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Oct
16
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6 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Have a Friend or Family Member Coordinate Your Wedding

You’d be surprised how often couples say, “I’ll just have a friend or family member coordinate my wedding day. I don’t need to hire a professional”. Would you have a friend perform your heart surgery, simply because she’s obsessed with Grey’s Anatomy? Or would you have your aunt fly the plane you’re riding on because she likes the movie Top Gun? There’s certain things that should be left to the professionals, and handling one of the biggest days of your life is certainly one of them. Here’s 6 reasons why you shouldn’t have a friend or family member coordinate your wedding:   1. They Don’t Know People. Wedding Planners have a really large network of vendors that they work with, especially after being in the business for 12+ year like us. I can literally call any vendor you would possibly need in a second if there was an emergency and one of your vendors backed out at the last minute, or worse - just didn’t show. 2. They’re Not Experienced in Handling Wedding-Related Issues. Things happen. Very rarely do weddings go off without at least some small hiccup. Will your designated coordinator know what to do if the DJ is running late and won’t make it in time for the ceremony? Or the caterer won’t arrive in time with the linens and the florist needs to set up an elaborate tablescape? We do. We are Master Improvisors, and that only comes with our years’ worth of experience.   3. They May Not Make it to the Wedding on Time Themselves. I’ve told this story a few times before. Long story short, my mother-in-law was generous enough to offer to set up the inside of my reception (this was before I planned weddings). Well, as luck would have it, she got stuck in traffic on the way back from showering and getting dressed at the hotel and was late getting back so we can start the ceremony. Of course, we waited for her, but holy cow, was I stressed out waiting!! Put us back a good half hour or so. 4. It’s Personal. Your friend is your friend. She likely won’t tell you if something is a bad idea or won’t work in an effort to avoid hurting your feelings. We will because we want you to not only have the best time, but it will reflect poorly on us if something goes wrong. Your family and friends are too close to you to say “no”.     5. There’s No Contract. They can throw in the towel any time they want. There is no contract legally binding them to fulfill their wedding planning duties to you. Do you know how many times I’ve had a couple tell me their “friend” was supposed to do their hair/makeup/photography/signage/ceremony/flowers/set up, but then they backed out? Yeah, it’s a lot.   6. The End Result Will Be Amazing. When you put your trust in professionals, you can be guaranteed that the end result will be amazing. You will have the most beautiful, stress-free day EVER and so will your family and friends.
Aug
07
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What Does a Typical Wedding Budget Breakdown Look Like?

So many couples that I speak with have told me they’re over their budget with planning their wedding. Typically, the reason for this is that they underestimate what wedding services cost and they set the bar too low. Unbeknownst to them, when they start contacting vendors for their big day, the costs are much higher than they anticipated. How do you prevent that from happening? This helpful guide will point you in the right direction, so keep reading! Beauty – 2% Pre-Wedding Haircuts or Colors Waxing Facials Mani-Pedis Professional Shave Tips (normally 15-20% for pre-wedding beauty treatments) Spray Tan Lash Extensions Hair Trial Appointment Day-Of Wedding Hairstyle Makeup Trail Appointment Day-Of Wedding Makeup Cake – 2% Cake Display / Cake Cutting Sheet Cake for Extra Servings Special Design Elements (like sugar flowers or hand painting) Cake Topper Cake Stand Cake-Cutting Fee Delivery Fee Additional Desserts (if you’re doing a dessert table/station/bar) Preservation Kit for One-Year Anniversary Rings – 2% Wedding Bands Wedding Band Resizing Fee Wedding Ring Insurance Any Customization / Engraving Ceremony – 2% Ceremony Site (if separate from reception venue) Church