Kristina & Tom celebrated their wedding on May 20th 2017 at a beautiful ceremony in St Johns Church in White Plains NY followed by an awesome reception at Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle NY.
We have heard this statement too many times to even count; “There is a coordinator at the venue, so do we really don’t need a wedding planner?” Well sweetie…the answer is YES you do!!!
Let me give you the skinny on the venue coordinators. Well to start, they work for the venue and not the client. Yes they are awesome, we love venue coordinators. We play very well in the sand box with them; they feed us, keep the place running on-time, the bar moving…the whole 9 yards. The venue needs them and so do we. They keep the bridal suite clean, make sure you have your fresh cocktails during the night, and even send you off with a little gift sometimes. They are truly an asset. When I know the venue coordinator on site the day of a wedding I’m ecstatic, a great working relationship with the coordinator is paramount. And it always makes the event a little more fun!
Now while we love the venue coordinator, let me tell you what they DO NOT do:
- The flowers are wrong, they don’t call the florist to rectify the problem or try to correct the situation
- The entertainment is running late, they don’t call them to check on their ETA
- The transportation arrived at the wrong location, how would they correct the issue because they don’t even know who you hired!
- What they also don’t do; help you plan the wedding, refer you to quality wedding professionals, assist you with your guest list & mail your invitations, confirm the timeline with vendors, assist with honeymoon planning…should I continue?
Long story short; your wedding planner is here for the long haul, not just on your wedding day for a few hours. Venue coordinators have no idea about your family dynamic, the cocktail your mom likes, the reason you choose your first dance song…but the wedding planner does. We go the extra miles for our clients to make sure they are stress free and happy by the time the wedding day comes.
And if budget is an issue, you can always hire a planner for “Day-of-Coordination” services…even that service starts 2 months out and we gets tons of details.
My point is, you need the planner…the coordinator is free…you know the old adage “you get what you pay for”?!?!?! If the venue coordinator is a part of the package…you do that math.
If you have any other questions, you are welcome to contact us for additional info, we are always happy to help!
Best wishes and happy planning!
Melissa @ Events by Missy & Company
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There are sooooo many moving parts when it comes to wedding planning that sometimes things slip thru the cracks. Events by Missy has been planning weddings for a long time, and these are the top 7 things that brides & grooms tend to forget when the planning hits the fan!
- PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE have a rain plan – even if you plan on only being outside for a few minutes during a quick ceremony, you need to have a backup in case it rains. So many times this goes by the wayside in hopes the weather will “hold up” but it’s an important aspect of the day.
- Getting everyone from point A to point B –bridal party, parents, grandparents, hell even the newlyweds will usually have transportation provided in the beginning of the day, but then tend to get forgotten at the end of the night. Be sure to provide back and forth cars or buses for everyone, or make sure they have their own transportation set up.
- Stalking the weather – knowing the weather for the day isn’t enough, check into how the weather has been over the past few years on your wedding weekend, it’s usually on point, so plan accordingly.
- Having enough seating – ceremony, cocktail hour and reception, be sure if you are renting chairs at a venue, be sure to have enough…even get a few more. You wouldn’t want your guests standing. And while you are at it, rent chairs for your ceremony and reception…moving chairs is a pain and something will cost more than getting 2 sets.
- Create a wedding website – so many important details go onto the wedding website; hotel block info, transportation, gift registry…etc. We suggest creating one as soon as you are engaged and you can have party info as well. It’s a great and usually free tool to couples can utilize!
- Correct invitation postage – Size does matter…not every envelope is the same size and will have different postage costs, and the more pieces you have in the envelope the more postage you will need. Take a fully assembled invitation to the post office and get it weighted so you can buy the stamps the first time around.
- Ask someone to take your gifts home – Designate someone before the wedding so at the end of the night you are not worrying about it or scrambling to find someone.
And if all else fails, hire a spectacular wedding planner like Events by Missy to ensure no detail is forgotten…cheers!!!
Best wishes & happy planning!
Some brides and grooms would like to plan their own weddings and skip using a professional, but that’s not just smart sometimes. If you have to think twice to any of the questions below, you should start interviewing planners ASAP before you go full force planning on your wedding!
- Can you take calls during the day at work, meet with vendors, and discuss wedding details?
