Wedding Catering Blunders you Need to Avoid

Catering-Blunder

For us working in the wedding catering services industry, we want everything to be perfect on your special day. From our top notch chefs whipping up those fancy culinary treats, to our well dressed waiters serving you with a smile, we all work together to make sure that you get the best experience that we can offer.  If you want your wedding day to be the talk of the town, you need to work hand in hand with your wedding caterer.

Here are just some of the catering blunders that we can help you avoid on your wedding day.

Serving hot food cold and cold food hot

For guests, it’s what’s on the menu that matters. But for us on the catering crew, we’re more concerned about serving the food at the temperature it’s meant to be served. This means, soup should be served piping hot, and ice cream should be served freezing cold. Serving a sit down event with over 100 guests can be a bit of a challenge, but with an efficient wait staff, and proper timing, it’s easy to pull off.

Running out of food

For those in the catering industry, running out of food in the middle of a reception is an absolute nightmare. Not only does it make for an embarrassing scenario on your end, but on ours, it puts all of our long hours of planning to waste. To avoid this, we consider several factors like the number of guests, the type of reception, the time of day that the reception will start, and how long the event is going to last. By laying all these factors down prior your special date, we can carefully plan out the amount of dishes to serve, and how to serve each one to ensure that every guest gets a serving.

Being insensitive to guests

Since we’ll be there with you on your momentous occasion, we like to think of ourselves as part of your family. And as family, we want to make sure that all your guests have a great time celebrating with you. This is why we’ve trained our wait staff to anticipate every need you and your guests may have. From proper food handling, to courteous service, we make sure that everyone gets treated like family.

Getting guests sick

And since we don’t want to get you or your guests sick at the reception, we put high priority on food sanitation. Our catering staff is trained to properly cook, store, transport, and serve your food with the safest and cleanest measures possible. We have also invested in the right equipment and food storage units so that your food is within safe temperatures at all times.

Have any questions that you would like to ask our friendly staff? Let us know in the comments section below.

“Bon Appétit!” 5 Underrated Cuisines you Need to Try

As one of the Philippines’ top catering services, we put a lot of value into researching and trying out new dishes that we could include in our menus. Apart from tried and tested traditional dishes that we all love, we also like to experiment with international recipes that could satisfy the Filipino palate. Here are some of the underrated cuisines that we believe deserves a second look (and taste!).

 

BritishSticky Toffee Pudding

Did you know that there are more artisan cheese makers living in the UK now, than in France? For us , that’s enough proof that things are definitely looking up for what used to be one of the most ridiculed cuisines in the world. British cuisine has become quite diverse with the influx of immigrants over the past century. The variety and quality of ingredients that are now available in the UK has given British chefs a new opportunity to create rich and exciting dishes to excite the world.

Dish to try: Sticky Toffee Pudding

A sticky rich dessert invented in the 1960s, now famous the world over.

 

mosselen-frietBelgian

Belgian cuisine has been overshadowed by its more famous neighbour’s (France) long enough. The fact that Belgium produces a wide array of quality beers, and amazing food to go with it, demands a second look from food critics. Belgian cuisine is more aptly described as French quality food in German size portions, so if you’re looking for an indulgent, filling meal, sample what they have on offer.

Dish to try: Mosselen-friet

Literally translated as mussels and fries, this dish is simple to make, and yet very flavourful.

 

KoreanMaeUnTang

Koreans love their food so much that you would be amazed by the wide variety of ingredients they use increating their signature dishes. Their cuisine offers different flavours that would tantalize your palate, whether you’re at a simple family gathering, or a sit down formal dinner. Seoul is fast becoming one of the best cities to visit for a culinary adventure so if you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, it’s worth the visit.

Dish to Try: Mae Un Tang

A spicy seafood stew that isn’t just good for your body, but also for your soul.

 

SpanferkelGerman

German cuisine may seem like it’s already made its mark in the world, but really, there’s so much more to it than just the regular staple of beer and sausages. They may be real artisans at it, but these days, the younger generation of German chefs are more focused on refining the country’s classic regional dishes. Who knew that there are now over 200 Michelin starred restaurants in Germany, earning them 3rd place in the EU?

