Countdown To Success | Event Planner Expert Tips

Countdown To Success | Event Planner Expert Tips

As we embark on a brand new year, we all adjust our goals to fit the timeline we have set up. No matter what kind of event you are planning, having a month by month countdown with achievable milestones will keep you stress-free and in line for success. Time to break out the calendar. Whether you use a pen to paper planner or rely solely on the calendar on your phone, marking specific dates to hold yourself accountable will help you A LOT in the long run.  What date is your event? What vendors have you already booked? We just saw many engagements on our Facebook over the holidays which gives you a fresh map to success. 10-12 Months Before Event Collect inspiration images and determine the budget. This is the best time to hire an event planner to keep you on track and answer any big questions if you have never planned an event before. Organize names and addresses for your guest list. 8-10 Months Before Event Time to establish goals and objectives. Your date should be chosen. Next, research and book your venue. Our last blog went over creating a budget. In that blog we detailed the big questions such as where the event is being held, how many guests are attending, and what kind of event & theme you are envisioning. Book your florist, caterer, photographer, DJ or musicians.. 6-8 Months Before Event Book additional vendors such as hair and make up and rentals. Planning a wedding? Choose your wedding dress and cake! Create a registry. Book hotel rooms and a honeymoon. The Last 6 Months...
What To Look For in 2018 Events & Weddings!

What To Look For in 2018 Events & Weddings!

Officiant Services – Starting at $175-$200 We are excited to announce our very own Deb has been ordained as a Minister! We will be offered Officiant and Premarital Counseling in North and South Carolina. The flow of your ceremony depends on your wedding officiant. We aim to offer services that relieve the stress of choosing the perfect person for this important role. Traditionally, an officiant drafts the ceremony based on your unique relationship, pulling inspiration from details on how you met, your personalities, and your core beliefs. By arriving early and preparing with you for the precessional, the overall experience of your guests and introduction of speakers of your choosing, an emotional time is made seamless. Most importantly, the signing of the marriage license is completed by your officiant. Uplighting Services – $25 Per Light (Minimum 4 Lights) Many venues remain plainly decorated with white walls so they can cater to any client’s decor. An easy way to bring your theme into fruition is by uplighting. This service allows lighting to point upwards from the floor to cover wall space with the ambiance of glowing color. Creating a mood and cohesive color scheme with lighting is a stunning way to add warmth and personality to your venue! Our service will include set up, breakdown, and travel. Vacation & Honeymoon Services via Sandals After spending so much time putting together your dream wedding day, your honeymoon should fall effortlessly into place. Every year we have so many clients ask for our advice for vacation and honeymoon planning tips we decided to offer these services via Sandals so you truly get...
Year In Review

Year In Review

With more than 17 events this year, all we can say is, 2017 was amazing! I give thanks to my awesome clients for hiring me and sharing your awesome families with us. I also give thanks to all my hubby, family, volunteers and helpers this year. You’ve done a lot and I’m grateful for all you’ve done to help me have a successful year! Special shout outs to: Sandra Burson, Crystal Patterson, Charon Pilgrim, Melissa Stitt, Stephanie Vinson, Donna Barden, Donna Gasper, Anissa Burton, Stephaine Silas, Michelle Holland, Nicole Smith and Wanda Soloman. To our fellow vendors: You have all been amazing and I look forward to our partnership in 2018! Our 2017 Events: Honorable 2017 Events (Not Pictured) Celebration of Life – November 18th Sean Grim’s Surprise 50th Bday party – Dec 9th 50th Vow Renewal Mr.& Mrs. Kearney – Dec 22nd We are excited to work with our 2018 Clients! Kayleigh & Justin April Wedding Amanda Baker’s 50th Birthday party Lake Norman Prom May Event Zakiyyah & Donovan May Wedding Haley & Steven August Wedding Jessica & Terrance Sept Wedding What an amazing year! We took a role in planning proms, business events, birthdays, socials, and of course, weddings! We love all our clients and are so grateful to be included in their special events, families, and hearts. We look forward to the upcoming year and have some great new services coming your way. Stay tuned! To inquire about your 2018 Event – complete the form...
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...
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...
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...