Some Do’s and Don’ts

wedding planning

How’s your wedding planning going?  Whatever stage you’re up to, there may be times when it becomes a little over whelming.  With so many decisions to make, a budget to keep to plus a timeline, you may feel the pressure to get it all done in time. I hear stories via Brides to be and wedding vendors about situations that could easily be avoided and so I’m passing some of these on to you.

DO

  • Set up a separate email for all your wedding planning communication. You will thank me a million times for this.  It will ensure nothing gets missed inbetween your regular emails and you can set up separate folders for each vendor you communicate with.

 

  • Set a budget.  Whilst it may tick over a little, it’s a way of keeping things under control.

 

  • Research your potential suppliers and vendors.  A great way of doing this is via word of mouth and also by visiting them at a wedding fair (totally biased I know!)

 

  • I really can’t stress this enough but pay your invoices on time.  The majority of wedding vendors are small businesses and are mostly independant operators. They simply don’t have time to chase up outstanding invoices and you run the risk of your booking being cancelled entirely if you don’t pay your invoice/deposit on time.

 

  • Set up a Pinterest account.  It’s such an amazing tool for finding inspiration.

 

  • While we’re on the subject of inspiration, blogs are great too (since you’re reading this one!) I like Polka Dot Bride, Nouba, White Magazine’s blog and Style Me Pretty.

 

  • Look after yourself by getting plenty of sleep, exercise and good food.  Not only will you look great but you’ll feel better for it too!

 

  • Consider hiring items rather than buying.  Hiring is cheaper and quicker in the long run.  Buying heaps of stuff you’ll have to source, store and potentially spend time selling after the wedding may drive you crazy.

 

DON’T

  • I’ll throw caution to the wind on this one with an ‘avoid’ rather than don’t but buying your wedding dress online via an international dress maker is a potential disaster waiting to happen.  It can be disappointing and costly since you may end up with a large bill from a dressmaker to make it work for you.

 

  • Wait too long to book your vendors.  The really good ones get booked up very fast indeed. A deposit is sufficient to lock them in so you don’t have to shell out full payment immediately.

 

  • Haggle your vendor too hard for a discount. It can send out the wrong signal and potentially sour your relationship with your supplier. Many vendors will be working quite closely with you and so a good working relationship is key.

 

  • Book a really cheap vendor and expect the earth.

 

  • Email vendors out of hours and expect an immediate response.

These are just a few tips to get you started on your wedding planning journey. Please feel free to get in touch and share your own with me!

Love Cherish Adore Autumn 2016

2016 is here and you may have noticed that it’s a leap year so guess what Ladies, tradition says that you can propose this year!  How so, well according to Irish folklore, St Bridget struck a deal with St Patrick that ladies could propose to men every four years on 29th February.

Congratulations

If you’ve recently got engaged over the Christmas and New Year holidays then huge congratulations to you!  You’re certainly in the right place if you’re looking for some planning tips and awesome vendors to make your wedding day your best day ever.

Wedding fairs are a great place to get some inspiration and ideas plus you can meet vendors to see their work up close and get to know them.  They may also be able to give you an exclusive on the day offer or discount. What’s not to love about that!

Love Cherish Adore fairs offer a balanced mix of around 40 vendors at each fair which is enough to give you variety but not too many that you come away feeling overwhelmed.  You can enjoy a glass of bubbles on arrival which will be served by Steve The Bartender and there’s gorgeous canvas bags for Brides filled with discounts and little treats. We’ll also be confirming a giveaway or 2 very soon for some lucky attendees.

Here’s the kind of inspiration you can expect from just some of our amazing vendors already confirmed.

Adelaide Wedding Fair

Above: Sponsor White Marquee

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Above: Bridget Quain Photography

Adelaide photobooth

Above: Sweet Cheeks Photobooths

Renee Lee Boudoir Photography

Above: Renee Lee Boudoir Photography

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Above: Akimbo Stationery

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Above: The Sweet Tooth Factory

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Above: Andrew Mazzone Design Jewellers

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Above: Minty Mary Pea

Lock It In!

The next Adelaide Wedding fair is on Sunday 3rd April 10am til 3pm at Norwood Town Hall which is so easy to find and get to with plenty available parking (not to mention some awesome shopping along The Parade!)

