Month: July 2012

Newlywed Professional Planners

I had a call the other day from a gal who had been married recently and was now in the process of planning and coordinating a wedding for someone else since she supposedly now “knew the ropes”.

This call was two weeks before the wedding and the wedding planner wannabe realized that she was in way over her head. It’s one thing to find services and things that are “just right” for your own big day, but quite a different ball game when you’re making selections for a different person

Just because someone has planned one wedding doesn’t mean that they have the experience and expertise to handle unexpected situations that may come up. What will happen if the flowers are accidentally delivered to the wrong church? What if the photographer gets lost before he gets to the wonderful “out of the way” venue you’ve chosen for your reception?

What will the wannabe planner do when the caterers leave dirty dishes behind for the rental company to deal with? All of these things (and many more) have actually happened. A professional wedding planner will be able to handle all of these situations without even letting you become aware of them until the problems have been solved.

Back to the beginning of the story—The newlywed bridal planner decided that it would be better for everyone if she hired me to do the job and gave my service to the other bride as a wedding gift. It turned out to be a lovely wedding!

Gift Bags for Out-of-Town Guests

Perhaps you’re having a destination wedding in a faraway locale, or maybe you’re tying the knot right in your own home town, but you’ve invited guests from far and wide to come and be with you on the big day.

In any case, if your guests have packed their bags and traveled miles to celebrate with you, it’s a lovely gesture to have a welcome gift waiting for them in their hotel room when they arrive.

While attractive baskets filled with goodies are impressive to look at, keep in mind that they may not fit into your guests’ luggage for the trip home.

A better idea is an attractive gift bag that can be folded up when it’s time to depart.

Here are some ideas that you might include to make your guests feel really welcome:

*This first one is mandatory—a brief note from the bride and groom welcoming them and thanking them for making the trip.

*An itinerary for events leading up to the wedding, especially if you’ve arranged for special activities for before and after the wedding day.

*A local street map for the area

*A copy of a local magazine, like INSIDE SANTA CLARITA.

*A couple bottles of water

*Snack food packs (crackers and cookies)

*Sun screen – especially if your ceremony will be held outdoors

*A locally grown treat – California almonds, a locally grown wine for instance.

*Passes to a local attraction like Magic Mountain.

*A book of crossword puzzles or Sudoku with an attractive pen or pencil.

The list can go on and on. Gift bags can be as simple or as elaborate as you choose to make them. Let your imagination be your guide.