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Top Five Reasons You Don't Need a Planner

Planning is about all of the LITTLE details that are hard to see or remember even in the months leading up to your big event. A lot of couples feel they don’t need a planner. They have thought of everything and are so organized, they are certain everything will flow exactly they way they spent the last 12-24 (or less) months planning. Here are some common reasons why you may not “need” a wedding planner:

TOP FIVE REASONS YOU DON’T NEED A PLANNER

1- Your friends and family are so excited about the idea of handling all the stress and work on your wedding day.  You literally have people lined up saying they just don’t think they would enjoy being a part of the actual day and want nothing more than to miss out on special moments as they handle issues, deal with other guest complaints and manage the vendors.  

2- You are ready and able to field all the phone calls, questions and issues as your wedding date approaches.  Not only do you KNOW you won’t be emotional or stressed out, you have dreamt of spending your wedding morning getting ready and fielding calls from vendors who are running late and guests who don’t remember what they ordered or where the venue is located (bonus points for the guests who want directions to the location, because you LOVE telling people how to get around town)

3- You are absolutely in sync with all of your vendors and you are sure that because of how much you like each of them, they will do a fabulous job working together (possibly for the first time) because of how much you like them.  You just KNOW there will not be any miscommunication issues or timeline discrepancies because that type of thing doesn’t happen.

4- You are willing to arrive to your venue early so that you can be sure everyone has arrived on time and everything is being setup properly.  You don’t care about missing out on photos or parts of the ceremony because doing a walk through will be no problem for you and you know how important it is to look over the style, design and layout before guests arrive.  

5- You will not be tired and tipsy by the end of the evening so you are thrilled to stay after and collect all of the items from the wedding and load them into the car to take home.  Not only will you be wide awake, energized and sober you KNOW your bridal party will be as well so they will all be on board to help.

Sometimes everything goes off without a hitch despite not having hired a planner. But a majority of the time, there are several small (and potentially a couple BIG) crises that either you or a close friend or family member will have to deal with.

Your wedding (or any large event that requires advance planning) should be about FUN and enjoying every moment. Don’t leave things to chance. Don’t make assumptions about the venue coordinator; they might not even be your contact come the day of your wedding. Don’t count on your DJ to organize your reception, that is not their job. Fitting a planner into your budget can allow you and all of your guests to be fully present at your wedding. The day goes by way too quickly to spend it organizing chaos or directing traffic! Let US do all the work so that you don’t have to!

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Behind the Scenes- Taste of Excellence
Food is a HUGE part of the wedding day and finding good food that fits your taste, style and budget is important and difficult.  The best thing you can do is use a referral from a planner, family or friend. While reviews are helpful, people have very different taste and different expectations of food so you really should taste food from any company that you work with for your event.  Also, never be afraid to ask for changes to the menu if you prefer different flavors or portion sizes.  Taste of Excellence has had a consistent presence in the market place for years and they staff some of my VERY favorite people.  I really love working with them and thankfully they were kind enough to be interviewed for the blog.  

Let me introduce my FAVORITE of favorites with Taste Of Excellence- Taylor Amsden-Winter



Q: What is the biggest misconception about your industry?
A: The amount of time and manpower it takes to execute an event, from set up to dinner service to breaking down at the end of the night- it takes an army!

Q: How you describe your style and your brand? 
A: We’re a completely custom-designed catering service. We use all local and organic products when possible and pride ourselves on keeping up-to-date with current culinary trends.

Q: What are a few mistakes brides sometimes make when choosing their vendor?
A: A big mistake is not sitting down with each vendor before booking them so that as the vendor, we can better understand the client’s vision and get to know them.  This helps the client feel more at ease throughout their entire planning process knowing that we can provide the level of service they envision.

Q: What things should a client look for, look at, when selecting a vendor?
A: They should look for a vendor that they can trust is going to deliver what their expectations are the day of the event. Anyone can tell you that they have experience, as a client you have to do your research and trust that your vendor will follow through with what they say.

Q: If you had a client who had endless funds what unique ideas and products/services would you offer them?
A: The same thing we offer all of our clients- exceptional service, creative menu planning and exquisite cuisine based off of their vision for their big day.

Q: What are a few things that clients should review in contracts?
A: Everything- every detail of that contract is imperative to the clients understanding of the product and service that they’re receiving. We require a meeting with our clients a week prior to their event to review the details of their contract so as to insure that no detail is left uncovered.

