Posts Tagged ‘event planning’

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?  (more…)

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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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. (more…)

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. (more…)

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

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

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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.

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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. (more…)

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. (more…)

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. (more…)

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. (more…)

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. (more…)

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. (more…)

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. (more…)