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Why You Need a Wedding Planner

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Your friends and family tell you it’s easy, but planning the biggest day of your life is both exciting and a lot of work. They all want to help, but will they really come through for you in your time of need (they have a life of their own too, which can sometimes cause undue stress on your personal relationships). Here are a few reasons you want and need a planner.

Reasons to hire a wedding planner:

1 – Assistance with budget and allocation of funds
2 – Assistance with vision board for your ideal wedding day
3 – Identifying potential venues
4 – Identifying, suggesting and making appointments with any needed vendors
5 – Your right hand gal/guy throughout the project to bounce ideas off of, talk through concerns and help save the day
6 – Unbiased opinion and middle-man
7 – Assistance with setting up additional events needed throughout the process including, showers, bachelor/bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners and morning after breakfast
8 – Honeymoon planning assistance
9 – Invitation design and RSVP management
10 – Venue design and layout
11 – Point of contact for all vendors throughout the planning process
12 – Timeline creation for the day
13 – Rehearsal Management
14 – Main point of contact on the day of the event, general calming force and organizer – acts as a liaison and there to make everyone else’s job easier through their planning process
15 – Makes sure that event is set-up correctly, received correct number of bouquets, boutonnieres, centerpieces, makes sure all seating at tables for reception is correct, and that all items to be returned to bride are packed and ready to go
16 – Secures all gifts and cards with assistance of the venue and security

Do you really want to task your friends and family with these duties? They should be there to celebrate your day with you! A good planner will help to make your day perfect and stress-free!

Call Consider It Done Events to discuss your event today!

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Spanish American Committee – 50th Blacktie Sponsorship Packages

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Spanish American Committee – 50th Blacktie Sponsorship Packages

Please join me in supporting the Spanish American Committee of Cleveland celebrate their 50th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the Galleria at Erieview.

Below you will find the sponsorship packages that are available and that we need to fill for the event. Please consider not only sponsoring but attending this beautiful event downtown.

You can also visit their page at spanishamerican.org to learn more details about this upcoming Gala. The event will be featuring performances by Tito Rojas and Nandy Rosario after dinner.

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In addition to sponsorship packages, tickets will also be available for purchase through the website to come and enjoy presentations, dinner and the performances.

Interested in donating an auction item, please contact us to donate.

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Why do I need a Timeline?

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So many brides ask, why do I need a timeline? You’ve invested a lot of time and money into your wedding. It’s important to have a timeline for many reasons, if nothing else as a sense of communication for all parties involved in your day.

What needs to be incorporated in a timeline? A lot of your hired professionals will do a timeline for their portion of involvement with you for the day, but don’t necessarily think or contact other professionals involved to incorporate their involvement into the timeline. It is essential to have all professionals involvement built into the timeline so that the whole flow of the day in visible.

Additionally, not only should the professionals for the wedding/reception be built into the timeline, but also having the entire day for the bride, groom and bridal party built in. Items I typically include is wake-ups, good morning calls, showers, hair and make-up. Make sure to include items like having some time for mimosas, pictures and fun, getting dressed and additional pictures. Also build in travel time and expect the unexpected with travel and build a few extra minutes into your plan.

Don’t forget to include the professionals who may not play an actual role in the wedding and reception, but have preparations on the day of like your baker, decorator for linens and centerpieces, and florist. They will all need time for delivery and set-up.

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If you are a DIY bride, make sure you even build the day before the wedding for set-up.This way if you will be doing prep the day before you are not forgetting anything. It’s also good to keep a checklist, just like when you went off to camp. That list will include the items that may need to be transported for your wedding set-up like table numbers, toasting flutes, cake server and favors and possibly many other items.

So again, ask yourself, why do I need a timeline? How can you possibly live without it! Hopefully, you have hired an experienced planner to help with getting this prepared and executed for you. A planner will allow you to relax and enjoy the day while they take care of the details for you.

Call us at Consider It Done Events to plan your big day!

