Posts Tagged ‘wedding tips’

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.

Communication

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 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!