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How to Plan Your First-Ever Event

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Planning your first event is never easy but with preparation it can be one of the most exhilarating moments of your life. During preparation, it is important to never forget this event is for your guests. Every step of the way should have the guests in mind.

What are the key details you should keep in mind when planning your first event? 


Research, Research, Research

There is no test trial when planning your first event. To keep yourself organized from the beginning, manage your event through Eventbrite. In addition, it is important to research the latest trends before the event begins. Personalization is the hottest trend right now in any event. From handwritten name cards to individual parting gifts, this is the perfect way to make sure each person knows he or she is the most important attendee at the event. Natural decorations are key to creating an authentic environment for your guests. The use of seasonal plants, animal furs and bird feathers, including ostrich feathers, creates a warm and inviting ambience for the event.

Lean on Key Influencers in Your Network

It is important to think through key influencers who will be able to help you pull off the event. Months before the event begins, think through your network of friends and the gifts and talents of individuals in this network. Is your friend a calligrapher? Can a family member provide live music during the event? A friend or family member could provide the integral piece to taking the event to the next level.


There are so many components to an event, so it is vital to communicate to your team, attendees and vendors before, during and after the event. Create to-do lists for each team member so they know their specific roles going into the event. During the event, clearly label directions for attendees and have extra team members ready to answer any questions. After the event is complete, write thank you notes to the key team members and vendors who made it all possible.

Your first event will set the trajectory for your career as an event planner. Take in each moment of the event so you can remember it the rest of your life.

5 Romantic Wedding Traditions from Around the World

Monday, February 10th, 2014

We all know the romantic wedding traditions in America, from jointly cutting the cake to the sweetheart table, but if you’re looking to mix things up a bit there are many traditions from around the world you can incorporate into your ceremony! We’ve chosen five to feature this week, but there are hundreds to choose from.

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courtesy of Mark Eric Photography

An interesting variation of the bouquet toss comes from Peru. Wedding charms are placed between the layers of the wedding cake with ribbons attached. Prior to cutting the cake, unattached female guests pull the charms out. The idea is that the woman who pulls out the wedding ring charm will be the next to marry!

In Russia, grooms pay a ransom for their brides. At the start of a traditional Russian wedding ceremony, the groom will arrive at his bride’s residence and ask for her. Her family will then have a bit of fun asking him for gifts and making him complete silly tasks. He may have to tell jokes, perform funny dances or solve riddles. But it doesn’t stop there! After enduring their teasing, the bride’s family will often bring out a different family member disguised as her. The groom will then have to pay still more ransom to get to his actual bride! Once her family is satisfied, the ceremony moves forward, but watch out! The bride (or her shoe!) can be stolen again during the reception and require still more ransom to be returned to the groom.

From either Hawaiian or Native American tradition (the history is unclear) comes the unity sand ceremony. In this tradition, the bride and groom pour sand into a glass vessel symbolizing the coming together of lives. Unlike the ephemeral unity candle ceremony, the result is a beautiful keepsake that can be displayed forever. This tradition adapts well to modern times with the use of different colored sands. In blended families, children can be involved in the ceremony by adding their own colored sand representing their joining into the new family.

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courtesy of Frank Simonetti – Photographer

In Mexico, rather than forming a circle around the bride and groom for the first dance, guests hold hands and form a heart!

Last, there is a wonderful tradition from Navajo culture is for the couple to face east during the ceremony. Facing the direction the sun rises symbolizes a new day dawning and a new beginning together.

Let us know in the comments if you know of any romantic traditions from around the world. We’d love to hear from you!

5 Tips for Finding a Great Wedding Venue

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Where to have your wedding? It’s frequently the first question that is asked post-engagement, and it can define the look, feel and date of your event. A misstep with other details can often be fixed by an expert wedding planner or a tenacious wedding party, but the location will affect almost every aspect of your big day. Here are five tips to avoiding location disaster:
Outdoor Wedding Venue
# 5 is Take Your Time!
It’s easy to get caught up in the moment the first time you see a venue and imagine your wedding there. Remember that you want your big day to be as easy on you and everyone else as possible so making sure a venue meets your logistical needs must be a high priority.

