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McDonald’s certainly have taken “love” to a whole new level, as it is now available for wedding ceremonies, receptions and even anniversaries… well, at least in Hong Kong.
The fast food chain, which started its wedding party program in 2011, is now boasting of 11 branches that serve as budget wedding venues in Hong Kong.
Apparently, the service was introduced in Hong Kong ‘due to popular demand’ with many couples ‘wishing to bring their romantic story full circle’ by marrying where they first started dating, according to McDonald’s spokeswoman Jessica Lee.
In case you’re interested, the super-size ‘Love Forever Party’ wedding package costs HK$9,999 (around P56,000), and includes a two-hour restaurant rental, 50 wedding invites, ANY McDonald’s food up to the value of £250 (that’s £5 per head so fill your boots), a pair of McDonald’s balloon wedding rings, a McDonald’s double apple pie box cake display and a party MC.
While there aren’t currently any plans to roll it out to other countries, who knows? Perhaps the gregarious clown will also let Filipinos tie the knot in his home.
Wedding month is still at its peak, and you know what that means — more wedding gifts. When it comes to buying presents for the would-be couples, what are the no-no’s? How much is too much, or when do you draw the line from being frugal to being tasteless?
These and more questions tend to stress out each and every wedding guest with every event they go to, and sometimes, experience is not enough to teach you. To make sure you’re following the unwritten wedding gift etiquette, it’s best to learn from the experts.
Here’s how to find out — once and for all — how to buy an ideal wedding gift:
No, it’s never OK to not buy a gift. No matter how cash-strapped you are or how packed your calendar is with weekend weddings, there’s never a good excuse to justify stiffing the bride and groom at the gift table.
If you truly can’t afford something right away, it’s OK to send a gift after the wedding has passed, says Denise Penny Shepard, senior editor at Brides Magazine. “You can give gifts up to six months to a year later,” she says. “You don’t need to feel guilty or sheepish. Spin it as an awesome anniversary gift.”
Destination weddings are expensive affairs for both the wedding party and the guests, so don’t feel pressured to cough up major cash on a gift. Once you’ve covered airfare, lodging and your transportation to the venue, take a look at your budget and decide how much left you have to give. “I think couples who are having destination weddings kind of know people aren’t going to splurge on wedding gifts,” Shepard says. “They’re using valuable vacation time. That’s [when it’s] totally OK to spend a little less on the gift.”
Use the 60-20-20 gift split. The friendlier you are with the bride and groom, the more expensive weddings can be. Not only do you have the ceremony to attend, but there are pre-wedding events like the engagement party, bachelor(ette) party and bridal shower. The experts at TheKnot.com recommend using a 60-20-20 split if you’re trying to budget for several events for one couple. Spend 20% of your budget on the engagement party gift, 20% on a gift for a bridal shower or other pre-wedding occasion, and reserve 60% for the wedding gift itself. “Outline your budget ahead of time to see what is doable for you,” says TheKnot.com editor Jamie Miles.
Family always spends more. Much like the wedding party itself, there’s a hierarchy when it comes to the amount spent on gifts. And when you’re related to the bride or groom, budget a bit more for a gift than you would for a friend.“Your relationship to the couple should inform how much you’re giving,” Miles says.
The cost of your Butterflied Leg of Lamb Provencal is irrelevant. Experts agree that basing the cost of your gift on how much you think the couple is spending on food and entertainment is an antiquated notion. “It’s a bad idea to use the price-per-plate as a measure for how much you should spend on the wedding gift,” says Jessica Silvester, a deputy editor and wedding expert with New York magazine. “You wouldn’t give your best friend a less expensive gift just because she was having a more casual affair.”
Cash isn’t always king. Cash seems like the sweetest gift to give a pair of newlyweds — whether they’re putting it toward their honeymoon, a down payment or all that wedding-related credit debt, there’s no doubt they’ll find a use for it.
But Shepard cautions guests against cutting a check until they are sure the couple prefers it. “At some weddings, cash is considered a faux-pas, at others it’s encouraged,” she says. “I’d say, if you are older than the couple getting married, and you know through word-of-mouth that they have been living together for a while, have barely registered and are desperately saving for a down payment, a check is great.”
To make the gift feel less transactional, she suggests writing a note in the memo line of your check — such as “Nest egg!” or “For your new digs!” If you’re stumped, it may be better to just stick to the registry. “More often than not you are better off buying them a gift off their wish list,” she says. “Especially if they’ve spent a lot of time curating their registries. It’s fairly obvious if they have.”
Yes, it’s OK to go off-registry. If you’ve waited until the last minute and all the good stuff is taken on the couple’s registry, it’s OK to shop off the beaten path — so long as you know their tastes well enough to pick a gift they actually need or want. If you don’t know them well enough to gauge their tastes, you might be better off sticking to the registry.