Dish to Try: Spanferkel

Reminiscent of our very own Lechon, you’ll see this spit roast suckling pig served at large events like the annual Oktoberfest.

Penang LaksaMalaysian

After years of being overshadowed by Singaporean cuisine, Malaysia is now taking its rightful place on our list. With its mix of Indian, Chinese and Malay population, you can expect some unique combinations of flavours that will really blow your mind. One bite is enough to convince you that Malaysia is indeed, truly Asia.

Dish to Try: Penang Laksa

A vegetable and fish noodle soup that will fire up your taste buds.

Have any favourite cuisines that you feel deserves international attention? Feel free to share your picks in our comment section below.

Need Heartache Healing? Here are 10 of the World’s Most Comforting Foods

Battling a serious case of the heartaches? Here at Juan Carlo, we understand pretty well how the right food can change your perspective of life (and love!) so we’ve searched for the best comfort foods to instantly fight those blues away. Instead of drowning your sorrows in alcohol, take a culinary trip around the world with our list. You can thank this catering service later.

Comfort Food

Mac and Cheese – USA

For southern comfort that is close to home, dig into this American classic. Whether you prefer yours out of the box or made from scratch, the Mac and Cheese can instantly perk up that tired heart.

Poutine – Canada

This trifecta of fries, cheese curds, and gravy is considered to be the ultimate comfort food in Canada. Locals say, you either hate it or love it, never really in between. The key ingredient, chewy cheese curds, may be unheard of in this part of the world, but you can easily recreate this dish with some stringy mozzarella.

Carbonara – Italy

For fast comfort food that won’t take a whole day to stew, you can always rely on this Italian favourite. Real Carbonara will only take around 10 minutes to prepare, as long as you have fresh ingredients on hand. Pasta, eggs, bacon and cheese? Yes please.

Mac and Cheese

Shepherd’s Pie – UK

Buttered mashed potatoes on creamy gravy minced meat is a love story all in itself. Enough said. Perfect for those who still believe in finding their soul mate, even after a bad heartache.

Xiao Long Bao – China

Think of this popular dim sum snack as a mini hug that you desperately need after a bad break up. Just pop one in your mouth, and you get an instant dose of warm savoury sauce that will give comfort to your aching soul. Sounds a tad too dramatic? Try one for yourself and you’ll see what we mean.

Bolos de Bacalhau – Portugal

Put away those fake potato crisp bags and whip yourself a batch of these golden treats instead. These Portuguese fish-potato fritters are the right mix of salty and crispy, making them the perfect feel good snack with a tall glass of ice cold beer.

Champorado – Philippines

Our very own Champorado makes the list for one reason, and one reason alone: chocolate. Whoever thought of cooking chocolate and rice together was probably trying to get over a broken heart. Serve it up with salty tuyo for a winning combination.

Champorado

Rice and Beans – Puerto Rico

We don’t know if it’s the beans, or the rice, but whatever it is about this dish, Puerto Ricans swear by it. It’s a no frills recipe that will get you up and about in no time.

Baklava – Greece

Get over your bitterness with layers of sweet sticky filo pastry and pistachio nuts. Just one bite of this Greek dessert is enough to make/ you believe in true love all over again.

Chicken Noodle Soup – Origin unknown

Not only is it a tried and tested flu remedy, but it can also soothe your soul in ways you’ll never understand. For days when you feel like the world has turned its back on you, this should be your go to dish.

Have any post break up food or routines that you would like to share? Let us know in the comments section.

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5 DIY Projects to Help you save on your Wedding Budget

Since our team at Juan Carlo the Caterer loves all things cute and unique, we’ve come up with a list of our favourite DIY projects that can liven up your special day!

Stylish Wedding Invites

Wedding Invitation

We all know just how expensive wedding invites can get. Although you may want pretty intricate invites, ask yourself if it’s something that you absolutely need. For those who aren’t really planning to spend that much on their wedding invites, check out these downloadable templates that you can edit for your special day. What we love about this set of templates is that you can come up with professional looking invites even if you lack design experience. Just choose a template that will fit the overall theme of your wedding, type in your event details and send it over to the printers.

