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Benefits and How-To’s of Using a Wedding Planner

I remember getting engaged and while the excitement was abounding, I soon after started feeling overwhelmed by the number of tasks I foresaw would be required to make this wedding happen to everyone’s satisfaction. Every day there seemed to be more and more to consider and plan for and I wanted to cover all the bases with ease and in a timely fashion like my type A personality insisted on. My post-its were everywhere and in retrospect I wonder if hiring a wedding planner would have eased so much of that stress allowing me to have more sleep filled nights.

I’ve talked to so many couples getting married at various stages of their wedding preparation and while many were perfectly comfortable in making all the plans themselves, others were happy to hand all the wedding prep over to a wedding planner who would listen to their wishes and needs and whom they could trust to make the magic happen. I thought about various personalities and whether that played a factor in deciding on hiring a wedding planner. While a bit tongue in cheek, this is what I came up with.

Which Type Are You?

A. You are a detail oriented person that enjoys getting things done ahead of time. Nothing gives you more pleasure than completing a ‘To Do’ list. Spreadsheets are your love language.

B. On your last vacation you planned everything down to the last second including time for brushing your teeth. You visited five countries in three days and brought home personalized souvenirs for your extended family and everyone at the office.

C. You are a great planner with good ideas but don’t mind asking for help in some areas.

D. You are a free spirited optimist that believes everything will be lowered into place on ribbons by wedding fairies whilst you sleep.

E. You never made a decision you liked. If you ask your fiancé one more question about colour blocking or choosing between fuchsia and magenta table runners he or she is going to run screaming for the hills.

Some Benefits Of Having A Wedding Planner

If you answered D or E you might want to consider hiring a wedding planner right away, but anyone can benefit from having a wedding planner.

1. They offer a wide variety of services. Some are willing to plan only certain parts of a wedding which might save on cost and leave those who answered ‘C’ free to plan the aspects they enjoy. Even our ‘A’ and ‘B’ super planners can benefit from having someone else in charge of setup and takedown, leaving them free to enjoy the day.

2. Destination weddings in particular might benefit from having a wedding planner. If they are familiar with the part of the world you’re planning to travel to they can help with documentation, paperwork, and correspondence with the venue operator.

3. Even though planners are themselves an expense, a wedding planner can be very helpful in keeping you on budget. Their contacts with trustworthy vendors may save you time, and because vendors depend on their referrals, dollars as well.

Some Questions To Consider Asking

1. How long have you been a wedding planner?

2. What kind of services and packages do you offer?

3. Are you a member of a professional organization and or the Better Business Bureau?

4. Do you have references I could be in touch with and photos from previous events?

It is up to you to be clear with your potential wedding planner as to what you foresee your wedding day to look like along with budget expectations, and what exactly you are hoping them to do. Do you need help with decor, flowers, photography, pre-wedding parties, rehearsal dinner, organization of out-of-town guests, guest special needs, seating arrangements…? Wedding planners can help you with any part of the concept, organization and execution of your wedding day. They can also be someone who helps you to focus and breathe. Breathing is good!

Eventastic gives couples their custom wedding themed website with universal gift registry, photo sharing, video features, ticketing (for pre-wedding fundraising parties) and registration options. Try it now!

Cheers!

 

 

 

 

Top 4 Factors Affecting Your Wedding Date And Venue Choice

Now the planning begins!

Congratulations on your engagement! Most likely now discussion will turn to preferences of wedding date and venue! Which comes first, picking your wedding date or wedding venue? There are a few factors that might determine your answer.

Seasonal Choice

Deciding whether date or venue is most important to you is crucial as one will most likely affect the other. Seasonal choice for your wedding is a key factor often determining availability of date and venue. Knowing what time of year you both would prefer getting married is helpful and a good start. If venue is most important to you then checking on the establishment’s availability during your preferred wedding season will determine the date of your wedding. You can bet you are not the only one that has fallen in love with getting married in that little chapel in the country next summer. Likewise, if you are particularly connected to a certain date for your nuptials that has sentimental meaning then your venue choice might need to be flexible if every other couple also loves the idea of a July wedding.

Destination

Wedding location will always affect your chosen date and venue if choosing to get married in a far away place. If you’ve always dreamed of getting married on a beach with tropical breezes a destination wedding might be for you. They’ve become very popular but research is important.  Remember, even tropical climates can have fluctuations in temperature and what can be expected seasonally. If you’re hoping for particular weather it is wise to google when the rainy season begins and pick a date which suits your needs and wishes. Travel agents are wonderful sources for advice which could be invaluable when considering what you will need to know about your prospective destination, venue and the legal requirements of the country from afar. It’s never too early to make sure you and your guests have your passports in order.