#4 is Remember Who You Are
Unique locations are becoming increasingly popular as weddings become more of a reflection of a couple’s personalities, but these types of venues often aren’t able to provide as many of the amenities as traditional locations. Do you prefer a venue that will handle all the aspects of your wedding or do you have specific vendors you want to work with? If a venue is full-service, you may end up disappointed when they require you to use their vendors. If you choose a non-traditional location, you need to make sure you’ve covered all your bases. Ask about liquor licenses, fire marshal requirements and liability insurance to name just a few!

Indoor Wedding Venue#3 is Size Matters
You will have to decide if only close friends and family will be invited or if your third cousin once removed can have a plus one. If you are set on 300 wedding guests, your field of possibilities will be narrowed down to hotels and other large venues. On the other hand, a small wedding will be out of place in a large hotel, and you should look for a more intimate setting.

#2 is Time of Year
Some venues are gorgeous in summer, but fall flat in winter. Make sure your venue is going to look beautiful at the time of your wedding. Look at the location like a photographer would. Pictures last forever!

#1 is Ask Questions!
Venue managers are there to answer your questions, so make sure you ask. It’s better to ask twice than misunderstand. Do research online too, but remember that emotions—good and bad—are often running high when people post anonymous reviews.

You won’t be able to control every aspect of how your wedding turns out, but by taking a thoughtful approach to picking your wedding venue, you’ll be able to remove one of the biggest stresses!

Lights, Camera, Action! Planning A Wedding is a Lot Like Making a Movie

Thursday, January 10th, 2013


A wedding is like a movie in a lot of ways. First and foremost are the stars of the show, our leading actors, the bride and groom. As in a movie, the wedding is the story about them and their lives.

film strip

Next are the supporting actors, the bridesmaids and groomsmen. Their role, just like in the movies, is to support the bride and groom; in essence, to make them look good. Of course, every film has a director (the wedding planner), a production team, (the mother, the mother-in-law, the clergy, the photographer, the caterer, the florist) and finally, a set (the church, the hall, an outdoor pavilion, the beach). Today, I want to talk to you about the set.


Every set has to have perfect lighting. If you have ever watched a movie being shot, you would know that there are hundreds of lights, in various sizes and heights, which are used to provide the perfect lighting needed for filming. In the same manner, your wedding/reception needs the picture-perfect lighting to enhance your special day. A great way to achieve that look is with the use of flameless candles, such as the ones we sell here at Wholesale Event Solutions. Flameless candles come in different shapes and sizes to help you create the desired ambiance for your wedding. Plus, you won’t have to worry about the set burning down!

Every set also has to have the perfect backdrop. At Wholesale Event Solutions, we offer many different styles of wedding colonnades to make your day picture perfect! For example, if you are going for the romantic look, use the classic Graeco-Roman Style Colonnade Arch; add some tulle wrapped in soft white lights and some beautiful potted plants and you are ready to go. Or, if you are a modern bride, use the Contemporary Oval Style Colonnade for a very sleek, elegant look. All of our colonnades are sturdy and stable, yet lightweight; which makes them very easy to assemble.

And, finally, every set needs the precise trimmings to make it look real. Wholesale Event Solutions offers a wide variety of decorations. We have vases of every size and shape for perfect floral arrangements, beautiful and unique table candelabras, and our ever popular Ostrich Feather Centerpieces, which come in every color under the sun. Choose whatever fits your style, or be bold and go with something distinctive and different!


Remember, you are the “producer” of your wedding! So, take charge! Browse our website and see what we have to offer. Let Wholesale Event Solutions be your co-producer in the finest and most important production of your life–your wedding. Congratulations and happy filming!

Milestone Birthdays: A Roaring Past 30’s Party

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Don’t want to swim with the fishes? Then lend me your ear for a few ticks of the clock.  Jen Carver, from Banner Events here with a guest post that will help kick up your next adult birthday celebration a notch or two with a few bullet-proof principles of party design.

Make Milestone Birthdays Memorable:
Who says turning 40 has to be the pits? Milestone birthday celebrations will always be en vogue,  and celebrating a 40th birthday can be the bees knees for both the guest of honor and party goers with a little planning,  some swanky party props, costumes & décor and of course, delicious food & drinks.


First:  Choose a Theme!
Or better yet, let the theme choose you!  Choosing a theme doesn’t have to be difficult.  Grab a pencil and paper & quickly jot down a few things related to the guest of honor.  The list could include his/her job, hobbies, interests, talents, goals–really anything from which you can derive a theme.  Once you have your initial list, do some additional brainstorming, adding some ideas of how you might transform this simple idea into an overall theme. (Things to consider:  invitation, party decor, food & drink, favors, entertainment & music.)

