Friday, October 6, 2017

Choosing The Perfect Planner for YOU!

Choosing The Perfect Planner
by Kashava Logan

You’re planning the perfect event, but where do you start? From determining the perfect venue, selecting the decor and creating a seating chart, there are many elements to be planned. The first step is to choose from the selection of advisors - event consultants, coordinators and planners - to coach you through making your event memorable.

Event Consultant
For the client who wants an initial consultation, consider an event consultant. An event consultant will be your triage consultant, prioritizing your ideas and game plan. The consultant will meet with you for 3 sessions to specifically review and narrow your plans, wedding design, budget review, and connect you with the best vendors in the Virginia area. The event consultant helps to bring innovative ideas while acting as your temporary assistant.

Event Coordinator
For the client who has planned their event  but require assistance with executing final preparations, consider an event coordinator. The event coordinator will provide you with month of and day of coordination to assist with completing the final details, initiating services 4-6 weeks prior to the event. Think of the event coordinator as the person who “ties up loose ends” while ensuring the event remains as scheduled.

Event Planner
For the client who does not have time or would like a full-time advisor to assist with stress reduction, consider an event planner. The event planner provides comprehensive assistance from the initial concept of the event through the very end. The event planner is the total package - your rainmaker, fairy godmother and ultimate stress reducer.  

Although there is not a wide-spread agreement on the terminology, review the responsibilities to determine how you would like your coach/advisor to assist you.

Event Task
Event Consultant
Event Planner
Event Coordinator
Wedding Design
Wedding Checklist
Budget Review & Budget Management
Vendor Referral
Ceremony & Reception Venue Selection Assistance/Site Visits
Food and Beverage Selection
Floor Plan
Review all contracts with wedding professionals
Style, design and wording of invitations
Seating chart & RSVP Tracking
Rehearsal Coordination & Ceremony Coordination
Reception Coordination
Wedding Day Itinerary Construction
Assist with vendor pay
Maintain timing of event

Honeymoon Check List

There are so many things to keep track of and checklists for the wedding but the honeymoon is just as important so keep these items in mind when packing!

  • Cellphone
  • Digital camera, batteries, manual
  • iPod/Discman/MP3 player, batteries, mini-speakers
  • Disposable underwater camera
  • Foreign-language dictionary or phrase book
  • Journal/notebook and pen
  • Maps and directions
  • Mini-DVD player or DVD-capable laptop and DVDs
  • Reading material
  • Travel guide(s)
  • Antibiotic cream
  • Anti-diarrheal medication
  • Band-Aids
  • Birth control
  • Bug repellent
  • Cortisone 1% anti-itch cream
  • Extra pair of eyeglasses
  • For cruisers: Sea-sickness bands or pills
  • Lubricant
  • Pain reliever
  • Prescription medicines
Money & Documents
  • Addresses for sending postcards/e-mail
  • Auto insurance card
  • Business cards
  • Cash
  • Copy of marriage license
  • Copy of medical history, if necessary
  • Copy of vacation packing list
  • Driver's license/international driver's license
  • Emergency numbers and embassy address
  • Frequent flyer/frequent guest cards
  • Paper airline tickets or e-ticket confirmation
  • Passports and visas, if necessary
  • Photo ID
  • Pre-paid phone card
  • Travelers checks and receipt (keep separate)
  • Vaccination certificates, if required
  • Vouchers/coupons/tickets
  • Your itinerary
  • Anti-bacterial wipes
  • Bubble bath
  • Crazy Glue
  • Currency converter
  • Keys
  • Luggage locks
  • Massage oil
  • Plastic Zip-Loc bags
  • Playing cards
  • Q-Tips
  • Scented candle
  • Sports gear (tennis racquets, golf clubs, swim goggles)
  • Sunscreen/SPF
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella
  • Athletic shoes
  • Belts
  • Boxers / Briefs
  • Casual shirts
  • Dress shoes
  • Hat
  • Oxford shirts
  • Pants
  • Pajamas / Robe
  • Sandals
  • Shirts
  • Shorts
  • Sports jacket
  • Swim trunks
  • Tie
  • T-shirts / Undershirts
  • Workout clothes
Men's Toiletries
  • Comb / Brush
  • Deodorant
  • Floss
  • Lip balm
  • Rogaine, if necessary
  • Shaving kit / Shaving Cream
  • Shampoo / Conditioner / Styling Products
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste/mouthwash
Women's Clothing and Accessories
  • Bathing suit and coverup
  • Bras
  • Panties
  • Lingerie/sleep shirt
  • Costume jewelry -- earrings, necklace, bracelets
  • Fake diamond engagement ring (leave the real one in a safety-deposit box till you return)
  • Dress
  • Heels
  • Pareo/sarong/big scarf
  • Robe
  • Sandals
  • Short/Capris
  • Skirt
  • Slacks
  • Slip/Bodyslimmer
  • Sneakers
  • Socks
  • Stylish shirt
  • Sweater
  • Straw/wide-brimmed hat
  • Tank/halter/sleeveless tops
  • Thongs
  • Workout clothes
Personal Hygiene

  • Acne control product
  • Baby powder
  • Blow dryer/straightening iron
  • Comb/Brush
  • Deodorant
  • Depilatory
  • Eyeliner
  • Eye Shadow
  • Lipsticks
  • Blush
  • Mascara
  • Makeup remover
  • Facial cleanser
  • Moisturizer/SPF
  • Tampons
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste/mouthwash
  • Dental floss
  • Shampoo/conditioner/styling products
  • Scrunchies
  • Tweezers