Wedding professionals have regular 9am-5pm business hours, will you have during the day or can you take days off from work to get all your planning done.
- Do you know where you are getting married?
In your hometown at a familiar place, it’s a very different than getting married someplace new to you.
- Have your friends and family volunteered to help…Do you have 1 friend that can take over on your wedding day to ensure all goes as planned?
If they’re more likely to beg off when push comes to shove and you need their help, don’t count on them! Its a big responsibility and your friends & family will want to enjoy the day just kike you will want to.
- Are you a very detailed orientated individual person who follows schedules well and is well organized?
If not, a planner can keep you focused and on task during the planning and on the big day.
- Do you enjoy party planning?
If you dread entertaining, step away from planning the best party of your lifetime!
- Will your fiancé be helping with the wedding planning?
Going it alone can be difficult, your partner will need to pitch in with ideas…if that is not for then, it shouldn’t be a part of the decision process.
- Can you afford a wedding planner?
YES!!! It’s an investment in sanity, we are professionals who have planned time and time again with experience in the field, someone who can offer etiquette advise, and can advise you from sidestepping and spending money unnecessarily.
Planning your wedding will be stressful, time consuming, financially straining…if this isn’t what you and your fiance want to deal with leading up to your big day…call Events by Missy & Company today so we can help you!
Best wishes & happy planning ~
Choosing your reception venue can be difficult…there are so many factors involved beginning with costs. Be sure you don’t choose a venue strictly based on price because remember you get what you pay for!
But there are lots of things that brides & grooms tend to overlook when choosing their reception space…check out the top ones to be sure you think about!
- Not having your guest list together before choosing your venue- If you plan on having a large guest list be sure your venue can accommodate all of the guests. Every venue has a max guest count and if you choose a space that can only hold 100 people and your guest list it 200…you are screwed!
- Added taxes, gratuities and fees – When venues post their per person costs, it rarely to almost never includes the taxes and extra costs; these extras can boost your per person price to anywhere from $20-$70 each and blow your budget our of the water. Be sure to ask about the following:
- Entering the space early
- Cake cutting fee
- Overtime fees
- Service charges
- Maitre D fees
- Unapproved vendors
- Ceremony site fees
- Clean up costs
- In case of bad weather, what is your “Plan B” option – If you are having your ceremony, cocktail hour or reception outdoors, you need a back up plan.
- Hosting your reception far from your ceremony site – Its OK to ask your guests to travel, but anything more than an hour away is an inconvenience and this will have your guests choosing to either attend the ceremony or reception in some cases to avoid the long commute.
- Not asking about a place for a band, DJ or dance floor – There should be dedicated spaces for your dance floor and entertainment, along with electrical needs. In non traditional spaces there may not be a specific spot so be sure to find out.
- Not finding restrictions for outside vendors – Some venues only allow “approved vendors” to work in their spaces, be sure to see if this list exists if you have your heart on certain wedding professionals like a photographer or DJ.
Be sure to to ask these questions to ensure choosing your perfect venue actually is!!
Best wishes & happy planning-
Melissa @ Events by Missy & Company
Cara & Jason celebrated their wedding on June 3rd 2017 at Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle NY.
The couple incorporated many Jewish traditions to their ceremony that was held in an all glass room overlooking the Long Island Sound…which made it that more special.
Cara & Jason incorporated a Ketubah signing which is a special type of Jewish prenuptial agreement that was witnessed by their parents and grandparents on a beautiful scroll written in Hebrew. The couple also invited guests to don personalized yarmulkes and Jason broke the glass symbolizing good fortune…Mazel tov!
During the reception the couples Grandfathers performed the Mozti which was followed by the entire wedding doing the Hora…it was awesome!!!
Dinner and dancing carried on with live music playing in the background. The best part of the evening was when Cara serenaded Jason with her rendition of “you” by Beyonce!
This wedding couldn’t have been so awesome if it wasn’t for the super wedding professionals we worked with!
Weddings are all about personalized experiences…not every couple wants formal and by-the-book reception flows…here are some ideas to break out of the same ole’ reception traditions and let your guests (and you) let loose!
1. Host a Dessert Bar ~ You can assume most people have a sweet tooth, so have guest get involved in creating their very own dessert…its a fun and interactive way for strangers to get to know each other and old friends to reunite. This sort of do-it-yourself treat is absolutely guaranteed to bring out the kid in everyone!