Tickets are currently available at an early bird price of $10.00 each or at the door for $15.00 each. Click HERE to order yours!

See you at the fair!

Team LCA

The First Dance

For some couples the first dance is an opportunity to wow the socks off your guests with a dirty dancing inspired routine with a lift crescendo. For others, it’s a slow lovey smooch infront of your nearest and dearest.  For some (like me and Hubs) it’s a frightening thought and so it was axed from our schedule entirely.

I kind of regret that decision now as if we’d had time to get some proper dancing lessons I’m sure we could have put together something that made us look like we were long time dancing partners. Time wasn’t on our side though as we organised our wedding in a bit of a rush (and I was also expecting our Daughter at 10 weeks!)

The song you and your fiance choose a personal one and like everything in life, there are trends of certain songs that are popular. To help you along your way,  Spotify recently analysed over 30,000 tracks and put together a playlist of the  most requested first dance songs of 2014.

You’re welcome!

Susie

Do Wedding Vendors Really Charge Too Much?

I’m attempting today to address a trending topic on social media around whether wedding vendors charge too much.  It’s a touchy one so bear with me however in most cases, I really don’t think that most wedding vendors do charge too much at all. Obviously, there will be an elite core of vendors who work in the luxury market where the word budget is a swear word however there are many who don’t charge enough due to competition and pressure from clients to price match.  This unfortunately leads to many talented wedding vendors having to shut up shop and going back to paid employment.

With the average wedding these days costing over $30,000, it’s fair to say that the majority of couples have a budget to stick to and will therefore prioritise what they feel is most important to them. That’s totally reasonable.  For some it might be all about the dress and for others it’s about creating memories through video and images. Naturally many couples decide to accept help from friends and family to put together the things they need to create their wedding like Aunty Doris making the cake or Cousin Stef designing the invites.  Some may  also go down the DIY route with mixed results. Most weddings however will involve commissioning the services of a professional at some point.

Without knowledge and experience of working in the wedding industry  it’s easy to understand why wedding professionals  can appear to be charging more than you may expect however when you break down the time and investment involved then it  can all start to make more sense.

Let’s use wedding photography as an example.  The role of a wedding photographer is to capture your day so that you remember it forever , creating wonderful memories for you and your other half. There’s heaps (and heaps and heaps…….) of  wedding photographers out there and like most things in life it’s a case of you get what you pay for. Each will have their own style and skill level so it’s important to choose carefully (a post for another day).

Wedding photography is definitely worth calling an investment. It documents your day, capturing all the big and little details plus some once in a lifetime pictures of you and your new Husband or Wife looking amazing. Just like this stunning image here…..

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Image credit Emme Jade Photography

If you haven’t realised already, the cost of a wedding photographer varies ALOT with each photographer on the market offering different packages and  so you will definitely in this case be paying for experience.   I hear alot of people saying that photographers are way too expensive for what they do since they’re earning on average $3-4k ++ per wedding.  For one day’s work that’s not bad hey!!! Let’s all go and get a camera right now and start making a killing?!  Except, it’s actually waaaaaaay more than one days work so let’s break it down.

Time

Aside from time and money spent marketing their business (which is pretty constant) a wedding photographer will spend alot of time prior to a wedding getting to know each couple with 1:1 meetings and emails.  They may also spend time scoping out the venue to know where the best places are to shoot. With a full time wedding photographer shooting 20-35+ weddings a year that’s alot of meetings and zillions of e mails. In addition, depending on the location of the wedding, there may be significant travel involved which again takes yet more time and it’s not unheard of for a photographer to shoot for over 12 hours in one day which is almost 2 days work in one day  in itself and earth shatteringly knackering.

Expertise

Photography in general covers alot of genres and wedding photography is out there on its own.  Aside from the wide range of photography skills needed to confidently shoot a wedding, there are inherited skills that are both intuitive and learnt through experience.  Many good photographers go above and beyond to ensure that a couple’s day runs smoothly by sticking to a timeframe.  Emme from Emme Jade Photography mentions ‘It’s the little things like helping the Groomsmen with their button holes or making sure that their ties are straight to making sure that key members of the family are not forgotten like helping Nan to her seat at the start of the ceremony.’ These little things add up to make a big difference.

