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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

5 Good Reasons to Hire a Wedding Planner!

Alexa Price, Guest Author

1. Hire a Wedding Planner to save money! ~ Budgeting is one of the most challenging aspects of planning a wedding. Think of your wedding planner as a financial advisor. An experienced planner will help you navigate the tough conversations such as who is paying. Planners are familiar with costs and how to best allot your money to the areas you value. A planner can create a realistic budget, secure the best pricing from trusted vendors, and manage payments. Lastly a wedding planner is an invaluable resource when it comes to cost-saving ideas. Would you like to save money? Hire a Wedding Planner today!

WEDweddingPlanner2. Hire a Wedding Planner to save time! ~ Time is truly a valuable commodity. It seems as if in today’s world there is never enough. Planning a wedding is very time consuming with many hours per week spent researching, planning, meeting, and coordinating. It can take over your life. Think of your wedding planner as a personal assistant who takes care of the details while you enjoy making the fun decisions and spending time with your fiancé in the days leading up to your wedding. Would you like to save time? Hire a Wedding Planner today!

3. Hire a Wedding Planner to save yourself from headaches and worry! ~ Headaches and worry are two things most people will likely experience when planning a wedding — with numerous checklists and the fear of overlooking an important detail. When is a payment due? Did you order your Grandmothers corsage and one for Great-Aunt Sally? Your wedding planner has your back and will keep on top of all the details and action items for you. You won’t lose sleep worrying and Great-Aunty Sally will be delighted you remembered her. Would you like less headaches and worry? Hire a Wedding Planner today!

4. Hire a Wedding Planner to maintain your love and relationships! ~ Relationships and memories with the ones you love are the most important things in life, but it is easy to lose sight of this when planning a wedding. This is an emotional time as you and your love ones are faced with important decisions that involve money, time, etiquette, and tradition. Think of your planner as a trusted therapist. A wedding planner can help you keep things in perspective by providing sound advice, solutions, and guidance throughout the entire planning process. Would you like maintain your love and relationships? Hire a Wedding Planner today!

5. Hire a Wedding Planner to minimize stress and maximize fun! ~ Stress is unpleasant, unhealthy, and can test the best relationships. Planning a wedding with little prior experience and expertise can create a lot of unwanted stress. Wedding planners have years of experience planning weddings and can navigate the process with ease on your behalf allowing you to enjoy your engagement period with the one you love. A great wedding planner specializes in making every meeting a fun memorable experience.

Larry’s NOTE: A Wedding Planner acts as your “go to person” – The average wedding has from 15 to 25 different vendors. Combine that with the entire wedding party and all of the guests and that is a lot of people with questions and concerns! By hiring a wedding planner, brides and grooms can simply tell others to “talk to the wedding planner!”

True story: Ten minutes before the start of the Zachary Salter wedding below, someone took my wedding book with the ceremony I was about to perform. There I was with no wedding book, no wedding ceremony and 10 minutes to go before the wedding was to begin. I immediately notified Alexa Price and she smiled and said, “No problem!” as she handed me a hard copy of the ceremony that I had sent to the bride. WoW! Close call. Saved by the Wedding Planner! The show must go on! Thanks, Alexa!

Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Zachary Salter. Renee del Castillo and Zach Salter were married at 5:00 p.m., Saturday, May 9, 2015 at JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, Paradise Valley, AZ.
Wedding Venue: Marjorie Jackson, JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, Paradise Valley, AZ. http://www.Marriott.com/
Wedding Planner: Alexa Price, Simply Modern Events, Greater Phoenix, AZ. http://SimplyModEvents.com
Wedding Officiant: Larry James, Scottsdale, AZ. http://www.CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com/ & Blog: http://CelebrateIntimateWeddings.wordpress.com/

BONUS Articles: Brides: Need Help Planning Your Wedding?
Hiring a Wedding Planner: Why It’s a Good Idea
Sorry, I Don’t Need a Wedding Consultant… My Venue Has One!

Alexa-PriceCopyright © 2015 – Alexa Price. In 2010 Alexa Price moved to Arizona and started using her skills to design and create amazing events. She found intense fulfillment as she helped many loved ones celebrate their most important moments in life. In 2013 she created Simply Modern Events from her little studio in the Melrose District. I absolutely love my job! She understands events can be stressful but aims to ease stress through simple, clear, and uncomplicated transactions with her customers.

Larry James NOTE: Alexa Price get 5 stars from me. Working with her was a pleasure.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sorry! You Can’t Come to My Wedding!

Let begin here. Adult people should know that invitations are addressed “only” to those who are invited. If the invitation says “Ms. Sally Jones,” only Sally is invited. If the invitation says “Ms. Sally Jones and Guest,” then Sally may bring a guest of her choosing. That’s the rule! Emily Post and many others have made this clear for years.

It really is wrong for an invitee to add an uninvited plus-one. That is beyond rude and is manner-less. If you ignore the problem, your continuing resentment may bubble to the surface when you see these outlaw relatives on your wedding day. It’s entirely up to you whether you say nothing or speak up, but speaking up is the right thing to do.

WEDnotInvitedWhat do you do when an uninvited guest RSVPs for the wedding you didn’t invite them to attend?

Of the many Wedding Planners I spoke with, most feel that you have every right to call those guests and simply tell them that you’re sorry if there was any confusion, but they were not invited with a guest. I would hope they would understand, but if you get some push back, stand your ground, be firm. Some people are just clueless. If space or expense are an issue you will need to tell them you’re sorry but there can be no exceptions. You have the right to graciously not accept the uninvited.