Q: What is something you wish all of your clients knew, or a certain thing you wish all of your clients would do to make working with them easier?
A: Communication is key throughout the planning process- it’s our job to help inform and guide our clients throughout their planning.

Q: Who is your ideal client?  
A: Someone who likes to eat! 



That's some great information from Taste of Excellence and as you can see they believe in the same things that All Events Planned believes in- good service (no matter what your budget), value and hard work.  

Check them out here www.taste-food.com 

Happy Planning!
www.alleventsplanned.com 
Behind the Scenes- CLE Music Group
Behind the Scenes with CLE Music Group- One of my all-time favorite vendors in this industry is CLE Music Group.  They consistently have a great staff of people that are amazing to work with and fun to know.  I can probably attribute this to their owner, Scott Jones who is a passionate, driven and incredible guy.  If you don't know them, you should.  If you've never worked with them, contact them now and book them for anything music related.  I really, truly love how dedicated everyone is to providing prompt responses, professional musicians and amazing service for everything you do with them.   


Interview with the AWESOME- Erin Rossi of CLE Music Group) 

Q: What is the biggest misconception about your industry? 
A: This it's too expensive. We can't afford a good DJ or a great live band. Yes you can! Here at CLE Music Group, we strive to have a quality professional act for any buget!

Q: How you describe your style, your personality and/or your brand? 
I'm sincere and I take my job seriously, but I have fun with it too. I'm confident in our services here at CLE Music Group and I really aim at getting the client what they want, what they visualize. I am detail oriented.  I'm also a performer (She's an amazing vocalist here- The Element) so I understand both sides of the business. I've been a client, a bride, and I am empathetic with my clients. I understand how stressful it is to find the right vendor, especially in regards to the music. Overall, I strive to decrease my clients stress level! 

Q: What are a few mistakes brides sometimes make when choosing their band/DJ? 
A: Unfortunately, most clients pick a vendor soley based on cost. We understand that everyone has a budget, and here at CLE Music Group we do everything we can to work within that budget. This is your wedding, let's help you get it right. Think twice before hiring a family friend who dabbles in DJing or the friend of a friends husbands band who plays a local bar a few times a year. The music is one of the most important pieces to having an awesome wedding, do it right. 

Q: What things should a bride look for, look at, when selecting a vendor? 
A: Research how much experience a vendor has in their particular field. For example, CLE Music Group has over 20 years experience providing entertainment services for weddings. Look up wedding websites and the vendor website to review client comments. Ask your friends or family who they used (well...only if you liked their wedding!). When the customer is talking with the vendor they should ask themselves: Am I comfortable with the representative? Do I have a sense of trust when I'm interacting with them? Are they answering my questions?  

Q: What is the one thing a bride should save on when booking with you? 
A: A bride should save her anxiety and nerves when working with CLE Music Group. We pride our self in customer service. We also understand that for most brides, this is the very first time ever hiring a DJ or a Band. It can be very overwhelming and they don't know where to start. Our goal is to set their mind at ease! We do this ever day and we understand how important your wedding is. Let us help you! 

Q: What is the one thing a bride should splurge on when booking with you? 
A: If your budget allows it, get a live band! It's the best! There's so much energy and it's something your guests will always remember.  

Q: If you had a client who had endless funds what unique ideas and products/services would you offer them?
A: My first question would be, "What do you envision?" CLE Music Group would offer ideas once we have a good grasp on what the bride and groom want. We customize our services to the clients wants and needs. If it's a service we don't offer and the client wants it, we'll get it for them!

What are a few things that bridal clients should review in contracts? Double check the total cost, does it match what you and the representative talked about? Know how much of the deposit needed to secure your service and when it's due. How much is the balance and when that's due? How long is the contract valid for? A tip: I would not wait 10-days to book the contract. If you really want this service for your wedding, just book it and check it off your list to do, this is one more thing completed for your Big Day!

Q: What is something you wish all of your clients knew, or a certain thing you wish all of your clients would do to make working with them easier?
A: Please trust me and my recommendations. I've been doing this a long time both on the business end and in performing. Be honest with me, do you like the recommendations I offered? Is this in your budget? The only way I can work with you is if you let me help me.


Q: Who is your ideal client?
A: Ideally, a client who calls me and says I want XYZ, send me a contract. That's easy right? There is not much work that I need to do. But seriously, I love working with everyone. It's fun to work with different personalities, different requests. Some clients are more challenging than others, but as long as we have open communication, I think that's best for the vendor and the client. If I'm not told what the expectation is, then I can't help you fully. Please be open with me so I can help you the best way I know how. 




