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...
Spring Carnivals and Festivals

Spring Carnivals and Festivals

Spring is finally in the air and we are looking forward to some exhilarating day trips to carnivals and festivals in Charlotte, NC! We wanted to highlight some of our favorite spots and festivals hosted in the Queen City so you can check them off your summer list! Location, Location! Where are the best locations in Charlotte to suit these types of events? Freedom Park is a beautiful location on the water that holds the annual Festival in the Park featuring arts and crafts from local talent. Famous street 1000 NC Music Factory Boulevard transforms throughout the year for festivals from the Queen City Brewfest to the Moo & Brew Festival. Carson Boulevard hosts the South End Wine Fest and South End Hops Festival! A Day In the Sun One of our favorite summer activities at Events By Deb is attending a festival on a nice, sunny day. We will be at the Taste of Charlotte this June, sampling from over 100 restaurants during this three-day event. Music, entertainment, and local retail lines the street and makes us say, “Summer is here!” At the end of April, don’t miss the Family Spring Carnival at Symphony Park at the SouthPark Mall.   Hosting a festival or carnival? Events By Deb plans many outdoor...
Summer Travel to Sandals Resorts

Summer Travel to Sandals Resorts

Summer means travel! There are so many reasons for a little getaway. Whether you are planning your romantic honeymoon, a family vacation, or just a weekend with the girls, we have you covered. We recently began working with Sandals Luxury Vacations to help you plan the most relaxing trip you could ever imagine. Make those dreams come true! Where to Travel To? Did you know Sandals has 16 locations in the Caribbean? Jamaica, Bermuda, Grenada, Antigua, Saint Lucia and Barbados house the exclusive locations to these stunning resorts. Travel to the bluest waters and most beautiful view for your ultimate getaway. What Kind of Vacation? Looking to just get some rest and relaxation, or planning to bring the family for a fun getaway? Sandals vacations are great for a trip to just get away from home. Enjoy scuba diving and other water sports. Golf, tours, and entertainment can be booked ahead of time so your family or best girlfriends can travel with peace of mind that there will be something to do every day between sessions of lounging by the pool. Weddings & Honeymoons There’s no surprise why Sandals Resorts were voted “Top All–Inclusive Resorts for Honeymoons” by BRIDES magazine. All-inclusive packages are available to create the most luxurious and worry-free experience. Enjoy the champagne chilling in your room and a variety of restaurant options for the most romantic dining. Couple’s activities and spa treatments will make your first days of marriage truly memorable.   Book...