It’s important to make sure your rule (no invitation means you are not invited or no plus one or adult reception) is communicated clearly to your guests, so that no one is left wondering who is invited and who is not. On the invitation itself, the wording on the inner and outer envelopes spell out your intention. Some will put on the bottom of the invitation, “Adults Only Ceremony and Reception,” however most agree that this is improper etiquette and you should assign this task to someone in the bridal party to pass the news. For the plus 1 issue, only address the invitation to who you want to invite and on the RSVP card, consider putting, “One seat has been reserved for you” instead of how many will be attending.

Here are two suggestions from Jordan McBride. You could say:

1. “We’ve always imagined our wedding as a very small gathering of loved ones. As one of my oldest friends, I really hope you can respect that. We’re looking forward to getting to know your new boyfriend when we return from our honeymoon!”

2. “We just received your RSVP in the mail and we’re thrilled you’re coming to our wedding! Unfortunately, our budget/venue won’t accommodate children, so you’ll have to leave them home for the evening. May I help you find a sitter?”

Ariel Meadow Stallings from OffbeatBride.com says, “How you want to approach your response can depend on which angle you want to take. Whatever you do, don’t get into the specifics of how many people you’re inviting or how you’re choosing guests. Keep it vague and loving.”

Blame the budget ~ “Due to tight limitations on our budget, we’ve had to be pretty brutal in chopping down our guestlist. I’m so sad that you won’t be there with us on the day, but we look forward to catching up afterwards!” Read more responses at www.OffBeatBride.com.

What about non-responses to your wedding invitations? It is never safe to assume a guest is attending or not. People seem to have forgotten the importance of RSVPs, so the best thing to do is call or ask a friend to call and ask whether the invitee/s is/are attending or not. This precludes the awkwardness of having invited guests who haven’t responded show up and being unprepared. See more at: http://www.EtiquetteDaily.com/

Emily Post says, “Here is the last word is about RSVP – French for “Repondez s’il vous plait” or, in plain English, “Please reply.” These little letters are the not-so-secret code that you should call or write your host within a day or two of receiving an invitation to let them know if you can attend or not. All invitations have some sort of a reply mechanism – an enclosed card, a phone number, an e-mail address or a mailing address. A prompt reply is a basic courtesy.

If you feel you’ve done everything you can and you are still stressing out, assign this task to your maid or matron of honor. If you feel she may not be someone who can handle this gracefully, pass the crisis on to your wedding planner. That’s why you hired the wedding planner.

BONUS Articles: What to Include (Etiquette Wise) With Your Wedding Invitations
Répondez s’il vous plaît! – RSVP
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What to do When an Uninvited Guest RSVPs for the Wedding You Didn’t Invite Them to Attend?
Hiring a Wedding Planner: Why It’s a Good Idea
Sorry, I Don’t Need a Wedding Consultant… My Venue Has One!

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Brides: Need Help Planning Your Wedding?

Keeping in mind that your wedding will most likely be the largest and certainly the most emotionally charged party you will ever throw, hiring a Wedding Consultant just makes sense. They should be at the top of your wedding vendor list.

They can take much of the legwork out of the planning process, allowing you and your fiance to relax and enjoy being the guests of honor at your wedding. Considering that it often takes as many as 250 hours to plan a wedding, I would ask, “How much is YOUR time worth?”

WEDconsultantYou should contact a professional wedding consultant as soon as the engagement ring goes on your finger. Every bridal consultant, event coordinator, wedding planner and wedding specialist is different. From wedding to wedding, the job of a wedding planner is never the same. Some of them work alone, some of them have a part time assistant or two and some of them have a large staff. Some of them will coordinate, oversee, and manage “your plans” and some of them will “create” the wedding that you want from your “wish list.” They make sure that all of their client’s best laid plans are carried out on your wedding day to ensure you can enjoy your day to the fullest.

Hire a competent Wedding Consultant. Anyone that belongs to the Association of Bridal Consultants is a good pick. They are professionals – trust them. They know what is in style and what will look good. A consultant will ease the stress level of everyone involved… including you! They will offer vendor choices to the bride based on that information and will set up and attend interviews along with the bride.

Aside from planning and organizational skills, they have negotiating abilities, and business acumen, budgeting and project management abilities, creative flair, people skills and much more.

Can’t afford one? A Wedding Consultant may be much more affordable than you think. You will save your own time and effort and save money because they know who to call to get the best deals. They will make sure you get all the details “in writing.” No matter how small the detail, make sure it is in your contract. As the bride, you don’t want to be running around taking care of logistics or (worst case scenario) putting out fires.

Wedding consultants not only have a lot of know-how when it comes to coordination, but they also have a lot of valuable relationships with other vendors that can end up saving you quite a bit of money in the long run. They can help you stay on track with your budget, allocate funds correctly, and steer you in the right direction so you won’t have to waste money on having to learn things the hard way when it comes to vendors, deposits, favors, an experienced wedding officiant, catering, etc.

The bottom line is… most of today’s brides are hiring wedding vendors from the Internet rather than at the recommendation of a wedding professional. Most brides do not know how to create wedding day time-lines. Most brides do not know how to manage transportation. Most brides do not know how to write rental orders. Most brides do not understand that DIY (do it yourself) can spell disaster. Most brides think they can manage their wedding planning but as the day approaches, realize how little they have time for.

