Friday, January 28, 2011

Who's Who

Creating an event for Laurette, producer of the Bridal Extravaganza is one of my favorites.  There are very few guidelines and she just lets me run with it.  She has amazing trust and doesn't ask too many question.  Sure, guidelines are great, but sometimes you just want to do what you want to do.   Black.  It's what I wanted to embrace as the theme of this vendor appreciation bash.  As designers we don't get to play with black very often and even then it is an accent.  For the traditional:  white and black.  For the daring, sexy streak: red and black.  For the flirty side:  yellow & black.  No, that's not it at all.  Black.  Not gothic, but something along the lines of tranquil, canopies, water, and candles. 

Black Zen. 

My inspiration was white zen as you can probably associate with that.  Take everything in your mind and make it black.  Now, add a little eggplant color to it.  Perfect. 

An army of amazing vendors were there and willing to help pull this off.  Not only did they give their hearts and souls to an amazing January show, but supported it again ten days later.  I can't thank them enough.

Invitation Solutions ~ electronic invitation.
Prestigious Event Rentals ~ yards and yards of black chiffon draping. staging. stage canopy.
DJU Productions ~ DJU Beat Freq's with LED Booth. lighting.  lounge photo booth.  
Think Studio ~ lounge furniture.
Four Seasons ~ venue. food. drinks. hospitality.
Dream Bouquet ~ floral.  centerpieces. room decor.
Events in Bloom ~ candle chandeliers.
P&P Exquisite Event Design ~ canopy structure.  canopy lighting.
Over The Top ~ black crinkle linen.
Elegant Beginnings ~ purple wave linen used in photo booth.  accent pillows.
Darryl & Co ~ black drape line in ballroom. black confetti linen. picture frame prop for photo booth. coffee tables. black accord.
A Day To Remember ~  custom cake display.  cupcakes.
LG Entertainment ~ black dance floor.
Girls with Pearls - photography.
Enjoy Events ~ planning.  installation.  design.  seamless execution.

Only a few of the faces that make up the Who's Who Bridal Extravaganza.  

NACE Wedding Panel Discussion

It was an honor to be asked to represent event planners in the wedding industry at the National Association of Catering Executives monthly meeting.  The panel discussion was held at the beautiful Bell Tower on 34th and I enjoyed the opportunity to provide my insights along with three other excellent wedding professionals.  Probably the number one sought out question was how vendors (photographers, linen suppliers, etc)  could encourage brides who do not have a wedding planner to hire a planner.  These vendors know first hand how much smoother an event runs as they are part of it every single weekend.  When a bride decides that she can do it all herself, along with the help of bridesmaids and family members, disaster on some level is sure to occur.  When planning a once in a life time event, and with the average wedding costing $30-$50K, what insurance does a bride have that it is going to go off seamlessly? Believe me, as a planner I understand the DYI bride and the joy of planning, and even though I would rather be there from conception to completion, I gladly accept event day management (which starts six weeks from event day) to provide seamless execution and a day that can truly be enjoyed.  If nothing else, all weddings should at least have a wedding professional on the wedding day. While the bridesmaid and family members have been there along the way, the event day is filled with lots of tasks in which time does not allow for them to participate. They are not able to deal with tedious tasks of vendor arrivals, set up, ensuring the vision is complete, and heaven forbid a disaster occurs.   These loving people that surround the bride on wedding day will partake in bridal breakfasts, getting ready, hair, makeup, pictures, and before you know it, it is ceremony time.  It really is physics, you can't be in two places at one time, and you truly can not enjoy yourself if you keep answering your phone to handle vendor questions.  Seriously, your hairstylist might just have your head.  Another stumbling block that planners run into is venues who are a one stop shop and inform brides that a wedding planner is included in their package.  By no means, is this to offend.  I love you and you play a vital role in what we do.  As a former event planning professional for venues I can honestly say that this is misleading.  Unless you are truly planning the wedding along side the bride the entire way, meaning you have worked out a budget, are attending vendor meetings and being instrumental in the design and not just handing them a list of your preferred vendors, then this is not wedding planning.  It is undermining everything that we do.  Be truthful. Wedding coordination on the event day is an accurate statement, please let them know what it means.  Of course, if the bride needs a little extra guidance along the way, Enjoy Events would be honored to assist. 

At the end of the day, event planning services are intangible.  You can see how many flowers you get for your money or the difference in a duponi silk linen next to a pintuck linen, but you can feel the difference when an event professional is there with you. Every. Step. Of. The Way.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Simon's 50th

My favorite moment of any event is when it is on cruise control.  All the details have been thought out and implemented.  This is the time when food has been tasted, beverages have been consumed, and conversations of old and new friends blend.  There isn't much for me to do at this point.  I generally have a cup of java to make it through the final stages.  Tear down is fast approaching.  I am on the perimeter of the room listening, not really watching.    I am removed  just enough so that I do not hear any direct conversations, but rather the singing of voices and laughter.  It truly is my favorite moment.  The moment of enjoying.  Enjoying friends. Enjoying food.  Enjoying life.

Simon had so much to celebrate.  His wonderful life partner Anita wanted to do something incredible.  A house party among friends and family that traveled near and far to celebrate Simon's first fifty years.  I am delighted to be on the adventure and create such a moment.  I'll see you at the next fifty.

Ingredients to ENJOYment:

Event Planner:  Kat Creech, Enjoy Events
Linens:  Elegant Beginnings
Caterer:  City View Catering
Floral:  Think Studio
Lighting:  Impressive Events
Tables and Chairs:  Swift & Co
Tent:  One Party Stop
Cake & Cupcakes: Bobbie's Cake Creations

 Anita's testimonial:

"I cannot tell you how  much I appreciate all of your hard work on Simon’s party.  It meant the world to me to make him so happy and you were instrumental in  making that wish a reality.

The crew you selected to bartend, serve, etc. were excellent and very accommodating and well, I could go on and  on.

Thank you for your patience, your kindness, your wisdom and for taking care of every facet of this very important event."