When the budget gets close to maxing out for your wedding plans, one of the LAST places you want to cut corners is on hiring a photographer. Maybe Aunt Sally has a really nice camera, or your cousin’s daughter takes great Instagram shots, but a PROFESSIONAL with EXPERIENCE is the way to go. In the event of pure disaster, a professional photographer will have insurance for their equipment and has a legal contract they must honor. What about storage? A professional has a system in place to store your photos in case you ever lose yours, and they have a backup system to make sure your files don’t disappear. Computers crash… what if Aunt Sally lost all of your shots? Most importantly, a photographer has all of the equipment necessary for making the photos look stunning. They have more than just a DSLR camera and a few lenses. A hired expert will have flashes, reflectors, light modifiers, power packs, tripods, and countless other gadgets. Oh, and they’ll have extras just in case anything breaks. To add to the list, a professional has the education, experience, and the programs necessary for editing. It’s common to think of a photographer as just someone with a camera… NOT TRUE! Your wedding day will only happen once, so make sure everything is captured! It would be a tragedy to end up with bad photos, or even worse, no photos at all. Panache & Promises loves Cody Krogman photography. We’ve used her services for so many weddings and events because her shots are stunning! Your day to remember should be remembered as beautiful, and a professional photographer is an absolute necessity.
See Cody’s work at http://www.codykrogmanphotography.com/
Have your cake and eat it too! (Is there another way?!) No event is complete without dessert, but why limit your guests to just one? Dessert Bars are becoming so popular in America because of our love for everything sweet! There are so many treats out there – why just have cupcakes? Everyone appreciates a fudgy brownie or a rich lemon bar… especially when they can have a whole plateful of different things. And play it safe with the ingredients! Keep everyone satisfied with a gluten-free option, a sugar-free option, and a super-chocolate option for the chocoholics in your life. The best part: desserts are the easiest way to incorporate your theme into your food. If your colors are periwinkle and yellow, it is hard to translate that into a main course chicken dish. But icing is a whole other story. Icing and fondant can be mixed into any color to match your décor… you can even find metallic icing! Decorating your sweets with your signature color or a cute accent detail will turn your final course into a spectacle. Even an event without an over-the-top theme can be accented with elegant sweets. This soft pink and pearly white dessert bar followed through with the simple and pretty overall look. These yummy cakes, pies, and snacks kept guests in their sweetest state for the rest of the evening.
Themed events are a handful… and they have a “do-or-die” kind of expectation. They need to be done extensively, completely, and perfectly or they fall flat. So how does a professional wedding planner pull a theme together seamlessly? TIME. Comprehensive planning is a HUGE job for a hostess to take on alone, especially with a specific and elaborate theme in mind. The design itself is a challenge to create; specific needs require pure creativity and imagination, as well as on-point execution. It’s hard for even the most artsy person to get everything right and made on time when juggling event planning with work and a personal life. The Shannon Lemp team recently designed and put together a stunning Alice and Wonderland-themed event. The idea was to combine elegance and whimsy without the look becoming cutesy or cartoonish. Hints of sheen, pattern mixing, vintage elements, and hand-made garden accents can’t just be thrown together without a professional eye for style and the time to make this all happen.
Comprehensive planning with Panache & Promises includes:
Our team is here to make your wedding everything you've imagined it could be.
“There are names for different bouquet styles?” There’s quite a LOT of wedding lingo that a typical bride may not know. We can help with that! There are 8 basic bouquet shapes: Nosegay, Pompander, Posy, Hand-Tied, Composite, Cascade, Pageant, and Round. Each style has a very different (and equally gorgeous) look; choosing one is all just the bride’s preference. The guides above and below are here to help you distinguish between them and help you make the best choice. Will it look right with the décor? What will look best with the dress? And if you thought choosing from 8 styles was difficult, don’t forget the 400,000 different species of flowers you’ll have to pick from! See the color guide below to help narrow things down.
Umm… where do you start when planning transportation for your event? Is there parking at the venue? What’s in the budget? Should you rent a van, a vintage carriage, a VW Bus, or a party limo? What’s in the budget? How far ahead do the services need to be planned and booked? Who do you rent from? There are SO many detail to consider! Are you ready?
Hiring Transportation Made Easy: 5 Easy Steps
1. Assess Your Needs
What is the parking availability at the venue?
Do you want to offer private cars/buses for any of the following:
Bride and Groom
Bride and Groom’s Parents
How long are you needing transportation?
2. Reserve Early
Secure your transportation at least six months to a year in advance
3. Calculate Your Costs
What is your transportation company charging per hour?
Does the company have a minimum amount of hours that you have to reserve
your transportation for?
Plan on 20% gratuity for the driver
4. Ask About Complimentary Services
Does the hotel offer bus service to the ceremony or reception?
How much does the hotel charge? Is it complimentary?
Is a complimentary ride offered to the airport for the honeymoon?
5. The Extras
Who is providing the drinks/water bottles?
How are your transporting the drinks?
Is there room on the bus for coolers?
Do you need snacks/sandwiches for the bridal party during the photo session?
Don’t forget umbrellas for rainy or hot days!
Do you need extra shoes for when you’re in between taking photos?
Can you provide your own music?
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