Gear & Costs

A reputable wedding photographer will be bringing along thousands of dollars of equipment including camera bodies, lenses, tripods, software, cards, lighting and more. This often expensive gear naturally depreciates in value and needs maintaining which costs, yep more $$. Plus they need all the other things that general businesses require like transport, stationery, web hosting, insurance, advertising, professional development via workshops, soft and hard ware etc etc etc..

Editing

After the wedding is over, the photographer will spend time backing up your images to keep them safe and will then begin the task of carefully editing  all of the images taken on the day. This again takes a significant amount of time and skill to ensure you get great images.

Most of the above applies to many other types of professional wedding vendors such as stylists, cake artists, florists and stationery designers  who all spend alot of time dealing with enquiries, preparing quotes, attending fairs, networking, general admin, travelling and that’s before they even get to work their magic which again will require specialist and expensive equipment along with the skills needed to do the job and do it well.  Some also work very unsocialable hours and sacrifice their Spring and Summer and or family time by working extremely long days.  Florists for example are working around the clock during the height of wedding season to bring to you skillfuly designed floral art that has been stored and delivered in the nick of time to ensure it doesn’t wilt at the sniff of a 40 degreee day. Then there’s the cake makers who are highly skilled to create works of art and that’s before they’ve spent a fortune on ingredients to make said cake.

Now what I’m not saying here is that to get married you need to have an enourmous budget in order to keep the wedding industry happily alive and kicking. The majority of wedding vendors are uber passionate about what they do and more than anything they are extremely proud to be a part of your special day and hand on heart they really don’t charge more just because it’s a wedding, they’re just trying to earn a decent living reflective of their business costs, time and expertise.

Why E shoots make your wedding photos better

The moment you become engaged you’ll need to get used to being photographed for a while.  Family and friends will all be snapping away at you both, your ring and at your engagement party and that’s even before the big day. An engagement photo shoot or e shoot as they are sometimes called is a great idea if you want to become used to being infront of the camera and making the most of it.

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Image credit Susie Styler Photography

Most wedding photographers offer these sessions and some even include it in their package.

What you wear and how you style it is completely up to you and they can vary from being super casual to fairly formal with bouquets.  Go with the flow and think about what reflects you both perhaps event thinking about how to set the scene for the up and coming wedding.

Get to know your photographer

An e shoot is a great opportunity to spend some one on one time with your photographer and to get used to posing and taking direction particularly if you’re a bit camera shy.  Becoming more confident infront of the camera will only benefit you on your wedding day.  That I promise you.

Save the date!

The images will  also be a great momento to the time leading up to your wedding and can even be used as part of your save the date invitations.

Hair and makeup

By timing it right you can also look fabulous and make the most out of a hair and make up trial with your chosen hair and MUA.

 

Just another tip from me. Happy wedding planning xo

 

The First Look

Traditionally, the Bride and Groom don’t see each other before the wedding as it was considered to be bad luck. They get ready separately and only get to see each other for the first time as the Bride walks down the aisle.

There’s plenty of beautiful images captured of this beautiful moment where the Groom sees his beautiful Bride for the very first time as she glides down the aisle. Then, the ceremony begins….

For some Brides (and Grooms!) however the pressure of this moment hapenning infront of a crowd of guests can be a little overwhelming. Que tears and messy make up oh dear.

So how about breaking with tradition and opting for a first look instead.

What is a first look and why might it be beneficial to you?

There’s pro’s and con’s to most things in life however let’s start with what it is and the pro’s.

A first look is time for a Bride and Groom to come together, in private  for around an hour before the ceremony. A pre arranged secluded spot is scouted by the photographer where the Groom nervously waits for his beautiful Bride who walks towards him and taps him on the shoulder. He then turns round to see her for the first time.

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Image Source ( Pinterest )

WOW. So powerful.

For many couples, this magical and private time together helps to ease any nervousness they may have had prior to seeing each other therefore making the ceremony alot less stressful.

It’s also a great time for photos too as you’re not rushing to spend time with your guests, your hair and make up are fresh and there’s enough natural light for flattering images therefore creating a calmer timeline to your day.

