Category Archives: wedding planning

The Wedding Sessions, The First Run!
June 21, 2012

Well that was an exciting couple of weeks listening to Wendy & I talk a little about some thoughts on wedding planning!  Just in case you missed any of the episodes here are them all for you to see!

The Wedding Sessions, Why A Tasting
June 14, 2012

In this webisode, you again here my buddy, Wendy Pashman, Founder and Creative Mind at Entertaining Company, talk about the purpose of a tasting.  Wendy sure brings up some points that you should be paying attention to when you think about scheduling a tasting with a caterer!  Take a look at what she has to say!

The Wedding Sessions, Variety & Options with Menu Planning
June 12, 2012

Take a look at the webisode of the Wedding Sessions with Wendy Pashman from Entertaining Company explaining to me, Anthony from Liven It Up Events some of her creative ways to serve a large group of people and making it fun and exciting, yet interesting and creative!

Blooper Alert:  Wendy kept looking at the camera after we were finished taping and she was not supposed to!  Watch how I crack up when she does that at the end of the webisode!

Just A Thought on Your Planning Thoughts
May 29, 2012

This is something that I find to be so interesting.  Just like in everyday life, we all have instincts or feelings on what we should do or what we should not do.  Some of these feelings are for smaller everyday things like what to wear, how to prepare your schedule for the day, or what dessert to bring to a dinner party.  And then we have instincts for larger things that happen in our lives like knowing whether or not to accept an offer for a new job, to move homes, buying a new car, or to decide to marry the person you love.

Just like trusting your instincts for your everyday life and for your more important decisions in life, you should trust your instincts on planning your wedding.  When you walk into the room and you just know that you found the right space, go with it!  When you meet with the right vendors and you just know that she or he is he right fit, book them!  When you see the table linen, the flowers, the china, the lighting, the chairs and you know it’s right, go with it!  It helps so much to just trust the little voice inside.   

Photo Courtesy of Garret Photography

This is a couple who I had the pleasure of working with and believe me.  They hand picked everything and everyone for their wedding and when they knew something was right for them, they did it.  When something was not right for them, they moved on!  And believe me, they had a fantastic wedding!

When you know something is right in your everyday life, you do it.  Same thing should be for planning your wedding.  When you know, you know!

Top 5 Questions to Ask A Wedding Planner Before Hiring
May 8, 2012

There seem to be different view points that come around every year on what are the questions you should ask your wedding planner before hiring.  I can tell that some of those articles have been posted because the same questions are being asked repeatedly.  I think it is SO important to ask your wedding planner questions, don’t get me wrong, but here are my thoughts on the questions that should be asked.

1.  How many years have you been in business? 
Find out the level of experience of the planner.  Are you looking for someone who just planned their first wedding last month or someone who has been doing this for a long time.  There is the right planner for everyone, knowing the level of experience that will make you feel comfortable is key.  Also, knowing their professional background.  For myself and the planners at Liven It Up, we all have some sort of combination of hotel/off-premise catering/restaurant/banquet & conference experience.  Having experience for some folks may be key in timing a wedding and keeping the day on track.

2.  How many weddings do you (and your team) plan a year?
It is good to know how many other brides the team is working with.  If you want someone who is always around for you, you might not get that with someone who has many events a year.  This also shows the skill level of a planner.  How many events can she/he balance at one time.  The Team at Liven It Up Events has certain policies in how many events we take on a year, how many we take on a weekend, and we have back up plans in case something happens to one of the planners here. 

3.  What is the range in budgets that you work in?
This is good to know even if you have a large budget that the planner may know how to work with smaller budgets to not just spend money to spend! 

4.  What type of weddings do you normally plan?  
 There is a difference in planning a wedding in a hotel/club vs. a privately owned venue where everything has to be brought in.  If you are going to more venue route, you should look for a planner who does more venue weddings and vice versa if you are going the hotel route. 

5.  What is your philosophy in planning a wedding?  
 I have my own philosophy when it comes to planning a wedding and I make sure that I am up front about that with new clients.  I want them to understand I am not here to spend money just to spend, I am planning their wedding, not my wedding, so I am going to give them what THEY want, and I want to make sure we have fun in the process!  Without enjoying the process, why go through it at all?!

Check in Thursday for the Top 5 Questions You Should Ask Yourself About Moving Forward with a Wedding Planner!

A Question of Wedding Etiquette on Asking Someone to Stand Up In Your Wedding
April 17, 2012

Today’s question is about the etiquette of asking someone to be or not to be in your bridal party. The question that was asked is how to you handle not asking someone who has asked you to be in his or her wedding when you do not want to have them in your wedding. I weigh in on a more personal level and then checked in with Emily Post and was SHOCKED at what she had to say about this!

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Thanks for watching and asking your questions!!

Click HERE to read Emily Post’s Etiquette on Selecting Your Wedding Attendants

Wedding Planning Tips, What Are Necessary Items to Track in Your Wedding Guest List
April 12, 2012

This post answers the question on what is information should you be tracking on your wedding guest list. Here are some of the items you will need to track in a spread sheet program.

1. First & Last Name. Keep these in separate columns so that this way you will have an alphabetized list that you can give to your planner, hotel personnel or if the venue requires a list of the guests for security, you have it! It is also good to have to give your stationery an alphabetized list to do your place cards/escort cards so they can be easily placed on the day of the wedding.

2. You will want to keep track of their mailing addresses so you can easily send out the invitations.

3. Columns denoting if they are coming to the wedding or declining the invite.

4. If you are serving a plated dinner, what choice of entree will they be having. Keeping these choices in separate columns, ie, Chicken, Fish, Beef, Vegetarian, and denoting for each guest or couple what entree and how many of them they will have. This will be an easy way to total how many of each item so you have a count!

5. Finally, what table will they be sitting at so you can easily create a list that denotes the guest list by table number and entree selection which is something most hotels and caterers will want!

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Wedding Planning Tips, What Are The Options of A Plated Dinner at a Wedding
April 10, 2012

This week we are talking about how to serve your guests at your wedding a plated, sit down dinner. The Tweet came from Wendy Pashman, the owner of The Entertaining Company , and asked me to talk about the importance of giving options to the guests when you decide to serve a plated, sit down dinner. Great topic to talk about Wendy!

You can see my thoughts above in the video, but in short, if you are serving a plated dinner, I think the best way to do this is to offer your guests a choice of entree or you have to offer them a duo plate to accommodate as many palates as possible! Check out my thoughts on this in the video!

I also had to share this photo as this was from a tasting I was at last week at The Entertaining Company. It was so delicious, I could not pass it up to post it! Monk Fish in a Butter Saffron Sauce, Smoked Corn Souffle, Medley of Sauteed Wild Mushrooms!! It was outstanding!!

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Thanks so much for watching and check back every week for new video posts!

Wedding Planning Tips, What You Need on Your Wedding Website
April 2, 2012

This question came in from one of our Twitter followers. She asked if she needed to do a wedding website. My thought is if you do a wedding website, using one of the programs from The Knot or My Wedding, you don’t have to do all of the personal information, rather have the information on the website about the wedding. Here are the three points that I would make sure are there.

  1. Where are there hotel rooms blocked and how to book them
  2. Is transportation provided or not
  3. The location of Ceremony & Reception
  4. What are some things to do around town before the wedding

Those are the most important pieces to be a part of the website if you have one!

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Thanks for watching and see you next time!!

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