Archive for September, 2012

4 Reasons Not To Rent Ostrich Feather Centerpieces

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Do you like to throw money away? If you do then go and rent ostrich feather centerpieces. It is one of the most rented products for weddings and I do not understand why. They are one of the worst items that you can rent. You come out much better buying them instead. Here are 4 reasons why:

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1. Rental prices are just as high as the cost of buying them.

Actually, rental prices can be even higher than the cost of buying new centerpieces. This is a no brainer. Why would you want to rent anything for the same price you can own it? You wouldn’t. I know what some of you are thinking? What would I do with them after my event is over?

2. You can resell them and get most of your money back.

Chances are that you won’t decorate your houses with over a dozen centerpieces. You can resell them for almost as much as you paid for them. I have even seen brides make a profit in some cases. This really makes more sense than paying the rental prices and having nothing to show for it. You can resell them easily on wedding sites like WeddingBee. I see them sell all the time on Craigslist.

3. New feathers are better than used ones.

Ostrich feathers usually hold up well and can be used over and over again. However, you are taking the risk of getting feathers that have been over handled or improperly stored if you rent. If you rent from a company that rents nationwide, then the feathers may have been shipped back and forth a lot. Improper packing can really make the feathers look wilted.

4. You pay twice the shipping cost if the company is not local.

If you rent from a national company, chances are you will have to pay shipping twice. You will have to pay to have them shipped to you and then you will pay again to ship them back. Not to mention that you will be responsible for any damage done to the feathers if something happens to them on the way back. In that case, with some companies you will end up renting them and buying them. Ouch!

So the moral of the story is this. Never rent anything that you can buy and resell. Instead, resell anything you can and use the extra money to put towards your honeymoon or first wedding anniversary.

 

 

The 5 Best Pinterest Pages For Party Ideas

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

How many hours per week do you spend on Pinterest? Without a doubt, Pinterest is the fastest growing social media platform right now. And it is no surprise that most of Pinterest’s users are women. It seems that women are trading in the world of Facebook gossip for a place where they can share ideas and things they find inspiring or beautiful. It seems that a picture is worth a thousand Facebook posts.

Last week we shared our five favorite Pinterest Pages for for wedding inspiration. This week we have picked our five favorite Pinterest pages for party ideas.

1. Jennifer Carver (Banner Events)

Banner Events on Pinterest
Jennifer Carver is a brilliant event planner from Puyallup, WA. Jennifer’s events have been featured many times online and in magazines like Hostess With the Mostess and Bird’s Party. Jennifer’s Pinterest page has 53 boards of pure party planning inspiration. From Harry Potter to Angry Birds to trains and Strawberry Shortcake, you will find all kinds of ideas here. Also, be sure to go and like the Banner Events Facebook page.

Our Favorite Board: Halloween

Halloween is right around the corner. With over 100 pins, this is a great collection to get you started in this year’s Halloween planning.

2. Kara’s Party Ideas

Kara's Party Ideas on Pinterest

From KarasPartyIdeas.com, this page has 116 boards and almost 2,000 pins. How many themes can appear on one page? Camping Birthday Party, Cookie’s and Milk Party, Curious George, Alice In Wonderland, Candy Sweet Shoppe, and on and on. The themes are almost endless.

Our Favorite Board: 1st Birthday Party Ideas

What an event in your life as a parent! Your child’s first birthday is a monumental moment that you will want to remember. This board has some of the most precious ideas that you will see anywhere and most of them straight from their website.

3. Pretty My Party

Pretty My Party on Pinterest

This page belongs to the very popular website, PrettyMyParty.com. This party planning collection is pure awesomeness! It is very extensive, but very well organized.You will find several themes on this page including fashion runway, vintage tea party, pirate themed party, baby showers.

Our Favorite Board: General Party Cakes

These are some of the most adorable cakes that I have ever seen. This is one of the best cake collections on Pinterest hands down!

4. Stephanie @Couture Parties

Couture Parties on Pinterest

This page belongs to CoutureParties.com in Newport, RI. We could have easily included their Pinterest board in our last post for wedding inspiration. However, we decided to feature them here because of their versatility. While Couture Parties does have plenty of wedding inspiration on their page (tent weddings, Fiesta Engagement, wedding inspiration) many of the ideas in their Pinterest collection translate over to other events. Kid’s parties are also a specialty of Couture Parties. While their Kid’s party Pinterest Board only has 19 pins, their website is full of beautiful kid’s party photos. You should also pay a visit to their blog.