So why not break from tradition and organise a first look with your Husband or Wife to be.

LCA Loves ♥ The Directory

The directory

If you’ve found this blog post then it’s likely you’re a Bride doing some wedding planning.  Am I right?

When you’re sourcing your wedding vendors, at the top of your list will be finding vendors and suppliers who won’t let you down and without past experience or word of mouth then where do you begin looking……

There’s just so many out there to look at so it can feel like an overwhelming task hey.  So how easy would it be to find like minded suppliers all in one place?!

If you hover on this page just up to the right, you’ll see a tab called D I R E C T O R Y and if you’ve not dived on to this page then I urge you to do it asap!

Filled with a wide range of awesome vendors and suppliers, there’s everything you’ll need to plan a wedding and more!

All of the vendors listed on the directory are some of the most creative, forward thinking and talented wedding and event business in the state.  Some you may have heard of before however many are small operations who don’t have the time, budget or desire to showcase their work at large wedding fairs or well known magazines. They are hidden gems that I’ve spent hours searching for to make life easier for you.

You’re welcome!!!

Wedding Prep with Ruby

I never dreamed of my wedding, in fact I didn’t really think I’d get married. The problem with that, is then you find that other person that you do want to marry, you may like me, just not know where to start.

Venue First

Everyone told me book your venue first, and this I’d have to agree on. Don’t get a date set in your head though because your dream venue may not be available.

Think of the big picture; do you want to decorate, price per head, is there someone there to support you with all your questions. The list goes on, so write a list and when viewing places make sure you cover all you want to. You can always phone or email back but it is easier to ask specific questions while at the venue. Oh and take photos, if you have ideas for decorations, it will be easier to refer to a photo to know your space.

Pinterest Pinterest Pinterest!

As stated previously on the LCA blog, if you’re not already on Pinterest, get onto it. I joined Pinterest a long time before I was engaged however I didn’t really get it at the time. Then when I got engaged I was collecting all these images and they were just sitting in folders on my computer. I thought there had to be a better way to do this and remembered Pinterest. I had pictures on my phone, my laptop & my computer at work, to say it was a little inconvenient was an understatement. So one weekend I’d collected up all my images & painstakingly uploaded them to Pinterest. (Unfortunately they don’t have an upload multiple images option) Now I can conveniently access them from anywhere, which really helps when going to the hairdresser & showing her some styles. I’ve even shown my mother inlaw to be my account to show her all the pretty ideas I have for the wedding.

Get Organised

The second great piece of advice I have came from Susie at LCA. She suggested creating a new email address for anything wedding related. Unfortunately I was already 2/3 of the way through the process when I heard this and really wish I had of done it. It really makes sorting out and finding your wedding emails/details much easier when they’re not jumbled up with your everyday stuff. I have now got a separate account anyway which I’ve forwarded all the important emails too and sorted them out into folders, e.g. Cake / Celebrant / Photographer etc, and with any correspondence from my wedding guest I am using this email address too, which I put on the wedding invite. Just makes life easier.

Another thing which has also helped but may not work for everyone is Google Drive. My husband to be and I both have gmail accounts so this was possible, we have set up a wedding Folder within our google drive, so easy to use and I never knew it was there. We have all our deposit receipts, our ever changing budget & payments, our guest list, music for the DJ, basically any paperwork which is wedding related in there. It’s a bit like Pinterest, I can access it from anywhere on my phone or my computer, we’ve shared the files with each other so we can both edit it. If someone contacts me to tell me something I can go straight into the files and update them in a second. The google siftware is basically like Excel Spreadsheet & Word Documents, super easy and convenient, and makes the stressful things a little less stressful.

 Facebook

This next one is only something I have recently done and that is to start a separate Facebook account. Just me (& perhaps a sudo name) no friends or family added, no private details mentioned, not even a profile picture uploaded (Facebook will hate you for your lack of interest, but they’ll get over it.) This account is purely for my own indulgence. I have liked all the wedding pages to my hearts content and I don’t have to worry about friends or family thinking, oh gawd… she’s liked another wedding page again. As is on Facebook these days, the minute you like of comment on anything, everyone knows it. I first made the mistake of this when I didn’t realise by commenting on a page I’d liked what our wedding songs would be that everyone would see that. Not until a friend said to me, we had that song too…damit. So I stopped commenting & liking wedding stuff on Facebook even though I really wanted too. This way I can now do it without anyone finding out any of my wedding details and I can like as much as I like! Also if you did want you could always let your bridesmaids in on the deal and add them as friends if they are interested.