Most brides do not understand that having a planner with them throughout the planning process will actually save them time, energy and money! There has never been a better time to explain the importance of a qualified wedding planner. Take the time to educate yourself.

abclogoThe Association of Bridal Consultants is the only organization exclusively dedicated to serving wedding professionals worldwide. They have 4,000+ members who encompass the entire scope of the wedding industry and strive to increase wedding industry professionalism. I have been a member of the Association of Bridal Consultants since 2008 and hang out with the wedding consultants in the Greater Phoenix Area. Our monthly meetings are all about training wedding consultants and vendor members to be aware of the latest trends and to help us be the best we can be. If you need a referral to a Wedding Consultant give me a call on my Cell. Need a reference for my services as a Professional Wedding Consultant, click here!

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Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Wedding Planner
The Myth of “Day of” Wedding Planning

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Opps! Avoiding Basic Wedding Blunders!

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There are many missteps you can make when planning a wedding, especially if you do not hire a Wedding Consultant. It can be a bit overwhelming and stressful. Talk to wedding professionals. They will give you tips and suggestions that can really help as you move toward the big day. Wedding planning is a serious business and it’s important to stick to a plan, a budget and most of all, practical decisions. Watch out for “budget creep.” Sticking to the budget is never easy.

Don’t allow other people to influence your decisions. This is ‘your” wedding… not your mothers, not you maid of honors, your wedding. Listen for ideas, be nice, but you do the choosing.

Opps!Your wedding day should be FUN! If you’re stressed or stressing others out it it will put a damper on the celebration. The bride and groom set the tone for the party so if you’re enjoying yourself, dancing and mingling, so will everyone else.

Here are a few errors that I have seen or heard that brides and grooms frequently make.

13. Be attentive to yourselves. It’s great to make sure that your guests and especially your out-of-town guests are taken care of, but remember to take care of your own well being. Plan a day at the spa. Have a nice breakfast the day of. Pamper yourself. You deserve it. It’s your day… own it!

12. Plan and do everything “in advance” – not at the last minute. The day before the wedding should be a time when you can unwind and know that everything is going to be alright. When you’re planning a wedding, you try to think of everything. Unless you are a wedding consultant, that is not possible. Do not expect everything to be perfect. Stuff happens. Allot enough time for the little things. You must be okay if the 5 year old ring bearer runs all the way to the alter and throws the ring pillow at the best man (this actually happened at one of my weddings). There are numerous details that brides and grooms rarely every consider. See #1.

11. Arizona weddings need special consideration. Given the right weather conditions and location, an outdoor wedding can be as romantic as it is beautiful. Remember to apply the sunscreen before you put on your makeup (for the rehearsal and the wedding). Make sure you have accommodations available, such as a tent or indoor facility, for possible inclement weather. The Greater Phoenix area has more than 325 days of annual sunshine. Arizona winters often require heating for an evening wedding and cooling is a must if your wedding day falls in the heat of summer (June, July & August).

10. Avoid being seen as a cheapskate. Skip the “cash” bar. Offer whatever alcohol at your reception that you choose, but don’t make your guests pay for it. On a tight budget? Find a friend to host the bar. Request that bartenders not put out tip jars. If you are hosting the bar, tell your catering contact that you are happy to pay gratuity to the bartender(s) but that you do not want your guests to feel obligated to tip.

9. Brides, wear comfy shoes. Pamper your feet. You will be in your shoes for several hours and if the shoes you wear are new you will most likely be rewarded with a few blisters. Flats or sandals work well if your dress is long enough to cover them. If not switch to comfortable shoes immediately after the wedding. You may even want to consider changing to a party dress after the ceremony.

8. Don’t plan to leave on your honeymoon immediately. The wedding and reception may cause extreme exhaustion. It’s a big day. The honeymoon is very special so give yourself a couple of days (or more) to rest. Open gifts, write “thank you” notes, sleep late, rest and just be together. When you are fully rested, go for it! Don’t worry about not being able to take a big fancy honeymoon. You have the rest of your lives to make money and take big, wonderful, fabulous vacations. But you only get “one” wedding. Do it well and be happy.

7. Put your money towards what you care most about. Prioritize! Even on a tight budget, you’re much better off paying a vendor with experience to take care of the details. Always hire the best wedding vendors you can afford. Remember, the ceremony IS the wedding. It’s the the main event! Hire a full-time, professional Wedding Officiant. Uncle Fred, who has never performed a wedding ceremony and offers to do it for FREE is almost always sure to disappoint. This is probably one of the top wedding planning mistakes. There are always places where you can cut a few corners and shift around some money of your budget to hire someone that may cost a little more. Always factor in gratuity and taxes on your budget.

6. When possible, schedule your rehearsal two days before the wedding, not the night before. Consider scheduling a Wednesday rehearsal for a Friday Wedding and a Thursday rehearsal for a Saturday wedding. This allows for a day of rest from the stress of having two busy days in a row – the rehearsal and the wedding. This may not work if guests who are in the wedding party do not arrive in time, however, if only one or two out-of-town bridesmaids or groomsmen cannot be there, have the rehearsal anyway and catch them up on the details when they arrive.

5. Plan any parties waaaay ahead. Do not commit yourself to social events the day before your wedding. If you must have a bachelor or bachelorette party, plan it several weeks “before” your wedding day. The last thing you need is to have you or your wedding party show up on the big day with headaches, hangovers, puffy skin, fuzzy head, or worse, an upset stomach. Agree not to do anything that you would not feel comfortable in telling your partner. It’s called, “r-e-s-p-e-c-t!”

