The wedding world stands on its own. New trends and concepts are always on the horizon. To stay in the know, gain some insight into how the top celebrity wedding planners work their magic!
1. Preston Bailey
Preston Bailey creates innovative experiences for his clients. Bailey is known for his floral masterpieces, which are nothing short of spectacular. His philosophy involves bringing the outside world to indoor space. At one wedding, he built a stunning floating butterfly centerpiece for the dessert table. Bailey also loves to integrate images of trees in his designs. During a ceremony, he used lighting & projection technology to depict trees on walls. Once the couple said their “I dos,” the trees lit up and blossomed.
Marcy Blum, a Culinary Institute of America graduate, is recognized as the foodie-wedding planner. She executes her plans with a bang, whether it’s a gondola ride in Aspen or a wheeled burrata cart served with an assortment of toppings, her events are memorable. When it comes to party favors, Blum suggests giving items guests will actually use. A favorite of Blum’s, bloody mary mix and coffee cake for post wedding breakfast.
Imagine a wedding designed to heighten your five senses. This is Colin Cowie’s famed method. He takes vision, sound, touch, taste, and smell through a unique experience. A Tuscan wedding under the sun, an enchanted themed wedding in the Midwest, and a romantic style wedding in an urban city are just a few of the events he has created. Cowie views weddings like a story. They have a start and finish with equally important pieces in between. The final chapter usually ends with a wow factor leaving guests wanting more.
Headquartered in Savannah, Georgia, and New York, Rebecca Gardner is one of the top wedding planners in the world. She likes to add surprises here and there to keep guests engaged. Her style is traditional and inventive rather than flashy. Gardner’s talent lies in lighting design and uses candles to break up a classic look. She often tells the bride and groom to add their own individual touches to make it one of a kind.
English celebrity planner, Sarah Hayward, works with the most elite and affluent citizens of the world. Since her clients have a generous budget, every aspect of the event is crème de la crème. Her weddings are tasteful and luxurious. After all, the Dutch and Duchess of Cambridge requested Hayward’s expertise for their royal wedding. Hayward’s book, Wedding Bible, gives us ordinary folks a peek at her lavish style as well as ideas for a small budget.
Remember the wedding coordinator, Frank Eggelhoffer, in Father of the Bride, who brought in swans to roam around the tulip bed for the big day? The character was actually inspired by the SoCal-based wedding designer, Kevin Lee. His love and passion for event planning shine through in his work. Lee’s portfolio consists of Drew Barrymore, Wolfgang Puck, and Liz Taylor. He has also thrown parties for both the Oscars and Emmys. Lee’s overall approach is traditional with his own imaginative twists. Lee has also been seen on several episodes of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
Wedding master, Yifat Oren, based in Los Angeles, is known for bringing ideas to life and the high quality of her work. Oren “breaks the rules” and embraces imperfections to give events a little spice. She is fond of an all white attire wedding, especially in the summer. Oren recommends hiring a lighting designer to create the perfect ambiance. Visually, her weddings exude elegance and charm. About half of her weddings are destination, which has led Oren to form strong working relationships around the world. She also helps the world by supporting a charity annually.
Clients of Los Angeles wedding planner, Mindy Weiss, are drawn to her composure. She maintains cool and calm throughout the wedding process. Weiss can also make dreams come true. At one of her weddings, the bride and groom climbed a ladder to cut their oversized cake. She also arranged for an elephant to greet the guests at Nicole Richie’s wedding. Did I mention the Hydration IV trucks at Sophia Vergara’s wedding? Weiss ensures her client’s personality is well represented throughout the day.
Wedding designer and trendsetter, Sasha Souza, raised in San Francisco Bay Area, has planned events around the world and numerous weddings in the Napa and Sonoma regions. Her experience as a stage manager has given her that extra leverage to execute events flawlessly. Souza incorporates fun and originality. One of her brides walked down the aisle with a gospel choir. She also likes the idea of additional space for guests to relax and hang out during the reception. Souza managed to transform a barn into a cozy lounge space for guests, a perfect place to take a dance break.
