April 12, 2017

Wedding Budget Tips

Posted in Other Events, Planning Tips and Information, Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:10 am by JBEvents

You just got engaged and are excited about beginning all of the plans for the wedding.  It’s easy to get carried away with all of the ideas that are going through your head – however, two of the main concerns you need to determine early on is the dreaded, BUDGET and the Guest List!

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The budget will dictate the decisions that will be made and it directly impacts the Guest List.  

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Each person you include on your Guest List has an associated dollar amount connected to them.  That is why it is important to thoroughly vet your Guest List.  Generally the couple and their parents will create the guest list based upon who they feel should be invited.  There is always the “Must Invite” list but many times my clients will create a “B” and even a “C” list.  While it’s usually true that not every guest you invite will attend, you must consider the possibility that they will.  It’s also important to note that if you want to send out Save the Dates, whomever you send them to MUST be sent a wedding invitation, So if you have a “B” and/or “C” list, you need to take that into consideration.   Here’s a good infographic of how to determine your Guest List. 

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Once you have the draft of your Guest List, then you can begin searching for a venue (or let us do that legwork for you).  One of the first questions a venue will ask is, what is your estimated guest count, so that’s why it’s important to work on the Guest List first. Venues have a maximum capacity for their event space, so the estimated Guest count has to be considered to determine the appropriate space for your celebration.

If you hire a professional Planner at the beginning, we can lead you through the details so that you can make great informed decisions. With our experience, we can guide you through the process of planning your wedding while removing much of the stress.  We are familiar with venues and can make appropriate suggestions based upon your budget, guest count and vision.

Contact us for information and let us begin planning your flawless wedding while reducing your stress. 

 

Janice Blackmon Events is an award-winning Event Planning company specializing in assisting our clients with innovative concepts, creative design and flawless production of the event.  

 

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December 27, 2014

You’re Engaged ~ Now What?

Posted in Planning Tips and Information, Weddings tagged , , , , , , at 12:30 pm by JBEvents

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 You’re Engaged ~ Now What

First, Congratulations!  If you are like most girls, you have been dreaming about this day for years.  You may already have your style, colors, attendants and dream location in mind – but you may not know where to start.  I intend to give you an overview of the components that go into planning your wedding and will provide a few suggestions along the way. 

 One of the most important things you should consider early on is hiring a reputable consultant .  By doing so, you can be assured that you have someone on your side that can lead you to qualified vendors that will be able to provide you with the products and services that you need.  Not only that, but a professional consultant will handle the details of your wedding day so that you can relax and be stress free. 

There is a HUGE difference between a professional consultant and someone who does it as a hobby!  Your wedding day is too important to leave in the hands of someone who doesn’t have the experience and qualifications to expertly handle all of the details that it entails to create and produce a flawless wedding.  Keep in mind, the best money that you can spend is on a consultant.  Our job as a professional consultant is to guide our clients to vendors that will offer you the best possible products, services and prices.  Many times due to our relationships with industry vendors, we are able to lead our clients to vendors that will offer discounts on their services which in many cases can result in savings that more than pay for the cost of the consultant.  These discounts would not be available to you if you were not a client of the Consultant.  Those “consultants” that do this as a hobby do not have the long-standing relationships with vendors and are therefore not able to offer any “value” for their service.  Keep in mind – your wedding day is probably the most important day of your life thus far, and to leave that day in the hands of someone who only does this as a hobby is NOT in your best interest.

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Setting your Budget is extremely important.  You need to be realistic about what you can afford.  A good idea is to determine what the absolute MOST you can spend is, and then reduce the number down to what you would feel comfortable with.  By doing this, you will have already developed your “cushion” since most times you will go over your budget and then be scrambling on coming up with additional funds or having to make some difficult and uncomfortable decisions. 

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Once your budget has been established then you are ready for moving on with the rest of your planning. 

 Check back right here for the next in the series of You’re Engaged ~ Now What!  In the meantime, contact us to get information on our packages and services so that we can lead you through the planning maze in a strategic and stress-free way!!

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