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Three Reasons You Need to Hire an Event Planner, like Yesterday

When it comes to planning or hosting an event, it’s easy to lure yourself into the trap of “how hard can it be?” You’ll pick up some invitations from the supermarket next time you’re buying eggs, order a cake on your lunch break, and set a date for a free weekend. Then everyone arrives, has fun, and goes home. Easy peasy, right?

Of course, anyone who has ever hosted a party, wedding, or corporate event knows there’s a lot more to it than that. The frustrations that come with trying to stay on budget, on time, and on task have put more than one person in the position of scaling back their vision or avoiding it all together.

It’s easy to forget these stresses by the time your next event rolls around and you once again talk yourself out of asking for help. Event planners may seem like a luxury only used for celebrity weddings, but in reality they offer an affordable, schedule-sensitive solution to many of the common problems that pop up while planning an event.

Passion for Planning

First and foremost, event planners are event planners because they love to plan events (try saying that five times fast!) This might seem obvious, but that passion for party planning breeds creativity and unique ideas which will breathe new life into your events. While you might know you want a tropical themed employee appreciation day, professional planners have the experience and know-how to take the event from leis and pineapples in the conference room to a full-on island bash everyone will remember.

Additionally, an event planner can help you realize a vision you can’t quite figure out how to execute. Maybe your fiancé really wants to incorporate Welsh wedding traditions into your big day, or your toddler has a love for armadillos that can’t be found at the local party store. An event planner can sit down with you and your ideas and turn them into an achievable reality.

Staying on Budget

You may think you’ve found the slickest deal on flowers, but it turns out the florist lives up to their reputation for late delivery. Your event planner will negotiate contracts prior to the event that keep you from paying full price for half a service. Additionally, planners can often arrange for discounts, as they’re familiar with many of the area’s vendors.

In addition to using their experience and connections to help you stay on budget, event planners are also expert at, well, planning a budget. A discussion up front about exactly how much you’d like to spend will establish a strategy for the rest of the event, preventing you from overspending out of frustration.

No Muss, No Fuss, No Stress

Have you ever been to an office party where you’ve all gathered around the cake, plates and forks in hand, only to realize no one brought a knife to actually cut the cake? Small details like this can quickly derail an event as you all realize that the office kitchen isn’t stocked with knives and poor Jerry from accounting is left staring at his uncut birthday cake.

Attention to detail during an exciting event is difficult, as you—and your guests—have a thousand other things on the mind. And while you’re excited to get the party started and think you can find some friends to arrive early to help you set the party up, it’s a lot harder to convince someone to stay late and clean up when guests are full of food and ready to enjoy a nap. Event planners never need to be asked to stay and tear down the event, they’re already working with the venue and other vendors to have the most efficient clean up, allowing you to actually enjoy the fun you’ve worked so hard to curate!

Consider as well the time saved leading up to the event. Rather than calling, emailing, and texting multiple vendors in your free time (and remembering that their working hours are likely the same as yours, making contact tricky) you can rely on one point of contact, working on flexible hours, and familiar with your schedule and needs.

Not to mention all the other skills a planner brings to the table: problem solving, conflict mediation, travel plans, itinerary creation…It’s no wonder an event planner is a must-have vendor!

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Colors of 2018

The New Year is finally with us and dancers are lining up to perform in many venues all around the world for unique events.  This means that the designers of dance costumes have been busy creating new trends. Although nailing down the color of the year is not easy, dancers usually go with a trending color.

All events have a color palette that you theme your event around. In 2017, dance collections for events featured many bold colors but this year you should look forward to softer colors that are more romantic. The hottest color of the year so far is dusty rose. Last year, rose gold was the color for everyone. Women’s clothes, jewelry, and phones all had this beautiful color but it is time for a change. According the owner of Alexandra Costumes, dusty rose is the new color to watch out for. These color trends go for all events including weddings too. So, let’s talk more about these trending colors.

Benefits of Dusty Rose

Dusty rose is very feminine, which is why many women will fall in love with it. The color softens your skin tone thanks to its subtle pink hue. It also supports the nude color palette that is ideal for creating a chic and understated look for any event. You can enhance this trendy color with metallic ones such as bronze, silver, and gold.

