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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April 27, 2016

Why Hire a Wedding Planner?

Posted in Planning Tips and Information, Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:25 am by JBEvents

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There are so many things that a professional Wedding/Event Planner can assist with to make planning your wedding or special event easier and less stressful.

Let me first ask this question –

How many hours on average does it take to plan a wedding?

A.  25-50 hrs   B.  100-150 hrs   C:  150-300 hrs   D:  400-600 hrs                                           (Read on to find out the answer)

When consulting with my clients, I am listening to pick up on information not only for the vision of the event but for other specific things that can impact the overall details of planning and the stress level of the client.  For instance, if the client has very limited time to spend planning the wedding, they should select a full-service planning package.  While the cost of the full-service package might be more of the budget than anticipated, care should be given to consider all that the Planner is able to do, from sourcing and securing the venue and proposals, to developing the vision, negotiating contracts, maintaining the budget, providing guidance on etiquette, consult on custom stationery and event branding, design a floor plan, construct a wedding day schedule, communicate with all vendors, as well as orchestrating the entire event to ensure a smooth and flawless wedding, to just name a few. There are so many tasks that a Planner handles behind the scenes to ensure that any emergencies are handled without the client having to know, we keep things running smoothly to ensure that all vendors are able to perform their contracted services in a timely manner and we handle packing up all of your items at the end of the reception so that you or your family don’t have to.   All of these details require many hours to complete and as a bride with already restricted time constraints as well as not being familiar with all that goes into planning a wedding – the stress factor drastically increases.

If you choose option D in the question above for the number of hours to plan a wedding, you are correct!!!!  Yes, that’s correct – 400 – 600 hours to plan a wedding from start to finish. If you consider how much time you have available between the time you become engaged until your wedding, keeping in mind your work/school schedule as well as having personal time as well, this will help you to determine just how much help you may need.  A professional planner can save you time since we will already know the venues and vendors to contact based upon your budget and vision, whereas trying to do this on your own is a daunting task.

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Many times brides will think that hiring a planner is a luxury, but considering that we can provide referrals to appropriate vendors to accommodate the budget, style and overall vision which can result in discounts that would not be garnered on your own, the savings can balance out the fee for our service. Not only that, but don’t forget, we are able to save you time and that is something you can’t put a price tag on.  One thing I always tell my clients is that it is important to maintain and cultivate your relationship during the planning process because you are preparing for a MARRIAGE not just the wedding day.

Some times brides think that a wedding planner will insist on the vision for the wedding, but that is not the case (at least with my company).  We are there to offer suggestions and provide advice, and to align our client with the best vendors to achieve the vision.  My goal is to always produce the wedding my couple desires.  While I have had clients task me with making all of the decisions, that certainly is not the norm.

If you or someone you know is getting married, do yourself or them a favor and have them contact us so that you/they can experience stressfree planning and a flawless wedding.

Check back soon for more helpful planning tips!

 

Janice Blackmon Events is an award-winning special events planning company specializing in assisting our clients with innovative concepts, creative design and flawless execution.

 

 

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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