as well your side. Take time to explain more so that they understand you more as well.

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A Dreamy Afternoon Engagement Shoot

Bright and early, I like to start my days on a high note. I like to look forward to the day ahead with a spark of joy and inspiration. Luckily, this pre-wedding photo collection by Joy’s foto did just the trick! Nancy and Bryan’s engagement shoot is dreamy and so full of love. I could feel every bit of their love as they traversed through the vast grasslands danced under the soft sunlight. Hand in hand, they seemed to drift further away from into their own little world taking us along with them. With this sight to open my day, I have no doubt the inspiration will spill over to everything else I have in store. Here’s to a great day!

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A Fun and Romantic School-Themed Engagement Shoot

Good morning, ladies! Want to hear a romantic love story? Jack and Cathleen knew each other since secondary school. They went their separate ways after graduation, but after a few years, they met again and fell in love with each other. They actually had their engagement shoot taken at their school where their love story began (without them even realizing it before). This couple is just too cute–they wore their old school uniforms! I bet these photos from Blissfullysweet Photography will make you feel nostalgic in no time!

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A Timeless and Elegant Wedding in France

How else would one want to wed, if not in a gorgeous chateau in France? Xue and Lingtao’s intimate wedding in Chateau de Santeny is a dream come true! Xue, a very delicate bride with attention to detail, wanted an elegant and timeless wedding. She kept everything natural, choosing organic greens and natural colors to complement the beautiful French countryside. The couple also pulled of an extra cozy celebration with only 40 guests from all around the globe thanks to heir planner, Iris Destination. As charming as can be, this couple and this wedding, are such a joy to see. A great thanks goes out to Céline Chan Photographie for bringing this lovely wedding to us today.

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Wedding Guest Etiquette Rules Everyone Should Know

Though there isn’t any actual written handbook on the do’s and don’ts for wedding guests, there are some unspoken rules on behavior that every guest should follow as common courtesy to the couple. If you’ve been invited to a wedding and are unsure about how to properly go about accepting the invitation and attending the wedding in the proper manner, here’s a quick guide for you!

[From: A Pretty, Coral, Peach, and White Wedding / Photo: Hyvis Tong]



(1) Do RSVP.

[From: Classic Elegance / Photo: Jenny Tong Fine Art Photography]


And RSVP on time. If you’re still not sure if you can make it by the due date, inform the couple or their planner that you need more time and give a date when they can expect your final answer. Don’t wait until the couple or the wedding planner runs after you for your response. If you initially said you can go, but for some reason after you can’t anymore, inform the couple right away.


(2) Do double check if children are invited.

[From: An Intimate Wedding at Peak Lookout with Beautiful FloralsJenny Tong Fine Art Photography]


Some invitations specify whether it’s an adult only event, others don’t, or are vague. You can check the allotted seats in the invitation and if it accounts for your children. Or, simply ask the couple to be sure.


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