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

 

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Donut Worry, Be Happy!

Calling all donut lovers!!

Chocolate, Vanilla, Funfetti, whatever your pleasure we’ve got them! Well your wedding could have them!! The latest and greatest craze which we can’t get enough of, Donut Walls!! This just brings the desert bar idea to a whole new level!! Take a look please at a few of our favorite ways to do up your donut wall!

Donuts on Shelves!

Donut Wall Shelves
Photo by Troy Grover via The Knot 

Treat yourself with some of these!!

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This just melts our hearts!

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Donuts for Days!

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We just can’t get enough of these new treats! There are endless ways to bring that extra little bit of sweet into your special day! Keep it unique. Keep it you. Keep it fun! Enjoy every  second of the planning process! As always we are here to help and help you make your wedding day a day never to forget!

Until next time,

Heidi, Meg, Taylor & Grace

 

Thirst Quenching!

Want a little extra special touch to add to your wedding? Why not come up with your own signature cocktail or cocktails for your wedding? Maybe you have given this some thought or maybe you have no ideas, and have need some help deciding! Take a look at some of our favorite drinks of the season!

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First Up…Blackberry Thyme Champagne Cocktail                                                                Ingredients                                                                                                                                                                For the Blackberry Syrup                                                                                                                                                               1/3 cup blackberries, plus 8 more for garnish                                                                                          1/3 cup water                                                                                                                                                    1/3 cup sugar

For the Cocktail                                                                                                                                                      1 Bottle Prosecco or champagne

For the Garnish                                                                                                                                                   4 sprigs of thyme

Instructions                                                                                                                                                         In a small saucepan, bring the blackberries, water, and sugar to a boil. Turn to low and let simmer for 10 minutes. Strain blackberries and let syrup cool.

Add 2 tbsp of syrup to the bottom of each glass. Top with champagne and add in a spring of thyme and 2 blackberries!

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Next Up…Pear Ginger Fizz Cocktail

Ingredients                                                                                                                                                          4 oz Pear Juice                                                                                                                                                        6 oz Vodka                                                                                                                                                          1/2 cup sugar                                                                                                                                                          1/2 cup water                                                                                                                                                      7 oz Ginger Ale                                                                                                                                                   Fresh Rosemary

Instructions                                                                                                                                                        In a small saucepan, mix the water with the sugar. Smash the leaves of 1-2 rosemary stems and sprinkle in the pan. Bring to a boil, cook until the sugar is fully dissolved in the water. Remove from the heat and strain out the rosemary leaves, set aside your rosemary-infused simple syrup.

Mix the pear juice, 4 oz of the simple syrup, and vodka in a pitcher. Add in the Ginger Ale and pour into cocktail glasses. Garnish with a stem of rosemary.

 

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Why not a Blueberry Moscow Mule?

Ingredients                                                                                                                                                                   Blueberry Syrup (Prepare in advance)                                                                                                         1 1/2 cups of blueberries                                                                                                                                   1/2 cup of sugar                                                                                                                                                              1 1/2 cup of water                                                                                                                                                            Combine blueberries, sugar, and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, allow to boil for 8 minutes, lower heart and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain syrup and allow to completely cool

Vodka                                                                                                                                                                          Ginger Beer                                                                                                                                                              Lime Juice

In a cocktail shaker combine:                                                                                                                          2-3 jiggers of vodka                                                                                                                                               2 jiggers of blueberry simple syrup                                                                                                                  12-14 ounces ginger beer                                                                                                                                  Dash of lime juice

Shake and serve over ice!

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Have fun with creating your own cocktail! Think about what you love, what your crowd will enjoy and top it off with a fun name and you’ve got your own drink that will be remembered!

Happy Planning, and as always we are happy to help!

Until next time!

Your Team at A&F

Heidi, Dee dee, & Meg

Sucker for Seersucker | Always and Forever Wedding Coordination | CT and NYC Wedding and Event Planners

There’s no denying we are suckers for seersucker especially for weddings!  We love the inspiration it invokes, the softness, the elegance and the overall beauty!  Perfect for Spring, Summer or a Fall wedding. Check out these images to inspire your own seersucker wedding.