Finances

Your wedding budget will definitely play a role in your choice of wedding date and venue. If wanting a destination wedding but finances are limited, off-season booking is the best way to get a special group rate at resorts.

If date is secondary and choosing a certain venue is important as you’ve found it to be most cost effective then don’t delay in booking. Some venues are booked up to two years in advance. Being willing to hold your wedding during off peak times may allow you to secure a date sooner.

Traditional places of worship have classically been great choices for your ceremony with reception to follow at another location. Sometimes wedding decor choice for both sites can increase costs. There are quite a few more options nowadays that couples are choosing to explore.  Local historical sites, museums, wineries, botanical gardens and even mom and dad’s back yard can make a lovely backdrop for a combined ceremony and reception.

Number of Guests

The number of guests you will be inviting to your wedding will also play a role when prioritizing wedding date and venue. Your venue options will vary depending on the size of your wedding so if you have your heart set on a particular setting remember it may mean some adjustments of invites. Having a rough idea of numbers will certainly assist in your decision making process.

It’s exciting getting engaged. For some, a long engagement is a chosen path. For others, getting married within the year is a priority. While early planning for your wedding can sometimes be overwhelming it is important to have discussions with your fiancée to ensure you are both on the same page regarding certain aspects of your wedding vision. We at Eventastic hope this blog will inspire some discussion and help in your wedding planning process.

Is It Ok To Ask For Money On Your Wedding Registry?

EventasticWeddings.com Cash Gifting RegistryWe have had great fun speaking with couples getting married all over the world and time and time again the discussion arises as to whether it is ok to ask for money when getting married.

Younger, first marriage couples like either option of having both packaged gifts and money given as gifts for their wedding. Couples that are established in homes with all the basics and couples getting married the second time say they would like to be able to add a few gift items to their registry they’ve yet to acquire, but more often they prefer cash gifts.

Cash gifting at weddings has been around forever but couples said they found it difficult to find tactful ways of asking for money. Being able to request monies by telling guests what they plan to apply the funds to is much more palatable for the couple and the guests. Guests want to give something useful at a wedding and what better way than to be given options that the couple are saving towards and would truly appreciate.

Here are the top categories of cash gifts that couples added to their Guest Funding feature on Eventastic.

  1. Home Reno: A new home doesn’t always mean a new home. Often there are changes to the home the couple has on a wish list and why not add a new kitchen, wood flooring, new deck etc. to your registry.
  2. Experience Gift: Whether a cooking class, fitness membership, photography course…there are always things we would like to learn more about.
  3. Honeymoon: The honeymoon and subsequent excursion trips can be costly. Couples loved having the opportunity to put pictures with descriptions of their plans/wishes and have guests contribute thus making it more affordable.
  4. Vacations: Aside from the honeymoon there are always places we would like to experience. Never been to New York and would love a weekend away? This is a great opportunity to put a picture with description of the place or a site and have guests help you get there.
  5. Funds: Educational funds and retirement funds were top on the list.
  6. Charity: Couples loved having the opportunity to give to a charity of their choice following the wedding

So the answer to the question “Is it ok to ask for money on your wedding registry?”…..ABSOLUTELY!

Eventastic is an online website where you sign in for free and create your own unique wedding themed website/event page using features such as photo and video sharing, guest funding, ticketing & registration plus more. In addition you can add sub-events to your wedding website like pre-wedding parties with all their details. You can even sell tickets to parties like Stag’NDoe right on your event page and share through email or social media channels making event promotion and sales so much easier!

Click here now and start have fun creating yours!

Tips On Working Together On Your Wedding Budget

Adding cash gifting ideas to their Eventastic Weddings website will help with budgeting

You’re having the engagement experience of your dreams to the one person you can’t live without!  Enjoy that feeling and never let it go. It’s not long though before some major planning needs to begin. If you can work together to set up a realistic wedding budget that will work for both of you it will bode well for your future together.

We’ve all seen those reality T.V. programs where one half of the couple seems to be on a different planet than the other. Fabio simply can’t live without arriving at the reception in a helicopter or Rapunzel NEEDS orchids that only bloom for one week of the year in the high cliffs of Gibraltar. Planning and talking about expectations is important at this stage. Love is certainly the key but keeping an eye on the big picture of how you want to start the rest of your life financially doesn’t hurt.

Do you want a large elaborate wedding or a smaller intimate affair for a few friends and family? Be honest and then be practical and look into exactly how much things will cost. Representing the true you doesn’t have to be expensive. Your guests will remember your heart felt vows long after that orchid from Gibraltar has faded away.