Let me illustrate this principle.
A  fabulously creative client recently helped her husband bid farewell to his roaring 30s with a 1920s style gangster themed surprise party attended by his closest friends and family.  Who doesn’t get excited about the thought of zoot suits, wing tips, cloche hats, feather boas & fedoras?  This theme was decided upon after a few quick questions which revealed that the guest of honor was a huge fan of the popular game Mafia Wars.  Quickly, ideas for food (Italian pasta bar) and drink (self-serve Mockarita bar) were scratched on paper & a theme started to take shape.  With the basics in place, additional brainstorming was done to tie little details to the main theme.  More on that in Step 3.

Second:  Set the Stage
Of course, setting the stage for an unforgettable evening is a must and sending out the perfect invitations is a great way for guests to catch a glimpse of all of the fun to come .  Custom paperie is a popular & affordable party trend which not only allows for more personal expression than many store bought invitations and decor provide, but also affords one the ability to completely coordinate all of the little details that take an event from ordinary to extraordinary.

For this event, gorgeous Art Deco inspired invitations & party printables were created by the talented Dolly Robison of Paper Perfection.  Photo booth tickets were included as a small enclosure with the invitation and were a clever way of encouraging guests to dress the part.

Come as a flapper or come as you are.

Dress as a gangster or a silent screen star.

It’s going to be fun no matter the dress.

Just bring yourself.  I’ll do the rest.

Third:  Pair Well-Planned Details With Your Theme
You did your homework in step 1, now don’t forget to put it to good use.  Let your creativity take center stage as you insert fun theme coordinating details into your event.  Here are a few of the clever & festive details we incorporated.

  • The party area was decorated to resemble a 1920’s style ‘Clip Joint’ (gentleman’s club).

  • We added some intrigue as guests arrived, by decorating the entry way.  Our entry door featured a 1920’s style WANTED poster picturing the guest of honor, modeled after an Al Capone poster from that era.  A faux metal beaded curtain from Event Decor Direct hung at the door to immediately give that club vibe.

  • Once inside, the seating and dining areas were dressed up with red feather boas (  & fedora hats from Windy City Novelties.  They served as part of the decor, but also functioned as wardrobe accessories for guests to use in the photo booth and take-home as a party favor.

  • Water bottles were dressed with printed “Mafia Water” labels, some ribbon & a little bling.

  • While this theme lends itself to several fun variations & many may choose to play up the Prohibition angle with a Speak Easy & “Boot Leg” bar, my friends preferred a non-alcoholic approach. We offered a self-serve mocktail bar.  Sugar rimmed martini glasses from WebStaurantStore embellished with drink flags, filled silver trays.  Guests enjoyed being able to quench their thirst throughout the night, sipping yummy mocktails through festive striped straws from Hey Yo Yo.

  • We wanted to offer guests appetizers they ‘couldn’t refuse’ that still corresponded with the theme, but also made for a lovely presentation.  Caprese skewers, fruit kabobs & Italian stuffed mushrooms (not pictured)  foot the bill!

  • Big, gorgeous ostrich feather center piece kits from Wholesale Event Solutions were effortlessly assembled (thanks to their free online tutorial) and added that “wow” factor that kept guests reminiscing of an earlier era.


  • Chocolate bullets were creatively packaged as take home favors.  Every gangster needs a few spare ‘slugs’.

  • Guest of honor sweet treat favorites were incorporated into the dessert table. Including lemon cupcakes with white frosting and ornate fondant toppers designed by Brenda of Sugar High Inc., chocolate parfaits, Hot Tamales, Cinnamon bears, chocolate dipped Rice Krispy treats, & Oreo truffles.

  • Entertainment included several theme appropriate games (‘Pockets, Purses & Wallets’-Gangster style & ’10 Fingers’) a tribute video, 1920s era music and a photo booth which  provided a fun way for guests to remember the night!  It was stocked with funny props & costumes.

Fourth:  Be a guest at your own event!
You’ve put in the work, now don’t forget to enjoy yourself!  Relax.  Smile.  Laugh.  Your guests will follow your lead.  I love that my friend & her husband (the guest of honor) were found having fun with photo booth props (like the fedora hats from Windy City Novelties and feather boas from PartyFeathers) in the photo booth, laughing with guests & enjoying their own food & desserts.