Felt Wedding Bouquet

Wedding Bouquet

Flowers are a staple in every wedding, but who knew that quality flowers would cost so much? Luckily, we’ve come across a felt wedding bouquet tutorial that will make you think twice about getting real flowers for your wedding. These gorgeous blooms command attention, so don’t be surprised if your bouquet toss suddenly turns into a cat fight.

Candy Table Setting

Candy Table Setting

Having a candy table may not be top priority, but admit it, the idea is just too cute to pass up. What’s great about this particular round up from bellenza.com is that it presents a list of different presentations you can get inspired by. If you’re going for a vintage wedding feel, you definitely shouldn’t miss out on this one.

Personalized Photo Booth Setup

Personalized Photo Booth Setup

For a selfie obsessed nation such as ours, not having a photo booth at your party would be an atrocity. But again, it’s a non essential that shouldn’t take up much of your wedding budget. The great thing about putting up your own photo booth setup is that you get full control over the theme. From the backdrop, to the props, you can come up with a unique quirky photo booth that will not only show off your personality, but also give your guests an experience that they will truly enjoy.

Fun Taco Bar

Fun Taco Bar

Lastly, and definitely our most favourite DIY project in the list, is this guide on how to build your very own taco bar. This provides a fun and interactive way for your guests to mingle around, and fill their stomachs in between the ceremony and the reception. You know what’s awesome about the guide we found? It includes just about everything you’ll need to create a taco bar. Don’t have the time to put it all together? Let us know and we’ll be happy to pull off the whole shebang for you.

Remember, cutting back costs may seem impossible in the beginning, but if you plan ahead, and take inspiration from these helpful DIYs, you can have the wedding of your dreams, without having to go over the budget.

 Have any affordable wedding DIYs that you would like to share? Let’s compare notes. We’d love for you to leave your comments below.

“Get your Geek On!” 5 Wedding Themes that will Unleash your Inner Geek

The geeks have definitely taken over. From superhero movies conquering the box office, to nerdy TV shows making their way to popular culture, these days, being a geek is considered to be “adorkable’ rather than something to be ashamed of. If you’re a true blue nerd looking for fun and quirky inspiration for your wedding theme, here are some theme ideas that will help you get your geek on!  From your wedding catering, to the event decorations, this list is packed with details and pictures on how you can plan the geek wedding of your dreams.

Dr. Who Wedding

Dr Who Wedding

Although we’re not fans of the show, we love how this couple managed to pull off a Dr. Who themed wedding, without it coming off tacky. The team behind this wedding theme made sure to include references that fans would recognize, and non fans would get curious about. What we love most about this theme is that it screams vintage and quirky, all at the same time. It may lack the appearance of an actual Tardis, but overall, the theme has just right dose of elegance and geekiness.

Mario and Princess Peach Wedding

Super Mario Wedding

If you grew up in the 80s, this Super Mario Bros. themed wedding is guaranteed to give you a serious dose of nostalgia. In this adorable photo set, we see Mario finally get the girl, and the playful wedding that comes after, without King Koopa of course. We love how the little accents like the mushrooms, clouds, and the Mario iconic moustache, come together to bring the theme come to life. Idea alert! Those table settings are just absolutely gorgeous.

Star Wars Wedding

Star Wars Wedding

The Star Wars theme is probably the most popular theme when it comes to geeky wedding themes. As proof, you’ll see the theme executed and abused in countless ways possible. From cheap to classy, you’ll find different Star Wars inspired weddings posted online This particular one has to be our favourite because it allows guests to experience the force, without it being too pushy or legalistic.  Words aren’t enough to describe it, but really, what we love most about it is the understated elegance.

Hunger Games Wedding

Hunger Games Wedding

It may seem odd building a wedding theme around a story about a futuristic bloody revolution, but for many fans of the Hunger Games series, there really is no other way. Come to think of it, it doesn’t seem that bad of an idea, especially if you can get your events and catering team to put something like this together. As you’ll see in this photo set, the theme covers just enough movie and book references without it going overboard. We’re so relieved that they didn’t make the bride don a bow and arrow.