 Stay True & Don’t Stress

Now I know there is a heaps of wedding advice out there in the net. I in fact was quite overwhelmed with it all. But whether you follow my lead above or not, you will find your own way. The key is to not stress about doing what everyone else says you should do. Even the “must do” wedding blogs get it wrong sometimes, they don’t know your situation, so don’t feel like you have to apply everything they say to your wedding. Just pick & choose what is right for you. Think of it like choosing your wedding dress, you wouldn’t buy it if you didn’t want to.

And with that said, happy wedding planning and remember to enjoy the process as a whole.

Love,

Ruby

 

LCA Loves ♥ MCA [Modern Celebrants Adelaide]

What happens when a group of like minded, forward thinking Celebrants get together? MCA aka Modern Celebrants Adelaide!

I had a chat with Vic, Pen, Cam and Bec today from Modern Celebrants Adelaide. These ladies are a lot of fun and as we laughed our way through our chat this is what they told me…..

 How did you get to know each other?

Cam and Vic have been friends for many years… Then Vicky had a chance to meet Penelope at another wedding (of course). There are only so many Saturdays in a year so we were already referring couples to each other if we were already booked. Then we met Rebecca at our annual Ongoing Professional Development at the Australian Federation of Civil Marriage Celebrants (which keeps them up to date with changes in legislation and builds their celebrant skills). Bec is also a member of the Australian Federation of Civil Celebrants and she came up with this wonderful idea of creating a group of modern like-minded celebrants that could work along side each other and basically it would formalise the referral process that was already happening. So we joined forces.

How long have you all been celebrants for?

Between all of us we have 15 plus years of creating ceremonies. We are all professional Celebrants and we absolutely love our work. What an exciting and joyous celebration to be a part of as your profession?

 What made you decide to create MCA?

Life is so busy already and then we add planning a wedding into the mix. We have all been recently married ourselves so we get it… our couples need a relaxed and simple, ceremony-planning process. We don’t want our Brides and Grooms to feel stressed about booking a professional celebrant and planning their perfect ceremony, so we created Modern Celebrants Adelaide so you have a choice of 4 enthusiastic and engaging, professional Celebrants all in one place. If one of us is already booked for the date you have in mind we are in constant contact with one another and will find out which one of the ladies is available and send you their details. It’s that simple.

 What’s different about MCA?

Security in numbers…although in all the years that we have been performing ceremonies we have not needed to call on a “back up celebrant”. We want our couples to feel secure in their booking. So Modern Celebrants Adelaide offers our Brides and Grooms peace of mind that if for any reason one of us is not able to perform their ceremony due to sickness or an emergency then we will pool our resources to come up with a solution to the problem. Offering them a safety net or celebrant net lol sorry that was sad.

MCA from David Resce on Vimeo.

Modern Celebrants Adelaide

 

 

LCA Loves ♥ Magnolia Press

Introducing Magnolia Press who is one of our sponsors this Spring.  Owner and creative director Sharon designs and prints both digital and letterpress stationery using two amazing antique presses in her home based studio. Sharon’s written this extremely informative post about wedding stationery which includes timelines for when to get things done by and lots of tips about choosing the right stationery for you. Over to Sharon!

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There are many factors which determine what type of stationery you choose for your wedding or event. Is it a strict budget, the wow factor for your guests, or just because you would love to have something nice to start people getting excited about your big day!

You may choose a DIY option or have them professionally printed by someone who knows the ins and outs of what to do. But even before you decide how you’re going to have your stationery, you need to work out what pieces you would like.

Save The Date

Firstly there are the Save the Date cards. Generally they are sent our between 6-12 months before the wedding but we recommend organising these closer to the 10-12 months ahead, especially for guests needing to travel or if you plan to have your wedding during a social time of the year. Save the date cards are usually simpler design and a smaller size than your invitations.