You may recognize David Tutera from his reality hit show, My Fair Wedding, now on its sixth season! In addition to his TV show, Tutera has a bridal line for Mon Cheri and a jewelry line at Sears. Talk about celebrity status! He appeared on Shannen Doherty’s show to assist with her wedding in Malibu. Tutera has a skill for introducing vintage pieces to a classic or modern style. He used antique birdcages for one event. Tutera will use flowers and petals to line serving platters, an inviting touch.
If you are in the process of planning a wedding or helping a friend or family member prepare for their big day, borrow a couple tips from the celebrity planners who helped revolutionize the wedding industry.
Cheap wedding cakes does not mean you have to forgo creativity or originality. You can have a beautiful, elegant, and personal wedding cake while being on a budget. It is a fact that we all can only afford what fits into our budget. But just because you may be quoted the average cost of a wedding cake (1) at $1.50 per slice and $543 for the whole wedding cake doesn’t mean you can afford it.
Cheap Wedding Cake Ideas
Sheet Wedding Cakes – A full-size sheet cake typically feeds about 108 people. The cost at your local grocery store or warehouse discount store of a full-size sheet cake will be about $50. A 100 tiered cake would be a combined 3-tier cake. Going by the formula above, you professional wedding cake would be a minimum of $150 for 100 people. But let’s be real. Depending on what you want most professional wedding cake bakers will charge more than $1.50 per slice just for the sheer time to bake and frost a 3-tier cake.
Cupcake wedding cake – You typically order cupcakes by the dozen. If you have 100 people at your wedding, you will need 9 dozen for those who will eat more than 1 cupcake. Let’s use $25 per dozen of wedding cupcakes. So, for 9 dozen would be a total cost of $225. This is double the cost of your sheet cake at Costco but still less than the picture perfect classic wedding cakes. In addiction, think about all the different flavors of cake, frosting and fillings you can have with 108 cupcakes.
Tone down what costs the most – In the wedding cake industry, think about what costs the most money. First and foremost it time. Do not have any extra flowers or decorative features on the cake. Keep it simple but just having a colored ribbon around the cake. Next, do not have any fillings and fillings are extra time and cost for the filling. Last, only plan a cake size for the exact number of planned attending guests and one piece for each.
Home-made pies – Just as in cupcakes, you can have a variety of home-made pie flavors like apple, cherry, rhubarb, pumpkin, and so many more. You can even save a bit more by planning ahead and buy fruit pies that are in season at the time of your wedding. Pies also fit into any country, holiday or rustic wedding theme.
No cake at all – Some of the most creative and personal wedding cake ideas don’t even include a wedding cake. Think about having your very own dessert bar that would cost less than $1.50 per serving. Outside of the ordinary with the following: doughnut spread, home-made cookies, root beer floats, vintage or new candy in vases, and popcorn buckets. Customize the dessert table to your own interests.
Some people also say, why go to a restaurant when you can cook at home? These are very valid questions with several different answers. Just as in the restaurant scenario, of course you can produce the same basic product, but usually what you sacrifice is quality and time. The advantage of hiring a wedding planner boils down to three main reasons: less stress, better time management, and a better finished product.
The wedding day is probably one of the most stressful days in a person’s life. For most people, it is also one of the most important. For most brides, it’s the day that they have been dreaming of and planning since they were little girls. In the case of a same sex couple, this could represent a day that they never thought would even happen. For all of these reasons and more, the expectations of the perfect wedding are high. With high expectations comes extremely high stress. Think of a wedding planner as a personal masseuse. They are there to relieve all of the stressful duties of planning a wedding. They are the buffer between knowing what is wanted and getting it. They are there to relieve all of the stress of contacting the florist, coordinating with the caterer, discussing contracts with the venue, finding an officiant, photographer, and so on. The only “stress” should be the type of cake to choose at the tasting. And even then, the wedding planner will be there to make suggestions the couple might not have considered.
The wedding planner is also impartial to the wedding party and is able to help refocus strong opinions, along with the wants and needs of family and friends, back onto the wedding couple. They can be the “bad guy” spokesperson for the couple. Therefore, any and all negativity can be deflected away from the couple and onto the wedding planner.