Donation Officiant Fee Marriage License Ceremony Accessories (ring pillow, flower girl basket, unity candle, etc.) Favors / Gifts – 2% Wedding Favors Wedding Party Gifts Gifts for your Flower Girl(s) or Ring Bearer(s) Spouse Gift Parents Gifts Welcome Baskets for Out-of-Town Guests Transportation – 2% Bridal Party Transportation to the Ceremony Venue Keeping the bride and groom separate, if you wish Bridal Party Transportation to the Reception Venue (if different from Ceremony Site) Gratuity for the Driver(s) Shuttle Service to transport guests to/from their hotels Valet Parking Service   Wedding Planner – 3% This percentage is on the low end and may only cover a Day-Of Wedding planning package. If you’re getting a Full-Service package expect to spend closer to 10-15%. Day-Of, Month-Of or Full-Service Wedding Coordination Venue and/or Vendor Referrals and Liaison Budget Development Timeline Creation Rehearsal Coordination Wedding Day Setup and Management Stationary – 3% Engagement Party Invitations Save The Dates Wedding invitations (including enclosure cards like RSVP cards or maps) Rehearsal Dinner Invitations Post Wedding Brunch Invitations Envelopes (note that specialty size envelopes will be more expensive to ship) Postage (for invitations, RSVP envelopes and thank you cards) Return Address Labels Wedding Ceremony Programs Wedding Reception Paper Goods Escort Cards Place Cards Menu Cards Custom Napkins Favor Labels Thank You Cards Extra / Emergency Fund – 5% Vendors Tips Sales Tax Service Charges Wedding Insurance Liquor License (if not provided by the venue and/or caterer) Overtime Fees Other Expenses Attire – 7% Outfits (with shoes and accessories) for: Engagement Party Engagement Photos Bridal Shower Bachelor / Bachelorette Party Rehearsal Dinner Wedding Dress Wedding Dress Alterations Specialty Undergarments Veil, Wedding Shoes and Bridal Jewelry / Accessories Groom’s Tux & Shoes Reception Outfit (if you’re going to change out of your dress) or After Party Outfit Post-Wedding Brunch Outfit (with shoes and accessories) Wedding Dress Cleaning and Preservation Music – 8% Ceremony Musicians Cocktail Hour Music Reception DJ or Live Band Microphone (for wedding ceremony and reception toasts) Sound-system or extra speakers Photo Booth and Dance Floor lighting (if your DJ Provides these extra services) Drinks – 8% Cocktail Hour Drinks Reception Drinks Champagne Toast Open Bar / Hosted Beer and Wine / Specialty Cocktails Bartender Service Mixers Coffee / Tea Non-alcoholic Beverage Glassware (if not included in your catering package) Bar Signage Corkage Fees (if you opt to BYO) Liquor License (if not provided by venue or caterer) Bartender Gratuity   Flowers and Décor – 8% Bouquets (for brides and bridesmaids, toss bouquet if needed) Boutonnieres (for groom, groomsmen, fathers and/or grandfathers) Corsages (for mothers / grandmothers) Flowers and Accessories for the Flower Girl / Ring Bearer Ceremony Arch / Chuppah Ceremony Arrangements Reception Centerpieces (for guest tables, guest book table, food stations, etc.) Wedding Cake Flowers (if additional cake décor is needed) Wedding Chalkboards / Signage Specialty Décor Rentals (e.g. tenting, lanterns, candelabras, etc.) Delivery Fees   Photography / Videography – 10% Engagement Session Rehearsal Dinner Coverage Wedding Day Coverage Albums or Prints Same Day Edit Raw Footage Highlight Reel Feature Film Reception Venue – 18% Room Rental Fee Venue Deposit Ceremony Fee (if ceremony is being held at the reception venue) Additional Rentals (like tables, chairs, china, etc. if not provided by the caterer) Dance Floor Rental (if not already installed/included) Parking Fees Liability Insurance Tax and Service Fees Security (some venues will require it)   Food – 18% Tasting Appointments (if not complimentary with your catering package) Rehearsal Dinner Passed Hors D’oeuvres Plates, Buffet or Family-Style Meal Food Stations Service Staff Catering Equipment (like plates, silverware, glassware, serving platters, etc.) Catering Rentals (such as tables, chairs, linens, etc.) Vendor Meals Tax and Gratuities (sometimes called “services charges”) Setup and/or Cleanup Fees Bar/Beverage Service (see “Drinks” below; may be included in your catering package)
Jul
18
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Brunch & Music - What Could Be Better?