Will your parents be helping out? It’s never too early to find out. Sitting down with family on both sides and determining how much help can be expected might be a little difficult but you’ll be glad you did when you start to input actual numbers in your budget. You know your parents better than anyone.  Is it realistic to ask them for anything? Would they prefer you ask them alone or with your fiancé present?  Money can be a really delicate matter to discuss. Be polite but clear. You could say something like…“We’re sitting down to make our wedding budget and were wondering if you would be able to contribute?” Lots of hugs are in order no matter what the answer. It’s not an easy topic!

Are you a couple that already has most everything you need to set up a home together?  If so cash wedding gifts can help pay for the wedding and Eventastic can be invaluable in letting your guests know subtly that money would be appreciated in lieu of gifts.  In the Guest Funding section of your wedding event website you can even let them know specifically what you’ll be using the dollars for.  ie wedding expenses, a down payment on a home, home reno, honeymoon, honeymoon excursions etc. People may even give a little more when they know what the gift will be used toward!

Good luck and remember that the work you put into this first budget together will be a firm foundation for your happy lives to come!

10 Tips On How To Choose Your Wedding Party

The excitement is building. You’ve told your parents and best friend of your engagement and you’re now excited to let those know who will participate in and be witnesses to your wedding. Choosing those in your wedding party can be the easiest decision for some couples, yet the most frustrating, nerve wrecking experience for others. We’ve come up with a few tips in choosing your wedding party. We hope you find them helpful.

1. Make it a joint decision. The first thing to do is to sit down as a couple and write a list of people you are both considering for the honor.

2. Decide on your preferable number of attendants. Does your fiancé have more people he or she simply MUST have in the wedding party than you? Gone are the days of needing to have six groomsmen for six bridesmaids. Matchy match isn’t the key.  The bride’s best friend might be named Richard or the groom might choose his sister to stand at his side. Your choice might not be typical but it’s all good.

3. Consider residence of attendants. Keep in mind that if your wedding will not be happening for a while circumstances might change and someone you are close to right now like a college roommate might be living afar by the wedding date. If you share an unbreakable bond that doesn’t need to be a barrier.  With smart phones, Skype and FaceTime, anyone can take an active part in wedding planning. It just means an extra city to find shoes in! She might want to be a bridesmaid instead of the maid of honor though so she’ll have fewer responsibilities.

4. Consider relationships of attendants to you. Sometimes it is a given that all siblings will be asked to be in the wedding party and sometimes not. Are extended family and friends being considered? Did you always plan to have your BFF from kindergarden be in your wedding but you haven’t seen them for a few years and they really don’t know you anymore? Who do you feel closest to? Who do you both feel closest to? Who knows you the best for the person you are today? What will be the reaction of those not chosen? You might need to open a bottle of wine for this one.

5. Consider relationships between attendants. Being aware of relationships between the people in your wedding party is smart practice. Knowing that there will be times where all will need to work together (like pre-wedding parties etc.); it is nice to know that those chosen will be able to do so effectively. Read our blog on encouraging bridesmaid bonding.

6. Decide if you are considering having children involved. Little ring bearers and flower girls are real crowd pleasers. Be prepared to be upstaged a little. You can control what they wear but not what they do or say! That’s what makes them fun…maybe. Consider what age they will be at the time of your wedding and if it will be the look and feel you’re after.

7. Consider special talents of attendants you’re considering. Make a list of what you will need and expect from your bridal party. Most maids of honor plan a shower and a staggette. In Canada, it is quite common for the wedding party to host a “Stag ‘N Doe” which is a pre-wedding party with food, dancing and ticketing where the money is collected and donated to the couple for their future together. Hopefully some of your attendants will have great organization skills but even if they don’t the cool thing is that you can let them use your Eventastic website to help plan the events!

8. Are you considering having a pet involved? Always dreamed of having your dog take part in your wedding? Why not? Some people have even included their fish or horse in a unification ceremony!

9. How to deal with conflict. Chances are you will be urged to include a person in your wedding party that you are not close to.  It’s your day and it’s your right to take a stand but first ask yourself if making this concession will lead to a more peaceful life in the long run. Be up front about it. “I’m a little worried about how we will get along during this process” and “Do you think we can work together to make this wedding fun?” are questions for discussion.

10. Be fair. Reserve the right to have the Maid or Matron of Honor be your first choice.  When it comes right down to it, who do you want standing beside you handing you tissues during the ceremony? (and possibly holding your hair later in the evening? :)) Likewise, Best Man might be best chosen by the groom. Keep an open mind, open heart and be conscious of your fiancee’s feelings.

