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Creative Ways to Ask Friends to be Apart of Your Wedding Day!

black proposalWith an abundance of engagement announcements running down my Facebook timeline, I want to dedicate this new post to the newly engaged couples!

What better way to include your favorite people in the excitement of your big day than to ask them to play a role in making your wedding day the best.

Here are few fun and creatives ways to ask your best girls and guys to be in your wedding:

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We hope that we’ve inspired some creativity in the way you will enlist the help of your favorite people for your big day!

Remember that if you need more planning help, visit our website to contact our planners!

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Do’s & Don’t’s of Favors, Gift Bags & Swag Bags!

When throwing a celebration it’s always nice to send your guest home with a token of your appreciation for attending your event. Did you know that sometimes those gifts don’t get used and the compliments you were sending are lost? They go forgotten or mean absolutely nothing to your guest just because you thought they were cute

 

Here a few Do’s & Don’t’s to make sure the favors, gift bags and swag bags you are sending home with your guest are the most useful, thoughtful and fun “thank you s” you’ve ever given!

 Do give water: You’ve just thrown the best party around town! The liquor was flowing the DJ had the people up moving all night. The party is over, the bar is closed and people need a cold glass of water to recoup for the ride home. Throw a bottle of water, with your company’s logo, wedding monogram etc on it in the parting gift. This is a thoughtful gift, it will not go to waste and your logo or monogram is sure to be seen after the event is over.

 

Do give mints: Alcohol on the breath, garlic from the garlic mashed potatoes that were served at dinner is a sure turn off. Here is another thoughtful gift for your guest, it will surely be needed and get used. There are so many options for packaging from little packages to tins with logos or monograms on them, you can do so much with them. If you give tins, the guests are sure to use them way after the event. This means they won’t forget your event!

Don’t give away coupons: Don’t give away coupons with percentages off a product. Ask yourself how many you personally use, make sure you are not a “couponer”, then realize they never get used. It’s a waste of paper. If they have never used the product before coupons given at an event in a swag bag among other gifts will not increase that chance.

Don’t put them in awkward packaging: Yes, that origami gift box is cool! It even matches the color scheme of your event. However, when I get it, I have no idea how to open it. I’ll throw it away. Or, if I do get it open, I didn’t notice the paper thank you note you had to fold 74 times in order for it to fit. Simplicity is sometimes better.

 

Do think about your guest: This is your wedding, you are paying for it, it’s all about you and your love! Its your thing! But you invited 200 people who love you and are happy for you! Not only do we think about them when choosing locations, food, etc, the favors are really about them too. Make sure they will understand it, even if you have to include a cute sheet of paper explaining it. Make sure the swag bag includes things that offer value to the ones receiving it. You don’t want to give anti wrinkle cream at a 21st birthday celebration. Or a 50th birthday party either. You also don’t want to offend your guest!

Please be cognizant of the people you invite to your events and their needs while there and possibly long after and you will succeed with the favors, gifts bags and swag bags you give out in the future!

 

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Vendor Spotlight: iCannye Artistry

 For just about any special event in a woman’s life, she wants to look good. From a woman’s hair looking good, makeup flawlessly done and on to her nails, these are the things that compliment the special moments in her life. This week’s Vendor Spotlight, highlights a woman who has made a successful business right here in Chicago, out of making women look good for all occasions. To her clients she is known as iCannye!

 iCannye can do it all! She does awesome nails, spectacular hair, awesome weaves and will beat a face to the heavens!! She is remarkably talented. Not only has she made a name for herself among us beauty enthused “Chicagoians”, she even has celebrity clientele!

 Just recently, iCannye did the makeup for Beyonce’s lead backup dancer Ashley Everett. That makeup was featured in JET Magazine. Everett even took to Instagram to acknowledge her glam team for her day in Chicago and our girl iCannye was there, as the makeup artist!

 When talking to iCannye about her skill, she says that she is not the average stereotype when it comes to her artistry. She went on to say “I have and will continue to study the science of who I am and what I do!” She is a licensed professional ladies!

 iCannye showcases her work on Instagram and Facebook. Often she shows the before and after of her transformations and each time she wows her audience with her breathtaking work.

 Chicago singer, Tykelia Waddell used iCannye for her makeup for the cover of her single Lord, I Thank You! She gave her a  look that was so beautiful, even Tykelia’s closest friends and family were amazed by the singer’s enhanced look.

“I had a great experience working with iCannye! She was humble, creative, and professional. I was privileged to have my makeup done by her, I didn’t want to take it off!” — Tykelia Waddell

iCannye aims to give skilled transformations that are sure to enhance your outer as well as your inner beauty; the right way! iCannye does makeup, hair and nails for all occasions, so if you are in need of a makeover or just a new weave, check her out!

 Want to be”iCannyed”? Click here to book her.  Other ways to stay connected to her: follow her on Twitter @iCannyeArtistry, “Like”her business page on Facebook: iCannye Artistry and catch her on Instagram: iCannye Artistry.

Check out some of her transformations right here:

Tips for Picking the Venue

All of your life you have dreamed of having your wedding outdoors! Now you’re engaged so that dream is coming alive! You also want to have the wedding a few days before Christmas because that’s your anniversary! Great! Everything is set! All you need to do is find the best venue with a great outdoor option!

Perfect right?!

Wrong! The wedding ceremony will take place outdoors, in December, in Chicago?! When planning an event, you come across issues that are beyond your control and your checkbook!  In cases like this, you may need to make a few adjustments to your plans.

