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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Via hizoncatering.com

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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Via Pinterest

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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Via livingimpressive.com

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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Via thisfairytalelife.com

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

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.

Image from two delighted.com
Image from two delighted.com
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

Why I Love Winter Weddings | Always and Forever – NYC and CT Wedding Planning

We often meet a lot of couples that are afraid to have their wedding in the winter. Due to the weather, the loss of light, their guests not being able to get to their venue because of the weather. However, there are a lot of positives of getting married in NYC and CT in the winter. Venues are not as booked as they are during peak times, so they will be more flexible with the timing of your big day; they also may offer discounts. Other vendors may also offer discounts as well because they are not booked either. Plus how awesome will your photos look in the snow!

Here are some of the awesome looks that we’ve come up with for winter weddings.

Love this photo with the snow.
Love this photo with the snow.
A great option for the chilly winter - this beautiful fur. #Pinterest
A great option for the chilly winter – this beautiful fur. #Pinterest
Beautiful Ceremony Details.  From Bridal Guide
Beautiful Ceremony Details. From Bridal Guide
Love this beautiful draping from Colin Cowie.
Love this beautiful draping from Colin Cowie.
This beautiful sparkle linen is perfect for a winter wedding. #bridalguide
This beautiful sparkle linen is perfect for a winter wedding. #bridalguide
Cannot do without a hot chocolate bar on a winter day.
Cannot do without a hot chocolate bar on a winter day.
Awesome idea for a favor.
Awesome idea for a favor.
Love these gorgeous berries for your winter wedding. #pinterest
Love these gorgeous berries for your winter wedding. #pinterest
Loving this cake with sugared cranberries - very wintery.  #pinterest
Loving this cake with sugared cranberries – very wintery. #pinterest
How cute are these white chocolate covered cherries.  #pinterest
How cute are these white chocolate covered cherries. #pinterest
How cute are these little fur heels - perfect for your winter wedding!  #pinterest
How cute are these little fur heels – perfect for your winter wedding! #pinterest

REMEMBERING | ALWAYS AND FOREVER, LLC CT’S PREMIERE WEDDING PLANNERS

This afternoon I get to do one of my favorite things. I am getting together with past clients. It is strange to call them clients. Since their wedding we have stayed in touch; through email and Facebook. We get together when they are in town visiting family. They are no longer clients, they are friends.

The best part about today is that I get to meet their daughter. It is funny to me that a few years ago I was planning their wedding and now they are parents.

I LOVED planning their wedding. It was so much fun, and a little stressful, but mostly fun. Through the planning process we discovered that we all had a mutual love for the same movie, The Princess Bride. Tent cards with their favorite quotes decorated cocktail hour and they presented me with my favorite t-shirt with a quote from the movie. Every time I watch the movie, and I do often, I always think of their wedding.

As a planner, you don’t forget a wedding. You may forget the menu, the vendor that made things interesting, the guest that made things even more interesting, and some of the small details that made it individual. But what you don’t forget is the look on the bride’s face right before walking down the aisle and the groom’s look of excitement as he waits for his bride.  You don’t forget the people. The couple, and sometimes the parents, that you spend so much time with are forever part of you. Even if you do not keep in touch or see each other, you always think of them.

When I think of Jenn and Shawn, this is how I will always remember them….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I suspect this afternoon, there will be jeans and sneakers and the bouquet will be substituted with a diaper bag and as friends, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

~Dee Dee

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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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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