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Planning: WTF you mean you don’t need a Wedding Planner?

LEAN IN…

 

A Venue Coordinator is NOT THE SAME as a Wedding Planner. Let me say this again… A VENUE COORDINATOR IS NOT THE SAME AS A WEDDING PLANNER.

 

Whether you hire a Planner for full planning, partial planning, day of, month of, week of, 4 days out the week, every other Sunday, however you want to spin it, get you someone that is interested in YOUR wedding, YOUR needs YOUR design and not just the needs of the venue.

Listen, some venue coordinators are great they really are but they do not offer the same services that a dedicated Wedding Planner does. The venue only wants to make sure it flows how they want it to flow…their way. You want square tables, that venue is going to make those oblong tables sound like it’s waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better than the square tables but guess what….IT’S not. But to the venue that already has countless oblong tables in stock why would they want to put in the extra work with switching that out. You will see how quickly the happy Venue Coordinator tells you “YOU will have to manage that“. The Venue Coordinator, is not going to ensure your ENTIRE day runs smoothly. I mean from make-up to the when the last vendor rolls out. The Venue Coordinator will not even blink until you reach the venue.  I don’t want to rain on your parade (too much) because when done right the partnership between a Venue Coordinator and a Wedding Planner can make a wedding day flow very nicely. Key phrase “On The Same Page“. But do not think the Venue Coordinator will fix all your problems from start to finish? No, that’s what the Wedding Planner is for.

 

So when you find that fabulous venue and they to tell you “you don’t need a planner, we can take care of all your needs ” find out what “all those needs” are exactly.  Because, If you need:

  • someone to ensure your family knows when to show up for hair make up and pre-ceremony photos
  • confirm load in and load out with all of your vendors
  • review music list with your DJ with reminders
  • to ensure the cinematographer knows when and where to go
  • to secure a room block
  • to ensure your dress is out the bag and ready for it’s close up
  • to make sure you don’t freak out when you can’t find your ruby woo lipstick for re-application
  • to make sure mom gets a hold of your money box for safe keeping
  • someone to answer all the annoying little questions like what time do you want dinner served, which table first, we are running late do you still want to do the money dance, what is a money dance…etc
  • the venue does NOT pre-plate the salad before your guests enter the room and are seated

…then you need a Wedding PLanner NOT a Venue Coordinator

Planning: 6 Reasons You May Not Be A DIY Bride

I envy those people that get excited at the thought of picking up a tool or thingy or thingamajig or whodat or whatdowehavehere in the attempt to recreate an item that they have seen on Pinterest but refuse to buy because they can do it better. KU-DOS!!! I am NOT-THE-ONE. THERE…I said it…whew, what a load off ! There is a time and place for everything and while I commend those that have the patience and energy for it…JunePlumm Events does not for a number of reasons:

1) I just don’t want to

2) DIY isn’t always the easiest route. If you are like me, no patience for the perfectionism that it takes to create or recreate that totally awesome Pinterest thingy that you MUST have. Then it will drive you insane if it doesn’t come out EXACTLY as you have seen online. CAUTION…BEWARE…DO NOT PASS GO!

3) DIY isn’t always the cheapest option. Items purchased in bulk are typically more affordable than those purchased one here and one there. So unless this is something the is being created or recreated on a consistent basis the cost per product will be more. Not to mention if you do not have a wholesale ID affording you the option to get these items at a cost savings then…$$$$$$$

4) DIY takes patience and time. Nobody move..no one talk to me… no one even think about breathing as I attempt to stripe this vase. Yeah… doesn’t sound fun to me either. I just grew another grey hair remembering that time that I tried to… you know what, I wont go there. Let’s move on

5) I just don’t want to

6) See #’s 1 and 5

AGAIN: Let me be clear, I APPLAUD those that are DIY’ers but it is completely okay if you are not the one. So brides, understand that while planners may have a love for most things wedding, it does not mean that everyone of us want to recreate it ourselves. There are vendors out there that have built up the skill (and patience) to handle these items in bulk and for a fraction of the cost that it would cost your planner to do it themselves. So yeah… it’s not a fun project for everyone.
DISCLAIMER: While I am not into DIY I will spray paint the heck out of anything. Oh yeah, and I’m mean with it too.
Photo: Courtesy of Pinterest

Planning: The Hard Part

So you think you have it figured out.

