Wedding planning takes time
Whether you have a 3 month lead in time or are planning your wedding 18 months in advance. Planning a wedding takes time, and if your days at work are long and you have other commitments working on all the details of your wedding day can be a daunting and overwhelming task. Having a wedding planner can be your lifesaver, helping you stay on top of your task list and co-ordinating all details of your wedding day here on the ground in Vietnam. Our wedding planners will guide you through what can sometimes seem an overwhelming list and make sure that you haven’t forgotten anything for the big day.
Whilst some resorts and venues do have some in house planning services these are mainly restricted to package weddings and not bespoke. We are here to ensure that your wedding is unique and a reflection of you as a couple. Our planning fee includes your destination wedding week and means that we will assist with all aspects of your wedding from welcome dinners and bucks and hens days to recovery brunches and days out. Hoi An Events Weddings planners are on site from first thing in the morning till the last guest goes home, our focus is not only food and beverage and ceremony but the whole experience for your guests.
Suppliers – Finding, booking & co-ordinating on your wedding day
Searching for suppliers from abroad can be a daunting task, especially if you don’t have a common language. Having to find vendors when some of the best suppliers don’t have an online presence, communicate with them AND co-ordinate them on your big day – can amount to whole lot of stress. Flowers, hair & make-up, sound systems, entertainment, babysitters – just to name a few – the list goes on and depending on the complexity of your wedding you could need up to 15 or more different suppliers on your big day. Our team has been working in the region for 7 years and have found the best suppliers to support you on your wedding day.
Keeping your day stress free
Our wedding day vision is a seamless, stress-free and memorable! Memorable because of the time you were able to share with family and friends – rather than memorable because you have had to worry about the details (large & small) of your day. The power is out at the venue and there is 30 minutes before the ceremony, last minute changes to your seating plan and a faulty zipper on your wedding dress – just to mention a few! Imagine have to deal with all that when instead you could be sipping on Champagne and enjoying the day with your friends and family whilst Hoi An Events Weddings takes care of any challenge or changes that arise.
Not just a pretty wedding
It is not just about how your wedding looks – whilst important it is also about the wedding experience for your guests. Not only do we want it to the best day of your life – we want your guests to tell you that was the best wedding they have been to EVER! Our team takes care of not just you, but also your guests and we want to make sure they are moved to tears at your ceremony and have the party of a lifetime at your reception.
Why we love planning your wedding day !
The greatest compliment we receive is when our couples tell us that they could not have had the wedding experience without our team and that their wedding day was better than they could have ever hoped for. This confirms to us how essential a wedding planner can be and how it can make your wedding day the “best day of your life and better than you imagined”.
Being asked to plan a wedding becomes a very personal journey between the planner and the couple and we do not take this role lightly. We are there from the beginning to the end to guide and support you every step of the way to ensure you look like this happy couple!
“Photos are such an integral part of the wedding experience,” says Nadine Ziegeldorf, owner of Hoi An Events. “Consider your photographer as a guest of honor. He or she is not only shooting the event but also capturing the emotion of the day. Allow them the room they need to make that emotional connection with you and your party.”
Choose the best photographer for you
It is important that you get to know your photographer before the wedding day and that you both have the same vision for your shots. Don’t be daunted by the task though, as Hoi An Events has worked with many professional Vietnamese and western photographers over the past six years that have left our clients both happy and satisfied.
Before selecting your photographer you should consider the kinds of photos you would like. Are you going for a classic look? Vintage? Edgy? What do you want your photos to say about you and your wedding?
Hoi An Events suggests that while you may not be able to meet your photographer in person before you commit, a Skype call with them can alleviate any pre-arrival stress. Make sure to communicate what you are looking for with both words and sample photos. It is often helpful to make a list of the shots you know you would like to have and share them with your photographer before you start shooting.
What you should be looking for
Be sure to look carefully through their portfolio with a critical eye. Ask to see whole wedding collections, not just highlights. Check for consistency in their work. Don’t be afraid to say you don’t like something or ask further questions.
Consider how the photographer frames their subjects, their use of light and composition, and if they have appropriately captured emotion in their shots. There is nothing worse than getting back a bunch of shots if you and your loved ones looking like a herd of deer in headlights!
The nitty gritty
Remember that most photographers work on an hourly basis. Hoi An Events’ photographers offer full day and half day packages.
Take into account what you would like to have photographed. Do you only want the ceremony and after party? Or would you also like candid shots of the preparation or pre-wedding day events? Make sure to set aside a significant chunk of your budget for photographer fees so you aren’t stuck with novice photos or something you are not happy with.
Work with your photographer
We know the day is exciting and the last thing you want to do is spend it posing for photos. But it is important to work with your photographer and give them the appropriate time to get the shots you want.
Likewise, consider that your photographer will need ample time to retouch your photos depending on specified edits. Some photographers offer simple editing services with their wedding packages — correcting lighting, tone and contrast — where as others offer full Photoshop edits. It is important to clarify the retouching that you expect before working together. Hoi An Events photographers typically deliver proofs within four weeks.
We are here to mitigate stress and maximize comfort
Picking your wedding photographer should be a fun, stress-free experience. If you have any questions about how to pick the right photographer for you, please reach out and we will be more than happy to help you make the best decision based on your personal style and needs.
Start the morning on the mat!
Whether you are a long-term yogi or a newbie to the ancient practice, a wedding day flow will set you and your loved ones free from the stresses of the day.
Bring it back to the breath
So much goes into the wedding planning process that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the seemingly endless to-do list. Though, instead of getting wrapped up in the entropy of the day, take a moment for yourself and focus on your breathing.
Your wellbeing, both mentally and physically, is key to a happy and successful wedding day. The team at Hoi An Events is there for you every step of the way, and with the Zen calm of a morning yoga practice, the stresses of the day will roll over you like waves on the shore.
Dedicate your practice
Instead of letting your mind wander to guest lists and seating charts, take a moment to dedicate your practice.
Meditate on the good things — your family, your loved ones, your husband-to-be and your future. Take a quiet moment to look around you. Hear the breeze whistle through the palm fronds and the gentle lap of waves on the shore as you rest in Lotus pose.
Dedicate your practice to everything that is important to you. Be grateful for what you have and the new journey you are embarking on.
Inhale love, exhale gratitude.
Make it an event
Don’t be afraid to share your practice with those who have come to celebrate with you. Instead of practicing alone, make it an event.
Connecting with your family and friends on a more spiritual level through yoga and meditation is a unique way to add meaning and depth to your wedding experience. Start with an early morning session at Nomad Yoga either in their Hoi An studio or at your resort. They offer plenty of options for all skill levels and are trusted friends of the Hoi An Events team.
Do something good for your body
And what wedding would be complete without layers of cake, frosting, filling meals, and endless champagne?
Instead of lamenting your day-of diet, relax and enjoy guilt free. A morning yoga practice will kick start your metabolism, allowing you to dance the night away without the bloat or the dizzying effects of the bubbly.
A yoga practice before your wedding day is not only beneficial for you, but also for the collective sanity of the group. Instead of trudging through the day like Bridezilla, let the little stresses of the day wash over you. Your mood is contagious and when you’re glowing, your party will be too.
It’s going to be a magical day.