Showing posts from January, 2018

You are engaged. Now what?

Now that you have said I Do, here are a few things you should start doing.

Start a wedding planner. You can either purchase one or make your own with a binder full of your wedding ideas. Be sure to add dividers for each vendor category.  Put pockets in it as well to hold all quotes until you secure each vendor.Pick your wedding date ( I have noticed a trend of couples picking their dates based on the venue they want and their availability)Have an engagement party (Invite your family and friends to join in the celebration)Set your budget (This is the dreaded topic but necessary. You cannot start planning with out it) Before finalizing your budget, do some research on items you  know you will need and want for your wedding. This will give you an idea of the going rate of some items and it will enable you to set a realistic budget.Meet with a Wedding Planner. (You may not have a budget for a full planner but should consider a Day of coordinator. Also, a wedding planner can be hired as a c…

Why do DJ's charge so much? All they are doing is playing music

 The DJ will make or break your party. We have come a long way from putting a record on and saying a few words on the microphone. I asked 4 DJ/Entertainment Companies for their thoughts and cost and their response was article worthy.
A professional DJ puts a lot of work into your events weeks, even months prior to your event.  They must pull the music, program equipment, and coordinate with venues and other vendors (especially if there is not a planner or coordinator) Prior to your event, they must upgrade and maintain their equipment and  also handle training sessions to ensure that all of their staff can handle your event with perfection. Your professional DJ isn't just pushing play, he must
1. Have the ability to control a room
2. Time Management
3. Posses Professional Equipment
4. Have Experience
5. Know the proper flow of your wedding and be able to quickly transition
6. Be well spoken and Professionally dressed

I must quote one DJ who said to me, "If you hire someone who DJ'…

What are Service Charges? What are we paying for?

The Service Charges is the evil little charge that most couples despise. It hikes up your food and/or venue cost and is taxable. So what is this cost? Each venue or caterer charges for different reasons. If you are at a hotel, for example, you will notice the charge is 18% - 24%. These charges may include labor (kitchen staff, setup staff, event manager, etc. These charges also incorporates the use of their equipment such as chaffing dishes, utensils, china, etc.  If you are using a caterer, you will see they breakdown labor cost but sometimes you do not see the breakdown of their staff that cooks the food, load and unload their trucks. For outside caterers, this charge covers fuel, transportation, and maintenance, along with equipment use such as chafing dishes, china, etc. At no time is this charge a gratuity. When planning you wedding, please be sure to incorporate these charges in your final budget.

1.BRINGING AN ENTOURAGE: Keep it Simple. The more people you bring the more confusing selecting your gown gets. Keep the numbers down to under 3 2.SHOPPING TOO EARLY: It is natural to want to start shopping for gowns soon after you become engaged. The problem is, you try on so m any that you may forget what you really like. Try to keep gown shopping at 12 months prior or when you are READY to purchase. 3.TRYING ON TOO MANY GOWNS