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Manic Monday’s

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I would like to invite our friends, family and followers to our new Manic Monday’s that will be hosted through our Facebook page every Monday evening from 8 – 9 pm. During these sessions you will be able to get your wedding and/or event planning questions answered.

Like your teacher always said, if you have a question, there are probably five other people with that same question, so post your question up on our Manic Monday’s sessions and get it answered for you and those other five people. The Manic Monday’s events are not only designed to get your questions answered, but to also elaborate and build discussions around your questions.

We started the event last night and had a few great questions including what are some of the most overlooked items for a wedding and what are gift ideas for Ring Bearers. Dig in, follow the event every Monday and even post your question. You may need just an opinion on an idea you have or may need an answer to something that you just have no idea about.

That’s why Manic Monday’s have been created to help you take your wedding or event to the next level, get those details in order and provide you peace of mind while you are in the midst of planning.

Here is the link to next week’s online chat — make sure to join us, invite your friends, share it on your page!

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Hiring the Right Person

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As a bride, it is important to make sure that you are hiring the right person for the jobs that you have for your big day. There are so many aspects when you are planning your event, you need to think of everything, from planning and venue to photography and your DJ. How do you know who to count on, who to put in charge and who will be there for you to help with all the small details, planning and execution.

You should begin by deciding what vendors you need and deciding on the budget that you will need to hire those vendors. You should also decide on what services you will need for those vendors to complete for you for your event. This can help to determine the package that you will end up selecting from each of these vendors.

Still you may ask, how do you know who is the right person for the job that you have? You need to draft questions for each of these roles, o when you find vendors that are of interest in hiring, you ask all the right questions based on your needs for the event. Additionally, you should make sure that you ask all the vendors that you interview the same set of questions, so you are comparing equally. You may find in the interview process, that you really click with a vendor. This is a very important aspect, as you should feel quite comfortable with all your vendors, but you should also be secure in knowing that the vendors have conducted these duties for others before and can successfully carry these out for you as well.

Check references, check their reviews on websites that are not their own, do Google searches on the vendors as well to search for anything that may not be the perfect referral. Keep in mind that every vendor will most likely have a not perfect referral, but you should filter through to make sure you are comfortable with your selection.

Finally, ensure that the vendor(s) you work with meet with you to review every detail of the wedding that they will need to be involved in and have everything they need to complete the event to your specifications. You should be in contact with the vendor at least one week in advance, if you have not already been in contact with them to review any last minute changes in the details to the day. Also provide a contact for them for the day of the event that is not the bride or groom that they can reach out to in an emergency. Keep in mind if you are the bride or groom, that you will most likely not have your phone with you to check throughout the day.

So hiring the right person for the job is so important to ensure that your day moves both smoothly and efficiently. If you for some reason feel you need assistance in planning or selecting vendors, a certified wedding planner/coordinator would be able to assist with finding those qualified vendors for you.

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You’re Engaged

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Congratulations you got engaged over the holidays!

Everyone is ready to help you do everything from setting a date, finding a venue and picking out all the dresses and every little detail. It can be a bit frustrating and overwhelming in the beginning and if you let it control you, it can be overwhelming throughout the entire process.

You’re Engaged – Consider It Done Events can help.

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First things first – begin thinking about a budget and your guest list. You will need to have a good idea of the number of people you will be inviting in order to know how to budget your funds, which will lead you into planning on how close or how far out you will need to set your wedding date.If you determine that you are only having a small, intimate wedding, you may be able to plan a closer date, where if you have a few hundred attendees and know that it will be more formal, you may push the wedding out anywhere from 12 – 24 months.

Once you have determined, how many people you will be roughly inviting, you can start talking with you immediate family to see how and if they will be able to help with any of the event. Parents of the bride will often pay for items like the dress, the reception,   flowers (excluding the brides bouquet), invitations, and possibly vendors including the dj/band, transportation, photographer, and videographer or photobooth. Grooms parents will often pay for the rehearsal and liquor for the wedding, along with the brides bouquet (or could be paid for by groom). There are however, no rules set in stone here, so parents contributions could be very close to above or very different depending on their own personal budget allowances.

