Monday, January 30, 2012

Importance of a Wedding Coordinator, Part II | North Carolina Wedding Planner

In our last blog, we talked about the importance of a wedding planner or at the very least a wedding coordinator. Today, I’m going to tell you a little bit about the value of a wedding planner.
I get emails everyday from brides that are planning their very special day. Many are only a few months away from their big day, some have even less time than that. Most of them start their emails with the package that they want and go into a lot of detail about the extravagant wedding they plan to have. The next line has been pretty standard recently and I think it really does reflect the state of our economy but also the fact that many brides don’t understand the value of a quality wedding planner and/or coordinator. That line is, “I don’t have a very big budget.”
While I don’t list my prices on my website, many potential clients assume that the prices will be too high. Some assume that because I don’t list them, they are too high.
While part of the problem is that brides don’t fully understand the value of a quality wedding planner and/or coordinator, there may also be a problem on the vendors end. Brides can’t make money come out of thin air and it is possible to get through your wedding day without a wedding planner or coordinator, but do you really want to just “get through” your wedding day?
When brides pay a photographer, they receive prints or a CD of their images. When they hire a caterer, they get to consume what is hopefully delicious food. However, when they hire a wedding planner and/or coordinator, they receive nothing tangible and therefore often the value is forgotten.
So what do you receive when you hire a wedding planner and/or coordinator? You receive everything that I didn’t on my big day. You’ll have the opportunity to sleep in or take in some time at the spa. You could enjoy mimosas and a long breakfast with your bridesmaids. You will get to arrive at your reception venue and know that everything is already done and exactly the way you planned. You can walk down the aisle without worrying about if the guests are having a good time, if there is plenty of food, if the DJ is playing the right music, etc. You can simply enjoy the moments of your special day.
Enjoy the little moments beforehand, enjoy the ceremony, your first dance, the cake cutting, and especially that very first kiss after you are announced as a married couple! How much is that worth to you? Do you think you could put a price on simply being able to enjoy every second of that very special day?
On the other hand, it really is impossible to pull money out of thin air. You have a budget for a reason and you can’t constantly spend more than planned. However, another misconception is that a wedding planner is an additional expense. It’s quite the contrary! A wedding planner should be included in the original budget. Their job is to save you money along the way. They will come up with creative ways to stretch your budget and achieve a beautiful wedding day for you.
Everyone can afford a wedding coordinator, especially at Any Way You Want It Weddings & Events. It’s all about finding a package at a price that suits your wedding and your budget. That is what we do. If we don’t have a package that already fits those needs, we will create one just for you.
A skilled wedding planner will be worth every single penny, but part of their job is to make their package fit not only your needs but also your budget. While this may mean that you can’t get the most expensive package or even all of the frills, you can afford a stress-free wedding day.
We work very hard to accommodate all of the desires of our clients, but many of them don’t completely understand the value of these services until their actual wedding day. I hear all of the time that if you choose a “cheap” wedding coordinator, then you are choosing an unskilled coordinator. While this may be true, it does not mean that the most expensive wedding coordinator or planner is the best. The best wedding coordinator/planner is the one that will work hard to provide you with the services you need at a price that you can afford.

Check back next week for How to Find the Perfect Wedding Planner

Friday, January 27, 2012

Importance of a Wedding Coordinator, Part I | North Carolina Wedding Planner

Growing up I was a typical girl. I loved Barbies, everything pink, and dreamed endlessly about my wedding day. If my Barbies had received a bill after their many weddings, it probably would have bankrupted the entire Matel company!
I think every little girl dreams of her big day, from the perfect white dress, all of the flowers, and of course their prince charming. While we all think of those wonderful little details and all the ways that we would put our own personal touch on our special day, we never think about all the work it takes to assemble this dream wedding. We certainly don’t think about who will put out all of the chairs and tables, who will assemble the centerpieces, who will make the food, who will serve it, who will make sure that the wedding party gets down the aisle in an orderly and beautiful manner, and so on. I’m guessing in your dream, the person achieving any of these tasks is not you.
Take a minute to think about it. What is it that you really want to do on the morning of your wedding? Would you like to sleep in? Enjoy a massage or a few hours at a spa? Mimosas with your bridesmaids? Maybe even a little extra time taking photos with your bridesmaids, or maybe even your parents?
I wish those are the things I had been doing on my wedding day! See I never dreamed about being a wedding planner. While I envisioned my perfect day over and over, I never even gave a second thought to who would orchestrate everything for me. I enjoyed the DIY aspects of my wedding and putting my personal touch on everything. While many vendors become frustrated with DIY brides because they think they’re only trying to save a buck, I get it. For me, it really was about wanting to have those special favors and programs that showed just who we were. I enjoyed all of the planning, the crafting, and my ‘type A’ personality came in handy with impressive organizational skills, but I was not prepared for the wedding day.
The night before my wedding, I was up until 2:00am preparing spaghetti and meatballs, baked ziti, and salad for almost 200 guests and packing the car with all my boxes of wedding decorations. By the time things were cleaned up and I could actually get in bed it was just about time to get up and head to the salon. By the time we finished at the salon, we had to rush over to the venue and start setting everything up, and I do mean everything!
Once we got there, it was one disaster after another. It started with tablecloths that had come in the wrong size. They barely covered the tables. At that point it was too late to do anything about it, since everything else had to be set up. I had to meet and greet all of my vendors and make sure they were setting up in the right place. Luckily I was blessed with wonderful bridesmaids and one terrific friend who were willing to help, but they should have been able to enjoy the day.
By the time the reception began, the groom’s cake had been devoured…before the groom even got to see it! The food was gone long before we could get a plate (we got the joy of enjoying McDonald’s after the reception for our wedding day meal).
After spending the entire day running, the wedding all seemed like a blur. I realized at this point that no one’s wedding should be this stressful. I felt it was my job to make sure that no one else had to spend their wedding day the way I had. I needed to be a wedding planner!
It seems like when you’re planning a wedding, everyone is always there to give you advice even when you don’t ask for it. One tidbit of advice they never give you is the importance of a wedding planner or at the very least a wedding coordinator. You will need help that day and even if you don’t think so now, what will you do when you realize it on your big day?
Don’t let your wedding day be a day that rushes by and be filled with responsibilities and stress. You can enjoy your day. You can soak up every minute and just enjoy being married. After all, that’s really what you’ve been planning for isn’t it?
Check back next week for The Importance of a Wedding Planner, Part II

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Party Inspiration Saturday {Mickey Mouse Party} | North Carolina Party Planner

I love the idea of a Mickey Mouse (or Mickey Mouse Clubhouse) birthday party. Every kid loves Mickey Mouse and it's a great party for girls, boys, or both! There are so many simple DIY ideas for decor and tasty treats and everything else is so easy to find since Mickey Mouse is everywhere.
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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Party Inspiration Saturday {21st Birthday} | North Carolina Party Planner

I had a hard time deciding what party I would start our party inspiration posts with and whether or not I would even include a 21st Birthday Party post. Usually 21st birthdays are full of rowdy fun and don't really require a party planner, but the inspiration I've found was too funny not to share.
I hope you enjoy these hilarious photos and you can follow us on Pinterest for more party inspiration.

This cake cracks me up! So simple to create and everyone will LOVE it!

Airplane bottle bouquets
Looking for something a little classier? This cake is awesome!
21st birthday survival kit