Choose people that are loving, supportive and reliable. A wedding can go off without a hitch with just a Maid of Honor and a Best Man. That might be the solution if it’s simply impossible to narrow down your list. As a general rule though, a larger wedding can use a larger wedding party to spread the work around… and the fun of course, don’t forget the fun!

Tips to deciding who will be in your wedding party.

Essential Wedding Planning Checklist: Detailed, Flexible & Essential

Engagements Can Be Magical

They are a celebration of love filled with excitement, wonder, anxiety, joy, etc. It’s an emotional time that is packed with To Do lists and decisions waiting to be made.

Tackle Your Wedding To Do List With A Clear Plan

Once your engagement is out of the bag, every relative you run into will want an update. Having a plan helps eliminate the stress behind the never ending questions they will ask because you will know when you plan on tackling each task or have the answers if you’ve already made your decisions. Rather than dreading family functions or avoiding a chat with Aunt Gretta, our wedding planning checklist makes it easy for you to embrace the positive side of your entire wedding experience.

The checklist is a highly detailed 12 month list of To Do’s for couples. It will help keep your stress at bay because it clearly outlines the tasks for each month making them manageable.

If you’re getting married or know someone who is, download the checklist today!

Download it here!

Event Privacy Appreciated by Celebrities

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There are some people ‘fortunate’ enough to have so much popularity that billions of people want to know their every move. It’s great when celebrities choose to oblige their fans by sharing some of their personal information with the public but there are many times where they need and want their privacy when it comes to personal matters. Celebrities aren’t the only ones that appreciate privacy with respect to certain events in their lives. We all have our reasons.

While the definition of ‘event’ indicates a planned occasion of some importance fostering social contact, we all know that doesn’t mean all events are made open to the general public by organizers.  Sometimes it’s a closed event. Eventastic.com and EventasticWeddings.com recognizes that people plan events regularly where a specific guest list is created and only those on that list are made privy to the event information and invited to attend. It’s no surprise that people like Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds or Kanye and Kim wouldn’t want their registry lists or photos viewable by the general public.

It was important to us to provide options to our users. By allowing for wedding events made on the Eventastic Weddings platform to be made ‘public’ or ‘private’, the attraction for those wanting to be discreet in planning their wedding has been widely appreciated and welcomed. Those with high profiles are able to create invites to their events/parties privately whether for personal reasons or otherwise.

When people create their wedding website on EventasticWeddings.com or other events and parties on Eventastic.com they must click a box on their planning page whether they wish their event to be ‘public’ or ‘private’. In so doing, if the creator clicks ‘private’, the event will NOT be searchable by the public under the “Find Event” tab on the website. Only potential guests who have been sent the URL to the event will be made aware of the wedding or event page and its details.

Wedding planners, high profile individuals and Corporations who host employees events all over the world  have shared their clients’ appreciation of our company’s sensitivity to their wishes and needs of privacy. With Eventastic providing the ticketing software to the Bridal Showplace Bridal Show with David Tutera in California last year and this year, attendees continue to express their excitement to learn of the Eventastic Weddings and Eventastic website and how helpful it was to the planning of their event and sharing important details with guests.

If you are thinking of planning an event that involves ticketing or registration don’t hesitate. There is no other software out there that does what this does AND it is free to use for free events.

 

Helpful Emergency Kit Suggestions for Your Wedding Day

We did it and it was fabulous!

Recently I had the honour of attending a beautiful wedding where I was inspired to write this blog. As I stood washing my hands at the reception hall bathroom sink I could hear awful yet familiar noises and see a portion of a gorgeous white lace and sequin gown emerging from under one of the stalls. Thankfully the Maid of Honour was holding back the brides hair and in-between her supportive words to the newly wedded was yelling out “Does anyone have any Gravol or Tylenol?”

This experience motivated me to come up with a helpful list of emergency items to have available on the wedding day. These are some items I think would seem important to have close at hand for the big day in case of need.