Once you have those items in place and have a good idea of your budget that you will have available. It is good to begin thinking about what aspects of the day are most important to you, this will be the most important factors of where you will spend a chunk of your funds. If pictures and food are the most important items that those areas will be where you will allocate the majority of your budget.

An important item to think about is if  a wedding planner/coordinator will be something that you want to add. The benefits of a planner can be numerous. A wedding planner plans weddings and events all the time. They work with a variety of vendors and can help find the best suited vendors for your event based on your budget, style of the wedding and your personality. Additionally, wedding planners also can negotiate additional discounts for you which can often help to  for their services.

The second and even bigger benefit for you to have a planner is that the planner is establishing a relationship and working for you on your behalf. They don’t have an agenda other than what is in your best interest based on the type of event you want. So a planner is there to talk things through regarding items for the wedding like invitations, centerpieces or timeline and will help you to find what will work best for you.

Planners will offer a variety of services from full planning to just day of coordination – find what will work best for you and proceed from there.

After you have established if you will use a planner and how, you can then begin working on your next items like ceremony site, officiant, and reception venue. You will need to book these as far in advance as possible to assure that you are able to secure your perfect date. After you have those items secured you can begin moving to other items like your photographer, dj/band, transportation and videographer.

Make sure you ask good questions, get references and review popular sites to check out all the reviews, both good and bad. Don’t let a bad review necessarily deter you, there may be reasons that a vendor did not receive a good review. If you find something in question, ask the vendor for more details about the incident.

In the end, make sure that you enjoy the process of the engagement, planning and of course the wedding itself.

Again, congratulations on your engagement and have fun!

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Your Wedding Dress Style

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Have you thought about what your wedding dress style is? There are as many different styles and designers as there are stars in the sky. As you begin planning your big day, I’m sure the one thing you have definitely thought about is your wedding dress style. Almost every little girl has seen the images in magazines, online and on television and dream about what they will wear on their wedding day. Obviously, this can definitely change throughout the years as your grow and your personal style changes.

As with everything about your wedding, everyone and their mother will have an opinion of what you should choose for your style, color, accessories and even undergarments. Please, please, remember, this is your day, about you and your soon-to-be husband, make it what you want and most importantly make sure you feel absolutely beautiful and amazing in the dress.

There are many different styles to choose from and there may be more than one style that will look amazing on you. Below are some of the different styles available:

  • A-Line/Princess – fitted at the bodice and flows out to the ground – this will flow from the bust to the ground without a broken line. The Princess, a variation of the A-Line, has vertical seams that will flow from the bust line down to the hem and can provide an elongating effect. This style will be flattering on most body types
  • Empire – this dress will have a raised waistline that will sit just below the bust and allows the rest of the dress to flow down to the hemline. This dress will typically work best with lighter fabrics and works great with a chiffon that is over a base fabric.
  • Column – (sheath) will be a tighter, form fitting dress and is designed to show off your curves. Works great for any type of wedding, based on fabric selection and can go easily from a casual affair, beach wedding, to an elegant formal event as well.
  • Ball Gown – most associated with the fairy tale wedding, this dress will have a fitted bodice with a very full skirt and this type of dress will typically carry a more formal train. This dress can work with a variety of fabrics to provide just the right feel for your event. This gown is great for very slender or those that are pear shaped as it can help to camouflage those areas.
  • Mermaid – this dress will shape the bride and be very fitted from the top of the dress to the knee area and will typically flare out at that point to the hemline. The flaring can start at just above the knee, at the knee or below to provide different silhouettes and shapes. You can also choose differences in how the gown’s shape at the bottom will be defined, including a full round skirt, or a skirt that flares more at the back, behind the bride, often associated as a trumpet. This dress is typically worn best by a slimmer figure and is often associated as one of the sexiest styles for brides.

