Posts Tagged ‘wedding plans’

Inviting Co-Workers?

February 1, 2011

Inevitably, the question will arise when developing your guest list – Do I really need to invite everyone from my office and/or from his office? Your guest list is probably the most important factor in determining your final budget and stretching it to accommodate every person can sometimes be very taxing. Please don’t feel guilty about not extending an invitation to everyone in your office. An easier way to sort through this difficult and sometimes daunting task is to determine if you would invite these people to your home for dinner on a Saturday evening. Your answer will determine if they go on the “A” list!


Wedding Cost Analysis

January 9, 2011

This news just in from The Wedding Report.

The average amount spent on a wedding in 2010 increased 23% over 2009.

In 2009 couples spent, $19,581. In 2010, couples spent $24,066.

This is based on 5,977 survey samples collected from Brides, Grooms, and wedding professionals between Jan 1, 2010 and Dec 31, 2010.

Your budget is the starting point for planning your wedding – Are you ready to start?

It Will Be An Honor…

November 22, 2010

Effective January 1, 2011 it will be my pleasure to serve as President of the American Association of Certified Wedding Planners (AACWP). I am humbled and honored to serve as the leader of this great organization of wedding planners whose main purpose is to educate its membership to best serve brides in the DFW area. If you hire a wedding planner, please be certain your planner is certified and if you see the AACWP logo near their name, you have hired the best in the area! Thank you AACWP members for your votes of confidence!

What Price = Peace of Mind?

July 10, 2010

What do you as a bride consider a reasonable price to pay for peace of mind on your wedding day? As a wedding planner, I know how many hours are spent in the background trying to make certain that your day is absolutely perfect from start to finish! Do you think a wedding planner is a luxury item or a necessity? Where does a wedding planner rank on your list of priorities? Is your wedding planner certified?


June 5, 2010

But what’s it really all about? It’s a celebration of a new LIFE together and should be a reflection of two people – not necessarily what is IN at the moment and has been shown on a TV show as the ultimate.

It’s no wonder Brides these days are totally overwhelmed. With new ideas online and photos of over the top weddings and platinum weddings taking over the wedding books and television programs, we seem to be in a world where we are losing perspective on what it is that is actually happening – getting married and committing your new life together to your soul mate.

While working with brides for over a decade, I have seen weddings from the cake and punch reception that lasted a bit over an hour as the norm escalate to cocktail hours, sit-down dinners, signature drinks, a sculpted ice luge through which martinis flow, video montages shown on 10 foot screens, complete with total lighting packages with Hollywood effect spotlights. Send-offs via helicopter, fireworks in the background, and a Rolls Royce are not uncommon wants and desires of 2010-2011 brides.

Although imagination is limitless, the bride’s budget can limit what is done with her dreams. It would be great to see a return to balance from over-styled, over-themed weddings that are geared to being published.

In retrospect, it seems that it’s time to focus on what Wedding = Marriage is really all about. Have you thought about it lately?

Happy Planning!

Little Girls and Little Boys – Can they come to the wedding?

May 12, 2010

With the economy in the state that it currently is, many people cannot afford babysitters for their children and a gift for you. Along those same lines, your budget or venue space might not be able to accommodate the little ones. So how can you politely tell your guests that while you would LOVE their company, their children will not be welcomed at your wedding?

There really isn’t a tactful way to say “don’t bring your children.” Moms and/or Dads of the bride and groom can spread the word that there simply isn’t enough room at the venue for anyone extra, you can take your chances and hope, or you can provide entertainment for any children who happen to be present.

In many cases, there are small boardrooms in hotel facilities that can be used, but if you run into the situation where there is not an available room, you can rent a hotel room for the children (where your out-of-towners might be staying) and provide a bonded and insured babysitter (or two!) to oversee the festivities for the younger children.

By all means, rent a G-rated movie or two for a little added entertainment as most hotel rooms will provide a DVD player, borrow some board games, and provide little goodie bags with things like coloring books, sketch pads, colored pencils, crayons, candies, water and any other kid-friendly things. What to eat? PIZZA! Most hotels have pizza delivery service available and that should be your treat.

If you think your guests might bring their children even though their names did not appear on the invitation, wait until those RSVP cards come back to see who has added their children to the invitation and then contact those people and let them know that babysitters will be provided at the rate of $5 or $10 per hour and they will be staying off the premises of the venue.

Keep in mind you can also offer a “kids” table at your reception that might be more geared to the younger ones. It can be decorated differently from the adult tables and you can still provide them with a bit of entertainment in the form of the goodie bags but in this case, parents would be responsible for their children’s behavior. In most cases we are referring to children under the age of 12 as that is the usual cutoff age between a children’s menu and an adult plate.

Should you choose to have the “kids” table, be sure to choose a menu for them that most little ones enjoy – maybe chicken fingers, burgers, mac & cheese, french fries, and some fresh fruit. I would suggest choosing a plated meal for these little guests.

I had some clients who knew and relished the fact that their guests would be bringing their children and we had two buffets – one for the adults and one for the children! I’ll let you guess which buffet was the busiest due to the food selection!

We were all children at one time or another – don’t let the little ones stress you out!

Happy Planning!

Outdoor Ceremony?

April 26, 2010

Do you want your ceremony outdoors with all the beautiful flowers in bloom and the trees and other foliage in the background? But what if it rains?

Rain isn’t the only thing to consider when planning an outdoor wedding. There are so many other elements to take into account –

Temperature – It might be too hot, too humid, too cool

Wind – We all know Chicago is not the only windy city as seen by this past week!

Sun – Is that outdoor ceremony right out in the sunshine? If so, you and your guests will have the sun beating down on you during the entire ceremony.

Soggy Turf – The sun may be shining today but has it rained for the past week? The chairs may not be able to be put on the ground due to possible sinking as guests take their seats. And don’t forget about those stiletto heels – no one wants to walk on tip toes to your ceremony!

Bugs – EEEK!

With that said, if you still want to plan your ceremony outdoors, please be sure to have Plan B in place. And more important – be sure you love Plan B as much as Plan A! We’re in Texas!

It’s a great day!

October 15, 2009

Dream Weddings was established in 1997 soon after our first daughter was married. Just before her wedding day we decided to seek professional assistance to carry out all the plans that she and I had made together, because I knew that if I didn’t turn things over to a professional, I was not going to enjoy any part of it. Approximately one month after her wedding I found myself in a classroom atmosphere taking a course to become a certified wedding consultant. And so it began…