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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!

 

 

 

 

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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!

How to Entertain Children at Your Wedding

How to Entertain Children at Your Wedding

Children at weddings can be so adorable and entertaining to watch but it can quickly turn the other direction if they are not having fun and are bored stiff. A crying irritable child pulling at their parent is upsetting to not only the parents of the child but to other guests as well.

Being a parent of children who have attended many gatherings over the years, I have acquired a few tips in keeping children entertained at events and thought I’d share some with you.

Tips for Entertaining Children At Your Event

1. Provide a designated play area – If an option, having a designated area off to the side whether indoors or out where the children can play safely is always preferable.

2. Assign a responsible teen to supervise – Providing a person whose job is to supervise the play area and children as well as encourage happy play is advisable. Consider a monetary gift for the person in charge as a gesture of thanks and appreciation. You may want to have more than one teen in charge depending on number of children and various age groups.

3. Provide age appropriate toys – Having safe toys available for child guests will serve to entice them to play and have fun; thus allowing their parents to enjoy their time more. Remember it’s not a good idea to include paints or colourful chalk in the list of child entertainment items. Little colourful fingers touching a wedding gown or mom’s fancy dress will not be appreciated.

Depending on the age of the children invited you may wish to consider the following:

Age 0 – 3yrs: rattles, sensory gyms, blankets, pre-school toys with no small detachable pieces

Age 4 – 7yrs – large lego pieces/building blocks, balls, cars & dolls, role-play toys like small kitchens, large cardboard boxes with crayons to encourage creativity in making their house or car, bean bags, animated movie area

Age 8 – 11yrs – games, scooter, latest action figures & dolls, lego, dress up toy box (fun hats, glasses, boas), electronic gaming area, cards

4. Food & Drink – Be aware of any allergies and provide snacks for hungry tummies. Apple slices, biscuits, cheese, pretzels, small apple juice drink boxes are some good choices. Avoid colourful treats like orange puff snacks, barbecue chips and orange or grape pop.

5. Reminder to parents – You may wish to remind parents to bring any special items their children find to be soothing like blankies or stuffed toys for when the child becomes tired and needs to cuddle or snuggle up.

I hope you’ve found these suggestions helpful. Please check back with our Eventastic website for more wedding and event tips in our blogging section.

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.

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!

5 Wedding Registry Tips for the Groom ensuring all bases are covered!

So often it’s the bride that takes over many of the wedding detail decisions.  Sometimes it’s because she wants to have it her way and sometimes it’s because the fiancé is just not that interested in colour options, cutlery and flower choices.

Well, if there is one thing the groom needs to be involved with it is the wedding registry!  We do wedding trade shows all over the world and we hear over and over again from brides and grooms that there is nothing better than when both get involved with the wedding registry choices because both often come from a different mindset as to what the couple will need to begin their lives together.

The bride will often have endless ideas of what the couple will need for inside the home, like kitchen gadgets, glassware & small appliances, bedding, vacuum cleaner and even bigger appliances.  The groom often will think of needs for the couple that will be generally for outdoor use which are handy, useful and cool to have.

We’ve come up with 5 Wedding Registry Category Tip Ideas for Grooms to make sure your Wedding Registry bases are covered.

  1. Yard Supplies – You’ll most likely benefit from having a trusty state of the art leaf blower & lawnmower as well as any gardening tools like shovel, rake, wheelbarrow and edger to name a few.
  2. BBQ Supplies – Check out what the latest gadgets are for your BBQ like a light that fits your handle, grill scrapers, BBQ utensils and even an actual BBQ if you’re in need or a tailgater version for weekend camping dates.
  3. Tools – Even if you’re both not the handiest with a hammer, there are certain home tools you should always have on hand. A brand new tool kit covering all the basics is always handy and make sure to add any drills, sanders and even workbench to your registry list.
  4. Vehicle Needs – Anything car or truck related that you just don’t have the money to put in to right now but you sure would benefit from having – new wiper blades, trailer hitch, floor mats, box liner, charger, stereo etc…
  5. Home Renovation Needs – Maybe you can see that updating a few things in the home is beyond a want but has become a need…or maybe it would make it more comfortable and enjoyable.  Home Renos can be costly so why not add your new hardwood floor or kitchen countertop to your registry.

We at Eventastic hope these 5 category suggestions will help you round out your Wedding Registry with items you will need for both inside and outside your home.  Guests want to buy you gifts that you both truly need and want.  Now is the time to be sharing those ideas with others by both of you adding your wishes to your Wedding Registry. Have fun and be creative.

Happy adding to their Wedding Registry

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