How to Hire a Professional Wedding Planner

5 Great Reasons to Hire a Professional Wedding Planner! Picture By: Michelle Johnson Photography With all of the modern technology we have and the easy access to everything it seems there is nothing we can’t do for ourselves. That seems to be especially true for Wedding Planning.  A number of you Savvy brides get engaged and you tell yourself you can plan your entire wedding without the help of a Professional Wedding Planner.  I honestly believe there is a lot you can do on your own, but equally I think there is a lot you could use some professional help and guidance with!   One of my current clients hired her Caterer company before she hired me.  Guess what? The catering company is currently being sued by 10 different brides, has gone out of business and will not return any of her calls or mine.  They are now trying to do business under a different name, but with the same unethical staff! She had no idea this would happen to her. They are currently fighting to get their deposit back and we have since had to hire a new Catering Company (one that I recommended) and she just wasted time and money! That is just one small story.  I have so many nightmare stories from clients and vendors, but I don’t want to scare you. What I want to do, is educate you!   This weeks tips may seem self-serving, but they really aren’t.  Yes, I am a Professional Wedding Planner, but I’m giving you these tips because I want you to hire the Best Planner for YOU and...

Invitation Tips & Etiquette

6 Invitation Tips & Etiquette Your Save the Date cards or Invitations set the tone for your wedding and are the first Impression your guests will see about the style and formality of your wedding. Below are some tips to make sure you make a great first impression. Tip #1 The Rules of the Envelope: Let me try and sum this up because there are so many etiquette rules around the envelope. Spell out all words in an address on your envelopes. Rather than “St.,” “P.O. Box,” and “Apt.,” use “Street,” “Post Office Box,” and “Apartment.” This applies to city and state names as well; instead of abbreviations, write “Saint Paul, Minnesota” and “Washington, District of Columbia.” House numbers smaller than 20 should also be spelled out.  Sending out an invitation in two envelopes ensures that each guest will receive a pristine envelope, even if the outer one has been torn or soiled in the mail. Still, the two are not necessary; you may omit the inner envelope if you wish. The outer envelope includes all of the information the postal service needs for delivery. The inner envelope should have the names of the invited guests in the household (including children, whose names do not appear on the outer envelope). Tip #2 Just say NO to Labels: The address on a wedding invitation should be handwritten; printed labels are NOT appropriate on formal wedding invitations. Calligraphy done by computer directly on the envelope is also acceptable. Depending on your handwriting and the level of formality of your wedding, you may want to have your envelopes inscribed by a professional...

When your Maid of Honor/Bridesmaids are not Honoring YOU

4 Tips to Help you keep your Maid of Honor/Bridesmaids Honoring YOU! This is your first wedding and there will be things that come up during your planning process that you would never expect to deal with. One of the major issues that tend to come up revolve around your maid of honor or bridesmaids!   Being chosen as a bridesmaid is an honor and it’s also a big responsibility. Most bridesmaids are sensitive to the fact that this is YOUR big day and will do all they can to help. If you’re experiencing issues with one or more problem bridesmaids, use the advice below to help clear the air so things will go smoothly for your big day. Tip #1 Numbers Matter: I know you have a number of friends, sisters, cousins and how do you tell someone that they can’t be part of your bridal party? More people more problems, I promise you! Who among your friends is there for you the most? Who has been with you on more significant events? How about the friend who was really there for you during the time you and your groom were just dating or having relationship problems? When you’ve decided on who your bridesmaids will be, think about other ways you can involve the rest of your friends. Maybe they can be part of the service and do a reading or help with the guestbook.  My advise is keep it small no more than 5 girls! Tip #2 Delegate don’t Choose: Dress shopping can be a time when you feel a lot of stress between you and your...

Spring Wedding Savings on Invitations and Accessories

SPRING SAVINGS EVENT!! Starting May 1st to May 31, 2012, Platinum Lining Events is having a SALE on all our Wedding Accessories and Invitations!! The SALE includes: Non-Custom Invitations and Save-The Dates, Place-cards, Menu Cards, Favors, Cake Toppers, Cake Knife sets, Sand Ceremony kits, Unity Candle Sets, Garters, Toasting Glasses, Guest Books, Flower girl baskets, Ring Bearer Pillow, custom runners and so much more………. Have have Invitations and Wedding Accessories for the Savvy, Chic Bride to the Classic Traditional Bride!! 10% off any Invitation or Wedding Accessory Order (new orders only, excludes custom orders, offer expires May 31st) All Appointments are Complimentary and there is no Obligation, but we are confident that you will find the Perfect Invitation, Stationary and Accessories for your wedding. Schedule a consultation today. Our Goal is to make ordering your wedding invitations and accessories easy and stress free.  We are a One Stop Boutique, you will love the...