Who To Select (And NOT Select!) For Your Wedding Tribe!

Who To Select (And NOT Select!) For Your Wedding Tribe!

Your bride tribe. Your best friends. The people you want surrounded by you when you say, “I do”! Choosing your wedding party is usually the first and most important task after getting engaged. You need a solid team who will be able to celebrate, comfort, and help with some of the bridal stress. Don’t Select Flakey Friends Trust us on this one. Once a flakey friend, always.  You know who we’re talking about, the friends who cancel last minute. The one who always has an excuse when it comes to making plans. The friend who has a busy job or family obligations that make their schedule unpredictable. Don’t select a friend who will not be able to attend your major events like the bridal shower and bachelorette. Of course, make sure they get an invitation to the wedding, but leave the responsibilities to more reliable friends! Do Ask Your Sister-In-Law Extending the invitation to a future sister-in-law is always a great way to form a bonding relationship. She will be a great point of reference for any questions when it comes to family. Your future sister-in-law will also know exactly how to entertain any family members and fill you in on names and back stories.     Don’t Choose Your High School Best Friend Unless you’re still super close! Often, high school best friends move or drift apart. While the bond is still there, choosing your childhood best friend if you’re not actively involved in one another’s lives isn’t the best plan. They may not have a big involvement in your relationship or been there for the steps to...
Eating, Exercise & Meditation

Eating, Exercise & Meditation

Taking care of yourselves during the Summer is so important. With the heat, harsh rays, and many events and activities, we are exposed to the outdoors more than usual! Days are longer which means we are out and about for more hours of the day. To give ourselves some TLC we stick to a regimen of eating well, exercising, and meditating. Eating Eating right is about customizing a meal plan that works for you. Having plenty of nutritious options in the house are the right start to making sure you are eating well. Try to prepare your meals ahead of time so you can grab and go the essentials. Have an abundant fruit bowl at all times to curb our sweet tooth. Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Having balanced meals throughout the day will give you the most energy and prevent an afternoon crash. Always have small snacks to avoid fast-food and stops at convenience stores where the options are not always the best. Exercise Your workout should reflect your lifestyle. Even if you don’t have time to attend a formal gym, make sure you stay stretched and active will aid in your overall energy. Making sure you are active can be as easy as parking further away at the store, so you get some extra steps in. Choose the stairs rather than the elevator. Especially as the weather becomes breezy and cooler at night, a brisk walk around the block will energize you! Meditation We like to meditate for at least ten minutes a day. Early in the morning before any chaos can cloud our mind,...
Planning A Big Wedding (Or Event!) On A Small Budget

Planning A Big Wedding (Or Event!) On A Small Budget

As event planners, we talk a lot about budget. It’s the foundation of your entire event. Knowing how much to spend and how to create a vision on a certain budget can of course be challenging. Planning a big wedding or event while sticking to a smaller budget can be extra challenging. Booking quality vendors and achieving a beautiful aesthetic can be done, it’s all about how you approach it! Start with the Vendors Booking quality vendors for your wedding or event are priority. There is always room to save in other areas, when it comes to a reliable and professional vendor we encourage stretching the budget in those areas. That’s not to say a cheaper price tag does not mean quality, but often in the industry you get what you pay for. For example, on your wedding day you should look for a photographer that brings a second shooter for the best photos. Your caterer should include a team of staff. Always ask what is included in the price. You may be able to get more bang for your buck with a certain vendor so always know what their package includes! The Details Can Be Duped!  We hate to break it to you, but your dream Pinterest table setting costs A LOT. Just one table on some of the Pinterest boards can be thousands of dollars. Now multiply by how many tables you need to seat all your guests. However, these photos are wonderful inspiration to find less expensive versions of the look you want for your event or wedding. Having a wedding planner to locate rental companies...
When You’re Not Longer Interested In Planning For Your Wedding Day

When You’re Not Longer Interested In Planning For Your Wedding Day

Planning your wedding can be an overwhelming task. If you have already invested a lot of time and decided you simply do not want to plan your wedding day, we have your solution! When you are no longer interested in planning your big day, seek out a wedding planner to organize what you already have put together. Events By Deb can step in at any stage. Just Started? We are often contacted by clients who have begun the process of booking vendors but realized wedding planning was just not for them. Maybe you are over-extending your free time and want to claim your nights and weekends back. The need to keep up with emails from vendors and make sure everyone is on the same page can turn one task into five tasks very quickly. Often, we find we tackle one item on our to-do list and it reveals several more things we didn’t think of! That’s okay! If you have a start already, we can take a look at what you have and go from there. The most important part about this stage is that you have defined a direction. You have an idea about what you want (even if you don’t!) and have a couple of pieces done we can then solidify and work with. If there are some aspects you are excited about such as choosing the décor, we can make sure you have a larger involvement in what you are interested in. In Too Deep? Did you get a lot of your wedding planned and then just hit a brick wall? If you feel like you...
4th of July Parade