SuperHero Wedding

Super Hero Wedding

Finding the best superhero-themed wedding to feature on this article was a bit of a challenge because we didn’t realize that there would be tons posted online. But after sifting through the good, bad, and the ugly *cringe*, we finally found one that we just adored. Not only was it a superhero themed wedding, but it was also a surprise wedding because the couple invited their guests to the event on the pretence that they were attending a birthday party. That itself deserves plus points in our book! Kudos on the couple for pulling off a fun and exciting wedding.

Have any geeky wedding themes that you would like us to feature? Let us know in the comments section!

5 Hotels in Manila for a Truly Magical Reception

It’s something that has to be unique, so you had that 10-foot banana split. Something you want memorable, so you had a big polaroid frame as photo booth. Something you want entertaining, so you had your love story written on the aisle runner. Something you want magical, so you had the best Manila catering and reception.

It’s the wedding to end all weddings – and you WANT it.

You’ve read about the couples who tried the knot scuba diving, skydiving or mountain climbing. And now, you’re wondering where you can bask under the limelight, indulging yourself in romance and rhapsody on the most wonderful day of your life. Your personal style must be your guide in your wedding planning, and these 5 reception venue ideas will suit your craving.

Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila

Sofitel

Manila’s only resort hotel offers you a reception venue of 12 acres landscaped garden overlooking Manila Bay. Its InspiredMeetings Team will give you lavish details of an almost fairytale-come-true reception.

Want an intimate family affair with sit-down dinner? Or an opulent extravaganza with 2,000 guests? Sofitel can bring that to life!

See scattered rose petals, champagnes and pralines. See the sun set down the sea wall. See cocktails sparkling under the stars. See your dream reception vivid and vibrant in Sofitel.

Pan Pacific Manila

Pan Pacific Hotel

It’s perfectly adaptable to those colors, patterns and symbols that are meaningful to you. It can be a grand banquet venue or an intimate cocktail reception space.  It’s wonderfully up to you.

That’s Pan Pacific’s Grand Ballroom hall in Pan Pacific Manila hotel. You can set a bubble machine for a giggly mood, or tie balloons all around the place for a festive mood.

You’ll be delighted by the abundant natural daylight blending well with the sense of exclusive privacy. It’s like unwinding in the calm, modern elegance of the hotel as you revel in the glory of your wedding moment.

Hyatt Regency Hotel and Casino Manila

Hyatt Regency Hotel and Casino

Give yourself a wedding treat with sophisticated event spaces suiting your unique elements and personality. It offers a lot of complimentary for you such as free Dream Honeymoon package or an upgrade to Regency Executive Suit. And you wouldn’t want to miss their anniversary gift to you – a lunch or dinner for two which you can avail at your first anniversary!

Wow. It’s a reception venue which showers you with gifts! Really, what’s more fascinating than that?

Hyatt specially understands how you want your expression of love be everlasting. For them, no detail is too small on your special day. Be it the cuisine, the amenities, and even the theme – you can have them take care of everything while you relax and take pleasure.

The Bayleaf Intramuros

The Bayleaf

A penthouse all day dining restaurant for a classic scenery. An al fresco, roof deck for an unobstructed view of Manila, its bay and sunset. A charming café you’ll love to relax at. This hotel anticipated almost everything you’ll want!

 The Bayleaf Intramuros is ideal if you’re planning to have your wedding ceremony among these heritage sites: the centuries old San Agustin church,  the iconic Manila Cathedral, the San Sebastian church and even the historic Paco Park.

It is just minutes away from the favorite wedding ceremony venues in the Philippines, so you’ll have no worries celebrating your love.

Bayview Park Hotel Manila

Bayview Park Hotel Manila

Worried about the budget? Not anymore.

Bayview Park Hotel Manila strikes the right balance between beautiful weddings and budget-friendly packages. It’s perfect for your blissful beginning!

Aside from their affordable wedding packages for your reception, the hotel gives you a special discount for the services of their partner wedding suppliers such as photo & video coverage and a reception host. You’ll also experience special room rates for your friends and relatives. Nice, isn’t it?

On average, it takes over 250 hours to plan a wedding. No wonder, wedding is the Super Bowl of event planning. Wedding planning may be stressing, but if you let the best people do their job, you’ll feel pampered on the most special day of your life.

