I’m Grateful Because…

I’m Grateful Because…

This time of year has everyone buzzing with love and things to be thankful for. I’m grateful for the happiness and health of my family. I’m also grateful for my amazing business so I can help make such a big day in my client’s lives special. We want to know— what are you grateful for? Giving Thanks While we appreciate all the important things in our lives year round, this time of year is a great opportunity to point out the little things. Let your loved ones know small differences they make in your life that maybe you never get a chance to tell them. We love writing out personalized thank you cards to give out at holiday parties with a heartfelt message. Send The Love With so much distance between relatives and friends, it can be hard to let everyone know that you’re thinking of them. When all else fails, sending a message in any form is still a way to let them know you’re grateful regardless of land or sea between you. I’m grateful because around this time I get to reflect on entire year of joy and happy couples. The events and weddings I am fortunate to be a part of shine a light on so much of our lives here at Events By Deb. Thank you for being wonderful clients and allowing our creativity to make your events so special. We want to hear it! What are you grateful...
Let’s Prepare For The Holiday!

Let’s Prepare For The Holiday!

Planning the perfect holiday party? We have got you covered! Let’s prepare for the holiday with a Thanksgiving themed event that will impress all your guests! From linens to lights, it’s the details that really warm up a dinner table. How do you pull together the finished decor will leave your guests feeling the holiday spirit long after they leave. Ombre Effects Choosing those perfect Autumn shades should stick to one color palette throughout all your decor. Pairing rich reds and burnt orange with metallic touches will add a classic look to your display. We love tall, gold pillar candles among a centerpiece of fall leaves in a mixed color scheme. Having one solid or metallic color will ground the fury of autumnal hues in dishes or other decor. Festive Florals Any time we can incorporate seasonal florals into an event we jump on it! Florals are a beautiful an organic touch that amplify the decor of any party, big or small. We are especially ecstatic for the integrations of bold, orange tiger lilies and not so subtle sunflowers. Pair your arrangements with a mix of eucalyptus and branches for a crisp and bright feel. We flourish our flowers with a mixed size selection of small pumpkins and gourds for varied dimensions on our tables and countertops. Holiday Feast The focus of all our attention on the holidays is of course, the food. We pull out all the traditional comfort food and create a menu of appetizers, main dinner, and desserts that leave our guests full and happy! Our holiday favorite hors d’oeuvre makes a classic Thanksgiving staple into...
Why Selecting the Right Vendors Can Lead to Event Success or Failure!

Why Selecting the Right Vendors Can Lead to Event Success or Failure!

Every good event is a collaboration of the vendors and hours put into creating it. Each piece of the puzzle comes together to form the final product. Choosing the right team can make or break your event when it comes time to make the magic happen. How can you make sure you choose the right vendors for event success? Compare Aesthetics Look over your list of necessary vendors and put together a cohesive theme you want them all to share. This should be based on the overall theme of your event. You wouldn’t want to hire a club DJ for a baby shower, or a clown for a vintage inspired wedding. By having vendors who match your vision, you’ll be happy with the end result as a whole. Ask The Right Questions The best way to conduct a vendor interview is to be prepared to ask questions so you aren’t left wondering what to expect. What is their experience with certain situations? Do you have any specific requests you want to make sure they can fulfill? Be open and honest about your expectations so they can be candid about their ability to live up to your vision. Do Your Research Reviews matter. When customer takes the time to write up how their experience went, there was an impression that’s worth taking into consideration. Look deeper than just the star rating. With any vendor, there may be different people who represent that company such as make up teams, floral designers, and even wedding planners. Know exactly who is going to be showing up the day of and confirm their track...
Matters of the Heart: Whose Wedding Is It Anyway? When Others Take The Lead in Planning Your Wedding

Matters of the Heart: Whose Wedding Is It Anyway? When Others Take The Lead in Planning Your Wedding

Your wedding day is a special time to celebrate your love and future. So often, we see third parties taking over this big moment with their input. When your future in-laws and over-opinionated friends try to take the lead, how do you pull back to achieve your dream day – not theirs? Put Your Foot Down This is one scenario, no matter how light-footed you may be, you have to be strong! Your wedding day is a once in a lifetime experience. You cannot let others dictate details and alter your dream. Learning how to firmly say “No,” when reacting to the overbearing suggestions of others can feel negative but is very important to your planning process. Explain what your ideas are and try to find common ground. If you don’t want to wear your mother’s wedding dress, state the kind of style you are looking for and why the experience of dress shopping is important to you. If you have a relative trying to take over some of the planning, sometimes it is best to simply say you have hired someone to handle those tasks, and their attendance is all you need from them. Be Honest! Take advice with a grain of salt – or maybe a scoopful. It is okay to allow others to interject their experience and ideas for your big day. In fact, it can be beneficial to see where aspects could be improved. However, you have to be honest when dealing with friends and family who are overstepping their boundaries. Let them know you respect their desire to help but you have a professional...
Party Decor Tips – When You Don’t Know How To Decorate!

Party Decor Tips – When You Don’t Know How To Decorate!