People who have never planned a wedding really don’t understand all of the time that goes into making that day special. The wedding planner understands timelines and can ensure that everything is done in an efficient and productive timeframe. While the wedding planner is focusing on the coordination of all of the moving parts of the wedding, the couple can focus on the fun parts, like the wedding showers and bachelor parties.
The goal of the wedding planner is to produce an amazing finished product. Their main goal is to ensure that the couple’s vision is brought to fruition. A good wedding planner will get everything the couple wants and well as suggest things they might not have thought of. They will walk the couple through everything they need and answer any questions they may have. They will use their experience to inform the couple about traditions, formalities, legal requirements, and little things they can add to make their wedding even more special. A good wedding planner will listen to what a couple wants, and envisions the end product as seen through their eyes.
People should eat out because Chefs make excellent food. Cooking is what they do, so they know all of the intricate details that produce a great product. That is exactly what wedding planners do. They are the experts in their field. They know all of the little nuances that need to be done in order to produce a great product; your wedding.
The above article was written by Nichelle Thomas. She is the winner of the 2015 My Wedding Songs Scholarship. The My Wedding Songs Scholarship is for students currently enrolled at the College of Southern Nevada (CSN). In addition, applicants must have declared Tourism, Convention and Event Planning as their major and be enrolled in TCA 222 Wedding Planning course while completing degree requirements. The winner is selected through an essay contest.
Nichelle’s response to the scholarship:
“Thank you so much for selecting my essay as the winner of your scholarship. I had a great Wedding Planner teacher who showed us all of the behind the scenes details the Wedding Planner performs that make a nice wedding and extraordinary one. After taking this course, I have an even greater appreciation for Wedding Planners.”
The average song is about 3 minutes long. Most wedding receptions are about three to four hours. At three hours, this would be sixty songs of non-stop music for a three-hour wedding reception and eighty songs for a four-hour wedding reception. This does not include the wedding ceremony. Typically, a wedding ceremony is about a half-an-hour but only about five songs played depending on the type of ceremony. That’s lots of wedding song lyrics to consider for your wedding.
What can help you select the songs to your wedding? Most bridal couples will select wedding songs which mean the most to them; which we highly recommend. Just because a song has the title of being a love song does not mean the song is about being in love. The meaning of a love song could be trying to get someone back after failure, it could be trying to steal your lover away from someone else, or any other meaning about love.
Here are a few popular wedding song lyrics
A lifetime just ain’t enough to love you true, now that I found you.. Now That I Found You – Terri Clark
All my life I pray for someone like you & I thank God I finally found you.. All My Life – K-Ci & JoJo
And here we are in heaven, for you are mine At Last.. At Last – Etta James
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.. What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
But now that I have found you, I believe that a miracle has come.. When God Made You – NewSong
Come away with me, and I’ll never stop loving you.. Come Away With Me – Norah Jones
For I can’t help falling in love with you.. Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley
From this moment, as long as I live, I will love you, I promise you this.. From This Moment On – Shania Twain
God blessed the broken road that led me straight to you.. Bless The Broken Road – Rascal Flatts
How sweet it is to be loved by you.. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) – James Taylor
I found all I’ve waited for and I could not ask for more.. I Could Not Ask For More – Edwin McCain
I want to spend the rest of my life with you by my side, forever & ever.. Amazed – Lonestar
In all the world, you’ll never find a love as true as mine.. I Cross My Heart – George Strait
It’s amazing how you can speak right to my heart.. When You Say Nothing At All – Alison Krauss
Love can touch us one time and last a lifetime.. My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion
The world says they’ll never make it, love says they will.. Two Sparrows In A Hurricane – Tanya Tucker
Unforgettable in every way, and forever more, that’s how you’ll stay.. Unforgettable – Nat King Cole
You are my love in my life, you are my inspiration, just you and me.. Just You ‘N’ Me – Chicago
Your love is better than ice cream, better than anything else that I’ve tried.. Ice Cream – Sarah McLachlan
Google now is showing lyrics on their search results. Song lyrics are some of the most popular searches conducted on Google. Just to give you an idea, here are the top 10 most searched song lyrics of 2014.
