Having worked in the Laie event planning industry for almost 7 years there are not many surprises left – but occasionally I still get the, “They did what?” pass my lips! Why am I not surprised anymore – because over the years the number one rule for event planning is putting time into the pre planning of the event, and then planning contingencies for the exceptions that may happen?
So where do you start? As far out from the event date as possible as getting space is the first step. In Laie, where we do a lot of work, it is not unusual to be booking one year out at some of the venues, as they are booked solidly every week.
The first few decisions are the easiest. What is the budget? What is the event about? A party, corporate seminar, convention, festival, wedding, or an anniversary – the list is endless, but one thing remains constant once the event has a name and the type of event is decided, the next step will be to decide where to hold the event. This is where the real event planners stand out from the crowd. So you have an event – okay lets book a hotel is normally the next answer but why would you miss out on an opportunity to create a unique experience?
Event Planning - Where Do You Start?
You are recently engaged, and now it is time to start researching wedding reception ideas. But where should you start?
All good weddings start with a plan, and listed below are 6 tips that you can use to make sure you plan the wedding of your dreams.
Start looking for a reception location early
The first step is to figure out when you want to get married. Summer and fall weddings open the opportunity for an outdoor wedding reception; however these are also the most popular times to get married.
You need to move fast and start early to make sure you get your first choice of reception location during the busy seasons.
One way to narrow down your choices is to choose either an indoor or outdoor wedding reception. Then, make a list of potential locations and start visiting them as soon as possible.
Think about your budget and only look at options that fit your budget
Your budget will play a big part in deciding where to have your wedding reception. Depending on where you live, the average wedding can cost anywhere from $15,000 to $30,000.
If you are having a large wedding with a limited budget, you may want to stick with indoor wedding facilities that offer reasonable wedding reception packages.
Outdoor tented weddings tend to cost a little more. Things like silverware, chairs and glassware will have to be rented, and you will have to work with a caterer that specializes in tented weddings.
Book wedding vendors early
In addition to booking your wedding reception location early, you should book your other wedding vendors like photographers, bands and florists as early as possible.
Good wedding vendors are booked up more than a year in advance. To ensure you get your first choice, start researching and meeting with your vendors shortly after booking your wedding reception space.
Choose a wedding theme for a unique reception
If you want to stand out a little from the crowd, consider incorporating a wedding theme into your reception. A wedding theme can be as simple as a certain type of flower, like daisy, or a season, like fall harvest.
More elaborate wedding themes include Cinderella or country western.
A popular option with any type of wedding theme is to include a signature drink. Different types of martinis, like apple or blue, are great options.
Ask a family member or good friend to take your gifts home
The last thing you want to be worried about when leaving your reception is the location of your wedding gifts.
Ask a good friend or family member (preferably someone reliable and sober who won't forget) prior to the wedding to be in charge of collecting your wedding gifts and moving them to a secure location after the reception.
Take a few moments to look around and enjoy the reception
Weddings take a lot of time and effort to plan. During your reception, take a few moments to look around and enjoy the results of all of your hard work.
Eat the food from your caterer, have a few signature drinks, admire the floral arrangements and enjoy your family and friends. Wedding receptions only last a few hours, so make sure you step back and soak in the atmosphere.
The above 6 ideas aren't everything you will need for planning your wedding, but it is a good start towards the perfect end result which is a wedding memory that will make you smile for the rest of your life.
Event Planning - Throw an Event That Will Be the Talk of the Town
Creative wedding ideas are a chance to let your creativity flow when designing the biggest day of your life. There are many options when it comes to planning a wedding, and it all starts with how you envision your wedding day.
Start with a vision of how you think your big day should look and turn out. Sit down and think about how you want to remember your wedding day, and start from there.
Be organized, and set an overall wedding budget as well as budgets for each aspect of your wedding. Take a little time up front thinking things through before jumping into the planning phase.
Here are 3 hints for creative wedding ideas:
It is OK to be different and not do what everyone else is doing. Try choosing a unique location for your wedding, like a historic site, art gallery or other unique reception space.
Look around for ideas, and use them as inspiration for your own creative ideas. Try taking common, traditional wedding ideas and add your own twist.
Choose A Theme
A wedding theme is one of the best ways to be creative with you wedding planning. It gives you a starting point for your creativity, and helps you tie all of your ideas together.
Wedding themes can be as simple as a color, or they can be very complex like a circus wedding. Common themes include beach, seasonal (like fall or spring) and flower (like daisy or sunflower).
As stated above, don't be afraid to choose a unique wedding theme. Even if you choose a common wedding theme, try to be creative and change it a little to make it unique to you.
Ask For Help
It can be overwhelming when deciding on creative wedding ideas. Experienced vendors are great resources to bounce ideas off of, and they should also be happy to share their wealth of knowledge with you.
Look for vendors like florists, caterers and cake designers that match your creative style. Wedding planners can also be invaluable in offering ideas and guidance while helping to bring it all together for you.
The Internet is also a great resource. Look for websites that offer ideas and photos so you can create your own wedding vision.