A few months ago, I was invited to come see Acute Inflections perform in NYC. I finally had a free weekend this past weekend to do so, and man, am I glad I did! Not only did my husband and I enjoy a fabulous brunch at The Bar Room at Temple Court, but we were serenaded by this amazingly talented duo! If you're looking for something fresh and original for your wedding, you definitely want to check these 2 out. They have a a few packages available, so you can hire them for your ceremony and cocktail hour, or keep it going with your first dance and dinner music as well! They are the perfect compliment to each other and will surely add a touch of class to your wedding or event. It helps that they're easy on the eyes, too! ;) Their main genres are jazz, rock, R&B and Reggae, but we also enjoyed songs by Chris Stapleton, Amy Winehouse and more. They truly put their own creative spin on even the best known songs. There were certainly times when my husband and I looked and each other said, "I know this song, what is it?" only to start singing along a moment later when we figured it out. That is the true sign of a creative genius! Familiarity, yet originality.  I would be happy to put any of my clients in touch with the booking manager for this dynamic duo, or better yet, take another trip to NYC to introduce them to you in person and attend another live performance! If this sounds like something you're down for, email me at carisa@pinkoliveevents.com to make plans!
Jun
27
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Do We NEED to be at the Rehearsal?

It’s 24 hours before your wedding, and you’re getting all the final touches ready for your big day. Today is the day you can completely, both mentally and physically, hand over all your wedding details to your wedding planner. Here are the types of things we will take care of at your rehearsal. Introductions It is important for your wedding planner to introduce herself to all the family and the bridal party so that on the day of, they are comfortable and know who to go to if they have any questions. This will make your day go much smoother knowing that your wedding planner is making sure everyone involved is comfortable and being taken care of if there are questions. If you have hired your wedding planner for “day of” only, this may be the first time that she is meeting others involved in the wedding day, so this is important. There have been times that I haven’t even met the groom until the rehearsal! Coordination of the Ceremony Wherever your rehearsal is, we will be there. We will start by coordinating the ceremony processional. We will make sure that the order of procession that you gave us at your detail meeting is executed perfectly for your wedding day. Then we will run through the recessional so that the ceremony doesn’t only start smoothly, but ends smoothly as well. Give Direction It’s important to have an entrance and an exit strategy. At our detail meeting, we will discuss what time the couple will arrive to the ceremony location and begin to put a plan in place. Will the bride get out of the limo and immediately walk down the aisle, or will she want some time to come in and relax? Is there a room she can “hide” in so that the guests can’t see her when she arrives? What should the groom and groomsmen be doing while they wait to line up? These are all covered at the rehearsal. If you choose to have a receiving line, we will organize the order in which this will be done, or if you decide against a receiving line, we will put a plan in place so that you know exactly what to do when the ceremony is over. For example, if you want to take pictures immediately after the ceremony, we designate a spot for you to go and wait for the photographer. Or if you’d rather jump right on the party bus and head to cocktail hour, we’ll make sure that happens too! Final Collection of Wedding Items Before you arrive on your wedding day, we will be getting the spaces ready for the ceremony and reception. This means on the day of the rehearsal, we will collect all the special items that you will need us to put in place while you are getting ready for your big day so that you don’t have to worry about it. This includes candles, guest book, favors, toasting flutes, cake knife, programs, seating cards, etc. While you are enjoying your day, we will be making sure all these items are in the right place. So, the answer to the question is...YES! Photos courtesy of Ty Jemison.  
Jun
24
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Quiz - Do I Need to Hire A Wedding Coordinator?

