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.
One thing that I love about being in the event planning industry is that I get to meet some very wonderful people. There is nothing like sharing ideas with others, learning from each other, helping each other, and seeing the wow factor on the faces of those we plan for. We have met many wonderful brides and event planners alike. However, every now and then we just meet people who in my opinion don’t have enough integrity to be a part of this wonderful industry. You know, the kind of people who seem not to have any moral boundaries whatsoever. Here are 5 lines that I believe should not be crossed.
1. If you work for someone and decide go out on your own, don’t target their customers!
This is just wrong, but from what I hear it is becoming commonplace in this industry. This is stealing in my book. You can call it competing, but it is theft. It is taking advantage of a resource that you would not have had except that someone misplaced their trust in you. If you have done this, then you are a thief. Many times you will find that your former employer will mentor you and even help you to go out on your own if you do it in the right way. Continue reading “Ethics in Event Planning: 5 Things That Are Just Morally Wrong!”
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.
Last week we talked about the negative effect that wedding DIY sites are having on the event planning industry especially when it comes to DIY advice. I want to be clear that we are not anti-DIY. The positive influence of DIY sites on the event planning industry greatly outweighs the negative. Thanks to the DIY revolution, brides can save a lot of money especially with the guidance of a real professional event planner. Most DIY sites are very trustworthy as are most people in the event planning industry. In this post we wanted to highlight five very trustworthy sites for DIY advice.
I am sure that many of you have heard of the bride who went all totalitarian on her bridesmaids recently. Unfortunately, this is more common than you might think. While, most brides aren’t this bad, many brides do things that are a lot more subtle. Many others offend their bridesmaids without intending to and don’t even realize it.
But, for those of you who want to be bridezillas, here is how you can offend all your bridesmaids and ensure that they won’t want anything do with you after your wedding.
Don’t you just envy brides who seem to put their own weddings together and still have them look very professional? In today’s economy it is no wonder that brides are looking to get more for their money any way they can. DIY sites are popping up all over the web. They tell us, “You don’t need a wedding planner. Just do everything yourself.”
Are Event Planners Headed For Extinction?
Are we headed for a time where event planners are no longer needed? I say no! In fact, all the information on the web has made event planning more overwhelming than ever! This is one of the reasons why the event planning industry is defying the economy and fortunately the popularity of DIY hasn’t hurt most wedding planners one bit.
Many brides are capable of planning their own weddings and enjoy doing so, but for many it can lead to disaster and make them absolutely miserable. You also need to realize that while the Internet is packed full of great ideas, there is a lot of bad advice out there. Continue reading “DIY Killed The Event Planner?”
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:
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? Continue reading “4 Reasons Not To Rent Ostrich Feather Centerpieces”
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.
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.
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.
My previous post discussed the seasonal challenges of event planning, but another challenge is how to plan your event so that it reflects you while also including and accommodating other special people.
Most brides have spent at least a few years thinking about and planning the details of their special day, but many brides often forget the fact that they will have to include input from others, specifically, the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom. Continue reading “Including Others”