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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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Hosting A Bridal Shower: Frequently Asked Questions

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Bridal showers – and weddings, in general – come with a host of sticky situations that can leave you wondering what to do. The following questions and answers will cover a bevy of bridal shower etiquette to help you navigate bridesmaid feuds, disagreeing moms, gift qualms, and so much more.

Who should throw the bridal shower?

Old-fashioned tradition states that the bridal shower shouldn’t be thrown by anyone in the bride’s family because it can be seen as a greedy way to ask for gifts. Most guests see this tradition as outdated and will not be offended by a shower thrown by the bride’s family. Today, most bridal showers are thrown by the maid of honor, a friend, sister, aunt, cousin, bridesmaid, coworker, or anyone else who is close with the bride. Really, the only rule here is that the bride should not throw herself a shower.

I’m the Maid of Honor, but I can’t afford to throw a bridal shower. What do I do?

Being the Maid of Honor can really take a toll on your wallet. To cut on cost, ask another bridesmaid, or a close family member of the bride, if she would like to co-host the shower with you. This way, one single person isn’t solely responsible for footing the cost of the bridal shower. Besides co-hosting, keep the shower simple to cut on cost. Throw it mid-afternoon so you can serve light finger foods and not worry about serving your guests an entire meal

I’m throwing a bridal shower. Can I ask the other bridesmaids to help pay for the shower?

If the other bridesmaids are co-hosting the shower with you, then you can expect them to pitch in on the cost. However, don’t expect donations from the other bridesmaids if they’re not getting recognition as co-hosts. You could also ask them if anyone would like to bring a dish to eat or bring supplies for a game.

I’m throwing a bridal shower. Do I have to buy a gift, even though I’m spending a lot of money on the shower?

If you spent a pretty penny on a bridal shower, it can be hard to cough up even more money on a gift. However, it’s a nice gesture to give the bride a little something, even if it’s something inexpensive from her registry, a DIY gift, a bottle of wine for the couple to enjoy, or just a nice card with a handwritten note.

How many bridal showers should a bride have?

It’s normal for a bride to have a couple bridal showers, especially if her family and friends don’t all live in the same city. She may have one hosted by her side of the family, one for the groom’s side of the family, and another hosted by her friends. Just keep in mind that guests who are invited to multiple showers may decide to not attend all of the showers.

Is it appropriate to have a bridal shower for a second or subsequent wedding?

This is a decision that is totally up to the bride and her groom. If it’s uncomfortable or unnecessary for the bride and groom, then skip it! Instead, why not gather with a small group of friends for dinner? If a bride wants to celebrate a subsequent marriage with a shower, then she should. If she doesn’t need to register for gifts because she’s more established than a first-time bride, then consider throwing a recipe exchange or an afternoon at the spa.

When should the bridal shower be thrown?

Bridal showers are typically thrown a couple weeks to a couple months before the wedding. However, sometimes special situations, like out-of-town guests, call for an earlier or later shower. If you’re throwing the shower early, remember that the bride should already have her guest list planned, because everyone who’s invited to the shower should also be invited to the wedding. Also, she should already be registered when the invitations go out.

Who should be invited to a bridal shower?

Usually, bridesmaids, family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, and other close acquaintances are invited to bridal showers. Ask the bride to brainstorm a list of guests, and it doesn’t hurt to bounce the guest list off the bride’s mother, or a close family member, to make sure no one was forgotten.

Should men and children be invited to a bridal shower?

Traditionally, bridal showers are female-only, but in recent years many couples have decided that they would both like to attend the shower and invite their female and male friends. This is perfectly fine, albeit nontraditional. As for children, ask the bride if she wants children in attendance, or if she would prefer adults-only. Remember, little ones may be distracting at a bridal shower, so consider hiring a baby sitter to occupy children during the shower, if they’re invited.

Can I invite people to the bridal shower who aren’t invited to the wedding?

It is good etiquette to make sure everyone who is invited to the bridal shower is also invited to the wedding, and this rule should be followed under most circumstances. That said, if you are having a very small, private wedding, or a destination wedding, then this rule may be bent. However, rather than throwing a traditional shower, consider instead making it a simple get-together with friends to celebrate your marriage.

Do I have to invite guest who live far away, or who I know won’t attend?

Whether it’s your cousin who lives hours away, or your friend who just had triplets, you should still invite these people who are important to you to your shower. It doesn’t hurt to send an invitation, but it might hurt their feelings if they don’t receive one.

I’m throwing a bridal shower at a restaurant. Do I have to pay for my guests’ food?

Yes, it’s good etiquette to pay for your guests if you invite them to a bridal shower at a restaurant. If this is too expensive, consider throwing a mid-afternoon shower and only ordering appetizers or desserts for the group. Or, throw the shower at home and cook the food yourself to save on cost.

If you need any help with your bridal shower, contact LimeLight Expressions for day of coordination, or planning services. We would love to work with you..Now you’re in the LimeLight!