Q.Why do I need a event planner?
A.Although planning an event of this caliber is exciting and fun, it can also be time consuming and very stressful. With today’s hectic lifestyle, you may not have the time to investigate the sources for each service, make sure you are getting the most for your money, and pay attention to all the details.
Q.Will I be able to make my own decisions?
A.Yes. We will not make any decisions for you; we will only help you to make informed decisions. We will offer you information based on your dreams and expectations.to sure your special day is all that you imagined!
Q.What about Confidentiality?
A. Confidentiality is paramount. We are careful to protect all of the details surrounding this most personal of ceremonies. We have no problem signing an agreement stating this.
Q. What exactly does an Event Planner do?
A.An event planner coordinates the logistical aspects of an event including but not limited too venue selection, Design & Decor, Catering, Entertainment, Gifts, Transportation. Lodging, etc.
Q.How do I determine what my wedding budget will be?
A.There are two ways to go about this. One way is to do research in the area as to what a wedding could cost using the ideas you have in mind for your wedding. The other way would be to get an idea of what you family is willing to spend on your wedding and who else might be contributing to the expense such as yourself, your fiancé and his family. Keep in mind- the average wedding cost is about $20,000.00 to $25,000.00 dollars.
Q.How do I breakdown the cost of my wedding?
A.The wedding is broken into several different categories- your wedding vendors (ceremony and reception site, photographer/videographer, wedding attire, florist, cakes, caterer, calligrapher, jewelry, bridal accessories, bridesmaids dresses, bridal consultant, wedding invitations and paper items, tuxedo rental, limousines- transportation, hair/make up artists, guest’s accommodations) menu selection, alcohol and guest numbers. Taking each of the categories, you then gather information as to what each might cost, keeping in mind the reception will be around 50% of the total budget, with the florist and photographer being the next larger items in the expense. It’s important to decide which of the areas of the wedding are most important to you,
Q. How do I choose my vendors that will accommodate my vision and budget?
A.Once you have an idea of what you might spend in each wedding category, your event planner will then locate the resources available in the town. You must feel confidant with them and know they will provide exactly what you want for your wedding day.
Q. My parents are divorced, remarried, therefore how to I deal with all this extended family?
A.This is your day and you don’t want to worry about sensitive family situations. You and your fiance` need to decide from the beginning what your wishes are for the day and let family members know early their placement in the wedding. Request that they put their feelings aside for your day, to make it all come together.
Q.How do we select a wedding date?
A.There are several variables to consider when selecting the right date for you, your fiancé and family. If work or school dictates your schedule, first find a few dates that would be work for you and your fiancé. Then extend those dates to your parents, siblings, then to the immediate wedding party. The location also has a lot to do with this, as you need to see if the ceremony, the officiate and reception site are even available for the first set of dates. If so, you check out what local activities are taking place in the town those weekends- allowing you to have hotels and bed/breakfast accommodations for your guest, transportation available and local dining sites. Once all the information is gathered, then you will be able to move forward with choosing the best date that works for you and the most important people involved.
Q.We can’t decide between a Disc Jockey or Live Band, how do we make the right choice?
A.Looking at your wedding budget, check to see if what you've alloted for reception music allows you the choice between DJ or band. If that area does not dictate your choice, then you would want to look at your wedding guests list and see what type of music would create the best atmosphere for your reception. Keep in mind a Disc Jockey will be able to play most of your choices, since they rely on C.D.s, where you would choose a band for the type of music they can play- hoping it has a wide range of choice for all ages of your guest.
Q. What are some tips on saving money when planning a wedding
1. Keep the wedding guest list under 100
2. Time: Morning or early afternoon wedding- does not need a lot of alcohol, food or dance band
3. Location-consider having the ceremony and reception at the same site- therefore paying one site fee-also few hours for the event
4. Keep wedding party small- cutting down on cost of attendant bouquets and gift to each member in the wedding party
5. Wedding attire- give yourself a limit you can spend and shop at stores that allow you to stay within that amount
6. Limit wedding party-for each additional attendant you will need a flowers and thank you gift
7. Select Wedding Vendors carefully-information during the initial vendor meetings can be overwhelming- take the information home and review. Try to make decisions without pressure- according to your wishes and budget, not your emotions.
8. Set up your own wedding checking account- setting aside a certain amount to place in it each month. Using only that amount for the wedding allows you to actually see what you are spending, and a great way to stay on top of your expense and deposits to each vendor.
Q. What are the latest wedding trends for the year 2011?
A. Listed below are a few of the Top Trends for 2011:
Outside Weddings. “Out is In”- from simple to spectacular, brides are taking their weddings outside to enjoy the splendors of nature, whether an intimate garden party to a lavish estate garden.
Be Grand. “Grand Ballrooms are Back” Brides are opting for big, lavish celebrations, often including large live bands or orchestras. Music ranging from the 40’s to Blues, up to music of today.
Food Selections. Many brides are selecting more varied menus rather than chicken breast and prime rib (although always nice). The trend is leaning now to make way for elegant seated –three course dinners with each guests being seated at banquet style tables. Stylishly prepared fish and game, grilled meats and elegant presentation are the choice du jour.
Bars Everywhere. Not only beverages bars such as martini and cosmopolitan bars, but chef attended sushi bars, dessert bars, and coffee bars serving specialty liquors for the late night guests
Sweet Stations. Candy stations have become really popular because it lets the host choose their special treats to share with their guests, kids have a great time scooping and eating, and everyone loves candy!! They can be great do-it-yourself party favors or just something extra for your guests while waiting on the bride and groom to arrive to the reception. Other stations to consider are nuts and chocolate stations, chocolate fountain stations, popcorn stations, ice cream stations, even souffle stations can be created.