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Tips & Tricks To Planning Your Next Event

Tips & Tricks To Planning Your Next Event

When embarking on the large task of planning an event you may not know where to begin. As professional wedding planners, we have some inside secrets from the successes and obstacles that we have faced in our experience with the world of event planning. How to plan the best possible event without going overboard, over-budget, or overworking yourself. The key here is to work smarter and not harder so you can take the time to enjoy your event and all you have created. Budget First The biggest blunder we see people get into when planning an event is not establishing a set in stone budget beforehand. We see this topic come up a lot when discussing any type of event planning because it truly is the foundation of the planning process. The most important tip we have for anyone is to sit down and evaluate financials. This means the money available at the moment first and foremost. You may be allotted a certain amount from a company or person, or be working with out of pocket cash. Don’t rely on promises, possible raises/bonuses, or anything that isn’t guaranteed and factored into your typical, weekly budget. Prioritizing Is Key After laying the foundation the next step is the building blocks of the event. Consider the type of event you are planning and ask the big W questions: who, what, where, when. At this point you want to start to divvy up the above decided budget into importance so you know what you can settle on and what deserves your time and resources. Who will be invited? This will determine your...
Wedding Trends

Wedding Trends

We have Spring Fever over here at Events by Deb! Our sunny season brides are gearing up for their big day and we are following close to what is trending in the wedding industry with a close eye. An important part of being a wedding planner is to keep tabs on any and all upcoming trends happening now and even a year out considering how long the planning process takes. What’s trending? Pantone’s Color Of The Year 2017 is Greenery and we are seeing cheerful hues pop up in wedding trends for the Spring and Summer. We are in awe over soft, organic eucalyptus being incorporated into bouquets and floral arrangements. Our favorite integration of this trend is replacing the traditional cloth table runner with an interwoven mix of greens and pops of bright flowers. No centerpiece is needed with this decadent spin on the traditional centerpiece! Vintage inspired themes are making a huge impact on weddings. Brides will be requesting deep waves to compliment their delicately beaded and lace covered gowns. We are excited to see new hues in lipstick and makeup mavens influencing purples and reds into the wedding scene. We love the request of rustic barns for venues to compliment mason jars and vintage heirlooms. Expect to see strings of lights and glowing candles among glimmering metallics. The wedding hashtag has become a must have and still trending strong. Couples are creating their #perfectphrase to connect their love into something catchy for social media. With Instagram and Facebook hosting the majority of our photos, this is a great way for the couple to promote fun inside...
Amanda + Loren Pottinger | Charlotte Holiday Inn City Center | Charlotte, North Carolina

Amanda + Loren Pottinger | Charlotte Holiday Inn City Center | Charlotte, North Carolina

As a wedding planner, I love the unexpected connections and relationships I am constantly making in this industry. Back in September 2015, I was exploring online for a business to assist me in creating flyers for various holidays, weddings, and prom. After scouring the internet for local options, a company called Creative On Paper hit all the vibes I was searching for. The owner of the business, Amanda, responded promptly and professionally with quotes and amazing material. Months later, I attended the Charlotte Bridal Show as a vendor where I hoped to meet many of my social media followers. Amanda came up to me and said, “Hi, I’m Amanda!” to my puzzled expression she laughed and said, “You know me, from Creative On Paper!” and from there we bonded over her recent engagement and shared love of our artistically inclined professions. Months later, I was ecstatic when Amanda called me to schedule an initial complimentary hour consultation for her upcoming wedding. At the meeting I had the pleasure of meeting her fiancé, Loren, with a bold personality and beaming love for Amanda. We could have chatted for much longer with the ease of conversation and creative ideas they had already come up with. They truly were two of the funniest people we have had the opportunity to work with. Having the ability to laugh with clients and share a mutual love of creating and planning makes the process so much fun! With Amanda’s background knowledge of graphic design and marketing, we became a very productive duo when planning. She had her own artistic flair I was able to work...