Information and Your Planner

October 9th, 2017
Here's me pinning flowers on a family member.  Naturally, you want me to know who gets which flowers.  (Photo by HappyBuddy Photo Art.)

Here’s me pinning flowers on a family member. Naturally, you want me to know who gets which flowers. (Photo by HappyBuddy Photo Art.)

Because most people don’t work with wedding or party planners (or coordinators) most of the time, when they hire one, they have to figure out how best to work with them.  If you’re in that position yourself, let me give you one really big tip on how to make the most of your planner or coordinator.

The first thing you can do to make sure your planner can do her best job is give her information, lots and lots of information.  I have had clients say to me (in these exact words), “I don’t want to overwhelm you with information.”  But it is my job–and it is my specialty–to hold and use and organize massive amounts of information.

In fact, most of what you might need a planner to do is organizing information.  Never thought of it that way?  Well, it’s true:  The schedule for your event is a document that organizes and systematizes information, as is the ground plan.  And you’ll get the best, most functional schedule or layout if you give your planner every bit of information at your disposal, even information that doesn’t seem vital.  Your planner might also be in charge of your decorations.  What she needs is not just the decorative items, themselves, but also the information about where they go and how.

You could say that my motto is, “There is no such thing as useless information.”  As a planner or coordinator, I am often asked the most obscure questions by other wedding vendors.  You never know what someone will want or need to know in order to make your event stellar.

So, please, overwhelm me with information.  I love it when you tell me everything you need–and everything you’re thinking is important.  When that avalanche of information arrives on my desk, I’m always so happy, because then I know I can do my absolute best work to make your wedding or event turn out as you envision it.

One More Set of Wedding Photos

October 2nd, 2017

I know you love seeing photos, so here is one more set from a recent wedding reception.  The couple were married earlier in the year, with just their families attending in their home.  This was the big reception they threw to celebrate after the fact.  And it was a terrific party!

The reception was at The Clubhouse at Dolphin Lake in Homewood, where the in-house caterer is Wiley’s Grill.  Roses are Red Flower Boutique provided the floral displays.  The Cover Girls provided very popular entertainment (dancing violinists!).  I hope to be able to share professional photos from GodzRoqk Designs Photography in a few weeks, and maybe even some video from Media in Black.  These are my photos taken at the event.

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Lakefront Wedding Photos!

September 11th, 2017

Did I promise you more photos from recent weddings?  These are just the ones I took myself from one of my recent weddings.  Professional photos will follow when I can get them.

I must confess that I loved this wedding.  It felt so authentic.  Everything the couple did reflected their personalities and their relationship.  It was all beautiful.  It was also completely unique.

The single most unusual thing about the wedding was the amount of hand-crafting that went into it.  Both bride and groom are crafty people.  The bride knits, so she made the gorgeous shawl you will see below.  The groom crochets, so not only did he make the bride’s bouquet out of crocheted flowers; he also crocheted all the flowers for the table decorations.  Take a look for yourself!

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How to Decide???

June 5th, 2017
How many decisions went into this one thing?

How many decisions went into this one thing?

Wedding planning (in a nutshell) is just making a whole lot of decisions, one after the next.  Where should the wedding be?  Who should officiate?  What is to eat?  What kind of music?  What color are the linens?  Who is invited?  The list goes on.  And decision fatigue can be a real problem.  So, how do you make the best decisions?  Here are a few thoughts.

I think the best way to proceed is first to decide how detailed you want your decisions to be.  Do you want to control every detail?  That is going to be more decisions.  Leaving small things to chance means fewer decisions.  Then, consider what is most important to you, and base your decisions on the things that are the most meaningful.

Take the question of whether or not you want your guests taking photos during your wedding ceremony–or even during the reception.  What’s the best way to approach this decision?  First, decide if you even want to make a decision.  This is something you can let slide, as it won’t make or break the wedding day.  But if you have already decided that having beautiful, perfect, remarkable wedding photos is a top priority, then it might be important to dig into this set of decisions and figure out what you want and what you don’t want–and what you don’t want to decide about.  But if making sure your guests enjoy themselves is a higher priority, then you have a different way to make that decision.

Some people dislike making decisions so much that they ask their planner to make most of the decisions for them, only reserving final veto power over the major ones.  That usually works very well, because planners are professional decision makers!