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Wedding Planners are Like Insurance

06Hello and Happy Wedding Wednesday, There are so many reasons to hire a wedding planner!  Here are just 10!

We always say we are like insurance for your wedding day you never know when you are going to need us but boy when you do you will be so thankful we were there!

Great Article by Coastal Events in North Carolina:

TOP 10 REASONS TO HIRE A WEDDING PLANNER

10. SAVES TIME — Planning wedding takes enormous amount of time. In fact, the average couple spends well over 200 hours planning their special day. A good wedding planner will save you time and energy by researching vendors, taking care of the many, many details, and coming up with various creative ideas to make your wedding amazing!

9. SAVES MONEY — Weddings can be extremely expensive.  However, by hiring a wedding planner, couples can save a great deal of money.  Because wedding planners provide so much business to vendors, they are often able to negotiate discounts for their clients.  Wedding planners are also well-versed at helping couples set budgets and sticking to them.

8. SAVES RELATIONSHIPS — Weddings are very stressful.  This stress often results in many arguments for couples as well as with family members and friends.  Wedding planners have been there time and time again and know how to avoid such problems before they begin as well as act as a buffer when there are conflicts. Wedding planners are also able to take on the responsibilities often assigned to loved ones so that everyone is able to enjoy the wedding.  Remember, you still want a relationship with your mother well after your wedding!

7. ENSURES DREAMS ARE MADE REALITIES — Most have been dreaming of their wedding day their entire life.  Wedding planners work for the couple and ensure that all desires are met (and often surpassed)!

6.  OFFERS ADVICE — Wedding planners have planned countless weddings and know exactly what works and what doesn’t.  They are also knowledgeable on wedding etiquette.  Furthermore, wedding planners are able to recommend competent vendors, based on personal experience.

5. ACTS AS THE “GO TO PERSON” — The average wedding has at least 22 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, couples can simply tell others “talk to the wedding planner!”

4. CREATES SCHEDULES — There are so many events leading up to the big day!  Couple that with the many things that happen during the wedding and who can keep track?  The wedding planner can!  Wedding planners are well-versed at making detailed itineraries for all involved (including other vendors) and making sure that everything happens on time!

3. HANDLES CRISIS —
Whether we like it or not, most big events involve crisis.  Who really wants to deal on their wedding day with the bakery not delivering the cake on time or the flower girl throwing a tantrum?  No one!  Wedding planners know how to handle all unforeseen circumstances.

2. ORCHESTRATES FROM REHEARSAL THROUGH THE END OF RECEPTION — Do you want to be responsible for organizing rehearsal or making sure the bridal party is properly lined up?  How about making sure that the guest who had a little too much to drink departs safely?  Wedding planners orchestrate from rehearsal through the end of the reception, ensuring everything goes off without a hitch!

1. MINIMIZES STRESS AND MAXIMIZES FUN! — Hiring a wedding planner ensures that you will have a worry-free and stress-free day, thus, allowing you to enjoy your day like your guests!

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Your Engaged Now What? 13 Things to do After You Get Engaged

Happy Wedding Wednesday!

We found this great article in Readers Digest, enjoy!

1. Tell your parents.

Give them the honor of hearing the news first. Have the champagne ready to celebrate.

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2. Make the calls.

Before you log in to Facebook to update your relationship status or tweet your happy news, be certain everyone who should hear it from you personally has been called.

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3. Get a manicure.

Your finger and its sparkly new adornment will be getting a lot of attention.
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4. Speaking of rings

Get yours appraised and insured

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5. Craft a catchall response.

You’ll be asked when you’re getting married often. Get past the “big day” question by choosing a month, season or even just a year.

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6. Perfect your proposal story.

Everyone will be asking how he popped the question. Craft a retelling that reflects the beauty and magic of the moment.

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7. Make a pass at your guest list.

Before you even begin the venue search, nail down this magic number. Planners want to how many people you’re inviting so they can pair you with spaces (ballrooms, tents, etc.) that can accommodate head count. Packages are also priced in ranges based on guest minimums, so this will help you with the next step: budgeting.
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8. Set a budget and start saving.

It’s easy to get carried away planning for the happiest day of your life, but ask yourself, do you want to be paying for the wedding years after the honeymoon, or would you rather go house hunting?

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9. Places, please!

Figuring out where to hold the reception is hard work. You may visit several venues before finding “the one.” Make this part of the planning as fun as possible by staying calm and organized. Create a spreadsheet (and consider sharing it in a Google Doc) with your fiancé to keep tabs on the venues you visit, what you like (or don’t like) about them, their prices, etc.

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10. Buy a few bridal magazines.

The Internet can be overwhelming when you’re wading through wedding websites. Magazines can help remedy that feeling. Pick one up and start folding pages, mark them with post-its, and have fun.

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11. Relinquish control.-

We love this one most of all!!!  Call your Fairy Godmother!

Can you plan the entire wedding by yourself? No one can answer this question but you (and possibly your Mom). If you’re the type of person who’d rather not stress over the details, a wedding planner will help tremendously!!!!

 

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12. Re-read number 4.

It’s highly likely you’ll postpone insuring your engagement ring. Don’t. Here’s some great advice from theknot.com that explains everything you should know about protecting your ring: “Insurance 101: Engagement Ring Insurance.”

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13. Relax.

Do your best to avoid any unnecessary stress. You don’t want anyone cracking Bridezilla jokes about you, right? Some days will feel completely overwhelming. When this happens, grab a latte, go for a pedicure and think about how amazing your wedding is going to be.

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New Year’s Eve Wedding at Park Place

Happy Magical Monday!

So fun to share our New Year’s Eve bride and groom with you.  Steven and Stephanie were married at Park Place.  It was a chilly but beautiful night.

Stephanie was one of the calmest brides we have ever worked with and she looked so pretty.

Our favorite moment of the night was when her Dad gave his speech.  He told the story of how they came to adopt Stephanie when she was just 4 years old and how she only came with a suitcase full of her clothes.  They kept the suitcase after all of these years.  It was used that night for the money dance.  Such an amazing story.  Such a nice family!

Thank you to a great team of vendors

Too Fat’s

Park Place

Garden District

Sweet Surrender

Pam/Lady D.J.

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Fairy Godmother 2013 Coordinator of the Year

Happy Fairy Tale Friday!

It gives me great pleasure to introduce our  “2013 Coordinator of the Year”  Miss Cassandra Patrick!

Cassandra has had an amazing year, Weddings, Events, Bridal Shows, Team Meetings and a Concept Shoot.

She has everything we look for in a Coordinator of the Year, she is kind, warm, fun, hardworking, creative,

professional, has great follow through, she is an amazing team player and is well just an all-around good person!

Please leave her a little Blog love and a congrats for this well-deserved title!

“2013 Coordinator of the Year”

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