Vendor Credits:

Jen Carver, Banner Events:  Complete Event Styling

Event Photography: David Wolf Photography

Paper Perfection:  Printable invitation & Party Graphic Design 

Wholesale Event Solutions: Ostrich Feather Centerpiece kits & Eiffel Tower Vases

WebStaurantStore:  Plastic martini glasses

Windy City Novelties:  Plastic fedora hats

Event Decor Direct:  Faux silver beaded curtains

Sugar High Inc., : custom fondant cupcake toppers

Hey Yo Yo:  Striped paper straws & designer cupcake liners

Naughty Stitches:  Custom Applique shirt

Resources: — tablecloths & runners


What Everyone Needs to Know About Planning a Retro Wedding

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Have you ever seen a vintage wedding that you just didn’t get? I have seen weddings that were intended to be “retro” or “vintage” but I just couldn’t tell for the life of me what era they were even going for. Simply wearing your mother’s wedding dress does not make your wedding vintage. If you aren’t careful, you will simply end up with a “dated” wedding, out-of-style, no character, and nothing that anyone will remember.

If you are planning a vintage wedding it is very important that you:

1. Learn everything that you can about your era and theme.

2. Keep your decor true to that era.

3. Plan activities for your even that fit in and were popular during that era.

4. Go all out with your theme without going overboard.



Know Your Era

The first thing you need to do is to define the era in time that your wedding theme comes from. Is your wedding theme from a more recent time like the 70s or 80s? Are you trying to emulate the roaring 20s or are you looking for a 1940s theme? If you do not have a clear vision as to what your wedding theme is, your guests won’t get it either. No matter what day and age that your wedding is going to be based on, we are living in the information age. Get on the internet and do some research. Google the era that you need to know more about and learn everything that you can. To make your wedding stand out from the rest, look for those lesser known details that no one else is doing. Yet, also incorporate themes that everyone will recognize. For example, let’s say you are basing your wedding on the 1940s. Everyone knows that WWII was going on, so you should incorporate something from that. But did you know that noir films were very popular back then with femme fatale characters. Films from your era of choice are a great resource for wedding ideas. Newspaper archives can also give you some insight.


Keep Your Decor True To the Era


This is where most people miss it. If your decor does not match your theme, then you have failed to pull off your theme. Again, let me say that you need to rent some movies from your era. How do you see in the formal settings of that time?

Also, use Pinterest to research your themes. Be careful here because most people who pin aren’t historians.

Here is a checklist to make sure your decor works:

1.  Your wedding dress must fit in with that time. I’m sorry but a modern wedding dress just doesn’t cut it.

2. Are your bridesmaids dresses appropriate to your theme?

3. Do your centerpieces fit in with that era?

4. What music was popular back then? I love the Black Eyed Peas, but they weren’t around in the 1950s.

5. Is your wedding cake in the style of that time?

6. Do your wedding invitations make your theme clear?

7. Food and drink? What was popular at that time?


Plan Your Activities Around That Era (What did people do for fun back then?)

Google “What did people do for fun in the ….. (your era of choice)”. Jot down anything that looks like it would be fun at a wedding reception. Swing dancing was popular in the 1920s. To my surprise, I also found out that the basic steps of east coast swing are relatively easy to learn. It only looks hard when professionals do it. You could have a dance instructor come in and teach people to swing dance. They will have fun no matter how well they do it.

These newly married couple picked swing dancing for their first dance! Which one do you like the best?

You Need To Go All Out Or Else Your Event Will Only Look Dated

Your theme needs to be crystal clear. If you only wear a vintage dress and put out one or two vintage centerpieces, your event will just look out-of-style. Most of your guests won’t get it. Go all out with your theme. Try to make everything fit your era down to the last detail. Keep in mind that the more recent your wedding era was the harder it is to pull off. It is harder to pull off a 1980s wedding than it is a 1920s wedding because people remember the 80s. Many people worry about going overboard with their theme, but more people under do it than over do it. Just make sure that still obey basic design principles and make sure everything flows together.

Did you have a vintage wedding that you were proud of?

Please send us your photos. We would love to feature your wedding here on our blog. Or are you an event planner who has experience with vintage weddings? If so, contact me at I would love for you to share your ideas with our readers.

7 Things To Think About When Planning Your Rehearsal Dinner

Monday, November 5th, 2012
rehearsal dinner

The average rehearsal dinners makes up about 5% of the total wedding budget.

