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

Techie Brides Rejoice!

It’s been a while since we have posted and we have been busy at work prepping for what will be a fabulous 2017 wedding season!! Hope everyone is doing well and is enjoying the wedding planning process because at the end of the day, it is the best day of your lives and you want to be able to enjoy every single moment!

We wanted to share a great article from a guest contributor from Rose Cabacang, Community Manager at Wedding Favy! Thanks Rose–We love these fun techie wedding ideas!!

The Techie Bride’s Guide to having a 2017 Wedding

 

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With Millennials entering the marrying age, more and more wedding details have gone full techie. From moving cakes to hashtags, there just seems to be no stopping wedding and technology from entering the wedding arena. Here are just some of the tech trends you can expect in 2017.

Wedding Drones

You’ve heard the sound of the motors during the wedding day. In fact, it has been a trend in 2016 and aerial shots have been the fuss of the wedding industry. There’s no way these drones will be out of the wedding landscape anytime soon.

Hashtags

Of course! Hashtags are here to stay for 2017. Let’s face it, finding photos have been a chore but this special tag has made it easier to collect photos of the big day. May it be a destination wedding, DIY rustic-themed wedding, or a vintage wedding, hashtags will definitely make your wedding in trend.

 

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3D Printed Wedding Decorations

3D printing has been one of the most amazing trends to hit the technology landscape and is slowly creeping to the culinary world. With this, more and more interesting designs are coming your way specially made to create a modern look. From toppers to printed designs, cakes and even wedding favors will definitely get more amusing in 2017.

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Selfie Sticks and Wedding Charging Stations

To get a more interactive appeal at your wedding, cellphone charging stations and selfie sticks are the way to go. Give selfie sticks as wedding favors or simply place them for everyone’s delight. Do your guests a favor and put up charging stations to keep all your guests hashtagging photos of your big day. Make sure to have all types of cord for iphones to Androids and keep all your guests happy snapping away.

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Driverless Cars

While these cars are still in the middle of testing, driverless cars would make your entrance and exit to the wedding special and futuristic.

Photo Apps

To make your wedding easier and more organized, wedding planning apps are taking the world by storm keeping brides happy and weddings equally amazing. From planning bridal showers to the big event, technology has made it easier to make your day even more special. You might say that this has been an old trend but folks, this is here to stay.

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Come to think of it, as we move more and more closer to revealing technology’s best kept secrets, there’s no stopping the wedding landscape from going towards technology as well.

Still thinking of a wedding idea? Why not go for a techie theme next year and have all this in your wedding? Remember, you could always match this with the theme of your choice, a DIY rustic-themed wedding or a classic white wedding. Although this will cost you money (lots of it), you’re sure to be the talk of the town and your wedding will be truly amazing.

Again, thank you Rose from Wedding Favy for this great article all about the techie brides! We love it and such great ideas! Keep them coming!! As always we are here to make the planning process for your wedding something to cherish and enjoy every step of the way! Let us know if there is anything we can assist with!

Until next time,

Your team at A&F

Heidi, Meg, and Grace

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Middletown, Connecticut 06457

Phone:
860.347.1064

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860.343.5475

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Wedding Vendor Wednesday | Party Pyro | CT’s Premiere Wedding and Event Planners Always and Forever, LLC

Would you like to have that fairytale wedding just like Cinderella with all the fireworks? Well, now you can. Imagine, just as your officiant pronounces you as husband and wife and you kiss for the very first time, a flurry of sparklers ignite and create a majestic background. Or perhaps you are enjoying your first dance and at the very end as your husband dips you and goes in for a kiss a splash of sparklers fill the windows with an array of excitement. Another romantic idea is doing a sky lantern release. Gather your bridal party and have each of them hold a sky lantern. Once it is lit and filled with hot air, have everyone release it into to sky. It makes for emotional and colorful photos. How about having every centerpiece ignite with sparklers at the exact same time just as the bride and groom are introduced into the ballroom? What a way to surprise everyone. Of course nothing is more exciting than a full fireworks display in the sky.  Everyone loves fireworks and is watched more by more people on the 4th of July than any other single event throughout the year. Now you can have that incredible moment during your wedding.  These are just a few examples of ways to make your wedding special and to create a moment that your guests will talk about years down the road.

Contact Party Pyro if you’re looking for a little (or a lot) of sparkle for your event!

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A WEEK IN THE LIFE OF US | CT’S PREMIERE WEDDING AND EVENT PLANNERS, ALWAYS AND FOREVER, LLC

This week has been a crazy one, but we love crazy!   Many people ask us how our days are spent, so here’s a little sneak peek into the life of planner during a week:

Monday – Prep for a 2013 meeting, design two inspiration boards, confirm meeting, get mom and bride’s cell phone numbers in case something comes up.

Tuesday – Prepare all documentation for March 2013 couple, meet with mom and bride for over two hours, talk about  what they like, don’t like, budget, venues, decor, wedding style, theme development, dresses and everything wedding related.

After meeting speak with DJ about another 2013 wedding to confirm details and secure contract.  Send three emails to another client and florist to confirm Skype meeting.

Wednesday – Respond to several emails, schedule a Friday morning appointment.  Continue to work on scheduling venue appointments for new March 2013 couple we met on Tuesday. Speak with a June 2012 couple and provide quote.

Thursday – Rework inspiration board for March 2013 couple, respond to more emails, and prep for Friday morning meeting.  Confirm rentals for a corporate event in June, blog

Friday – Early morning client meeting, blogging, prepare two quotes for client, prepare weekend to-do list, confirm venue meeting for the following week

Saturday – Try to accomplish some of the things on the to-do list, get organized for the next coming week, volunteer at a new winery, website updates

Sunday – Relax? Ha we never relax!

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

Facebook: Flowers By Danielle, LLC

*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

And The Bride Wore Denim | CT’s Premiere Wedding and Event Planners Always and Forever, LLC

This weekend, my older sister got married to a great guy. This was not their first trip down the aisle, in fact this time there was no aisle. There was my mom’s living room, their kids, our immediate family, 4 friends, and a justice of the peace.

The planner in me cringed, the sister in me beamed with pride that my sister was marrying a wonderful man that makes her happy. The planner in me arrived early to get tables set up and to make sure there were something that resembled a centerpiece on each one; the sister in me sat on the floor with tears in my eyes while I tried to snap pictures. The planner in me wore black pants and a silk blouse, the sister in me wore flip flops with said outfit.

As you may have noticed, my sister and I are very different. Her original plan was a trip to a courthouse. Thankfully, their children wanting to be there won out and my mom was more than thrilled to be the mother of the bride once again. I insisted on invitations and was vetoed. I harped on and on to my parents to move all the furniture out of the living to make it seem more like a reception and the couch was there and used for ceremony seating. I had dreams of my sister in a simple dress…the bride wore jeans…and I would not have had it any other way!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Love you both!

 

~ Dee Dee