We know some of you are torn with whether or not to hire a day of wedding coordinator. Take this short quiz and see how many of these questions you can answer with confidence: • Who will make sure that the wedding programs, unity candle, Ketubah or other special items are in their proper places?  • Who will ensure that the favors, table centerpieces, special toasting flutes, cake server set, guest book (and 2 pens!) and all of your DIY decorations are all in their proper place at the reception? • Who will help the groomsmen with their boutonnieres? The mother’s with their corsages? • What happens if your flower girl is tripping on the hem of her dress, an hour before the ceremony? • Who will make sure that the wedding starts on time and everyone is in place for the processional? • Who will check on the photographer to make sure all the pictures you asked for are being taken and that everyone down to the flower girl is smiling in the family shots? • What will you do if the DJ, caterer, etc. is late, gets violently ill, or just doesn't show up? • Who will manage the wedding reception to make sure everything goes smoothly and all of the announcements, introductions, toasts, special dances, cake cutting all happen on time? • Who will make sure that all of the vendors are paid the day of the wedding? • How will you manage the guest seating at the reception to ensure that feuding family members do not sit next to one another and that everyone mingles amicably? • Who will make sure that your limo or transportation is waiting for you at the end of the reception? • Who will ensure that you’re able to breathe with confidence and enjoy your special day? If you cannot answer most of these questions with certainty, why not contact Pink Olive Events today for a free consultation? We can go over any of your questions or concerns and show you that we are here to help make your wedding day memorable!
Feb
12
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5 Things Women Really Want for Valentine's Day

Love is in the air! Valentines Day is just 2 days away. Have you gotten your girlfriend/fiancé/wife a gift yet? If not, you’re in luck. Flowers and chocolates are nice, but find out what she REALLY wants this Valentine's Day. A Spa Treatment. Us women are usually running around doing a million things during the day, especially if we have kids. All we want is a little “me time”. Go to her favorite salon or spa and treat her to a massage, makeup application, facial, or mani/pedi. When we feel good, we’re in a good mood. It's a win-win. Wine. Wine is always a good option. What’s her favorite kind? Find the best one out there and buy it. I’m sure she’ll appreciate “the good stuff” as opposed to her usual “every day” wine. A Night Off. Make #2 extra special by pairing it with a home cooked dinner that she didn’t have to make. Get in the kitchen and surprise her with her favorite meal. We would all love a “night off” from cooking and other household duties. Comfy Sweats/Socks/Slippers. When we’re home and relaxing, we want to be comfy. There’s nothing better than getting home from work on a cold day and slipping into a warm, soft pair of sweats and curling up on the couch with a good book or Netflix. A Quick Getaway. Everyone could use a few days of downtime to escape reality. Take a quick road trip for the day or even a long weekend if you can swing it. Make it even more special by surprising her and making plans along the way (favorite restaurants, flowers or champagne waiting in the room). Guys, trust me, if you do any of these things, you’ll have a very happy girl on Valentine’s Day! No matter what you do, make sure that you show her you love her all year long, not just one day of the year.