When choosing the perfect venue for your event, there are a few things to consider:

1. What look are you going for with this event: the look will help determine whether you want to rent a banquet hall or an art gallery

   

 2. What is the budget for the event: Can you afford to rent a location for the event? Looking closely at the budget will help you determine if you are renting a location and if you can go to a downtown hotel or suburban banquet hall.

      If you need help putting together a budget for your event, contact me, I’ll help you with that! 

3. What is the size of the event: How many guests do you expect to invite to your event? If you are hosting an event for 200 people and its a sit-down dinner, you may not want to rent that intimate restaurant space you love. You have to consider how many people you want to attend in relation to the size of the venues you are looking at. As well as the style of the event.

 

4. What is the style of the event: The style of the event helps in the consideration of venue location too. This also goes hand and hand with the size. When thinking about the style of your event, think about whether you want a cocktail reception, sit down dinner, or a dance party, etc. This will help you choose a venue that can cater to the amount  of space you’ll need to have a sit down dinner or dance party comfortably.

 5. What season are you throwing the event in: This will help you decide whether or not you can have an event indoors or outdoors. Yes, you have always dreamed of an outdoor wedding, but if you plan to get married in the month of January in Chicago, that may not be such a good idea. It is important to consider your guests, they will freeze. If these people are important enough to share a special day with you, then they should be important enough to also be considered in the planning.

6. Is it in a centralized location: Where the venue is located is important for many reasons. For instance, if this is a wedding you are planning and the ceremony is taking place in a separate location from the reception; you should choose a reception venue near or not too far away from the 1st location. For the sake of time, you don’t want your second location two hours away and risk guest getting lost and not coming to the reception.

 These are only a few tips for choosing the venue for the event you are planning. For more helpful tips or any questions you have about venues, contact me!

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3 Tips to Choosing the Right Vendors

In response to: Help! I have no idea how to pick vendors!

Choosing vendors to provide services for the day you are planning is a tedious task, but it must be done! Choosing the right vendor will also provide you, the planner, with some ease of comfort because they are the experts and should provide you with their opinions and ideas while  working with you to get what you want.

 Here are a few tips to help you out!

 1.  Make lists!: Lists will save your life! They will make things easier for the vendor selection. Make a list for each category of vendor you need. (ex, photographer, caterer, florist) Give  each list 3-5 spots. Place your top contenders in these places. These will be the vendors  that you have searched, checked reviews, viewed their website, and like what you see and want to reach out to them for more information to see if they are indeed a perfect fit. This will help you stay organized and keep track of the vendors.

 2.  Attend expos! : If the event you are planning is your wedding, look up bridal expos in your area and attend them! These expos will have some of the leading vendors in your city. They know what they are doing and have experience in areas that you need! Visit each booth, take notes, get contact information and listen to their spills. Also, some vendors offer you an opportunity to leave them with your information, do it! After the expo, vendors will contact you with specials and discounts just because you attended the expo. As an added bonus, expos also can give you inspiration for ideas that you may want to incorporate into your event.

 3.  Ask your family and friends: Family and friends can be great sources for referrals! You never know if your sister’s best friend knows a great florist. Ask questions, they may be able to help you!

 When meeting with potential vendors critique their expertise, how willing they are to offer help in areas you are not familiar with, and evaluate if they made you feel comfortable about leaving a task in their hands for the event you are planning. 

 For more tips and or vendor consultation in the Chicago area, contact me at planthedaykf@gmail.com

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5 Tips for Successful Party Planning

Event planning requires a great deal of organization. There are so many aspects to planning an event that if you are not organized, things will get out of hand.

Here are some solutions that will ensure the event that’s making you pull your hair out is indeed a success:

1. Write things down: Get a notebook and pen specifically for the event you are planning. They are essential tools to you on this planning journey. Use this notebook for ideas, notes from vendors, and anything related to this event.

Also it helps to keep all paperwork in relation to the event you are planning in one place and together. Designate a file/folder/cabinet to keep up with contracts, proposals, receipts etc. 

2. Brainstorm: What do you want this event to be like? Does the event have a theme? Use the first page of your notebook to jot down the ideas you have about this event. If this is a vintage wedding, write down the aspects of this wedding that are vintage that will go with this theme. This will paint a picture of what you need to have for this event.

3. Set a realistic budget: Now that you have gotten out ideas for the event, examine how much you are willing to spend. In correlation with this step, it is important for you to factor in how many people you plan to invite. According to Wedding Guide Chicago, the average wedding cost for a wedding in Chicago of 150 guests is $30,000 dollars. Setting a realistic budget and guest size will help you stay on task and get the most for your money. If you know you can only spend $3,000 dollars on food and alcohol for your event, your catering search will be easier and quicker and you will be able to work with vendors to get what you need within your budget.

Planning a wedding? Email me for a free copy of my wedding budget worksheet! 

3. Research: Use your budget to help choose vendors for your event. Create a list  for each category to help you narrow down your vendor selections. (Photography, Venues, Caterer etc.) Have five really good vendors for each category. Use Google, word of mouth or consult a planner for vendor recommendations. Read reviews on Yelp!. Schedule appointments to view locations, and to meet with caterers, florist etc.

4. Create timelines: Set deadlines for yourself to stay on track. Also some events like weddings require their own timelines. For instance, at least 12 months before the wedding date, the caterer, venue, and florist should be booked. Consulting an event planner for timelines for event planning is a great tool as well.

5. Relax! Have fun!: Event planning can be stressful but its so great seeing all your hard work and energy come together to create a special experience for you, your family and friends. If you need a little more help consult an event planner! We are the experts and we will take your vision and create an awesome day! We will even take on the stress and everything else that comes from planning the event! Shoot me an email! I have your back!