Did you know that the average cost of a rehearsal dinner is $1,153?  Since, the average cost of a wedding is around $26,000, the average rehearsal dinner comprises about 4% to 5% of the wedding budget. I think this is a good rule of thumb when budgeting for your rehearsal dinner. However, it is not written in stone. It can be as simple or as extravagant as you want. But with that being said, this is a good place to make some cuts to your wedding budget since the rehearsal dinner shouldn’t overshadow the wedding anyway.

This week, I wanted to give you a simple guide for planning your rehearsal dinner. Here are seven aspects that you need to think about.


Who is going to host the rehearsal dinner?

Traditionally, it is usually the groom’s parents who host the dinner. I do not suggest breaking from this tradition if at all possible. However, sometimes there are circumstances that prevent this from being possible. Here are some alternative suggestions:

  • The bride and the groom themselves
  • Other family members or friends
  • A well respected member of the community (a church member for example)

In my opinion, a wedding that is extremely formal should have a casual rehearsal dinner. If you are going to go to the trouble of pulling out all the stops to make your wedding glamorous, then you don’t want the rehearsal dinner to overshadow the big day in the slightest.

Casual or Formal?

If your wedding is going to have a casual feel, then you really need to be careful not to overdo the big day. A formal rehearsal dinner before an informal wedding can work when you have a small and intimate gathering for your dinner. On the other hand, if you are inviting a large group of people, it would be easy to overdo it and outdo the wedding itself.

Have you sent out the invitations? 

Some people in the wedding industry argue that sending out invitations for the rehearsal dinner isn’t necessary. I agree with this in cases where the dinner is going to be very informal. But if your dinner is going to be formal, you need to send them out. Be sure to include the spouses of your guests when you send your invitations out.

Who do you invite to the rehearsal dinner?

This is something else that is not written in stone. With the economy struggling and wedding budgets trimming, many brides and grooms are choosing to keep the rehearsal dinner small. Many couples are choosing to only invite immediate family members (parents of the brides and grooms) while others are electing to keep it between themselves, the groomsmen, and the bridesmaids. However, it is a good practice to invite the officiant and his/her spouse. But inviting guests from out of town is not really necessary. Children can definitely be excluded from the dinner.

But, others prefer to make it a more grand affair. This is also perfectly acceptable. You can invite your entire guest list if you please. This is not normally done, but it is your wedding. If you are making the dinner a large affair, don’t forget about your photographer and your videographer.

Where are you going to have the rehearsal dinner?

You have plenty of options here. One option is to have a formal sit down dinner at a nice restaurant. If you have the budget for it and are going to invite out of town guests, this is a great choice. If you want a more informal choice, then have the dinner either at your home or at someone else’s house. This gives you the option of showing pictures and home movies from the earlier lives of the bride and groom. Or if you want something in the middle, have the rehearsal dinner at the place you went on your first date (not McDonalds though). This will create a good opportunity for reminiscing and storytelling.

Full meal or not?

You have plenty of options here. One option is to have a formal sit down dinner at a nice restaurant. If you have the budget for it and are going to invite out of town guests, this is a great choice. If you want a more informal choice, then have the dinner either at your home or at someone else’s house. This gives you the option of showing pictures and home movies from the earlier lives of the bride and groom. Or if you want something in the middle, have the rehearsal dinner at the place you went on your first date (not McDonalds though). This will create a good opportunity for reminiscing and storytelling.

If you are going to serve a full meal, then the menu should be different from your wedding menu. This is another great place to trim your budget if necessary. It is perfectly acceptable to do an appetizers only event as opposed to a full dinner menu. That is a great option if you want to invite out of town guests and keep your expenses trimmed at the same time.


Yellow ostrich feather centerpieceWhen it come to the decor of your rehearsal dinner, do not overshadow your wedding. Many brides choose to go with a completely different theme for their dinner in order to set it apart from the wedding. Others like for their rehearsal dinner to foreshadow their wedding. If you choose to foreshadow, you need to think smaller. Here are some tips for doing that

Let’s say that you are going to have over twenty ostrich feather centerpieces at your wedding. Don’t set up an ostrich feather centerpiece at every table. Instead, set up one or two somewhere like your hors d’oeuvre table. Don’t deck out the entire location with them.

Use flameless candles instead of regular candles. They are more versatile and you use them in different ways at your rehearsal dinners. Place them with smaller arrangements at your rehearsal dinner and larger ones at your wedding. You may want to use smaller centerpieces at the dinner with a similar style and color scheme as the larger ones at your wedding.