Feb
07
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Tim & Bria's Love Story

How We Met I met Tim almost four years ago through work, and we were friends for about a year and a half before we started dating. We both work retail and, at the time, for the same company. We were both chosen to open up a new store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (important detail for the proposal) and he was the first person I met that day as I walked up to the store. We very quickly became friends – he can make me laugh like no one else – and we started hanging out outside of work, eventually growing even closer. At the time, I had given up on my dream of singing opera and was trying to decide if I should give it another shot. Tim pushed me to try again and has been one of the biggest supporters of my musical journey! Soon after Tim and I started hanging out, I was talking with my sister, contemplating life, and said, “Why can’t I just date someone like Tim?” Meanwhile, Tim was talking with his friends and they asked him what he was looking for in a girlfriend, and he said, “Literally, Bria.” I’m happy to say, shortly after, we started dating. Right after I met his parents for the first time, he was super cute and asked, “If I would be his girlfriend?” Tim also likes to say that the minute he asked me that question, he knew we would be getting married. Fast-forward three years, different jobs, pursuing opera singing, tons of travel, and countless laughs, he finally asked me to spend our lives together! Engagement We had a planned trip back to Connecticut for that weekend and were planning on leaving on a Friday, but had taken the day off before to spend time together. Tim woke up SUPER early on Thursday, and started running around, tidying up the apartment, and packing. I have no idea what was really going on that day and was trying to figure out why he was packing when we weren’t leaving for another day. I slowly got up, made coffee, and jumped in the shower, under the assumption we were “going out to lunch” as he had said. When I got out, Tim had packed a bag for me and was super quiet. We finally get into the car and head to Brooklyn’s waterfront, where the “restaurant” is. Once we get to DUMBO, he’s on his phone “trying to find the restaurant” and we start walking towards the water, with the Brooklyn Bridge in the background.   We finally we hit a point where there are no restaurants, it’s just Manhattan’s beautiful skyline and a small patch of grass. I started to realize what was about to happen and immediately felt excited even though I could tell how nervous he was. Tim grabs my hand and brings me to the middle of the grass, takes off my sunglasses, and asks me, “Are you ready?” He pulls out a piece of paper and tells me the sweetest things I’ve ever heard, but most importantly finished with, “Bria, will you marry me?”   Of course, I say, “Yes!” and as he’s putting on the ring, I hear the clicking of a camera. I turn around, and Jess, a photographer who I’ve worked with professionally before, was there. This immediately made us feel at ease having worked with her because she is so great to work with. We ended up spending the next couple of hours all over Brooklyn doing a surprise engagement shoot, which was amazing. Our families do not live in NYC, so it was a thoughtful way of making sure they could see the day and be a part of it. Tim actually tried to propose to me THREE times! It’s like they say, third time’s the charm. The first time, was July 13, 2018, which would have marked 1,000 days of our dating. The second time was October 17, 2018, which marked our three-year anniversary. And the third and final time, was October 25, 2018. The issue all three times was the ring. I apparently was kind of vague, but somehow super specific, at the same time. I told him that I disliked the majority of diamond shapes, but that I wanted a solitaire, and it had to be on a gold band. He totally underestimated the amount of time it would take to locate the stone and kept having to move the proposal. Thankfully, one of his best friends’ family is a well-known jeweler in Connecticut, Michaels Jewelers, and once the stone was found, they were able to rush to have the ring set and ready for the big day. Tim absolutely nailed the ring and ended up finding the most perfect kite diamond. At the end of the day, this is the ring I never knew I wanted, but it fits me perfectly… exactly as Tim knew it would.   At this point, I think the day is over, but Tim has us rushing back to the apartment to pick up our bags, and we’re back in a car, heading towards Williamsburg, the place we first met and fell in love. I’m still in shock and am not really processing things, but we pulled up to The William Vale, which is a few blocks from where we originally had met. We had the most beautiful room (with the most gorgeous floral arrangement from Rosehip Social (another important detail for later), looking at the Manhattan skyline, and had some time to ourselves to enjoy the moment and also call our family + close friends to tell them the news. Tim also had coordinated our absolute favorite sandwiches from Depanneur in Williamsburg to be delivered to the room, which was such a sweet touch since we went there all the time when we first met.   