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You should also be aware of your body type, which can help guide you in selecting the perfect style for you, these are listed below:

  • Hour glass – typically hips and shoulders are approximatly the same measurement with a very defined waist. Fitted gowns show off this shape quite well – best shapes include Mermaid, Sheath, A-Line and Ballgowns with very fitted bodices – great with a corseted back.
  • Pear – hips and thighs typically have more presence that the bust line and shoulder areas – great shapes include the Ballgown, A-Line or Empire.
  • Inverted Triangle – typically broad shoulders, a larger bust line and small throughout the hip area – great dress types include A-Line and Ballgown – having a dramatic bust line shape like a sweetheart can help.
  • Apple – typically full figured from the shoulders through hips – a fitted or corset gown can look amazing on this body type and can help to define the waistline and bring attention up to the bust line – flattering gowns include the Ballgown and Empire.
  • Rectangle – athletic or boyish shaped – bust, waist and hips are relatively the same size. Flattering shapes include A-Line, Sheath, and Empire.

Find some dresses on-line or in magazines that you feel will suit your shape, style and personality and be prepared when you go shopping to try on gowns. Be prepared and open to trying on styles that may be a bit outside of your comfort level as well. A bridal gown professional can help to guide you in some great dresses that you may otherwise not give a second look, but can look amazing once off the hanger.

When going shopping, have your budget set and stay within the budget when trying on dresses. Although you may see your perfect match on the mannequin, it may be far outside your budget and trying this on, could just cause severe issues when going back to trying on dresses within the budget. You may never find something that measures up to the dress that you could not afford.

Most importantly, have a lot of fun in this stage of the planning. This should be a magical experience that you remember fondly as you look back at your wedding in years to come. Know your dress style, know your budget and know who the best parties are to tag along with you as you begin the process.

 

 

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Booking Vendors for your Event

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When booking vendors for your event, you can be challenged by a great deal of obstacles. If there is one thing that I have learned through my experience in planning is that you get what you pay for. It is difficult for a bride to be able to do all the research to find the needle in the haystack or the hidden diamond in the coal dust.

With so many vendors of all types that are available, how do you find the best vendors for you?

It can take a lot of time, researching professionals online, through wedding shows and of course friend recommendations. There are thousands of dj’s, photographers and photobooths available, so how do you go about picking one out. I have listed below some tips that can help you when beginning to select vendors:

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  1. If you have not already done your budget for the wedding and allocated funds to every portion of the event — start here. You need to have a good budget in place, and determine what are the most important aspects of where you want to spend you money. You may find that pictures of the event are most important to you, or you may prefer to make sure that your guests enjoy the meal and allocate more funds to that experience.
  2. Next begin doing some research through your sources – friends and family can be a great help if they have recently had their own wedding. They may give you a mix of who is good and who to stay away from based on their experiences. You should also visit some local shows, here you can take time to spend a few minutes with vendors and get to know them up close, without committing to an appointment. If you find a vendor that interests you in a show, I recommend setting up an appointment to talk in a more personal setting where you can get into the details of your event and your expectations. A lot of times, vendors will offer discounts at shows as well. Don’t forget to use the internet, both to research for vendors that may not be participating in shows and to check references on vendors you have already found.
  3. It is typically good to start with between 2 – 4 vendors to interview. Try to make sure before scheduling an appointment that they are within the price range that you have set within your budget. You don’t want to waste anyone’s time, especially yours — you have a lot of vendors to interview and hire.
  4. If you do find someone that you would like to interview that is out of your price range, take a look at your budget and see if you can move funds around. Maybe you have spent less on another provider or item that you have already obtained and can move some of these funds around.
  5. Once you have found the vendor, negotiate the price, contract and terms. Make sure to read over the contract so that there are no surprises. Most vendors will look to protect both you and their business within the contract. But if something appears to be missing, make sure to ask them to add something around whatever your concern is.
  6. Follow-up with your vendors periodically, between the time of signing and the date of the event. Depending on how far out you are from the time your hire to the event, you may be in touch anywhere from 2 – 6 times. Also, make sure that you confirm all details with each provider 2 – 3 weeks prior to the wedding. This gives you a chance to review any last minute changes and details of the event.