4. Never toast yourselves! During a toast to the Bride and Groom, the couple should NEVER stand, raise their glasses, and drink to themselves. It’s considered bad manners. They should thank the toasters or at least smile and graciously nod. They are not obliged to propose a toast in return.

3. Last minute things can get hairy! Make sure that you have a practice hair session at least a month before the ceremony, and the final cut no less than two weeks before the wedding. On the day of, be sure to schedule your hair and nails appointments in plenty of time before the wedding. Remember to bring your wedding veil so you will have a true idea of the final effect. Never make big changes such as getting a perm, coloring your hair, etc., right before your wedding.

2. Choose talented pros who understand your vision, and let them do their jobs! Don’t try to control every detail. Know your deadlines. Plan ahead. Get to know your Master of Ceremonies. Your DeeJay is probably the most micromanaged by couples. Too many song requests may actually impede the flow of your party. Limit your DeeJay request list to a few favorites and a do-not-play list of only the songs you cannot stand.

1. Hire a competent Wedding Consultant. Anyone that belongs to the Association of Bridal Consultants is a good pick. They are professionals – trust them. They know what is in style and what will look good. A consultant will ease the stress level of everyone involved… including you! Can’t afford one? A Wedding Consultant may be much more affordable than you think. You will save your own time and effort and save money because they know who to call to get the best deals. They will make sure you get all the details “in writing.” No matter how small the detail, make sure it is in your contract. As the bride, you don’t want to be running around taking care of logistics or (worst case scenario) putting out fires.

A marriage is a commitment to spend the rest of your lives together. It is an exchange of vows and a bonding of families. Something very special happens during your wedding ceremony. Once you say, “I do,” and step out into the world your life with your partner becomes very different. Marriage is a very special spiritual connection of two people united for a common purpose, bringing love and trust together into single focus. It’s difficult to put into words, but you will feel it and know what I mean as soon as you walk into your new life together.

I’m sure you can think of a few other bright ideas to pass along. You are encouraged to do so in the comments section below. Thank you.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Hiring a Wedding Planner: Why It’s a Good Idea

Erika Potter, Guest Author

Did you know that for most brides, it takes an average about 250 hours to plan a wedding? That sort of time commitment is obviously well justified, however, that doesn’t make it easy on you or your relationship. Apart from the time involved, there’s a lot of physical and emotional effort that’s put into planning a wedding, both by the bride and as a couple. For some brides, the planning process becomes so much to handle that they’d just rather skip to the honeymoon.

In reality, though, your wedding day should be one of the most enjoyable days of your new life together. For many brides, their solution to being able to have fun in the planning process and enjoying their big day is to hire a wedding planner. If you’re just getting started in the planning process and aren’t quite sure whether a wedding planner is for you or not, here are a few things to consider:

HireWEDconsultantThe Value of Your Time

When deciding whether or not a wedding planner is a good choice for your situation, consider what your time is worth. Some brides may have a fairly simple wedding and therefore won’t be spending a lot of time on the “smaller” details. On the other hand, brides planning a more extravagant wedding with a big guest list might find it too much to handle on their own, especially with all of the other demands of a career, personal life, etc. There’s a big learning curve when it comes to planning a wedding and a professional planner or coordinator already has that mastered. They’ll be able to save you a lot of time in the planning process because of it.

The Value of Your Sanity

If you’re wondering where the term, “bridezilla” came from, well, this is it. Some brides get so stressed out with planning all their details that it really takes a toll on their personal life as well as their relationship. As you start thinking about your wedding plans, consider what it’s worth to you to have a more enjoyable experience in the months leading up to your big day, rather than just viewing it as something else to add to your to-do list. A wedding planner can also help eliminate a lot of frustration that comes with planning a wedding since they already know the dos and don’ts of wedding planning.

Cost Savings

Wedding planners not only have a lot of know-how when it comes to coordination, but they also have a lot of valuable relationships with other vendors that can end up saving you quite a bit of money in the long run. They can help you stay on track with your budget, allocate funds correctly, and steer you in the right direction so you won’t have to waste money on having to learn things the hard way when it comes to vendors, deposits, favors, catering, etc.

What if it’s not in your Budget to Hire a Planner?

You still have options! With a few savvy tips and other alternative options, you can still make sure that the planning process and your big day go just like you hoped.

• First, remember that the most important thing when planning a wedding is communication. If you don’t have a wedding planner to help you out, make sure that you’re always as detailed as possible when it comes to communicating to vendors about your vision and expectations.

• Second, simplify as much as possible. If you’re handling things on your own, you don’t want the details to detract from being able to enjoy your big day. Try to keep vendors and individuals involved to a minimum to eliminate complications.

• Next, consider other options offered by wedding planners, such as on-time consultations or day-of help. That way, you can still get professional advice and help without breaking your budget for a full-time planner.

• Last, delegate! If you don’t have a day-of coordinator, delegate responsibility to family members and those in your bridal party so you’re not stuck taking care of everything on the day of your wedding. This works well if you have a typed itinerary given to everyone who has a role in making the wedding day go smoothly. Segment the schedule by exact times and make sure everyone’s role is specifically detailed of when, where, and what they’re supposed to be doing.