That night, we continued the celebration at a restaurant Tim had set up for dinner. After we were done, we headed back to the hotel and I asked him if we should stop somewhere for a glass of champagne to celebrate. He suggested we go to Westlight, the roof bar at The William Vale. We walked in, and low and behold, all of our close friends were there and we had a mini-engagement party.   The next morning, I tried to take a few flowers from the floral arrangement with us, and Tim was insistent that we leave them all in the room. I was devastated that we were losing the gorgeous, meaningful floral arrangement. Tim finally told me that he had arranged the hotel to bring the arrangement downstairs and it was going over to our friend, Lacie, at Framed Florals! Lacie makes the most incredible pieces of art, by using pressed flowers from floral arrangements. I had been dying to work with her on something and I was blown away that he incorporated it into the proposal.   Tim literally thought of every single detail of things I love, had mentioned wanting, and things he knew I would want. The whole day was uniquely us and I couldn’t have planned it better myself. It was the most magical day I’ve had so far, and I can’t wait for our wedding! All photos by Jessica Osber Photography  
Aug
22
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Guide to Wedding Planners, Designers, Coordinators, and On-Site Coordinators

What's the difference between a Wedding Planner and a Wedding Coordinator? Do I need to hire a Wedding Coordinator if my venue has one on-site? Many think that these titles are interchangeable, however, they would be vaery wrong. Read on to find out the differences and when you should hire which? Wedding Planners: What they do: Wedding planners are all about the logistics and planning. Some may also provide design services or styling services that will help with the creative specifics of your wedding day. Typical duties: Put in the most hours helping you plan. Provides vendor referrals and negotiates contracts, schedules and attends all vendor meetings. Creates detailed timelines, floor plans and schedules. Helps determine and manage your budget. Attends site tours and menu tastings. Brainstorms style ideas and coordinates design details. Coordinates hotel room blocks and transportation. Manages the rehearsal. Oversees everything on the big day (makes sure everyone sticks to the timeline, handles issues, manages all the vendors, and executes your wedding vision on-site). Hire if: You have the budget for it. You want the smallest amount of wedding-related stress possible. You have no free time because of a demanding job. You have no clue where to start and your organizational skills aren't the best. You have a very short timeframe for planning and executing. You're hosting your wedding in an unusual venue (not in a hotel, restaurant or banquet hall). Wedding Designers/Wedding Stylist/Wedding Architect: What they do: A wedding designers job is purely aesthetic. They work on the overall style and design for your wedding day. Typical duties: Creates the wedding's design concept. Provides color scheme or palette guidance. Oversees the décor budget and vendors (your florist, rentals and lighting). Sources special props and equipment. Attends a site visit to visualize where you want everything to go, devise a layout and identify potential problems with the décor. Creates detailed floor plans. Ensures all of the décor elements are in place on-site for the wedding. Hire if: The décor is the most important element of the wedding for you. You're confident in your organizational and logistical skills, but your creative skills are lacking. You're trying to pull off a very specific theme or you have a million weddings style ideas that you can't narrow down. Wedding Coordinators: What they do: Wedding coordinators as like wedding planners, but on a shorter timeline. They usually come in and help you a month or so before the wedding as well as functioning as the point person on the big day. Typical duties: Meets with you 4-8 weeks before the wedding to get a handle on what you've planned thus far. Checks in with your vendors to review the signed contracts and confirm logistics. Creates detailed timelines and floor plans. Completes a final walkthrough of the ceremony and reception sites. Addresses any overlooked details (like forgetting to hire a coat check attendant or a tent rental). Manages the rehearsal. Oversees everything on the big day. Hire if: You want to play an active role in planning your wedding but would like someone to take care of the last minute details and make sure you haven't missed anything. You're extremely organized and detail oriented. You don't have the budget for a full service wedding planner. On-Site Coordinators: What they do: On-Site Coordinators are responsible for everything that specifically deals with the venues. They are not wedding planners or designers or coordinators, they will not help you plan your wedding. They are there to ensure that the venue is doing what the contract says. Typical duties: If the venue provides catering, make sure there are kitchen and wait staff scheduled to fit the needs. Will possibly provide you with a list of preferred vendors. If catering is provided, they will create a timeline for the catering staff. Be there during your wedding to make sure that venue provides what was contracted for. Happy planning! xo
Jun
26
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Why Would I Work with a Travel Advisor for my Honeymoon?

