Wednesday, July 27, 2011

But it's too LATE to hire a wedding coordinator

Part of my job as a wedding specialist/coordinator is to educate others about what we do.  Can you have a wedding without hiring a wedding coordinator?  YES.  Do you want to.... that is the true question.  And NO it is NEVER to late to hire us unless it is after the wedding.

Our job is to make your life easier, stress free, the planning and actual wedding FUN and to ensure it goes the way YOU, our clients, want it to go.  Many times a couple will think "oh our wedding is just a few weeks away it's to late to hire someone"  Well no, this is still a good time to meet with us and we can make sure you have everything completed, and suggest how, what and where to get the last few details, then make sure it all comes together.

We recently signed a couple that was a referral from TWO of our past clients.  They had been telling her for months that she needed to call us.  She thought "we don't need someone they have an onsite coordinator"  Then, she realized there is a difference and met with us 18 days before the wedding.  She was lucky, we had her date open and she signed right away.  We have had two meetings to discuss all the details they are planning, find out what still needs to be done, (they are still working on transportation and a few other details) and get an understanding of their vision. 

Now in only a week and a half her wedding will go as planned and they are now less stressed, because she listened to her friends and decided to hire someone, us.  It is NEVER TO LATE.  Give us a call and see if your date is available. 

PS don't get us wrong you can always hire us at the beginning of the planning process as well but some people get to the end and think it is too late.

Lisa Marie, Summer, Taylor and Alycia

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Registering for your wedding - Part II

Recently we did a post on registering for your wedding gifts.  OK great NOW WHAT???  This is a big question for many.  It starts with things like, Do I put those cards in my invites?  What about the shower invites?  What do I do if we get multiple of the same thing?  Below we have outlined many of the questions couple will ask or be confused about.

1. Upon finishing your registry you will be given cards or at least asked if you want them.  You do not need them so opt out of getting them.

2. If I don't get the cards how do people know where we are registered?  Add your registries to your wedding web page, map enclosed in the wedding/shower invitation or people will ask your parents or wedding party.

3. When can we open gifts mailed to us?  Open them as they arrive and write your thank you note for them right away.  Sign it with your maiden name and mail it (only use your married name on gifts opened after the wedding).  This lets the sender know it has arrived and you can get a few thank you notes out of the way.

4. What do we do if we get two of something?  Hopefully this will not happen if you didn't register for two of the same thing at two different places.  With any luck you will not get duplicates but if you do it is ok to return one.  Hopefully you are given a gift receipt for it and can exchange it for something else.

5. If you are sent a gift of money make sure you deposit it right away.  When you write your thank you note tell them how you plan to use the money.  If you plan to save up all the wedding money and use it for a down payment on a house, remodel work, honeymoon or anything else let them know.  Your family and friends will enjoy knowing how the money was used.

Here are a few tips for at the Wedding

1. Have two sided tape at the gift table.  Your attendant can tape down the card to the gift so it doesn't get separated.
2. Have a basket for cards.  It will keep them all together and you will not have to worry about any getting lost.
3. Have the best man or maid of honor take them to your place or the place you will open them.

Happy Wedding Planning
Lisa Marie

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Who will marry you?

So a few weeks ago we had lunch with Steve from A Beautiful Ceremony NW and got a chance to chat about weddings.  It was lots of fun and I was really impressed with his pure love for what he does. 

What started as a favor for a friend turned into something he loved to do and became a whole new business adventure for Steve. He found a true love in helping brides and grooms come together to celebrate their love for each other.  He can customize a ceremony that truly represents the personalities for both the bride and groom. 

Steve has worked at numerous venues around town and as his business is growing he has added his wife as another option. Now you have the option of hiring a male or female to marry you.  Additionally they can create a ceremony that fits your language and cultural/tradition needs. 

So if you are looking, stop looking and start scheduling.  :)  Give Steve a call 503-808-9889 or call us to help plan your wedding and we will set up an appointment for you.  It is never to early to start planning.  Brides are already booking 2012 dates and the best of the best will book up fast!

Lisa Marie
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