Invitation Guide

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A lot of our couples are preparing to send out their invitations in the next few weeks/months. I have been getting lots of e-mails lately with wording and etiquette questions. I came across this little guide from Val Marie and thought it might be helpful! It has some great and easy to follow tips.

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Make sure that you check out the gorgeous invites by Val Marie Paper

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Wedding Planner Stereotypes

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Since I started All The Fuss, I’ve encountered a lot of questions and concerns based mainly on industry stereotypes. I wanted to shed light on a few of those generalizations and offer some insight into how we operate at ATFE.

Did you become a wedding planner because you planned your own wedding?

This is a good one; I get it all the time especially when individuals find out that I’m married. The answer is, no. I actually did not really enjoy planning my wedding. We lived in Alberta, Canada and planned a wedding in New Hampshire in less than 6 months. It was stressful and my Mom honestly did a good chunk of the legwork for us. Our day was everything we could have asked for, but in all honesty I never considered becoming a wedding planner after our wedding.

At the time, I was working for a large University and had a focus on more of the corporate side of event planning. I decided to make the career change during my time in Las Vegas. I was working for a company who planned social and corporate events. I started helping one of our clients plan her penthouse wedding and that’s when I got the wedding bug. I loved how personal wedding planning was and it just seemed more fulfilling than the corporate side. I immediately enrolled in a four-month in-class program to get my certification in wedding design and coordination. I figured that I already had a lot of event planning experience, but I really need to expand my wedding knowledge. From there I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to work with some of the best in the Vegas wedding industry.

So that in a nutshell is my story. I always tell couples to be weary of “new” planners who planned their wedding and are now instantly qualified to plan your wedding. You don’t want your wedding day to be anyone’s trial run. There are lots of great planners out there that have been inspired to plan weddings after going through the process of planning their own, the difference is that they took the time to get experience and education.

You’re snobby, bossy and controlling.

Yeah, no I’m none of those. I’m actually pretty laid back and considerate. I’ve had a few couples in the past express concern that I was going to takeover their wedding day. That’s so not my style. This is your day, it’s all about your personality and style. My role is to guide you through the process, offer suggestions and ensure that everything goes smoothly. I want to make planning you’re wedding fun and enjoyable, alleviating as much of your stress as I can. The snobby wedding planner persona is definitely not my thing!

You’re going to tell me one price and then add on a fee for everything.

Our prices are set for a reason and take into account the time needed to produce each package/service. We only add fees on for travel over 120 miles from our main office. If you want to add on additional services, that’s one thing, but we certainly don’t try to be sneaky about our pricing.

You wear headsets and fanny packs.

Well this one we are guilty of, but only because it makes our job easier. No, I did not watch the movie “The Wedding Planner” and decide that a headset/fanny pack combo was super trendy. I actually learned from my mentor (Brit) that these two items are an absolute necessity. We wear headsets so that our team can communicate with each other without being obtrusive or distracting. The fanny pack is so that we can whip out a tide-to-go pen or pack of tissues as fast as humanly possible. I actually had a bride get a bloody nose; those tissues in my fanny pack saved her dress!

I can’t afford you; planners are only for couples with big budgets.

Not, true. We have a variety of different services and packages. We have worked with small budgets and large. We are always willing to sit down with you to assess your needs and how we can fit into your budget.

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PSA: Save 20% on Favors!

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Here is a little PSA (public service announcement) for Wedding Favors, check out the 20% off sale that www.weddingfavors.org is offering until February 28th, 2013. Do you still need wedding favors? There are tons to choose from!

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You’re Engaged, Now What?

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Did you recently get engaged?

It’s December and one of the most popular months for engagements. Once the question is popped, a lot of couples don’t know what to do next. I wanted to compile a list of things that you should keep in mind after you get engaged. These points are based on experience, etiquette and just simple advice.

Don’t post it on Facebook!

Okay, well you can post it on Facebook. However, make sure you call close family and friends first to let them know the exciting news! You don’t want to offend someone that is close to you, by having him or her find out about your engagement via social media. That situation could make for some very hurt feelings, so think twice before blasting out a status update 2 minutes after you say yes!

Take care of that ring!

If there is a ring involved you will want to do two things. The first is to get it sized. If the ring is too big or small, take it to a jeweler and get it properly sized to avoid any mishaps. Secondly, get it insured. You want to protect that gorgeous ring that your significant other just gave you, make sure you take the steps necessary to secure the financial investment.

Consider a timeline!

When are you getting married? That will be the new big question that you are bombarded with. Even if you aren’t ready to select an exact date, consider the year or even time of year. For example, “we are considering Fall 2014”. That will save you a lot of explaining and will get you both thinking about when you do want to get married.

Get a wedding planner!

No not me, although if you are considering hiring a professional then you will want to start setting up consultations, I’m talking about an actual wedding planner (the book). You can find them at most bookstores and they will be a great resource to start organizing yourself and ideas. Here is an example.

Enjoy it!

You may have been waiting a while to get engaged, enjoy it. Take time to really embrace the experience with your fiancé. There may be a lot to do, but don’t forget to celebrate as well!

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The Right Fit

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One of the big things that I’ve learned as the owner of a service based small business is that not everyone is going to like me. It’s true. As a people pleaser at heart this was a difficult concept for me to grasp at first. But in all honesty I’ve come to the realization that I am not going to be the right fit for every couple and I am okay with that.

When you work intimately with someone to plan their wedding you have to be the right fit. Your style and personality needs to mesh well with their style and personality. I am not an in your face/aggressive person. I tend to be more laid back with a calming demeanor. But believe me when things go wrong at your event, I take the lead and get it done/fixed. I try to handle myself with a certain level of professionalism and tact. Some couples may prefer a planner that is a little more forward/bold/blunt whatever, that’s not me. I am a behind the scenes gal and I like it that way.

Another area that is hit or miss for me is my age. I am in my mid/late twenties. Some people think I look 16 mainly because of my height. This has been both a problem and a benefit for me. Some couples think I look too young while others prefer my age as it is closer to theirs. In reality how old I am shouldn’t matter, but to some it does. I would prefer that potential clients take into account the fact that I have over 6 years in the event planning industry and have trained under one of the top wedding planners in the country. My experience and client reviews speak for themselves.

So when you are looking for vendors here are five things to keep in mind:

1) Do you like them? - Do you connect with this vendor? When you meet is it awkward or do they instantly put you at ease? Is this someone that you feel that you can trust and work with?

2) Budget- How much do their services cost? Do they fit within your budget?

3) Experience- How long have they been in business? How long have they been in the wedding industry?

4) Professionalism- Do they handle themselves professionally? When they meet you how are they dressed? Do they provide you with business cards and brochures? How quickly do they answer your e-mails/phone calls?

5) Personality- Are they funny/outgoing/quiet? Do they fit within what your expectations were for that vendor (did you want a loud/funny DJ)?

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