BONUS Articles: Sorry, I Don’t Need a Wedding Consultant… My Venue Has One!
Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Wedding Planner
The Best Use of 10% of Your Budget: Hire a Coordinator!

ErikaPotterCopyright © 2013 – Erika Potter. Erika Potter is a recent bride and writes for Strings and Champagne Events, professional wedding planners in Sacramento, CA. She loves staying involved in the wedding industry and in her spare time loves to travel and golf with her husband.

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

New Rules. . . for Wedding Consultants

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Sharon Naylor, Guest Author

When you think of wedding coordinators/consultants, you might think about Jennifer Lopez in “The Wedding Planner,” calm, cool and with every detail perfectly handled. You might also think of Franck from the Steve Martin re-make of “Father of the Bride,” eccentric, out of control, and over the top. These Hollywood caricatures of the wedding coordinator can make you wonder “What’s this going to be like?” when you start thinking about hiring a pro to help you create your perfect wedding.

Before you run away from the idea – perhaps thinking that it’s going to be too expensive or that the professional is going to run wild with your wedding plans – stop for a moment and consider that today’s wedding coordinators have new rules. The industry has adapted to offer 21st century services that fit with your chosen involvement level and budget. It’s worth considering hiring an expert when you review the following new rules and advantages of bringing in some professional help.

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• Narrowing down the best vendors and professionals in each category: flowers, photographers, musicians, and so on so that you can interview each one and make your final selections. Saves you a ton of time, and brings in proven pros for your consideration.

• Serving as a site scout, recommending those great, unique locations you’re dreaming of for your wedding. An experienced pro will know the location of a great historic estate home with a garden and marble terrace, or the perfect beach sites to see the sunset, or the ideal places to take your wedding pictures. His or her knowledge will save you hours of research.

• Reviewing, negotiating and amending all of your contracts with your chosen wedding professionals. This will cut out those questionable clauses and extra charges, making sure there’s an airtight refund clause, and checking to see if the vendor has adequate insurance.

• Pointing you towards great resources for ethnic and multicultural or interfaith weddings. An experienced pro with years in the business has contacts with the best and most legitimate experts out there. They can hook you up with ethnic associations, and even provide printouts or booklets explaining various ethnic and religious rituals you’re considering for your wedding.

• Pointing you toward the unusual things you might want to rent or use for your wedding day: a horse-drawn carriage, a trolley, a chocolate fountain, and so on.

• Serving as ringmaster on your wedding day only, so that you don’t have to worry about a thing. While you’re at the day spa having your hair, nails and makeup done, the very capable pro you hired is supervising the setup and decoration of your wedding sites, running out to buy the bags of ice that your caterer forgot, and making sure that everything is as you want it. Most couples say that this is the best investment possible: letting someone else handle the last minute crises so that they don’t have to, and so that their family doesn’t have to. It’s one of the best services out there.

Diplomacy Services

It seems that nearly everyone has a story about an out-of-control mother-in-law, battling bridesmaids, parents who think they own the wedding because they’re paying for it, and grandparents who are fuming because you’re not having the religious wedding they think you should have. Very few couples escape these kinds of family squabbles, and some even think of eloping to escape it, sacrificing their wedding dreams. This is another area where wedding coordinators have stepped up their new rules, stepping in to act as family diplomacy experts and problem-solvers.

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• Today’s wedding coordinators get training at conferences and in their professional associations to serve as mediators.

• Today’s coordinators are skilled at reading people, assessing problems, and suggesting solutions.

• They will run interference when the bride confides that she’s clashing with her mother or mother-in-law-to-be.

• They can suggest compromises that have worked with other wedding couples in the same situation.

• They can organize counseling for the couple with officiants, knowing that a skilled officiant has handled ceremony conflicts many times. Often, the officiant can orchestrate compromises that make the couple and their families happy.

• They can make the call or send the e-mail the bride is afraid to send to her troublesome bridesmaid.

• They can suggest great books, articles and Web sites for the bride and groom’s use in family diplomacy, and to help the couple prepare for the marriage ahead and their new relationships with in-laws.

Always find your wedding coordinator through word-of-mouth referrals from friends, or through a wedding coordinator professional association – never purely out of a phone book. The quality of service you get comes only from the quality of experience your coordinator has. So pick a good one!

Larry’s Note: I am a vendor member of the Association of Bridal Consultants. If you need a referral to a Wedding Consultant give me a call for an ABC referral: 480-998-9411.

SharonNaylorCopyright © 2012 – Sharon Naylor. Sharon Naylor is the author of “How to Have a Fabulous Wedding for $10,000 or Less“, “The Complete Outdoor Wedding Planner,” and more than 30+ other wedding books. Sharon has appeared on Oprah, Good Morning America, Inside Edition, Primetime, Lifetime, ABC News, Get Married, I Do with The Knot, Fox 5 News, Better TV and more. Visit Sharon’s Website and follow her on Twitter.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Sorry, I Don’t Need a Wedding Consultant… My Venue Has One!

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Regina Hare, Guest Author

In a follow-up call I made to a bride a few days after our initial meeting, she informed me that she was no longer interested in my coordinating services. Her reason was that she had secured her venue, and they had a coordinator, so she was going to use her instead. When I tried to explain to her that the venue coordinator did not do the same thing that I would do for her, she pretty much dismissed what I had to say.