You hired…

  • The DJ
  • The Florist
  • The Photographer
  • The Cinematographer
  • The Stationer
  • The Make up Artist
  • The Pastor
  • The Hairstylist
  • The Venue
  • The Limo company
  • Etc.
And so the hard part is over right? Well:

What is your DJ going to play, when will they start, do they have insurance, do they MC, how many bars of your first dance song will they play, which song is a do not play, when should they play slow jams, when should they drop it like it’s hot, where do they set up, what equipment do and don’t they need, etc.
What kind of flowers do you want, do you want high & lows or all highs and or all lows, do you want peonies, roses and lilies or all of them or some of them, what color white, off white or cream, do you want flowers for the ceremony, do you want flowers by the head table, do you want a hanging bouquet or a round bouquet or a bouquet purse, will you need a bouquet to toss, what kind of vases do you want lacquer or round or reflective or hurricane or square or rectangle or oblong, or etc…
When does your photographer arrive, how many shooters will you want or need or have, who will go where and when, what photography style do you want, to reveal or not to reveal, when do you take your portraits, where do you take your portraits, what are the must have family pics, what are the must have detail pics, etc.
What typography do you want, how many invites do you need, what color envelop, what type of paper, what weight in paper do you prefer, what kind of design, calligraphy or not, table numbers or table names, with return or E-RSVP, save the date or not, etc…
I think you see where I am going with this. 
In the past 6 days I have had 3 inquiries into JunePlumm Events Partial Planning Service in which the bride said “We have the hard part done since we have all of our vendors”. I quickly ran down the list, similar to what I have stated above and it was a light bulb moment or an OH Sugar-Honey-Ice-Tea moment. I had to remind them that compared to everything that needs to be done, finding the vendors was the easy part. The hard stuff is all the itty bitty gritty details that have to be asked and answered for each “Hard Part Vendor” that was booked.  That’s where the real hair pulling comes in. It’s like this, you move out of your parents house for the first time. You know you need a bed, a sofa and a dining room table. BUT did you remember that you need, sheets, pillows, pillow cases, pots, pans, spoons, forks, knives, dish rags, toaster, broom, garbage bags, garbage pans, sanitizer, 409, Lysol, Fabreeze, grater, lotion, strainer, spoon rest, dish washing liquid, sponge, potato peeler, bathroom mats, glass cleaner, band aids, gas, cable, wifi, light, and the list goes on and on and on. Those are the little things that you forget you need until the moment you need them and then OH Sugar-Honey-Ice-Tea again…I don’t have it. Off to the corner store you go. 
This is why you need a planner. We put it together, we pull it together and we keep it together.    
The REAL hard part!

My stash from Biz Bash

Today I had the pleasure of attending Biz Bash in the city ( NYC). For those not familiar with Biz Bash, it is a trade show full or vendors in all areas catering to the special events arena. Vendors in linen, entertainment, catering, drapery…you name it, it was well represented. In addition, there are several seminars and awards specials. Unfortunately my time only allowed for me to attend the trade show but I am so glad I did or else I would have missed these:

NO…this is not a statue but it certainly looked like one.

 Inflate: Indoor/outdoor event space 

Twilight Fans look closely, this will be featured in the upcoming Twilight movie.

Bedazzle my Bon Bons. Can you say cute and deeeeeelish!

SO many awesome vendors now I have the task of sitting down and sorting through all the pamphlets, business cards and magazines… FUN!




All pictures courtesy of Camille of JunePlumm Events

Parties: Wedding Crasher’s Brooklyn Style!

Attention Brides…if you are in the NYC area here is a awesome event for you to check out THIS WEEKEND! The event is called Wedding Crashers and it features loads of vendors from my very own Brooklyn. Vendors, from photographers,, videographers, caterers and stationers and the list goes on. The event will be held from 11:00am to 4:00pm at the super cool The Bell House followed by an after party and one of my favorite Brooklyn venues The Green Building.

For more details on this Sunday’s event check out The Brooklyn Based Blog Here.
See ya there!

