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A wedding with an oriental twist

In Japan, bride and groom wear the traditional wedding kimonos together with the oironaoshi, a tradition that dates back to the 14th century. They change cloths four times, to symbolize the bride’s propensity to embrace everyday routine. At the beginning of the ceremony, she wears the shiro-muku under her kimono: it is a white item of clothing that symbolizes innocence, than colours will change up to arrive to red, a colour that, according to Japanese tradition, drives away evil spirits and represents happiness in conjugal life.

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Laura and Vittorio, my Italian wedding couple with a strong passion for oriental culture, wanted to follow the oironaoshi tradition, so I proposed a wedding day with colour changes both for set design and for stationery, starting with a total white religious ceremony and ending with total red for the cake cutting.

Shining black and red insets for the wedding announcement, with Japanese ideograms and a shining black sushi stick to close the invitation. The other stick closes the present box that are handed to guests at the end of the reception.

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The church – Basilica di San Lorenzo in Milan, Italy – floral decoration and the bride’s bouquet are completely white with callas according to the vegetation style created by the floral designer Rudy Casati. The contrast between the whiteness of callas and the late Romanic style of the church is absolutely touching!

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The guests have reached the location by a bus arranged by the wedding couple and have been welcomed at the Castello di Macconago with the sweet sound of a melody played by a string instruments trio: harp, violin and cello.

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A bamboo cane board with river stones and wax lanterns (graceevent world) shows the guests their table.

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Orange is the second colour: an orange ribbon gently wraps the table black napkins. Lantern menus feature the names of the Japanese cities that the wedded couple will visit on their honeymoon.

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The oriental buffet with Japanese, Indian and Thai influences leaves everybody breathless, due to the impeccable preparation and service by Catering Grasch.

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After the main courses, here comes a very elegant geisha wearing a red kimono. On a dark tatami with red and orange cushions, she starts the rituals related to the tea ceremony.

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Matcha tea inspired my vision: for this special wedding, I have asked the sugared almond artisan to create a treat with this peculiar tealeaf.

Total red for the dessert and sugared almonds buffet, which is red from the table runner to the floral compositions. The candy station has been spread all over the castle, using the tea tables that could be found in every castle room, so as to allow the guests relax while tasting delicious milk puddings and custards and excellent quality sugared almonds.

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Finally, the great cake designer Emilia La Volpe has prepared the surprising 2 metres tall wedding cake I designed for this wedding: red velvet with lemon custard filled with whole raspberries. Peach tree flowers made of sugar gently link the various cake levels, laid on a lantern.

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A well-realized project is the sum of every single element designed and created with care and attention. I adore designing and creating events that communicate joy and emotion. This is my mission. This is graceevent world.

This post is translated by : Maria Elena Tondi – translations, content writing, copywriting, transcreation, web marketing – mariaelena.tondi@gmail.com

From graphic suite to wedding planning by Graceevent world.

For futher informations: info@graceeventworld.com

Mariagrazia Tarantino

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Your wedding budget in 5 moves

You get married?
Here Five simple strategies to realize a wedding dream project with the best budget.

1) Choose a color with hight visual impact.

Use a bright color helps to fill in the spaces with its spectacular effect and with the help of flowers such as hydrangea, combined with fruits and leaves, it is made beautiful flower arrangements at a reasonable cost.
Classic and essential advice is to always choose strictly seasonal flowers.

1) Only 1 or 2 significant DIY projects.

If you want to intervene in the organization with DIY elements committed to the achievement of one or at most two significant elements that represent your family history, but at the same time do not overlap in the project.
For example, you can create the guest book, placemarks, the photobooth props, or the  envelopes-box.

3) Choose three items and get them right.

Focuses 3 important elements of marriage, those who are the most important for you, and that guests will notice more, investing more budget.
If the guests are such young people do not focus on the multi-courses but serve a great buffet and invest on entertainment musical menu; otherwise focus on three high-level courses, a great wine and choose a good DJ for entertainment instead of a band.
Divide 3 selected items during the whole of wed-day: 1 during the ceremony, one during the reception and the last cut the cake on.

4) Avoid too expensive.

Never invest more ‘than 40% of the entire budget for location or more’ of 10% for wedding dresses. Book a castle and not have the budget for the photographer or having to rent the clothes does not make sense … better an excellent mid-range hotel with the best proposed menu, a happy bride in her dream dress and groom who likes peaceful toasting and dancing with friends!
About the happy bride must not big brand to get the dress of dreams; my advice is to choose a tailor dress (better if Made in Italy)  or sartorial models: although not of pure silk and French lace, the tailored suit will enhance the figure of the bride, making it the absolute star of the party.

5) Do not forget the party!

The success of a wedding event is not only based on bridal dress dress or how much money you have actually spent but how you treat guests: the well-being of the guests is more important than any element of marriage (and do not say certainly just me). The wedding reception is the first major event of the couple and the guests expect the best treatment and welcome reception.
If the guest feels at ease, respected is happy and having fun, he does not regret anything and you’ll be proud of your reception.
These five points are the result of much research and hard work, because as you know the seemingly simplest things are almost always the most ‘difficult.

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Have a nice wedding day!

Mariagrazia Tarantino

wedding planner

 

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