18 Roses 101: Choosing the Special Songs to Dance to

Planning a party certainly entails having to make a lot of decisions, doesn’t it? If you’ve been reading up on how to prepare for your big night, you’ve probably already got a theme, the drinks, which catering services in Manila to pick and which men in your life will be included in the 18 Roses ceremony.

Now what about the songs? You’d have to think carefully and plan in advance, lest you end up having to awkwardly dance the cotillion to ‘Dark Horse’ by Katy Perry. What.

Check out these songs that’ll really set the mood!

Those Magic Changes – Sha-Na-Na

You weren’t born yet when this song was first released, but we doubt you’ll shrug this off as just another oldie. It’s surprisingly chill and romantic, but could also be the perfect song to dance with your father or grandfather to. Also, in case you didn’t know, this is memorable song was in the original Grease movie, played during their prom.

Waltz for the Moon

This beautiful rendition of ‘Eyes on Me’ by Faye Wong was the background music to an extremely important scene in Final Fantasy 8, a game which the score was made for. In this scene, the two main characters of the game met for the first time when they waltzed (rather awkwardly, on the guy’s part) on the dance floor. The tune is very upbeat and light.

That thing you do – The Wonders

Another amazingly bubbly old school song! This song is really catchy and will no doubt make you squeal with glee as your loved ones twirl around with you on the dance floor.

A Thousand Years – ThePianoGuys (Christina Perri cover)

If you want to slow things down, this song is really the way to go. Whether or not you are or were into the movie this song is from (Twilight), you can’t deny the beauty of its melody, the lyrics, and of course, Chrsitina Perri’s voice if you choose to go with the original version. The best thing is, the lyrics are quite vague and can apply to your relationship with your family, your friends, and significant other.

Somewhere only we know – Keane

Also a slow (or, rather, mid-tempo) song, dancing to this song with the special men in your life will imprint on your mind that these are the people to run to when you need to feel protected (or need actual protection).

How you’ve grown – 10,000 Maniacs

Now on to the song that is most likely to bring tears to your AND your father’s eyes! It best encompasses the feeling of parents (especially fathers) when their little girl becomes a lady, as heard in the lyrics ‘No little girl can stop her world to wait for me’ and ‘As the child that you’ll never will be, You never will be again.” It’s about allowing you to grow up, which is always a little harder on the parents than the children.

Dancing in the Moonlight – Toploader

Going back to a less dramatic and on to a brighter melody! This song is oozing with good vibes, surprisingly found in the tear-jerker movie A Walk to Remember. It would also be a great party-ender song, sending everyone off ‘feeling warm and bright’ and super happy.

Music is an extremely important factor at any event, so choose wisely! In case you’re not satisfied with the songs on this list, you could always ask your dj in advance for any recommendations. Good luck!

“Here Comes the Bride:” 5 Yummy Foods to Serve At Bridal Shower

Your best friend’s getting married – finally! Absolutely no words can explain your excitement for the big day. But hey, let’s not get ahead of ourselves, you still have the bridal shower to plan! It’s the best goodbye toast to her singlehood, and of course, the best gift-giving party you’ll have for her.

Thanks to your many years of friendship, you’re the one who knows her inside and out; so much that you have now been assigned the task of planning the perfect bridal shower specifically for her!

You know how much she loves surprises, so make her bridal shower a surprise! (Even though it’s totally mandatory). And you know how much she appreciates good food (which is why she got the best wedding catering service in town, right?). You’d better make the right choices when it comes to the food to be served during her bridal shower!

Don’t worry. We’re here to help you out. Here are some food ideas to lit her face up.

Fresh and Fruity

Brunch is your bridal shower friend if you want to save while throwing a great bridal shower. Just a couple of sandwiches and fruits – and enjoy! You can have mini pancakes with maple syrup, or some biscuits and cheese. Let your best friend taste your green salad specialty or that French toast you specially prepare for her.

But for a fresh, perfect bridal shower brunch, include a fruit salad! And try it with yogurt mix! Your bride-to-be best friend and all the guests you invited will definitely love the fit and fab fruit mix you prepared.