Pretty Little Things: They Did It Again

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of working with For The Modern Bride on a customized logo for a June wedding. This time around, when the need for another logo presented itself, they were the first people I thought of to create a fun elegant logo for a couple having an elegant tropical wedding. And again…they did NOT disappoint. Take a look at the logo or The Modern Bride created for an island stylee wedding:

The bride and groom are ecstatic and can’t wait to exchange vows on the beautiful island of Jamaica, WI on December 26, 2009.

Parties: The Great Bridal Expo

On October 5, 2009 I attended the packed Bridal Expo held at the Marriott Marquis in Midtown Manhattan. The expo was frequented by many brides, grooms couples and families and boy did it show and a wide array of vendors. Due the the amount of attendees, did I mention it was packed, it was a bit difficult to get one on one time with some of the vendors but I was able to take a few flicks of some sights that appealed to me. Take a look below:

The Crowd:

And last but not least…

My name up high:

…no relation, just couldn’t help myself

If you are in the NYC area and would like to check out the Bridal Expo, it will be back at the Marriott Marquis on January 18, 2010,

All images were taken by Camille of JunePlumm Events

Parties: Mahalo Mr. & Mrs. Simpson – A JunePlumm Event

On Saturday (6/20/09) I had the pleasure of coordinating the wedding reception for a fabulous couple, Mr. and Mrs. Steve & Carolyn Simpson. The couple previously exchanged vows in Hawaii on May 18th, 2009 and wanted to celebrate with friends and family in a Hawaiian Casual reception in Morehead City, North Carolina.

Everything was Hawaiian inspired, from the florals, to the music right down to the food. I was overjoyed to be surrounded by a wonderful couple, a welcoming breeze and a sea of floral print shirts. I was only too honored to be apart of this wonderful celebration.

Below are a few pictures from last weekend’s event (and the ceremony in Hawaii):

This amazing celebration was made even more special with the help of the following stellar local vendors:

Jack’s Waterfront Bar: Venue

Thank you all for your assistance and excellent customer service. It was a pleasure working with you.

Parties: A Taste of Plenty!!!

In case you are looking for me between the hours of 5pm and 8pm on Monday June 8, 2009 I will be at the “Taste of Times Square” event to be held on W46th Street between Broadway and Ninth Avenue. This event will feature dishes from some of NY’s top restaurants for a fraction of the cost. The food coupled with musical entertainment is a recipe for success

COUPLES: This is an awesome opportunity to samples an array of some of NY’s finest dishes. Dishes that you may not have had the opportunity to sample before. And the ones you really love, ask your catering manager to incorporate into your wedding. This is also an opportunity to find a restaurant to satisfy your pallet at a bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, or engagement party. Take a look at the participating restaurants:

Angus McIndoe
Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar
B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
Bangkok House
Barbetta
Becco
Bistecca Fiorentina – Tuscan Steak House
Bluechili
Bond 45
Bourbon Street Bar and Grill
Brasserie 1605
Brazil, Brazil
Broadway Joe’s Steakhouse
Brooklyn Diner
B. Smith
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
Carmine’s Italian Restaurant
Charlotte Restaurant
ClubHouse Cafe
Da Rosina Restaurante Italiano
Dervish
FireBird Russian Restaurant
Gallagher’s Steak House
Ginger’s Restaurant at the DoubleTree Guest Suites Times Square
Hard Rock Cafe
Havana Central
Hourglass Tavern
The House of Brews
Joe Allen Restaurant
John’s Pizzeria
Joshua Tree
Junior’s Restaurant
La Rivista Ristorante
Le Rivage
Meson Sevilla
O’Lunney’s Times Square Pub
Orso
Pasta Lovers
Patzeria’s Perfect Pizza
Planet Hollywood
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
Sangria 46
Schnipper’s Quality Kitchen
Shula’s American Steakhouse (Westin New York)
Sofia Ristorante Italiano
St. Andrews Restaurant
Toloache
Trattoria Dopo Teatro
Two Times Square at the Renaissance Hotel
The View at the New York Marriott Marquis
Utsav
Virgil’s Real Barbecue

My diet is sooooo in trouble. See you there!!!