Our Favorite Board: Couture Parties Creations

This board is the reason we included them on this page. This board highlights the creativity of this company. I especially love the Sopranos themed dinner party.

5. Amy’s Party Ideas

Amy's Party Ideas on Pinterest

I just recently discovered this page on Pinterest, but I was instantly impressed and had to follow Amy’s boards right away. Amy’s page features over 70 boards of ideas including tailgating, Olivia the Pig, Skylanders, and Super Mario. If you are planning a kids party, then this page is a must see. Be sure you also visit her site at AmysPartyIdeas.com.

Our Favorite Board: Auburn Tailgating

Honestly, I did not want to pick this board. I am a Georgia Bulldog fan after all. But, there are some great tailgating ideas here. Of course, you can build on the ideas and substitute some red and black instead.

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The 5 Best Pinterest Pages For Wedding Inspiration

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Do you have a Pinterest addiction? Do you spend hours pinning recipes, DIY crafts, shoes, and hair styles like it was your job?

Don’t feel bad. Many of us do. Sometimes I feel like Desmond from the TV show Lost who had to punch in the numbers every few hours so the island wouldn’t blow up. That is what my Pinterest obsession is like. Pin it or boom! So, since Pinterest is all about sharing, I wanted to share with you my five favorite Pinterest pages. This is our first post in this new “Best of the Event Planning Web” series.

1. The Perfect Palette

The Perfect Palette on Pinterest

If you are in the beginning phases of planning your wedding, then this should be the first place on the Internet that you look. For many brides, one of the most difficult tasks is choosing your wedding theme and colors. The Perfect Palette has over 120 Pinterest boards waiting to give you inspiration.

Our Favorite Board:

Do you have a favorite color picked out but are having trouble finding the right colors to go with it? Then the first board you should take a look at is the “Color Palette Library”. Here you will find over 250 color combinations. There is a good chance that you will find just the right combination to match your favorite color here. If you can’t, go to their website and they can put a color palette together for you!

2. Style Me Pretty

Style Me Pretty on PinterestAnother great source for wedding inspiration, Style Me Pretty has over 50 boards and over 10,000 pins. Their page is very well organized with boards for brides, grooms, wedding shoes, wedding cakes, photography, DIY projects, and on and on and on. From cupcakes to flowergirls, you will find everything here.

Our Favorite Board:

“Wedding Bouquets”. At the time of this post, Style Me Pretty had 1,031 pins of wedding bouquets. This board is full of bouquets of all colors and styles from elegant to unique. There is inspiration for all four seasons.

3. The Knot

The Knot on PinterestWhile not as extensive as The Perfect Palette or Style Me Pretty this page is a must see. Most of their boards are organized by color. There are also seasonal boards for Fall, Summer, Winter, and Spring. Plus they have quite an extensive collection of bridal hairstyles on their “Hot Wedding Hairstyles” board.

Our Favorite Board:

Like I said, “Hot Wedding Hairstyles”. This is one of the best boards on Pinterest. Whether you like your hair straight, in a ponytail, or up in a bun, you are sure to find inspiration here.

4. Jessica Bishop (The Budget Savvy Bride)

The Budget Savvy Bride on PinterestThis board belongs to the founder of one of my favorite websites, thebudgetsavvybride.com. This is a site that we will also include in a later posts in our “Best of the Event Planning Web Series” when we reveal our favorite wedding websites. Jessica’s Pinterest board is one of the most unique wedding pages on Pinterest. The Budget Savvy Bride specializes in weddings on a budget. Here you will find DIY projects and other inspiration that will show you how to cut your wedding budget without your wedding even reflecting those cuts.

Our Favorite Board:

“Budget Friendly Wedding Decor”. This is what Jessica’s website is all about! I promise that you will be impressed.

5. Wedding Chicks

Wedding Chicks on PinterestThis may be the most creative wedding page on Pinterest. Here you will find ideas for many things that you may not even think to look for such as chalkboard ideas, wedding signs, and guestbook ideas.

Our Favorite Board:

“Free Wedding Printables”. There are over 100 pins in this collection of free printables. The board contains free printable signs, free wedding smartphone wallpaper, wedding invitations and much more.

There you have it, our favorite five Pinterest wedding boards. While you are checking them out, be sure to check out EventsWholesale.com on Pinterest too!

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