Many brides misunderstand the difference between a venue coordinator and a wedding coordinator. Some clarification I would like to offer is as follows:

Venue Coordinator:

Employed by the venue and specializes in the services the venue offers, i.e., food, beverages, banquet rooms, hotel rooms, etc. They will service your needs as it pertains to the venue ONLY, and the venue is their main priority.

A venue coordinator’s sole responsibility is to the venue — to book it, ensure that all the policies and procedures are adhered to and that things go without a hitch – FOR THE VENUE. Of course, they are concerned about you as their customer as it relates to the venue. Although they may have a preferred vendor list that they give out in their information packet or brochure, this preferred vendor list is not indicative of any commitment to you to coordinate your wedding. In some cases, the vendors are on the list because of their reputation of working with the venue. However, do not rule out the fact that they may be paying for that consideration.

The venue coordinator’s job is to sell the venue to the bride, assist with room layout and other aspects that pertain directly to the venue. It is possible that they may have several weddings on the day of your wedding. On your wedding day, the coordinator you work with while planning your wedding may not even be the one who is present for your wedding. They will not be with you every step of the way in your planning process or on the day of your wedding. If the venue coordinator that you have been working with is indeed available that day, she will only deal with issues that pertain to the venue.

Now, before you make the mistake of choosing a venue coordinator and drop the idea of hiring a wedding coordinator, let’s clarify what the wedding coordinator does.

Wedding Coordinator:

Works with you every step of the way on all phases of your wedding. They are essentially your personal assistant, handling all of the details, advising, running interference, negotiating, researching and looking ahead to avoid costly errors. They have your best interest as a priority.

The wedding coordinator will work with you on everything from the budget to the flowers, photographer to the DJ, caterer to the cake, and you guessed it – YOUR VENUE. Your wedding coordinator will handle every aspect of your wedding planning, alerting you to possible problems that may be costly. Wedding coordinators also have relationships with vendors in the industry, possibly encouraging discounts and/or negotiating terms that you would not be able to do on your own. They can keep you on budget, on target and focused. They can help with event décor and design. They can help you with etiquette questions, creating a budget and payment schedule for vendors, creating timelines for your event, researching vendors, scheduling appointments with vendors and attending them with you, reviewing contracts, and much more. Pick any number of these items and ask your venue coordinator to handle them, and she will probably direct you to the wedding coordinator section of their preferred vendor list!

Many brides feel that a wedding coordinator is something they do not need and that is not in their budget. Honestly, you cannot afford not to have one. They will save you time and money and do everything they can to make sure your day is a wonderful one. Everything will run smoothly, and you will be able to focus on your guests and family.

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Regina & her husband, Christopher Hare on their wedding day!

Venue coordinators do a great job, but I think brides are confused about what they really do and what they do not do. They can be of great assistance at the venue. However, if you have a wedding coordinator, they ultimately end up working with the venue coordinator, handling the areas that the venue coordinator does not, bringing everything together for a great event!

BONUS Article: Is a Wedding Planner Necessary?
Wedding Planner VS. Venue Coordinator

Copyright © 2011 – Regina Hare. Reprinted with permission. Planning with Excellence Event Management is a family run business owned and operated by Christopher and Regina Hare, a husband and wife team, servicing Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. We do all types of events and offer event services as well. The company was started in 2003. Regina has extensive experience planning events and started out coordinating corporate social events in New York City. Visit her Wedding Website and Blog.

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Wedding Planner

Melissa Jill, Guest Author –

Over the nearly seven years I’ve been in the wedding photography business, I’ve picked up on a few things. One of which is the difference between a bride who hires a wedding planner and one who doesn’t. The difference is huge.

I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the best wedding planners in the business and I believe so much in the work they do that I always encourage my couples in my initial meetings with them (before they’ve even hired ME) to hire one. I find myself going on and on about the merits of hiring a planner and then come to my senses and realize that I should probably get back to talking with them about their photography.

I decided one way to get the point across, without letting my sales pitch for hiring a planner take over the meeting, is to include a “top 10 list” of reasons to hire a planner in a new client kit (still in production). This goal ended up on my 101 in 1001 list and I’m excited to say that it’s the first one I get to check off!

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10. Sounding Board – Wedding planners are a huge creative resource. They listen to your vision and dreams for your wedding and bring their creativity to the process to help your vision come alive.

9. Big Picture – When you pick a venue they often give you a “wedding coordinator” from the venue to help coordinate the day. This person is NOT the same as an independent planner. He or she is the venue’s catering manager and their job is to make sure that everything having to do with the facilities runs smoothly. While they are helpful, they do not cover the scope of what an independent planner does.

8. Budgeting – Wedding planners have been in the industry for some time. They know what things should cost and the difference in value. They can help you navigate the often confusing waters of wedding industry price tags and balance your budget around YOUR priorities.

7. Enjoyable Process – I’ve observed so many brides through the process of planning their wedding and when they do it without a professional planner, oftentimes by the time the wedding comes around, the process has been so stressful that they just can’t wait for it to be over. Planning your wedding is supposed to be an enjoyable process. A good wedding planner helps you enjoy the journey.

6. Mediator – A good planner serves as a buffer in tricky relational situations. It’s a known fact that it’s impossible to make everyone happy when planning a wedding. A planner is a safe neutral person to point to for direction. It’s easier to tell your future mother-in-law, “My planner thinks we need to…” instead of “I think we should…”

5. Time-line – Your wedding day will involve numerous vendors who need to work together to insure that the day goes smoothly. A planner understands how each vendor relies on the others and serves as the team captain who coordinates the complexities of the timeline with all its moving parts.

