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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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Where Are They Now? - Chris & Maria Roberts

All Events Planned had the pleasure of being with Chris and Maria Roberts on their beautiful wedding day at the Hillbrook Country Club on October 19th, 2013.  Nearly three years later we are so happy to have had the opportunity to catch up with them and see how things are going.  And, WOW - How things have changed.  Check out our interview from Chris and Maria Roberts!


Q: What was your favorite or most memorable parts about the day? 

A: As the bride, one of the most memorable parts of the day was the first look with my dad and brother. The look on their faces when they saw me in my dress was a moment I will never forget. My mom did not know we were doing a first look so when she realized why my dad and brother were crying, she started crying (and laughing) too. It was a joyful moment. 

Also, since I did not do a first look with my husband, I was sure to pay attention when he saw me coming down the aisle during our ceremony! It was the most emotional I had ever seen him. It was also the moment I finally relaxed. The wedding day is quite nerve wracking, and seeing your love at the end of the aisle makes you remember what it's all about. 

We both really loved the end of the night as well. Everyone who stayed until the end all huddled together on the dance floor singing and dancing to one last song. Jumping, laughing, dancing and being merry. It was an overwhelming feeling of happiness and relief that it all went so well!


Q: How did you feel the day after your wedding?


A: Dehydrated! Even though drinks and food were offered to me, I really didn't consume enough water on my wedding day. It happens. But I was still so happy that I just pulled myself together, ate a big meal and we got ready to head on our road trip "mini moon" to the smoky mountains :)


Q: What was your first dance song and why did you choose it?


A: "Rhythm of Love" by the Plain White T's.  This kind of became "our song" after going to see Plain White T's at a concert that turned out to be some sort of adult prom...it was bizarre since everyone was in ball gowns and suits, and we were in jeans. We just laughed and played along. One of our best dating memories.


Q: What was the most fun/most stressful part of planning then?  Looking back now, would you have the same answer?

A: The most stressful part was finding the right venue. The problem was that I doubted my initial instinct and kept looking after we found it. There were just too many choices in front of me, and I felt like I had to make a decision immediately before the dates were all booked! 

The fun part was the food tasting! We brought my parents to our reception venue and so they were able to offer input and made me feel better about food choices. It was a relaxing and delicious way to spend a day of wedding planning :) Looking back, there were high and low moments for everything, but we always went with our instincts in the end so everything worked out just perfectly. 
  

Q: Have you moved since the wedding day?

A: Three months after our wedding, I moved to Hong Kong where my husband had been working for a year! We have been here ever since.


Q: What is the most exciting thing that’s happened since you’ve gotten married?


A: Besides moving to Hong Kong, we have a fur baby now :) The cutest pug in the world. I now wish he was around for our wedding, he would have made an excellent ring bearer!


Q: Have you traveled anywhere fun as Mr. & Mrs.?


A: Living in Hong Kong makes it so easy to travel around Asia! We have been to Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Korea, Macau, Taiwan, as well as a few other cities in China. We also just went to Munich for Oktoberfest (with a long layover in Istanbul)! Hoping to tick a few more countries off our bucket list before we move. We definitely caught the travel bug ;)



Q: What’s the most commonly asked question friends and family ask you after being married?


A: When are you moving back to the states and having a baby? Where will you move next? Is it difficult living in Hong Kong? You know, the usual questions =P


Q: What advice do you have for newlywed couples?


A: Relax! This is the time to have fun, and just be with each other. Don't let anyone pressure you into the "norm" of a married life (house, kids, etc). You just got married. You literally have your whole lives to figure it all out. Enjoy the ride and break away from the pack. We have SO enjoyed taking the road less traveled. 


Below are some pictures mostly from Chris and Maria's travels with a family pic thrown in. They added Oliver to the family just a month after moving to Hong Kong, when he was just two months old.  Isn't he cute!? 





Thank you so much for sharing, Chris and Maria! 

We wish you the best, and cant wait to catch up with you in another three years!



Where Are They Now- Tina & Joe
Over the last 16 years, All Events Planned has helped a countless number of couples with their wedding day. We have been there from the start to finish of the planning, wedding ceremony and reception. For the wedding planner, that is where it ends, but for the bride and groom, that is just where it starts.

With this in mind, we thought it would be fun to follow up with some of our past couples and see where they are now and how life has been since we said good-bye the night of the wedding reception.

The first couple we followed up with was Joe and Tina whose wedding was in 2010 at Park Lane Villa.  They had a glamours wedding at this amazing venue with a Sinatra Duo singing during cocktail hour to a crystal coated cake.  





Q: What was the most memorable part of the ceremony?
A: The exchange of vows was the most memorable part of the ceremony for us.

Q: Before the exchange of vows, there was the planning. What was fun part of the planning?
A: Cake tasting and checking out various venues for the reception!

Q: Most stressful part of planning?
A: The stressful side of planning was definitely dealing with our families, moms, who gets involved with the wedding details and the guest list.

Q: What advice do you have for brides currently planning their weddings?
A: Be organized, you can never start too early in the planning process.

Q: While overall Tina loved everything about her wedding day, if she had to change one thing it would have been….
A: We would have had our photographer make a wedding album. I was given a CD-ROM with full rights but I never found time to get an actual album made.

The wedding and reception is over and you’re finally married! The first day of married life is magical right?

Q: How did you feel the day after your wedding?
A: We were crazy tired.

That doesn’t mean that marriage hasn’t been fun for them, because it has.

Q: What has changed since your wedding day?
A: Since our wedding, we have enjoyed traveling together to Vancouver, British Columbia, Ireland and other places. On top of that, we have recently moved and welcomed our first child into the world, Baby Joe, who is now 19 months old.

With all that has transpired over 6 years of marriage and 10 years of being together, they had this advice to share with newlywed coupes….

 “Slow down and enjoy each other before jumping on the baby train.”

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts, Tina and Joe! We wish you many more years of happiness!



Budget Tracking made Fun!
There are 100's of forms, sheets and documents for keeping track of your budget as you go through the planning process but none as adorable and easy to use as this one!  

http://contentstaging.com/wedding-planning-checklist-infographic/

This might be the first thing that was created to make spending money fun!!

Happy Planning!
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