special events

Le Fleur

For many centuries flowers have held and occupied an important place in our lives. Flowers are used and seen as a symbol of love, beauty and a gift of nature. Flowers are used by us to provoke the feelings of love and happiness because they have the power to make people happy and cheerful.

This same premise is true in how you use flowers for your event. Pops of pink, a spray of white, a cluster of wisteria can make a difference in the mood of your room. Bright, vibrant florals are festive and cheery…. while pastel and pale florals are elegant and serene…

What’s your theme? What’s your mood? Let your floral arrangements tell the story for you.

These florals and this backdrop are courtesy of The Curtis Array

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Picking the Right Attire

Not all bodies are created equal. It doesn’t mean they can’t look fabulous on their big day. Make sure you have the right team in place to help you choose the right style of dress for your body.  This is important for Brides, Grooms, Bridal Party and Moms of the Bride and Groom too….

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Wedding Website 4-1-1 – How to Create a Wedding Website That’ll Get Your Guests Excited for the Big Day

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Wedding websites can be a great way for couples to share info with wedding guests — especially in real time and with up-to-date info. Here some of the top resources for building free wedding websites and the information you should share on the site.

What to include – Short answer: Anything that you don’t want to be asked on the day of the wedding

A wedding website is the best way to  let your guests know the important details about your wedding, like where it is, and when, so that they don’t come and bug you for directions to the reception when they lose the invitation (cough, me). But don’t confuse informing with instructing. Informing means giving people all the important details they need to make an informed decision about how to approach your wedding (e.g., the grass is going to be like quicksand, so it might not be friendly for stilettos and other high-heeled shoes). Instructing is telling people how they should approach your wedding (e.g., we’re getting married outdoors, so no fancy shoes allowed). No matter how nicely you phrase it, or how helpful your intentions are, no one likes to be told what to do, especially older guests who have been going to weddings for longer than you’ve been alive. So think of your wedding website as this emoji: 💁. Not this one: 👮.

Here are my two favorites!

Photo courtesy of www.techadvisor.co.uk/

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Seasonal Trends

Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall…all you have to do is call…Depending on the season, the theme and colors of your event can change…however the color of the year can be woven through each for a nice POP of color

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Top Ways to Recycle Wedding Items

There are plenty of ways to have an eco-friendly wedding, but what about all of the items that you have when the big day is over?!  For those gently used or leftover (and unused) wedding items, it can be beneficial for you as a new bride/groom and new couples that are following in your path.

Try Facebook Marketplace

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Photo by Blake Newman on Pexels.com

 

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How to have a successful event from start to finish!

Step 1—

Know what you have to work with before planning. Remember, family, friends, faculty and staff members, students, and community groups are all resources.

 Step 2—Assess needs and interests

  • Who will attend?
  • What are their interests?
  • What are your goals?
  • What needs are you trying to meet?

Step 3—Brainstorm ideas

Think of every type of event that might fulfill the goals. Don’t evaluate ideas at this point, just list all suggestions. Once this is done, review each idea and assess it for feasibility.  Rate it on a scale of 1-5

 Step 4—Develop a time line

Make a list of everything that needs to be done to plan the event.

  • Sometimes it’s easier to work backward from the date of the event to the present.
  • Make a schedule that shows when each task needs to be completed.

Step 5—Reserve space

Reserve your space as early as possible.

Step 6—Develop a budget

Most likely you have a set amount of money available to spend on the event, or ticket sales may need to cover all the costs.

  • List all associated costs and allocate the available funds.
  • You may have to contact various vendors for cost estimates associated with their services.

 Step 7—The paper chase

Complete all the necessary paperwork including:

  • vendor services
  • room reservations
  • forms
  • permits

 Step 8—The people chase

Contact all the persons necessary for a successful event (many must have advance notice to schedule these individuals to work)

  • Performers
  • Speakers
  • Volunteers
  • Police

 

Step 9—Details

Complete and confirm all details pertaining to the event.

 

Step 10—The Event

HAVE FUN!!

 

Step 11—Evaluate

Write a brief synopsis of the event

  • participant and planner comments
  • attendance
  • suggestions for future events
  • final costs

 Step 12—Start planning the next event!

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How to have a successful even from beginning to end

ImageStep 1—

Know what you have to work with before planning. Remember, family, friends, faculty and staff members, students, and community groups are all resources.

 Step 2—Assess needs and interests

  • Who will attend?
  • What are their interests?
  • What are your goals?
  • What needs are you trying to meet?

Step 3—Brainstorm ideas

Think of every type of event that might fulfill the goals. Don’t evaluate ideas at this point, just list all suggestions. Once this is done, review each idea and assess it for feasibility.  Rate it on a scale of 1-5

 Step 4—Develop a time line

Make a list of everything that needs to be done to plan the event.

  • Sometimes it’s easier to work backward from the date of the event to the present.
  • Make a schedule that shows when each task needs to be completed.

Step 5—Reserve space

Reserve your space as early as possible.

Step 6—Develop a budget

Most likely you have a set amount of money available to spend on the event, or ticket sales may need to cover all the costs.

  • List all associated costs and allocate the available funds.
  • You may have to contact various vendors for cost estimates associated with their services.

 Step 7—The paper chase

Complete all the necessary paperwork including:

  • vendor services
  • room reservations
  • forms
  • permits

 Step 8—The people chase

Contact all the persons necessary for a successful event (many must have advance notice to schedule these individuals to work)

  • Performers
  • Speakers
  • Volunteers
  • Police

 

Step 9—Details

Complete and confirm all details pertaining to the event.

 

Step 10—The Event

HAVE FUN!!

 

Step 11—Evaluate

Write a brief synopsis of the event

  • participant and planner comments
  • attendance
  • suggestions for future events
  • final costs

 Step 12—Start planning the next event!