Wedding Song Lyrics – 2014 Googled Lyrics
10. Wrecking Ball – Miley Cyrus
I came in like a wrecking ball, I never hit so hard in love, All I wanted was to break your, walls, All you ever did was wreck me
9. Counting Stars – OneRepublic
But, baby I been, I’ve been praying hard, Said no more counting dollars, we’ll be counting stars
8. Bang Bang – Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj
Bang bang into the room (I know you want it), Bang bang all over you (I’ll let you have it)
7. Dark Horse – Katy Perry
Cause I’m coming at you like a dark horse, Are you ready for, ready for, A perfect storm
6. Royals – Lorde
And we’ll never be royals, It don’t run in our blood, That kind of luxe just ain’t for us
5. Blank Space – Taylor Swift
Got a long list of ex-lovers, They’ll tell you I’m insane, But I got a blank space baby, And I’ll write your name
4. Happy – Pharrell Williams
Because I’m happy, Clap along if you know what happiness is to you, Because I’m happy, Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do
3. Fancy – Iggy Azalea
I’m so fancy, You already know, I’m in the fast lane, From L.A. to Tokyo
2. Anaconda – Nicki Minaj
My Anaconda don’t, My Anaconda don’t want none unless you got buns hun
1. Say Something – A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera
Say something, I’m giving up on you, I’m sorry that I couldn’t get to you
With more than one million weddings in America every year, there are plenty of brides going through the wedding planning rigor. You would think that this process would be easy. However, with thousands of dollars on the line for each wedding, many professional and unprofessional vendors come into the industry every day. Lets also not forget about every single detail that must be managed for the big day. This is why many of today’s brides secure the services of a wedding planner.
Perfect Wedding Planner
One of the biggest obstacles when hiring a wedding planner is relinquishing control of the planning process. However, the bride should not look at a wedding planner as the one taking care of all of the details. A good wedding planner will take care of the superficial tasks such as hiring the right vendors for your type of event and also incorporating the bride and groom’s style and personal touches into the wedding day.
Tips for Working with a Wedding Planner
Wrap up all timelines a week before the wedding and pass onto all wedding vendors.
Draw out an expected floor plan.
You stay in contact with all wedding vendors to be sure your expectations are met.
Wedding planners should provide a list of recommended vendors.
Listen to offered suggestions and then do your own research.
Have an overall wedding budget. Then, go through what are the most important details of where the money MUST go.
Meet all vendors in person before hiring them. Be sure to get the “warm fuzzes” before your faith is put into them in your big day.
Be sure to review all vendor contracts. What if the hall must be closed at 10pm when you planned on partying all night?
Lastly, be sure you or a trusted confidant will be on at the wedding ceremony and reception locations to verify all the hired vendors are on-time and present with products or services booked.
To be sure that all the necessary details are covered, we suggest a minimum of one-week for wedding planners to prepare a last minute wedding. Yes, there is a difference between a wedding planner and an event designer. If you want an over-the-top wedding reception, consider hiring an event designer. Be sure to give them as much time as possible as it takes time to pull in all the details.
Destination Wedding Planning
Finally, what do you do if you are having a destination wedding, like Las Vegas, and want to hire a wedding planner? First, if you already have your wedding ceremony or reception locations picked out, ask the facility coordinator if they would suggest any wedding planners. Second, check our website for wedding planners. Lastly, google for local wedding planners in the area of your wedding location.
Apps on your phone can not only help with everyday life but also influencing wedding day details.
Apps For Weddings
1. Group Me – Put important groups, like all wedding guests, wedding vendors, bridal party or bridesmaids, etc, and chat in all one room. It’s like a private chat room for your small group. Have as many as you want, and it’s always free.
2. Tumblr – Perfect for sharing the wedding planning process or wedding reception fun. Post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos from your browser, phone, desktop, email or wherever you happen to be.
3. Path – An ad-free place for private messaging and sharing photos, videos, music, and more with the people in your life sharing wedding planning and/or wedding reception happenings.
4. Snapseed – Anyone can enhance, transform, and share their photos with ease using incredibly advanced features. Built-in Google+ capabilities make it even more powerful to share your images with your friends and family.
5. PhotoMarkr – PhotoMarkr lets you add your personal watermark (new wedding initials) to iPhone and iPod touch photos and screenshots. This is a great tool for all photographers too posting pics of a wedding day.