See, she's awesome.  You can tell from her answers and she truly is this great, grounded person who wants the best for you. Everyone at CLE Music Group is the same way!  

Happy Planning!
www.alleventsplanned.com 
Behind the Scenes with Thomas Limo

Here is another of our Behind the Scenes series and it features Thomas Limo.  When I started my career, I was based out of Akron and this was one of the companies that I worked with then (15 years ago!!!) and still work with now!  Transportation doesn't get the attention it deserves when planning your wedding but the wrong company can ruin everything.  From being late to not even showing up, you need to make sure you get a reliable and professional company that has a great reputation!

Q: What is the biggest misconception about your industry?
A: Our biggest misconception would be what type of vehicles we offer. Before our company name change a few years ago we were known as Thomas Limousine Service, which lead everyone to believe we only offered “limousine” type vehicles. Which is/was farthest from the truth. We actually have a fleet size of over 90 vehicles and growing! Which is why we made the decision to re-name the company TL Worldwide Transportation, to hopefully eliminate that idea of our service being limited to just limousines. We offer sedans, SUV’s, vans, shuttle buses, mini buses, Sprinters, and Limousine Buses.
Q: How you describe your style, your personality, and/or your brand?
A: Best word to describe our company would be “professional.” We have many years of experience, and offer a true experience rather then just a “ride” from point A to point B.
Q: What are a few mistakes brides sometimes make when choosing their vendor?
A: Over the years the biggest mistake we have seen when choosing a limousine company is the bride/groom/family NOT going to visit the company before booking. We encourage everyone to GO to the facility, meet the people, see the building, and most importantly see the chosen vehicle in person!!! Anyone can put anything on the internet these days, and unfortunately, we know that some companies use “stock” photos of their vehicles. Its important to go see the vehicles in person, so there are NO surprises on the most important day of your life!!

Q: What things should a bride look for, look at, when selecting a vendor?
A: As previously stated its important to go to the company before making a deposit, in order to have seen first hand what will be arriving the day of!! Smell the vehicle, sit inside and judge just how much room you are going to have, look at how the cars are taken care of (Are they parked outdoors, or in a garage), and etc. Its important to research!!! Find reviews, ask around, and one of the most important things to ask would be if that company is fully insured. Do they do driver background checks before hiring? How often are their vehicles maintained?
Q: One thing a bride could save on when booking with you?
A: All of our vehicles have a “hourly minimum” in order to book. We always try to find ways to help the bride/groom maximize that time.

Q: What is the one thing a bride should splurge on when booking with you?
A: GUEST SHUTTLING!! If you have room in your budget, shuttling your guests to/from the reception to make sure everyone has a safe way home is an amazing gift to offer your guests, and give you peace of mind that everyone can have a great time and not worry how to get back to the hotel.

Q: If you had a client who had endless funds what unique ideas/products/services would you offer them?
A: Rehearsal dinner transportation and honeymoon airport service!! Rehearsal dinner night you could have everyone ride together and sometimes this is the first time people in your bridal party are meeting for their first time, so it gives everyone a chance to bond. Secondly, I would say airport service to/from the airport for your honeymoon. After an amazing wedding weekend, frankly you’re exhausted!! Most flights leave really early, and it would be nice to just get picked up right from your front door, and dropped off right at your departure gate. Q: What are a few things that bridal clients should review in contracts?
A: Deposit policy. We make sure all of our future clients read over the contracts in detail and ASK any questions if there is any confusion on the terms. Q: What is something you wish all of your clients knew, or a certain thing you wish all of your clients would do to make working with them easier?
A: We can never have too much information!! Sometimes, we have clients book with us months before their wedding date, and we are actually calling them the week of asking for details! We know it’s a crazy/busy time planning a wedding, but the more information we have the smoother the day can go. Our drivers are EXTREMELY experienced and so professional. We are truly blessed to have them apart of our TL family!!! They are going to give you the experience that you deserve and will never forget! I cant count how many “thank you” cards or emails have come to us WHILE people are on their honeymoons because the experience was just that memorable they took time out of their honeymoon to send a thank you!!



Well, that was some great information and again, I can't stress enough how important it is to be sure you know what you are getting from your transportation company! If you are still looking to book, contact Thomas Limo today!

Happy Planning!