Wednesday, July 30, 2014

How to Create a Wedding Budget

So, you just got engaged and you may be asking yourself "what's next?" Before you even begin booking your dream venue & picking out the perfect table linens, the first thing you need to do is create a budget. This budget does not need to be perfect. However, it should at least be an estimate of what you are comfortable spending. Below are 3 things you need to consider when creating your wedding budget.

1. Who is paying for the wedding? Tradition states that the bride's parents pay for all of the wedding day festivities. However, today that is often untrue. Figuring out, from the start, who can help with the expenses of your dream wedding will allow you to know how much money you have to work with. Then you can begin allocating your budget.

2. You need to be realistic. When estimating how much to spend, do your research. You cannot budget only $1,000 for a photographer if you are looking at photographers with packages starting at $3,000. If you need a little help read Sam's blog post "Money Costs: Where YourMoney is Really Going." It's always better to overestimate than to underestimate.

3. Make a priority list. There may be certain aspects of your wedding that are more important to you than other aspects. If you know what those things are you can budget accordingly and spend less on the things that are less important, saving you money.

One last thing, if you need any help in creating a budget and/or finding vendors that fit your budget, Simply Events is here for you. We can answer your questions and assist so that day goes off without a hitch and in a budget that is right for you. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help!

Happy Planning (and budgeting)!

- Jennifer Olivieri
            








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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

3 Party Ideas for Kids!

Every year baby and kid birthday parties get more and more extravagant. However, extravagant celebration are not the norm for most families.  Below are 3 fun and economical themes for kid birthday parties that are sure to be a hit with your little ones.

A crafty celebration!
Plenty of kids love arts and crafts and having a birthday party where they can make their own favor is a great way to keep them engaged. This idea of serving cupcakes on a small paint tray and filling it with sprinkles is a good way for kids to decorate their own treats. We also love a paint themed arts and crafts party. The possibilities are endless with this and the colorfully dipped rice krispie treats would be a huge hit with the kiddos - and adults too.

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Under the Sea!
An under the sea theme is easy for boys and girls. Boys would love anything 'sea monster' related while girls would enjoy a party of magical mermaids.


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Lego-mania!
I don't know any kid who wouldn't LOVE a Lego birthday bash! This theme, although it may not be the most economical due to the purchasing of Lego's, would allow you to get the most use out of your purchased party decor.  Another perk is that kids spend a lot of time building, creating, innovating, and having good ol' fashioned fun.  We just stumbled upon this uber creative and super cute Lego party on the Find It. Make It. Love It. blog. Check out more of the pictures here

  


No matter what theme you choose, remember not to put too much pressure on yourself! Your kids will love whatever you come up as long as there is cake & ice cream!
Comment below with some of your favorite kids party themes.


Happy party planning!

~Erin W.








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Thursday, July 17, 2014

12 Fun & Creative Save the Dates


Save the dates have become a common way for couples to announce their big day and simply ask their family and friends to reserve that date. Here are some questions you may need answered before considering save the dates!
What information goes on them?
Save the dates have just a few key elements. It’s important to include your names, the date of the wedding, and the location or city of the wedding. It’s also best to include the text “formal invitation to follow”.  TIP: Save the date etiquette also includes never placing your registry information on the announcement! 
Should you send them out?
If you plan on having a destination wedding, yes. If your wedding is during high travel times or holidays, this is especially important. Save the dates allow enough time for your guests to make travel arrangements and take off work if need be.  If you are not having a destination wedding, that is up to you. Some couples may just want a fun, creative way to announce their special day. Save the dates also increase the chance of your guest attending, by giving them enough notice to not make any other plans.
When should you send them out?
As a general rule, you should send them out 6 to 8 months prior to the wedding.  If guests are traveling from out of town, this will allow them enough time to make arrangements. For certain destination weddings, you may need to send them out a year in advance to ensure plenty of time for your guests to make arrangements, save up some money, and take off work.  
Who should you send them to?
Just the people you want to come to your wedding. Be sure to include guests who you already have confirmations from such as bridal party, siblings, and parents. Remember, only send to people who you are for sure you want to attend. Once they are sent, you can’t un-invite them!
What kind should you send out?                  
That is up to you! There are plenty of fun, creative ways to announce your big day. Save the dates don’t always have to go with the theme of your wedding, or match your invitation. You can make these more laid back and fun. They don’t have to be just a card, or have your picture on them! Get creative and your guests will be sure to love it. 
Here are 12 creative and fun ideas to give you some inspiration!
You can use engagement photos with typography, simple but elegant:









 
You can send out a post card (doesn’t have to include your photo):













 
You can incorporate the theme of your wedding if you would like! Perhaps a rustic, destination, or sports themed save the date!







 
Other fun and creative ideas! Balloons, scratch offs, and mini Polaroid magnets!




You can share your love story or even include your pet:
 

 














Use a calendar to highlight the date: 


Tying the knot:
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Bride- to- be tip* Check out Etsy.com! It’s a great source to find some inspiration and the perfect save the date that you are looking for. There are thousands of options that can be easily customized and purchased for your big day. Pinterest is useful as well, but doesn’t always direct you to the right site to allow you to purchase.

Happy planning!
~Danielle S.
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Top 10 Most Requested First Dance Song

Simply Events reached out Atmospheric Production to get the scoop on the top 10 most requested first dance songs of 2014. According to the husband & wife team, the following 10 songs are proving to be the most popular first dance songs in 2014.  We love the mix of genres; everything from classic wedding music to country! 


1. I Won't Give Up by Jason Mraz
2. All of Me by John Legend
3. At Last by Etta James
4. A Thousand Years by Christina Perri
5. Wanted by Hunter Hayes
6. Then by Brad Paisley
7. You Are the Best Thing by Ray Lamontagne
8. God Gave Me You by Blake Shelton
9. Bless the Broken Road by Rascal Flatts
10. My Best Friend by Tim McGraw
We want to know what your first dance song was!! Comment below!

 
Thank you William and Mary for providing us with this information!
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Apps Across the Spectrum

Ever wonder how to incorporate apps in to not only your event but also your event planning experience? Well look no further! This intern has got it right here for you. I am going to share with you some easy to use apps and what you should be using them for.


  1. Looking to be your own DJ? Create your very own playlists using the popular app Spotify. You can download it for free for your computer and your phone. You have the ability to create as many playlists as you’d like ranging from ceremony music, cocktail hour, and reception dancing. With millions of songs to choose from, your opportunities are almost endless. However, with the free version you have to deal with commercials. After a 30 day free trial, you have the opportunity to pay $9.99 a month for unlimited access on every device without commercials.
     
  2. Looking for a way to boost your corporate event? Try
    out Bizzabo. Made for the planner and the attendee, this app gives your attendees a mobile agenda, networking capabilities, all while generating social buzz around your event. Keep people updated and engaged by sending out real-time announcements for any changes. This free app is easy to access on your phones.

  3. For any type of event avoid the messy clutter of
    receipts, contracts, and papers by using ScannerPro
    . This app allows you to scan documents with a snapshot, convert them to PDF's, and email them right away.  You can send things to WedDAV, Dropbox, Evernote, and Google Drive. This app is on sale now for just $2.99 for its increased popularity and downloads. Which makes ScannerPro a steal of a deal!

 

For everything else, you can rely on team Simply Events to be your calculator, calendar reminder, budget tracker, and whatever else you need.





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