Throwing a party is an exciting way to get creative and impress your guests! When you don’t know how to start decorating, think of these couple tips to get started! Start with colors. Choose 2-3 colors that go with your party theme. No theme? No problem! Keep it casual and go with versatile, classic options like streamers, tissue pom-poms, and hanging lanterns.  Create an ambiance with lighting and set out simple table cloths. Amp up the eatery. Choose utensils, cups, napkins, and plates that add a little extra classiness. Party stores have an amazing selection of these items that can match your color scheme or pair perfectly with a crystal-like look. Let the refreshments become decor. Put a signature beverage in a drink dispenser and let your guests serve themselves with ease. Place with a metal bucket filled with ice, bottles, and cans along side wooden cutting boards with snacks such as cheese and crackers. The visual elements of your display will add to the decor while being functional. Place a bundle of balloons and...
Labor Day Ideas For A Great Party

Labor Day Ideas For A Great Party

Labor Day marks the end of Summer, but that doesn’t stop us from celebrating! When the temperature cools down our grills heat up for great Labor Day festivities. How do you throw together a great party that will leave an impression?  Red, White, & Blue Desserts! Layer blueberries, strawberries (or raspberries!) and vanilla pudding or cool whip for a totally Patriotic dessert that’s packed with fruits! It’ll be a healthy alternative for the kids and a bright addition to your meal. Speaking of food – go Potluck! Invite your friends to bright their favorite dish to share and bring the recipe to share the wealth! This will guarantee everyone, regardless of any dietary restrictions, has something to eat – and everyone will love sharing something they love! Enjoy some rays! Set up the party with an indoor and outdoor option so your guests can enjoy the end of summer but be able to duck inside if weather changes. An unexpectedly hot day or rain shower won’t ruin your...
Bringing Blended Families Together

Bringing Blended Families Together

A wedding is a magical time where a new family is created. When there are children involved, bringing two families together may take a couple extra steps and considerations. To make sure the transition goes over smoothly, it’s important to keep the children in mind during the planning process, the big day, and what to expect after the wedding. This is an exciting time for everyone! Incorporating relationship building into your planning process will ensure the family connection will be sealed by the wedding day. Enlisting a professional and attending family counseling classes is a neutral way to discuss the present and future. During the time leading up to the wedding, offer available times for activities, meals, and mutual interests to bond over. Make sure you listen to your kids! Find out how involved they want to be. Depending on their age, they may be eager to participate or would rather sit out and observe. Let them take it in strides. Inviting your children or spouse-to-be’s children into the ceremony can be a truly special time that unites everyone. On the flip side, if they choose to sit out, make sure you follow up, especially depending on living arrangements. Ask them if they would prefer some one-on-one time before or after the wedding to talk and answer any questions. They may be uncertain of what to expect and it could hold them back, or would rather wait until the celebration is over to talk about what they are feeling. Remember, this is an exciting time for you but may be confusing for them. Opening the lines of communication is...
Summer Fun!

Summer Fun!

Summer has arrived! As we enter June and our excitement turns to vacations, family, sun and surf, what plans should you pencil into your calendar? Making the most of summer for many means catching up on reading, seeking out new opportunities, and spending time with our kids. Events By Deb is here to make some recommendations on how to optimize your summer for your social and mental nourishment! Summer months mean family trips! After a long school year your kids are going to be itching to explore a new location and release some tension. If you haven’t already booked a trip, scope out some AirBnBs within driving distance for a last minute vacation. Saving on airfare and creating a road trip style getaway allows you to take in some sights and stops along the way. Ask everyone involved to choose one stop they would like to take on the journey! Get involved! No matter your age, Summer is a great time to test out an internship or volunteer in your community. Searching for these opportunities is easy by asking around or searching one of the several great databases such as Volunteer NC. Getting connected in youth support programs, soup kitchens, sport teams, and other community improvement projects is a fulfilling way to spend some summer hours. Another way to improve is to hone in on a skill you are hoping to gain experience in and apply for a volunteer or internship position to gain connections and network. What are your plans now that school is out and summer is here? Hopefully you’ve taken some tips from our blog to...
4 Tips on How to Flow Better With Your Event/Wedding Planner!

4 Tips on How to Flow Better With Your Event/Wedding Planner!

(1). Interview your planner because he/she’ll be interviewing you.     (2).  Before signing a planners contract make sure to read his/her contract, clauses and guidelines.  Looking over these details will ensure you and the planner are all ways on the same page! Know what you’re signing and have a conversation about anything you’re uncertain of.    (3). Be on time and prepared for all appointments and or conference calls. Know that your planner wants to offer 100% of their support on the call.   (4).  This is a huge day, and your planner is there to help guide you in making decisions on major details, vendors, and so much more. Vendors tend to book up quickly for certain dates, so being decisive will guarantee your first choices are locked...
Are Bridal Shows Worth Your Time?

Are Bridal Shows Worth Your Time?

It seems like bridal show and expos are everywhere around a certain time of year. The big question: is it worth your time to attend one, or multiple of these events? Pros Swag! You’ll get loads of goodies from these expos and who doesn’t love free stuff! From pens to mini champagne bottles to cupcakes to neat little items that you can throw in your purse we see so many cool freebies! This is also a great time for vendors to give out coupons and deals for their services which will help a lot in the long run if you find your perfect match and end up booking one or a couple while you’re there or afterwards. No pressure. This isn’t a sit down conversation which insinuates you’re going to book us. The casual setting makes it a great opportunity to see the true personality of many wedding vendors and see if you connect right off the bat. This also saves you a lot of time overall, because you’re not squeezing in multiple hour long appointments with several different vendors, and you can feel out within the first couple minutes from the table display and conversation if they’re going to be right for your wedding. Visuals. We have seen some absolutely stunning displays at these events. From cakes to wedding dresses to fully set tables, we swoon over the bridal glory these events bring to the table — literally! If you have any uncertainties of what you’re looking for (because let’s be real, no one has it planned out to every last detail) then you’ll have plenty of visual...