4th of July Parade

We love celebrating Independence Day! The 4th of July is a landmark summer celebration that invites the town together with food and fun. As the first holiday of the summer season, making this day special is easier than you might think! Preparation Is Key The first step is to choose a date and let your town departments in on the plan. You can keep your parade low-key by choosing a dead-end street and making a quick stop at each home to let them know what you have in mind. If you want something a little larger scale, consult with your town police and fire department so they are on the same page in case they are needed for anything. This is a great idea no matter the size of your parade in case any permits or emergency services are needed. Your local police and fire departments may be able to stop in for the festivities which will get the kids extra excited! Involve the Community Entertainment is abundant in your community! Contact local school bands to see if they want to participate in leading your parade with music! Reaching out to after-school activity groups and local rec centers can provide amazing talent that will take your parade to the next level. Gymnasts, hula-hoopers, face-painters, and musicians will add a creative element to your celebration. If you are planning your parade on a residential street, involving the homes is a great way to bring families out into the action. With enough notice, little ones can set up lemonade booths, popsicle stands, or prepare tables where participants can pick up kazoos,...
Graduation Parties

Graduation Parties

Class of 2018 – Congratulations! As we near the end of another school year, our young graduates deserve some time to celebrate their hard work! We love coordinating Graduation parties to transition our young adults into their college years. The weather is beautiful, summer is here, and our grads want to enjoy their freedom! Plan a cookout to easily coordinate all their friends and family! There’s so much great grad themed décor you can pick up at your local party store. Don’t be afraid to do a little DIY! Making a banner to shout out the class of 2018 is a great personal touch. Pick up some hot dogs and hamburgers and plan for a day out in the rays! We love coordinating graduation parties in local parks and other outdoor venues that facilitate grills and offer gazebos and other sources of shade. A tent rental is always a great option to choose if you have a large backyard! Thinking something more formal? Choose a venue where you can serve a meal family style. Set up a backdrop with 2018 balloons for selfies and photos that will create long-lasting memories. We suggest a personal touch like a photo canvas or other guestbook where everyone can sign yearbook style to commemorate their achievements. Be sure to “Cheers!” to 2018 and a successful journey to...
Pop-Up Weddings

Pop-Up Weddings

What is a Pop-Up Wedding? Similar to an elopement, the goal is for minimal cost and guests. This is perfect for the couple who wants a wedding but wants to save some dollars or travel for their wedding. Typically, with less than 20 guests, the goal is to just “show up” and have everything all set for the big day. A Pop-Up Wedding will ask only two things to be decided. What date/time would you like to get married? Be ready to choose your own wedding dress, rings, and write your vows. We will handle the rest. Your décor, florals, photographer, music, cake, and venue will be chosen for you. Next, you can choose add-ons such as hair and makeup, and guest favors. It’s like a build-your-own wedding without having to spend hours on Pinterest or scouring for...
Will He and I Ever See Eye to Eye on Planning Our Wedding?

Will He and I Ever See Eye to Eye on Planning Our Wedding?

Planning a wedding involves a lot of compromise. It can be especially challenging when you and your partner cannot seem to agree on anything! We like to sit down with our couples and find out exactly what makes their relationship tick. Similarities in taste and style are major green lights during this conversation! With so many small details, it’s easy to get caught up in wanting everything to go our way. How do you compromise? Find common ground in colors and themes. Giving yourselves concrete options to decide between will allow you to narrow down one choice you can both agree upon. Roses or peonies? Pink or yellow? Candles or florals? Write down the items you cannot seem to agree on and circle your first and second choices out of each category. Then switch papers and see what your partner has chosen. DJ or Band? Maybe your husband-to-be has a great suggestion you didn’t think of! The guest list can be another tricky spot where we see couples disagree. Give yourself a limit and stick to it. Go with an A and B list so you have a better perspective on who HAS to be invited and who you simply would like to include. If you have to narrow down the list, it will help to know who is a priority such as family and close friends. Remember why you are planning your wedding! This is about you BOTH! There are special things that brought you two together. Remember those little things that make you both light up and don’t sweat all the small details. That’s what your planner...