Category Archives: Planning on a Budget

Not All Tires are Created Equal!

I recently experienced the joy of buying new tires for my car.  The choices were laid before me and as a novice “tire purchaser” I had no clue what the real difference was aside from price.  So with an uneducated guess, I chose the least expensive tire.

My rationale being, “they are tires, shouldn’t they all work the same”?

Well, it didn’t take long to find out why the “other” tires were more expensive.

This experience led me to understand the position that some clients may find themselves in.

NOT ALL PLANNERS ARE CREATED EQUAL!  The initial ride may be smooth and efficient but the true test comes when you hit the first bump or have to navigate through the construction and detours on the road of event planning.

Unless clients are educated, they too will make the mistake of thinking that all things being equal… price is the only differentiation.

Things are not equal and planners do not offer the same skill, education, expertise or connections. 

Clients need to do their research and stop ruling planners out based on fee alone… yes, you certainly get what you pay for but with the wrong person, you may get some things that you didn’t pay for and never expected.

Just as higher priced tires can = better quality, a smoother ride and the appearance of less bumps along the way,

Higher priced planners can = better connections, customer focused service and the appearance of less bumps along the way!

Does more $ always = better service? 

No, but compare tires before getting on the highway!


It Takes a Village…

Successful events don’t just happen! 

They aren’t magically delivered in the 30 minutes it takes to watch a wedding reality show.   There is no one man (or woman) who can plan, cook, serve, dj and photograph an event.

We need each other. 

It takes a whole village to execute an amazing event.

Okay, maybe not a whole village but it does take a number of PROFESSIONALS.  We cannot do it alone and the sooner everyone involved figures that out, the better the experience for the client.  That’s who we’re here for anyway, right?

I know the hard work that goes into an event.  I also know that many vendors prefer to work directly with a professional planner; it makes their job easier. 

Well vendors, we need your help!  

We are doing our part to enlighten the world but it would help if you (please) educate your clients about the importance of hiring a professional wedding/event planner.  Help us, help you (and your clients)!

I wish I could change the minds of everyone who felt that they couldn’t afford a wedding planner.  It’s so sad to see people (brides) stress about something that comes so natural to me.  Sadly, many still see wedding planners as a luxury and not a necessity. 

We are both!

It is luxurious to have someone you trust handle all the details of the most intricate day of your life and 

OH, HOW NECESSARY!

 

Keep it Sexy!


Planning on a Budget – Photography

Planning on a budget is fine… we’re all on some sort of budgetWhen planning your wedding one of the first things you should do is determine your budget.  Be realistic when deciding on your budget.  If you cannot afford a $55,000 event, then don’t plan on having a $55,000 budget.  Sounds simple right?!

After determining your (realistic) budget, you can begin to ponder some of the must have items. 

Today’s post will focus on PHOTOGRAPHY.

Do not skip this invaluable vendor.  You may have seen the ads and articles on placing cameras at your table and allowing your guests to take part in your wedding.  Great! But please keep in mind that you will end up with many of the same picture, they will take pictures of themselves and the quality will be that of a disposable camera in dim lighting (not so great).

A professional photographer is a must have!  Believe me, I wish I had chosen the professional route. When I got married, I thought a “real” photographer would break the bank. 

I now realize that I went through that regrettable experience so I could warn against it.

Pictures truly are memories that you can hold in your hand.

 You may be thinking that a photographer is out of your budget but there are excellent photographers in every price range.  Do your research, ask around and don’t be afraid to contact a few.  If they are too expensive for you they may know someone who better fits your style and budget. 

Keep it Sexy