If you want a more dramatic look, you should go for event colors that have a black or navy blue trim. Since pink has been showing up everywhere lately, it is no wonder that it has made it into the world of events. If you are after a subtle romantic look, you should opt for this trendy color because it will bring out your femininity.

Other Trendy Colors

In this year, you will also see a comeback of 90s colors such as hot pink, red, royal purple, and coral. You should also watch out for brightly colored jackets, midriff shirts, and leggings with matching shoes. In 2018, events will be all about romance so you should expect to see colors that are more romantic in any venue.

Softness and beauty will be front and center this year but you will also see many tribal designs. When it comes to unique performance at an event, the colors that you should watch out for are smoky gray, camel, and deep olive greens.

If you are looking for something new this year, you should go for open front skirts. They leave the front open while giving you a bit of coverage on the back area. When paired with the right top, these skirts give you a modest but sexy look.

Contemporary and Jazz Trends

Mesh is everywhere that you turn. This year, you should be on the lookout for mesh with tribal and floral designs as well as mesh overlays. Everything is about illusion and romance this year. You should use mesh to add texture as well as to give the illusion of coverage.

This year, you will appreciate the cut, colors, and creativity that designers have decided to create. So, be unique and bold designing your next event. Ask an event planner to get involved to be able to make the most incredible event and experience for you and your guests.

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A wedding planner or a day of coordinator? That is the question…

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Couples often ask – What is the difference between a wedding planner and a day of coordinator? More times then not, once each role is explained, they know exactly which route they want to take.

This is a decision that should be guided by wedding scope, location of the wedding, time management and budget. However, you will rarely speak to a bride or groom who regretted their decision to hire a planner or a day of coordinator. Most will tell you that their planner or day of coordinator helped them save money and relax on their big day.

So what are the differences between a wedding planner and a day of coordinator? 

Lets start with what a wedding planner offers you.

A professional wedding planner is your personal consultant, with a wide stemmed focus on every detail in curating your dream wedding. Planners are there for the initial stages of organizing the details of the wedding including providing the client with venue options, reviewing contracts, researching and recommending suppliers. They also help with all of the wedding day preparation, like creating an itinerary/timeline, organizing your ceremony rehearsal, confirming details with all contracted vendors. It is the job of a wedding planner to be present for every decision.

Ask yourself these questions to decide if a Full-Service Planner might be for you. 

Are you unsure about how to plan a budget for your wedding?
Do you have a busy job that will make finding time to plan your wedding challenging?
Are you unsure about interviewing, negotiating contracts and hiring wedding vendors?
Do you need help creating a look for the wedding?
Will you be getting married in a city where you don’t live?
Do you like the idea of collaborating with a wedding professional on all of your plans?
Do you feel it might be overwhelming to be in charge during the weeks prior to and on the wedding day?

For couples who have done all the planning for their wedding, a popular service is hiring a Day-Of Coordinator to oversee the details.

It is sometimes referred to as “Month-Of” because the wedding coordinator will commence their services about 4 weeks prior to the wedding day. To get familiar with your wedding plans, usually 1-2 meetings are needed to go through the itinerary, to see to the last minute details and what has been discussed with vendors. No matter what the service is called, these meetings are vital to communicate your vision and expectations for your special day. Along with this preparation is having the wedding coordinator present at your wedding rehearsal, so that that everyone is on the same page when it comes to the ceremony.

On the wedding day, the main role of the day of coordinator is to ensure that your plans are carried out smoothly and to discreetly handle any problems that may arise.This also means you can arrive to a perfectly set up ceremony and reception, since your coordinator will have already arrived in advance to make sure it is set up properly. They are also the liaison between you and the vendors.

Ask yourself these questions to decide if a Day-Of Planner may be a good fit for you. 

Do you like the idea of organizing every aspect of the wedding, including budgeting, creating a look, negotiating, interviewing and hiring vendors?
Do you have people in your life who will help you with the day-to-day tasks of planning a wedding?
Are you comfortable with choosing a color scheme and creating the vision for your wedding day?
Do you feel it might be overwhelming to be in charge during the weeks prior to and on the wedding day?