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Does Size Matter?

Now that I have your attention... I'm talking about why small weddings totally rock!

Reason #1 - With a smaller guest list, you can afford to be more fabulous.

Having a small wedding does not mean you can't afford a big wedding. It means you can get more bang for your buck. Let's say youe wedding budget is $25,000. Sure you could have 200 guests in an catering hall with a $60 per plate menu and average centerpieces, but wouldn't it be an amazing reception with 75 guests enjoying a $125 per plate menu and amazing entertainment surrounded by incredible decor? OR you can put the extra money toward the photographer of your dreams.

Reason #2 - You can save a lot of money.

With a smaller guest list, you save on food and favors. You'll have fewer tables, so you will save on centerpieces and table linens. You won't need as many invitations, wedding programs, or escort cards. Can you see the savings adding up already?

Reason #3 - You can celebrate with the most important people in your lives.

When you limit the guest list to your closest family and friends, you allow yourselves time to really share the joys of the day with those you hold dearest to you. You actually get to spend time with everyone at your wedding. You probably don't remember your father's coworkers who you met once at "Take Your Daughters to Work Day" when you were 12 anyway.

Reason #4 - You can host your wedding in more unique venues.

Some historic mansions and art galleries are only able to accommodate 100 guests or less. If you are hosting a very small reception (I'm talking 25 - 30 guests), a wine cellar or private dining room could be the ideal location. The beach is another welcoming place for an intimate ceremony.

Reason #5 - You can make your wedding more memorable for your guests.

You can add more personal touches. Your guests can actually get to know one another. I heard of a bride who wrote individual notes to each guest to personally thank them for coming to her wedding and to tell them about the other guests seated at the table that they may not know (great conversation starter).


BONUS REASON - The bride is less likely to turn into a BRIDEZILLA.

An intimate wedding will feel less like a major production and will be less stressful for the bride.

Let’s chat more about this in person. Contact us to schedule an initial meeting.

Until then…

Glitter Wishes & Unicorn Kisses!

Posted on March 11, 2019 and filed under Wedding Planning, Wedding Coaching.

Venue Coordinator vs Wedding Planner

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Chief Event Planner Randi Martin pinning the boutonniere on a groomsman. Photo by Daniel Bostwick Photography

Chief Event Planner Randi Martin pinning the boutonniere on a groomsman. Photo by Daniel Bostwick Photography

Ideally, your venue coordinator and wedding planner should be able to work together to execute your well-planned dream wedding. Of course you need the coordinator provided by your wedding venue (ceremony and/or reception) because they are most familiar with the ins and outs your chosen location. However, there is a difference between this person and an independent wedding planner that you hire to be your liaison. 

The venue coordinator is responsible for what happens inside their 4 walls. They are responsible for making sure you get the items you paid them to provide. They make sure their caterer provides the right food at the right time. They make sure their bar is stocked properly. They make sure the right number of tables and chairs are provided for your guests to be seated. They make sure the lights are on, the heat/air conditioning is at a comfortable temperature, and the bathrooms are fully functioning.  

Your privately contracted wedding planner will help you with your plans prior to the wedding day. They may help you make decisions about the details for your wedding (venue, professionals, colors and/or theme, stationery, flowers, etc.). They will start working before you get to the ceremony and after you leave the reception. They will troubleshoot problems as they arise so you don't have to interrupt your moments with friends and family. 
 

Your Trilogy Event Design Wedding Planner will ensure that your vision comes to life the way you planned. Photo by Bostwick Photography.

Your Trilogy Event Design Wedding Planner will ensure that your vision comes to life the way you planned. Photo by Bostwick Photography.

Real examples from our experience of issues the wedding planner might tackle... Your photography services are contracted to end before the reception is over so the timeline has to be adjusted accordingly... the florist delivered the wrong corsages for the mothers of the bride and groom... half of the specialty linens ordered didn't arrive at the venue... the limo driver got lost on the way to the church (with the bride inside)… the DJ had a heart attack while setting up for the reception… These are issues that the venue coordinator either would not know about or would not be able to help you resolve. 

There are many other things that your selected wedding planner will do for you, but we hope you now have a better understanding of the differences. If your venue coordinator tells you that you won't need a wedding planner because they do it all, just ask them what they do to help you before you arrive at the facility. 

We would be delighted to schedule an initial meeting to discuss your wedding planning needs. We offer a variety of services including Wedding Coaching, Wedding Management, and Event Design.

Until then…

Glitter Wishes & Unicorn Kisses!

Posted on January 28, 2019 and filed under Wedding Planning, Event Design, Wedding Coaching.

What is a Wedding Coach?

Our Wedding Coaches assist couples through the steps to plan their own weddings. Like a planner, only better. Advice. Inspiration. Peace of Mind.

While a wedding planner will plan all of the details for your wedding (from finding the perfect venue to hiring the best professionals), a Wedding Coach will guide you through the steps to plan it yourself. Much like a life coach or personal fitness trainer, your wedding coach will customize a plan for your wedding but you have to put in the time and effort to see the results. From budgets to contracts to seating assignments, we are here to support you.

Click here for more details about our Wedding Coaching services.

Glitter Wishes & Unicorn Kisses!

Posted on November 30, 2018 and filed under Wedding Planning, Wedding Coaching.