Archive for the ‘Event Planning’ Category

What to Look For in a Florist

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

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Whether it’s Valentine’s Day, a birthday or an anniversary, flowers are part of almost every celebration in the world. Any event is enhanced by beautiful floral arrangements. But with so many florists and floral shops out there, how do you know which one is best for you? Here are some tips to make sure you’re choosing the best florist for your event.

Set A Budget

Simply put, flowers can be expensive. The final dollar amount for your event will depend on how elaborate your arrangements are, what flowers you choose and where you live. Floral costs can range from a few hundred dollars to as high as several thousand. If you choose a rare or out-of-season flower, be prepared to pay!

The best first step you can take is to decide on your budget, and stick to it! Get firm estimates from the potential florists you interview. But don’t be afraid to have a back-up choice in case their final proposal is more than your budget.

Find Your Style

A florist’s work is by definition visual, so ask for samples and pictures of their work. You’ll be able to confirm your florist’s decorative style is right for you and that they have the skill level you need. If they don’t have pictures to share, that’s a red flag.

Of course, you need to know your style first! The florist’s look book can also help with this. Is your preferred style classic/formal? Minimalist? (If so, you could save some money!) Or do you prefer the charming chaos of “Anything goes!” so long as it’s pretty?

Wherever you land on style, commit, and be consistent! And don’t focus so much on the flowers you forget the flower holder. Choose vases and floral stands that won’t clash with your overall theme.

Do Your Homework

Learn how much the services of a good florist go for in your area. Look for bargains, but the cheapest service is not always the best. If the quote seems too good to be true, it probably is. Pay attention to local word of mouth as well. When someone is thrilled with the flowers at their event, they won’t hesitate to tell you about it!

Did you love the flowers at your event? What were they? Share in the comments below!

 

image credit: Bara Art

3 Things to Guarantee your Holiday Party is Amazing

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Holiday Party

The holidays are almost here, and that means party, party, party! With so many celebrations happening over the next few months, now is the time to consider how your holiday party will stand out from the rest. Whether your budget is big or small, there are a few guidelines that will help guarantee your party is a smashing success!

wes-blog-02-2016-11-holiday-party-02Let’s Talk about Flair

Party decorations come in all shapes, sizes and themes for the holidays. For get-togethers early in the season, fill apothecary jars with acorns, scatter sparkly leaves across the table and use floating pumpkin candles for soft lighting. Later in the season, you’ll find snowflakes and snowmen are popular and universal—even in warmer climates! Holly branches, pine cones and candles set a subtle mood for more elegant festivities. Whatever you do, be creative, and your guests will quickly be in the holiday spirit.

Holiday Party LightsLight Up the Night

When it comes to atmosphere for the holidays, nothing sets the mood like lighting. Many advocate simple white fairy lights as the only tasteful approach to holiday lights. While that option is well-suited to some parties, you shouldn’t feel locked in. Colorful lights enhance the festive mood just as well. No need to go full Griswold but do have some fun! And consider using battery-operated lights to eliminate the hassle of cumbersome and unsightly cords.

Holiday Party MusicTearing up the Dance Floor

There’s no more essential ingredient to a party than music. Keep your playlist centered on catchy tunes with a good beat that will entice your guests onto the dance floor. And while there are great holiday songs you should include, you don’t need to play only holiday-centric tunes. Your party theme should take care of the holiday mood, so get the party started by concentrating on danceable songs that keep things lively.

Follow these simple suggestions, and your holiday celebration will keep everyone’s partying spirit primed clear through to New Year’s!

From Cute to Clever: Event Place Card Ideas You’ll Love

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

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You definitely don’t have to choose traditional escort or place cards when deciding how you want guests to find their seats. Place card holders come in all shapes and sizes to match every theme. And if you play your cards right (see what I did there?), your place card can even double as your favor! We want your event to be perfect, so this week we’re sharing a few awesome ideas for unique event place cards.

But first, let’s eat!