6. Print Studio – The best way to print your Instagram and iPhone photos. Print them even at the wedding reception!
7. Montaj – Shoot beautiful pics, get a great montaj video in seconds, & share them with as little or as many people as you choose.
8. Mention – Create alerts on the bride’s name, groom’s name, wedding date, etc. and be informed of any mention on the web and social networks to your email.
9. Dashlane – Keep track of passwords, automatically login to every website, and never lose a password.
10. Plotter – With Plotter, you’ll be able to plot out all of your wedding locations, get recommendations from friends and discover maps that are popular or featured in the Map Room.
11. Waze – Waze is a fun, community based mapping, traffic & navigation app.
12. Tripit – Perfect for the honeymoon. TripIt organizes travel plans into an itinerary that has all of your trip details in one place.
13. HealthTap – Not feeling so well? HealthTap gives you answers and tips from 50,000 U.S. doctors. No waiting room. FREE!
Wedding is an important phase in every couple’s life, thus, everyone wants it to be special and memorable. To make it special, one needs lot of time to plan and organise things so that everything is just perfect. Taking out so much time from a busy schedule for planning a wedding is not possible for every couple. While some couples take out time for their wedding planning and seek help of friends and relative, there are some, who find it convenient to hire wedding planners to handle all the event related things for them.
Why Hire a Wedding Planner
Hiring a wedding planner is very much in trend these days, mainly because of tight schedule of couples and other benefits like hiring a wedding planner saves time and money. Not only that, with wedding planner to take care of everything the couple can concentrate on each other and their loved ones. Moreover, wedding planner is necessary for organising theme-based wedding, which needs a professional touch. Selecting a wedding planner is like finding the right bridesmaid and best man. A wedding planner helps in arranging everything from the starting till the end of a wedding ceremony, therefore, it is very important to find one, who have good experience and can offer the best services in your budget. Whether you are keeping your marriage a low-key affair or an extravagant ceremony, wedding planner would offer you the right services that will make your wedding memorable for lifetime.
Before you look for a wedding planner, you need to decide how much you want to spend in your wedding. Choose a wedding consultant according to your budget and when you find one, give brief details about your budget limitations and requirement. Before hiring one, ask him about his experience, credentials, certifications, and testimonies of his previous clients. It is always good to call three to four consultants for interview to determine their packages and services.
If you have selected one, discuss all the details and requirement of the D-day with him or her. Wedding planner execute services according to their client’s expectations. Wedding planner coordinates with the best vendors including florist, photographers, caterers, photographers, stores, etc. to pick the best one to suit your budget and service expectations. Apart from that, a wedding planner helps in managing everything from decoration and catering to DJ and dance. A good wedding planner keeps a tab on the arrangements according and assists their clients in budgeting, purchasing, and even looking the best on their wedding.
Nowadays, theme wedding are very much in trend. You can ask your wedding planner to plan your theme wedding under your budget constraints. Wedding planners have the right knowledge of arranging things like decoration, food, flowers according to the theme.
Hiring a wedding planner is not at all expensive as many people think; moreover, it helps save money and time. Wedding coordinators can charge fee in three different ways such as by flat fee, by a percentage of the total cost of your wedding, or by the hours. You can hire a wedding planer for the wedding day only so that they can direct vendors to make sure that job is properly executed.
Wedding planner is a wonderful resource while planning a wedding and can be helpful for bride and groom for making their wedding day as special as possible. Therefore, hire a wedding planner if you want to enjoy every moment of your wedding without worrying about the arrangements.
This article has been written by an expert associated with My Wedding Songs, a company providing wedding planning for today’s brides and grooms.
As daunting as it may seem, wedding planning can be a pleasant task if you have the support of a professional. You can find yourself a company, which already has the experience and knowledge to help you plan a memorable wedding at a reasonable price. There are some companies that have the proper experience and will be able to leverage their knowledge with previous customers to provide you with the wedding of your dreams.