Fresh and Fruity

Toss together pineapple bits, strawberries, grapes, mangoes, and raspberries, and serve with a sweetened yogurt mixture. Its vivid color and taste is delightful both to your eyes and tummy. Who won’t have it for a bridal shower?

Creamy and Fluffy

It’s simply mix, cut, bake and … magic!  You’ll have creamy, fluffy biscuits to delight your best friend and guests. The real deal: It takes no more than 15 minutes – well, except if your oven takes extra time to pre-heat.

Creamy and Fluffy

For the recipe, click here. The great thing about these creamy and fluffy biscuits is you save time for preparation. You will be able to cook yummy food within 15 minutes and allot the remaining time to cook other food or decorate the venue. Nice, isn’t it?

Chocolaty Berry
Chocolaty Berry

Isn’t your mouth watering just from looking at this photo?

What’s greater than a chocolate-coated strawberry which takes only 25 minutes to prepare? Imagine: ONLY 25 MINUTES. Can you tell me what’s greater than that?

To learn how to make these adorable and flavoursome strawberries, just click here and enjoy the food fit for the heavens.

Jam-my and Cheesy

Cute tartlets are indeed adorable enough to look at. But how about mini cheesecakes – yes, mini version of your favorite – adorned with jam on top? Mouth-watering isn’t enough to describe it.

Jam-my and Cheesy

Thanks to this recipe, you can now eat cheesecake with any fruit you want it to go with. Such cutesy little treats for the guests and bride-to-be!

Cookie and Cherry

Heart-shaped cookies are pretty perfect for bridal showers. It does not only fill the air with love, but also sprinkle the occasion with lavishness.  Just look at that cherry-pistachio bark filled with white chocolate and vanilla. Sumptuous, indeed.

Cookie and Cherry

To make these lovely cookies, just follow the simple steps here.

Be sure to fill the occasion with happiness by focusing on having a great time with (and not just celebrating) the bride. It’s a bridal shower for a reason – shower her not just with gifts but also with love and care. She will appreciate everything you prepared including those cute, colorful table displays, heartfelt messages, and bright, warming smiles of her closest friends and family.

Cater to You: Why Women must Submit to their Husbands

Cater 2 You

Before your inner sassy girl goes “Oh heck no, he better cater to me first!” it would probably best to keep a mind open to the idea of men and women being different – not equal, not superior over or inferior to the other, but just different. Plain and simple.

God created us to fulfill certain roles, and while we do agree that some gender roles can be bent and even broken (e.g. the groom-to-be might be even more fussy with wedding details like which catering services, theme, music, et c to get than the wife-to-be) we cannot deny that the majority of us have instincts that incline us to certain traits. In a family, men (tend to) provide and protect. Women (tend to) nurture. While there are exceptions, this is the basic system in a family.

This is how God intended it. Even if you deny it to yourself and think you’re different … well, ok fine, maybe you’re the exception. But to be clear, feminism isn’t when a woman refuses to be a housewife: it’s when she refuses to let gender roles dictate what she does and does not want to do with her life. A woman who chooses to be a housewife can still be a feminist.

Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. – Colossians 3:18

Feminist

The term ‘submit’ has gotten a negative connotation, and for good reason. In society, women are, no doubt, still fighting for equality.

The problem is, the concept of equality is different for everyone. The reason why it’s so vague and so hard to put into concrete terms is because men and women are different. We are built differently. We are wired differently. There’s simply no way a system wherein a man and a woman are complete equals can function efficiently.

This still doesn’t mean all women are supposedly inferior to all men. If you notice, Colossians 3:18 specifically noted the term ‘husband’, as in, yes you should submit to the man you married, but no you have no obligation of submitting to all the other men you come across.

“For indeed man was not created for the woman’s sake, but woman for the man’s sake.” 1 Corinthians 11:9

First, God made man. Then He thought, ‘hm, man shouldn’t be alone, he needs someone to help him, ‘ and so He took a rib from man and created woman. She was literally a part of him. And just like how a child is to submit to his or her mother because they literally came from her, so should a wife to a husband.

