Christina had the task of blending both her Chinese culture and her husband’s Canadian heritage. Take a look at how you can recreate an affair to remember…

Venue
Christina’s ceremony and reception happened in one location and her guests were very appreciative. Her colour scheme was simple and sleek, with white linens and chair covers, accented by her pink cherry blossom theme.

  • Splurge: Hire a decorator for your big day to save you the worry and time. Sit down with them beforehand and work out all the little details to get the wedding of your dreams. If you’re going for a classy look like Christina, pick one main colour and make your centrepieces the accent. The key is to find a venue that wows your guests with the existing décor — this could be anything from an old castle to a modernized banquet hall with big chandeliers.
  • Steal: You want your guests to be comfortable on your wedding day and the amount of space you have is key. Ask your venue to see if there are a few room options for rent on your big day. The rooms might look similar, but they could have a very different price point.

Food
The theme of the night was food, food and more food. Christina’s guests were left stuffed and satisfied after being served a ten-course traditional Chinese meal.

  • Splurge: If you are bringing in a lot of your own culture, try to stay away from the typical. Don’t be afraid to serve your guests beef tartar instead of flank steak. In Christina’s case, the other brides liked the fact that there was a separate menu for vegetarians and lots of uncommon Chinese dishes to try.
  • Steal: See if your venue would allow an outside caterer to come in. Maybe you have a family member or friend who is a talented cook and could provide the food for your big day.

Dress
Christina knew what type of dress looked great on her body and she wowed the other brides with her form-fitting, all-lace, trumpet style wedding gown with open back.

  • Splurge: If you don’t have a budget, consider having your dress custom-made by a designer. It will not only be a one-of-a-kind creation; but it will fit you perfectly because it was made specifically for you.
  • Steal: When you are trying on wedding dresses, see if the store has dresses from the previous season. Often these gowns are reduced in price; although that doesn’t mean they are out of style. If you don’t ask, you’ll never know your options.

Overall
Your guests will remember your wedding if you throw a great party. Christina and her husband Richard pulled out all the stops with a surprise choreographed first dance and you can too.

  • Splurge: Consider hiring a personal dance instructor to choreograph your first dance. Make sure to have at least four lessons and be sure to tape your routine so that you and your fiancé can practice at home.
  • Steal: Try and think of friends or family members that might have a dance background. Show them examples of dance styles you are looking for — this will help in the preparation process. After all is said and done, present them with a thank you gift for their time and effort.

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Written by Four Weddings Canada.