Professional wedding planners can prepare a range of available wedding packages for brides-to-be. You can choose from any of these, which you deem the best. Brides-to-be can get complete flexibility and a personalized service with a full planning service to cover all of the wedding aspects. Several websites provide brides and grooms with various ideas and tools that they will need to plan a wedding. These include wedding carbon footprint calculator, budget calculator, reception worksheet, guest list, notebook, wedding website, etc. Managing the wedding budget is the most important issue consider when planning a wedding. Brides-to-be can contact a professional planner to find the best wedding ideas and get their expert advice on a budget plan for any size wedding.
The most essential part, while planning a wedding, is to realize how to make your wedding day the most memorable day of your life. A wedding would definitely be dull without the added accessories and pernonal touches. You can have a memorable wedding with the help of professional wedding planners. A bit of professional help regarding accessories and other details would really transform the whole wedding experience.
A common accessory is a guest book, usually found on a table along with a photograph of the couple about to get married. Some couples choose a more creative route. They have a large matte on which the guests can sign their names and write little messages of encouragement. This seems more useful than a guest book; it is something that can be displayed in the home without the “cheezy” factor of keeping your guest book out in the open. It is also more interesting to view than flipping through a book of meaningless signatures.
Wedding cakes are an important tradition of a wedding reception. Cutting the cake together, hand in hand, is a symbol of unity and togetherness. A few websites provide a range of customized cakes, which can preferably differ in areas such as recipe, aesthetics, flavor, taste, number of tiers, color of icing and more.
A wedding website would enable you, your friends and family to recollect wedding memories whenever they want. A fully automated wedding website includes details such as the wedding date, bridal party attendants, ceremony and reception locations, visitor information, online gift registry links, etc. After the wedding, you don’t have to go through the toil of making multiple copies of the wedding pictures; you can simply upload them in the photo album on your website.
To get wonderful wedding ideas on a limited budget for your wedding, contact a professional planner who can provide you with a wedding planning checklist to manage your total wedding budget.
This article has been written by an expert associated with My Wedding Songs, a company providing ideas for wedding planners to make your wedding day the most memorable one in your life.
Every engaged bride and groom dreams about an eventful marriage ceremony. One always wishes that his/her wedding day would be the best day of his/her life, which he/she can always cherish. But to see such a cherished dream come true, one has to plan everything in advance from the place of wedding to the date of the wedding.
There are innumerable issues that have to be addressed while planning for a wedding. Details include the photographer, who could beautifully capture all the wedding events, transportation, and the catering that should be well appreciated by all the guests. Other details include the wedding hall or backyard, where the guests can enjoy the ceremony and stay comfortable, and the florist who can creatively decorate every corner of the wedding and/or reception facility.
On the personal front, one has to plan out what to wear and how to don the accessories. Brides naturally want to look like the most glamorous person in the entire wedding since she will be the center of attention that day. For this, one can hire a wedding planner who is not just knowledgeable, but professional enough to hold wedding events and carry them very well.
The greatest advantage that one gets from a wedding planner is they help in reducing both the cost and the time required during the entire wedding work as it becomes easier instead of hectic. From going to the beauty salon to making up the invitations list, the wedding planner takes care of everything. The wedding planner conserves a lot of energy of the bride and groom and all relatives by taking care of everything on their behalf. Even the bride does not to need to wander around to get her hair and make-up done, as the wedding planner’s team takes care of this as well.
A Professional Wedding Planner
Apart from relieving one from the burden of planning, the wedding planner helps to get much better rates, thus helping one to meet his/her budget constraints.
The wedding planner puts all of their hard efforts in pleasing the guests as well as making everything in the wedding, “just perfect”.
The wedding plannermay get a team of subordinates with him where each individual is assigned with a particular job. Like one person is assigned to look at the catering, one is asked to look after how the flowers and other decorating items are being taken care of.
In the given budget, the wedding planner will plan out everything. But these days, event management business and wedding planning business has increased to a great extent where unprofessional individuals too, have become a part of it. Unlicensed and unprofessional wedding planners charge a lot of money from their customers and do not bring that quality which the customer would be expecting.
Hence, one must look for professional wedding planners who are reliable enough to take care of the wedding perfectly and help reduce your cost as well. One can ask around from friends and relatives and get to know about the most reputed wedding planner company in his nearest location and pick the most appropriate one for his marriage.
The above article is written by an expert working for My Wedding Songs, a company engaged in wedding shop.