Today we are sharing real wedding tips from a Bonito Bride, Melissa Habel-Inoa. Another Bride we had the joy to work with since we opened our doors to styling Weddings. We thought she could give some good insights for those that are about to get married in an intimate setting.

Melissa opted for a Rustic Wedding styled by BONITO, which you can see more photos  HERE .

Melissa opted for a Rustic Wedding styled by BONITO, which you can see more photos HERE.


1. Did you always know you wanted a wedding?

A white long dress, long veil, and a bouquet was a dream I've always had since I was a young girl. After watching a whole bunch of Disney movies, I couldn't wait for the day I would get married!

2. How did you come up with your wedding theme?

Well... We originally planned of having a destination wedding in the Dominican Republic but it was very difficult communicating with wedding planners, event designers, vendors, and venue representatives overseas. Then, with the realization that it was going to be almost impossible to be in constant communication with people in a different country, we decided to have a wedding within New York. We wanted a rustic wedding because we LOVE the rustic decor -after all, our apartment decor style is rustic!

3. Why an intimate wedding?

I've always known that I wanted a wedding, however, as a child I dreamed of having a HUGE wedding. As I grew older, I was able to understand the value of having family and close friends. Therefore, as I matured, my mindset of having a gigantic wedding shifted into having a small intimate wedding with our loved ones. I wouldn't change my mind of having an intimate wedding if I could do it all over again.

4. Any bride butterflies aka wedding anxiety?

I do not like anyone planning things for me or taking care of the decor during my events. I always take charge of decorations and planning any special event that my friends or families have so to leave everything in Helen's hands was my biggest fear. I didn't want to show up to the venue and hate the outcome! Slowly, throughout the process, I was able to trust Helen - thank God I did because she surpassed my expectations!

5. Would you do it again?

I would absolutely do it again! Many brides warned me about getting stressed out but it was the total opposite for me. I would definitely do it all over again!

6. Give us 3 Do's (from your experience).

  • Be open to changing your wedding theme after the suggestions from event stylist are given.

  • TURN OFF YOUR PHONE as you prepare for your big day so that no one calls you about the time to be at the venue, what to wear, etc. this day is for you to RELAX.

  • Be in constance communication with your event stylist just to make sure you are both on the same page.

7. Give us 3 Don't (from your expereince).

  • Don't be afraid to tell your event designer your opinion and what you would like to have at your wedding.

  • Don't forget to eat at your wedding (totally forgot to have dinner due to making sure everyone was okay)!

  • Don't forget that your wedding day is all about you and your spouse!

8. If you could advice a Bride or Groom To Be what would you tell he/she?

Some advice for the bride is remember that although you would like others to enjoy your wedding, the day is all about you since this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience -enjoy the day as much as possible! Absorb all the planning, phone calls, and the celebration itself!

For the groom, just say "yes" to the plans of the bride (lol)!

9. Why Bonito?

Finding a wedding designer was the most difficult part of the planning process. I wanted to make sure that my wedding would have my vision. After searching...and searching... and the wedding date being LESS THAN THREE MONTHS AWAY, I found Bonito Design. After seeing the pictures of events that Bonito designed, there was never doubt that Bonito would transform the place into what I wanted. I definitely would choose Bonito Design for upcoming events in a heartbeat!



Melissa Habel-Inoa



Hope you all enjoyed this blog post and feel free to let me know if there any topics you would like us to cover. Stay tune for more next week.


Helen Guzman

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