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Invitations

Next we love to work on your invitations – the main event! If choosing digitally printed stationery, what papers would you like, matt or shimmer? Would you like embellishments, will it bulk the envelopes and therefore cost more to post. What size do you want – will it fit all the text? These are just some of the things worth considering. We love designing stationery where the design speaks for itself, using premium papers. Letterpress is great for a sophisticated look, where the beautiful impression is the feature, and feeling the soft fluffy papers makes it that even more special. Send these 2-3 months before your wedding.

Letterpress papers are made from short fibred cotton, which is made especially so we can create that tactile finish. The ink colours are endless, but sometimes we have requests to mix letterpress invitations with digital response cards, and that’s where it can get tricky. Some colours we can match well, especially black, but there may be colour shade variations. Either way we can help you decide on the best option.

If you do choose letterpress, we ask how many colours would you like. You see, each colour on the design requires its own plate which is set up in our antique machines. The most cost effective option is one colour, but some designs look great in two, or three. The way to add colour to your stationery suite without adding huge plate costs, would be through your envelopes or personalised guest name bands.

Other stationery pieces such as response cards and gift/ travel information cards are popular. Response cards generally have a space for the guests to write their names, and if they are attending. Other points to consider would be dietary requirements or if you are organising a bus service to and from the wedding/ reception. Some couples ask if there is a favourite song they would get up and dance to at the reception.

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Information

Information cards are helpful for any accommodation suggestions if the day is in a remote area or if you have guests travelling. If you have the bus service, pick up times can be noted and of course the gift details if you are having a registry or wishing well.
Stationery on the day is varied, especially if you are having a church ceremony, and may need Order of Service programs, or if it’s a beautiful garden ceremony a flat simple card, expressing thanks especially for those in the wedding, and a general list of proceeding.

As your guests enjoy there pre dinner drinks and canapés, a printed table seating chart is fantastic for allowing guests to casually find where they are seated, so once welcomed into the reception area, there isn’t a crowd of people wondering around looking for their seat. Ushers are also great for personally showing guests to their seats.

Menu + Place Cards

Menus can be arranged through your venue, or if you want everything to be designed in the same style as the rest of your stationery, we can also print your menus. They can be folded ones which are placed at the centre of your tables, providing there is room and won’t look too cluttered or over take your arrangements. Another option would be to personalise each menu with your guest’s name, which then is place at their seating, and can be referred to through the evening. Most couples choose to have menus which are subtle and blend in, leaving their stunning flowers or candelabras to be the focus.

Place cards may also be needed, which helps guests find there seat, once again, these are generally kept simple, but ties in with the style. Bonbonniere tags can be doubled up as a place setting tag, with your guests name on the front, and a thank you message on the reverse.

Lastly, the other common stationery piece is thank you cards. While traditionally these were hand written to each guests thanking them for their kind generosity and gift, handwriting 100-200 may take a while and you may feel as though you would like to send them a nice photo and a generic message. Some photographers offer this with their package, others are happy to provide images and we can design postcard style thank you’s, or plain notecards.

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Signage

Lately we have been working on some other projects such as signage for your day, such as chalkboard/wooden welcome signs, menus, cute quotes and verses etc.

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We welcome appointments on some weeknights and Saturdays.

w: www.magnoliapress.com.au

e:  hello@magnoliapress.com.au

t:  0449504379

Why Hiring a Wedding Planner Is a Good Idea

Planning a wedding can sometimes feel like juggling glass balls. There’s so many things to consider and slotting this all into place with a timeline and budget to adhere to can feel overwhelming. Hiring a wedding planner to assist you is a relatively new phenomenan and something that could be considered to at the bottom of your list when it comes to your wedding budget.  The good news is hiring a wedding planner is not as expensive as you think!

LCA exhibitor Yvette Lagozzino is the owner and creator of Dapper Events, a local SA based wedding planner who has a number of packages to suit all budgets from on the day co-ordination to helping you every step of the way.

How did Dapper Events come to be?

Dapper Events came to be as a lover of weddings who enjoys planning events and thrives on being organised so I decided to turn it into a career. When it comes to working I believe in the saying “Do what you love; love what you do”. I am a sucker for weddings and always get teary when I attend one. It’s such a lovely event to be apart of especially the ones where personal touches about the couple are used to create a unique experience.