4. Knowledge Base – This is likely your first time planning a wedding. Planners have been in the industry for years and are experts in protocol, etiquette and everything it takes to pull off an event of such magnitude. They are a HUGE and readily accessible resource for education.

melissajill3. Background – In addition to possessing a wealth of knowledge, planners have been in the industry long enough to know who the players are — which vendors can be trusted and who has the best business practices. A referral from someone who has roots in the industry is GOLD when you’re having to place such a high level of trust in those you previously had no knowledge of.

2. Save $ – I have had the planners I’ve worked with tell me that they can actually help their clients save enough money on their wedding to cover the cost of hiring them! How unbelievable is that!?

And the #1 reason to hire a wedding planner is… (Drum roll, please!)

1. Stress – The difference in the stress level of a bride who has a professional planner and one who doesn’t is palpable. When it comes to the day of your wedding, the most important thing is that you are able to relax and enjoy it. You are the bride. You don’t want to end up being the point person for issues and questions that will inevitably arise. Hiring a planner frees you and everyone you love to live in the moment on your wedding day.

melissajillCopyright © 2010 – Melissa Jill. Melissa Jill is a wedding photographer based out of Gilbert, Arizona. She has been shooting weddings for 7 years and specializes in capturing emotions and moments in an artistic way. Visit her Website at: http://www.MelissaJill.com and her BLOG.

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Myth of “Day of” Wedding Planning

Jenne Hohn, Guest Author –

One of the biggest illusions in the wedding industry is entitled “day of” wedding planning. The premise of this type of planning consists of a bride hiring a wedding planner to show up on her wedding day with little to no prior history of the event, and execute the wedding day’s activities.

The bride does the front-end of the planning to the best of her ability: hiring her own vendors, putting together her own rental orders, creating her own time-line, managing her own transportation, and communicating layouts to the venues, just to name a few. The wedding planner arrives on they day of the wedding to pick up all of the pieces.

Unfortunately, most brides don’t have the experience to do the front end of the planning, which leads to potential disaster for the planner, the bride, and the event.

ANYONE CAN DO IT?

“Day of” planning became overwhelmingly popular when the economy took a turn for the worse. Suddenly, struggling event planners, weekend warriors, caterers, venues, DJs, florists and even photographers jumped on the bandwagon and started offering “day of” planning services as a way to stay afloat. These vendors not only offered the service, but at a vastly reduced cost. Most of these vendors do not have the experience to plan and execute a wedding. This inexperience and price deflation has been poisonous to experienced wedding professionals and has devalued the wedding industry overall.

“Day of” terminology has taught today’s bride to equate wedding planning with “cheap” and/or “what’s the least amount I can pay if I want a wedding planner?” Many brides no longer take the skills of a professional wedding planner seriously.

But wedding planning is not a profession to be taken lightly. Experienced wedding professionals deserve the same respect and recognition as a doctor or accountant. A well-executed wedding is just as important as a clean bill of health and proper tax reporting!

Why do we go to any professional? We go because we are not trained to do what they do. For example, we go to an accountant to prepare our taxes because we are not tax specialists. We work with lawyers to prepare contracts that protect us from litigation. Lawyers are to contracts as wedding planners are to weddings. Brides need to be taught that an experienced planner will go out of their way to create her perfect wedding day.

EDUCATION IS THE ANSWER

The time has come to eradicate “day of” terminology from bridal vocabulary. The key to doing so is education–education within the wedding industry and educating brides directly. Wedding professionals can continue to educate themselves by attending events hosted by associations such as ISES (International Special Events Society) and WIPA (Wedding Industry Professionals Association).

In addition, there are a number of respected planners that have put together regional education platforms. The Academy for Planners and Designers by Wedding 360 was recently hosted in San Francisco. Celebrity event planner Sasha Souza has taken her skills on the road to numerous ISES chapters and is now hosting “Sashapalooza,” an intensive training seminar. The by-product of this education trickles down to bridal clientele. Educated planners mean educated brides.

Wedding professionals must explain to potential clients the importance of working with the bride along the way. Obviously not all clients require full-service attention, but there are steps to guide them as they progress to the wedding day. Share your preferred vendor lists, work with the bride to create her time-line, talk about the venue layout, and find a way to insert yourself into the planning process along the way so that you have some control over the final outcome. Explain to clients why utilizing shuttles for transportation takes longer than driving in cars.

If she’s DIY, DIWH (Do It With Her). Incorporate her design elements and creativity by mindfully weaving them into the wedding day. If anything goes wrong, you’ll know how to handle it, as you’ve been a part of the planning process.

DIY OR DI-ASTER?

The bottom line is. . . most of today’s brides are hiring wedding vendors from the Internet rather than at the recommendation of a wedding professional. Most brides do not know how to create wedding day time-lines. Most brides do not know how to manage transportation. Most brides do not know how to write rental orders. Most brides do not understand that DIY can spell DI-SASTER. Most brides think they can manage their wedding planning but as the day approaches, realize how little they have time for.

Most brides do not understand that having a planner with them throughout the planning process will actually save them time and money! There has never been a better time to explain the importance of a qualified wedding planner. Take the time to educate yourself, and your bride. Now is the time to restore credibility to the wedding industry, and it starts with you.