After a long day of preparation, followed by a ceremony, guests will be hungry! Passed hors d’oeuvres are great, but why not make your place cards edible? Add little name flags to a delicious treat, spell out the guests’ names in chocolate or dressing on plates or even provide monogrammed cookies. If you can cook it and put a name on it, you can use it as a place card!

event place cardGet creative

Origami is complex, beautiful, and everyone loves it! Get your arts and crafts on, and fold an origami display for each guest. With thousands of options for folding paper, choosing an origami place card that fits your theme or your guest’s personality will be no problem.

Love game night?

Of course you do! Honor your hobby by buying Scrabble tiles in bulk, and spell out guests’ names to identify their seat. Playing cards are fun, but dominoes, Monopoly and chess all translate easily into place cards as well. Extend the theme a little further by giving guests the chance to play Wedding Bingo throughout the reception!

Travelers unite!

If you’re heading off to the honeymoon of a lifetime (or even if you’re still just dreaming about it!), a custom luggage tag is your chance to take care of the place setting and favor in one.

More Cowbell?

There’s nothing a little cowbell can’t fix, so if you’re planning a rustic-themed event, they’ll fit right in! Sweet and sentimental, an engraved cowbell is a unique memento your guests will want to keep.

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Celebrate the season

Combine red or orange fall leaves with white marker for the names for a beautiful celebration of the season. Or print place cards and tuck them into a pine cone! Paint the pine cone to match your event theme, and add a touch of nature to your event.

 

Why would you ever use ordinary place cards when you have so many options to choose from?

Don’t Set the Date for these Days!

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Set the date

Planning an event far in the future comes with unique challenges, especially when choosing a date! Most people are busy, so you really must give plenty of time to make arrangements. And that means taking into account cultural and social happenings. So what significant national or religious events should you take into consideration when setting a date? (more…)

Creative Party Decorations on a Tiny Budget

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

decorating on a budget

Decorating is a hugely important part of any event, but you don’t have to spend a lot to make a big splash. There are a number of clever, surprising options that will delight your guests without stretching your budget. Read on for some helpful decorating tips that will get you the most bang for your buck! (more…)

Should You Allow Kids at Your Event?

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

kids at your event

Whether or not you have kids at your event is totally up to you. If you’re thinking of inviting the younger crowd along with their parents, don’t forget most grown-up functions (like weddings and receptions!) aren’t naturally kid-friendly. Children need activities that appeal to them, so if you want to avoid the boredom tantrums, think ahead! This week, we’re suggesting a few fun ways to entertain your youngest guests. (more…)

5 Most Overlooked Questions when Booking a Venue

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

questions for event venueFinding an event spot that meets both your needs and budgetary requirements isn’t always easy. Having the right information is key to picking the right place and making sure your event goes off without a hitch. This week, we’re sharing five often-overlooked questions you should keep in mind when you start your hunt for the perfect party place. (more…)

How to be Your Own DJ

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

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Can you imagine your event without music? Probably not! Music fills your venue with background noise (no awkward silences at your party!), provides entertainment and sets the mood. Given that, music is clearly one of the most important aspects of any event. While most hosts think you need to spend a lot of money to have the best music at your event, acting as your own DJ is doable when you follow these four tips! (more…)

How to Feed Your Guests Like a Pro

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Wedding Food

What will most people remember about your event? The food, of course! Food is the great uniter—the one thing we all have in common—and is often the highlight of an event. While your menu will likely (and rightly so) reflect your likes, dislikes, culture or traditional menu, do remember your guests may have different needs. Between food allergies and special diets, you don’t want anyone to find themselves with little to nothing to munch on! We’re not suggesting you try to prepare an individual meal for each guest, but everyone should feel comfortable. This week we have a few tips to keep in mind when you’re making menu decisions for your event. (more…)

Mardi Gras Party Ideas

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Mardi Gras just wouldn’t be Mardi Gras without the characteristic masks, beads and exotic colors, but you don’t have to stick with the usual. A Mardi Gras theme can go beyond the typical expectations with a few awesome extras. So, just in time for the celebration, we’re sharing a few of our best ideas for infusing the spirit of Mardi Gras into your event! (more…)