Remember that contest we had a while back? Here’s the winner! Jen will receive a free consultation as well as a basket of goodies to help her de-stress.
Don’t Even Mention Rain at My Wedding! May 28, 2009
The thought of a rainy wedding day will send shudders down the back of any bride. The thing you must remember is that, as long as you are married by the end of the day, you had a successful wedding. However, no one will reprimand you for being prepared. You can plan for rain by having a tent with a floor, and plenty of parking that’s not in the grass or mud. If you’d rather have a sunny outdoor wedding, you can simply watch the weather the week of the wedding and rent a tent the day before if it looks like rain. You will be out a good amount of money if you end up not using it, but then what will you do if you don’t have a tent ready and your guests get rained on? Before doing this, check with your rental company about the cancellation fee. If there is an indoor facility nearby, you may consider using this as back-up. Just be sure to have all the arrangements done ahead of time. You may need to reserve the space, or even rent it out. If there isn’t anything nearby, make sure there are sidewalks around so your guests aren’t trudging through the mud in their heels. If there aren’t any, get some cute stepping stones to line the pathway to and from the ceremony site.
If it does happen to rain on your wedding, everyone will be happier if you embrace it. Wedding planner Deanna Morgan suggests saving some of the wedding day rain in a bottle for your baby’s baptism (information found here). You could also hand out umbrellas as favors. This would make for a great trash the dress opportunity. Or, if the rain appears before you get any pictures in, protect the dress and take pictures when you get back from your honeymoon.
Where Do I Start? April 13, 2009
Yesterday, I met a woman who was recently engaged. The first thing she asked me was, “What’s the first thing I should do?” When a bride hasn’t been planning her wedding since she was six, the task of putting together the party of a lifetime seems a little daunting. My answer was simple–decide the formality of your event and how big you want it to be. The formality and size play big roles in deciding the venue for the ceremony and reception, which is the next step.
The formality of your wedding should fit your personalities as bride and groom. If you are a relaxed, go-with-the-flow environmentalist, perhaps a casual, eco-friendly, backyard garden wedding would best represent you. If you are a glamour-girl who loves to dress up and go dancing and be surrounded by champagne fountains, you may enjoy a black tie event (the most formal) at the Ritz Carlton. There is everything in between, too.
To determine the size of your wedding, you should think about how intimate you want it to be. Would you prefer to have long talks with those you love and party for a week? A destination wedding with about 20 people is perfect for you. How about a big party that the neighbors will complain about where the dance floor is filled all night long? Invite all your friends and family. Of course, budget plays a part in this decision, too. Yes, a smaller wedding will be less expensive. Just remember, you can still find ways to save money even if you have a couple hundred guests.
Once you’ve figured out about how many people you’d like to invite, start looking for a venue that fits your formality and size. Also begin to make your guest list. Have your fiance and both sets of parents start writing a list with “Must” be invited, and “try” to invite. Then, you can morph those lists to combine one and start trimming it down.
Travel Plans for OOT Guests April 7, 2009
As the bride, you are not expected to pay for the travel costs of your out-of-town guests. However, you should provide them with accommodations. If you have just a handful of OOT guests, you can house them with friends and family (if you’re having a backyard wedding, I wouldn’t recommend keeping a bunch of people in that house). If there are several, it would be a good idea to arrange for them to stay at a hotel or inn. If you reserve a block of rooms (after you get enough RSVPs to know they will be filled) you can get a discount rate for your guests. Be sure to put all the information about the hotel with their invitation on a separate card. This should include a map or directions from the airport to the hotel, the address and name of the hotel, the dates that the rooms are reserved, and the phone number of the hotel.
Also be sure to provide transportation info to the wedding from the hotel. If there is a shuttle or special transportation that will take them to the site, make your guests aware of that. If you will be providing the transportation, let your guests know the time and location of departure from the hotel. Remember, your OOT guests will be unsure and uneasy unless accommodations have been made for them. This makes things easier on them and they will remember that you took care of them.
Organize your Papers March 26, 2009
Find a folder or binder or something that will help you organize your receipts, brochures, inspiration boards, magazine tear-outs, spreadsheets and checklists. Designer Events includes this as a free perk with some of our packages. It’s a good idea to include a pen and notepad so you can write things down when you think of them as you’re out and about. Also, include sleeves where you can keep business cards or brochures and write notes on the back as you decide whether or not to use those vendors and the impression they made on you. Keeping everything in one organized place will help you find what you’re looking for at a moment’s notice.
Bridal Consultant, Wedding Planner, or Day-of Coordinator? November 11, 2008
Some people don’t understand or appreciate the benefits of having a wedding planner or bridal consultant. So, this week, I will explain a few of the things that I do, here at Designer Events and why it makes such a difference to have a professional help you with the most important day in your life.
You may have noticed that I used two terms for my profession here. Let me explain. The terms can be used interchangeably, but there is a slight difference. A wedding planner will help you with the design and layout of the aesthetics, as well as reviewing vendor contracts to make sure you don’t get in a bind, and can offer many other services ranging from the assembly and mailing of invitations to shopping. Basically, a wedding planner helps you plan your wedding. On the other hand, a bridal consultant is a consultant. He or she is there to give you advice and make recommendations. The confusing part is that a consultant can also do planning and a planner can also give advice. That’s why I say the terms can be interchangeable. But, now you know the basics.
Today, I want to emphasize the benefits of having a day-of coordinator. I tell just about every bride I know that even if you don’t want to hire the full services of a wedding planner, please hire a wedding day coordinator. You and your family want to enjoy this day and you would be making it very hard on yourself if you try to do all the wedding day work. You need someone to direct the rehearsal, tell the wedding party when to walk down the aisle, save the day when the officiant’s mic isn’t working, and keep the photographer, DJ and other vendors updated on the reception schedule as it comes. It is also very helpful to have a professional who can spot potential problems and fix them before they happen.
Don’t try to do it all. You will have a much better time if there is someone constantly watching over the event to make sure it all happens the way you want it to.