Wedding Planning is it for you?

So you just finished planning your wedding, you are coming off that huge high!  Everything was so pretty and perfect.  Down to the most intricate detail, everyone raved about the food, the decor and your beautiful DRESS!!  You did all of your centerpieces by yourself, you are so talented (well Aunt Bettie said so)!  Your mom agrees, she tells everyone that day that you should be an event planner you’ve already planned one wedding  – YOURS….so you know what to do, right?

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WRONG

So yes, you’ve planned one wedding, yours and that’s great.  Kudos!  Great job!  It takes approximately 250 hours to plan a wedding. That’s a lot of work. All of your evening and weekends are gone.  Being a wedding planner means you don’t have a 9-5 schedule.  Your schedule needs to be flexible, because your clients, most likely are working 9-5 so you will be meeting with them after hours. Plus 95% of weddings happen on the weekends.

Working on the wedding day is HARD work. Spending 10-15 hours on your feet and being mentally “on” is exhausting no matter how good of shape you are in. And it gets harder the older you get.

THE WEDDING HANGOVER – how you feel the day after a wedding. It’s like you ran a race then went out drinking all night. In reality, you are dehydrated, sore, and tired from working a wedding.

Working with clients means making THEIR dream and vision come true. This can be a challenge for some event planners who want to keep recreating their own wedding or imposing their vision on clients. You will end up planning a wedding that doesn’t fit your style or taste and you have to be okay with that.

It is NOT GLAMOUROUS.  I’ve been on my hands and knees, sweating. I sometimes have to count the napkins and linens before they go back to the rental company. One wedding a guest had a little too much to drink and threw up all over the most gorgeous silk table linen.  We had to wash them out into the sink…the stench, alone was enough to make us want to puke! Talk about gross!  And do you know how many port-o-potties we’ve had to unclog….way too many.

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You wear a lot of hats!  Therapist, bouncer, friend, tough guy, parent, an artist, mediator etc.  With so many family dynamics you will have to be on your toes, always!  But remember who your client is, the couple. You have to be tough, thorough, organized and so many more traits. A wedding planned needs to be adaptable and often wear several hats at a time.

It is very different from planning your own wedding and moving to making it a career. Not every wedding is the same and it will become your job to personalize the event for your clients. This requires a lot of research and education. Taking some business management and marketing courses. Also hospitality courses will prove to be very valuable. In addition to understanding the details of planning the actual wedding, the many elements of starting and running your own business also require consideration. Aside from having the correct licenses and insurance, you’ll also need to market your business, determine pricing, invoice and bill clients, attend networking events, balance your books, advertise, hire staff and much, much more.

Regardless of whether you decide a career in wedding planning is for you, reach out to area wedding planners like Always and Forever to learn more about our internship and training programs.  Remember everyone has to start somewhere, even we did!

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Until next time,

Heidi, Meg, Grace & Dee Dee

 

Images: Wedding ForwardEtsyEtsyHi Miss Puff

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The More Color. The Better!

Blush. Cream. Ivory. White. Eggshell….what do these all have in common?! All beautiful yet all needing a little pick me up! It’s your wedding day, don’t be afraid of color! Lately we have been seeing a lot of color trending and we are absolutely on board! Let’s take a peak at a few of our favorites and let it be your inspiration going into the beautiful fall wedding season!!

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Take a risk whether it’s with decorations, bridesmaid dresses, flowers, or your cake! The possibilities are endless! Loving this tablescape!

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Your pretty ladies and men can also bring your pop of color!

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What about your cake?! Better make it bold!

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We can’t forget about the flowers!! We have been loving all of these beautiful bouquets!

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Embrace the color! Show your personality on your wedding day! If you ever are in need of color inspiration or any wedding planning needs we are always here to help!

Until next time!

Your Team at A&F,

Heidi, Meg, Taylor and Grace

A Double Wedding Weekend A&F Style| Always and Forever Wedding & Event Planning

This past weekend (8/6 and 8/7) we had the pleasure of having an awesome wedding for Megan and Mike at The Hangar at Candlelight Farms in New Milford and then we jetted up to Boston for Kyla and Richard’s big day at the Codman Estate.