Hopefully, this will help you in booking vendors for your event. Additionally, a good wedding planner can help to do a lot of this for you, which will allow you to breathe a little easier and enjoy the whole planning process.

Any questions, give us a call at Consider It Done Events. Happy Planning!

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Making It Your Own

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Making it your own. That’s what every bride wants for their wedding day. It can sometimes seem like an impossible feat to accomplish.

You get engaged, you start announcing the news and suddenly everyone has an opinion for you on when you should get married, where you should marry at, what kind of dress you should wear, the type of food you should serve at your reception and all those things to avoid. Don’t forget you’ll get all those opinions on how well these things worked at their wedding as well. Obviously, everyone who has ever married, is suddenly the best wedding planner in the world, whether it is at saving money, doing it with bling, or making it the fanciest.

It can sometimes get very hard to take in every piece of advice that everyone has to offer. A great way to handle some of these is to let them know that you and your fiance will take it under consideration or to even ask them to jot down or email some of their ideas to you. These ideas seem great as they are spewing them off at you, but most people don’t want to take the time to write them down or even email.

It’s very important to work with your fiance and find your budget, and then begin finding those aspects that are the most important and where you want to allocate the majority of your funds. During this process it is important to have a very clear idea on how many guests you will have at the event, as without having a good idea on this number, it can really throw your budget completely out of whack.

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Additionally, begin planning on those important aspects as far as timing to secure the vendors that will be needed so that you can allocate your budget appropriately. For those items that won’t require a vendor, begin looking and planning on where you will need to get those items from and how you soon you will need them.

This really comes into play for the DIY bride who wants to make some of the items for the big day like centerpieces, signs, and photobooth items. There are so many items today that a bride can DIY not only to help save funds, but also for creating a unique feel for the event. Pinterest can be your friend in getting some ideas for these items. But don’t be afraid to think outside the box and go with what feels right to you. Hopefully there are a few people that you can really count on to bounce your ideas off of and share with them your prototypes as you begin putting them together.

In the end, use your ideas and creativity to make the pieces for your event uniquely you and your fiances. Keep everything cohesive to flow together for a very put together feel for the event.

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Designing Your Wedding Day

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When it comes to designing your wedding day, there is a lot of planning involved. In the beginning, you start by having all the memories of what you’ve liked from every wedding you’ve previously been to, a collection of Bridal books with beautiful pictures and ideas and of course, Pinterest.

As you start planning your event with your beloved, you discuss and select a theme, if you will, that you will focus your event details on. This could be something as simple as a classic black tie affair, a color scheme or something that you really like and want to emulate like “bling on everything” or country chic. Whatever that path that you choose to follow, there will be hundreds of selections to make from there.

The theme you have chosen will effect everything from the type of dress that you choose, your invitations and every detail of your reception. The details of the type of event that you have selected will define your day, so it is important to make these details unique to the two of you and your personalities. Although this is the biggest party you will most likely throw until your children get married, you want to make sure that your guests don’t leave saying that wasn’t really like Mike and Melissa at all.

You’ll have lots of friends and family to help with all the details, whether you are a DIY bride or looking to buy or hire vendors to do everything for you. Work with those parties to provide your input into the details and get their feedback as well.

Keep a log of what you’ve accomplished, what you have left to do and any assignments that you have given out to any of your bridal party or parents to complete for you along with a date they are to have it completed. Make sure that you are assigning the most important tasks to those that you feel are the most responsible and will get the task completed for you. Follow-up with individuals half way through the time they’ve been assigned to see how they’re doing and if they have encountered any problems or need to make any adjustments.

A few weeks before the event, go through every details, plan a schedule, sort everything out that needs to go to the locations that the bridal party will be staying/getting ready, the ceremony site, and the reception site. If you do not have a wedding planner, make sure that you have a party assigned to make sure that all vendors arrive and get set-up, and that can also deliver vendor payments and take care of any issues that may arise along the way.

The most important thing to remember is that the day is yours and it is important to enjoy the day no matter if everything goes perfect and exactly as plan or whether there is a glitch along the way! Enjoy your day and enjoy designing your wedding day!

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