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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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New Year & Newly Engaged! What’s Next?!!

Happy New Year!! I hope that you all enjoyed the Holiday season and used some of our tips to host some of your best parties! It’s a new year and therefore, new reasons to celebrate!

This week’s entry is for the ladies who got engaged this holiday season! First, let me say CONGRATS! You’ve got a great man, he took the fabulous Beyoncé’s advice and put a ring on it!tumblr_mm8qdbDahE1s50bd6o1_500

What now?!! I know you are very excited, because this is one of the greatest moments anyone can experience in life. Excitement can sometimes have you all over the place. You just can’t figure out where or how to begin. Rest assure, I am here to help you with all of the details that come with your big event.

First, along with your fiance’, decide when you want to have your ceremony. This will help determine the length of your planning process. If you want a date  16 months or less from your engagement, start now.

Destination-Wedding-Photo-from-www.destinationnow.com_Decide where you want to get married. The actual details like, St. Corinthians church on 53rd street, are not as important today as they will be in a few more months into planning. Information like whether you want a wedding locally, in another city, or a destination wedding that would require passports and extensive travel arrangements require a decision  now. For example, a destination wedding will require booking as soon as possible, also you will need to inform your guests of the details as they need to plan for this exciting time as well.  A local wedding offers many of your necessary resources right at your fingertips. Out of town weddings are similar to destination weddings because they are typically in places where the majority of your guests do not live, including you and the groom.

calulatorDecide on a budget, you can do this before the previous step or concurrently. It is important to be realistic when creating this budget. You two know yourselves better than any wedding planner, friend or family member. You know what you can afford.  If you are paying for your own wedding,  take into account how much you already have saved and how much more you could possibly save  prior to your wedding.   Consider what you want from your wedding day. If you know you want three dress changes, a band, a DJ and a photo booth, I’ll tell you now, $15,000 is not enough for that wedding to take place in Chicago. Also, take into consideration your approximate guest size. Remember, you have to feed all the invited guests. Scale back on the number of guests or increase your budget accordingly. Still need help with appropriate budgeting? Contact my company and we can provide you with budget assistance.

Also considering ring insurance! These are the first symbols of your upcoming nuptials. Whether your wedding is this year or two years from now, anything can happen, you want to have your rings on the  wedding day! Buy insurance!

Here is the fun part! Begin the dress search! This is especially important for us women who have no idea what we want! It’s never too early to shop for your wedding dress! As long as you have the ring, you can get the dress! weddingdressshopping

Set up appointments at local or out of state bridal boutiques and go in and try on different dresses! If anyone has ever seen TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress, you want to bring a friend and some close family members.  In my professional opinion, bringing more than four people to a dress consult can hinder this very special moment.  Take people who’s opinion you value, take people who will not just yes you  and who will give an honest and genuine opinion based on what is best for you. Leave the hater friends at home!! You know who they are! You love them dearly, but they can hate sometimes, (you instantly thought of her, lol) Bring people who will help you stick to your budget and if needed might even pull out their own checkbooks! You can also do some research on the internet before going into an actual boutique. If you find a dress, get the name of the dress and designer. Print out a photo of the dress. Make sure the stores you plan to visit carry that designer’s dresses.

Last but not least, hire a wedding planner. A common misconception about hiring a wedding-planner-2wedding planner  is that when you hire one, everything you have always wanted goes out the window and the planner then does whatever they want. That couldn’t be furthest from the truth. You wouldn’t need to pay a planner to give you their dream wedding. You’re paying for help in bringing your dreams for your day to life. Wedding planners are wedding professionals. They are experienced when handling wedding business. Planners know the best vendors to fit your needs and budget. They know how to bring to life what you have been dreaming about for most of your life. Your initial meeting with your wedding planner should lay out as much of your desires for this special day as possible. It is also  time to identify if this planner is right for you and your day. After all, you will be spending a great deal of time with them over the next year. Based on your budget and your wishes, a planner will provide you with options and you should be able to choose which vendor you want to work with. Planners will and should make suggestions, but it’s ultimately up to you, because it’s your wedding . Planners can surprisingly be less expensive than you think. Some planners will set their price based on your budget and your needs. Then there are some, who have a set fee for what you are requesting from them. Remember, you can have a planner their for as little or as much help as you need. Talk to one today!

You can contact Plan the Day Event Services for a free consultation. They will be able to provide you with any help you need for your big day!

These are just a few of the things you can do as soon as you get engaged! It’s an exciting time for you. Start your planning early, to ensure you have the best of everything that you want for your big day!

To request an extensive wedding planning timeline, shoot us an email and we’ll send you one! Mention this blog posts in your request!

Happy Planning! 🙂

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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