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…)

On Wedding Ceremony Programs

I am often asked if couples should have wedding ceremony programs – particularly if they are on a limited spending plan.  The answer is, “it depends”.  If you have an unlimited spending plan, then they are always a nice option and you shouldn’t think twice.  But if you have to make some choices with your finances and wedding ceremony programs may be on the “cut” list, here are some questions to ask yourself: (more…)

When An Event Service Provider (Vendor) Says They Offer Wedding “Coordination”

What happens when an event partner such as a DJ or caterer says that they offer “wedding coordination”?

All of the event partners with whom we work are top notch in their field of expertise, and it’s why we love working in partnership with them. They know what they do best, and they excel at it.

Some other vendors, however, may offer various “pieces” of the puzzle of coordination on the day of the wedding and tempt you by saying that they can “coordinate” your wedding for a nominal upgrade fee. And that fee may be really tempting when you just (more…)

Top Three Myths About Wedding Coordinator Duties

Whether perhaps due to Hollywood stereotypes or general misconceptions which have built up over the years, wedding coordinators have a lot of pressure on them when their clients, guests, or other event partners think certain duties have gone neglected because it was “duty” of the wedding coordinator to perform these duties.

Let’s set the record straight right here and now: a solid, experienced professional coordinator can take care of as much or as little as is contracted- but always has every duty to be performed outlined in writing in contract form in advance. (more…)

How To Help Protect Wedding Gifts at the Wedding

While proper etiquette states that gifts should not be brought to the wedding, but instead shipped to the bride and groom in advance (or up to one year after the wedding), we still see our fair share of gifts and envelopes brought to weddings. So much so, we make sure there is a table or space at the sign-in area for those well-intentioned guests who schlep their offering to the wedding and create one more task for the couple to have to deal with post-wedding.  Bless them. (more…)

Lake Tahoe Location Spotlight: The Hyatt Regency, Lake Tahoe Resort

Photo: Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Website

Let’s be honest. You can’t come to Lake Tahoe and expect to have an ordinary wedding. With Mother Nature providing majestic masterpieces at every turn and the incredible range of activities for couples and their guests, it is no wonder so many choose to host a destination wedding in Lake Tahoe.

The Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe is one of the most sought-after wedding locations because of its location on the lake (including beautiful cabins situated lakeside). It also boasts event sites that can be used year-round including: private lakeside beach, two distinct ballrooms with beautiful views, water gardens, and the Cottage Green for the perfect mountain wedding with views of the lake with a lakefront firepit. (more…)

Lake Tahoe Location Spotlight: The Ritz Carlton

Photo: From Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe Website

Combining what outdoor fans love of the famed beauty in Tahoe with world-class luxury amenities and service, this is one of my favorite locations, and I’m honored to be on the prestigious list of Preferred Planners for The Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe.

The location options for exchanging vows and celebratory festivities around the wedding are nothing short of epic at The Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe. One of the things I love most about this location is that it truly serves the destination wedding clientele with convenience, diversity and service in one location. The bride, groom, wedding guests and family can all stay in one location and participate in the rich activities that the resort offers. Activities ranging from hiking, watersports, fly fishing, to all sorts of winter activities and more abound. (more…)