To give you a glimpse of our Wild Wedding Weekend here are some stats:

  • Two weddings plus 3 pre-wedding meetings with 3 other couples
  • One couple from CT
  • One couple from Brooklyn
  • 38,554 steps walked
  • 469 miles driven
  • A gaggle of witches
  • A handleful of vendors
  • 325 guests
  • 4 swollen feet
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  • 2 dirty and smelly feet
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The dirt in our ankles; no Photoshop here…day #2
  • One scrapped knuckle (not bad for us)
  • 350 gallons of water in the luxury potty
  • 2 Milky Way Darks (yes the only kind now that we are addicted to)
  • 70 – the number of times I lost of my phone
  • 1 sip of terrible tea
  • 18 Diet Cokes
  • 73 Gallons of Water
  • 2 Episodes of Naked and Afraid (Meg how have you not seen this before)
  • 21 – the number of times I couldn’t find my keys
  • 6lbs lost via sweat
  • 6lbs gained via junk food consumed at 11pm
  • 17 – the number of # we came up with during this epic weekend
  • 0 – the number of seconds it took Meg to fall asleep (seriously, not fair)
  • 1 Radio Flyer Wagon
  • LOTS and LOTS of LAUGHS……
  • And we did it all again the next weekend……

Until Next time your team (and we will have prettier photos we promise)

Heidi, Meg, Taylor and Grace

Top Tips for a Backyard Wedding!

When it comes to getting married in your  backyard, do you want romance, do you want laid back, do you want comfortable, but just aren’t sure where to start?? Look no further than these great ideas for a beautiful relaxed backdrop for your special day!

Use what you’ve got! Say “I Do” beneath a beautiful big tree!

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Use a window pane for an alternative seating chart!

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Loving how this bright colorful backdrop sets a fun tone for the wedding!!

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Mason jars can be used for a ton of things to keep things simple and sweet!

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Keep your guests warm with some cozy blankets!!

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DIY a wood pallet for your menu!

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Guest book? Why not Jenga?!

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Share a sweet treat as a favor to remember the night!

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Do these ideas look great to you? Have some ideas of your own for a backyard wedding? Whatever your wedding needs may be we are always here to help! We would love to be a part of your special day!

Til next time!

Your Team at A&F

Heidi, Dee dee, & Meg

Pictures also found at HuffPostWeddings

 

More Cake Please!

Chocolate? Strawberry? Naked? Fondant? Caramel? Strawberries? Sweets Overload? Say No More! We are here to help give you some alternative tier dessert ideas for your big day!

  1. Strawberry Brownie Cheesecake Tower! Via John Alexander Photography

 

2. Ombre Macaron Wedding Tower! Via Colini Murdoch Studio

 

3.  Meringue Tower perfect for a spring or summer wedding!! Via Meringue Girls

 

4. Waffle Cake! Perfect for a breakfast or brunch wedding! Via Becca Rillo Photography

 

5. Rice Krispies Cake!! Doesn’t get much better than this! Via Ashleigh Jayne Weddings

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6. Ombre Crepe Cake via Spanglish Studios

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There are so many sweet ways to celebrate your big day!! The options are endless! If you would like us to make your day even sweeter please contact us!

As always we are here to make your special day amazing!!

Your team at A&F

Heidi, Dee dee, & Meg

 

Fab Fashions! 2017 Wedding Trends!

Wedding trends are in full effect with 2017 Bridal Fashion Week happening recently! These beautiful trends are sure to inspire some gorgeous wedding looks! Check out below to see some of our favorites!

High Necklines!

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Pretty Pastels

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Short Dresses all the way!

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Shirt dresses are in!

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Classic caplets!

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More cutouts please

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All Photos via:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3553955/I-FEMAIL-reveals-2017-wedding-dress-trends-walk-catwalk-Bridal-Fashion-Week-offers-tips-pro-shop-big-day.html

So many gorgeous looks! We can’t wait to see what is in store for this wedding season and as well as the next! One wedding down already and many more to come!! As always we are here to help you with all of your wedding needs! Please contact us if you are in need of help planning your wedding or just looking for inspiration! Let us know what you think of the latest wedding trends!!
As Always your Team at A&F!

Heidi, Dee dee, and Meg

Beautifully Boho!

I just flipped when I found out that Free People has released a beautiful new line of wedding gowns, beautifully boho! Wow these dresses are unreal, full of unique details, romantic styles, and right on trend! These dresses can be the perfect addition to your backyard, garden, or rustic wedding! Take a peek below to see some favorites!!

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The lace back and bell sleeves make this dress!
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Separates? Yes please!!

All dresses found at the FP Ever After City Bride Collection from Free People. Photos used from GreenWeddingShoes.com

These dresses also make us want to jump into this beautiful rustic wedding that has also given us Boho fever! Check out some of the photos below! Via GreenWeddingShoes.com

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Do you love these looks as much as we do? Let us make it happen for you! Will you be a boho bride? Let us know what you think!

As always we are here to help!

Your team at A&F

Heidi, Dee Dee, & Meg