Planning Tip #1 BE YOURSELF

I can’t stress this enough to my couples. With the change in family dynamics and culturally etiquette changes, the old fashion rules to weddings no longer applies. The more personal you create your wedding, the more memorable it will be to your guests. Make it about you and your fiancée’s personality and you’re sure to have a spectacular event. Here are a few suggestions:

1. If you don’t enjoy cake, serve the desert you do enjoy. Even if it’s donuts. For example, Donut Divas (http://www.donutdivas.com/) has a fabulous donut bar which makes them fresh on site for your guests. They’re always a hit.

2. If the thought of wearing a traditional white wedding dress doesn’t excite, why not wear a dress you love. Vera Wang is a designer who creates beautiful dresses for all occasions which would be wonderful. A good Example – http://pinterest.com/pin/201043570835102508/

The same can be said for the bridesmaids dresses. They don’t have to all wear the same dress or even the same color. Here is a wonderful example: http://pinterest.com/pin/173951604328924459/

3. One of the most memorable parts of a wedding is the food. This is the part of your wedding where you can truly make a memorable statement. If you and your fiancée love comfort food items like fried chicken, mac & cheese and grandma’s secret recipe of chocolate cake, then do it. In many cases, your guests will truly enjoy having food that is more unique than the standard airline chicken, rice and a seasonal vegetable which is so commonly served.

New Look! New Blog! New Year! Welcome 2013

Happy New Year! Welcome to a New year of 2013. Lets make every second count!

Here’s to a brand new year, brand new outlook and excited for new things to come!

So I recently read this passage on another wedding coordinator’s Facebook wall and thought that I just had to share it on my blog:

“About a Wedding Coordinator’s Fees: A lot of hours go into planning and coordinating a wedding, so take the amount a coordinator has charged you, divide that by the amount of hours you think it would take to plan and coordinate a wedding (typically 150 hours or more) and decide if you yourself would work your job at that hourly rate. Many people do not consider this, but it will allow you to appreciate your planner all the more when you think from that perspective.”

This is so true.  There is so much that goes into planning a wedding, then coordinating on the day of the wedding.  There are hours of extensive research for a bride searching for vendors, their prices, finding the right vendor that fits within her budget or just negotiating with a vendor to get them to charge for their services or products that fit within a bride’s budget.

There are also vendor meetings, meetings with the bride and her fiance or mom or whole family.  Meetings with photographers, DJ’s, florist’s, caterers, venue coordinators, and the list goes on.  All this takes time, hours, minutes.

A coordinator takes away the stress it takes to plan a wedding.  And if the bride is maybe still in school plus working a full time job, the only time she really has to plan a wedding would be maybe on the weekends or late in the evening.  This really doesn’t leave any time for anything else.  Things may get pushed, procrastinated or even forgotten.

And this is just a small dip into what a wedding planner/coordinator can do for a bride.  Don’t think of a coordinator’s fees as just that, a fee, but think of it as an investment.  An investment towards your freedom; to enjoy your engagement, your life with your fiance and not stressing about planning your beautiful wedding.  What cost would you put towards less or no stress and not having to worry about anything?  And if you have a year or more to plan your wedding, just think of all the hours that will get put into planning it.  Just as the quote above states, would you work your own job at that hourly rate?”

Hopefully brides will understand why we charge what we do and why it’s hard for us to negotiate lower fees or to even lower our prices at all…

Happy planning!!

XOXO,

Ingrid Mason