  1. Gravol – in case those stomach butterflies get out of hand
  2. Tylenol – for that pressure pain that won’t go away
  3. Tissues – for that little dab
  4. Lipstick – for re-applications throughout the day
  5. Tampons/Pads – for the surprise you weren’t expecting
  6. Eye Drops – to rehydrate or get the red out
  7. Nasal Spray – you have to breathe
  8. Energy Drink – to wet your whistle and balance electrolytes
  9. Mints – fresh breath is vital for all the close encounters
  10. Hand Sanitizer – as you’ll be meeting/greeting and touching a lot of people (get one with moisturizer)
  11. Sewing Kit – for the button you never dreamed would pop off
  12. Deodorant – you can never be sure enough
  13. Perfume – a quick spritz for that subtle all-day fragrance
  14. Face Powder – no need for extra shine in the photos
  15. Nail File – you never know
  16. Hair Pins – when that one little strand won’t stay in place
  17. Hair Spray – extra hold for fly-aways
  18. Band-Aids – the shoes weren’t tight yesterday…
  19. Safety Pins – for a little fix
  20. Floss – “you have something in your teeth”

Your wedding party in its entirety should be aware of where this emergency kit can be located at any time. Sometimes a quick fix is all it takes to ensure a situation is under control and avoid it leading to something bigger. Feeling and looking great on your wedding day is very important. It’s nice to know your wedding party has your back at all times to assist with the look and feel that is crucial to your special day. Yes… My mom taught me to always be prepared!

Eventastic Weddings wishes you a great day!

Paperless Weddings – Fun & Easy Video Technology

Tech Is In – Paper Is Out!

Times are changing. Not that long ago couples spent a lot of time choosing the perfect invite for their wedding, paying to have it specially printed with a rice paper insert, carefully writing the addresses out, mailing it to all their guests and then waiting for the RSVP’s to be returned saying whether the guests wanted chicken or fish.  It was what was available and what everyone did.

Today however, more and more couples are concerned about the environment and how much paper is being wasted not only in sending the invites/RSVP’s to hundreds of guests, but also the mega thank you’s that are sent after the wedding not to mention the rising cost of postage prices.

I have participated in many, many wedding shows over the last couple years across Canada and the United States and one of the most frequently asked questions was “Does your wedding website offer video invites?”.  I found most couples to be very conscious of wanting to help save the environment as well as wanting to be able to save money where money could be saved.

Wedding Website Video Technology

Fortunately, I was able to inform the couples of our free wedding themed website with innovative video technology giving them the option to create:

  1. Custom video invitations to their wedding
  2. The ability to send invites in any language they choose
  3. Personal video invites for all pre-wedding events like Bridal Showers, Bachelor(ette) Parties and Stag & Doe’s
  4. Personal video Thank You’s following the wedding

Couple making their video wedding invitesCouples have been very excited about the opportunity to be creative with their personal custom videos as they can:

  1. Consider a themed background when doing the video
  2. Play music
  3. Create personal heartfelt invitations for each guests or group of guests
  4. Show their commitment to producing less waste
  5. Save time in stuffing envelopes, placing postage, writing thank you’s
  6. Cut many costs associated with paper invites/thank you’s

These are Exciting Times !

We at Eventastic.com are very pleased to be able to be in the wedding marketplace where we can offer couples useful and innovative tools to help with their wedding planning. Maybe it’s time you consider using video technology for your invites and or thank you’s. You’ll have fun, save time and money as well as bring your wedding messages to life in a more personal way for all your guests.

6 Easy Steps to Create and Manage a Pre-Wedding Party

Whether a surprise or not, your Stag & Doe pre-wedding party will be much easier to plan & manage when using  Eventastic.com! With amazing video technology and cool picture & ticket sales capabilities, the invites will be a snap!

Here are 6 easy steps to create and manage your pre-wedding party.

  1. Sign in to Eventastic and click ‘Create an Event‘ in the toolbar of your website and fill in the name of your event like ‘Stag and Doe’. Identify the category/theme of party you are creating. Click ‘Continue’ and you’re ready to begin planning.
  2. As the organizer you will view your event template page where you have access to a menu of features. Use the default suggested photos as the invite cover photos or add your own that will appear on the cover of your invite, fill in the event details, add an Icon photo (might be a photo of the couple or themed to your event), add an agenda if wanting to share various activities throughout the event.
  3. The Ticketing feature listed in the menu gives you the option of selling tickets for your event online making it so simple for people to buy tickets whether for attendance, drinks, etc.
  4. With Eventastic you have the option of selling any merchandise for your event like specially made t-shirts etc. which allows you to know how much of anything you should have available at the event.
  5. Decide if you would like the option of donations given to a charity of your choice and or gifts of cash toward something the couple is saving for in the guest gifting section of the page. It’s simple and easy for guests to contribute this way even if they are unable to attend the event.
  6. Consider adding a video to your event page making your invite personal and fun.

You’re Done! Simply direct everyone to your website event page by copying and pasting your page URL to email, Facebook etc.

Here’s to a successful fun pre-wedding party! Cheers!

Working on their wedding website

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