Essential Tips for Planning a Chinese Wedding at a Hotel

Different venues call for different things to consider or look out for when it comes to planning a wedding. Naturally, the different venue features will tell what you will need, what you can take advantage of, and how else you can make your wedding stand out. So if you’re planning a Chinese wedding banquet at a hotel, the same rules follow. You will need to keep a close eye on certain things. Here are 5 tips to help you out!


(1) Venue Size Comes First

[From: Timeless Event Design]

When you first start planning your Chinese banquet, one could easily be swamped in the numbers provided by the hotels, such as minimum spend, menu price, beverage packages, etc. But what you should do is to decide on the size of your wedding and then compare between the venues that offer the right size. This might sound silly, but some couples would go for a venue larger than what they need just because the minimum spend is lower, or that the minimum spend is similar to others but it offers a bigger space so it “seems” more worth it, says Hong Kong wedding planner, Timeless Event Design. They end up spending more on decoration to fill the empty space that they don’t need in the first place. On the other hand, some couples might be too optimistic about how many people a venue can hold. Just because the hotel has told you that it can hold 35 tables doesn’t mean that it should. Think about the number of tables you need and leave some space for the guests to move comfortably around and for things like stage and backdrop.


(2) Ask For Seasonal Ingredients

[From: Timeless Event Design]

Most hotels offer a range of “fixed” Chinese menus, starting from standard ones to more premium ones, with the option to upgrade or replace some dishes according to your preference. If you are a foodie or you simply want your guests to have special dishes that they have not tasted numerous times at other Chinese weddings before, Timeless Event Design recommends that you should seek the opinion from your hotel’s chef and ask for seasonal specials. Chinese weddings are very food-focused. Give your guests a pleasant surprise by the menu you pick!

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These Timeless Pre-wedding Photos Were Shot in Two Locations

For their pre-wedding shoot, Suyee and Jay decided two have two styles. The first was a minimalist studio shoot with hints of earth tones and vintage-inspired fashion. To keep the couple as the starring figures, a simple backdrop was used and minimal decorations save for a beautiful bouquet made with terracotta white flowers. The second set of photos were shot on the beach with Suyee in a black and white swimsuit. The sunset painted a perfect backdrop for the couple as they pranced all over the shore. Even if these two chose two very different looks and locations, all their taken by are absolutely timeless and stunning! A little tip for all you soon-to-weds: consult professionals for styling ideas for your engagement shoot. This way, no matter what look and no matter how many they are or how they vary, you can pull it off!

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The Look


The Couple Kept Their Wedding Extra Classy with White and Navy Details

Today’s wedding is a classic celebration full of elements that are timeless. For sure, you’ll want to take a look at home today’s couple kept their union at The Verandah, looking extra elegant. They chose the garden as the venue for their ceremony and they decorated the open lawn with white seats, white baby’s breath bundles, and a white cloth backdrop. The all-white details surely made the garden look clean and crisp, keeping the couple as the focal point of the ceremony. Moving on to the banquet, they made sure to keep the look consistent by adding more greens on the tables and surrounding details–this made the indoor venue feel very much like a cozy, outdoor one! Finally, navy details here and there–like the bridesmaid dresses–added depth to the whole palette. When you have a classic venue like The Verandah, you really don’t really need frills to make your wedding elegant–take if from today’s couple! Scroll on to see more of Cadenza Studio‘s photos of Janice and Simon’s big day.

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The Look


On-The-Day Beauty Preps Every Bride Should Do for Her Wedding

A bride’s beauty preparations do not just start a week before the wedding. It starts as early as a year before the big event. While you may be going on facials, working out, and cleaning your diet, and other things to physically prepare for your wedding, don’t overlook things that are very simple but certainly matter on the day of your wedding. Here are some of those beauty musts that you should do on your wedding day:


(1) Keep yourself hydrated.

[From: Fruit Infused Water / Photo: Simple Vegan Blog]


Let’s face it. A wedding is an event that can be exhausting for the couple. Being the center of attention throughout the event can drain energy, and with the spotlight literally on you, you may feel warm. So, it is essential to keep yourself hydrated to have energy and feel fresh from the start of the day! Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. A good alternative to plain water is fruit-infused water. Aside from getting nutrients dissolved in water, drinking this is a tastier way of hydrating yourself and is really refreshing! And of course, drinking enough water is good for your skin. It helps you achieve the glow you want for your special day.


(2) Reduce puffiness with under-eye patches.

[Photo: Pexels]


Wedding preparations can be stressful, specially the night before the wedding. If you get dark circles and puffy eyes due to lack of sleep, put on a pair of eye patches. This will minimize puffiness, inflammation, and dark circles.

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Morning Tea Ceremony Outfit Inspirations For Your Mom

While your bridal look is of utmost importance, so is the next most important woman in your wedding–your mom! So today, we’ve rounded up some beautiful looks your mom can rock for the Tea Ceremony and the other morning pre-wedding activities. Many moms like to wear qun gua as well, but other equally elegant options are lace dresses and other modern gowns. Scroll on to see some outfit ideas for your mom now.

Chinese Dresses

For the traditional mom, here are some Chinese-inspired looks that have that oriental touch. Qipaos and cheongsams are really stylish options, so do let her try out some before the wedding. She might like them!


[From: This Wedding at Intercontinental Hong Kong Has The Sweetest Moments / Photo: History Studio]


[From: There’s Something Extra Special About This Blush-Themed Wedding at The Murray / Photo: Belle & Olive]


[From: This Bride Wore an Elegant Ivory Qipao and Modern Gown at Her Wedding / Photo: Jada Poon Photography]


[From: This Couple Chose PMQ as Their Wedding Venue, and It Was Stunning! / Photo:]

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