Recently it has been brought to my attention that what are couples suppose to do for a guest book if they are only having a small wedding? They don't need to buy a guest book and only have a few pages filled out in it, this is where I gave this some much needed thought. Here are some of the ideas I found:
Guest Book Poster
Photo from theknot.com
-Find a poster of some special significance or a photo of the two of you surrounded by a large matting that your guest can sign. Great piece for after the wedding to hang up in your home.
Personal Card Guestbook
Photo from MarthaStewert.com
-Place some simple cards (that match your theme) and pens on the table with a sign saying, "In lieu of a guestbook please select a card and share your thoughts, wishes, and advice. Place in an envelope for the Bride and Groom to save for a rainy day."
Photo from theknot.com
-Make tags with ribbons that guests can write a message on and then can hang them from the tree branch. After the wedding, take the tags and place them on a scrapbook page.
There are many other ideas and these are just some of the ones that stood out to me. If you are doing something different than the usually guest book we would love to see it!
It is important to make a list of everything you can think you will need for the wedding/event. Not sure of what all you need? A great reason to hire Events by Joann to help you come up with that list. The earlier you get started and the more things you plan about early on- the less "last-minute stress" and you will have more time to find sales and discounts on some of the item!
Events by Joann was chosen to decorate the Marriott World Center in Orlando, FL for Tenoroc's Prom. The theme of the prom was Paris.
The Marriott World Center is filled with grand ballrooms and here is a picture of the room before we set up.
The room had 6 small cocktail tables lined around the dance floor, set up with a simple black tablecloth and simple floral arrangement to have the feeling of a French corner bistro.
There was 10 large tables covered in our champagne ribbon taffeta overlays. The centerpieces were three various size glass vases with elegant ribbon wrapped around each of them. Two of the glass vases were filled with water and floating candle.
The stage was not forgotten in the set up. On each side of the stage we added two lighted black towers that would glow as they danced the night away.
The Paris theme would not be complete if we did not have an Eiffel Tower.
All that is left to do is light the candles, dim the lights, turn the music on, and dance the night away!
Thank you Tenoroc High School for choosing Events by Joann to make your student's prom a night to remember.
Planning a memorable special event is a full-time job. It is next to impossible to both manage your event and also enjoy it as a participant, especially when you are already working.
Your boss has asked you to plan the annual office party
Your volunteer organization nominated you to chair the next fundraising event
You want to present your newest product or service to your team in the right forum
You’re planning a party, wedding, or social event and you don’t have the time, knowledge, energy or help to pull off a successful event
With a savvy event consultant, you can design your dream event while this stylish consultant implements it. The location of a dance floor, banquet tables, or bar each contributes to the flow of your event. Lighting and time lines can subtly influence emotions. Every detail impacts the feeling that guests walk away with at the end of the evening.
Enjoy the Praise and Kudos While we Do All the Work
Have Time to Sit Back, Relax and Enjoy the Event
Avoid Being Overwhelmed with Logistical Details and Last Minute Questions
Have a Consultant On-Site to Trouble Shoot and Help You Avoid Additional Billing for Unexpected Problems.
Plus, a connected event consultant can negotiate with vendors to extend your budget. This value, in turn, can pay for your event consultant. An event consultant is your advocate with the chosen venue, vendors, and all your guests. She works to protect your interests and attend to every detail so your event is seamless.
Professional event planners are priceless resources. Your event planner will offer priceless advice, keep you organized, handle and coordinate all the details, and will be your point person to respond to any needs or questions you might have.
Some people incorrectly believe that an event planner is an unnecessary luxury. They forget that their own time is important and are often surprised to find that a planner can actually save them money by negotiating with reliable vendors and preventing catastrophes. Think of a good event planner as insurance that your event will go as planned and that all the small details will go off without a hitch.
Today's tip is about Wedding Etiquette on Vendor Tipping.
Yes, I know what you are thinking, you just spent out money to pay these vendors for their services and now you are telling me that I need to tip them! Sorry, but it's true.
There are some general rules to follow for tipping. Check your invoices closely, because some vendors such as caterers include gratuities for their staff. You don't want to tip them twice!
The Vendors you should tip and suggested voluntary tip:
Limousine Drivers- 10-15% of bill
Valet Parking Attendants- $.50-$1.00 per car
Bartenders- 10% of the total liquor bill
Makeup Artist/Hair Stylist- If they come to you, don't tip them, but if you go to the salon, you should tip them 15%
DJ- If the DJ owns the company then the tip is optional, but if the DJ is an employee of a company then a tip of $50-$100 is appropriate.
If you are using a wedding coordinator, such as Events By Joann, we will be responsible for delivering the tips and payments to the required vendors. If you are not using a coordinator then this becomes the responsibility of the best man. All the tips should be calculated and prepared in separate envelopes ahead of time. It is suggested that all tips be given in cash.
These are just suggestions, we just wanted to help give some guidelines on tipping vendors. These amounts above are only suggestions and are not written in stone.