Guest List Prep Nuts & Bolts: Our Top Tips

Your guest list strategy is almost as important as determining your spending plan (budget), and closely tied into your spending plan.  In fact, if your guest list is out of control, so will be your spending plan. The secret is to manage it from the start.

Your guest list will be made up of the number of family and friends that corresponds with the intimacy of the wedding, and is consistent with your wedding spending plan.  It is most traditionally comprised of half guests from the bride’s side and half from the groom’s; however, this can vary for many reasons.  (more…)

For The Gents: The Legendary Bachelor Party | Some Planning Tips

Traditionally, the Bachelor Party was viewed as a sentimental goodbye to singlehood and always had the connotation of riotous, indiscreet partying.

Today’s Bachelor Parties are much more understated, evolved, and in some cases even give a nod to our English neighbors across The Pond with a co-ed “Stag and Hen” night (where both friends of the bride and groom join them for a fun night out altogether).

Here are my top planning tips when planning the ideal Bachelor Party: (more…)

Top 5 Qualities to Look For In A Professional Wedding Consultant

Congratulations!  You’re newly-engaged and have also decided that hiring a professional wedding consultant is the wisest investment you can make on your wedding.  You know that an experienced wedding planner can actually save you time and money on one of the most complex events you will ever host in your life.  But with many choices and many inexperienced individuals hoping to make some extra money calling themselves “wedding consultants”, what are the top qualities you should look for when interviewing and making your final decision?  Here are our top recommendations: (more…)

On Choosing Flowers for Your Wedding

Flowers for a wedding (or any special event) are largely chosen based on:

  1. The time of day (example:  brighter or white colored flowers look especially dramatic in the evening by lower light/candlelight .
  2. The formality of the event.
  3. The colors the bride and bridal party are wearing, as well as table linens/design.
  4. The season – many flowers are not in season certain seasons;  choosing flowers in season will mean that the flowers are more cost-effective and fresher.
  5. An indoor or outdoor site.  Many outdoor sites have a naturally gorgeous backdrop, so heavy floral decor is not necessary for the ceremony.
  6. Your spending plan (budget).  There are many ways to extend your florals and decor at a wedding with repurposing.  A professional wedding consultant can help you determine how to do this and investing in his/her services means invaluable time and money saved. 

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Figuring Tipping Into Your Wedding & Event Spending Plan

In my last blog, we talked about the importance of establishing a “spending plan” or “budget”.  We talked about my top tips for helping to ensure success.

Another aspect for which many forget to plan in their finances for weddings (or any special event) are the gratuities to service providers.  I am always asked who these people are, and honestly, most of the time it is mentioned in their service contracts, so make sure you and your professional wedding planner review all these contracts carefully.  For most non-hotel (off site) weddings where an outside caterer is brought in, you will be given a suggested “gratuity” (just like restaurants it is anywhere between 15% -20% and up) on top of your bill and cash is always strongly urged for this.  This gratuity is taken and automatically given to (more…)

Thoughts On Preparing The (Dreaded But) Necessary Wedding Budget | Four Tips

Ok, I get it. No one likes giving a “budget” because just the “feel” of the word implies “restriction”.  And when you see how much things cost when planning a wedding, one’s dreams can quickly deflate and one can feel especially restricted.  Especially if you do not have a professional wedding planner who can help you at the onset with maximizing your budget and helping you “marry” (sorry, couldn’t resist) your dreams with a realistic “spending plan”. And that’s the phrase I prefer:  “spending plan“.  Everyone has one.  Even the multi-million dollar weddings have a plan for their money.  And with a professional wedding consultant on your side, they know the tricks to make sure your spending plan is extended as far as possible.  (more…)

Avoiding Holiday & New Year’s Party Clichés: Some Fresh Ideas for 2017/2018

The old tradition of having to host an annual holiday party in December for work, family, or other organizations has been enjoying a fresh re-think for several years now.  Many are finding January more ideal.  Venues and event partners are less booked and more negotiable on services and fees, and it allows guests attending to have something to look forward to during the incredibly stressful and busy month of December when everything feels so crammed together with family visiting, travel plans and more.  (more…)

Top Ceremony Site Scouting Locations To Ask

Determining your wedding and reception location is perhaps the first and most important step in all wedding planning. All your subsequent event partners (vendors and wedding services) will need to know your location and its unique style, complexities, challenges and policies in order to give you a proposal.

Your professional wedding planner can help save you time and money by knowing (more…)