Larry’s Note: The Association of Bridal Consultants is a great organization for anyone in the wedding business. I am a vendor member. They have terrific education programs, designations you can earn through continuing education, and more.

jennehohnCopyright © 2010 – Jenne Hohn. Jenne Hohn Events is an innovative award-winning event management company located in the Napa Valley. From corporate events and groups to spectacular weddings, we are known for creating an exemplary, unforgettable experience. Visit her Website and BLOG!

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Friday, November 20, 2009

The Best Use of 10% of Your Budget: Hire a Coordinator!

Amy Bacon, Guest Author

Do you need a Wedding Planner? The answer is a resounding, “Yes!”

Be realistic about the time you really have to devote to putting together the sort of wedding you want. If you have lots of spare time, you may be able to pull it off. Interesting enough, most Brides simply don’t think they can afford a planner (silly Brides!), and it’s the one vendor they WISH they’d spent a portion of their budget on. Ask a recent bride, she’ll tell you the same!

Here are some good reasons we believe that tell the story of why you should hire a wedding planner:

• You’re planning your wedding in another city or state.

• You have special needs, such as finding a place of worship that will accommodate a mixed- religion ceremony, or would like to track down a caterer who can prepare a diabetic-friendly, or vegan/vegetarian menu.

• Both you and your fiancé work long hours and/or travel frequently for business, and you want a big, blow out event; but who can make the time for all the detail work AND end up a nice woman, when it’s all said and done?

• You don’t particularly like hassling with little details; you’re a “big picture” person.

• You want someone else to do the leg work for you! As an example: your coordinator/planner, after spending time with you knows what your budget and needs are and sets appointments with vendors they think will be a good match. You don’t waste your time looking for vendors by going on appointments that are a total waste of time based on price points, or your budget/vision.

• You’d like to be able to purely enjoy your day with no worries regarding any issues that will undoubtedly transpire.

A wedding planner can actually SAVE you money – Most planners will be able to get you discounts with different vendors that they work with on a regular basis (baker for your cake or cupcakes, catering, photography, flowers, videographer, officiates, and even at venues)!

Brides: You need a “Day-Of” coordinator; you just don’t realize it!

Why? Well firstly, you’re hosting the biggest party of your life! (How many people can you imagine would throw a formal, sit-down party for over 50 people and not hire help? Exactly!). Secondly, we know how perfect you’d like everything to be and we know after years of experience, a Bride cannot sanely be in 8 places at one time and truly enjoy her day. Thirdly, your choice of reception site may have a Catering Manager, but it’s really not her job to be sure you stay on schedule or to wrangle!

Our “Day-Of” Wedding Consulting Service will afford you a sense of control and ease, allowing you the opportunity to relax, enjoy and be in the moment:

• Complete oversight for your Rehearsal and Wedding Day

• On-site meetings prior to the Wedding to ensure placement of flowers, gift books, etc

• We’ll keep you completely on Schedule the Day-Of

• We’ll make sure each attendant knows their role for the ceremony

• Ring Bearer and Flower Girl Tutoring

We communicate with every contracted Vendor prior and the day of, ensuring all requirements are met. They will know exactly where to be and what the bride’s and grooms expectations are.

We’ll make sure your photographer and videographer get the Photos and Reel from your Shot Lists, etc.

Cuing the music, the procession and more.

Why Hiring a Wedding Planner is imperative…

While you may not need someone to assist with the menu or your dress or color choices or any number of your dream desires for your wedding day, we strongly advise hiring a “Day-Of” coordinator, who at the very least will assist you for some months prior to and the Day-Of; we’re here to assist and as much or little as you like!

What is a “Day-Of” Coordinator? For example: a month out we will meet with you, help finalize contracts and your desires for placement and decoration; the time line on your wedding day and so much more. We make all the follow up phone calls, we do all the organizing so that on the Day-Of your wedding, you’ll have one or two main people (depending upon the size of your wedding), to answer any and all questions, maintain the day’s flow and to be sure you and your groom really enjoy your day.

If you’re thinking you can handle all this yourself; consider that it may sound easy; certainly seems like something you can handle and it very well may be, but if you want people running up to you the whole day asking:

• “What time will the limo be here?”

• “Aunt Jo and Uncle Charles from NYC are lost; how do they get here?”

• “Little Eric, where’s the ring pillow?”

• “When are we supposed to line up?”

• “Where’s Tiffany; your Mom, your Cousin Ilene, the Catering Manager?”

• “What time are you going to throw the bouquet?”

• “Should we ask Earl (who drank too much and is disrupting guests) to leave?”

• …and more; then by all means, run your wedding day yourself!

If, however, you’d like to be kept out of this mix, free to spend time with your attendants, your guests and your new husband, then please reconsider. Even if you’re the “Anti-Bride”, there are still lots of things you’ll really want help with and with the cost of an average “Day-Of” coordinator being typically less than approximately 10% of your overall budget; it’s really affordable. We can save you money, too! Ask us how.

amybaconWe will be sure everything runs smoothly, that you are insulated from the stress that transpires on your Wedding day; when it’s all about you, not about everyone and everything else.

Copyright © 2009 – Mrs. Amy Bacon. Reprinted with Permission. You will find Mrs. Hancock’s Wedding Planners and Consultants, kind, professional, knowledgeable, helpful and excited to be of service. They won’t break your budget either! Please contact their office at 602-234-1200 and speak with Mrs. Hancock or Mrs. Amy Bacon for a free consultation. Visit their Website at: www.MrsHancocks.com

Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 445 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability for your wedding.

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