2. Speciality Stations ~ Look to your region’s specialties and incorporate them into your reception. Artisan cheeses, local crewed beers, fresh local produce can all be a huge hit, especially for out of town guests who have never experienced what that region has to offer.
3. Hire a local food truck ~ at the end of the evening, having a Mister Softee ice cream truck ushering your guests home would be a huge hit…how about a hot dig truck with lemonade after a night of dancing…your guests would be so surprised as they leave the reception…and thankful!
4. Personalize Your Guest Book ~ If you’d like to try something new, give guests dry-erase boards and markers and set up a colorful curtain as a backdrop. They write messages to the happy couple, and are photographed with them in front of the curtain. It’s interactive, inexpensive — you can even appoint a friend with an iPhone to take the pictures — and when you put the photos in an album, it makes a one-of-a-kind guest book.
We hope you can use one of these fun ideas at your wedding reception…you will be so happy you did!
To add these fun touches to your wedding, call us today!
Best wishes & happy planning ~
Melissa Fife of Events by Missy & Company
Your wedding rehearsal should be a quick, easy and simple process. If your ceremony venue doesn’t provide a coordinator, you should choose a friend or family member to assist with the coordination that isn’t a part of the wedding party. If you are having your ceremony in a house of worship, there will be a coordinator to assist with the rehearsal but you sould also have a point person that can guide the bridal party as well.
Here are 5 simple steps for directing an awesome ceremony rehearsal:
- Meet & Greet – confirm with the Bride & Groom that everyone has arrived and introduce yourself and what role you are playing on the wedding day. Explain the process by talking briefly about the steps listed below.
- Everybody 1 – 2 step –line up the wedding party, parents, bride, groom and officiant in the correct order for the processional then send everyone down the aisle. Be sure to time the bridal walking down the aisle correctly so photos can be taken and everyone gets their time to shine.
- If there are musicians present you will need to cue them
- If groomsmen are not proceeding – they should be up on the alter the way they are receding back down the aisle
- If bridesmaids & groomsmen are processing – ladies on the left, guys in the right – bouquets held by their bellybuttons
- The bride comes down the aisle on her father’s left arm if he is escorting her. When it’s time for her father to be seated, the bride will typically kiss him good-bye then shake the hand (or hug) the groom. The bride’s father will then walk behind the bride to his seat. At this point, the bride normally gives her bouquet to her maid of honor and the groom will extend his left hand to the bride.
- Standing at attention –Place the bridal party in their positions on the “altar” area so they know where to stand during the ceremony.
- Ceremony– After the processional is done and everyone is in place, you or the officiant will run through the basic ceremony sections.
- If there are readers, songs or poetry happening during the ceremony by a “special guest”, those should be rehearsed as well – special guests should be sitting in rows close to the front but on the ends.
- Who will have the rings on the wedding day.
- Let’s get the party started– After the kiss, the bride will get her bouquet from the maid of honor, be announced as Husband & Wife and the recession begins. Everyone proceeds down the aisle in reverse order as they proceeded. Again, timing is everything so be sure to practice that as well.
Following these steps will ensure that everyone knows exactly what to do…Below is a helpful diagram of where everyone should be standing.
And if worse comes to worse and this seems like too much…hire one of our fab wedding planners to assist!!!
Melissa @ Events by Missy & Company
Heather & her team have done such beautiful work on so many of our recent brides, bridesmaids & moms we cannot say enough awesomeness about them!! Check out this amazing hair & make-up wedding pro have been fortunate to work with …Glo Beauty Bar!
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What makes your services unique for brides & grooms that no one else can offer ~ we cater to bridal hair and makeup. We take the little bit of information we need to create the perfect plan for their special day!
Is there something that your clients go nuts over ~ our organizational skills for their special day and our perfect time management
Who is your ideal clientele ~women who want perfect hair and makeup for their big day
How many weddings do you service at once ~ we can service up to 3 weddings per day, each person services only one to give ultimate attention
Do you have assistance that work / assist you on wedding days ~ I have assistants, hair stylists and other makeup artists working for Glo
Whats the average cost for services ~ $100+. Depends on what is getting done, how many people, destination, etc.
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Best wishes & happy planning!
Events by Missy & Company