Event Planners

Event Planners

A wedding planner is an individual that you will hire that will take care of the basic planning of your wedding. Is this person to be trusted to handle each and every aspect of your wedding? How will you know that this person is going to know what you want and will they stick to your budget? It is often a scary thought to think that you will not have a handle in each step of the wedding process if you hire a wedding planner, but you will have amazing results if you find the right planner! What They Do The wedding planner is hired to handle virtually every aspect of the wedding celebration. In most cases, they will help you to make choices and help you find the right wedding service providers for your wedding. They will help to maintain a balance in what is happening, when it is happening, who is doing it and how much it’s going to cost. They will manage the overall function of the wedding, making sure that everything goes as planned from the beginning to the end. But don’t worry, most of the time the wedding planner works under your direction. You will communicate to them your needs and desires and he or she will make sure that it happens. You will be able to have your say in what you want, within reason of course. You’ll be able to follow through on their happenings as well. Don’t forget, it’s you writing the checks so you’ll always make the final decision. How to Choose a Wedding Planner The hardest part of having a wedding planner is choosing one. It is important that you find someone that you like, trust and have confidence in. You’ll need to put a whole lot of trust in them to handle your wedding day celebration since this is the only time that you will be getting married and you want it to be perfect. Look for these characteristics in your wedding planner. • Are they easy to communicate with? This is very important as you need them to be able to do what you want, understand what you want and to tell...

Registries

Registries

Wedding Registry Ideas We suggest that you choose at least one “pricey” place to register and one “cost conservative” place to register. This gives you guests a selection of gifts and prices depending on their budget. Don’t forget to register for MANY things because you will need more items than you can think of. Ask the store’s registry department if they have a wedding registry check-off list available to help you. Additionally, Gift Registries should ALWAYS be free of charge! Just be sure that you register somewhere, so that you get gifts that you want and or need. Pricey Registries Anthropologie Barneys New York Bloomingdale’s Bottlenotes – Wine Cellar Registry Crate & Barrel Macy’s Home Pottery Barn Tiffany & Co. Williams-Sonoma Dillard’s Cost Conservative Registries Amazon.com Bed, Bath, and Beyond JCPenney Kohl’s Linens ‘n’ Things Sears Target Walmart Home Depot Honeymoon Registries If you two already live together, are on a tight budget for the honeymoon, or just don’t want any gifts, this is a great place to register. Guests can choose how much money they want to gift you to contribute towards your...

Officiants

Officiants

Choosing  your wedding officiant is a very important decision.  The officiant you choose can enrich your overall wedding experience and help you prepare for married life.  They will be a major influencer on the tone of the ceremony. Getting to know your officiant and discussing what you can expect from each other will help eliminate unnecessary anxiety on your wedding day.  You’ll want to find someone who is willing to perform the kind of ceremony you want for your perfect day. Things to consider: Do they have a style and belief system similar to your own? Are they legally able to marry you in your state? Do you want a religious or secular ceremony? What are your expectations of the wedding officiant? Traditional Wedding Vows Writing Your Own Wedding Vows Questions for the Officiant How much are we allowed to customize the ceremony? Can we write our own vows? Will you marry us even if we are not current members of your church/synagogue/etc? How do we become members? If we are of different faiths, or one of us is not religious, is that a problem? One of us is divorced, does your religion allow you to marry us? Are we required to attend any classes or counseling before the wedding? If so, what are the costs? How much are the officiant fees? What happens if the officiant cancels at the last minute? Will our non-religious friends be allowed to participate in the ceremony, including giving readings, singing, or (if appropriate) taking communion? How will you be dressed for the ceremony?   Check Out the Professional Listings Now  ...

Limousines

Limousines

There are several types of limousines available (SUV, stretch limo, party bus, etc.). Choose the type that works best for your occasion, taking into consideration how many are in your party and what your plans are. In selecting the limousine company, you want to make sure the one you choose is properly licensed and insured. Although it may appear to be less expensive to hire an unlicensed limousine provider, if an accident were to happen and someone in your party were to get hurt, you would have no recourse. You can ask around to representatives from other companies that regularly use limousine services to find out about various limousine companies’ reputations. Find out if the company has a contingency plan in case the limousine is in an accident or breaks down. If not, then you have two choices. You either have a backup plan in mind or hire another limousine service that you know does have a contingency plan. Conversely, it may be you that has unforeseen problems, so make sure you know in advance what the company’s cancellation policy is. The cost to rent a limousine can range between $50 and $150. Ask the limousine company what amenities are included in the price. Knowing up front what you are and are not getting eliminates surprises later. Costs can vary based on current demand (such as during prom and wedding seasons). It’s worth checking with your local hotel and airport limousine services because many times you can get a better rate through them. You’ll want to know up front whether or not the company accepts credit cards. Once the service has been booked ask for a written confirmation to be faxed or sent in the mail. Another critical action you need to take is to make sure you are getting the car you asked for. Just before the event, arrange to see the car and check it out. Is it clean? Does it smell like cigarette smoke? Are you getting an “older” (interpret as less reliable and less comfortable) limousine? Be sure to have all those problems and questions addressed before the time of pickup. If there are several people in your party, it’s...

Formal Wear

Formal Wear

*Formal Wear Fact* *The bow tie originated in Croatia. During the Prussian wars, Croatian mercenaries would loop a scarf through the opening of their shirts and then knot them to hold their top together. This practice soon became fashionable in France, where they referred to the scarf as a cravat and began designing very elaborate versions. With time, the cravat became simplified, evolving into modern neck wear.* You have proposed marriage to the woman of your dreams. Her acceptance means that now, you must prepare for the big day! You will stand beside your bride in that “picture perfect moment,” a snapshot in time which will forever adorn your mantel. Choosing the perfect tuxedo and accessories is vital, thus making the task daunting. Here are some guidelines to make it easier for you to choose the perfect formal wear for your wedding. 1) “Get With” the Theme! And Don’t Forget the Bride! Don’t look out of place at your own wedding! Weddings can have themes ranging from The Great Gatsby, to Art Deco, Renaissance, Nouveau… It’s your party and you’re the co-star. So, dress the part! Choose a tuxedo that complements your bride’s gown. For instance, if it’s a traditional wedding, dress in a classic tux. If it is a modern wedding or themed wedding, then dress according to the theme and style. 2) “Don’t Sweat It!” Consider the climate and time of year. If you are getting married in the south in mid-summer, you should go with a lighter, more breathable fabric. If your theme is a beach wedding, opt for white instead of the traditional black tux. In the winter months, a traditional tux may do the trick. 3) Like “Night and Day.” Are you planning an evening or daytime wedding? The general rule is that evening weddings or those after 6pm are considered more formal. Such a wedding calls for full dress, including tux, tuxedo shirt, cummerbund or vest, tie or bow tie, cufflinks and studs and tuxedo shoes. Daytime weddings can be less formal. Although a tux is still appropriate, some couples opt for a dressy suit with tuxedo accessories. 4) It’s All About You! Find your personal style and...