Showing posts tagged with: wedding planning tips

All Hail The Professional Hair and Makeup Artist

Blog, Event Planning Advice / 11.20.20190 comments

Photos by Willa Kveta | Hair/Makeup by TEAM Hair & Makeup

Brides (or grooms who wear makeup, we are all inclusive here), can we talk? That friend who “does great makeup” who has offered to do yours for your wedding day and has a heart of gold? Give them a huge hug and thank them for their generous heart, but ask for a raincheck for some other night- like maybe date night with your partner.

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Why You Should Never Post the Wedding Timeline for Guests

Blog, Event Planning Advice / 07.08.20190 comments

This article was featured on Special Events Magazine and made it to the top of Google News.

Many wedding planners (or their clients) may have seen (thank you, Pinterest) how charming it is to share the general event time line for guests to see—either on custom-crafted framed signs, in the wedding program, or on the couple’s wedding website. While many ideas are appealing in photos, they do not translate well in reality. For the inexperienced wedding planner and for the couple, who is triply more inexperienced, this can look like a charming touch—or if really naive—a way to keep guests “informed,” or a way to keep the event on track because “everyone” will now know the time line and be in sync.

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The Appetizer Wedding Reception : What Doesn’t Work & Two Solutions

Blog, Event Planning Advice / 04.08.20150 comments

Photo Credit: Chelsea Elizabeth

Photo Credit: Chelsea Elizabeth

Every wedding and special event has a spending plan.  Whether you have $2,000 or $2million, at some point, one has to make choices.  One of the ways many couples decide to save money on their wedding reception food and beverage (the largest “slice” of the wedding budget) is by nixing a formal meal plan altogether.  This is fine in theory, but if not done properly, guests end up paying the price and all that will be remembered was a miserable wedding.

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How the Wording On Your Wedding Invitations Affects Your Entire Event

Blog, Event Planning Advice, Rants, Tip of the Day / 03.02.20140 comments

Life-Sized Wedding Invitation | Photos by Matt Edge

Life-Sized Wedding Invitation | Photos by Matt Edge

No, I will not just put down what time you “think” or “want” guests to arrive at your reception when I’m your Reception-only Coordinator and have not been involved with planning your entire wedding.   I need to see exactly what your guests see, and this is why I ask for a copy of your actual ceremony and reception invitation. It guarantees that I will view it as your guests will and what they will inevitably end up doing as a result of what you told them. This is also so we as the event supply partner team can be ready to meet this expectation.  And for most of us, we not only want to “meet” the expectation, but we want to exceed it.

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Santa Barbara Photographers of Distinction | Photographer Michelle Warren

Blog, Event Industry Businesses & Professionals, Event Planning Advice / 08.04.20120 comments

Tickled to have professional  wedding photographer Michelle Warren submit a piece from the heart based on her experience – including some sage advice for stellar wedding day photography and ensuring all the detailed elements that tell the heart and soul of your day are captured.   We agree wholeheartedly with a photographic plan pre-ceremony and post-ceremony and work with our photographers and brides to

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Myths and Realities of Event Coordinators

Blog, Event Planning Advice / 09.01.20070 comments

Your Wedding Day Magazine Fall '07 coverThe following was an article written by us, published in Your Wedding Day Magazine.

Myth: A professional event coordinator takes care of everything automatically.

Reality: “Everything” is too broad of a term with too many possible interpretations. Generally, an experienced event coordinator will offer a

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