Yes, there is a difference between a wedding planner and an event designer. A planner plans and a designer designs. Very different. Anyway here are some benefits of hiring an event designer! Time Saver
Why hunt for wedding linens and all those little details? You should be enjoying your time being engaged. Let a professional help with all that. We are trained to make your event look and feel like you as a couple!
We've done it before. Most likely this is your first time getting married - or having a wedding. Its our 200th time! We work everyday to gather information on items, professionals, pricing, venues, etc. Let us use our knowledge to your benefit.
We do attend those boring networking evenings (some are fun), to make sure that we know who is who in our industry. We also keep track of what they can - and cannot do, what they charge, etc so we can pass that knowledge onto our clients.
All you need to worry about is your hair, makeup and attire. That is it. We worry about your guests having a good time, making sure that everything is as you wanted it (or more!).
Even if you are creative a wedding designer can come up with something unique just for the two of you. Sometime it is a backdrop, food display, guest table design, centerpiece design, invitation design. There are loads of places for a designer to be creative in a wedding!
Just a few of our designs:
This is just something that I love and if you can fit it into your budget - you will love it too! If you are considering this as an option you will need to make sure that the artist has access to the venue (fully decorated!) at least 3 hours in advance! This way they can paint the backgrounds and get set up before hand.
Then during your ceremony they are painting the you, your groom and the people that you love. Here are some samples from WedOnCanvas.com
Ok, you got the ring now STOP!!! Decide on your wedding day budget! Don't look at dresses, don't google nearby venues. Get down to business... you'll thank me later!
I won't go through all those traditions, most already have an idea. Figure out what you want to spend (or what you can spend) on your wedding day. Is it $10,000 or $100,000? Remember all of it will be due at least 30 days before your wedding day so make sure that you can keep your electricity on and pay the wedding bills at the same time.
If you have an amount that you and your finance can put in then talk to both sets of parents - yours and his and see what they can or want to contribute to the wedding day.
Once you have these numbers you can sit down and create your wedding budget. You have to split that large number into smaller numbers that you can spend on each aspect of your wedding day. Be sure to include in your budget a wedding planner - we work hard to keep our brides on track and under budget. If you do then hire her (us!) quickly and let the planner put your budget into their software then you know where and when you will need to spend your money.
Now that all that is done....go ahead....google those venues!!!
One of the largest items on your wedding budget is your food - so make it important and make it memorable! Make sure that your friends and family talk about the food at your wedding for years! Here are a few tips on how to do just that!
- Don't Procrastinate - If your venue doesn't have a caterer start the hunt ASAP, make sure that you let the caterers know that food is very important on your wedding day. There are some caterers in the Greensboro area that have gone lax and are ready to serve your guests rubber chicken and string beans. There are food out there that are cost effect and taste much better....and some that are even more fun!
- Consider the Experience - Do you want a traditional sit down dinner or do you want your food served family style - adding a different element to your event. Do you want food stations and people to mingle and get what kinds of food they want from different stations. For those on a budget passed appetizers and fun finger foods are great and easy on your pockets.
- Part of the dining experience is also the seating - change it up! Aren't you tired of round tables and white chair covers YET!!!??? Talk with your designer about something fun and interesting that suits your wedding venue.
- Tie in a theme to you food - is it all Italian, Mexican or do you like Chinese food - better yet Japanese food made right in front of your guests! Let's get rid of Chicken, mashed potatoes and string beans!!!
Not sure what to do or how to do it - that is what your wedding planner is for! Give her (or him!) the ideas and let them sort through and come up with something unique for your event!
Don't have a planner......CALL US! 336-525-9331 or email Veronica@behindthescenesinc.com
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At least once a month I will go through and re-visit some of the area venues and give you some really great ideas to use them for your own wedding. Disclaimer: Not everyone can pull it off - AND don't sign a contract without reviewing it first! That doesn't mean sit there and skim - it means take it home read it, highlight the areas of question and then ask the questions! If you have a planner, they do this for you! If you don't have a planner. Quickly call us 336-25-9331 and we'll be your planner!
Suite 300 is a beautiful room - and the decor is nice, but it needs a little help. Look at these photos:
This is a little bar - away from the party that blocks a hallway to the bride room. I don't like it as a bar - but it would be really cute as a kissing booth!!!
This light is in the pool room.
The pool room.
The Groom's Room
The Grooms Room
Side with guest seating.
This is the head table that was set up when I visited and the black dance floor. Two things here - I hate the black dance floor, it should be white, light wood or copper to match the theme of the room. In addition the mix of chairs is odd - the Chavari's should be silver to match or even better clear!
Love the lounge furniture!
These chair covers come with the rental price!
These are the lights - I am loving the bling!!!
Cute for a head table - but the guests will not be able to see the bride and groom - because of the location of the table and the pillars in the room.
The bar!! WOW!!!
Another shot of the lounge furniture!
The beautiful glass light in the bridal suite
A better shot of the bridal suite!
The back side of that wooden bar.
Lounge area for the bridal party.
Very cute art work!
The water feature when you come in the door.
Overall I give the location an B, with a few enhancements by a great designer (me), it can be the ultimate wedding venue. It is not cheap, in all actuality you pay for the lounge furniture and the linens. Entry into the venue is difficult also, through a parking deck and down a manned elevator with a code, so getting out is difficult also.
Our brides would love this venue - with the enhancements because it is modern and new! Let me know your thoughts if you've seen this venue or will be hosting your wedding here!
If you haven't read the checklist from 12 months follow this link: The Checklist - 12 Months If you are 9 months away from your wedding then keep reading!
6-9 months before
- Research and choose one or more bridal gift registry. Visit Dillard’s at the Four Seasons Mall – great prices for your guests and quality merchandise for you! They also offer free makeovers and free fittings for the undergarments you’ll need for your wedding day! Save time…follow this link to pre-register, then just go in the store and scan away!
- Order your wedding gown and buy undergarments that you will wear with it (bring these to all fittings)
- Order other bridal accessories – shoes, gloves and veil
- Begin shopping for bridesmaids dresses
- Find an officiantwho will perform your ceremony.
- Research local professionals and book ceremony musicians, a wedding reception band or DJ, photographer, videographer, caterer, baker and florist. Your wedding planner will be able to make referrals.
Be sure to check future and past blog posts for questions to ask each of the professionals that you will need to hire.
- On a side note - if you want Uncle Bob to do the photography - have him sign a contract and make sure that you assign someone or let your planner know so she can keep him focused on the task at hand. Having friends and family take part can be a great thing, but it can also be the worst decision you've ever made!