I Said Yes but What Next?

Diamond Engagement RingAs a wedding planner I get excited during engagement season every year.  So yep I’m pretty much ecstatic from Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day.  Wedding experts at weddingwire.com say that about 40% of engagements happen during this time.

I can see why many couples get engaged during this time.  There are so many festivities during those months and what better way to share such an important moment than with family and friends.  I’m getting all warm and fuzzy just thinking about it.  I would say as a bride it would be one of the best darn Christmas gifts ever or a great way to ring in the new year.

The first thing I hear most brides say is that they have no idea how to start planning their wedding.   I tell all of my brides that you must determine your budget first, that’s not only the wedding planner in me talking but I also feel my inner accountant coming out.

Why Start with the Budget First?

Of course you can start with looking for your dress and venue, and even booking your favorite photographer.  Those items are very important too.  But what if you purchase your dream dress first and it costs $5,000.  Later you and your fiancé decide your budget will be $45,000.  You’ve already spent about 10% of your budget which doesn’t include alternations.  In my budget analysis I typically allot roughly 6-8% on my bride’s dress.  By creating your budget first, it should drive all of the other decisions you make in picking your vendors and items for your wedding.  Your planner can use this information to help you find vendors that fit your style and price point.

How Do I Create My Budget?

Gone are the days when the bride’s family pays for the wedding.  Often it is both set of parents, along, with the bride and groom themselves.  I would start by:

  1. First determining how much you and the groom are able to save from now until you get married.  But remember that most items will need to be paid 1-2 months prior to your wedding date, so you will need to consider this when deciding how much you will save.
  2. Next determine who else will contribute to the wedding including your parents, and even sweet Aunt Susie.
  3. Lastly, determine how much each will contribute.
  4. This should be your budget amount.  Note I would not consider income taxes amount or bonuses at their full amount in case you don’t get what was anticipated.

Where Should I Spend My Budget Money?

Below is a breakout that I provide my clients.  It is  rough estimate and can be adjusted based upon your needs.

Category Percent Breakdown
Bridal Attire & Beauty: 11%
Ceremony: 2%
Reception: 46%
Flowers & Décor: 9%
Entertainment: 9%
Photo & Video: 12%
Invitations & Stationery: 4%
Favors & Gifts: 4%
Accommodations & Transportation: 3%

There are so many details when planning your wedding which sometimes may seem a bit overwhelming.  This is were a wedding planner can help you get started and navigate you through all of those details.  It is very important to have the right planning tools and team in place to make the process seamless and enjoyable for you.

Our team would love to assist with your wedding planning process.  Let us know how we can help you by contacting us today!






Happy Cinco De Mayo

I had a wonderful time working with wonderful event professionals for this Cinco de Mayo themed bridal shoot.  Great job to Niloufar Gibson of Perfectly Made Weddings, LLC for such a wonderful vision.  I had the pleasure of creating custom stationery for the shoot.






What an amazing day!

Event Planner – Perfectly Made Weddings
Photos – Krista Mason Photography Florals – The Events Boutique
Stationery – Erika’s Elegance Weddings and Events
Tuxedos – Friar’s Tux
Venue Molaa Art Museum
Linens – Glow Concepts Fine Linens

Have a great day!

Take care,

Engagement Season is Officially Here

dreamstime_xxl_37273881Between working a wedding yesterday and seeing a good friend post his proposal to his girlfriend yesterday, I realize that Engagement Season is here.  Well November 27th officially kicked off that time of the year that many men and women wait for.  It’s a time that we hear all the wonderful proposal ideas that happen during this time.  Yes engagement season is really an occasion that happens between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day.  I especially enjoy this season because I often get the chance to help grooms come up with that perfect proposal idea.

The buzz this year has also been that many brides would LOVE to get engaged, and even married on December 13th of this year leaving them with an iconic date to remember of 12-13-14.  How cool is that???  Per a survey completed by David’s Bridal, there are over 20,000 couples slotted to get married on this date a huge jump from the 7,200 that got married on December 13, 2013.

So if you’re one of those lucky women who have already been proposed to, hats off to you, we share in your excitement! But if you are one of the ones still waiting to here those magical words, we can continue to dream with you about planning that wonderful event of a lifetime.  Stay tuned for more as we share some awesome proposal ideas, and I’ll even share how my hubby proposed to me, I still get Goosebumps thinking about it.

Have a wonderful day!

Take Care,


What’s the Benefit?

When I ask “Do you have a planner?” The first response I typically get is, “I don’t need a planner” or “It’s not in my budget.” I recommend that everyone planning a wedding have an event planner. When I got married, I had been planning weddings and events for over 13 years and although I did a lot of the work, I hired planners for my big day.

I think wedding planning often gets a bad rap because clients don’t understand the true value that a planner brings, nor do they know the man hours that go into planning the details to ensure your wedding is executed successfully. When you see planners make their job look easy, it’s because they are passionate about their job and are good at it.

So what is the benefit of hiring a planner?

There are many details to be planned within a certain time frame. It is very important to stay on schedule to ensure everything gets completed. You not only want to get things completed, but you want to get them completed in an efficient manner. A planner knows all of the legwork that goes into executing a successful event and can help you with Time Management by developing a detailed schedule with key milestones, as well as, a timeline of events. This frees up more time for you to focus on yourself as the bride, as well as, your groom, family and friends.

Time Management

You will also be entering into several contracts with multiple vendors. A planner can help you negotiate the best pricing.  A planner will also have experience in reviewing contracts for key terms and conditions. Vendor Management is an important aspect of event planning and becomes even more critical when you get closer to event day. There will be a lot of interaction with the vendors to determine things from finalizing headcounts to scheduling delivery times. Your planner can take the pressure off of you by interacting with the vendors, so that you can spend more time on “being the bride”.

During your planning process, there are many costs to consider.  A planner can help you with Cost Management by providing you with a budget analysis. The budget analysis will take the amount you have allocated for your wedding and break out how much of your budget should be spent in each category. In addition, a planner will be able to recommend quality vendors that align with your budget and price point, in essence saving you money and keeping you on track.  Your budget a very important element.  You don’t want to be stressed out worrying about over spending.  This is one of the first things I discuss with my couples.  We set a realistic budget and stick to it!

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During the planning process you are juggling the wants of you, the groom, your family, your friends, and your family to be. Relationships are very important during this milestone in your life and it is important to have someone as your advocate when questions arise.  Relationship Management is one of the biggest component of what I do and I love it. I love working with people and being able to address any concerns the bride and groom may have in regards to making their day special while incorporating in elements of their culture, family and friends.

There are so many more dynamics to planning a wedding, I have just highlighted what I deem as the main areas. When hiring a planner it is important to get someone who has experience and a passion for what they are doing. You won’t regret it. It was the best decision I ever made.

I would love to assist you with planning your wedding or any event you may be having. It is my goal to ensure you have an event of a lifetime by breathing life into your dreams. Contact us now.

Take Care,