No doubt working with a travel advisor saves precious time both during the planning process and during your journey. But that's hardly the extent of the value that a good travel advisor adds to your trip. In many cases, booking with us actually saves money in addition to providing you with amenities you can't get on your own or through an online travel agency. And, when planning this very special once in a lifetime trip, why wouldn't you want all of the extra attention and amenities you can get!!! If you've worked with me before, you know about my affiliation with the Virtuoso network, which makes me a preferred partner with the best hotels, tour operators and cruise lines in the world and provides exclusive benefits to our clients such as room upgrades, resort credits and breakfast included when you stay at a Virtuoso hotel. More than that, however, I cultivate strong relationships with my partners so that when I send my clients out into the world, I am placing you in the care of trusted friends. When my clients arrive, they are greeted as VIP guests and doted on by my partners. And if my clients do not receive exceptional service, I will find out the reason why and take steps to correct any issues while you're in travel. Good luck getting that from an online travel agency. When you work with a travel advisor, especially me....you should see a noticeable difference. The difference goes beyond Virtuoso, as we are members of just about every elite hotel amenity program there is. With Belmond's Bellini Club, you'll receive extra benefits on Belmond luxury trains and in their hotels. Membership in the Dorchester Collection's Diamond Club gives our clients gives our clients guaranteed upgrades at such hotels and the Plaza Athénée in Paris, Hotel Eden in Rome and The Beverly Hills Hotel. As preferred partners of Fairmont and Four Seasons, our clients receive VIP treatment at some of the most exclusive hotels and resorts in the world. Staying with such fine hotel chains as Mandarin Oriental, Jumeirah, Rosewood, Ritz-Carlton, Rocco Forte and Starwood, you'll enjoy complimentary breakfast, credits for use in spas or restaurants along with upgraded rooms and personalized welcomes from management. The same goes for collections such as Small Luxury Hotels and the Relais & Chateaux network of properties famed for their culinary quality and unique charm. You simply cannot reproduce the quality of experience that working with a Memorable Moments Travel, an affiliate of Largay Travel by booking on your own or through an online travel agency. Every step of the way, from planning to traveling to memorializing the trip of a lifetime, you are in good hands with real live people who are dedicated to making sure your experience is one you'll want to relive over and over. With my help, you'll be so thrilled with your vacation, you'll already be thinking about your next one by the time you get home.
Jun
14
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What DOES a Wedding Planner Do?

There seems to be some misconceptions or confusion about what a wedding planner (coordinator, consultant) actually does. Yes, I plan weddings, but I do so much more than that. I can't even count the number of times I've heard "I don't need a planner, I'm doing it myself". That's great! Of course we don't want to take away the joys and excitement of planning your wedding. But everyone needs a little help now and then. For starters, did you know that Pink Olive Events offers rehearsal and day-of wedding coordination? This allows you to plan your own wedding, but about one month before the big day, I come in and take care of those final details. I confirm with your vendors and create a detailed timeline for all to follow. I take charge on the night of the rehearsal to make sure that the bridal party processional and recessional flow and that everyone knows their place. Anything that needs to be set up on the day of the wedding is collected at this time so that you are not to worry about a thing that day! Once the big day arrives, I coordinate with all your vendors to make sure everything runs smoothly and I serve as that "go-to" person should any issues arise. For that couple who needs a bit more direction than this, I have a variety of services that can be customized just for you. I NEVER confine you to a package or make you pay for something you just don't need. Every couple is different and I realize this, so I am only as involved as you'd like me to be. If you are recently engaged or just don't know where to begin, I can help with this too! The full planning wedding services cover everything from soup to nuts. I will recommend and tour wedding venues with you, set you on the right track with your budgeting, recommend and meet with vendors with you, assist you with your invitations, and so much more! Speaking of vendors, did you know that I can help you save money in your planning? Many of the vendors that I work with on a regular basis offer my clients discounts on their services. In addition the all of the above, I also serve as that "go-to" person for you, your family, and your vendors. I act as that neutral third party when there are decisions to be made that family disagree on. And most of all, I like to think that we are a friend to many of our clients. They can call/text/email me at any time for anything! I ALWAYS offer free consultations, so it doesn't hurt just to come in to sit and chat! Relax with a cup of coffee and come tell us about your dream wedding! And yes, that is me, pinning the groom with his boutonnière because very rarely does anyone actually now how to do this!