“At our wedding, a couple gave us an amazing set of Cook’s Illustrated cookbooks because they knew I was an aspiring cook,” Shepard says. “I thought it was more generous than buying from the registry because they took the time to think of something original instead of just clicking through a checklist, which takes five minutes.”
Combine resources with friends. Group-gifting has never been trendier. You can combine funds with friends to give the bride and groom a big-ticket item you may not have otherwise been able to afford.
Give a gift even if you can’t go. If you’ve been invited to a wedding but can’t make it, it’s bad form to skimp on the gift, Miles says. “It depends on your relationship with the bride and groom but my instinct is you send a gift,” she says. “It’s just classy. Include a handwritten note telling them you’re sorry you can’t make it.”
It is safe to say that every woman wants to hear “you’re the most beautiful bride ever” during her wedding day. This is why it is very important to choose a makeup artist that will make you look glowing, fresh and exquisite.
Celebrity makeup artist Albert Kurniawan knows this too well. His claim to fame? Beautifying faces for fashion catwalks, red-carpet events, billboards and eye-catching magazine covers.
This Saturday, on Weddings TV, let’s hear from this renowned makeup artist as he dishes out on all things beautiful. You just might get a few tips from the expert! So tune in this Saturday on Weddings TV, 11AM on GMA News TV.
While most people would welcome being talked about especially about their wedding, this woman from Tennessee just might not exactly be appreciative of the online rep she’s getting.
Trending the Internet the past few days are photos of a bride Shona Carter-Brooks… with her 1-month old baby, Aubrey, tied to the back of her dress and being dragged her down the aisle. While it was done carefully — meaning not treating the kid brutally — the photos still made rounds on social networks, earning nasty backlash from netizens worldwide.
We’re all for including your children in your special day, and we’re also all for doing whatever you want when it comes to your wedding, because it is your wedding. But this is obviously something that Shona and her husband, Johnathan, should have taken a second to think about before deciding that yeah, this would be special and not at all hazardous or upsetting for guest.
And the looks on the faces of their guests when they see a newborn baby trailing behind the bride kind of says it all.
After the media storm, Shona, who has another daughter, took to her Facebook to defend her decision to strap her baby to the back of her wedding dress, claiming that Aubrey was “awake and well secured” and that she was “covered by Christ.”
Here is her full post about the negative reaction to her wedding day:
“People questioning what we do, commenting all negative, and just doing the most. We good though we covered by the Blood which never loose its power. So to the media, radio, news, and whomever else wanting to talk about what WE do here you go: Media Media I see how it works regardless the situation or purpose people gone have something negative to say! The answer is we do what we want when we want long as Jesus on our side everything worked out fine and gone continue to be fine. Our 1 month old was awake and well secured on my train. Most important while yall got ya feelings in us we had our hearts in Christ which covers all!! So keep ya mouths running for it was just that Exclusive and Epic enough we made top blog way from small town Ripley, TN and the social media doing what they do, TALK!!!! Who paid yall for yall comments, none so watch us as we do us! Too bless for mess!! Thank God we aint no celebrities oops got fans, guess we is!”
To each their own, we guess, but here are a couple other ways she could have incorporated her baby into her wedding day:
1. Carried her down the aisle
2. Pushed her in a stroller down the aisle
3. Held her during the ceremony
4. Have her husband hold the baby as they both walked down the aisle
5. Kept her in a rock ‘n’ play chair next to them during the ceremony
6. Walk down the aisle with the baby in a BabyBjorn
7. Literally anything else besides tying a 1-month-old to the back of a wedding dress and dragging her down the aisle
In your opinion, are netizens overreacting to the photos, or was this really a horrible wedding brainchild?
Call it the fast-food version of saying “I Do.”
While netizens are busy dubbing every day of the week, e.g. Throwback Thursday, Flashback Friday, etc., a county in the U.S. seems to join the trend — but goes beyond posting photos in social networking sites. San Diego county will hold its “Walk-in Wednesday” marriage program in June, the wedding season.
The program will run June 18 through Aug. 27 at the County Administration Center in downtown San Diego, Dronenburg said.
“Couples who would like to obtain a marriage license and/or have their ceremony performed by one of my amazing staff may come in on Wednesdays without an appointment,” Dronenburg said. “Walk-in customers will be seen on a first- come, first-serve basis.”
He said couples with appointments will continue to receive priority.
Appointments will still be required for marriage services at satellite offices in Kearny Mesa, Chula Vista, El Cajon and San Marcos for those who want to obtain a marriage license or have a wedding.
Couples can make appointments by calling (619) 237-0502, and should download marriage license applications from the office’s website — www.sdarcc.com — and fill it out in advance, he said.
Marriage licenses cost $70 and weddings performed by staff cost $88. Couples can also purchase a photograph, certificate or “Just Married” bumper sticker.
Do you think programs like this — making it easier for couples to get married — is a good idea, mga Kapuso?