Please expel the myth that planners are an expensive luxury!

Wedding Planners are great for everyone. I have met couples who work and study or work irregular or full time hours and they just do not have the time to plan a wedding. An average wedding takes approximately 200 hours to plan from start to finish so knowing that a dedicated professional is planning your wedding with your ideas in mind can be very reassuring to couples. As a wedding planner I have access to local vendors and suppliers where I may be able to get items at a discounted price which I then pass on to my couple.

What are the added benefits of hiring a wedding planner?

I believe the number one benefit of hiring a wedding planneris to ease the stress associated with planning a wedding. Wedding planners have trusted vendors and suppliers they can recommend and like I mentioned they can even negotiate prices for the couple. Also using someone who can look at your wedding from a different angle and make suggestions or tweak plans so the execution of the couple’s ideas is flawless. There are couples out there that have no interest in planning their wedding and that is where a wedding planner would also come in handy.

What does on the day co ordination involve?

On the day coordination is my bronze package and it is for couples who have booked everything for their wedding and they just want confirmation of their bookings and a dedicated person there on the day to ensure the coordination of the couple’s plans are fulfilled and the day runs smoothly. Using a wedding planner for on the day coordination is like having your very own personal assistant.

Approximately a fortnight before the wedding I contact all booked vendors and suppliers and introduce myself and confirm bookings, arrival times and check if any remaining payments are due. A run sheet is then compiled with these times and any specific details and this can be given out to close family, the bridal party and photographer which is a great time management tool. I even attend your ceremony rehearsal.

Certain tasks I would carry out on the day is ensuring the ceremony and reception spaces are decorated to the bride and groom’s liking, usher guests, help organise the bridal party, cue music for the ceremony, gather family and friends for photos, finalise any payments to vendors, pack up any decorations, early arrival at the reception to liaise with venue staff, DJ, MC, band, ensure the cake has arrived and set up additional items that doesn’t come under the venue staff’s job description.

I even carry with me an emergency bridal kit filled with bobby pins, panadol, hairspray, band aids, sanitary products, mints, sewing kit, wipes etc to ensure I can attend to everyone’s needs.

 

See, I told you, wedding planners aren’t unaffordable!

 

Yvette Lagozzino | Dapper Events

Wedding & Special Event Planner

www.dapperevents.com.au

e: info@dapperevents.com.au

t: 0410 804 608

 

The Rise & Fall of a DIY Bride

The rise of the DIY Bride has risen steadily over the years with its appeal of being able to put your own stamp on your wedding and to try and save a few $$ in the process. What’s not to love about that since weddings are expensive after all.

If you scour the internet you’ll find endless projects on blogs from making your own stationery, decor, flower arrangements and cake decorations.  You name it it’s out there in abundance.

Done well, DIY efforts can look amazing and along with potentially saving money, there’s a huge amount of accomplishment that comes from contributing to your wedding.

Saving money…..?!

So, the biggest appeal with a DIY wedding is saving money.

Now I write this as a Bride who made her own invitations almost 9 years ago.  I’m not sure why I decided to do it but I did.  That along with not getting a videographer, are the 2 things are the biggest regrets I have about my wedding.  Working in the industry now I’m surrounded by images of stunning paperie that makes my efforts look like something a kid in kindy could have done. Epic fail. I’m not sure I have a photo of them and even if I did, I’d be too embarassed to show you!

Like most Brides, I was working full time up to the wedding and so I had limited free time for anything let alone wedding DIY.  I recall frantically glueing and sticking in order of service information just the day before my wedding and thinking to myself that I should be doing other things like enjoying the build up and being present in the moments before my big day.

There’s also the cost to factor into all of this.  Does DIY REALLY mean you’re saving heaps of money??  By the time you pay for all of the materials (at retail cost) and potentially make some or alot of mistakes, would it not be better to commission an expert who can get the job done without you stressing out?

So my single advice to you is to seriously think before you embark on a DIY wedding project.  If you’re not at one with a glue gun and art wasn’t your thing at school, I’d leave it to the professionals.  You won’t regret it!