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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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How to Include A Junior Bridesmaid In Your Formal Wedding

Your wedding day is fast approaching, and you are intending to include a special young lady in the ceremony. Maybe she is your daughter or soon to be daughter. Maybe she is your sister or a niece that you are close to. She is too old to be a flower girl and too young to be a bridesmaid, so the position of junior bridesmaid is a perfect fit.

Even for an elegant, and  ultra chic ceremony, there are ways to include her that will add to the day and let her know how special she is to you. Girls (usually between 8 and 15) take this very seriously.

Junior bridesmaid dress

You have two options with the dress of a junior bridesmaid. You can dress her is a mini-version of a bride, or you can match her to the bridesmaids. Either way is acceptable in a formal wedding.

Elegant weddings are getting away from the traditional black or navy colors and trending with Royal Blue Bridesmaid Dresses & Royal Blue Gowns | Azazie. When you make your selection for your junior bridesmaid, make the dress to match yours, or your bridesmaids, but make sure it is age appropriate. You can do this by adding straps to her dress if the matching gowns are strapless. If they are floor length, consider making hers tea-length or high-low hemmed.

Performance

Your junior bridesmaid should have a unique role to play. Some couples arrange for her to perform a song or dance at the reception. The reception is not as formal as the wedding, so you can feel comfortable letting her do a dance recital for the guests.

Make it extra-special with a great dance outfit. Just For Kix has a fantastic online selection. Your special little lady will be the star of the show. and she will have her moment in the spotlight.

If she is nervous about doing it live, let her do it before the wedding day and record it. Then show the recording on a screen at the reception.

Other duties you can assign her

Below you will find other responsibilities that can be given to the junior bridesmaid:

  • Seating the grandparents
  • Attending the guests book
  • Leading the flower girl down the aisle
  • Passing out programs
  • Passing out rice, bubbles, or confetti for the exit ritual
  • Greeting guests in the reception line
  • Helping with clean-up

Family vow exchange

There is no better way to honor your junior bridesmaid than to allow them to be part of the vow exchange. This is a part of many weddings where families are being blended. The parents write vows to the children to love and protect them. Let them write their own vows, of help them a bit.

This is a touching way to begin your new family and a wonderful way to bond with your special someone. As you begin your life, your daughter feels like she was included in the wedding and will remain an important part of your world.

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*Photo from wedding we designed in Nebraska City.

How To Organize Your Modern Wedding

Multi-tasking comes easily to you. You always have your life under control. That is until you began to plan your wedding. No matter how good you are, a wedding is a monumental task.

To plan a wedding you have to contact different business people in different companies and coordinate their arrival. If one of these key players in the wedding fails, the domino effect will begin. So how do you rope this in and ensure you have your dream wedding?

Time to call in the team

A wedding planner is a must. Even wedding planners hire a wedding planner when they plan a wedding. You have enough to do to keep you running. Let the wedding planner do what she does and you have time to iron out the details.

Next, you need to contact a dress supplier like Azazie. You may need traditional bridesmaid dresses in a color like baby blue or blush pink, or you may want an elegant bridesmaid color like champagne or black. Azazie can accommodate you. They are there to serve you, so just reach out to them. They are unique in that they will let you pay a small (really small) deposit and send bridesmaids dresses to you to try on at home. You can save a lot of time and money taking advantage of online services. The sooner the bridesmaid dresses are out of the way, the more you can focus on you.

Define Bridesmaid

Somewhere along the line, brides became confused about the duties of their bridesmaids. Your bridal party is made up of people you love and respect, who are willing to help you pull your wedding together.

This doesn’t mean they are to be treated like hired help. Nor does it mean they are to ignore their own responsibility to help you. Make your selections carefully. If one of your maids in waiting has young children, you cannot expect her to have time to run errands for you.

Assign duties

Remember to be kind, thoughtful, and polite. Remember to thank them when they have taken their time and effort for you. The function of a bridesmaid is to attend to the needs of the bride. While the majority of the duties fall on the maid of honor, each member of the bridal party should be willing to assist. Whether that means mailing invitations, arranging flower donations to a nursing home after the wedding, or picking up your shoes from the mall. Ask your bridesmaids to help you and assign them duties as they have time to help.

Being organized for your wedding is not just a good thing, it is a critical thing. The organized bride has everything she needs at hand when she needs it. She is not searching for a necessary item that slipped her mind.

Be organized, but cut yourself some slack. If some little something goes wrong, you have two choices, laugh it off or ruin the honeymoon screaming and crying. The second option usually doesn’t end well. Life isn’t perfect, but you can be perfectly happy with a little effort.

Business

Treat the preparations for your wedding like a business. Keep a binder with contracts, rental agreements, recipes, and names with phone numbers. Make sure you have all of the dates, times, and names of people you are dealing with.

If something happens to you like an illness or unexpected trip, someone can pick up the binder and know exactly where you are with wedding plans.

Being organized for your wedding is critical. You only get one shot at this eventful day. Good or bad, it cannot be redone. So work with your people and keep your finger on the wedding pulse. You will earn the perfect wedding of your dreams.

More information and blogs at: Wedding Traditions and Outreach Mama

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Tips from an expert – how to handle a wrinkled wedding dress “situation”

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There are a few things you should know when getting ready at a hotel for a wedding. One of those things is: How does one handle a wrinkled wedding dress, tuxedo, suit or bridesmaid dress “situation”?

Never fear, LimeLight Expressions has some helpful tips for what to do when you encounter a wrinkle snafu.

  •  Let your clothing out of the garment bag and give it some air as this is a very easy way to prevent wrinkling.
  • If your dress or pants hang all the way to the ground, call housekeeping and ask for a white sheet to place under your garment. This will prevent the bottom of it from getting dirty.
  • If your dress or tuxedo is still a bit wrinkled the night before, give housekeeping a call and ask for some assistance in steaming it.
  • Keep in mind that certain fabrics, like satin, do not take to steaming very well. If this is the case, hang your satin garment in the bathroom and run a hot shower for 10 minute increments until it is wrinkle free.

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