HIRE A DAY-OF COORDINATOR
Let’s face it…weddings are expensive. Even if you’re one of the MANY DIY brides out there, there is still no gettin’ around that someone is gonna have to shell out some big bucks!
I hate to say “what’s one more expense?” but TRUST ME! During the week of your wedding, you should be able to relax with your guests, welcome friends and family coming from out-of-town and enjoy the ONLY time in your life where YOU have chosen everyone you want gathered around you! This is why we emphatically say HIRE A DAY-OF COORDINATOR. A Day-Of Coordinator is just like a wedding planner, except he/she will not have been involved in the entire process. Most Coordinators have different tiers, or levels, of service, too, which will help them blend seamlessly into your budget.
Here’s an example:
- Day-Of Coordination ONLY – the coordinator will show up the morning of your wedding and begin helping/supervising the people setting up your reception hall, will help you run around and find all the last-minute things that have been temporarily misplaced, will gather the bridal party for pics, will ensure that your timeline is being adhered to (no one wants cake before dinner, right?? Well, maybe…) and so on.
- Rehearsal Dinner/Day-Of – gets all of the above, but will also come the night before to the ceremony venue and make sure preparations are underway as much as possible the evening before.
- All-Inclusive Coordination – all of the above, plus coordinator will help you establish a timeline, will make week-of contact with all your vendors for confirmations, will make sure your guests are arriving and getting comfortable and so on.
No matter how prepared you are on your wedding day, situations WILL arise! How you handle them (or don’t handle them) just adds to the memories. Your Day-Of Coordinator is there to handle the little mishaps and keep things running smoothly. It’s your day, right? You should enjoy it!
December 4, 2012
Did you know?? December is the #1 month for engagements–NOT February, contrary to what many may believe. So here’s a little bit of trivia about these newly betrothed couples:
- 46% of newly engaged women purchase their first bridal magazine/set up their first Pinterest board within ONE WEEK of the engagement.
- 13% had bridal magazines LONG before they even had a boyfriend.
- 10% of GROOMS-to-be buy wedding magazines, too!
And just in case you didn’t realize just how important Pinterest is now:
- Pinterest is now the #1 social media platform for the wedding industry, followed by Twitter, forums (The Knot, Style Me Pretty, etc.) and LASTLY (!) Facebook!
- From 2010-2011, Facebook saw a 6% decrease in traffic generated by brides planning a wedding…and another 34% decrease by February, 2012!
- Most “with-it” wedding planners won’t even agree to meet with a prospective bride until she has set up her Pinterest boards….takes a lot of the guess-work out of determining her style.
- Similarly, many brides flock to Pinterest to do a little research on the vendors they’re considering…so you’d better get those boards up and running!
Okay, I guess that’s enough trivia for the day. So the moral of this story is to pin, pin, pin…and when choosing the right vendors for your big day, remember that Classical Tents has lots of boards to look through…and we’re right on top of the latest trends!
December 28, 2011
The main idea behind the Lenox Wedding Planner Tour was to educate event planners from around the country about the Berkshires and put our beautiful region at the top of their minds when they make suggestions to their “destination” brides. So an integral part of our event was the Think Tank Luncheon, held at the Apple Tree Inn, which incorporated not only our committee and our guests, but also key members of our community (chamber members, journalists, members of the Berkshire Visitors Bureau, etc.). This was where we could address questions the planners had about our region and listen to suggestions and ideas from them about how we could increase the destination wedding business in our area. Take a look at some of the photos below, by photographer Ogden Gigli, that show us hard at work (and still having fun!)…
December 8, 2011
One of the interesting things about this challenge, was seeing how each wedding planner was able to put her unique spin on the table design. We love the look of our new farmhouse table and benches in the elegant outdoor setting, as designed by Lauren Daversa. And the way Lisa Light incorporated old, vintage books with gorgeous cabbage roses. Books actually seemed to be a common theme, as Jessica Herberger of Experience Events not only used them for added height and dimension, but also as a very unique tool for the table numbers! We also love her use of wheat and cotton! All of the flowers were generously donated by Seagroatt Riccardi in Latham, NY, and the challenge was photographed at the various inns by three local photographers. Take a look at these amazing table scapes, as captured by Lisa Vollmer Photography.
December 6, 2011