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Beautiful Dresses Image from Pinterest.com
Beautiful Dresses Image from Pinterest.com
Always a classic with a pop of pink. Image from pinterest.com
Always a classic with a pop of pink. Image from pinterest.com
Classic blue and yellow.  Image from Lemonseed and Co.
Classic blue and yellow. Image from Lemonseed and Co.
Fun favors. Image from Marthastewartweddings.com
Fun favors. Image from Marthastewartweddings.com
Fun and flirty bridesmaid dress from Pinterest.com
Fun and flirty bridesmaid dress from Pinterest.com
Beautiful details image from interest.com
Beautiful details image from interest.com
We love the groom in pants and the groomsmen in shorts, super fun contrast for a more laid back wedding.  Image from Ruffledblog.com
We love the groom in pants and the groomsmen in shorts, super fun contrast for a more laid back wedding. Image from Ruffledblog.com
Love the texture on this cake. Image from Pinterest.com
Love the texture on this cake. Image from Pinterest.com
Just a pop of seersucker on the envelope is perfect for this invite. Image from brides.com
Just a pop of seersucker on the envelope is perfect for this invite. Image from brides.com

WADSWORTH MANSION MIDDLETOWN, CT | CT’S PREMIERE WEDDING AND EVENT PLANNERS ALWAYS AND FOREVER, LLC

The Wadsworth Mansion is a 20,000 square foot Beaux Art mansion located on  103 acres of Olmsted designed landscape in central Connecticut. The Mansion is dedicated to providing a beautiful setting and creating unique, customized weddings and celebrations. Only one celebration is held each day and brides select a caterer to create the day of their dreams.  Ceremonies and cocktails can be held on the terrace or on the expansive manicured grounds. Many brides and grooms have danced their first dance under the stars.   Ballrooms exemplifying the Gilded-Age with marble fireplaces and coffered ceilings can accommodate 200 guests.  For larger events the terrace and lawn can be tented.

Wadsworth Mansion is absolutely stunning and one of our favorite venues for weddings.  The grounds are perfectly groomed and offer many opportunities to have both your ceremony and reception at one location, which is perfect for your guests.  We love the ladies of the Wadsworth as well. Easy to work with and a lot of fun, too! If you choose Wadsworth Mansion you are sure to have an amazing experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

421 Wadsworth Street
Middletown, Connecticut 06457

Phone:
860.347.1064

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860.343.5475

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Wedding Vendor Thursday Flowers by Danielle | CT’s Premiere Wedding Planning Company, Always and Forever, LLC

Danielle Farrer has worked in the floral design industry for nineteen years, opening Flowers By Danielle in 2000. With roots in the retail floral industry, and a Degree in Entrepreneurship and Business Managements, Danielle shaped her business to focus exclusively on weddings, showers, celebrations and corporate events. Danielle is also available to design fresh or permanent artificial arrangements for residential and corporate display. Danielle’s passion for flowers, attention to detail, ability to visualize and incorporate her clients ideas, and her creative flair make her an incredible designer. Her sole focus is her clients on the day of the event. Danielle takes great pride in providing her clients with the most fresh and highest quality of flowers from top growers around the world. All of Danielle’s flowers are ordered specifically for each client, and her floral designs are created just prior to each event. All of her arrangements are stored in a high humidity/low velocity walk-in cooler until delivery.

Flowers By Danielle has also been awarded the “Bride’s Choice Award” from

WeddingWire.com for four consecutive years and were also a featured wedding in “The Knot” New York Magazine in the Fall of 2011.

We absolutely love working with Danielle. She is so creative, fun and has amazing décor ideas.  We highly recommend working with Danielle for your next wedding!  Here are a few photos and her contact information.

Danielle Farrer

Flowers by Danielle, LLC

Telephone # (203) 445-0600

Fax # (203) 445-0770

Email: danielle@flowersbydanielle.com

Website: http://www.flowersbydanielle.com

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*Awarded the “Bride’s Choice Award” from WeddingWire each consecutive year in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012

*Featured Wedding in “The Knot” New York Magazine, Fall 2011

*Featured in The Knot “Best of Weddings” Magazine

Being A Wedding Planner | CT’s Premiere Wedding and Event Planning Company, Always and Forever, LLC

Someone asked me a few weeks ago if I liked being a wedding planner. I simply replied “Of course!”

After that short exchange I thought for a minute about my journey that brought me to where I am today.

I will never forget my first big wedding. I was nervous and stressed and the couple was excited and stressed. I was filled with my own internal questions. Was I really good enough to do this on my own? Was I the right person to ensure that they had the wedding of their dreams? What if something went wrong and I could not fix it? What if? What if? What if?

What I did not realize, in that moment of self-doubt, was that I had everything I needed within me.

When there we speed bumps, I slowed down and maneuvered them. When things did not go exactly as planned on paper, I threw away the paper and made it work.  When the questions never stopped, I never stopped having answers.

As I drove home after a day and a half of wedding festivities at 2:00 am on  a long stretch of dark highway, I thought back on all the stress I held, but  never showed, before that day. I laughed at my foolishness and never looked back at those feelings.

I am not the best wedding planner out there, but I am a darn good one. I have a passion for it. Not just the happy sweet parts, but every part, even the parts that are not glamorous. I believe that this is what I am supposed to do. I did not wake up one day and decide I wanted to plan weddings and events.  Planning weddings and events has been part of me since the day I was born. Just ask my mom!

The next time I am asked if I like being a wedding planner, I will have a new answer.

“Planning weddings is who I am, and I really love being me”

~ Dee Dee