Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Day of coordination Vs. Event Management

 Engagement season has almost ended and our mail box has been filled with inquiries from the newly engaged, seeking information on " Day of coordination" vs. Event Management. This topic has caused quite a few debates in the industry....over all we have failed to educate brides properly. The title alone sums up where the confusion begins ..."Day of" ladies ( and gentlemen) NO planner is EVER available to wake up and walk into your reception space, church, hotel room on wedding day and be fully in the know of what's about to go down. (unless she's packing a wand and pixie dust...and in that case I want her as my new BFF ) In my minds eye there is a newbie planner with a check list interviewing a bride during hair and make up and It's NOT PRETTY as they both realize it's a huge undertaking. Minimally event management is what we should be continually sharing with our new inquiries, this time allows for contract review, the opportunity to create a customized time line filled with your details, schedule a site walk through, see you face to face a few times, attend your final dress fitting, create check list, attend rehearsal and finally coordinate your day. BIG difference right! It helps when we are fully vested with your MOMENT. SOooooo ladies  and gentlemen as your reaching out to planners please keep in mind that our goal is that your celebration is flawless and remember it takes time in order for this to happen ...but you will reap the benefits of hiring a professional. Congratulations and happy planning !

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Now that your engaged .....what's next ?

Congratulations on your engagement ! We know that your mind has been racing since your intended popped the question, and it's so hard to narrow down what's THE NEXT thing to do. Take a deep breath and know that the planning process is a journey, that will be filled with a mix of emotions and it's ok to take a few days off. Now let's get to the nitty gritty, of what's actually the next step. From experience we know that most brides select their gown or even a venue, but let's put a hard stop right there,  your first step is chatting with your intended, and your families about the wedding budget and who will contribute. We know, we know numbers right out the gate can sound stressful, but it's actually one of best things that your both can do. Did you know the average wedding budget is $34,000 ? 
That is a lot of cash, and most people have not planned for that number so a conversation has to be had because EVERY decision you make is relative to that number. It dictates the venue that you can accommodate, guest count, the dress, florals and all the details that follow. Let's do a quick break out on numbers that cross my desk daily....

Venue on a Saturday night $4500.00
Security $210.00 ( x 2 ) 
Cake $800.00 + 75.00 for delivery 
Full service caterer with bar tenders and linen $11,776.00 ( oh ! and that's a real number not a typo ) 
Entertainment : Strings $800.00
DJ $1650.00 
Total : $ 20,021.00
I think you get the point here can see that we have not added quite a few necessary vendors and we have almost topped out. We hope that this drives home how important a budget is for you in the planing process, this one thing can help you avoid loosing time visiting vendors who are not within your allocation, and over spending early and coming up short on the back end. So grab a glass of your favorite champagne,  pick of your favorite cheese cake and invite your parents over to show off your ring a little more and chat it up about the budget. There are ton's of resources to calculate your budget, and if those who need a bit more guidance we would love to see you in the office to talk in greater detail about your moment.  Congrats again ! 

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