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A Very Pinteresting Approach To Event Planning

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Event planning is at least 25% easier than it was just two years ago. I say this because two years ago, we had to spend five times the amount of time we do today thumbing through magazines and surfing the web to get an idea of what products, projects, and advice to incorporate into our events. Those days are quickly coming to an end. Thanks to Pinterest, we can do a quick search and go through hundreds of images in mere minutes. Instead of looking through dozens of magazines to find three or four useful ideas, we can find dozens of useful ideas within just a few minutes. Times have changed indeed.

A Pinteresting Warning:

If you search Pinterest aimlessly and without a plan, you will waste more time than ever. There is so much to see on Pinterest, that it can be overwhelming. If you are not careful, you will waste hours scrolling without a clue. Also, there is plenty of bad advice out there and projects that simply won’t work. Here are six simple steps to save time, get more out of Pinterest, and really enjoy the process of planning your event.

1. Use Your Boards To Create Categories

For the purpose of this example, we will use a wedding for our demonstration. What are the different aspects that we need to think about? Wedding themes, wedding dresses, bridesmaids dresses, wedding centerpieces, etc. Spend some time brainstorming and jot down all the categories that you can think of. Then, create boards based on all of those categories.

To create a board, click on the “Add +” button at the top right of your screen.

Pinterest Add Button

To add a category page the first thing you need to do is click “Add+”.

Then, simply click “Create A Board”.

Create A Board On Pinterest

Here are some of our category pages:

EventsWholesale Pinterest categories

A few of the categories on the Pinterest page.


2. Authorize The Right People to Help You Pin To Those Boards

This is a great way to include your bridesmaids, your family, and even your new in-laws in on the planning process. To do this, click on the board you want to invite people to pin to. Then, click on the button that says “Edit Board”.

Click edit if you want to give people permission to pin to your board.

Finally, add whoever you want to the “Who Can Pin?” box and click “Invite”. Don’t forget to click “Save Settings”.

giving pinners permissio

Tip #1: Plan ahead and send Pinterest invitations to those who are not on Pinterest yet.

Tip #2: Copy and paste your “Who Can Pin List?” into a word document so you can paste it into all of your boards. This way you won’t have to type them in over and over again.

3. Use Pinterest’s Search Engine and Teach Your Helpers To Do So

Let’s go back to our wedding example. If you simply browse through Pinterest’s Weddings category, then you are going to waste all kinds of time. You are better off using the search box up at the top left corner.

The wrong way to search!

Let’s say that we are looking for a wedding dress for a vintage style wedding. Go and type in “wedding dresses” in the search engine. What do you see?


How many of these dresses are vintage? Not many! This search was not specific enough!

The right way to search!

This time, type in “vintage wedding dresses”.

vintage wedding dresses

Now, we are getting a bit closer to what we are looking for. This is where you repin everything you like into your “wedding dress” category. Now, get even more specific with your search. Type in “1950s vintage wedding dresses” and take a look.

1950s vintage wedding dresses

Are you a little surprised at how many pictures came up for something this specific? You can find almost anything on Pinterest!

Tip #3 – Also Visit the Pinterest Pages of Companies With Products You Like

For example: Let’s say you see a feather centerpiece from that you love. Then we should browse through our ostrich feather centerpiece page on Pinterest for inspiration.

4. Use Skype or Google Hangouts to Collaborate With Your Pinners

In this day and age, I don’t understand why anyone would use long distance telephone service. It is not longer necessary. With a free Skype account or a Google+ account, you can video chat with anyone, anywhere in the world for free!

This step is for your core group here. This is something you want to do with the pinners with the best ideas and the best grasp of what you are looking for. I really recommend Google hangouts. You can do a group video chat and share your computer screen with everyone. This gives you the opportunity to show your pinner entourage exactly what you like and don’t like.

5. Throw a Party For Your Pinners

This is the part where you get away from the computer for a while. If you are considering a lot of DIY projects for your event, assign one to each friend. Have them test the project to see if it really works and then bring it to the party to teach everyone else how to do it.

6. Don’t Forget About the Old School Methods!

Last of all, don’t forget about surfing the web and thumbing through those wedding magazines. You never know where you might find something that will inspire another Pinterest search.

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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, 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, 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 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

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, 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 on Pinterest too! on Pinterest

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