This doesn’t mean women are weak.

wives submit

If anything, it shows that you are strong enough as a woman to be able to take care of your husband. You are not a weakling who constantly needs to be taken care of and doted on. Men are constantly challenged by society and themselves, and they are constantly being pressured into becoming the ‘alpha dog’. Which is why they need to come home to a place where they are doted on.

On the other hand, women who are secure enough in their femininity know they do not need a man, but gives her husband her complete and unwavering trust and support anyway. Now who seems like the stronger one of the two?

Submission isn’t limited to wives.

Follow God

In reality, we all submit to something. We submit to oursuperiors at work, to the elderly, and to each other. Why should the concept of wives submitting to their husbands be any different? Simply put, this just means that women should support their husband over anyone else, and he should do his best to protect and provide for their family, because they are a team. It’s all about following God’s orders, and not allowing pride to take over.

 

CALM THE BEAST! 8 Ways to Avoid Becoming Bridezilla

Beautiful, isn’t it, a ceremony in celebration of eternal commitment between two people who love each other very much. The actual wedding day may be absolute heaven, but beware: the months leading up to it could resemble something a little more … hell-ish.

Brides-to-be don’t mean to turn into such terrifying, demanding creatures while preparing for their wedding. Blame it on the stress of choosing who will participate in the ceremony, coordinating with the wedding catering services, creating a seating chart … the list goes on and on. There’s so much to do, and everything must be up to standards!

If you’re a bride-to-be, take note of these 8 ways to avoid becoming the greatly-feared Bridezilla.

Solicit assistance without overplaying the ‘I’m the Bride’ card.

HIMYM The Bride

If you want to keep being friends with your bridesmaids and groomsmen after you’re married, be especially conscious of how you treat them during this time! Everyone is clearly aware that you are the bride, as well as their responsibilities. Do not constantly rub it in their faces or they WILL dislike you. Always be kind and humble – remember, they’re doing YOU a favor, not the other way around.

Hire a wedding planner (that won’t drive you crazy).

Phoebe Rehearsal Dinner

An expert will be able to hook you up with the best deals, and will keep things organized. It’s their job to worry about weeding out which services and options will suit both your taste and your budget, so all you have to do is show up for meetings, make the final decisions, and stay pretty and unruffled. Frankly, she could do majority of the freaking out for you, but she won’t. Because she is a wedding planning expert.

Have a Plan B-Z.

Marshal Wedding

Things go wrong. Accept this, and write down things that are most likely to go wrong and prepare an alternative course of action. This way, you can look at disaster right in the face and laugh instead of crying hysterically.

Focus more on creating a special day to celebrate your love with your family and friends, and less on showing off.

Mondler Money

This is where most brides lose it. Never EVER lose sight of what this day is really about, which, as previously mentioned, is to celebrate your commitment to each other in the presence of everyone important to you.

Be open to your fiancée’s opinions.

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It IS his day too after all. In a way. Don’t be selfish! Although he’ll most likely end up saying ‘whatever you want, dear’, insist every now and then that his point of view is truly vital and valued. That will really kick your marriage off to a good start.

Don’t invite anyone you can’t trust not to make a scene.

Barney and Scooter

Harsh, but there are just some people who manage to wreck every event they attend and make it all about them. A drunkard distant uncle or an ex who still has feelings for either of you won’t be necessary in your big day. Will you really take the risk? Another alternative is to ban alcohol from your reception, but some people still end up breaking the rules. The best way, aside from not inviting them at all, is to ask someone to keep watch over whoever the liability is.

Eat AND Work out!

Skinny Lily

You’ll either eat too much due to stress and gain weight, or be too stressed to eat and lose weight. Instead of trying to avoid it (which we know is difficult) why not steer into the skid? Always eat plenty to give you more than enough fuel to function, but also stick to a good workout routine will help you even things out and stay fit enough to fit in your dress. It will also help you release some tension, give you more energy, and clear your mind.

Pray

Barney Pray

Above all else, never forget to pray. Constantly seek God’s guidance and make only decisions that would glorify Him. Sure a lot of things could go wrong, but in the end, all that matters is that you have made your vows in the presence of God, and are entering a marriage blessed by your families, friends, and Him.

And THAT is how you calm the beast.